Showing posts from March, 2011

Taper Week

I’ve been home all day with a sick 2 year old.  It’s been sunny but windy.  I really wanted to just put her in the jogging stroller and go for a run.  But, it’s taper week. 

Tapering is a necessary evil that gives runners that time to recover from the weeks/months of training we’ve put into such events.  Tapering allows our bodies time to recuperate. 
Amount to Reduce Mileage Before Race Race Distance 3rd week before race 2nd week before race Race Week Marathon 20% 40% 60% 15K to 30K 0% 30% 50% 5K to 10K 0% 20% 50%
It is suggested to reduce your mileage by reducing the distance of your workouts while reducing the number of runs moderately.  The above chart suggests that I reduce my total running (pre-race) by 50%.  If I normally run 26 (ish) miles a week, I should only do 13 before the Saturday race.  Now, if I start my week on Sunday, I did 7 miles on Sunday + the 4 miles on Monday = 11 miles already.  I really only have 2 more miles to do this…

Maine Maple Sunday

This morning the girls and I ran 7 miles on the Rail Trail.  While the thermometer read 30 degrees at the start of the run, the wind made it a brutal run.  We are in now in tapering mode as we prepare for this Saturday's half at Race the Runways.  Now that we're ready, let's hope the weather holds out.  Jill said she heard "something big" is coming our way on Saturday.  Here's hoping the weather pattern shifts!  

After the run, we all celebrated Maine Maple Sunday at Goranson's Farm today.  We started off with some yummy Maple Syrup Sundaes.  

Then we moved on to some more yumminess with maple candy, maple scones, apple cider.  

Then Tucker and Jackson protected the boxes of maple syrup!

I'm pretty sure Izzy didn't smile the entire time we were there.  


With one week until the half marathon, I feel the need to revisit my playlist.  Can I get some suggestions?  Here's what I have now.....

Thunderstruck – AC/DC Back in Black - AC/DC Highway to Hell - AC/DC T.N.T. - AC/DC I love the Night Life – Alicia Bridges Gives you Hell The – The All American Rejects I Like to Move It – Bang Gang So What’cha Want – Beastie Boys Brass Monkey - Beastie Boys No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn – Beastie Boys Hey Ladies – Beastie Boys Intergalactic – Beastie Boys Sabotage -– Beastie Boys Fight for Your Right Dancing With Myself – Billy Idol Rebel Yell – Billy Idol I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas The Bad Touch – Bloodhound Gang Song 2 – Blur Shake Me – Cinderella Fire Woman – The Cult Sexy Bitch – D. Ghetto Dancing with Myself – The Donnas Pump It up – Elvis Costello Sisters are Doin’ It for Themselves – Eurythmics Paralyzer – Finger Eleven Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand No You Girls – Franz Ferdinand Whatever – Godsmack What You Waiting For – Gwen Stefani You’ve Got Another Thing C…

Dodging Cars

That’s what I felt like I was doing on my road tonight. Seriously?  People need to slow down on my road!  Tonight I went out for my run about 4:45 while Ward made dinner – a yummy breakfast pizza. I normally run toward Richmond, but the people down the road just got these large dogs that like to come out into the road and they really don’t appear to be friendly.  So, tonight I decided to run towards town.  What a big mistake. The traffic was ridiculous!  For my back road, it was crazy.  I know I should probably not run in the range of 5:00 if I’d like to avoid traffic.  I’ll be sure to do that tomorrow!
The plan tonight was speed work, so I did repeat of mailbox training but on a different route.  This route is mostly uphill on the way out, which sucks, but that means that the return is mostly downhill!   
Here are my times;
Mile 1: 7:40 minutes/mile Mile 2: 8:52 minutes/mile (*this mile was 100% uphill!) Mile 3: 7:39 minutes/mile (which means this mile was 100% downhill!) Last 0.67 of a m…

