Savannah, Here I Come!

Posted: April 27, 2011 at 8:04 am

I have had some stellar runs recently. First up, I reached a new PDR (personal distance record) this past Saturday on my long run. I had to wait to head out for my run until mid-afternoon during nap time. My motivation had started waning and the increasing temperatures worried me. I knew I would regret not going, so I got myself out the door and to the trail. Then, I promptly pulled out the best run I have had to date.


I ended up running SEVEN miles in 1:04:07!! I kind of surprised myself with this run.

  • Mile 1 = 9:23
  • Mile 2 = 9:29
  • Mile 3 = 9:28
  • Mile 4 = 9:02
  • Mile 5 = 8:41
  • Mile 6 = 8:57
  • Mile 7 = 9:03
  • Average = 9:09

I had that runner high feeling the entire time and felt like I could have gone for even longer. I posted on Facebook (bec Facebook friends get info like this early) that I used to think people who ran 7 miles for fun were crazy…and now I’m one of them. 😀

Then, I continued the great run trend with my workout yesterday. I have decided for my own sanity and to best fit our family’s schedules that I will complete one of my runs each week on the treadmill so I can finish it along with my morning weights workout. To keep myself from keeling over with treadmill boredom, I have deemed that workout a “speed work session” so I can play around with numbers and have some fun with intervals.

Yesterday I completed a speed work workout I picked up from Runners World’s Smart Coach program I took a quick peek at a couple days ago.

  • 1 mile @ 6.0 mph (10 min pace)
  • 3x through - 0.5 mile @ 7.8 mph (7:42 min pace) followed with 0.25 mile @ 6.0 (10 min pace)
  • 6.0 mph (10 min pace) until I reached 35 minutes

The speed work started off not feeling like too much of a challenge, but by the third and final half mile at 7:42 pace I huffed and puffed profusely. I actually had fun pushing through such a challenging run. Who knew I would enjoy speed work so much?

All this running mumbo jumbo is to say that I have certainly been feeling inspired in the running department lately. And that led to this…

half registration

half email confirmation

It’s official!!! Savannah, here I come. I WILL be ready to rock and roll! 😉

I also wanted to let you all know that I decided to focus solely on this half marathon this year. I believe that physically I could do the second half marathon I considered, but I really want a super fun race like this to go down as my first half marathon memory. I look forward to racing with some other awesome blogger friends, having a trip with my husband, and accomplishing something I never thought possible. I can’t wait! And I hope you will join me through the ups and downs of training. I know I will need you!

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78 Comments to “Savannah, Here I Come!”
  1. awesome!!! so excited for you, your going to do amazing!

  2. You totally inspired me. I am signing up for the Phoenix 1/2. HERE WE GO! What training program are you thinking about using?

    • Tina says:

      Either the Hal HIgdon novice half marathon plan or one that the “Smart Coach” on the Runner’s World site comes up with for me. I’ll probably start officially training in early/mid August. 🙂

  3. […] how many people ran the race. So, the confidence from that race + a little encouragement from Tina = the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Phoenix in January. I am really excited about it and totally […]

  4. Way to go! 7 miles is awesome! You seem like a natural runner, it seems to come so easy for you! 🙂

  5. CONGRATS! A super journey awaits you.

  6. You rock! Signing up for a half marathon so soon. Good luck with training! 🙂

  7. Chels says:

    Amazing job on your run!! I agree, once you start bumping your milage up for the first time, it is an amazing feeling to see what your body can do!

  8. I heard that is such a fun, loud, motivating race, I bet you are going to do AWESOME 🙂
    I have a mud run in May and then Boston’s Run To Remember on May 29th- so excited for both!

  9. Michelle says:

    What the heck, you already registered for a half? You’re a rockstar! (No pun intended.)That’s so exciting!

  10. My bff and I trained for and ran a half back in 2004. One of the most challening but incredible experiences of my life!

    Good luck! You’ll do great!!

  11. Kristi says:

    Way to go, Tina!!! What a great run!

  12. Heather says:

    Woo hoo!!! Great run!!
    And Savannah is gorgeous – I’m sure that race will be amazing. Great pick!

  13. Congrats on signing up for your first half!!! You’ll do great! I completed my first half this past weekend! Races are SO much fun!

  14. I just found this post on your fitness page… I didn’t know you were running the RNR in Savannah! I’ll be there, too! Now I need to go back and see how you’re training for it 🙂

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