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25th Half Marathon

Last weekend I ran my 25th half marathon! Not too bad considering I have “only” been running half marathons since 2005.

This marathon started off in Athens Ohio and was hosted by Ohio University. Other than the first mile and last half mile, the whole race takes place on a bike path. It is not spectator friendly, but it is a fast race. The bike path is very flat. The “out” part has a slight decline, which you then have to face going back. Some people would argue with you that there is no in/decline but there is. This was my third time running this race, the last two years in a row I managed a PR. This year, it was just a training run.

The gameplan for this run was to run the first 10 miles at a nice 12:19 pace and then pick it up the last three miles, hitting a HR of no more than 85% of max heart rate. The goal race, which is three weeks after this one, is the Glass City Marathon (half) in Toledo, OH.

The weather was a little too warm, starting off at 66 degree. The arm warmers and gloves were left in the car, no need for them! Why 12:19?  This was the recovery pace I had hit the day before, so that’s what I decided to go with the day of the race. During six out of the nine miles, I was right on pace. And was off by only 15 seconds on the other three.

The nice thing about this run was that it was spent running with friends. Some of my fellow Columbus Eastside Running Club (CERC) friends joined me at my pace. About halfway through, a majority decided to slow down a little, and so it was my friend Erika, a friend of a friend Sarah and I that tackled the last 7 miles together. As I mentioned, this is an out and back course and there are not many spectators because it is difficult to get to. Runners become their own cheer leaders; the ones that had already turned around and were heading back cheered on the ones still heading to that sought after turn around point. We saw quite a few of our own running friends and cheered heavily for one another.

At mile ten it was time to try to kick it in a little. During this running season I had paced a running group that is quite a bit slower than my regular pace. Even though my speed workout was always on target, I was a little worried that running my long miles so slow, I could not run the distance at a faster pace. I managed to pick it up a little at mile ten, but my HR was higher than I thought it would be. The weather could have had something to do with that and the head wind. I don’t know. The good thing is that my legs were just a little tired the next day and not sore at all.

My goal race is in two weeks; I do not know if I have what it takes to PR because of my the pacing during the season (no regrets though). I will need to run a 9:45 minute mile pace to get that accomplished. My race plan is written and I will give it all I have to get it done. As one of my friends always says, “Leave it all on the course.” And that I will do!

Bling!

Bling!

Leg Drains!

Leg Drains!

 
 

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1/2 Marathon # 18 + Marathon # 3 = Goofy Penny

On Sunday, January 13th I completed the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge. For those that are not familiar with this challenge, it has been held for 20 years in Disney World (Orlando, FL). It consists of running a half marathon on Saturday and then a full marathon on Sunday. You can of course choose to just run one or the other, but if you are really Goofy, you sign up for both and receive a third medal.

Two friends (Brenda and Teri) and I trained for this challenge for 32 weeks together. We trained when it was warm enough to wear shorts and cold enough that two layers of pants almost weren’t enough. Our longest weekend run consisted of a 9 miler on Saturday and a 22 miler on Sunday.

Race weekend took forever to get here, but finally it did and off to sunny Florida we went. We met up with two runner friends (Aimee and Debbie) at the airport and another one (Lauren) in Florida.

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I won’t bore you with all the details. but overall it was a lot of fun. Here is my review in bullet points:

