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Half marathon #3 finished on 3/4/2012

Monday, March 05, 2012

The day started out with an uncertain weather picture, with a 18-20 degree rapid drop in temperature. As I prepared for the event, I could hear it storming outside. I looked at the clock, still two hours before start time. I dressed light on the top with running tights so my legs wouldn't get wet and because I just think the compression holds everything together (my own opinion). I was so glad to see DH get up and get dressed so I didn't have to drive. My running buddy drove up and off we were.

Driving in, the rain was slacking up and after just a few miles the roads were dry where it had never rained (typical Florida weather). The destination was 30 minutes from home and yes, the temperature had dropped rapidly. It was very windy and cold to me so I wore my wind jacket. I took a picture with my run group team, Black Girls RUN! Orlando

There are actually hundreds in the group, many are beginners, but only three of us did this particular event, me, my running buddy and my cousin.

The half marathon started about 20 minutes late because the winds were so strong they were blowing the cones down in the roads. Finally we got to start with a 1, 2, 3 GO!

I ran/walked pretty much the whole race with my running buddy. It was her first half marathon. We both struggled through the entire run because of not training smart. I had just completed another half (St Pete Rock n Roll) just three weeks prior, took a week off, then developed dental issues and just started back training less than a week ago. My running buddy is a much faster runner but says her longest run was only 6 miles prior to this half. (Do not do this!). We also had an issue much of the race with the strong winds blowing at us head on.

The scenery was beautiful though! We ran one side of the street along a lake for miles 4 through 12 of the run. I was admiring the blooming bushes, the lakefront, the enormous trees, beautiful lakefront homes and the sounds of nature so much so that my running buddy had to remind me a couple times to focus on the race. I think that's why I like the distance events, they are like a fast walk in the park to me.

The last couple miles we were able to speed up our pace since we had preserved it during our walk in the park. My competitive side hit me and I began passing people who had passed me earlier. We talked of our goals, hers to finish before 11:00, mine to finish in three hours. We both finished in 3:03 (a PR for me by 8 seconds).

My finish line photos:

My cousin was waiting at the finish line along with my other running group from the gym so we could take a combined group picture.

When we dropped my running buddy off I realized I did not have a picture of me with my medal so DH took another. Of course I don't have my shoes on, my feet hurt after 13.1 miles!

Then it was time for an ice bath and dinner. The rest of the day was me and LMN.

Today, I'm just a little sore. I will rejoin my running class tomorrow for a 3 mile (I will walk it). My last half of the season is Florida Beach Halfathon and then it will be mostly 5Ks and one 10K for the rest of the spring and summer.

Added note: My women's club has offered to sponsor me for my local short races. Yay! They know I have been running but I never thought anyone would offer to pay my race fees! I feel like I'm really doing something people respect.

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BETTYAHE 3/6/2012 7:10PM

    So proud of you Paula! You are looking darn good girl. Wish I could run but I have enough trouble walking! lol

Again, congratulations, and keep on sparking! emoticon emoticon

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KARENA228 3/5/2012 10:25PM

    MY Friend! I am so proud of you, and I'm sure you're proud of yourself! emoticon

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DAPHNE_RUNS 3/5/2012 10:14PM

    Awesome job on finishing your 3rd half!!!! And that is wonderful to hear your women's club will pay for your local runs. Paula, run, run, and run for some more fun. Awwww, I love to hear how you are doing. Thanks for taking a close up picture of your medal....it is beautiful.

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MIRAGE727 3/5/2012 9:43PM

    Good job!

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JTAYLOR2011 3/5/2012 8:29PM

    Huge congrats! emoticon emoticon

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CRISSA1669 3/5/2012 8:11PM

    Congratulations!! That is so great!!! I am new at running...completed 5k training and am currently doing 10k training with my husband(former Marine and in fantastic shape, yeah me!)...it's good to see black runners, I have only met 1 here so far but I am sure if I join a club or something I will see other women of color running for their health and actually enjoying it...lol...or not...most black women I know, wouldn't dream of running...don't want to sweat out the hair/weave/perm!! LOL :)

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MSKIMBOLINA 3/5/2012 7:23PM

    Congrats! :)

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My training is falling back in place, finally!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I never really stopped training, just slacked off so much. I have another half marathon coming up soon and my training is so far behind. Finally, my runner training group starts back up this evening. Getting out there doing it by myself is a challenge to me. I've run every week at least twice but have not gone further than a 10K in the last few weeks. I have no choice but to do a long run and I mean within the next few days.

