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Monday, June 11, 2012

During my slow 30 minute Monday morning jog I was thinking about the race.

The crowd.
I always thought I hate to be in a crowd - now I LOVED it!
It was wonderful standing among so many fellow runners, and it was amazing to be part of the crowd as it took off organized and peacefully, then spread out long and wide, like a huge serpent, and proceeded forward. To see the faster runners coming back after the turning point. I'm happy I was the one to start, the last 2-3 team members couldn't experience as the crowd thinned out by then.

The finish line.
I saw many half marathoners finish. Some with a smile, relaxed and happy. Some might have been very close to their goal time, because ran a super fast sprint in the last 1-2 minutes and crossed the finish line fast as lightning- they still had the power!
But there were a few who finished pale and gasping, my colleagues saw a man who collapsed in the finish line and hurt his face badly.
This made me think I won't try a half marathon until I'm fit enough to finish in good shape.
Not necessarily relaxed and smiling, but not exhausted either - there is no fun in that.
If that time comes 1 or 2 years from now, let it be. If that time never comes, I won't run a HM.

Bathroom breaks.
That was the only thing that didn't work for me.
I got there one hour early, but saw there very many mobile toilets so went there only 30 minutes before start - and the queues were so long I had to give up. But at least I know that is not a big issue. : )

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    From everything you've written, I am convinced that you would be able to do a half marathon with no troubles. You know when to listen to your body and you're willing to let yourself walk if you need to. Also, you don't seem overly stressed about breaking records. Anyway... I'm glad you're experiencing the joy of racing. I never thought I'd care much for it, either, but I was wrong, too!

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RAE_LEIGH22 6/11/2012 1:25PM

    Love it!

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AEGISHOT 6/11/2012 8:38AM

    You did it.

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RG_DFW 6/11/2012 6:22AM

    Sounds like it was a lot of fun!

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Marathon relay report

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Today was my first organized race: a marathon relay, 6 team members, each running one sixth of the distance, 7.03 km / 4.37 miles.
We have about 60 employees in our office, and we made 2 teams of 6, quite good : )

Temperature was 20 oC (68 oF), humid and overcast when DH dropped me off before and 25 oC (77 oF) when he picked me up after the race. Warm but cooler than expected.

I chose to run first in my team, because I always run in the morning.
We ran together with half marathoners, a huge crowd.
There were 5 zones to start in, the first for runners faster than 8 min/mile, the slowest below 11 min/mile. I usually run between 10-11 min/mile, so I chose Zone #4 - and right I was!
I entered the area in Zone #1, and the folks were all skinny and muscular, radiating power and fitness, wearing pro outfits and shoes and expensive watches. I moved backwards when I reached Zone #4 folks looked quite ordinary and normal to me.
We started off at 11:00. Thanks to the zones there was no pushing at all, the entire crowd started off peacefully. During the first mile or so I moved together with everybody else in a comfortable pace, then I found I could do a bit faster, so advanced forward, slowly.
Felt a lot better than being left behind by everybody...
There were two water stations and I walked while I drank my glass of water at both.
There were a few unpleasant minutes when there was no breeze and the asphalt radiated a lot of heat, but apart from that the entire race was fun and enjoyable.
There was still a crowd when I got to the finish line, but the next team member was there waiting for me in the exchange zone, easy to spot.
My chip time was 41:36 - the fastest I ever ran, 9.5 min/mile, with a cadence of 182 steps/min.
One of my colleagues didn't run, just came to support us and make pictures, and she saw me coming - but her camera froze down so no pics about this great moment.
I spent the rest of time with my colleagues, relaxing in the shade then going back to the finish line to greet team members and make pictures.
My team finished in 4:14, the other team in 4:20.
I liked this race, the logistics was OK, probably will do it again next year : )

Unfortunately I don't have any pics about the crowd starting off or about me at finish line,
only these:
with colleagues (me in pink)

the resting area in the park

Maybe I get some from the colleagues on Monday.

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    You did GREAT! Isn't it exciting to be able to set a new PR because of race-day adrenaline? All of your hard work in training is definitely paying off!

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TIFFY0906 6/10/2012 9:29PM

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TRUE-NESS 6/10/2012 4:16PM

    That's great! Sounds like something very fun to participate in. Congratulations on completing your leg of the relay!

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TERRIPAL1 6/10/2012 2:49PM

    Congrats sounds like you had a great time! emoticon

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STRIVERONE 6/10/2012 2:18PM


Now you have an official race under your belt. The few I've done gave me my best times too and I did find that exciting. Still there is a lot to be said for running alone at sunrise.

