Sunday, March 04, 2012
My decision to run a half marathon started from a dream over a year ago. After finishing my first 5k (The 2010 Turkey Trot) my girlfriend tried to talk me into running the 2011 ING half. After we came off our runner's high, we quickly realized that we were in no shape or form ready to run an additional 9 miles in 2 months. So we decided to aim for the 2012 ING half. I did not think I would be ready for the ING in January so I aimed for the Miami Beach 13.1 knowing I would have plenty of time to prepare for my run. Now fast forward to March 2012.
I woke up at 4:30 to give myself enough time to wake up, get dressed, grab a small bite to eat and head out the door in case I got lost. Another sparker, MBSHAZZER, arranged a meet up time before the race. I went down to South Beach on Saturday to pick up my race packet and also to get a feel for the area just in case streets were being closed off in preperation for the race. I also took a couple of photos around South Beach and one of the photos was of the Caryle Hotel, where I met MBSHAZZER at 5:45. The race started at 6:13 so we had plenty of time to chat and do a quick warm up. Considering this was my first half, I was not nervous at all. I guess hopping on here and reading about everyone else's first half marathons has prepared me for what to expect. I wish MBSHAZZER good luck and then I make a quick stop at the port o potty. She disappears somewhere near the front because she is a fast paced runner and I walk to the back to look for 2 hour + pacers. I stopped near the 2:30 pacer sign and squeezed in when the crowd started to move.
It was not too crowded. There were a little over 3,000 for the half running. It is still dark when we cross the start line. I decided to leave my music at home and take in the scenery and people for my first run.....a decision I somewhat regret. I was doing okay until I came across one runner who dragged one shoe while the other foot did not make noise. Well actually it was more like thomp, draggggg, thomp, draggggg. This was throwing off my pace because he was trying to keep up with me.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that it started off on the warm side. I think is was 72 degrees at gun time and when the sun came out it worked into the high 70's real fast. And then came the bridges.....4 in total. I did okay pacing myself, but the bridges took away some of my energy. I did not take any water until mile marker 5. From that point I drank at every mile looking ahead for the next water station in the horizon. Even though I did not bring my music, there was plenty of entertainment along the way. At one mile there was a dj blasting music out of 6 foot speakers and a little further down the road there were high school marching bands playing. And one music destination had a live band. So it was never a dull moment.
Miles 1 through 5 were great. Miles 5 through 9, I struggled to keep a pace and the heat was getting to me so I walked a lot during those miles. Also the effect of the bridges were taking their toll on my run. At any given time, there were at least 10 or so people walking around me and this is probably why I walked more; I could not find anyone to shadow. No one passed out or needed any medical assistance, thank goodness. So around mile 9.5, after I recovered from the last bridge and I got tired of hearing the man thomp and drag trying to keep up with me, I picked up my pace and hoped I was not making a mistake doing so. The rest of the course was flat so it was easy to maintain an even pace.
I finished the race in 2:28.06. I was blown away by the winners times. The male winner finished in 1:03 minutes (a 4+ minute/mile pace) and the female winner finished in 1:17 minutes; Wow. I can barely run a 10k in that time frame. I walked around the beach after the race and took a couple of photos. As soon as I find my cable I will upload them. I noticed there was a booth for engraving. You could get your name and time engraved on your medal for $20....yep, I did it. One time I will always remember. So I am officially a half marathoner!!!!!! I have to run this race again next year to qualify for the Big 3 bling (Fort Lauderdale 13.1, in November, the ING half in January, and the Miami Beach 13.1 again). I saw a lot of Big 3 bling today and said to myself that I will have mine next year.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
I am behind two weeks for my half marathon training blogs. I have had a lot on my mind lately and when I get stressed, I get quiet. I ran my race today and I will blog about it right after this post. Plus I am looking for my cable that I need to connect my phone to the computer. I want to add photos to my race blog.
