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New PR for half-marathon

Saturday, March 02, 2013

My official time was 2:37:32, almost 10 minutes faster than my fastest time from 2 years ago. Given my abbreviated preparation for this race I'm really pleased with the results.
The weather was fairly nice, no rain, temperature in the upper 40's. I maintained a 12 minute/mile pace through the whole race and tried to speed up a little at the end.
My average pulse was 146, maximum pulse was 156. I walked briefly at the water stations. After the race my muscles felt tired but nothing hurt. Pulse was down to about 85 within 30 minutes.



Near the finish line





  
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PASTAFARIAN 3/7/2013 7:36AM

    Great pacing, great race report. Sounds like your prep and strategy meshed well - congrats! PS: I don't know where that race was but the photos are gorgeous!

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JSTETSER 3/4/2013 5:55AM

    Congratulations! You make me think that I might want to try a half marathon.

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SLENDERMAMA1 3/3/2013 7:45PM

    Congratulations emoticon

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LEW0213 3/3/2013 10:20AM

    WOW! You did great and look great too.
Linda

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PDQ1203 3/3/2013 9:30AM

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JO28352 3/3/2013 8:25AM

    Congratulations!!!! emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 3/3/2013 12:30AM

    Wow! Congratulations! And way to GO!

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WOUBBIE 3/2/2013 11:55PM

    Nice!

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ANUSCHKA9 3/2/2013 11:26PM

    WooHoo! Great job...

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HOUNDLOVER1 3/2/2013 11:20PM

    Thanks everyone for your nice comments. I suspect that going off dairy really made a lot of difference. More on that in the next few days as I'm going through another round of dairy trials.
Birgit

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JENKOP11 3/2/2013 10:34PM

    I hope you are proud of yourself - you did great!!

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GREENGENES 3/2/2013 9:58PM

    Way to go! Congratulations!

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LJCANNON 3/2/2013 9:58PM

    emoticon CONGRATULATIONS!!! Very Well Done!!

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LINDIEMAE 3/2/2013 9:55PM

    emoticon emoticon how was the prep for it, you said you would load up on carbs, I think, good carbs of course, did that help? Or will you still work it out on that? Great going, I can't even think of running right now, bad knees and too heavy but in due time, who knows ?

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ROBYNLN 3/2/2013 8:29PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/2/2013 8:26PM

    Congrats on the PR especially with the shortened training prep!

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DOVESEYES 3/2/2013 8:07PM

    Wow you did great congrats emoticon

Christine
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RUNNINGAL425 3/2/2013 5:53PM

    Congratulations!! You did great!!

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Carb loading before Half marathon

Friday, March 01, 2013

Tomorrow is the big day, the first race of the season and my first half-marathon without either grains, beans or dairy.
Following an ancient tradition that has been practiced by millions of runners around the world before us for at least the last 30 years and that therefore must be based on the wisdom of experience, we decided to do some serious carb-loading tonight. emoticon

We had noodles with meat sauce and salad on the side, made from 12 oz. of kelp noodles (1 gram of carbs per serving), 2.5 lbs. of ground beef, lots of garlic, salt and spices and for a salad a bunch of lettuce and sprouts with lots of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Dessert was some very dark chocolate. Total carbs probably around 15 grams for the meal, plenty to carry us through for the race.
Now all I need to do is go to bed early and sleep for a good 9 hours and with my stomach being very comfortably full that should not be a challenge.
My bedtime drink will be some salty broth that will allow me to improve my hydration status a little by tomorrow morning. emoticon

  
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PASTAFARIAN 4/29/2013 10:08PM

    Please post a race report to let us know how it went. Personally, if you've been doing all your long runs on the same diet, I'd stick with it rather than carb-loading. (Actually, it's not clear - have you been carb-loading before your long runs too?)


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GOPINTOS 3/2/2013 1:46PM

    Good luck!

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ROBYNLN 3/2/2013 1:45PM

    Good Luck on your race!

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CAMAEL100 3/2/2013 11:36AM

    Best of luck for the race. You sound very well prepared!

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LEW0213 3/2/2013 10:49AM

    Good luck for your race today!!

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DOVESEYES 3/1/2013 11:53PM

    all the best for the race keep hydrated

Christine
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LINDIEMAE 3/1/2013 11:26PM

    Good going, do tell how you made the kelp noodles, I tend to use spagetti squash for noodles, but they don't bake well for me ... here is to your success tomorrow emoticon

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Went for a quick run - literally, well at least for me. :)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

I did not have a lot of time and it was a little cool outside. So I decided to run for about an hour. I picked a trail that has some up and downhill but ended up where I started.
It took me 59min. 30 seconds for 4.8 miles, avg. pulse 140. I could have kept going when I was done.
If I could just increase that speed a little more for the HM on Saturday. emoticon
I realize I have little experience still to know when and how much to let my pulse come up during a race. Does anyone have suggestions?

Birgit

  
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KELTIC-CARA 2/25/2013 6:48PM

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CINDYTW 2/25/2013 5:48PM

  I use the heart rate calculator here on SP that is based on resting heart rate and age. I have gone higher than it said and am still here so I would say it is fairly conservative!

http://www.sparkpeople.com/
resource/calculator_target.asp?

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LINDIEMAE 2/24/2013 8:27PM

    Everyone's zone is different dependant on their resting heart beat and a few other things. Mine is between 125 and 140 - so when I get close to that or think I am gonna go over I will slow it down, but then I have a heart condition that I am tending to. Blockages are not fun, but liveable. Try doing a google search for a cardio rehab clinic and see if they have information online.

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Today was a true rest day

Sunday, February 24, 2013

I did not really exercise at all except walking and 20 minutes of easy and relaxing ice skating.
Tomorrow I hope to get a little running in, nothing too long, since I am now starting tapering for next Saturday.

  
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KELTIC-CARA 2/25/2013 6:47PM

    Rest days are great

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DOVESEYES 2/24/2013 9:24PM

    I like the idea of interval training as our bodies tend to get used to our exercise quickly.
Good work.

It's something we can all try.

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Christine
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LINDIEMAE 2/24/2013 4:07PM

    body mind and soul always need a rest period. I always look forward to just doing some relaxing breathing !! Looking forward to reading more of your blogs emoticon

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CINDYTW 2/24/2013 12:35PM

  emoticon I would still count that as exercise!

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CATSPANK 2/24/2013 11:45AM

    Recovery is just as important as exercise. Over training causes injuries so I'd say you are on the right track.

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some sprinting, some strength training

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Since yesterday I had a little less time for strength training I added it on today. I worked upper body and abs a little more and also did a few sprints and some uphill walking. The weather was lousy, cold, windy and rainy so it was nice to be able to go to the gym.
Tomorrow I may try take a day off if the weather is bad, depending on what I feel like.

  
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KELTIC-CARA 2/25/2013 6:45PM

    We do what we can, when we can - looking at it this way is less stressful

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LJCANNON 2/24/2013 1:09AM

    emoticon Way To Go!!

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WEARINGTHIN 2/23/2013 3:45AM

    You are the main person you have to please. Good luck to you, Glenn

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