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Longview Half + Training Update

18 Nov

Last week was my last “hard” week of training. It was my third week of 60 miles, which is the most mileage I have ever done back to back. Last year when I trained for NYC, I only had one 60 mile week. This year, I knew I needed to do a couple more if I wanted to see improvements on race day.

When I started the week I was feeling pretty blah. I decided I needed an extra day off, and also needed to cut out a hard workout to get me back on track. I am so glad I did because it made the half marathon on Saturday much more enjoyable.

Part One – Training Update

Monday – Off

Tuesday – 8.25 miles at 8:46 pace. Took it nice and easy since I wasn’t feeling that great.

Wednesday – 10.25 miles at 7:44 pace. 2 mile warm up, 6 x 1 mile repeats with 400m recovery. First 3 @ 7:00, Last 3 around 6:55. Cooled down another couple miles. Had to do this one on the treadmill because it was just so darn cold outside.

Thursday – 8.03 miles at 8:09 pace. Had a few pick ups in the middle of the run.

Post run burglar selfie.

Post run burglar selfie.

Friday – 8.05 miles at 8:34 pace.

Dinner with friends Friday night.

Dinner with friends Friday night.

Saturday – 18.25 miles total (see below for more details)

Sunday – 7.55 miles at 9:00 pace. I was so cold and a tad over-served the night before at our friends house. Made for such a fun run.

Total mileage: 60ish

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Part Two – Longview Half Marathon Race Recap

Saturday was my last big long run before taper. I was so excited for this run, and also dreading it. I had 12 miles of goal pace miles on the schedule, so I decided to just run the half marathon hard and take care of the goal pace miles there.

Stacy, Diana and I started the morning with a 4.9 mile warm up. We took it nice and easy (9:20 pace).

The race was out at Longview Lake, which is a beautiful area. It was really cold, but we were lucky to avoid the snow that the weather people had been predicting.

Once we finally got started running (they delayed the race because there was a bad traffic situation), I met up with my friend Amber and ran with her. We ran the first 6 miles with the 1:35 pace group, then separated. I knew I was running too hard for a long training run, and that she could run much faster than 1:35. Once we parted ways I slowed down a bit and gave myself some distance from the 1:35 pace group.

As the miles went on I kept the 1:35 pace group in sight but ran a comfortable pace that I knew I could easily maintain. I felt surprisingly good considering the miles I had done earlier in the week.

Start of the race.

Start of the race.

Around mile 11 a girl named Jess came up next to me and told me she was going to run with me for the rest of the race. I was just fine with this since I was getting a little lonely. I also love to run with other people. Jess was really sweet and we had 2 miles of good conversation. It certainly made the last couple miles fly by.

brrrrr

brrrrr. 

As Jess and I approached the finish we decided to pick up the pace and catch a girl in front of us. I am so glad I got to meet her and run with her for a bit.

Running to the finish with Jess.

Running to the finish with Jess.

Done with the race and with 18 miles!!

Done with the race and with 18 miles!!

I ended up running a 1:35:15 half which made me pretty happy. It is really exciting for me that I was able to pull off that race after a hard few weeks. And I will say that the course was not flat. Crazy that just 3 years ago I trained hard for a half and ran a 1:36:39. It goes to show what hard work can do for your running. Dedication will pay off.

Amber ended up getting first in our age group, and I got second! That made the morning even better.

Running together for 15 years :)

Running together for 15 years 🙂

We are ready for taper.

We are ready for taper.

Splits:

  1. 7:31
  2. 7:15
  3. 7:33
  4. 7:00
  5. 7:01
  6. 7:14
  7. 7:21
  8. 7:11
  9. 7:15
  10. 7:24
  11. 7:20
  12. 7:11
  13. 7:05 (+ :57)

I am SO excited that taper is finally here and I can prepare my body for race day. I got an email yesterday stating it was 19 days away. I semi hyperventilated….

xo,

Ali

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Listening to my body

11 Nov

The past few days, I have felt tired and worn out.

