My Treadmill is My Most Prized Possession Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:59:54 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Sat, Oct 06, 2012 <p>Hello fast running blog world!&nbsp; It has been quite some time since my last entry but as RAD asked me how&nbsp;St. George&nbsp;went, I decided I would post a decent posting about St. George and my running season in general.</p> <p>Signed up for the Grand Slam this year to get the Grand Slam monkey off my back.&nbsp; Did the Grand Slam in 2010 but moved to Knoxville, TN&nbsp;just before St. George so I didn't finish it.&nbsp; Pretty much hate not doing something I said I was going to do more than anything else in the world and it drove me crazy that I didn't finish it, so it had to be done.</p> <p>Raced Ogden and PRed (3:24).&nbsp; Tanked at Utah Valley 3 weeks later (3:55).&nbsp; Pulled it together for Park City (3:51) and had no idea how St. George was going to go.&nbsp; After Park City I was exhausted from the summer and had tendonitis in left foot and zinging nerves in right foot so I took it easy (read: seriously slacked off) running only 3 days a week.&nbsp; I got the long runs done but my midweek mileage seriously suffered and my speed work went out the window especially after I registered for Boston in 2013 (finally getting Boston done after several years of BQing and not registering in time).</p> <p>Only motivation to run well at St. George was knowing that I had a 6 minute lead on the second place woman in my division and, realizing that I am going to turn 30 this year and will then be in the hardcore division (30-39 year olds), figured this was my only chance to ever win first in a marathon in anything.</p> <p>Felt decent the morning of St. George.&nbsp;&nbsp;Scott (husband) tried to reassure me that&nbsp;the six weeks between Park City and St. George of&nbsp;lax training were good for me.&nbsp;&nbsp;Decided to stay together as long as we could at around a 7:30.&nbsp; Started 15 minutes off the&nbsp;clock.&nbsp; Lost Scott at mile 3 when he was doing closer to 7:15s.&nbsp; Realized about the same time that&nbsp;my tiredness/exhaustion from the summer was not gone after all and that St. George was not going to be a PR&nbsp;by any means.</p> <p>Held it together&nbsp;over Veyo, losing only 4 seconds.&nbsp; But after that just slowly wore out.&nbsp; By Mile 13 was feeling tired and more tired, but tried to keep it going at a decent pace.&nbsp; Scott says I have no competitive spirit in me.&nbsp; It's true.&nbsp; I&nbsp;definitely compete against myself, but competing against others doesn't do it for me, so sometimes between 13-16 I started thinking, &quot;I hope Erica (second place girl) has a great race and gosh darn it, if she wins she beat me fair and square.&quot;&nbsp; At this, my friends and family roll their eyes and laugh.&nbsp; Yes.&nbsp; I suppose I am the ultimate non-competitor.&nbsp; Garmin quit at mile 18 from data overload.&nbsp; Wanted to chuck it since it was extra weight and not doing anything but thought this was probably not the best idea (I go a little crazy during races and figured this might be running crazy talking).</p> <p>Saw Scott at 18 about a half mile ahead looking strong.&nbsp; Caught up to him again at 22 or so but at that point&nbsp;I could tell he was hurting (Scott has a torn miniscus in his left knee).&nbsp; Ran with him for a while at 23 but he wanted me to go ahead and when I saw on the clocks that I&nbsp;could maybe pull out a BQ time if I got my act together, decided to&nbsp;go for it.</p> <p>Pulled in at 3:33.&nbsp; Not my finest race but not my worst either.&nbsp; Very happy thinking (dreaming perhaps?)&nbsp;that maybe 3:33 is my new just okay/average race day.</p> <p>All in all, survived the running season and the Grand Slam though I'm not sure if it's an experience I will repeat anytime soon&nbsp;(4 marathons was a lot for me with my kids and all we had going on; I think 2 or 3 is much more ideal for me at this stage in life).&nbsp; Ended up winning first place in my division and got a lovely plaque for it.&nbsp; Got a BQ and a PR.&nbsp; Finished my 15th marathon and only have 85 marathons to go before completing my lifetime goal of 100 marathons which will likely take me until age 100.&nbsp; Kept saying I would take 2 months off and eat Oreos on my couch but now, a week out, find myself already missing&nbsp;the pavement&nbsp;so heading out for&nbsp;my first post-race run tomorrow morning bright and early.</p> <p>Planning on a TThSat running schedule during the off-season until January.&nbsp; Will be enjoying a lot of biking and maybe even some lifting MWF.&nbsp;&nbsp;And looking forward to Bostin in 6 months.&nbsp; On the crazy marathoning note, actually felt sad today when I realized it would be so long before my next&nbsp;marathon.&nbsp; Hows that for crazy?&nbsp; I know all of you other crazies will understand though.</p> <p>Signing off for now, Cath</p> <p>P.S. RAD--would love to get together&nbsp;for a run.&nbsp; Please call or email!&nbsp; </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 06 Oct 2012 06:00:00