Showing posts from April, 2014

Brazos Bend 25K Race Recap

I ran in a fun 25K (about 15.5 miles) race on Saturday at Brazos Bend State Park near Houston. The photo shows what much of the scenery was like for the Brazos Bend race: lots of trees and some lakes. There was also a 50 mile, 50K and 10K race.

2:36. I hoped to finish in 3 hours, or maybe even 2:45, so I'm happy with this time. 10:11/mile average pace. 56th overall out of 180 runners 

humid and slightly warm, overcast, Skirt Sports Women's Adventure Girl Skirt(lots of pockets!), Target tank top, Nike cap, Asics Gel-Nimbus shoes

I was surprised to find most of the course was on a wide flat dirt/gravel path and mostly free of roots. The hardest section was the short trail with hardened horse shoe holes where I had to watch my step and that wasn't too bad. 


I left home at 4:30 and was in a parking space by 5:45. Even with morning packet pick-up and two bathroom trips (real bathrooms!), I had plenty of time to spare with a race start a…

24 Mile Run, Then 10 Miles

I'm training for a 50K trail race that will be held on May 10. I've never completed a 50K race before, but since the 50K is only about 5 miles longer than a marathon, I think I can do it. Having a good training week like this last one doesn't hurt either!

This Week's 50K Race Training (60 miles of running)

4/14- 12 mile run (trails and hills), short walk (saw a bald eagle), Arms Video (Fitness Blender- good explanations on how to do the exercises correctly)
4/15- 6 mile run, Abs & Core Video (Denise Austin)
4/16- Strength Training
4/17- 24 mile run 
4/18-10 mile run (legs felt surprisingly good, saw a bald eagle)
4/19- 15 mile bike ride; Push-ups, Planks, Wall-sits, Single leg stance squat and reach for balance (video
4/20- 8 mile run (1200m x 5), Myrtl Video (hips)
Long Run Details - 24 Miles

Pre-run: pancakes (added cinnamon & vanilla), 3 hours before running
During run: Tailwind Nutrition powder 
Post-run: blueberry kefir

50K vs. Marathon Training - 3 Differences

Training for a 50K trail race, which is about 31 miles long, hasn't been much different from training for a road marathon for me. The main differences have been:

More back-to-back runs that are longer than usual: for example, I ran 18 miles and the next day I ran 15 miles.I'm doing long runs more often.I'm training on more trails.
My back-to-backs and long runs so far:
8 weeks out from 50K: 16/10 (I ran 16 miles one day and the next day I ran 10 miles) 7 weeks out:18/10 6 weeks out: 20 5 weeks out: 22/10 4 weeks out: 18/15
This Week's 50K Race Training 

4/7- Core exercises, 10 mile run w/middle miles faster
4/8- Exercise TV Target Tone (1st half: arms, balance), 15 mile bike ride, 3 mile run
4/9- Rest
4/10- 18 mile run: hills, last 10 miles on trails, 3 servings lemon Tailwind
4/11- Exercise TV Target Tone (2nd half: arms, abs), 15 mile run: last 8 miles on trails, tangerine Powerbar gel
4/12- Push-ups, Planks, Wall-sits, Single leg stance squat and reach (video), 6 mile runw/s…

50K Training, Snakes & I Won a Giveaway!

50K Training Links

I'm training for a 50K, which takes place in less than 5 weeks. Here are some sites that have been helpful for making up my own training plan.  Thanks to Running on E for the idea of posting info about my training plan!

50K Training Plan Based on Your Race Date
UltraLadies 50K Plan
Running Competitor: Training for Your First 50K

Running in Texas and Snakes

I nearly stepped on a venomous copperhead snake when I was running last week and the next day, I saw a dead baby copperhead. (Thanks to Turkey Runner for letting me know that the babies can be more venomous!) After that, my husband told me about the four common Texas venomous snakes so I'll be better at identifying them. (Here's a video of my husband holding a snake we found at one of our previous homes.) 

Just learning a little bit about snakes makes me feel better about venturing into the woods for a run. Thanks for sharing about the animals you see on your runs in the comments in my last post! It was fun t…

Wild Animals On My 22 Mile Run

Since I'm training for a 50K trail race, I decided I'd try for 22 miles today. After running 11 miles on the asphalt trail, I ran into the woods for some trail training. I saw two deer run away from me.

Not long after that, I spotted a snake in my path. I backed up and took some pictures that you can see up above. The trail was covered with leaves and branches that made it hard to see snakes so I ran to another section of the woods to finish running and I felt like a trail loser! After the run, thanks to Google research and my husband, I realized that it was a venomous copperhead snake. I guess it wasn't such a bad idea to pick a new place to run. That's because in the new trail section, there weren't as many fallen leaves on the dirt road so it was easier to look for snakes.

It was hillier there, but hills are good, right?! It was about 77 degrees by then and when the sun came out, I felt like I was in the desert. Fortunately, the clouds came back and I felt bett…