Last night, I posted my training update. If you read it, you know that I had a couple runs that I just wasn’t feeling it.

Yesterday morning, I was planning to run 12 400’s at 5k pace. I went to bed Sunday already dreading this workout and wondering if I should do it. My leg was hurting and I just didn’t feel good. And in the back of my mind I knew it wasn’t a good idea.

So when my alarm went off on Monday morning, I hit snooze. Then I hit snooze again. And finally, I turned the thing off and went back to sleep.

Very rarely do I sleep through a run, especially when it is a hard workout that I know I won’t be able to make up later in the day. But this time around, I just could not get up. I swear that if someone told me that there was $1000 waiting at that track I would’ve still turned off the alarm.

Normally I would feel guilty and lazy all day for skipping my run. But this time it was different.

My body is tired. And the aches and the pains were screaming at me to take a day off, so I listened.

Sometimes these rest days are just as important to us as the speed workouts are. When training for a race we put our bodies through so much, and it is only fair to give it a little rest sometimes. I tell people all the time to listen to their bodies, and finally I decided to practice what I preach! I probably should’ve done this last week when I knew things were off, but I was just too crazy dedicated to the training plan allow it.

Hopefully this missed day gets me back on track and prepared to face my last week of training before taper starts!!

Are you good at listening to your body? Or are you like me and struggle with the guilt of taking a day off?

xo,

Ali

St. Jude’s Training Update

10 Nov

It’s been awhile since my last training update.

Things are still going great with my St. Jude’s training. Since the KC Half, I have picked right back up with my training. There have definitely been some hard days the past couple weeks, and a few aches and pains. But overall, I feel strong.

Last week was one of my hardest weeks yet. I think that 15 weeks of training is catching up with me and my body is ready for that taper. I just keep reminding myself I only have one more week!!

Here is a little recap of training last week…

Monday: 10 miles at 8:05 pace. I had 3×2 miles at half marathon pace on the schedule and I just could not get myself there. My legs were pretty tired from a hard 20 miler two days before and no rest day in between. I ended up doing 2×2 miles, with only 2 of them being at half marathon pace. I figured I would take what I can get and my body was telling me to take it a little easier.

Tuesday: 7.5 miles at 8:50 pace. Easy and relaxed miles around the hood.

Wednesday: 11 miles at 7:43 pace. Treated myself to a treadmill run for this workout. Ran two miles warm up, 8 miles right under 7:30 pace, and a mile cool down.

Thursday: 8.5 miles at 8:37 pace. Great run with my Thursday run group.

Friday: 16 miles at 8:22 pace. Did my long run for the week on Friday because I was going out of town for the weekend. Overall the run was good, however I was having some major leg pains by the end of it. My piriformis issues have been acting up a bit the past couple weeks and really bugged me during this run.

A celebatory selfie after 16 miles before work.

A celebatory selfie after 16 miles before work.

Celebrating Hannah's baby BOY!

Celebrating Hannah’s baby BOY!

Saturday: 7 miles at 7:54 pace. Ran with my friend Erin before leaving for a relaxing weekend at my parents farm house.

Sunday: OFF!!!

Woke up to this gorgeous view at the farm.

Woke up to this gorgeous view at the farm.

Total mileage: 60

Hope you have a wonderful week!

xo,

Ali

St. Jude’s Marathon Training – HALFWAY THERE!

30 Sep

Last week’s training marked the halfway point of my training plan. 10 weeks down, 10 to go.

I knew I would be increasing my mileage, and I also had a really busy week with work and Girls on the Run meetings. Because of these factors, I went into the week with an open mind and decided I would do the best I could to follow my schedule.

Monday: 10.2 miles at 7:48 pace. 2 mile warm up, 6 miles at Marathon Goal Pace – 7:25, 7:27, 7:23, 6:56, 7:21, 7:14. The fast mile in there was on the track….so I kind of cheated. Overall I was very happy with this run and felt pretty good. It was a very cool morning which felt incredible. These paces are faster than my marathon goal pace, but they felt good so I went with it.

Garmin Selfie.

