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Updated Long Term Goal

“Shoot for the moon and even if you miss you will land among the stars.” – Les Brown 

Well, we all know that I am slower than snail’s pace and more than likely will never be able to run Boston. But, after running the half in Mississippi two weeks ago, the idea of running a half marathon in all 50 states plus DC started to form. I realize that it will take me roughly 20 years to get all the states done, with only having run in three (Ohio, Indiana, and Mississippi), but I think that would be a great 60’s birthday present to myself to get that completed. 

With that said, we have friends that live in and near Boston, and my search for a half marathon in the states of Massachusetts shows that the Boston Athletic Association also puts on a half marathon in October. My schedule for this October is already booked, running and training for the Columbus Marathon on the 21st, but next year is wide open. In the mean time, I’d like to get at least one more state added to my “completed” list and then to throw myself into this adventure head first next year. 

Created new Page tab: “50 States & DC Quest” to keep track of my goal.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in 1/2 Marathon, Goals

 

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Mississippi Blues Marathon (Half)

A friend of mine lives near Jackson Mississippi and after plans fell through to run the 1/2 marathon out there 2 years ago, this year we finally managed the trip. Driving just under 800 miles one way was actually a lot of fun. It helped that my husband and I get a long and we listened to the book “The Hunger Games”.

I did not know what to expect course wise, and was a little taken aback when a coworker said, “You know, it’s pretty hilly out there!” two days before we were leaving. With that said, I mentally prepped for a pretty slow race. I should mention that I have been doing heart rate training and intended to run the 1/2 at 75% of my heart rate, which would put me at or around a 2:30 finish. Eventually the goal with the training is to be able to run a half marathon at 85% of my heart rate. Now knowing that is was a hilly course, I resigned myself to coming in around 2:45. I was fine with that.

The weather on race day was almost perfect. 53 degrees at 7am was almost a little too warm, but a nice breeze was flowing, cooling the air a bit more. The field was only 2500 people strong (with about 800 of them running the full), letting me cross the starting line only about a minute and a half after the gun went off.

The first hill was not far off, and it seemed that the course either went up or down, even though I think there were occasional straight stretches. It took us past businesses, through residental neighborhoods, and along the freeway. I believe we also passed at least 2 schools along the way. Around mile 7 the pavement got really bad with pot holes and bad patch jobs, but a sign prior to that warned us of the upcoming trouble.

My heart rate after the first few hills stayed pretty steady at 80%. I tried to slow it down the first three miles but then decided because of the hills that I would go by feeling and keep it under 80%, but not fret it if I went over 75%.

I was looking for my husband and my two friends at mile 8, but didn’t see them until about 8.5. That was nice and broke up the run. Usually the monotony of it all hits me between mile 7 and 9, so it was great to look forward to them.

I think around mile 9, we joined back up with the marathon course. At mile 11 the first two marathoners passed me; they were at mile 24 on their journey. Must be a lot of work to be able to run that fast!

The finish line was uphill! But I managed to kick it into gear the last hill and finished in 2:31:08! Not bad for such an up and down course and feeling as strong as I did. Not one time during the race did I feel like walking or even quitting. In all my previous races I seemed to have struggled at one point or another; this 1/2 marathon just seemed to have flown by.

I am still training for the Cap City Half marathon in May, which is held in Columbus, Ohio. That one I plan to race and not just run. My half marathon PR currently is 2:17, I am hoping to break that…fingers crossed!

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Posted by on January 13, 2012 in 1/2 Marathon, 13.1, Heart Rate Training, Hills, Race Report, Running

 

Spirit of Columbus 1/2 marathon

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The night before the race was a restless one. You know, where you toss and turn and look at the clock to see how many more hours you get to sleep. The night didn’t start with many hours to go to begin with. I believe when I headed to bed I had 5 hours and 44 minutes before getting up at 4:15 a.m. At some point in the night I turned the clock away from me!

At 4:15, when the alarm went off, I was in a dead sleep, of course! lol So, I just rolled out of bed. Got dressed, ate, and headed to a A’s house to head up together with her and T.

We got to Cbus in plenty of time and cought an early bus to the starting line. (Straight course, so you had the option to bus to the starting line before or after the race, depending on where parked your car). On the way up we saw the course being set up for the race.

