7.02.2012

Week 8: Heat, Hills, and Humidity

iPad Raffle Update
Thank you to the following people who have pledged to donate as a part of the iPad Raffle. I truly appreciate all of your support!!

Alex Reedy
Allen Moore
Andrea Trout
Anne Kocurek
Beverly Thompson
Brandon Gouin
Brian Curtis
Carly Smith
Caryn Steinman
Cassidy Nelson
Chris Fredrick
Chris & Tangee Osswald
Dan Gross
Esther & Mike Shepherd
Gerardo Vitiello
Fan Hong
Janelle Brunke
Janice Henderson
John & Carolyn Benyshek
Kara Raphel
Karen Lou
Keith & Rosa Benyshek
Kevin O'Rourke
Lindsey Rodriguez
Matt Hanna
Meg Lyon
Mike Sklar
Mike Spewak
Murat Watson
Patrick Bell
Rashaunda Henderson
Reed Moll
Sharon Hill
Shirley Perales
Suzanne Larson
Tim & Val Coy
Vickie Franklin
* The purple font indicates more than one raffle ticket purchased

While all of the raffle tickets have been sold, you can still make a donation to this great cause at: Run Kimi Run - Chicago Marathon. The raffle will be held this Friday, July 6th and the winner will be announced on my blog. Good Luck!!

Running Log June 24th - June 30


This week my right IT band started to have a slight "discomfort". I'm not going to say that it hurt but there was something that certainly didn't feel right. Because of this I went ahead and took Thursday and Friday off. I did go to the PT on Friday and he stated that it was probably the increased mileage combined with the increase in hills, but overall it's looking good & to keep with my training & stretches. 

Brick Workout
Two Friday's ago Adam & I were hanging out with some of his med school friends and two of the girls in his class had mentioned that they had signed up for their first Sprint Triathlon, Tri 2 Remember, on July 15th. Somehow by the end of the conversation they had convinced me that if I could train for a marathon, I'd have no problem getting ready for this race & should do it with them. I managed to agree to give the training a shot although at the back of my mind, I was very skeptical. 

I woke up Saturday morning to head out to GTS and after pondering this decision a little longer and ultimately decided I would stick with only marathon training for this season but next spring I would start training for triathlons. I did get excited that morning though because Adam was still sleeping so I decided to go ahead and use our "shared" Garmin watch. Well...really it was Adam's birthday present from his parents but it has become "ours". Isn't that the whole point of marriage..sharing :) 
"Our" New Watch
Anyway, that morning I ran with a different group of girls who are on the Chicago team and I really enjoyed running with them. As much as I love running with my former Publix teammates, I have found myself really pushing myself and ultimately trailing back on the longer runs with them so running with people who are more in my pace range has been great. We ended up running about 5.5 miles and afterwards I felt great. I had paced myself to a point where I could have easily gone a few more miles. Unfortunately for me, I communicated how I was feeling with Adam but neglected to inform him that I'd be waiting until next spring to start triathlons. Needless to say I walked into the house only to find my bike all set up & Adam super excited for us to go out for a bike/run. Mind you it was also 95 degrees out so I wasn't the most trilled but I didn't want to crush his excitement.
Seeing as though this was only the fourth time I had ridden a bicycle as an adult, I still have a lot to learn in terms of climbing hills & learning to better shift. We ended up going for about nine miles and in the end I was exhausted not to mention a little sore as I had forgotten to change into my padded bike shorts, but I had a happy husband since he loves when we do active things together :)

Negative Splits
My Negative Split Goal
This week during our Tuesday night track workout we were focusing on Negative Splits. The overall purpose of negative splits is to run a bit slower for the first third of the run, pick up the pace in the middle, and finish strong with strength and speed. This is the exact opposite of the way I normally run so has been a bit of a challenge this week to implement. On Wednesday during our Big Peach Run, Annie & I managed to accomplish this only because we had started out slow because of the heat and half way through the run got into a really good conversation and next thing you know we had looked at our time & indeed achieved a negative split. This week my goal is to really determine what my marathon pace will be and thus start aiming for negative split times. 

HEAT, HILLS & HUMIDITY

The saying describes this town perfectly. Up until this week I had considered this summer in Atlanta to be pleasant. Certainly the evening runs had been hot but they weren't unbearable. That feeling changed on Thursday when we began a three day triple digit heat wave. On Friday was 104 degrees. On Saturday it was forecasted to be 106 degrees, an all time high for this city!! With our GTS run normally scheduled for 8AM we had some hope of getting out before the heat got bad EXCEPT for the fact that we had an injury clinic that lasted a full hour. By the time we stretched and got out on the road it was 9:15 and easily 85 degrees. Plain and simple it was HOT!! There were a few stretches along the path that I got really light headed but luckily we had enough water stops along the route to keep us hydrated. I find that my problem tends to be drinking enough to keep myself cool & hydrated while balancing the after effect of the water sloshing around my stomach.  With double digit runs starting in about two weeks, I'll need to practice balancing the two and hydrating more the day before.

Officially Registered
This afternoon I officially received my race entry confirmation. Looks like this combined with a purchased plane ticket means it's 100% official...I am running the Chicago Marathon in October!! 


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