Re-Open Sesame – Spring 2019 Update

Sesame winning the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon

I’m back! A LOT has happened since my last update so methinks it would reasonable to start from there and fill in some of the blanks. Back then I shared that my two main running goals were to run a 5k PR and to run a marathon under 3 hours. These weren’t just two ideas that I pulled out of thin air, either. Both were goals I had been working toward for over three years. I wasn’t sure either would be possible.

I really focused on speed and shorter distance races over the summer and then shifted my focus to longer distances over the fall. Speed work is tough and gives you strength and power that you donโ€™t get from marathon training. My first 5k of the summer was a mid-19 and I needed to get down to mid-18 for a PR. I definitely had my work cut out for me, but I was up for the challenge! I ended up running a low-18 in early September and a mid-17 in November! What the what?!

I shifted into marathon training mode in mid-September. I’m really kicking myself now for not keeping up with my weekly training logs! I had the fall running season of a lifetime and zero blog posts about my training (whomp, whomp). Part of me thinks it might not a coincidence that I started running better when I wasn’t overthinking it. I was rewarded with tangible improvements week to week throughout the cycle. I had basically been stagnant for three years and once I started improving I got hungrier and hungrier to keep working toward my goal.

In early December I ran the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon where, I am happy to report, I FINALLY got my sub-3! I finished in 2:53, with a 1:28 first half and a 1:25 second half. Again … what the what?! I was (and still am) over the moon! I was fairly confident going into the race that sub-3 was within reach, but you never want to get too cocky with the marathon; a lot can happen out there. I think I finally nailed down my marathon day nutrition, which ended up being much more than I was used to taking in.

Looking back I still sometimes wonder what exactly happened and why things all of a sudden started clicking for me. I don’t have an exact answer for that and I know that there are lots of contributing factors. I really made core and strength training a priority. I went to Pilates once a week for each training cycle. I also ran no doubles and slowed the pace way down on my easy runs. As a result, I was more recovered for my quality workouts and I was able to actually get the desired adaptations from each workout.๐Ÿ’กLight bulb moment!

I’d be remiss not to address the “life update” part of my last post where I shared that my now ex-husband and I were thinking of starting a family. So yeah … I guess you could say that we essentially ended a family instead of starting one. I don’t want to share too much, partly because this is a running site and mainly because it’s all really fresh and it doesn’t affect just me. It wasn’t an easy decision, but ultimately it’s for the best. So basically now I’m looking for a human who will love me as much as my dog does. Is that really too much to ask?

So now we are fairly caught up. What’s next? I am currently training for Boston!

Sesame strength training

I prepare tax returns for a living (it’s every bit as glamorous as it sounds) and Patriots’ Day and U.S. Tax Day are one and the same this year. Work is absolutely crazy right now, so it might not be the smartest idea for me to have Tax Day as a “goal race,” but I would likely train the same way even if it weren’t (because you never know!). Some weeks I think it is totally doable and other weeks I feel like I am drowning. I guess we’ll see how that plays out.

Oddly enough, I feel like training for Boston makes it seem like tax season is absolutely flying by! My thoughts are now about how we only have 6 weeks until race day instead of wondering how I can possibly survive 6 more weeks of tax season. It’s a welcome shift in perspective!

I am a running and racing enthusiast. I love racing everything from the 1 mile to the 50K! I work as a CPA in public accounting. I enjoy running (obviously) and spending time outdoors (especially near the water). I am also a big fan of coffee, naps, puppies and sunsets.

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  1. Wow, congrats on your PRs! I would love to hear more about your marathon race day nutrition. That’s something I really struggle with.

  2. Welcome back, and congrats! That is a lot. I’m with you… sometimes I have done best in my busiest seasons, because it forces you to really be excellent at your time management.

    Can’t wait to read about your road to Boston!

  3. Last year, I was training for Boston while also leading possibly the biggest work project of my career, which had a fixed goal date of March 31st! So I feel you! I found the structure of the training helped to make sure I kept getting the runs in, even when things were nuts at work. Keep it up – five weeks to go!