Once we got to the starting area the waiting began. We met up with other MiTers and hung out, after the tratitional potty stop, until the race started. We watched the elite runners ditch the line and just take a potty where the door just opened up, leaving the poor person that was waiting in line to have to take the next one. Not very sportsman like I must say!

It’s a go: A and I headed towards the starting line and I was still on the fence on how to run this race. I decided to hang with A for a while. She was running a relay and her partner (another) T was jumping in at mile 3.We chatted and had fun and T jumped in just before mile 3. After mile 4 I left them. I felt good and their pace was a bit to slow for me. Their race wasn’t until next weekend, so they were running comfortably.

Waterstops: The course layout showed water stops at every mile between mile 2 and 12. The first water stop, after mile three was poorly set up, it was almost like a “serve yourself station”. At mile four they had run out of water completely and the same held true for mile 5. I was bumming. I didn’t get much water at the first stop.

I didn’t plan on GU-ing at all, planned to rely on Gatorade instead, but did GU at mile 5 for fear of bonking further down the line. Went through the relay exchange area and thought too myself “hopefully they will have water on the second part of the course”. I managed to get a drink out of a water fountain and then saw an impromptu water stop shortly thereafter. “Two cups please!”

To the rescue: The other T’s husband cought me (via car) around mile 7 or 8 and gave me a bottle of gatorade. Yes! I didn’t have to rely on waterstops and their HEED (there wasn’t any Gatorade along the course), but the bottle was a bit heavy in the beginning.

In the past during mile 9 through 13.1 I end up walking more and more, but this time around I talked myself into running a mile at a time and just taking a short walk break when getting to the mile marker. What really helped was that the course is slightly down hill after mile 9 and we had a slight tailwind.

The Finish: The last half mile I ‘clamped’ myself behind a MiT runner (she didn’t know I was there) that had helped me in my 2007 marathon race and I let her pull me down the road (so to speak).

I finished increasing my pace the last 100 yards and not feeling completely dead. My run time was 2 hours 19 minutes and 36 seconds. My second fastest half marathon. 🙂

After: I had to stand in line to get my medal, hat, and towel. That is not fun after you have run for 2 plus hours. Everything hurts and you don’t just want to be standing in line. But, about 10 minutes I got my stuff and headed back to the MiT tent. Then we headed to lunch….yummy.

The next day: I am sore today (Monday), but I am also feeling good about my accomplishment. I am looking forward to running the Columbus Marathon (half) in October to see if I can get a PR.

Overall: The weather was great. One could not ask for a better day to run. The course was great, mostly down hill. The water stops need to be changed, but at least all the kids where cheering the runners on. I am sure that next year the race will be handled better, after all this is just their second year doing this.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2009 in 1/2 Marathon, Long Run, Race Report

 

8/24 – 8/30 Recap

8/24 – Had a very good 5 mile run on the treadmill at home.

8/25 – Ran 4 miles at work and then another 4 miles (wanted to run 5, but ran out of steam) at home on the treadmill.

8/26 – Biked 9 miles at work and then lifted weights.

8/27 – Ran 4 miles at work. It was very humid out.

8/28 – Slow run at work. 3 miles.

8/29 – Resting for the ‘race’.

8/30 – 13.1 mile – Spirit of Columbus 1/2 marathon. Overall good run. Second fasted 1/2. I am pleased.

Notes:

I had not gone on the treadmill in ages and was very surprised I was able to hold a contant pace of 5.2 on it. In the past I’d die at 4.5. During the week I wasn’t as dilligent about what I ate as I had been in the past.

Training for the Columbus (1/2) marathon starts Monday! I have some major school stuff (finals) I need to get out of the way and then I’ll be breathing easier!

Weight:

I did not step on the scale most of the week. I did some “carbing” in the later part of the week for the 1/2 marathon and didn’t want to step on the scale.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2009 in 1/2 Marathon, Running

 

Cap City 1/2

Ok, so it seems (at least to me) that writing a race report about your 9th ½ marathon is like taking pictures of your 4th child. It is something that’s just not high on the priority list. 😉 But here it is:

The alarm didn’t go off. The husband told me that he set it the night before to go off at a certain time, but we forgot that it only goes off during the week. Luckily my internal alarm clock works just fine and we got out of the house with plenty of time to spare.