Garmin Selfie.

Decided to take Winnie pooch for a run when I got home from work. I was so proud of her for making it 1.1 miles! When I got home, I did 25 minutes of abs and arms.

Tuesday: 7.7 miles at 8:51 pace. Ran super easy, but also on lots of hills.

Went to the gym after work and did 25 minutes of abs and arms. Then hit the ice bath.

Ice baths are a perfect example of "hurts so good". I HATE them, but I love them so much more.

Ice baths are a perfect example of “hurts so good”. I HATE them, but I love them so much more.

Wednesday: Run #1 – 3.51 miles at 9:04 pace. Run #2 after work – 6.18 miles at 8:41 pace.

This was a disaster of a day. My schedule said mile repeats, but I knew it wasn’t happening when I woke up. I was so tired and just felt worn down. Usually I can fight it and give myself a pep talk, but that day I just couldn’t. This was one of the only runs in my 10 weeks of training that I have missed. Because of that, I am not worried about it. Obviously my body was telling me to rest, so I did just that. And the extra hour of sleep felt amazing.

 

Run #1 of the day was in the rain.

Run #1 of the day was in the rain. Proof on the tank.

Thursday: Off

Friday: 7 miles at 8:20 pace. Treadmill run in Baltimore. I was there for a Girls on the Run Conference. Finished this run with 4 x 30 second striders (6:55 pace).

Love my bum ruffle skirts.

Love my bum ruffle skirts.

Gorgeous Baltimore sunset.

Gorgeous Baltimore sunset.

It actually worked out well that our flights were delayed. Because of the delays, we got to have dinner next to the water.

It actually worked out well that our flights were delayed. Because of the delays, we got to have dinner next to the water.

Saturday: 16 miles at 8:56 pace. Such a great run catching up with Stacy and Diana. I loved hosting them for a run in my neighborhood. I was so glad I had an easy paced long run on the schedule. Not getting in from Baltimore until midnight made the 5:45am wake up call a little brutal. Easy miles were much appreciated.

Just had to slip in this ADORABLE photo of my sweet dog!!!!

Just had to slip in this ADORABLE photo of my sweet dog!!!!

Sunday: 5.04 miles at 8:48 pace. Finished with 6 x 10 second striders.

Total mileage: 56.74

All in all, I am happy with this week of training. While I didn’t follow my schedule perfectly and only had one hard run, I know I got in some quality miles. I also gave my legs a week to recover from the intensity I had been used to.

Hope your training/running/fitness is going well!!

xo,

Ali

Marathon Training – 11 Weeks Left!

22 Sep

Only 11 weeks to go until the St. Jude’s Marathon.

Last week’s training went pretty well. I had a couple hard workouts, and a long run that pushed me harder than what I have been doing this training cycle.

Monday: 8 miles at 7:46 pace. 2.5 mile warm up, 2 miles at 7:03, .5 recovery, 2 miles at 6:55, 1 mile cool down. This was a great workout and I really enjoyed it. I will admit that I cheated and did it on the treadmill. I just had zero motivation to run on any hills. I promised myself that the next time this workout comes around, I will suck it up and run on the road.

Tuesday: Off day for running. Did 25 minutes of abs and arms. I am making it a goal to do this twice a week. Sometimes it is so hard for me to add in other workouts when I am running so much…but I know it is SO important.

Wednesday: 8 miles at 7:32 pace. 2.5 mile warm up. 6 x 800 @ 3:03-3:07 pace. 2 x 400 @ 1:31 pace. Hard workout but overall felt great. Happy to see my 800 pace getting faster over the last few weeks. Lightning put me on the treadmill again. But I didn’t mind it. Law and Order SVU is such a great distraction!

Thursday: 7 miles at 8:12 pace. Easy morning run with Amber and Erin. The miles fly by with all of our chit chat!!

Friday: 5.54 miles at 8:45 pace. Great little run with Ramsey.

