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Marathon Training Day 196: For runners, what does it mean to have a personal record?

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What does it mean to have a personal record? I am 37 years old, and I am wondering if it is okay to “reboot” some of my personal records? A couple weeks ago I ran the fastest mile ever while training for this marathon. That mile time was 7 minutes and 4 seconds.

That is a record for my marathon training, but it is not a personal record. I ran much faster when I was in high school. Even though I am happy with the 7:04 time, I also know it is not a real personal record. On the other hand, is it possible for my 37-year-old body to run at my young high school speed? I honestly cannot remember what I ran in high school. I was not a great long distance runner. On the days I did not feel well in high school I ran around a 6 minute mile which was slow. Monday I will give it another go to get into the 6 minute mile range. Even if it is 6:59 it counts.

Currently I count the 7:04 as my personal best because I rebooted my personal records. If there are any running purists out there who are offended, I would love to hear your input as to why rebooting my personal records might be sacrilegious in the running world. After all, these are personal records not Olympic records.

I did set an all-time “real” personal best on Saturday. I ran 8.14 milies in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 28 seconds. When I calculated that out I figured I would run a 2 hour, 3 minute half marathon time if I kept that pace … but my math and other thinking skills have been a little wonky over spring break 😀

Current personal records:

  • 1 mile – 7:04 (previous 7:55)
  • 4.07 miles – 35:57 (previous 36:40)
  • 8.14 miles – 1:16:28 (previous, um, really fast??)
  • 12.21 miles – 2:07 (previous, also reeeeallly fast… trust me)
  • 13.56 miles – 2:18:48 (previous record, ran 13.56 miles without stopping to walk)

That’s all for now! Have a wonderful day!

The Canby Dahlia Marathon

Canby Dahlia Half MarathonMonday I registered for a second half marathon, The Canby Dahlia Marathon. It is located in Canby, Oregon and this means I will be running through the famous Dahlia flower gardens. Granted, I have never run in a marathon before… but this marathon is going to be the most beautiful marathon I have ever run in. It takes place in August.

So, now I have my three marathons scheduled for this year. The Eugene Half Marathon, the Canby Dahlia Half Marathon, and then the marathon I am training for… the full Seattle Marathon in December!! I am starting to get excited. The Eugene Half Marathon is only 6 weeks away… and I started training last September. It’s almost here! AAAAAHHHHH!!!

In other marathon training news, today I ran my fastest 4.07 miles… I ran it in 35 minutes and 57 seconds. I wish I had a 4 mile route because then it would be easier to calculate my mile times.

Marathon Training Day 179: I Only Lost 4 Pounds Yesterday

The Running Trail that I do most of my marathon training on
The Running Trail that I do most of my marathon training on. I took this on my phone. If you have a good computer screen you can see the faint rainbow just above the tree tops (it is near the top of the tall, leafless tree in the center of the photo).

Yesterday I ran 13.56 miles in 2 hours, 18 minutes, 58 seconds. When I finished yesterday I felt like I had a full body “ouchie.”  I hydrated better without drinking too much water/gatorade, wore different clothes, and lost only 4 pounds during the run. Overall I felt okay when the run was over. A week or two ago when I lost a little over five pounds during a 12 mile run I did not feel great.

I am only concerned about the weight loss if it makes me dizzy, as in dehydration.

Some strange things happened during my run yesterday.

  1. My lower back mildly cramped up… but I kept running and it went away.
  2. My right leg, just below the right knee, cramped up a little… I kept running. That is a little tender today, so I am stretching and rubbing my legs. This means I may only do some stationary biking tomorrow instead of my normal 1.5 mile run/weight lifting.
  3. My right forearm cramped up when I was running. I have NEVER experienced this before. It did not scare me but it did surprise me. My right forearm is a little tender today, but in general my entire body feels tight but no pain.

Other than that, it has been a positive week for running. My fundraising website officially went up Monday, and my body has not needed duct tape to hold it together.

Marathon Training Day 175: Time Travel and Running Ramblings

This morning, despite the horrific space time rupture, I ran four miles before attending church. I had ample warning about the cosmic temporal distortion, a.k.a. daylight savings time. But hearing about it and experiencing it were too different things. Even with a quart of liquid schwartz, I was Spaceballs the Quiz, http://www.rottentomatoes.com/quiz/spaceballs-the-quiz-part-13/barely able to crash land in my bed after church … for a three hour nap.

It’s a good thing I’m not a graduate student with reading and other things to do today. Oh wait… hmmm, so I do need those three hours back. Drats.

I don’t remember feeling this disoriented when I was younger. It is only one hour… but today it feels more like jet lag. Not just regular jet lag… but like when I time traveled from the Philippines to the USA.

Anyway, I hope your daylight savings was more enjoyable than mine. On a positive note, I ran 4.07 miles this morning in 39 minutes, 28 seconds… and also finished my running for charity website which goes live tomorrow!

Marathon Training Day 154: Twelve Miles and my Body Hates Me

“I’m given her all she’s got captain!” says Scotty, engineer for the Star Trek Entrerprise. I heard Scotty shouting those words in my mind as I attempted a 12 mile run today. 12.21 miles to be exact. I wondered if my body was going to fall apart around the 10 mile mark.

At 10 miles my stomach did some type of cartwheel and I thought I was going go throw-up. But I did not.

Scotty says, “Captain, all we’ve got left is impulse power!”

At 10.5 miles my stomach did another interesting movement and I thought I was going to throw-up. But I did not.

Scotty says, “Captain, she can’t take anymore. She’ll break apart!”

I finished my 12.21 mile run in 2 hours, 7 minutes. Not the time I hoped for.

Apparently I need to retrofit my warp engines and check my dilithium crystals for any hairline cracks before the April 28th Eugene Half Marathon.