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Just a Little Bit of Race Fun

I have fallen off the face of the planet obviously.

The news:

  1. I found a great job.
  2. I have moved back to school to live in our apartment and work.
  3. The apartment does not have internet.
  4. Therefore Sam cannot blog.
  5. Hopefully we can get internet set up within the next few days!

I’ll just break down my week’s training real quickly.

  • Monday: off day
  • Tuesday: 4.75 miles. (15 minute hill workout – 1.75 miles done)
  • Wednesday: 6 mile mid week long run in 48:13 @ 8:02 pace
  • Thursday: 5 mile run in 40:31 @ 8:06 pace
  • Friday: 5 mile run in 40:00 @ 8:00 pace
  • Saturday: unscheduled off day. Got home too late from helping clean up our house.
  • Sunday: 7 mile long run in 55:30 @ 7:55 pace


Yesterday I ran the Macklind Mile for the 4th of July. I ran this race last year and you can see that recap here.

Going into the race, I didn’t even expect to PR since I have only been training for a few weeks and haven’t really done much speed work. But I love this race and it’s a fun time. I did have hopes to break 5:40 but would be content with breaking 5:50 to PR.


I am a long distance girl and only really know how to pace myself for long runs so the mile was a bit hard for me. I held back too much and had a lot left at the end but not another gear to switch to. My second quarter I held back too much thinking I didn’t want to die like last year. Well I’m in better shape than I think.


I ended up with a chip time of 5:41.0 so I was definitely content with that time at this point in the off season!


I finished 3rd in my age group of 20-24 and 11th woman overall out of 302.

After my race I had to do a workout because normally our workouts are tuesday and this week was a 3 mile progressive tempo. However since I raced on Monday, coach told me to just do a 15 minute fartlek after my race.

So after I watched the Elite Wave, Alex ran my fartlek with me. It was 2 minutes on, 1 minute off. So 2 minutes fast and 1 minute slower. If you’ve done a fartlek then you know that you keep this cycle until you’ve reached your time limit.

I was pretty shocked at how fast my on’s were. Especially after just racing. I hit 6:40 pace twice and a 6:45/6:50ish pace for a few others. The rest were at the beginning and around 7:15ish pace. My legs were still a bit jelly at the beginning.

Overall I had a great day! Pretty pumped for cross country, knowing that I am in shape for a 5:41 mile currently. That makes sub 6:30 pace for a 5k sound pretty obtainable. We’ll see though!

Not sure when I will be able to blog again, but I will once I get internet! Promise!

Q: Did you run a 4th of July Race?

Q: If not, what did you do on the 4th?


It’s Nats Time BABY!


5 Miles in 40:05 [8:01 per mile]


Thoughts on the Run

  1. I hope the humidity isn’t too bad out today
  2. Feels pretty decent right now
  3. My shins are kind of sore today. I’ll make sure to stretch them every chance I get
  4. I wish people didn’t honk at me. It’s quite annoying
  5. Ah turnaround point, perfect spot to stretch because my legs are incredibly sore.
  6. Maybe you should start!! (thought after some girl yelled out her car “don’t stop”)
  7. I can’t believe there are this many runners out right now.
  8. I cannot wait to watch the 10k!! I hope Haley runs well!!
  9. I hope I make it back in time. What time did I leave?
  10. When am I going to get my accounting hw done?
  11. Thankfully only a few more days of class!! Then my summer officially begins.
  12. Reading for pleasure, catching the rays, maybe hit the pool? Livin’ the life.
  13. I wonder what others think about when they are running.
  14. I bet I look really focused but yet I’m thinking about what I’m doing over the summer lol
  15. I hate running on these golf course hills. Oh well, I’m home!


If you didn’t know, the NCAA National Championships started yesterday. Friday, Saturday and Sunday events are being played on TV however there are many good events that were yesterday and today. To watch those you can live stream here:

I watched the 10k last night and loved every bit of it!!

Here are the results


Haley Greenwell from Mississippi State is a fellow blogger and she ran wonderfully! Congrats to all the girls that ran, it was a great race!

Here’s an interview with the winner!

Watch more video of NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships 2011 on

link to video


**sorry if the video doesn’t show up. I posted the link for it just in case it’s not viewable on the blog

Q: What’s your favorite race to watch?

Q: What do you think about when running?

I’m excited to watch the women’s 5k now! Jordan Hasay is going to kick butt! I also am excited for Emily Sisson! A fellow Missourian who is so talented!