Saturday: 15 miles at 8:01 pace. Ran with the old Runner’s Edge group. I forgot how much I missed going to the run group! Ran 5 miles warm up, then 8 miles “hard”. 7:28, 7:13, 7:31, 7:11, 7:19, 7:22, 7:06, 7:20. Cooled down for 2 miles. Felt really good and enjoyed catching up with my friend Krista! I hosted a little breakfast after the run, which was fun too! I am sad we can’t do that every weekend!

Sunday: 5.58 miles at 8:50 pace. Super relaxed run with Ramsey. We even stopped a few times to enjoy some plaza scenery and explore the tepees at the Nelson!

Total Mileage: 49.12

I could definitely feel this week of training as I ran hard again this AM. But I am reminding myself that pushing harder is what will make me stronger. Even if it might nearly kill me 😉

Other than ALL the running, I had a really great week!! Monday night I got to spend with old coworkers and celebrating my husbands next big adventure.

Friday night we had the best job ever – being food judges at the Plaza Art Fair! We tried so many amazing restaurants and crowned Gram and Dun as Best in Show. If you haven’t had the chance to go to Gram and Dun, I urge you to head down to the plaza and give it a whirl. The cocktails alone are reason to make a stop.

Official judges.

Official judges.

So much food.

So much food.

Saturday I hosted a little dinner party with friends. We all take turns hosting dinner and have a theme for the night. So far we have had Italian night, sushi night, and as of Saturday we’ve had Kansas City night! I got BBQ from OK Joe’s and Q39, Dessert from Andres, local wine and beer, and vodka distilled in KC! It was such a fun night.

Sunday we headed back to the plaza art fair to walk around and admire the art. We had quite the strong margaritas as we were walking around and ran into quite a few friends. Overall it was a great end to the week.

Post run homemade waffles.

Post run homemade waffles.

I am craving this again right now.

I am craving this again right now.

Gorgeous.

Gorgeous.

How is your training going?? Any fun plans over the weekend?

xo,

Ali

What’s Next….St. Jude’s Marathon!

9 Sep

Well it is official. Marathon #7 will be the St. Jude’s Marathon on December 6th!!

My decision to run this race was based on a few different factors. The first one being that I LOVE St. Judes. It is an amazing Hospital that does wonderful things for their patients and families. The fact of running for something that really mattered made me excited.

The next factor was the timing of this race. After Boston this year, I needed a break from training. My body was tired, and my mind was equally as exhausted. I am not someone that can train back to back to back. I need a break….or at least a couple weeks of doing nothing. The fact that this race is in December gave me more time to heal and mentally prepare for another training.

Third factor – I get to run this race with two of my favorite running buddies!!! Stacy, Di and I have not done a race together since Boston 2013. We love to run together, travel together, and spend time together. This marathon will be such a fun weekend trip for us girls. I am already so excited for a weekend away with my friends – and our favorite cheerleader of course (my Mom!)

Right now, I am at week 8 of training. The first 3 weeks were quite relaxed and just focused on the miles and building endurance. During the first 3 weeks, I averaged about 25 – 30 miles a week.

Week 4 of training is when things ramped up. From week 4 to 6, I put in about 45 miles a week with one speed workout a week. Long runs averaged 13 miles each.

Last week was my first week of 2 hard workouts, plus one long run. Right now, my long runs are up to 15 miles.

A quick look at last week’s training is below….

Monday – Off (too tired from Dev’s wedding the night before!!!)

Gorgeous bride!

Gorgeous bride!

Tuesday – 5.66 Miles easy (8:30 pace)

Wednesday – 8 miles at 7:45 pace. 6 x 800. 800 repeats were all between 3:09 to 3:14. I had to do this run on a treadmill, which was a bit interesting. Other than thinking I was going to fly off, I really liked it. I got to watch an episode of Law and Order and the treadmill controlled my speed…which ensured I wouldn’t miss any of my times.

Storms in the morning brought the most amazing sunrise as I left the gym.

Storms in the morning brought the most amazing sunrise as I left the gym.

Thursday – 7.11 miles at 8:17 pace. Great run with Amber and Erin.

