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!


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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!
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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!


17 comments:

  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!

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

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  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!

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

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  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!

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  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!

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  7. Great job on therun!!!

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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  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!!! :)

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  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! :)

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  14. Congrats on your cupcake run!

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  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!

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  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.

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

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