Last Sunday, I ran the Rock n’ Roll San Diego Marathon (which is a fabulous race, that I highly recommend – beautiful course, although quite hilly – so well organized and lots of fun). I finished in 4 hours and 23 minutes, which is a pace of 10 minutes and 4 seconds per mile. In case you’re reading this and are not familiar with standard race distances, a full marathon is 26.2 miles. There are other standard race distances – generally, a half-marathon (13.1 miles), a 10k (6.2 miles) and a 5k (3.1 miles). Before I got into running seriously, I thought the term “marathon” applied to any kind of long-distance race, so I just want to clarify – when I talk about running/training for a marathon, I’m talking about 26.2 miles. So here are the official results:
So overall, the race was good, but honestly, not quite what I wanted it to be. My goal for this race was to finish in under 4 hours. Don’t get me wrong – I feel great about finishing this race – I mean, finishing a marathon is finishing a marathon and is an accomplishment, no matter what the time. Also, we had a great time at the race. It was an amazing experience, and I definitely something to celebrate!
I could give all kinds of reasons (aka: excuses) why I fell short of my goal. Ultimately though, I have to admit that the bottom line is I just simply fell off track in the last four weeks of my training program. Even though some stuff happened – I got a really bad cold, school became suddenly very stressful and time-consuming, race-day was hotter than I expected, blah, blah, blah – if I’m being 100% honest, I am responsible for the result that I got, and I could have done better with a more committed approach to my training. Which is ok. I am not beating myself up over this at all – just being real about where I’m at right now, and where I need to be in order to reach my next goal, which is to qualify for the Boston Marathon in my next race, which is the St. George marathon in early October.
To qualify for Boston in the St George race, I need to finish in under 3 hours and 45 minutes. That is an average pace of 8 minutes and 35 seconds per mile. So that means that I need to run the next race about a minute and a half faster per mile to reach my goal. What’s it going to take to get that much faster? Commitment, motivation, and a lot of determination. So, since blogging about my weight loss journey a few months ago helped me so much to stay on track, I’m going to make time to write about my training journey because I think it will help to keep me accountable. So if you’re reading this, THANK YOU!! You are helping me more than you know and I appreciate it so much!
I’m not going to share my entire training plan right here and now, because that would just be so boring, but the plan for the upcoming week is to drop weight before the physical training begins next week. I decided that I would give myself two full weeks following the race for my body to heal before getting back into a training regimen that will include running and strength training. Sticking to the training plan is obviously a key element to getting where I want to be, but another, equally important key, is nutrition, and weight. I know that part of what it will take to be as fast as I want to be is to get lighter, so going in to this training, I need to drop some weight. As of this morning, I am 150.6 pounds (further evidence of how off-track I got in the month leading up to San Diego). My goal is to run St George at a weight of 130-135 pounds.
So, for the next 7 days, starting today, I am going back on the Optavia 5 and 1 plan. (If you want details about what that is, go back and read my earlier blogs) This is going to be challenging because I have totally fallen back into the habit of eating whatever I want over the past month or so, but I know if I stick strictly to that plan, I will give myself a really good kick-start, while also giving my body kind of a detox/reset. So, my focus for this week is super-clean eating, a gallon of water a day, no alcohol, no junk, definitely no sugar and very, very low carbohydrates. As I get into my training program and the weekly mileage ramps up, my nutrition plan will need to be modified, obviously, but this week’s focus is really just to drop as much weight as possible before I start training. Since it’s hotter than hell in Vegas right now and for the next 3 months, the only time I can really get my running in is early in the morning, so I will also need to get disciplined about getting up early – around 5 am – to get my training in. So for this week, to help me get into the habit of doing that, I’m going to get up at 5am every morning and meditate. I really like the Deepak Chopra/Oprah Winfrey mediation series, so I will use that. I will post a link for the series I use in my next blog.
Later today, I’m going to take my measurements and some current “before” pics. I will also post those in my next blog. I’m also going to prep my meals for the upcoming week so I will take pics of that and share later on. I’m planning to keep the meals simple for this week. Probably just grilled salmon with broccoli and turkey mini-meatloaves with some kind of veggie – not sure what yet. I’ll see what calls to me at the grocery store. So thanks for reading, and also thanks in advance for supporting me on this journey!
Here are a few more photos from the San Diego race – it really was a lot of fun – and here’s to bigger and better things in St George!