Friday – 9.35 miles at 7:51 pace. This workout was interesting. And by interesting I mean it was HELL. I was supposed to do 4 x 1.5 mile repeats at half marathon pace (7 min/mile is what I use as my half split). After the first repeat I knew I wouldn’t make it to 4 repeats. I ended up doing 3 repeats right at 7 min pace, then an 800 at 7 min pace, and a 400 just below 7 min pace. My body was just not feeling it.

It was so hot I ran in a sports bra. I NEVER do that.

It was so hot I ran in a sports bra. And I never have the courage to do that. Proof the heat made me delirious.

Saturday – 5.22 miles at 8:37 pace. This was such an awesome run. It was a gorgeous morning (FINALLY) and I just absorbed the amazing day.

Night before run at Treads and Threads.

Night before run at Treads and Threads.

Post run breakfast at Happy Gillis in KC.

Post run breakfast at Happy Gillis in KC.

Sunday – 15.05 miles at 7:57 pace. Long run for the week was on Sunday due to my crazy schedule. I usually hate waiting until Sunday for my long run, but this week I loved it. Sunday mornings are so peaceful and it was made even better by amazing weather. I tricked my husband into running 10.5 miles with me, which included 4 hard miles. Those miles clocked in between 7 – 7:30 pace. So thankful that I am married to such a great running buddy.

Proof.

Proof.

Total mileage for the week: 50.39 miles.

It is my goal to post my weekly updates on my blog….so we will see how that goes 🙂

Are you training for anything right now??

xoxo,

Ali

Race Recap: KC Half Marathon

22 Oct

The Kansas City Marathon is one of my favorite races.

In 2008, the KC Half Marathon was the first half marathon I had ever done. I trained relatively hard, and went out there having no clue what I was doing. Originally my goal for the race was 1:45…well, I shocked myself and ran a 1:34. To this day, that is still my half marathon PR.

This year was my 4th time running the race, and my 6th time being down there for all the action. Like I said, I LOVE this race. The city is beautiful to explore and people come out to cheer you on. It is also usually a perfect fall day.

I decided that this race would be my final “long” run before the NYC Marathon. It was perfect timing being two weeks out, and Ramsey was registered too – which meant I would get to run the whole race with one of my favorite running buddies (awwwwwwwwww).

Our goal was to beat 1:50, which would give Ramsey a PR and allow me to run a good pace before NYC (not too easy but not too hard). I was very excited to run and to be there for Ramsey to beat his goal!!

I wore my favorite socks at the race!!!

I wore my favorite socks at the race!!!

We got to the starting line right on time, and I was able to say hello to a few friends that were running too. We all hugged and wished each other luck, then Ramsey and I parked ourselves next to the 1:45 pace group.

One of my favorite pre-race moments was when the National Anthem played. There were some issues going on with the audio, and part of the way through the Anthem the music went out. Instead of the crowd losing patience and moving along, everyone started singing. And we sang until the Anthem was over. I got chills, and choked up. Not sure why…but something about it was so moving. We were all united as one, and ready to conquer the miles ahead.

A beautiful morning in KC!

A beautiful morning in KC!

The first few miles of the race were slow. Some of the biggest hills of the race are in miles 1-4 (which includes one of the biggest hills in KC!). We ran these miles conservatively, and chatted about the course and what was coming up.

Miles 5-8 were fun because they go through one of my favorite parts of the city – The Country Club Plaza. We also got to see our friends Adam and Amber out cheering. This was definitely a boost for Ramsey.

Miles 8-10 are more hills. And they suck. If you run the KC Marathon, these gremlins hit you right at mile 21. If I am cursing them in the half, I can only imagine what my friends running the full were experiencing.

Once we got through mile 10, we had a 5k left. I was giving Ramsey non stop pep talks and chatting his ear off. But he liked it (whether he admits it or not!!)

