Ran 8 Miles on a Snowy Day

So I ran 8 miles yesterday. That is not such a special feat. Tulsa area runners who are more gutsy than I am ran at least that many miles and more while it was snowing. I know some people love running while it’s snowing or raining, but that’s not my cup of tea. I don’t mind running while there’s snow on the ground but not while it’s coming down. Call me a wimp if you want, but I just can’t take the cold. So needless to say, I ran on the treadmill at Planet Fitness – Tulsa.Admiral.OK.

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Run Surf City

Today I signed up to be a Surf City Marathon Ambassador.  They’re only accepting 25 people as ambassadors and I’ll know if I’m accepted within 48 hours.

I think I would make a good ambassador for the Surf City Marathon.  I’ve already recruited three people to run it with me.  Without even knowing about the ambassador for the marathon, I’ve already been posting about it on WordPress, Facebook, and Twitter.

On Athlinks it shows I’ve run 60 races but those stats only go back to 2003.  I’ve actually been running competitively since 1987.  So I’m sure I have over 100 races under my belt

I’ve run 8 half marathons and this will be my second full marathon.

Half Marathons

  1. June 2003 – Kona Half Marathon – Hawaii
  2. Jan  2004 – P.F. Chang’s Inaugural Rock ‘N Roll Phoenix – Arizona
  3. Nov 2006  – Inaugural Route 66 Half Marathon – Tulsa
  4. Nov 2007  – Tulsa World Route 66 Half Marathon – Tulsa
  5. Apr 2008  – Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon – OKC
  6. Nov 2008  – Route 66 Half Marathon, Tulsa
  7. Nov 2009  – Tulsa World Route 66 Half Marathon – Tulsa
  8. July 2012 – The Wipro San Francisco Half Marathon – California

Full Marathons

  1. Nov 2010 –  Tulsa World Route 66 Half Marathon – Tulsa
  2. Coming soon —– Surf City Marathon —– 2015

Today’s Stats

Time: 00:40:12   Pace: 13:4

Weightloss: 2 pounds

Beginning a New Marathon Training Season

Training for the Surf City Marathon: Session #1

I haven’t done much running since I ran the San Francisco Marathon in 2012. I would say, “I’m out of shape and over weight.”

So here goes. Today is the beginning of a new running and weight loss season. My goal is to run the Surf City Marathon in 5 hours and lose 8 pounds.

I’m so out of shape that I’m starting with the bare basics of walking. The outside temp is 18 degrees so I began with a 20 minute brisk walk on the treadmill at a 12.9 minute mile pace. Right now I’m not trying to set a PR, I’m just trying to build up my stamina. So it doesn’t matter how far I walked in 20 minutes. If someone just has to know, then figure it out mathematically. I’m just not posting distances right now. That will come later. I guess we can call this Pre-Training.

The Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon, “California’s Classic Oceanfront Marathon” will be held February 1, 2015 and starts in Huntington Beach, California and touches Seal Beach and Newport Beach. More information about the marathon can be found at their website: http://www.runsurfcity.com/

So starting date is today, November 17, 2014.

Two goals:
1. Run a 5 hour marathon
2. Lose 8 pounds

Route 66 Marathon Training

I had planned on beginning to train to run the Route 66 Marathon last Saturday, June 19, 2010, but when I finally emerged from under the covers, it was 9 am. I have no idea why I slept so late. I didn’t stay up late and I felt okay. My mother would have said, “You probably needed the rest.”

Anyway, I have run 7 half-marathons and it’s time I attempt to run a full marathon. The longest distance I ever ran was 15 miles. Training to run 26.1 miles is going to take a lot of diligence and perseverance.

