The Nike Women's [Half] Marathon is DONE!
Oct 24, 2011 by Elizabeth Hatt
So, I did it!!!
I ran 13.1 miles around San Francisco!
I did it in 2 hours, 36 minutes and 37 seconds. You can read about my run here:
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Thank you all so much for your support!
Me about to hit the finish line!
Guess what I am doing four weeks from today…
Sep 18, 2011 by Elizabeth Hatt
…. soooo… give up??
In four weeks from now I will be sitting down, hopefully somewhere with delicious food and alcohol, celebrating the second biggest physical accomplishments of my life. (Backpacking across England still takes the gold!) I will have run a half-marathon… 13.1 miles… up and down and all around the San Francisco hills.
Oh, wait, did you know I was training for half-marathon? ha! ha! ha! (Yes, yes, the email and blog harassment will stop after the race.)
So what does that mean? I got four weeks to get in better half-marathon shape and to stay in better half-marathon shape. I want to be at my peak for this thing and, I must confess, the last few weeks I’ve been lazy! But that all changed this weekend.
Friday night I went out for the first time since last weekend’s 16-miles-in-26-hours stunt. It was a good warm-up for Saturday’s race — the Fitness Magazine’s Mind, Body, Spirit Games 4-miler! Easy four miles throughout Central Park so I gave it as much as I had and ran it in record time. I maintained a less-than-10-min/mile pace the entire time. WOO HOO!!! That is awesome for me!
All the training is paying off — and the nice cool weather is helping! If I recall correctly, I ran my first 5k in about this time back in 2008 when I began to run casually here and there. So for someone who was always told she wasnt a runner, noooot bad! GO ME!
To kick up the training a bit, I had plans to go out with a friend to conquer some awesome hill workout he designed nearby his place in Queens. Time and other obligations prevented it so instead I headed out this morning to find some hills near my house. I hit up Levy Park in Merrick upon my dad’s recommendation. It’s a huge garbage dump that they covered over (I hope safely), grew some greenery and created a park with views of the surrounding towns, the bay and even the Manhattan skyline… off in the distance. And since it’s, well, one big hill, it was great hill training!
Here are some views from my run:
Manhattan in the distance... can you see? Look close!
Other people hiking the hills too... (they were walking; doesnt count!)
There is fishing!
Overlooking the bay... you can see the Jones Beach
water tower and theater in the distance!
Someone else was out for a morning Sunday run.
Well, I think she was out for food but it turned into
a run when she got wind of me invading her territory.
Great place for hill training. Love it!
Gravel hills took a little getting used to but I’ve always preferred trail running… I think my next move needs to be to somewhere with lots of hilly trails… hmmm…
So this one time, at training, I ran to Jersey...
Sep 13, 2011 by Elizabeth Hatt
… and had my best run ever! Which surprised me since I was running to Jersey. Ok, ok, I’ll be nice to the state. I really don’t have anything against America’s armpit; I was just raised on Long Island and therefore am culturally trained to mock Jersey. Can’t help it. And the fact that the second I stepped foot on the GW Bridge a stench of sewage swarmed up my nose doesn’t help it’s case. (Seriously it stunk!)
This run was awesome! Here are the highlights:
1. WB Upper-deck De-virginization
It was my first time crossing the bridge westbound on the upper deck. Not sure why this is significant but considering the amount of times I have driven across that thing and have never found the ramp to the upper deck…
2. Jelly Belly Sport Beans.
BEST. DISCOVERY. EVER. I bought these on a whim because Coach Christine told us in an email that “orange sport beans” were her favorite, and, well, I’ll do anything Coach Christine does. BEST. DISCOVERY. EVER. I actually ate a handful before I ran — along with a banana it was the perfect pre-run brekkie!
3. Barefoot Runner on GWB
Yeah, I get the barefoot running trend but across the GW? Not safe! Everyone in our single-file TNT line looked around at each other in agreement — Not Safe!
4. My First Ever Pee Break
As the girl in the stall next to me perfectly put it, “Note to self: be a man in next life.”
The bridge that I just crossed off in the distance from
our pit stop in the Palisades Park! I ran that! WOO!
I ROCKED THEM! No walking this time!
TNT running through the Palisades Park!
6. Water Belt Success
I finally got my arse a hydration belt. And since I didn’t order it online like I had planned and had to pay full price like an idiot, I got myself a pretty pink one! It took me about a half-mile to get used to it. Never doing a long run without it — packed with jelly beans of course — again.
7. Ten Miles — Again!
I hit the double digits, and this time I loved it. No contemplations about quitting. I could have even run another three and completed a half. (Tomorrow I might be singing another tune!)
Ummm, did I just run through that?
I couldn’t be happier about today’s training. After my last ten miles at the JackRabbit race and my worse run ever earlier this week (not even worth talking about), I had gotten a little disheartened.
But the running gods are looking out for me. I am sooooo on my a-game and SOOOOOOO ready to kill this thing!
San Fran... Here I come!
Irene ruined my run
Aug 27, 2011 by Elizabeth Hatt
Pre-Irene beach run SUCKED! Humans arent the only vultures stocking up on food and water. The mosquitoes were out to fill up too and wouldn’t leave me the hell alone. And let me point that that BUGS DON’T LIKE ME! I havent gotten a bug bite since I was about 7 years old… but these damn bugs were desperate. I couldn’t handle it and bailed early.
Irene didn’t make it easy either.
Bring it Irene! COME ON!!
Looking forward to a Monday-morning long run! 5.5 miles does NOT count as a long run anymore.
How long did it take me to run 10 miles?
Aug 23, 2011 by Elizabeth Hatt
The results are up B&Gs. My finish time?
Sure, a lot of people ran it faster than I did… 512 to be exact. But I ran most of it a lot faster than I thought I would. I’ll tell you my pace was NOT consistent — staying under 10min/mile for the first 6-7 miles and much slower after that.
Here are some lessons, or “reminders,” I took away from running the JackRabbit Battle of Brooklyn 10-Miler.
1. I’m shit at hills. Absolutely shite, I say. This was payback for missing the last couple Tuesday TNT hill training sessions. (Bad Liz!)
2. Part of the reason I’m shite at hills is because I’m naturally crap at maintaining and adjusting my pace. If I don’t think about it I’m all over the place — I’m fast, I’m slow, I’m running backwards, I’m napping. Who knows. But it takes a lot of conscious effort to maintain a consistent pace — running as fast as I can doesn’t count as pace — and as my last blog entry taught us, conscious effort is sometimes difficult for my sporadic thought process.
3. PowerBar Energy Gels are awesome. Not like a shot of caffeine awesome — tho they do make some with caffeine — but just enough of a boost to troop on and do it with a smile awesome! I’m glad I found something that works.
4. I still don’t know what the hell to eat in the morning before long runs. I can’t eat a lot; it makes me feel ewww. If I don’t eat, I’m dragging. I think I’m gonna stick with bananas. I really like eating bananas.
5. Hills require more recoop time. While I am normally up and excited for a recovery run the day after a long run, today I was not. I mean, I guess that could have to do with the beer and liquor I drank last night, but the beer and liquor definitely didn’t cause the ache in my calves.
I’m quite chuffed with my time.
Actually I am quite chuffed that I completed the race.
F that! I am quite chuffed with myself for signing UP for the race!