Today is a VERY exciting day for me. I started training for the 2011 Boston Marathon! Woooo hooooo!!!!!
Running the Boston Marathon has been a dream for mine for as long as I can remember. After 7 attempts, I FINALLY qualified at the 2010 Cleveland Marathon with a time of 3:37:04. To qualify for Boston, a woman in my age group has to run 3:40:59.
Today I was up before the sun to get my 12.2 miles under my belt. I like to do out and back runs on my longer run days because it is easier for me to estimate my pace as I know the various mile increments from 1 mile up to 10 miles east from my apartment (I only use a standard running watch, I don’t have a Garmin or anything fancy like that). It was chilly (25 degrees!) by Lake Erie this morning so I busted out my new Nike Pro Combat running tights for their first run! (verdit: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!) I also thought it appropriate to get a new pair of running shoes for my new training cycle, my go-to shoe is the Nike Structure Triax. I scored not one, but TWO
pairs purrs (cue Nelly’s jam ‘Air Force Ones) from my local running store yesterday for 20% off each! Holla!
Stats from today’s training run:
Total time: 1:42:11 for 12.2 miles (8:22 pace per mile)
First 6.1 miles: 51:54 (8:30 pace per mile)
Second 6.1 miles: 50:16 (8:14 pace per mile)
Resulting in a 1:38 negative split (in a strong headwind to boot!)
All and all I am very pleased with my run this morning. It felt almost effortless, which for me means I am in solid shape already! I am excited to see how I improve over the next 19 weeks and see what I can do in Boston!
I had allotted just enough time to run, take a 2 minute shower (I didn’t wash my hair, as I have a TON of it, don’t judge), change, shove a snack in my mouth and then drive to Oberlin College for a yoga date with one of my BFFs Kimi Kay at Solaluna Center for Yoga and Movement.
I used to do a solid hour of yoga while in college every Sunday afternoon after my long run. I don’t know exactly when I broke this habit, but I am glad I have recently resumed yoga classes. Today we focused the marjority of the class on sitting poses that targeted my hips and hamstrings – which I needed desperately.
After 1.5 hours of getting our OM on, Kimi and I walked to one of my favorite places, The Slow Train Cafe. We treated ourselves to our new obsession, chai lattes infused with a shot of espresso (Kimi went skinny, I went soy), and baked goods – Kimi chose the blueberry muffin, and I chose my favorite vegan everything cookie! We savored every sip and bite, enjoyed lots of laughter on a superbly cozy couch.
All of this was accomplished before noon! My kind of Sunday.