Week 18 started off a little stressful. Monday I go to pick up my son from school and.....he was in the principal's office. He is part of what I call the four musketeers (who are always getting into trouble). They have been running in the cafeteria and on any given school day for the past month one or all of them end up in the principal's office during lunch. Finally the school came up with a plan; each of the four musketeers sit on the end of other class's tables, except for one boy who is autistic and would not understand why he is not sitting with his class. And so far this has been working out well.
I did my usual runs on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday runs as planned. I ran with the running group two Saturdays ago. Yeah, I was so excited to run with them that I forgot my Garmin. I ran blind and when I got home, I used map run? to figure out the mileage and pace. I really missed my Garmin that day.
Week 19 was an okay week. I did a little experimenting this week. On Tuesday, I ran with music and on my Wednesday and Thursday runs I left my Nano at home. I did not miss the music as much as I thought I would. I got a little bummed on Friday. My husband had to go to Indiana for work and the weather was bad so he got stuck there on Friday. I do my long runs on Saturday so it meant I had to miss running with the group and stay home and take of the kids. I headed out the door on Sunday morning around 7. Around mile 2 I thought I felt a drop of rain and I was hoping I was wrong. And then around mile 5, it started to rain. Squish, squish, squish for 6 miles. I ran an 11 miler. I noticed that more people run their long runs on Saturday, here in Doral. Sunday runs are reaallly boring because I rarely see a car or person for a while. Well I am going to see if I can find the cable I need to use for the computer...if not then I will blog without the photos.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
First I will give a quick recap about my week and then my long run. I ran my usual two 3 milers and a 5 miler. I have different routes for all my runs. On my Wednesday route, I saw one of the mom's from my daughter's school while I was running my 5 miler. I was having a little fun around that time using up a little too much energy dancing (and running) to one of the songs. This was a pace run so I had to force myself not to start off too fast. Thursday I saw the guy who picks up the trash in my community, outside my community, on the streets. He gave a toot to say hello. It feels good to see that others are noticing me out and about in the community.
So on to my long run. My alarm was supposed to go off at 5:10 so I could wake up and have a small bite to eat before I head out for my run. I looked at my phone and the time read 6:38 am........noooooooooo. The group meets at 6 am. Well I had to run alone again. Once I hopped out of bed and made my half peanut butter & jelly sandwich and wolfed down a banana, my attention turned towards my gear. My Garmin and Nano both needed charging so while I wait for my food to settle, I charged "my running buddies" and got dressed. With time to kill, I hopped on my Kindle to wait out the remaining time. By now the sun was up and I should have been almost halfway through my run. Oh well no use overthinking should of's and could of's....make it happen. I head out the door and run towards the front gate and debate which way do I go. In a few weeks my neighborhood is going to get a little congested because of the huge golf tournament that comes every year that happens in the next community over from me. So I decided to take advantage of the peaceful streets and run in that direction.
There is a huge shopping plaza that runs along my community. It stretches four blocks long and houses everything from LA Fitness, Publix (supermarket), an urgent care center, cell phone store and a host of restaurants and local mom and pop stores. I am about half a mile into my run when I run past LA Fitness and notice a palm leaf that fell from a tree. This is a 3 lane street and one and a half lanes were blocked by this palm leaf (the leaf was at least 8 foot long and the hull was at least 6 feet) so I stopped the Garmin and pulled it up on the grass past the sidewalk. With a two hand backwards pull I was able to move it out of the road....... and then my left foot stepped in a hole. I did not get hurt because grass was around the edges of the hole, but I was a little shaken up. With my good deed done, I restart the Garmin and continue on my run. I was not quite sure if I was going to run 10, 11, or 12 miles. I was going to leave that up to mile 9 and how I felt; I decided to run 11. It was a good run that I would have enjoyed more running with other people.