11 More Days!

My first half marathon of the 2011 year is just 11 days away.As with any upcoming race, I am feeling both excitement and nervousness.Excitement because the “girls” and I have been training for the 13.1 miles since December.Nervous because I just want to improve my time from the Maine ½ Marathon last October ANDI really want Stacy to heal in time for the run.(sending lots of healing prayers your way!) My time in October was 1:54, which averages to an 8:45 pace.
The Macmillian Running Calculator says this about my training: My long runs should be in this range: 9:41 – 10:41 (we’ve been close most of the time!) My speed runs need to be in this range: 7:53- 8:11 (done that!)
I’m thinking I will meet my goal this year for several reasons: -this isn’t my 1st half -I’ve trained all winter long, in some pretty brutal conditions – while the weather in Maine in April is often iffy, it shouldn’t be as bad as those negative windchill days! -I have my Garmin to help me pace better -I have my Camelbak (whi…

Happy Spring!

Here’s some pictures to show some of the new life coming up in my garden!It always makes me so happy to walk around the garden and see the signs of spring.

Izzy is getting to be more and more fun everyday.It suddenly seems like we no longer have this baby.She’s a little girl.With her own personality and style.

She loves to feed the chickens.Or I should say, eat most of the bread and give them a little.

Speaking of chickens…they are loving this weather.Or at least it appears that way.They have been everywhere – on the deck, in the fields, in the flower garden, in the fruit garden.They even laid 10 eggs today!

This past week training recap: Monday: 3.7 miles Tuesday: Jillian Michaels Wednesday: 4 miles on the treadmill (it was pouring!) Thursday: 4 miles Friday: off Saturday: 13.74 miles Sunday: 3.5 miles
Total:28.98 miles!
Our long run on Saturday was a scheduled 14 miles.We ran into a little issue when we got to Augusta and realized the trail ends abruptly.We tried adding on some mileage on tha…

Mixed Feelings

Next year my teaching assignment is changing from a Jr. High Special Educator to an Elementary Special Educator at the brand new Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School.   I've definitely had some mixed feelings about this change.  On the plus side, I am excited about younger kids, new building, new technology, and new furniture.  The negative side is that I'm leaving some incredible teachers whom I've been working with for 9 years.  Today was a teacher workshop day in Brunswick and I was scheduled to hang with my HBS folks.  It was a typical workshop day which included a lot of sitting and listening - I am not good at either one of these things.  But, our reward was that at 3:00 we got to tour our new school.  I took quite a few pictures with my cell phone and I'm going to share some of them with you! 

Note:  Room assignments have not been done.  But, we are assuming this is my room since I'll be working with the 5th graders (and possibly 4th) and this is the only …

I'm In!

For those of you who don’t know what the Beach to Beacon is, it’s the largest road race in Maine.  You should really read about Beach to Beacon here.  The race caps out at 6,000 runners and registering for the event is quite competitive.  Registration takes place in three stages: Cape Elizabeth Residents, Open, and Lottery.  Yesterday was the 1st day for registering, but it was only open to the first 600 Cape Elizabeth resident who registered.  Today was the big day because it was open registration.  Open registration began at 7:00 am.  Believe me, you want to be at your computer before 7:00 and have the website up .  At 7:02, I was in.  At 7:03, I had Ward registered!  I was expecting a total meltdown (on my part) because registering last year was so hard.  Everytime I entered my credit card information, I was kicked out of the site.  If I remember correctly, the open registration closed in less than 20 minutes.  This year, it was closed in about 7 minutes!  4,000 registrants in 7 mi…


Weekends seem the fly right by.  When both the adults are training for upcoming running events, the weekend tends to be mostly consumed by time spent running.  After the 5K on Saturday, Ward and the guys decided to do their long run - 20 miles.  That's right.  After a 1 mile warm-up, 3.1 mile race, they added on another 20 miles in one 24-hr period.  Needless to say, Ward was gone for hours Saturday night. But, before he took off, he decided to check the status of the sap.

We weren't expecting much at all.  We only have 6 sap buckets tapped into 3 maple trees.  But he came back to the house with about 10 gallons of sap.

What in the world were we going to do with this much?  Of course we were ill-prepared, because that's how we do it around here.

We also know you're not really supposed to boil down the sap inside.  But, we thought it wouldn't do much damage if we weren't doing a huge production.

We left the sap boil/simmer Saturday night and all day Sunday an…

Shamrock Sprint

After two dreary days, the weather for the race was awesome!  Blue skies, 40 degrees.  Loved it.