My running group buddy has agreed to run her first half with me in March in a small local event. We have been with the same running group for a year and a half, then joined another group together that we can only make on the weekend for a 3 mile run because they meet in another city. I would always tell my buddy to go ahead because her pace is much faster. Well, during a 3 mile charity event in December and our first meetup last week, we ran together. It was a challenge keeping her pace for the 3 mile Reindeer Run but I kept up only having to take about 4 walk breaks. With our meetup last week, she agreed to do walk/run intervals with me. I've been doing 1:1 when out by myself so she did these, but near the end she said she wanted to try 2:1 intervals as her training. I was so pleased because her past training only called for non-stop runs. We seemed so opposite - she likes the fast paced 5K race, I like the half marathon distance event. I've been explaining to her the joy I get from the excitement of all the people and spectators in the distance events. The joy I get from meeting and running with different people around my same pace. The chance to site-see nature's beauty or even look at different buildings or stores or houses along the way, even stop and maybe take a picture or smell some flowers. Knowing as long as I stay over that particular event's minimum pace, I'll cross the same finish line as the elite racers.

Back to my training, my dance workout instructor has started back with his training. Not sure why he stopped but I believe it was because people had stopped coming because it was too dark or too cold to do the dance workout outside. There was also a lot of people not showing over the holidays. I'm guilty of not showing up mainly because of the dark. So I started back this morning as I have always gone to the morning workouts on my days off. I'll also go at least twice a week after my run training class.

The first of our 16-week training class starts in an hour. I'm going out early for a long warmup.

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LIGHTHOUSE23 2/10/2012 12:00AM

    The important thing is.... you're back!!! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 1/18/2012 12:47PM

    Good Stuff! Thanks for sharing! I'm still learning! All the best and be well!

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IAM_HIS2 1/10/2012 7:50PM

    That's great! So proud of you getting back into your training!! emoticon

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TIFFY0906 1/10/2012 7:39PM

    good job getting back into your training

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KKINNEA 1/10/2012 5:23PM

    You're back at it - great job!

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My first half marathon!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I finished my first half marathon today at Women's Half Marathon - St Petersburg! So happy and pleased with my time of a little over 3:08 hours. I started in the last runner's corral and went past so many people. I projected my race at 3:30 but now I have a new time to beat! I loved the course, WHM did a great job! Even got to meet a Sparkfriend, Tia.

Getting excited about the next half in February which will be the Rock & Roll St. Petersburg race.

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SPARKLE1908 11/22/2011 9:37AM


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LIGHTHOUSE23 11/21/2011 7:54PM

    Congratulations to you!!! I'm impressed!!!! Proud of you!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TYKXBOY 11/21/2011 12:35PM

    Great job! Always nice to beat your expectations, especially by so much.

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ABSOLUTZER0 11/21/2011 11:47AM

    Woohoo! Congratulations Half Marathoner! This is awesome! I'm sure it is the first of many.

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MDJ2011 11/21/2011 6:48AM

    Awesome job! Congrats!

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TISSWEET 11/20/2011 11:36PM

    Go Paula! Congrats!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 11/20/2011 10:16PM

    Congratulations on your finish. That is a wonderful time. I just happen to look over at you previous blogs, and you blogged back in September about your first non stop 5k. You have come so far in such a small amount of time. Good luck to you in February.....I saw on the Florida team page that a few sparkers are going to run that race as well.

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EJHEINRICH1 11/20/2011 8:53PM

    Congrats to you! You can do anything you put your mind too!

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I'm back

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Back to posting a blog, that is. Actually I never went anywhere, except for Halloween when I started a five day cruise. Just wanted to give a quick update of where I am.