Previous half-marathons include:

  1. Kunitake Farms, Kona, Hawaii Half-Marathon – June 22, 2003
  2. P. F. Chang’s Rock ‘N Roll Phoenix Half-Marathon – January 11, 2004
  3. Inaugural Route 66 Half-Marathon, Tulsa, OK – November 19, 2006
  4. Tulsa World Route 66 Half-Marathon, Tulsa, Ok – November 18, 2007
  5. Oklahoma City Memorial Half-Marathon, OKC, Ok – April 27, 2008
  6. Route 66 Half-Marathon, Tulsa, Oklahoma – November 16, 2008
  7. Williams Route 66 Half-Marathon, Tulsa, OK – November 22, 2009

I was really excited about getting started with the new season and training for the marathon. I let myself down by missing the whole thing. We were slated to run 5 miles. I decided to run on my own and only ran 2 miles.

I hope Coach Kathy will let me start training this upcoming Saturday. We are supposed to run 6 miles and I will certainly give it my best.

Guess I’ll go out for a run right now–heat and all. It’s 8:30 pm and 92 degrees.

Marathon Training

Our first week of training for the Route 66 Marathon has come and gone and it is “Great” to see so many faces of both new runners and seasoned runners—people I know and those I don’t know.

Due to new construction on the trails at River Parks, the Saturday morning training runs begin at Veteran’s Park and over to a small portion of River Parks. I prefer that location. It’s closer to me in miles and it covers some of the actual marathon course.

Tulsa is actually very humid, so I’m glad the training runs start at 6:45 am so we don’t have to endure both humidity and heat. As the temps start to climb, we’ll meet even earlier than that. (Yeah!)

Earlier this year I found out first hand why training is so important. I ran the Oklahoma Memorial half marathon in April and paid for lack of training. I didn’t run from Jan 1, 2008 until I ran the OKC Memorial Half-Marathon on April 27th whish was a big mistake.

Tired and untrained, I fell and skinned up both knees and crossed the finish line with blood running down my shins. (ugh) Needless to say, I learned my lesson. I vow to train, train, train.


Back to group training…

I met a lot of nice people. I ran the three miles with a young lady named Gayle. She hasn’t run a marathon before but she attended the Boston Marathon with a friend a few years ago. That’s what gave her the incentive to run her own marathon. Actually, she’s running the half. She works at one of the local hospitals in the medical records department. I really enjoyed our conversation.

We have roughly 22 weeks of training in front of us. During this time, I plan to train long and hard.

Update: 2007 Route 66 Half-Marathon

I barely slept the night before the race worrying about my bib/number. As soon as I arrived at the race, I immediately went to the information booth. Before I could finish getting the words out of my mouth, the volunteer reached out to hand me my bib. I let out a sigh of relief and I felt like tears were welling up because I was happy about obtaining my number without a lot of hassle.

It was a good run. I met the Red Fork Hippie Chick in person for the first time. We’ve been fellow bloggers for quite some time and periodically leave comments on each others blog, but we never knew each other prior to that day.

I’m glad we met. We ran most of the race together and she was an encouragement for me to keep going even when I felt like slowing down. We talked about such things as gardening, Christian Science, healing, Route 66, and her friend’s children who also ran that day. We also spoke about our jobs. The conversation made time fly and it felt as though the finish line came to us. It made for an enjoyable run.

Most of my marathon photos were of both of us. I entitled this photo, “Hippie Chick and California Girl.”

Route 66 Marathon and Half Marathon

Only 11 hours and 11 minutes until the start of the Route 66 Marathon held in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

This year, they’ve added a quarter marathon. I’ll be running my fourth half-marathon. I haven’t been able to train properly to run the full marathon as I had hoped. All Races are USATF sanctioned and certified. ChampionChip timing will be used for all races. The Route 66 Marathon is a Boston qualifier.

I went to the Convention Center Expo this morning and picked up my packet. It’s now almost 9:00 pm and I just went through my packet and realized that my bib/number is not in my packet. Now I don’t know what to do. The expo closed an hour ago.

The weather is supposed to mild and sunny. Channel 2 KJRH will be broadcasting live.

I hope I can sleep tonight.

In case anyone is interested in tracking my times, you can go to Marathon Tracks and enter my bib number 4976.

Be watching for my post-race information and photos.