Wow, I was going to write “7” weeks, but I realized I skipped a week on vacation and we’re down to only 6 more weeks!  If you are interested in running the Owens Corning Half Marathon at Glass City, it’s over 70% full, so make sure you get signed up so those weeks of training don’t go to waste!

While I was on vacation I ran with my husband three mornings.  It was incredible running in the mountains, and equally exhausting.  I did my Garmin Resting Guy several times during my run.  Does that pose look familiar to anyone?  I don’t have the pacer guy on my watch anymore, but that was what my old Garmin showed me if you paused it.

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Surprisingly I ended up with 38 and 36 miles for each of the last two weeks of training.  It was a much needed break.  So with that, it’s back to work!  This week my schedule is loaded with races.  More races than I’ve done in the past 3 months it seems!  Here’s what I have coming up:

  • Sunday – (done) 8 miles on treadmill.  Because I hate rain.
  • Monday – (done) 8 miles on treadmill again.  Because I like repetition.  PLUS, Run for Pi race at night! I couldn’t pass up another fun themed race (March 14, 3/14, 3.14…). One of the other GCM Ambassadors, Tom, organized this event and it did not disappoint.  I donned my best “nerdy” attire (hey, I work in IT, but I am NOT a nerd).
  • Tuesday – Rest!  and Gym day
  • Wednesday – 12 miles medium long run, and gym (easy effort at the gym!)
  • Thursday – 6 miles recovery
  • Friday – Rest day!!  So unusual that I have a Friday off, what will I do with myself??
  • Saturday25K race in the morning, run at marathon pace.  PLUS yet another holiday themed race – the Blarney Shuffle 5K in the afternoon.  I am going to be exhausted.  But I’m also going to be pretty happy because the 5K event involves a beer tent 🙂
  • Total = 56 miles

I’m going to try to just take my miles slow so I can perform at the level I want to during the races, and not be sore.

Recap of the “nerdy” Run for Pi race:  I decided I’d just go with the flow when I ran this.  It was a bit crowded at the start with a mix of people – kids, etc.  You know how you judge your pace in races sometimes by the way other people look?  Lets just say I was totally happily surprised when I saw my first mile was 8:00 on the dot!  I thought “hey, I could really race this thing!”.  I slacked a little on mile two, and picked it again for mile 3.  Finished in 25:37 – 8:09 avg, good enough for 2nd place in my age group out of 25.  I’ll take it!  We were encouraged to wear nerdy clothes… because nerds love Pi of course.  And math.

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Wool blend skirts are surprisingly athletic!!

 

There was pie, and Pi for all finishers…

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The pie was sooooooooo good!!

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And beer glasses for awards.  Nice swag!

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BTW, I found a fabulous house when we were running in the mountains.  If I start talking about moving, you know where we’ll be heading!

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Q:  Which organized races do you sign up for more often – 5Ks, half marathons or full marathons?

So glad the Toledo Roadrunners provides great low cost races for the club members. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be running many 5Ks because race fees really add up for the whole family!!

Q: Are you training for the Glass City Marathon (or other spring race)?  How’s it going?

Q: Did you run any holiday themed races this week??

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Training Tuesday – GCM, 6 weeks left!”
    1. Ironically, hardly anyone else was dressed nerdy! Oh well. I usually don’t dress up for races, but it was fun getting into the spirit of it. Guess that shows how nerdy I really am. Ha!

  1. Awe, you look so cute in your nerdy outfit! I can’t believe you ran TWO races in one day. I don’t race much anymore and when I do, they’re either half marathons or fulls. I ran my first 5K ever in Arizona in January! That’s a tough distance. Whew!

    1. I know what you mean – after running those long marathons I feel like I’d like to run some short 5Ks… until I’m out there racing them. Exhausting in a whole different way!!!

  2. I looked that house up on Zillow, only $2.18 million. If we cut back a bit, sell the Mustang, and perhaps donate a few organs we might be able to swing it!

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