Mile 11, 12 and 13 we really picked up the race. Ramsey wanted to finish, and I was going with the flow! I knew we would break our goal of 1:50, but wasn’t sure how close to 1:45 we could manage to get…

Before we knew it, the end of the race was in front of us. I really wanted to do this adorable finish line photo of us holding hands, but Ramsey was having none of that. He was focused and wanted to get past the finish. So there went my frame-worthy photo opp 😉

Finish time: 1:45:50ish

I am CRAZY proud of Ramsey and how well he did. He really toughed it out on those big hills and never gave up (mentally or physically).

Post Race photo with Ramsey!

Post Race photo with Ramsey!

I will be back to run the KC Half Marathon next year, and I suggest that you consider it as well.

Splits:

  1. 9:01
  2. 8:17
  3. 8:40
  4. 8:10
  5. 7:50
  6. 8:10
  7. 7:47
  8. 7:59
  9. 8:03
  10. 8:03
  11. 7:27
  12. 7:15
  13. 7:27

Judging by these splits, we ran a very smart race!

And a quick shout out to some of my friends that ran this race and PR’ed!!! Lee ran a 3:24 marathon, Amber ran a 3:14 marathon, and Krista ran a 1:33 half. Wow….I have some FAST friends!!!!!!! I am still in awe over their times!

Did you run last weekend? Have you done the KC Marathon or Half Marathon?

xo,

Ali

Lola trying to wear my medal after the race.

Lola trying to wear my medal after the race.

NYC Marathon Training Week 11 & 12

14 Oct

Two more weeks of training done! I can’t believe how fast this training cycle is going and that it is already time to start tapering.

Week 11

Week 11 started off a little rough. I had been very lucky not to have a bad week of training, but this week was a bit of a different story. I think I was totally worn out from my 60 mile week and my body really needed some rest.

I always say “listen to your body”, and I did just that. I was supposed to have 3 hard runs this week, but I cut it back to just two. Sometimes you have to adjust your plans and do what is right for you. Which is usually much easier said than done 🙂

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 6 miles at 9:17 pace. I declared this the worst run of my training so far. Wow, it sucked. I didn’t want to get up, so I started too late and knew I had to cut it short. I think I was mentally “off” from the start, and then when my legs didn’t want to move fast I was thrown off physically. Overall, a terrible run.

A horrible run with mismatched socks.

A horrible run with mismatched socks.

Wednesday: 7 miles at 8:51 pace. I took this one nice and easy. I was a little scared after the previous days run, so this one would be a relaxed pace.

Thursday: 18.25 miles at 8:29 pace. I had to do my long run during the week due to 5k’s over the weekend. I ran 11 alone and 7 with friends. No goal pace miles in this run. Just ran for the distance.

Celebrating my one month countdown!

Celebrating my one month countdown!

Friday: 6 miles at 9:10 pace. Recovery run with Ramsey. I love our morning runs together!

Saturday: Pumpkin Run 5k – 19:29, 6:06 pace! I WON the females! And I PR’ed!!!! I think I need to write a blog post dedicated to this run, because it was so freaking exciting. And I am still smiling over that PR. (I also ran 1 mile warm up/cool down)

HOLY FREAKING COW!!!!

HOLY FREAKING COW!!!!

Sunday: John Glasser 5k, 8:30 pace. Ran with Ramsey and Adam. It was a chilly, but gorgeous morning!

Total Miles: 44

Week 12

This week was my last peak week of training. It was my goal to get to 60 miles again, but I ended up doing 58.

I went into this week feeling great. I think all of the easy miles the week before were good for me.

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 8 miles at 7:52 pace. Fun track workout. 12 x 400 with 200M recovery in between each repeat. I never stopped the entire time on the track. All repeats were either 1:29 or 1:30.

Gorgeous morning on the track!!

Gorgeous morning on the track!!

Wednesday: 8 miles at 8:01 pace. Early morning run with a couple friends.

Thursday: 12 miles at 8:21 pace. I ran 6 miles before meeting up with my Thursday run friends. 4 miles were tempo pace: 7:23, 7:08, 6:58, 7:23. The rest were easy pace.

Friday: 8 miles at 9:15 pace. Super easy recovery miles.

Avoided a major disaster here.

