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 crazyโ€ฆand now Iโ€™m one of them. ๐Ÿ˜€

Then, I continued the great run trend with my workout yesterday. I have decided for my own sanity and to best fit our familyโ€™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 โ€œspeed work sessionโ€ 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 Worldโ€™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 thisโ€ฆ

half registration

half email confirmation

Itโ€™s official!!! Savannah, here I come. I WILL be ready to rock and roll! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 canโ€™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. Mandy says:

    Congrats on registering ๐Ÿ™‚ You will be MORE than ready! 7 miles already? Wow I am totally totally impressed ๐Ÿ™‚ Great job and you never cease to amaze me.

  2. Savannah is my absolute favorite city in the US. I love it!

  3. Lee says:

    Awesome! Congrats for signing up. You will rock this race! (No pun intended!) I am still thinking of doing it.

  4. Woooo congrats on the registration!! You’re already so speedy- you’re going to absolutely rock that!!

  5. You are such an athlete! I know you’ll be ready for that half!

  6. Karen says:

    Yeah girl! That’s awesome – congrats on registering for your first marathon! How exciting that just days after your first 5K you’re reaching for the big guns! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 7 miles?!?! You are awesome! Running is so much fun when you’re riding the endorphin wave. You’ve definitely inspired me to lace up my sneakers this afternoon! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a great day!!

  8. Congrats girl!!! I think my half marathon this year ranks really high up there for me on the achievement scale. Something I never in a million years thought I was capable of. And I’m that crazy person who runs 9 miles for fun and considers my 6-milers akin to a 3-miler. Last year, I would have thought you were high if you’d told me that’s how it’d be now.

  9. marcia says:

    Hello fellow crazy runner! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Go Tina Go!!
    Great run and OMG…a half marathon. I think I might have fainted there for a split second!

  10. Kara says:

    Rock and Roll races are so fun, you are going to love it. I can’t wait to read about your training!

  11. Great job on your run Tina! You are super speedy. Wow!

    I want to run a RNR race at some point, I’ve heard they are tons of fun!

  12. Jess says:

    WAHOO!!!!! I am SO EXCITED for you!!! Rock ‘n roll! ๐Ÿ™‚
    PS. I’m glad you decided to focus on one half vs. two, good decision.

  13. You’re turning into quite the speed machine! I’m so excited for you for this half-marathon. Going through training was quite the transformative experience for me, so I hope it is just as great for you!

  14. Way to go! I love it when the “surprise” runs happen.

    I have to test out my new shoes today on a treadmill and I’m going to use your interval idea. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Great job (even though I already knew it)! Enjoy the runners high!

  16. Angela says:

    Congratulations Tina!!! This is so exciting and well done on all your running progress!! You and some other bloggers are inspiring me to get back into racing again, so I just might have another half marathon coming up in my near future too!

  17. You rock lady! Treadmill runs bore me too, but changing the speed/incline every so often makes them “fun.” ๐Ÿ™‚ And I love Savannah! Such a beautiful city. I am doing the RnR half in Providence, RI in August…so excited!

  18. Congrats on registering for the half marathon!! It’s nice you can incorporate some time away with your hubby at the same time. You are going to do amazing!!

  19. Heather says:

    great job! I think it is wise that you Are just focusing on the one race for your first half!

  20. Congrats on officially signing up! I love the Rock n’ Roll series- because of the bands and people that come out for it, it’s a great race!

  21. Congrats on registering for Savannah. I’m currently registered for full, but am dropping back to half.

    • Tina says:

      I love how many people are doing this race. I need to start making a list because I keep forgetting who all told me they plan to run.

  22. Congrats on the distance! That is awesome! I’m with you, make the treadmill the speed one. I HATE the treadmill. It’s like torture! Excitement wise, finding out I’m speaking at BlogHer Food has been super exciting! I hope you have a great day!

  23. Erica says:

    GREAT job on the run! Whoop whoop! And thats so fun that you’re running Savannah! What a blast. We’re actually visiting Savannah soon for the first time- if you have any recommendations- let me know!

