Outrun Hunger 5K

Hello Snow

Hello Snow

I swear when I registered for this race the weather said 47 and sunny. I must have missed the memo that we were we also getting 5 inches of snow the day before the race. (Note: this race was almost 2 weeks ago and I’m just getting to the recap now.)

Needless to say, I was less than excited to run this race with as much snow as we were getting. Since I was already battling plantar fasciitis I set my goal to 1) not fall and 2) treat it as a speed workout.

Photo courtesy of CleGreg

Photo courtesy of CleGreg

I struggled with my footing the first mile of the race and lost some time. However, the sun came out and I swear the snow started melting. My footing on the ground got better as the race went on.

Courtesy of Ryan

Courtesy of Ryan

I had zoned out very early on in this race. I had no idea what place I was in and barely looked at my watch for fear of what the time would tell me.

Photo courtesy of CleGreg

Photo courtesy of CleGreg

Once again during a 5K, I crushed the 2nd mile, usually I struggle during the second mile and pick it up the 3rd mile. I kept up my pace and cruised through the finish line for 2nd overall female and first in my age group. Official Time of 23:22, with the bad footing and the giant hill I was happy to go under 24 minutes.

Cutting Board Awards

Cutting Board Awards

I have to admit the only reason I signed up for this race was for the chance to win one of the awesome cutting board age group awards.  However, after learning more about The Centers for Families and Children, I’ll be back next year for the cause and not the award,

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Cleveland Marathon Training Week 11: Crushing

crush  (krŭsh)

v. crushed, crush·ing, crush·es
1. To press between opposing bodies so as to break or injure.
2. To break, pound, or grind (stone or ore, for example) into small fragments or powder.
3. To put down; subdue: crushed the rebellion.
4. To overwhelm or oppress severely: spirits that had been crushed by rejection and failure.
5. To crumple or rumple: crushed the freshly ironed shirt.
6. To hug, especially with great force.
7. To press upon, shove, or crowd.
8. To extract or obtain by pressing or squeezing
9. A popular soda drink

With the marathon slowly creeping closer I have a big decision to make. Will I be crushed by not be able to run the full marathon this year? Will I drop to the half and crush my PR? Will I attempt the full and risk injury then spend the rest of the summer crushed that I can’t run?

Right now I’m hoping for a miracle and that I can suddenly bust out my 20 milers. I’m bummed that I got my 15, 16, 17 and 18 milers in with no problems and then came down with the plantar fasciitis. I can’t help to think that those long runs went to waste if I end up not being able to run the marathon.

Practically living in compression socks... sometimes over my jeans because i just want my feet compressed.

Practically living in compression socks… sometimes over my jeans because i just want my feet compressed.

Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: 800 meter swim
Wednesday: AM Speedwork 1 mile WU, 5-800s, 2-400s, 1 mile CD
Thursday:  4 miles in the AM and 800 meter swim in the PM
Friday: Abs and Arms
Saturday: 10 mile long run and 800 meter swim
Sunday: 1 hour of strength training

Total Mileage: 19 miles

I kept the mileage extra low this week but kicked up the pace of my 10 miler and am happy to report that I had zero pain! I also received the go ahead from my doctor to run 12 miles this weekend and see how I feel!

Bodhi and I celebrated the good news with a milkshake.

Bodhi and I celebrated the good news with a milkshake.

Have you ever had to come up with a decision to run or not run? Ever had to drop out of a race or drop down on your distance? I’ve never had to drop down my distance because I usually end up injured and can’t run at all :(

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Cleveland Marathon Training Week 10: Let’s Not Call It A Comeback

Although the mileage was low this week, it was 75% painfree! The plan is to do another week similar to this mileage and if everything continues painfree, I can increase my mileage again!

Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: SpeedWork, 1 mile WU, 6-400s, 1 mile CD, 800 meter swim
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: 1,350 meter swim (54 pool laps, so close to a mile swim!)
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 10 mile long run
Sunday: OutRun Hunger 5K (5 miles for the day)

Cruising in the 5K

Cruising in the 5K

Total Mileage: 22 Miles

Every time I am injured all I can think about is how big of a spot running has in my life. I mean that in the best possible way because I truly love running.

Life is better in running shoes. #clemarathon

Although we had yet another snow storm over the weekend, it seems that warm temps are on the way!

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Jig & Jog 5K

Jig Jog Logo 2014

A couple years ago I ran the Jig and Jog race and crushed my time. (Course was a bit short but I still would have crushed it no matter the distance). When I found out it was on a day I could make this year I couldn’t wait to run it.

With all the plantar fasciitis nastyness going on in my feet, I had a goal to run anything in the 21s. No PR, no trying to place, just any finish time that started with 21. With a flat lakewood course I figured I could pull it off.

Mile 1: One small loop around the neighborhood (also the starting line was in front of my new place of employment! yays!) I barely looked at my watch and tried to run by feel.

Mile 2: We had started down a long stretch to the water stop/turnaround, I was able to see Ryan in the lead! With 2 other guys :) I was also able to see that I was in 4th overall. I usually feel like death at this point but my legs were ready to go. I cruised through this straightaway.

Mile 3: We went back and did the small neighborhood loop again and I loved it! It was nice to know exactly how far it was to the finish…even if I was wanting to see a finish line at 2.7.

stone finisher awards and the had some chocolate milk towels!

stone finisher awards and the had some chocolate milk towels!