  • I haven’t flown in 26 years and all the security measures were quite intimidating. I still don’t like to fly, but I am no longer afraid to.
  • The resort we stayed in was nice; we enjoyed the time at the pool after both races.
  • The long-sleeve technical shirts we received are unisex and not very flattering for women.
  • The Expo was disappointing.  We might have gotten there a bit late, but there was hardly any Goofy memorabilia left, not even 39.3 car magnets. You’d think they have done this a time or two (or 20) and should not run out. Nothing available online either.
  • The half hour wait to get into the building to get our shirts was ridiculous. This is after we received our race bibs in another building.
  • Getting up at 3am two days in a row is hard. (The races start at 5:30)
  • Plenty of free transportation!
  • The 1.31 mile walk to the starting line each day after a 30 minute bus ride was a bit much.
  • The water stations were one of the best I have ever seen.
  • Running a half marathon with friends and not for time was a lot of fun.
  • The volunteers aka “Cheer Squad” were awesome!
  • Coming down Main Street and seeing the Castle was a breath-taking experience.
  • The courses were good. I didn’t care for the freeway part the last few miles in the half marathon, or the freeway parts on the full marathon.
  • The half marathon took us through the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. The full took us through those two, including a trip around Richard Petty’s Speedway track, plus the Animal Kingdom and Hollywood. That was a lot of fun.
  • Seeing the Disney characters along the way, and having the opportunity to take pictures of them was neat.
  • My stomach started getting upset again at mile 18, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as Columbus ’11.
  • Training in cold weather doesn’t help you when it is 80 degrees out.
  • At mile 21 I had to walk.
  • At mile 22 I was able to run again.
  • I always knew I would finish.
  • Setting a long-term goal and seeing it through is an incredible feeling!
  • Would I do it again? No, it beats you up pretty bad, BUT I would recommend it to a seasoned runner.
  • Am I glad I did it? Yes, it was a great experience, the training and the races.

Thank yous: Thank you Teri and Brenda for training with me. Even though sometimes I didn’t sound like it, I really enjoyed spending time with you two! Aimee, Debbie, and Lauren…can’t wait to go to another event with you ladies. You gals make it fun! Last but not least, thank you to my hubby who let me train for hours on end and then let me go to Disney World without him. You are the best!

 

PR! – Athens Half Marathon April 1, 2012

I entered the race just for fun, to be with friends who love to run like I do (most of them a bit faster than I am). Turns out the stars were alligned just right and a PR was bound to happen.

The hubby drove to Athens (Ohio) with me to cheer me on. That doesn’ t happen to often and I was glad to have him a long. Race packet pick up was prior to the race about a 1/2 mile from the starting line. The place where we picked up the packet was also the finish line. With the packet picked up and bib attached we were off to the starting line, walking through the beautiful Ohio University campus.

Starting Line

Starting Line

The course, which is overall very flat, starts with a very steep downhill part. I was a bit worried about my knee and calf/achilles, after the experience in Mississippi and the following injuries I had. But my body held up! I ran into an old running buddy, Kelly, shortly after the start. She is much faster than I am, but just getting back into running after spitting out her second child. We ran together for a while. She was a tad bit too fast for me, and I dropped back…eventually I got into my stride and I caught back up to her. We, including a runner from West Virginia that Kelly had befriended, ran most of the second half of the race together.

Mile 5 - Kelly is a little behind me (in pink)

At the turn-around point it occurred to me that I could PR if I kept that pace up the second half. However, the first half of the race was on a slight decline, meaning the returning part would be at an incline. But with Kelly at my side, happily cheering me on and keeping my mind occupied with life stories, we were still going strong at mile 10.

The miles just went by so fast, but I did notice that we had slowed down just a little bit. Mile 13 however, made up for it, running my second fastest mile in that race.  We entered the stadium with about 600 yards to go. After the first 200 were behind us, we could see the clock, and Kelly said “You got this!”. She then shouted to our friends, who were waiting for us, “She is going to PR!” and they started cheering like crazy. So loud as a matter of fact that I could hear them all the way on the other side of the track!

Kelly: "Where did she go?"

Kelly high 5-ing while I am dying! 🙂

Kicking it in!

With about 100 yards to go, I kicked it in some more…don’t know where that came from, and I PRed by 32 seconds! What a great feeling!

Running Friends

Running Friends!

This was my easiest PR ever and so unexpected, it makes it twice as nice. Am I glad that I had signed up to spend the day with friends.