  24. Congrats on signing up! You are doing AWESOME with running!

  25. Jen says:

    Wow, just wow! You are awesome!!! I’m so excited for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Becca says:

    Such exciting news!!! I cant wait to hear about your training.

    This is a prime example of why I’ve always said, do what you love. I remember reading about your competiton plans and how you struggled sometimes… your attitude towards your love of running is SO different and so refreshing

  27. so exciting!! your recent workouts and mental attitude have been so inspiring

  28. I am so stoked for you!!! I live the runner’s high…an totally miss it sometimes. You definitely are ready to rock and roll ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. jobo says:

    How exciting!! I bet the race will be awesome and having one focus will help you train too. I bet the 7 miles felt awesome to achieve too. I am hoping to get my mileage up there too so I can sign up for a half this fall! You can be my motivation ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. So awesome Tina!!! YOu are going to LOVE the Rock n Roll course. It’s so high energy with bands every mile – such a great race!

  31. I am running the Rock n Roll half marathon in Providence, RI in August and I can’t wait I have heard such great stuff about this race series. Good luck!

    • Tina says:

      How exciting! And I hope you find a full marathon for yourself too. I checked out your blog, but couldn’t comment without the Name/URL option. ๐Ÿ™

      Congrats on starting one though!

  32. I am so jealous! I think I need to just sign myself up for a half to get myself back into running! I am determined to get back on track once the weather warms up….it’s been a chilly “Spring” in Chicago

  33. congrats on signing up for your first 1/2! love the rock n roll series and I have heard savannah is just beautiful!!

  34. Great job on that run! Awesome!

  35. Congrats on the half marathon sign up! I was so nervous when I signed up for my first last October but now I’m hooked. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m sure you will be too!

    I too remember being amazed when I first ran 7 miles. There’s something magical about that number.

  36. That is so exciting! I know you’re going to rock it! I am looking forward to following your training and read all about the race! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Starting my blog was pretty exciting as it’s still been less than a month, goodness me it seems like longer! I’m really excited that my husband is applying to jobs all around the country because I’m ready to live in and explore a new city/town! ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Wow, you’ve really taken to running! Way to go!

  38. holy cow awesome run!

    I need to take a run today, like seriously!

  39. I’m doing Savannah too. I can’t wait! It will be my first full, and I’m SCARED. But excited! But SCARED. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Congratulations on your PR, Tina! That’s fantastic! And I can’t wait to hear about your race in Savannah ๐Ÿ™‚ Even though I run all the time time I’ve actually never ran a race before!

  41. Helen says:

    Congrats on the 7 and good luck in Savannah. It is such a beautiful city, I have always wanted to visit in person. I have seen photos from family members that have been, it is one of my goals in life to visit….isn’t that too funny!

    • Tina says:

      Not too funny at all. I ADORE Savannah. I can’t wait to get to visit it again. I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures to share here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Yay for registering! I found a half in my area but it’s in June and I’m not sure I could be ready by then! I’m sure I could force myself to be ready, but I’m still nervous! I think I shluld just do it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Tina says:

      If it’s more towards the end of June you would still have 10+ weeks to train which I think is certainly doable. ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Wahoo!! Thats so exciting.

    Amazing job on the run. You’re clearly a natural. ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. That is awesome – you are such a little runner! I can’t imagine doing 7 miles that quickly – WOO!

  45. Lauren says:

    Congrats on your distance & speed run – that’s speedy! I’m so excited to read about your half marathon training, the rock & roll races sound so fun!

  46. I think you will love the Rock n Roll race! I think it’s a great choice for a first half. I did it (in chicago) as my first half in 2010, and I decided to pick a Rock n Roll race as my first full marathon too!

  47. Emma says:

    That’s awesome!!! I am running my 1st half marathon at the Savannah Rock n Roll and am so excited…although slightly nervous.

  48. Ela says:

    Wow–you’re getting so into this and doing so amazing.

    I’m excited by spring arriving here and by my recipe tweaking antics…

  49. Kimberly says:

    Wow! You are moving right along with your running! Way to go ๐Ÿ™‚ I am NOT a runner but when I have to walk on the treadmill, it bores me to tears! I would much rather be outside.

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