Avoided a major disaster here.

Saturday: 18 miles at 7:49 pace. Warmed up for 3 miles, then hit it hard for 12 miles (actually 13 because I struggled to slow my pace down…I was in the groove). Tempo miles were mostly between 7:30-7:40. I felt really great on this run. I also had good company! My parents came out to the trail to ride bikes next to me while I ran. That way I wasn’t alone. Yes, I have the best parents.

Muddy trail running. And this photo was very difficult to take.

Muddy trail running. And this photo was very difficult to take.

Thanks Mom and Dad! And check out my pretty new Garmin!!

Thanks Mom and Dad! And check out my pretty new Garmin!!

Sunday: 4 miles at 9:30 pace. I was SOOO tired on this run and totally not in the mood to get out the door. But Ramsey talked me into it. And I am so glad he did!

Total miles: 58

Overall, I am happy with these two weeks of training, especially last week. My long run was a major confidence booster and I was so relieved to be able to easily hold a 7:40 pace. Not only was I able to hold it, but I was talking the whole time. I am feeling great about where I am  as I head into taper.

How is your training going? Did you race last weekend or are you racing this weekend?

xo,

Ali

A few more photos from the week (all from Instagram):

Night out with Ellen and Brian.

Night out with Ellen and Brian.

My brother's surprise 30th birthday party!

My brother’s surprise 30th birthday party!

Post run Brunch with my friends.

Post run Brunch with friends.

Droppin it.

Droppin it.

Celebrating our friend Hannah's wedding!

Celebrating our friend Hannah’s wedding!

NYC Training Update

3 Sep

Hello!!!! Wow, it has been WAY too long since I updated the blog…

Last year, I would report weekly on my training progress for NYC, and I am going to try to start doing that again going forward.

I am now on week 7 of NYC Marathon training, and I cannot believe it. I was dreading this training so much, but to my surprise, it has gone amazingly well.

During this training, I have run some of my fastest times ever, along with my highest mileage month ever (214 miles!!!!!!!!). I have learned to love running in my new neighborhood, met new running friends, and reunited with old friends I had not seen in awhile.

Overall, this training has been awesome. And as long as I don’t lose my momentum, get injured, or have a natural disaster get in my way, I should be able to run a kick ass race on November 3rd. And I am pretty excited about the idea of that!

Below is a snapshot of some training highlights so far…

First long run of training.

First long run of training.

An insanely hot and sweaty 8 miler in the afternoon. This is one of the only workouts I have slept through so far, and that is because of weather.

An insanely hot and sweaty 8 miler in the afternoon. This is one of the only workouts I have slept through so far, and that is because of weather.

12 miles with my BFF visiting from Cali!

12 miles with my BFF visiting from Cali!

Race for the Cure with Stacy! Ran a 22:07.

Race for the Cure with Stacy! Ran a 22:07.

A KILLER track workout. 8 800's, one at 3:10, the rest under. Shocked that my overall pace for this run was 7:05!

A KILLER track workout. 8 800’s, one at 3:10, the rest under. Shocked that my overall pace for this run was 7:05!

Another rockin track workout! 4 1600 repeats, all under 6:25.

Another rockin track workout! 4 1600 repeats, all under 6:25.

My fastest 20 miler EVER. 7:55 overall pace. I was one happy girl after this run.

My fastest 20 miler EVER. 7:55 overall pace. I was one happy girl after this run.

And today's run! 2 months until the race. So freaking excited!!!!

And today’s run! 2 months until the race. So freaking excited!!!!

(All of these photos were posted to my Instagram account)

Thank you to everyone who supported me through my whining on the last few posts! Looking forward to sharing my progress over the next few weeks, and I would love to hear about yours too!!

xo,

Ali

A Boston Marathon Pasta Party

10 Apr

Last Sunday, I attended a dinner for all the local KC runners making the adventure to Boston.

This dinner was put together by a local KC runner, Greg Hall. And it was the perfect way to kick off the Boston Marathon festivities!

Placemat signed by the Boston Bound KC runners.

