[Sunday Long Run to downtown Toronto] Finished a 35K run this afternoon, longest distance I've done on a training run this year. I'm glad we had some amazing weather today in Toronto! Was just perfect for running, 13 C and sunny weather. Absolutely no excuses for not going outside to run today haha. On the run, I focused on keeping it slow, at a pace where I can breath comfortably and can maintain a conversation if I were talking with someone. I know I always have a tendency to run fast lol, so I constantly reminded myself what the purpose of this long run was: to build endurance and not speed. Speed will be worked on during my intervals and tempo runs. Overall I think I did a pretty good job at maintaining a slow and steady pace, and I still felt quite strong at the end. On another note, one more week till the Chilly Half Marathon in Burlington! First time doing this race so I'm looking forward to Sunday. I'll be dialing back my mileage this week in preparation for race day, but only slightly. Trying not to have the race get in the way of my training for the Toronto Goodlife Marathon too much since that is my current main focus.
What a crazy run it was yesterday! About 5 ish miles in it started to thunder, then lighting, then rain, then pouring rain and strong winds. It was challenging and when a fellow land runner was picking people up I took the offer and got a ride back to my car. I was soaking wet and then cold. Glad that's over! .
AMY CRAGG BECOMES 5TH AMERICAN WOMAN UNDER 2:22 AT 2018 TOKYO MARATHON; KNOCKS OVER 5-MINUTES OFF BEST TIME
USA’s Amy Cragg, the 2016 Olympic Trials champion, finally lowered her 2:27:03 PB that dated back to the 2011 Los Angeles Marathon when she debuted. Sunday morning, the 34-year-old targeted her best time and successfully improved it to 2:21:42 for 3rd in the race behind champion Berhane Dibaba (2:19:51) and Ruti Aga (2:21:19).
Cragg trains with 2017 New York City champ Shalane Flanagan (2:21:14 PB) and has ever since she joined the Portland-based Bowerman Track Club in 2015. Last year in the IAAF London World Championships, she took home the bronze medal by digging deep in the final stages to become the first American to medal in the event for 34 years.
Cragg missed the 2012 Olympic Marathon team by 1 spot but made it in the 10,000m where she went on to run a 31:10.69 PB in London. Her best time for the half marathon (1:08:27) also came in Japan at last year’s Marugame International Half Marathon
U.S. MARATHON A-T LIST —WOMEN— [Top 5]
1– 2:19:36 33 Deena KASTOR (ASICS)
| 2006 London GBR
2– 2:20:57 26 Jordan HASAY (Nike)
| 2017 Chicago IL/USA
3– 2:21:14 33 Shalane FLANAGAN (Nike)
| 2014 Berlin GER
4– 2:21:21 28 Joan SAMUELSON (Nike)
| 1985 Chicago IL/USA
5– 2:21:42 34 Amy CRAGG (Nike)
| 2018 Tokyo JPN
RACE SPLITS - [USA ] AMY CRAGG’S PB MARATHON AT TOKYO ()
1st/2nd Halves: 1:10:20 / 1:11:22 = 2:21:42
CKPT - Clock Time | 5km Split | 10km Split
05km – 16:39 | 16:39 |
10km – 33:17 | 16:38 | 33:17
15km – 49:59 | 16:42 |
20km 1:06:37 | 16:38 | 33:20
HALF 1:10:20 | ( 2:20:40 Overall M-Pace )
25km 1:23:17 | 16:40 |
30km 1:39:53 | 16:36 | 33:16
35km 1:56:26 | 16:33 |
40km 2:13:57 | 17:31 | 34:04
FULL 2:21:42 | ( ~5:24.2/mi [~3:21.4/km] )
Last 2.2K in 7:45 min (17:39 5km pace)
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Ran 5 miles with this one today. I struggle finding motivation to run more than 3-4 days a week when I’m pregnant because I do much better when there’s a goal on the line. I think that’s our natural instinct right? Give me a goal and I’ll work hard for it. I never really run hard during my pregnancies, simply because I don’t enjoy it too much but if I sprinkle in little baby goals here and there I can stay a little more motivated. I always say, and I truly mean it, that I run for my mental health above anything else, but being pregnant or injured sure does make you miss running fast and that feeling a hard workout or race leaves you with. I’ll live vicariously through all of you who are getting it done this year. I’m pretty excited to cheer Glenn on in Boston this year. Who else will be in Boston; running or cheering? I’ll be there with my girls @runningbun@itsamarython@molliedeturner & @nycrunningmama cheering on Glenn and everyone else running. Can’t wait to see the women’s elite field come through!
This will be our 4th trip to Boston, my second trip cheering rather than running (which by the way is just as fun in my opinion). But last time I was there to cheer, I was 7 months pregnant with Marshall and was actually registered to run, but that was 2012 and if anyone remembers it was like 80 and sunny that year. No thanks. I very distinctly remember being nervous that Glenn was going to have a heart attack and made him promise not to try and run fast.
Can’t wait to make more memories this year.
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