Sunday, November 30, 2008

2 Turkey Burnoff 5-Miler: Just A Quickie Post


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Just wanted to share the results of the Turkey Burnoff 5-Miler. It was a fun race with lots of hills to keep things interesting. ;-)

Hmmmm, OK, this is really weird. I just checked the results again, just a few seconds ago, & it looks like my posted finish time has been revised. I was originally listed 92 out of 172 female finishers, but now I'm listed as 90/171. How did they lose a person in the process? ;-)

(Still ranked as 15 out of 25 in my age group though.)

Also, my times have dropped from 51:26 (or a 10:17 pace) to 51:14 (or a 10:14 pace).

That's really odd! Not sure it's accurate though, because unless the clock was off, I remember seeing 51:24 on the digital timer clock as I was nearing the finish line (& have got a photo taken by Erik to confirm it too!). Were they going by gun time or net time? Maybe that explains the discrepancy. Oh well, either way, I'll take it! 8-)

Full race results can be viewed here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

4 Planning For Marathon Numero Uno.....


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Hi Everybody,

As you can see from the last few posts, I've been planning out my race calendar for the remainder of 2008 & also for the coming year.

Of course, setting one's schedule also obviously requires planning out training programs, so I've also been considering enrolling in some speed clinics & a marathon training program (in 2009).

And of course that brings me to the big goal for the end of 2009 or possibly the beginning of 2010. Yep, you guessed it. The marathon. Or rather the very first marathon.

As it stands right now, I am still trying to decide which marathon will be "numero uno." It's currently a toss-up between Harrisburg, Ocean Drive, or the Shamrock. They are all relatively flat courses, which, as many veteran marathoners have repeatedly advised me, is definitely the way to go for the newbie marathoner.

There's also the possibility that Harrisburg might be a relay team run instead, which'd be good to get the flavor of the marathon without actually running the whole thing. ;-) Since the Harrisburg Marathon is typically held in November (2009), it'd also be a good "introduction" to the whole marathon scene, which I have yet to experience, other than being on the sidelines cheering on a marathoner I knew, whom a bunch of us came out to support. 8-) To be honest, I've only personally witnessed one marathon thus far that I can recall, & that was the Marine Corps Marathon several years ago (circa 1994-6).

So if the marathon relay happens, that'd also give me slightly more training time to run either the Shamrock or Ocean Drive, which are both in March 2010. This latter idea is probably the more realistic plan, considering I'm only currently doing 22-30 miles per week on average, & it takes time to build up to the necessary weekly mileage required to adequately prepare for a marathon!

So while I haven't yet made up my mind just yet on the specific marathon, I have been doing something a bit more important -- reading & researching everything I can about marathoning, & planning for my upcoming marathon training.

One such useful article on the subject can be found here. (I also tweeted earlier today about this Runner's World article, entitled "26 Tips for Running Your Best 26.2.")

Also, I recently just got Blaine Moore's audio CD, "Run to Win With Tom Ryan: How to Regain & Maintain Your Competitive Edge As You Age", & then also purchased his digital book, "Marathons Don't Have to Hurt," as a companion piece, which I've just started reading. I will very likely be referring to these media in upcoming posts, so stay tuned for feedback.

To promote the new "Run to Win" CD, the first 50 copies will be given away for free. The last time I checked there were less than 15 left. However, if you act now, you might still be able to get the CD for free (i.e., you only have to pay a minimal cost for shipping), while supplies still last. And, if you purchase the book at the same time you get the CD, you can get the book at a discounted rate. Both the audio CD & book are packed with information!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

8 Unofficial Race Results: King of the Road 5K


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Hi Everybody,

Just thought I'd quickly blog about some brief details about today's race experience:

Ran the King of the Road 5K this morning in approximately 30:25, or a 9:48 pace. That's a new race PR for this season. Yay!

