It's a very slow process - two steps forward, one step back - but I'm inching in the right direction. - Rob Reiner

March 26, 2011

Cupcakes, an interview, and a GREAT "long" run!

Well I completed my first ever Virtual Half Marathon on Thursday.  Thanks to Jason at Cook Train Eat Race for organizing The Cupcake Marathon (and Half Marathon).  I really thought about entering the marathon (it would be my first every marathon), but I knew that since I had really just started running again after my injury I had better not push myself too hard and I'm glad I didn't - I only logged 19.1 miles over the course of the 2 weeks of the virtual race - oh, I wouldn't have wanted a DNF in my records!

 So, I guess technically I now have a new Half Marathon PR - My over all time was 2:37:07 - even over the course of 5 runs, I still only managed an overall time of 11:59 per mile.  I'll take it though, I'm just happy to be running again!

Today I had a "long" run of 6 miles scheduled.  It was about 30 degrees, wind speed of 15-20 mph, and snow - Wahoo!!  The ideal running conditions.  Anyway, in spite of that I had one my my best runs yet.  I felt strong and virtually pain free.  I ran the first 5 solid; I had to stop and walk a bit in the 6th mile when I was heading straight up hill, into the wind, and the snow was pelting my face.  My overall pace was 11:26 and at mile 5 my overall pace was 11:19.  I was seriously happy with my run today.  Check out mile 4 - SMOKING - at least for me :)

Miles - 6
Time - 1:08:37
Pace - 11:26
Splits:  1 - 11:32; 2 - 11:27; 3 - 11:18; 4 - 11:05; 5 - 11:13; 6 - 12:02

After my run, I came home and stretched and enjoyed a nice recovery smoothie.

Smoothie - YUM!
Apparently I was interviewed without my knowledge by Jim at 50 After 40.  While this interview is totally untrue - it is seriously funny!  I may need to interview Jim soon for my blog :)  If you aren't reading Jim's blog you should check it out.  He's an amazing runner, super funny, and best of all my hubby!


  1. Really good job! On running but also on making that super looking smoothie! Too bad we're not closer, I could've used someone to run with. All of my friends were racing today.

    Any reason to eat cupcakes sounds good to me!

  2. Congrats on finishing and PRing on the cupcake 1/2!!

  3. Great run for the cupcakes!
    How did I not know you and Jim are a couple?.I wonder how long it would have taken me to figure that out if you did say anything? Haha!

  4. Your weather was WORSE than mine. We had cold and wind but it had stopped snowing when we ran.

  5. Very cool! I don't think I could handle that cold. I'm going for a run tonight (after UofA beats UConn) and it will be 70 degrees at dusk. Now, that is running weather!

  6. Congrats on your PR! I got a marathon PR during this race as well (3:47 -- which would NEVER happen in real life), but it is still fun to dream. :)

    Gooooooood job!

  7. Great job on therun!!!

    I was floored by just how well your husband new you! ;)

  8. Nice work, Michael! I love any reason to get cupcakes =D

  9. Okay, I gotta go check out this interview. Mmmmmmmh Berry smoothie, that is a staple in my house. Thanks for the condolences about my Aztecs.

  10. I didn't realize you were jims wife, so cute! I love your sign :)

  11. YAY! for a painfree 6 miler! and your smoothie looks so yummy...

  12. Great job PRing your half! That interview was pretty funny!
    I read where you went to Morehead State. I played basketball in Junior College with a guy that went to Morehead State to play after JUCO.
    Glad you found me!!! :)

  13. Great job! I saw this quote the other day and thought of you and your blog header:

    "Behold the turtle… He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” - James B. Conant

    Keep up the great work! :)

  14. Congrats on your cupcake run!

  15. Hey there--I've been following your hubs for a while...excited ti find yours too!

    You asked about sending a pic of a tee from a corporate challenge--by all means. The more the merrier!

  16. I cannot get over the weather you have been having. It is bananas.....ummm bananas! Sorry got sidetracked for a moment.

    Heading over to read Jim's blog interview now.

  17. Congrats on your cupcake half!! The "interview" is too funny :)