So, Bath is much hillier than I remembered.  We did live there 8 years ago.  We did walk around the city a lot, but we never really ran it.  Wade described the course as all hills and no flat parts.  That is completely accurate.   It was still a great race.  I'm not sure if I'll ever see official results anywhere.

So here is my recap:  For the guys, Joe got 1st for his age group while Ward got 2nd place.  The race was small enough that 3rd placers didn't get a ribbon.  Sorry, Wade!

For the women, I got 4th overall and 3rd for my age group with my PR of 23:07!  No ribbon for me either.  Oh well.

Stacy and her family took off before we got back to the cars for pictures.  I have to do a better job at remembering to take pictures!

We did get a pretty cool t-shirt, bag and bracelet.  Not bad for a $15 registration.  

Overall, a cute little 5K.  Not a lot of runners.  No mile mar…

Race Day

Today is race day!  Ward and I are both running the Bath Blarney Day's 5K.  This the 2nd year for the race, and our first year doing it.  Wade will be here in about an hour to drive there with us and we will be joining Stacy and Joe there.  What's great about this race is that it's just a 5K AND it's not raining and the thermometer is telling me it's 39 degrees already.  ( says it will be 41 when the race starts!)

Last night I laid out my outfit:

charged my iPod,

and charged my Garmin.

I've already eaten a light breakfast.

and drank my water. 

I know, that's a lot of water.  I've peed 2 times already and I'll go a few more times before we leave.  I can also guarantee I'll go just before the race too!

I have my gum ready to go too.  

I don't know what's wrong with me, but I have to chew gum when I run.  I like having that moisture in my mouth.

Now I need to pack a bag for some clothes for post race, get the kids ready, and wake Ward…

A Family Affair

On the menu tonight:  Jillian Michaels 6-Pack DVD.  
Tucker actually got excited when he noticed I had a new DVD (well, it was new on Monday, but close enough!).  So he rushed into the living room to join me.  

Then Izzy joined me too.  

Of course she bailed within 5 minutes.....

But Tucker stuck it out the entire 30 minutes.  He was so proud of himself and said he was going to be so good in PE now.  He's so cute!

We did level 1, I am not ready for level 2 yet.  I don't know that I will ever be.   But, I keep telling myself that working on my core strength is only going to improve my running.

Good night!

2nd Day

My 2nd run in these shoes:  4 miles in 33:09, average pace: 8:17. The breakdown - Mile 1:  8:26 Mile 2: 8:21 Mile 3: 8:19 Mile 4:  8:03

Today I really tried to just take it easy.  I haven’t been feeling well.  Most of the day I thought my head was going to explode.  I don't want to be sick, so I’ve been downing vitamin C packets dissolved in water all day. 

I really wanted to run today because I’ll be taking the next two days off from running due to the 5K Saturday morning.  I will more than likely do some type of cross training on my “rest days” – like a Jillian Michaels DVD or two!

I do have to say that while running today, I was really paying attention to how my foot came in contact with the ground.  With these shoes, I could feel exactly where my foot was landing and was super focused on keeping it light and easy and to not heel strike.  For anyone of my running friends out there who don’t have racing flats, I urge you to get some.  These shoes are incredible and super light!

Rocking Shoes

I just HAD to try out my new shoes today.It was 33 degrees and sunny when I got home, so I changed into my running gear and waiting patiently for Ward to come up to the house.Then I was off.I really didn’t mean to start off the run so fast, but ¼ mile into the run, I looked down at my Garmin and saw that my pace was 7:45 and I didn’t even feel like I was running hard.So, I went with it.
Here’s the break down: Mile 1: 7:54 minutes/mile Mile 2: 7:52 minutes/mile Mile 3: 8:02 minutes/mile Last ½ mile:7:32 minutes/mile

I completed my normal 3.5 mile out & back run in 27:35.Those shoes shaved minutes off my time!I love them.I just wish Maine Running Company carried cooler colors.Oh well, next time I’ll go for super light and super cool!
Now I cannot wait until Saturday’s 5K!Here’s hoping this slight feverish feeling I have going on right now goes away.