Placemat signed by the Boston Bound KC runners.

So many awesome people in this room!!

So many awesome people in this room!!

First of all, Greg is awesome. He planned this entire event so the KC runners could meet each other and share our stories. Again, THANK YOU GREG for putting this together and giving us all the opportunity to meet each other. It is so much fun to have dinner with 40 other people who share the same passion as you.

Greg reading some stories.

Greg reading some stories.

Our awesome name tags!! Which I am hanging on my desk this week :)

Our awesome name tags!! Which I am hanging on my desk this week 🙂

Aside from being introduced to each other, another great thing about the night was hearing the stories of our fellow KC runners. The adventures people have experienced and faced to get to Boston are truly amazing. There were SO many great stories, and here are a few of my favorites:

  • The 24 year old guy that was never the “best runner” in high school, but will be running Boston with a bib in the 300’s. That means he is really freaking fast (I think it was somewhere around a 2:35 marathon).
  • The US soldier who was deployed last year prior to his dream marathon, and didn’t get to run Boston. So he went out on the base and ran a 1 mile loop 26 miles while the Boston Marathon was going on.
  • The guy who ran his first Boston in 1969 and only paid $2 for his entry. He has completed many Boston’s since, and plans to continue to run Boston every 5 years. (He also had his first Boston marathon shoes plastered and brought them to the dinner!!)
  • The lady who ran her ass off through so many marathons attempting to qualify, and finally got her BQ. Hard work and determination will always pay off.
  • The guy who went from running an over 6 hour marathon to now running under 3:15 (and I am SOOOO excited that he has shared his training plan with me! Thanks again, Jeff!)
He runs really really fast.

He runs really really fast.

Ran on the base. So incredible.

Ran on the base. So incredible.

Shelled out the $2 entry fee in the 60's.

Shelled out the $2 entry fee in the 60’s.

Feeling super embarrassed to stand up and tell my story. A public speaker I am not!

Feeling super embarrassed to stand up and tell my story. A public speaker I am not!

The entire group. So many amazing people in this photo!!!

The entire group. So many amazing people in this photo!!!

And now my two favorite stories, which are my running buddies.

  • Stacy, who always loved to run, but just couldn’t get her time under 4:30. After so many attempts at breaking 4 hours, Stacy turned her focus on to having a baby, but couldn’t get pregnant. Finally, while training for yet another marathon, Stacy found out she was pregnant with one my most favorite people – Caden. After a hard pregnancy, Stacy (literally) almost died in childbirth, and was in ICU for 5 days. It was terrible. However this girl is so strong and determined, that she decided after surviving that, she could do anything. And she wanted to run the Boston Marathon. After an intense training, Stacy was able to cut almost 20 minutes off her marathon and QUALIFY! The 2013 Boston marathon will be Stacy’s 2nd Boston, and 13th marathon. I can’t think of anyone else I would love to show me the way through this amazing race.
  • Diana, who wanted to spend more time with her friends and decided that running would be a great way to do this. Diana signed up for a half marathon in 2009 and rocked it. We could tell that she had natural ability, but convincing her of this was a whole different story. In 2011, Diana decided she would run her first marathon right before she turned 40. Di ran her marathon, and broke 4 hours. Obviously the girl is awesome. Following the Dallas marathon in 2011 where Stacy and I both qualified for Boston, Diana decided she would qualify too. She worked so hard, and was so determined – Running 4 marathons in one year! Although our first attempt for her to qualify was a total bust, the second attempt went as planned and she BQ’ed with a couple minutes to spare. Diana is a rock star, and I think we are getting closer and closer to convincing her of this!
"No limits, No Regrets"

“No limits, No Regrets”

On April 15th, I will cross the starting line and finish line with two of the most amazing people I know. We will run this race TOGETHER, and celebrate our hard work TOGETHER. And I cannot imagine a better way to spend those 3:45-4:00 hrs than with these girls by my side. They are like my big sisters, have taught me so much over the years, and this experience wouldn’t be the same without them!!!

xo,

Ali

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