Me, Kelly, and the lady from West Virginia

 

Decisions…

Don’t forget to honors those that gave all. How to Observe Memorial Day

This weeks was my best running week in quite a while. I covered over 18 miles; eventually I hope to be up to about 25 miles per week. I wanted to run more than 3 miles on the 26th, but thunderstorms put a halt to that, and then the hubby had dinner done after 3 miles…and of course I can’t let him down. 😉

On Saturday I ran with a the Columbus Eastside Running Club. I will run one more time with them to see if I really like it. If so, then I’ll join them and train with them for my full marathon. I was able to run 45 seconds per mile faster with the group than on my own. I take walk breaks on my own and that was not the case with the group. I am a much stronger runner than I give myself credit for, but can’t do it on my own. The only drawback is that the group meets about 50 minutes from my house, but I get to car pool with some running pees, so it might not be so bad.

I wanted to run 9 miles today, but I did not know the area we were running in and so I resigned myself to run whatever the pace group was running and will run my long run on Monday (Memorial Day).

Running since last post:

May 23rd: 5 miles outside (walked 1 mile at work on treadmill prior to weight lifting session with hubby)

May 25th: 4 miles outside

May 26th: 3 miles on treadmill (walked 1 mile at work on treadmill then stretched for 20 minutes)

May 28th: 5.56 miles with running club in Columbus

Overall mileage last week (May 23rd – May 28th): 18.56 (not including elliptical and walking)

May running mileage: 61.56 miles

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2011 in 5, Blogroll, Running w/friends, Strength Training

 

Did we just do 4?

Comments: The TNT group run was at Sharon Woods today. I’d say about 20 people showed up, which is about the norm. A and I stretched a bit and were off. Going by our time on Wednesday (12:44 min/mile) I would have assumed we’d be doing a 12 min mile or so pace, but after the first mile is was evident that we would be going faster. I kept trying to run just a little behind A, so she could determine the pace. She was like a loaded pistol. We covered the first mile in 10:44. The second mile was a little slower because she needed to tie her shoe. The third and fourth mile put us at an average of 10:59, a much faster pace than 12:44!

The loop was only 3.8 long, but I talked her into finishing out the 4 miles, which she did!

I am enjoying having a running partner and have decided to run the ½ marathon with her instead of trying to PR. I feel the need to enjoy the race more than the desire to finish it “fast”. A mentioned today that all goes well she would like to train for the full marathon in October. Can you say “hooked” lol

Our fundraiser at a bar last night netted us $83.25 each (there were 4 of us). Not bad for 4 hours worth of work and a ton of fun!

The fundraiser at the running store wrapping presents for donation this afternoon netted us $2 each…haha, less than the $4 I made last week; granted though the girls before us made $53 each. I guess it was just bad timing on our part.

With my ‘donut’ money (bringing donuts to work for donations every Wednesday and donating the money for the donuts as well) I am just about ½ way to my obligatory $1500. Wo-hoo!

Time: 8 am

Weather: 26, chilly

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 210.5 miles)

Distance: 4

Mileage y. t. d.: 727.62

Run Time: 43:56

Split: 10:59

Course: Sharon Woods

 

3 among friends

Comments: Met up with A and E, both Team in Training runners, in the gym at work. A has just started running, E on the other hand has done a mini triathalon before.

We walked a little bit and then started running. It was slow, granted, but it was nice chatting with them. We ran out a mile and turned around. I was expecting A stop after that but she kept right on trucking. I tried giving her some encouraging words, but I am not really good that that. At about mile 1.75 she notacibly slowed down, but did not walk. I was clearly impressed with the running progress she has made over the last month.

They headed back towards work and I put another mile in just because I felt good.

It was nice running with people and I am hoping with can make that a weekly thing.

Time: 12 pm

Weather: 30s, over cast

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 187.7 miles)

Distance: (about) 3.2

Run Time: Garmin battery died

Split: N/A

Course: To Mile Marker 1 and back, plus loop around COSI.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2008 in Running, Running w/friends