Archive | September, 2012

A letter to the Running Gods

21 Sep

UPDATE!!!

In case you were wondering how this turned out…check out the photo below (she needed to run under 3:45)…

…I’d say she kicked some booty!!!!! (AND she already received the news that she is in for Boston 2013!)

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Dear Running Gods,

I need to send you a little prayer, and I really need you to answer this prayer.

My running buddy and dear friend Diana will be running her 4th marathon on Sunday, and will be making her second attempt at qualifying for the Boston Marathon at Quad Cities.

Diana is amazing, and so deserving of a BQ. She has worked her butt off through training, and would have qualified last May had the Running Gods not thrown us a little curve ball (ahem, this tragic marathon experience). Diana’s determination and drive never ceases to amaze me. She is beyond dedicated to this sport, and wants her BQ so darn bad. She is also one of the best running buddies in the whole world!

Please do everything in your running power to give her fresh legs on race day, cool temperatures and the mindset she needs to break 3:45. And to the readers of my blog – I ask that you send these positive thoughts to Diana as well.

I cannot wait to share the exciting news of a BIG BQ!

xo,

Ali

YES you are! (Di and I from the KC marathon last year)

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Lee’s Summit 10k – A NEW PR (and a WIN)!!

11 Sep

This last Saturday, I FINALLY PR’ed a race, and I had not PR’ed a race since I was 16 years old (your time running a new distance you had not ever run does not count).

The race I ran was the Heart of the Summit 10k in Lee’s Summit, MO. This race is really small, but a lot of fun. I love the small town vibe it holds, and the simplicity of it. Last year I was the 2nd place female finisher (to my dear friend Stacy!), so this year I was in it to win it! Last year was also my first 10k experience, completed in 44:39.

Last years first and second place finishers!

I knew that I wanted to push myself as hard as I could, and that I would be using this as a speed workout for my NYC training. My goal was to just go out there and run it as hard as I could, and PR the thing.

My alarm went off WAY too early on Saturday morning. I was at a black tie event the night before, and stayed a bit longer than I had intended. Once I got to the start of the race, my running buddies and I ran a quick 4 miles to get in some miles. Following our warm up we stretched, and lined up!

Sparkling it up at Treads ‘n Threads

As soon as I lined up at the start, I measured up my competition. And I felt pretty good about it. In fact, it looked like my girlfriends would be my strongest competition!

The race began, and I took the lead. I tried not to go out too fast, but judging my pace was really hard since I was in the lead! I pushed it hard the first 5k, then hit the turnaround point (did I mention this was a two loop 10k with 3 out and back portions????). Around mile 4 I started thinking, “ok, this is getting kind of hard, but somehow I am still leading the thing. Where are all the fast men?!”.

Around mile 5, I got passed by a guy running in board shorts holding a liter sized water bottle (two faux pas if you ask me!). I tried my hardest to hang on, but he just kept creeping past me. I ended up finishing the race in 2nd place overall, 1st place among the females. Although I was sad and let down I didn’t win the entire thing, I was still very excited I won the women’s….and PR’ed!!!!!

Splits: 6:39, 6:48, 6:52, 6:59, 6:55, 7:01 (I hate it when my last mile is my slowest mile!)

My finish time was a 42:49 (6:5oish pace), almost 2 minutes faster than the year before. And to me, that was something worth celebrating.

The 1st place – 4th place female finishers. My friends are so fast!

Way to go, Ramsey!!!!!

We made a podium!

Gettin all fancy with my iphone!

Thanks for all of the kind words following the race, and the encouragement leading up to it!!!

xo,

Ali

NYC Marathon Training – Week Six

10 Sep

Week six was a little tough for me. I was so worn out from my California travels, and a crazy week of work. I felt like I got completely out of my “groove” and lost my motivation. It was really hard to get myself out of bed to run in the morning, which is probably why I slept through two runs!!!!

So anyway….here was week 6.

Monday – Off day. I laid on a couch ALL day watching bad reality TV, then had hellish travels home from California.

Tuesday – Off day again, for no good reason……just because I was too lazy to get out there and do something.

Wednesday – 4 miles at 9:30 pace. Such a HOT and HUMID run!!! Followed by an awesome TRX class.

Thursday – 6 miles at 9:00 pace. Should’ve done 8 miles, but stopped at 6.

Friday – Off day, simply because I couldn’t get my ass out of bed in the morning.

Saturday – 4 miles at 10 minute pace to warm up for a 10k. Then ran 6.2 miles at 6:50 pace!!! Won the 10k for women, and placed second overall!!!

Sunday – 4 miles at 10 minute pace. Lovely run with Ramsey, we were both pretty sore from our race on Saturday!!

Running across the finish line!!!

Wishing you all a great week ahead…and me a better week of training ahead!!!!

xo,

Ali

NYC Marathon Training – Week Five

9 Sep

(This post is going up very late….I got a little lazy with the blog last week…)

Week five was a great week of training for me. I knew I would be going out of town to visit Nicole in California, so a high mileage week might be difficult.

I decided to add in extra miles at the front of my week just in case I couldn’t run in CA.

Monday – 3 miles at 8:45 pace. Very hard run…probably due to dehydration.

Tuesday – 10 miles, 2 warm up, 5 x 1600 repeats: 7:21, 6:41, 6:38, 6:33, 6:37, 3 miles cool down. Good run overall. Ran the repeats in the neighborhood to give me some up and downhill practice.

Wednesday – 4 miles at 8:45 pace. Following the run, went to TRX class.

Thursday – 8 miles at 8:15 pace. This felt really hard. It scares me to think this was much slower than what my marathon pace should be…

Friday – Tried out Nicole’s “Cross Pit” class in California. Loved it!

Saturday – 16 miles at 8:48 pace. Awesome Saturday long run in California with the most amazing scenery along the way!

Sunday – 3.5 mile hike. This was crazy hard at parts. I don’t know how trail runners do it!!

Total Mileage: 44.5 miles.

I took this photo on my 16 miler in Cali. Pismo Beach is so pretty!

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