Marathon training Week 1 recap

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I am proud to say that I completed all of my runs for the first week of my training! I did not get to do the elliptical yesterday, but I completed all of my runs. I have already seen the benefit from blogging because I didn’t want to have to admit to my readers that I didn’t do one of my workouts, so thank you for motivating me. I’m excited to step it up a little in the week ahead!
Here is my training schedule this week:
Monday-Rest
Tuesday-3 miles
Wednesday-3 miles
Thursday-3 miles
Friday-rest
Saturday-7 miles
Sunday-elliptical 30 mins/other cross training

Here’s to a great week!

Clare

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A Little Thank You

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So I know I have only been blogging for a few days, but yesterday was the start of my training. I had said Sunday that I was going to run 3 miles on Monday, but when Monday came, I did NOT want to run. Then I thought about my blog, and I didn’t want to have to report that I had skipped a run on the first day of training! So thank you for keeping me motivated to do my workouts when I don’t want to!

Keep running!
Clare

Resurrecting my Running

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Happy Easter everyone! I hope everybody has had a day filled with chocolate and Peeps!! Haha 🙂
Ever since I ran the last 5k in mid-March, I haven’t been running regularly.  I’ve run maybe 3 or 4 times since then, and I have the Peachtree coming up in July, which I would like to be in a little better shape for this year since it probably won’t be a cool 75 degrees and overcast this year!  I am also looking ahead to the fall, and I am considering doing at least another half marathon, if not a full. So here is my new statement of what I am going to do, and the main reason why I started this blog: I am going to resurrect my running habit and my love for running
I have decided to do the I have had problems sticking with training programs in the past, and I don’t remember ever finishing a training program, especially one for a big race.  I am going to sign up for monthly 5k and 10k races to keep me motivated to train.  I am also going to incorporate one day of cross training into my weeks as the schedule suggests.
Here is what I am hoping my week will look like in terms of my training:
Monday- 3 miles
Tuesday- 3 miles
Wednesday- Rest
Thursday- 3 miles
Friday- Rest
Saturday- 6 miles
Sunday- Cross Train (30 minutes elliptical)
I hope some of you will join me in running or walking this week! It is never too late in life to start running or walking.
Here’s to resurrecting my running and my love for the sport!

Clare

AJC Peachtree Road Race 6/4/13

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I ran my first 10k last July at the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta. The Peachtree is a long standing Fourth of July tradition in Atlanta. It has become so popular that runners have a week to enter into a random lottery and 60,000 people are chosen at random to run. It is a huge event and draws huge crowds along the course and at the finish area.
The race started near Phipps plaza. There were the seeded runners, the sub-seeded runners, then waves A-Y. I was in wave F along with my dad. I suggest getting there early to find your start wave, use the restroom if necessary, and stretch. We stayed in a hotel near the start area to make getting there easier because there is limited parking for 60,000 people. It is easy to find your start wave and move around once you get to the start area.
The course itself is not extremely difficult. There are two hills that are not fun though. Cardiac hill is one of these hills, but it isn’t the death trap many people make it out to be if you have any kind of running experience with hills. There is water every mile and misters along the course.
The crowds are very fun along the course and restaurants and businesses get really into it. For example, Moe’s sometimes hands out shirts and Mellow Mushroom gives out pizza and beer. Some people drink along the course but more competitive runners and families are able to avoid this pretty easily, especially in the front waves.
At the finish at Piedmont Park, they gave out the bags with the coveted Peachtree Road Race finisher t-shirts. They also handed out fresh Georgia peaches, ice cream sandwiches, water, Powerade, cold towels, and many other post-race essentials. The atmosphere was fun and it was crowded.
The weather for us was beautiful. It was a rainy week, but the rain had stopped and it was overcast which is nice for a race in July in the south! Normally it is about 80-90 degrees or more at the Peachtree, but the temperatures last year were amazing!
I had a lot of fun at the Peachtree and my time was 1:04:54, which is still my personal best 10k. I am running it again this year with my dad and sister.

This is a picture from the starting line last year.

Atlanta Half Marathon 11/28/13

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Last August, I got the insane idea that it would be fun to run a half marathon.  Who knows what I was thinking (I had probably just come back from a long, hot, summer run 😉 ), but I signed up for it and began training.  About the middle of September, I started slacking off on my training, and I got back at it hard in the end of October.  That month really hurt me in the long run, but it wasn’t as bad as I was afraid it would be.  I ended up running with a time of 2:13:13, and I only thought I was going to die once! Haha

The race itself was very well organized (like all Atlanta Track Club events are.)  The race started out at Turner Field in Atlanta.  There were plenty of porta-potties.  There were about 14,000 people in all of the start waves.  It was crowded, but that is what you expect when you sign up for a big race in the city.  The race started about 8:00 and the first couple of miles flew by.  Before I knew it, we were running through Atlantic Station and Piedmont Park.  There was water and Gatorade every two miles and energy jelly beans at mile 8.  The crowds were fairly good considering the weather and the holiday.  The roads were blocked off with enough room for all of the runners, and we were not squished together when we were running, especially toward the last half of the race.  There were a few big hills that were killer, but coming from the country, I am used to running lots of hills, so it wasn’t too bad.

The weather that morning was something.  It was about 28 degrees at the start of the race and got up to a balmy 37 during the race!  The wind was bad and there was an ice problem around water stations.  The volunteers did their best to keep the people from slipping, but ice is inevitable in those temperatures.  I never slipped, but some people did (all of them that I saw were able to keep running!)  The volunteers made the best of the conditions and always kept a smile on their faces (though I don’t see how they did).

At the end of the race, they had medals and mylar blankets for all of the runners.  There were also waters, gatorades, and delicious snack boxes for everyone.  There was a lot of parking for runners/spectators.  Security was good as well; there were police officers all along the course and at the finish line.  I really enjoyed this race and it was a great first half marathon.  It was also cool to see Atlanta from a different perspective.

the first step…

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My name is Clare and I am a student.  I play tennis(since I was 14) and I have been running off and on for about a 1.5 years now.  I am starting this blog to encourage myself to begin running and to foster community among other runners like me.  I balance a busy schedule between classes, internships, tennis, and social activists.  I am looking to eventually run a marathon in the next year or two, and my ultimate long-term goal is to run the Boston Marathon.  That is a lofty goal, but I will achieve it.  I have trouble staying motivated to run consistently and maintain the healthy diet needed to be a runner, so I am hoping to gain motivation from writing this blog.

I will mainly be posting about my progress with running, races I have run, and some general posts about life and other fun things!  I plan on keeping this blog upbeat and fun.  Feel free to leave comments, but please keep it clean and positive!

Thanks for reading,

Clare