Running for Anna

On December 12, 2010 our family was devastated by the loss of my niece, Anna Rogotzke, on her fourth birthday, to a rare cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. On December 4, 2011, I ran in the California International Marathon to raise money for the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, a leader in the fight against sarcomas. This blog is created to update those interested in my journey and progress as I train for this event and events thereafter.

....And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sub-11 minute miles?

I read other runners' blogs and am really impressed when their goals are sub-8, sub-7, or even sub-6 minute miles.  The Boston Marathon winner averaged 4.69 minute miles (are you kidding me????)  I am not a fast runner, nor is it really my goal to be one.  I run because I enjoy it, it's relaxing for me, and I can work out my stress.  So, I never really talk about time...except now.  When I was training for my last marathon, I was averaging about 12 min miles.  Yep...a whopping 5 miles/hour.  That (and a knee blow-out about mile 15) resulted in a 5:40 marathon time.  Good thing my goal was just to finish before they closed the course.  Well, lately, according to my mapmyrun IPhone app anyway, I'm averaging a little over 10:30 minute miles.   Even on my long runs, which I purposefully run slow, I'm a little under 11:00/mile.  Could I possibly have a 4 in front of my finishing time this go-around?  I would be very pleased with that!  Of course, we'll see what happens when I get into the 15+ mile runs. 

My long run on Saturday (8.89 miles - 10:52 min/mi) went very well...especially considering I had to be at a church music practice at 8:30 a.m., so I was up at the normal weekday time to run beforehand...ugh!   

Goal this week:
Mon - 4 mi (done!)
Tues - 6 mi
Wed - 4 mi
Fri - 4 mi
Sat - 10 mi 

Hope everyone had a great Easter.  He is risen.....He is risen, indeed!!!

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