I've lost a few pounds over the last couple months due to changes in my nutrition and exercise. I'm feeding on green smoothies six days a week still. I've eliminated almost all smoked and processed meats in addition to those packaged processed foods. I'm training for a half marathon (Woman's Half Marathon/St. Petersburg) that will be taking place on November 20th. The longest I've run on my training is 14.5 miles. I'm using the run/walk method in order to decrease my chance of injury.

BTW, those pounds I gained on the cruise, I've lost already. I did make use of their treadmill and elliptical while cruising.

Other than that, life has been good. Have a great day, SparkFriends!

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BABY_GIRL69 11/16/2011 2:42PM

    Glad you're back to bloggin!! Wondered did you ever come back from vacation?? lol

God bless & enjoy everyday!


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My first non-stop 5K run!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Today, in my running group, I "ran" my first 5K. I mean I did not stop to walk at any time. Of course, I believe in the run/walk method and have always used it but today there was just no stopping me. When I got to mile 1, I was so excited, I thought my running coach would be so proud. Then I thought, I can go to 1-1/2 miles.

I keep on going. I think of the weather. It is so nice out. This is giving me energy. As I ran, I thought of the heat and the sun usually draining my energy but it may be a while before the sun starts blaring. I will run until it does. After all, it's Central Florida.

I think maybe even the coffee, half a banana and half the peanut butter sandwich on whole grain bread I had before I started out. It is giving me energy. I got up two hours early for this day's run. My intentions were to get to the gym (which is 10 minutes away) and start out on the trail first to come back last. Instead, I started with everyone else but I had the advantage of a 1/4 mile warm-up run with stretching. There were less than 10 people show up at 7:00 a.m.

When I reached the turnaround point, a running buddy who was on his way back said I should go to the top of the hill and look over the view so I did. The view was pretty of what I could see but I'm sure he saw a lot more over the block wall since he was a foot taller than me. Still running, I thought of when DH had told me to not buy another running item until I ran 3 miles without stopping. I got this!

2 miles. It is so pretty out. I should take pictures but the fitness music on my iPod is keeping me going and Runkeeper is going on my iPhone and I don't have my glasses to see the camera app anyway. No pictures today but I will be prepared next time.

I see my running coach approaching on his bike and yell out to him "I haven't stopped yet!". He gives a thumb up, his usual "Good job, Paula" but adds "That's great. I knew you could do it".

2-1/2 miles. Here comes the huge hill I always walk up. I'm going so slow and decide to pick up speed. Then I think I better slow down on this hill or I'll run out of steam so I slow back down.

What am I going to buy? Maybe a new pair of shoes. Or some running socks definitely. I know, the garmin watch I ordered when it was on special but cancelled the order after thinking of what DH had said. The top of the hill is approaching. Woo Hoo!

3 miles. Why stop? I'll finish the 3.1 miles making it a nonstop 5k training run. Then, at 3.1 miles I just felt like running some more. I felt good. Did the sun come out yet? I don't care if it did or not - it was still nice and cool. At 3.56 miles I decided to stop at the driveway of the gym for a short cool-down walk. I share my excitement with the runners that are still outside.

Next Sunday, I work but plan to definitely get up and get that early run before the heat. Next week's assignment 4 miles (of course I'll try for more).

My time: 3.56 miles, pace 13.07, 46.41 minutes, age group 55-59F.

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-PAULA 9/23/2011 8:33AM

    You guys are great! Thanks for your comments. Off to another run I go!

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FERGSGIRL2 9/18/2011 6:42PM

    that is great! I am so proud of you! Your dedication is really paying off!
Go Paula! go Paula! Go Paula!
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BABY_GIRL69 9/18/2011 4:32PM

    This is so great!! God bless & enjoy everyday!


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    WTG!!! You ROCK!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLE1908 9/18/2011 1:55PM

    Excellent!!!! Very proud and happy for you!!!

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-PAULA 9/18/2011 12:00PM

    Thanks for the encouragement!

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LINDAKAY228 9/18/2011 11:02AM

    Way to go!!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 9/18/2011 10:20AM

    Hi Paula. I am so proud of you. It may only be 3.1 miles, but it is hard work to run the distance without stopping. Big congrats to you!!!! And just as you mentioned to me, the heat will go away. And when it does, your time will improve. I am still smiling.

Enjoy your week.


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