I had to push a little at the end but ended up finishing at 21:47, 4th overall female and 1st in my age group! We know the race director at this race so he always gives a shout out to “Team McCartney” at the races :)

I wore my shirt to bake in so it is still in the wash.

I wore my shirt to bake in so it is still in the wash.

If you are not familiar with Peace Racing, they put on some great local races and their courses are always a little different than normal. They are putting on a 5K Cro Run in May that supports a group near and dear to my heart, the American Zagreb Junior Tamburitzans. Come out and support if you can!

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Cleveland Marathon Training Week 9: Hanging in there

Injury Update: I’m still being annoyed but this pain in my feet BUT I can still run! I cannot run 20 miles but I can run 14. Hopefully my feet get their act together so we can go crush Marathon #12. I broke down this week and parted ways with my Nike’s and welcomed home these babies.

ASICS!

ASICS!

I haven’t worn Asics since I first started distance running in 2006! However, they feel great so far and I look forward to breaking these babies in!

Monday: 3.07 easy miles in the am
Tuesday: SpeedWork, 1 mile WU, 5-800s, 1-400 and 1 mile CD
Wednesday: 3.08 easy miles in the am
Thursday: 1,200 meter swim
Friday: abs and arms
Saturday: 14 mile long run (Jig and Jog 5K in there too)
Sunday: 1 hour spin and rolled dough for a couple hours.

Rolled dough AND I got to hang out with my little sister. (Not so little anymore)

Rolled dough AND I got to hang out with my little sister. (Not so little anymore)

Total Mileage: 25.65

I had not 1 but 2 graston appointments last week and another one this week. Hoping to keep the scar tissue and other junk from building up in my feet. My original training plan had me doing a 20 miler last week but I decided I’d play it safe and run 17. However, the pain was so bad at mile 11 that I decided 14 would have to be it. Fingers crossed for a miracle and a 20 miler soon!

On my runs I try to smile and wave or say good morning to everyone I pass. Sometimes I zone out and forget but 98% of the time I try to say something because I would rather be the one who waved and said good morning than the one who didn’t.

Darling, be daring.

Do you say hi to those you pass on your runs?

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St. Malachi 5 Miler

I believe over 4,000 runners showed up for the race and I’m so short you can’t even come close to finding me in this pic.

Starting line

Starting line

I was really nervous about this race with my plantar fasciitis flare up going on. I did a 1.5 mile warm up and I could already feel the tightness and soreness. That tightness got worse just before the start from standing around in the cold. When the gun went off I was so nervous my legs weren’t going to work they were so tight.

As funny as my legs felt, I just went through the motions of the race and told myself “run your own race“. Malachi is a huge race with the top runners in the area participating. I’m lucky to come in the top 10 of my age group for this race so it is nice to focus on solely competing with myself.

I ran the first mile in 6:45 and the 2nd mile is mostly downhill so I wasn’t worried about holding a certain pace or pushing myself. However the 3rd mile is mostly flat and you feel that downhill on your legs. I would have ran a pretty good 5K race at this point. The next section is up the huge hill around the browns stadium, it went by a lot faster than I expected. However, my pace went way down.

Fierce Face

Fierce Face

For the last mile, I was concentrating on getting up and over the last hill which is actually the Superior bridge. Once you are over the bridge it is all downhill from there (in the best way possible). I let that downhill carry me down the bridge and saw my pace picking up. In the past the finish line would be not far after you get off the bridge. This year the finish line was down a huge huge hill. I barreled down it and hoped it would get me to my goal time.

I was shooting for anything in the 36s. It’s not a PR but it’s a time I felt I could run while dealing with this plantar fasciitis. As hard as I was pushing down that hill, I didn’t quite make my goal. I did however run a 37:12 a 7:26 pace, so only 12 seconds from being in the 36s. Not my best time and not my worst so I’ll take it and improve from there.

Malachi Love at Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood

Malachi Love at Rozi’s Wine House in Lakewood

I finished out the day with 8 more miles making it 14 for the day.

While looking through the photos from the race, I found this gem of a finish line photo. I have high hopes that one day I can get a photo like this.

Sidenote: I have no idea who this guy is. Welcome to the blog.

Sidenote: I have no idea who this guy is. Welcome to the blog.

Do you have any awesome finish line photos? Or are you like me and usually get a photo while you are stopping your watch.

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Cleveland Marathon Training Week 8: Keeping the injury at bay

I wish I could say the injury has subsided and that I’m back to full time training but I’m not. I’m still running and getting some training in so I’ll take what I can right now. It’s definitely been more quality over quantity the past few weeks. Which allows me to run and keeps me from a full blow injury.

Quality over quantity

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Speed work! 1 mile warm up, 4-800s (3:11, 3:12, 3:12, 3:12) 1 mile cool down.

Wednesday: 3 miles before the snow storm hit that made my drive home take 2 hours and miss my graston appointment.

photo 3Thursday: Arms and abs in the morning, 1,125 meter swim at night (new swim distance)

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: Malachi 5 miler, plus long run for the week=14 miles

photo 2

Sunday: Full body massage at Soothe Massage in Rocky River. Go there now!

Total Mileage: 22

It was a lot of low mileage this week but Tuesdays speedwork really impressed me and made me feel like I wasn’t losing any fitness. I admit I was hurting during the Malachi 5 miler and the miles after that but the pain is more uncomfortable not shooting stabbing pain.

Bodhi keeps me company while foam rolling and stretching.

Bodhi keeps me company while foam rolling and stretching.

I’m going for another Graston appointment tonight so hopefully that helps me out since we are 61 days out from the marathon.

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