We picked up my parents-n-law on the way to Columbus. Roger was in a good mood and feeling well. They dropped me off at work and I walked to the Hyatt Regency where the Team was meeting up. The hubby and Co. went to Tim Hortons to get something to eat before standing outside for several hours.

We all (the Team) met up before the race in a conference room, had some refreshments, a team picture, and then walked together to the starting area. I stood in line for the port-a potty and then worked my way towards the starting corral part that matched my projected finish time. The weather was great! After about ten minutes of people watching the gun went off and the ‘race’ was on.

The first 2 miles flew by. I ‘ran into’ a co-worker and we silently ran next to each other for half a mile or so until we got to the first water stop. He was on a mission so away he went. He ended up finishing 9 minutes ahead of me, which was a great accomplishment on his part.

Around mile 3 my left food started to hurt; on the bottom, right below the toes. Damn shoes, I knew they wouldn’t hold up! That’s why I switched away from Asics in the first place; they don’t have the front cushion support that I need. I should have known better than to switch back to them. Around mile 5 the other foot started to hurt too. *sigh*

But, I kept on trekking. The race actually didn’t become hard until about mile 9. I saw the father-in-law just shortly before that. He had made a sign for me. (I was running in his honor). At mile 10 I saw some friends from MiT that cheered me on and then a co-worker and his wife at mile 11. That was such a nice surprise and really lifted my spirits.

Shortly after that one of the TNT coaches ran with me for about a ½ mile. While we were running a couple came up behind us and the guy said, “Give my best to Roger.” He had read the sign on the back of my shirt “Running 4 Roger”. I told him that I would do that for sure and thanked him. The coach knew I would have no problems finishing the race so he turned back to help some other TNT members.

The last mile was tough, but it helped that I saw the family again about a ½ mile before the finish. I was not able to kick it in, but I knew that I would not be completely dead afterwards.

I finished in 2:29:05 (my goal was 2:30) and received my medal. I walked to the TNT tent and received my 13.1 TNT pin from a Leukemia survivor, which was really touching. I then went to find my family and gave my father-in-law my medal for him to keep. I had been debating on giving it to him then or to wait until his chemo therapy was done. But, I thought that it would mean more to him getting it now. He was very touched and I was glad he was able to watch me run.

Overall it was an emotional experience, from raising the money to running the race. I ended up raising over $3100 and received a plaque from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society honoring my efforts. I am glad it is over, even though my worrying about Roger will continue for months. However, just like in the race, you charge forward one step at a time.

I have already decided which race is next on my agenda; the Spirit of Columbus ½ marathon August 30th. This will be my 10th ½ marathon!!! The schedule is written and training will officially start after we come back from vacation. I am looking forward to our yearly trip of a week of quadding at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes.

There will be no running for me this week. I did get on the bike today and everything felt fine. My left foot is still sore underneath and I will get me a new pair of Saucony’s before I go back out again on Saturday. My legs just have a trace of soreness, but that should be gone by the time I go out and run.

 

Dash for Donations 1/2 Marathon (Course PR)

Comments: One of the things I forgot about this 1/2marathon was that we ran 2 loops of the course and one section of that loop is an out an back (and hilly). Yuck! Hopefully I will have forgotten that by next year!

The run overall was good. I tried starting out slow, but mile 3 I ran in 10:58, which is a bit fast, after that my miles where all around 11:30, except the last mile, that was a 12:18.

GUed every 4 miles, I will see if I can switch that to every 5 miles. That sweet stuff makes me wanna puke.

Lots of MiTers, that was very inspiring, and I guess the ‘out and back’ part of the loop was helpful, since we were able to cheer each other on twice.

Last year I died around mile 9 and I did a lot of walking. It wasn’t intentional walking, but rather the kind where you just find yourself walking without realizing it. This year was much better.

My post race recovery is much better as well. My body is not nearly as sore as it was last year, I am not lounging on the couch, instead I am doing mom/housewife stuff.

Course PR! Ran it 20 sec/mile faster than last year, over 7 minutes total (but it wasn’t as sunny this year)

Time: 7:20am

Weather: 70’s, Overcast

Clothes: MiT Shirt, NB shorts, Fuel Belt

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (225.1 miles)

Distance:13.1

Time: 2:31:35

Split: 11:35

Course: Dash for Donations

 
 

Captial City 1/2 Marathon

Registered…ready…set…go!

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2008 in 1/2 Marathon