Well I hope I do not oversleep next week's long run.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
The title just about says it all. My husband had to travel out of town last weekend to go help out his airport for the Superbowl. I run during the week while the kids are in school and on the weekends for my long run, my husband watches them. Well with him leaving on Thursday to go to Indiana that meant my long run would have to be moved to Friday......I wish.
Monday afternoon, after my son finished his homework the only thing left to do was read a book and record it in the reading log. My son said, "Look mom we don't have to do a book report on Friday". Uh oh. Translation.....teacher workshop day on Friday so there is no school. I am thinking, no biggie. I had already planned to run on Monday so I could rest on Thursday and do a long run on Friday. On to Plan B.....run Monday and Tuesday, rest on Wednesday and long run on Thursday. I got to run a 3 miler, 5 miler and my long run was 9.5 miles. My running group meets at my daughter's school for long runs on Saturday. I was going to be short on time so instead of going home to run I parked at my daughter's school and brought an extra change of clothes. I was in such a rush to start running I left my music in the car.....oh well. It actually turned out to be a good run. I focused on my pace. I did not have anything else to think about so I listened to my footfalls and breathing. This is probably what I do when I run with my partner. I was short about 4 miles this week compared to last week. What I lost in miles I made up doing the bootcamp dvd. I finally finished it so I need to write a review about it. Juggling picking up the kids at two different schools, bringing home a friend's son and helping him with his homework, housework (inside and out), and my half training has me crawling to the bed at night. I think tomorrow is a new day...and then I do it all over again.
Three more weeks until my half. I am so excited. Once I rest up a bit I am going to hit the pavement again and train for a trail half. I did a 10k trail last year (profile pic). It was a lot of fun. I even bought trail shoes for the race...now I need to put some more mileage on them. Plus I need a new profile pic. Lol!!!!
Friday, February 03, 2012
I have been busy the past two weeks. I have been getting in my runs and also I am trying to finish up the 28 day bootcamp dvd. Boy am I am tired. I am adjusting my calories on a weekly basis to meet my fitness goals. Once I reach my calories burned for the week, I sit down and enjoy my accomplishments and rest up for the next busy week. Tired and all, I am happy because my scale is finally moving. I plateaued last April at 162 lbs. and since then I have gained and lost the same 3 to 4 lbs over and over for the past 8 months......not anymore!!!!! Thank you Coach Nicole.
Week 14 was a good week. I ran usual runs on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and I ran with the running group again on Saturday. The group started out together and soon was divided between the fast and slow runners. There were a couple of runners who sort of fell in between and me and one other runner said we would keep up with one runner...that was our plan for the run. Well two new people joined the group that morning, a guy who sped past us to catch up with the fast runners and a young woman who was struggling to keep up with us. I was so appreciative of one of the leaders staying behind with me and my running partner on the first long run so I mentioned to him we need to double back to make sure the young woman does not get lost. We had to double back for her a couple of times so she would not get lost. Near the end, we (my running partner and I) gave the young woman directions to find her way back to her car and then we took off. We had about 3 miles left and decided to kick it up a notch on the pace. It was another great run and hard to believe that 12 miles passed so quickly.
Week 15 was a tough week for me. I have been doing really well with my training. I think I am progressing so well due to me eating well and keeping myself hydrated. I lack in the sleep department some nights and I KNOW how important sleep is for a good run so this does not happen too often. My original plans for the weekend was to run the Tropical 5k, this is the 5k the day before the ING half and full marathon and run a 10 miler on Sunday. I go to the expo on Friday to sign up for it and saw that the 5k and half marathon were both sold out. I was bummed. The only available race was the full marathon. I was not prepared to run a full marathon and did not kid myself that I could so I left the expo empty handed and sad. Most of the running group was running the ING half or full marathon. Since the 5k sold out, I switched my long run to Saturday....it was a lonely boring run. I had only run with the group for two weekends, but in that short span of time, I was getting better at pacing myself and enjoying long runs. I can't run with the group this Saturday either, but I will blog about that tomorrow.
That's it for now.
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