On a personal note, it was nice to finally meet @runningrambling for the first time in person & to see @jegill again after so long. Also, just wanted to express a big thank you to @phantom4 for getting up this morning & freezing his tail off to come out & support me.

We all met up afterward for a little post race chat. It was great fun, guys!

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I'll post a more in-depth race report after the final race results come in. Stay tuned.....

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

6 2009 Race Schedule: Racing Into The New Year....


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Here are some of the races I'm considering for 2009 & beyond:

JANUARY 2009:
1/1/09 - New Year's Day 5K

MARCH 2009:
TBD (probably late March) - Piece of Cake 5K

APRIL 2009:
4/5/09, 7:50 am - Cherry Blossom 10-Miler
4/18/09, 6:30 am - Charlottesville Half Marathon
4/26/09, 8 am - GW Parkway Classic 10-Miler/5K
TBD (probably late April) - Pike's Peek 10K

MAY 2009:
5/3/09, 6:30 am - Frederick Half Marathon
--OR --
5/3/09, 7 am - Potomac River Run Half Marathon
--&/OR--
5/31/09, 7 am - ZOOMA Annapolis Half Marathon & 10K

JUNE 2009:
TBD (probably early June) - Capital Crescent 5K
6/13/09, 9 am - Sunbury YMCA 23rd Annual 5K
TBD (probably late June) - Run for Roses 5K

JULY 2009:
TBD (probably mid July) - Rockville Rotary Twilight 8K
TBD (probably late July) - Riley's Rumble (Half Marathon)

AUGUST 2009:
TBD (probably late August) - Kentlands 5K

SEPTEMBER 2009:
TBD (probably mid-September) - Parks Half Marathon

OCTOBER 2009:
10/4/09 - Army 10-Miler

NOVEMBER 2009:
TBD (probably early November) - Rockville 5K/10K
TBD (probably early November) - Harrisburg Marathon* (Might run this event as a relay team.)

DECEMBER 2009:
TBD (probably mid-December) - Jingle Bell Jog 8K

MARCH 2010:
TBD (probably late March) - Ocean Drive Marathon*
--OR--
TBD (probably late March) - Shamrock Marathon*

* = Whichever marathon I decide upon (I'm picking just one, in either late 2009 or early 2010), it'll be my very first marathon!

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Obviously, the above schedule still needs a bit more fine-tuning, & as it's still fairly early, nothing's been set in stone just yet.

As I continue to build my mileage with the intent of running my first marathon in late 2009 or early 2010, it certainly feels great to be lining up possible venues for next year, & at the same time, to begin thinking about next year's prospects & goals!

So what are your big hopes & dreams for the upcoming year? What are your goals? Are you at the outset of your fitness program (i.e., trying to get back into shape), or have you been working out for a while now & are perhaps looking to set some new PRs?

Have you begun to think about road races for 2009 & if so, what racing events do you plan to do?

Here's to fulfilling those big hopes & dreams in 2009 & beyond!

-C

Monday, November 10, 2008

2 Update: New Road Races Added to 2008 Racing Calendar!


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If you've been checking out this blog's sidebar, you might've noticed that I've recently added a few new races for 2008. These will be my last few races of the year:

11/16/08, 9 am - King of the Road 5K
11/29/08, 10 am - Turkey Burnoff 5-Miler
12/14/08, 9 am - Jingle Bell Jog 8K

I'm really excited to race this weekend! I've been consistently running fairly close to a 10 minute/mile pace for the 10K, so it'll be interesting to see what I can crank out for a shorter distance like the upcoming 5K. ;-) Also, Erik & I are looking forward to meeting up with friends for a few of these races, so it'll be a fun social occasion too!

Have a great night!
-C

Thursday, November 6, 2008

5 New Posts Are Coming Soon, I Promise!


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Yes, I know there are lots of missing posts. Lots of runs & a road race, but no posts. Promise to rectify that soon. Also some fitness & nutrition articles coming shortly as well. So stay tuned!

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