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AEGISHOT 6/10/2012 2:15PM

    Really really beautiful you. You still looked perfect after 5 miles, I love it

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RAE_LEIGH22 6/10/2012 2:02PM


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ONEKIDSMOM 6/10/2012 1:58PM

    Sounds like the planners had their ducks in a row... which makes for a better race experience for all. And you found the right group to line up with... even better! Well done, and congrats on having a good first outing... somehow I don't think I'll be surprised if you sign up for another sometime!


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Random + how to choose speed? any ideas?

Saturday, June 09, 2012

I bought new running shoes.
My beloved old pair is getting worn out after 450 miles, it is still good but I didn't want to have to buy a new pair in a hurry.
It was not easy. The models I chose after searching the internet are not available in real shops, only online, and I never buy shoes without trying them on.
I ended up with 2 pairs of Adidas Kanadia for trail, one regular for now and one in Gore-tex fabric for the winter. Will come in handy when I run in melting snow again : )
The numbering was insane: I wear size 38.5 and the pair that fit was 41...

Yesterday eating was funny. I couldn't resist huge Milka chocolate and ice cream DH bought, so mid-morning snack was oversized and not quite healthy.
In the evening we watched Prometheus (beautiful but we found the plot foolish), and had popcorn. The good thing was that I sized down both my lunch (1 tortilla instead of the usual 2) and dinner (steamed broccoli with a small piece of rye bread and a small portion of chicken breath), because I was not hungry. I love when my body makes good food decisions by itself.

Tomorrow is the marathon relay, I run one sixth of the distance.
I'm a bit anxious, as I never ran an organized race, never ran on asphalt and it is going to be hot, about 28 oC and humid (82 oF).
I usually do my runs at 10.2-10.8 min/mile, and I guess I could run 7K faster than that, but I'm not sure because of the high temperature.
I decided to run about 10 min/mile, and do a 30 sec walk break at every kilometer at every drinking station. That should be safe.
Any ideas on that?

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    New shoes are always fun. I had to get a bigger size than what I normally wear, too.

My DH is really excited to see Prometheus. I won't tell him what you said about it. emoticon

I'm looking forward to reading your race blogs!

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TEMPEST272002 6/9/2012 9:17PM

    Good luck at the race tomorrow!

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SMILINGTREE 6/9/2012 12:16PM

    The last time I bought new running shoes, I went to a store and got fitted. I learned two important things: my feet are perfectly average in width (I always thought they were very wide), and I should always buy one full size larger than I normally wear when buying running shoes.

Have fun at your race. You'll be fine, and probably both the race and the asphalt will mean you run a little faster than usual.

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MONA791 6/9/2012 9:47AM

    You only enjoy the run. Don't care about speed.

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RG_DFW 6/9/2012 9:10AM

    You'll probably run a little faster because of the competition but just run your own pace and you should be fine.

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WILLITWORK1 6/9/2012 7:33AM

    Hope you have a blast!!!

Good luck. I'm clueless about speed.........just run for fun!

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MOBYCARP 6/9/2012 6:49AM

    American shoe sizes do the same thing as European. I wear size 13 for street shoes, but 14 for running shoes.

Don't worry about the speed, just run naturally. You'll find that you run faster because you're running in a competitive crowd. This is mostly unconscious.

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/9/2012 6:37AM

    I'm no expert, but it seems to make sense that if you're going shorter distance you should be able to "push" it a little. Good luck on your leg of the relay! emoticon emoticon

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My lucky day

Monday, June 04, 2012

A couple of weeks ago my gynecologist attempted to remove my IUD without success. That was a long and very unpleasant procedure, and today was the day to go back and try again. Yikes.

This time the doctor removed the device in about 3 minutes, inserted the new one in another 2 minutes, and I hardly felt anything.
I'm so happy and relieved, there was no torture and contraception is taken care of for 5-6 more years! : )))

Apart from luck, what was different this time?
The last time I was late, didn't find a parking place and got a ticket, stressed out because I had to wait about 40 minutes, and didn't expect any complications.
This time I tried to be as relaxed and calm as possible:
- left the office in time
- knew the location, found a legal parking place and arrived on time
- knew I may have to wait so brought my e-book, my laptop and my iPod - I turned on the laptop and started sparking immediately when I arrived
- there was a background music which I didn't like, in addition a kid started to play a game on his phone which made an insufferable noise - I turned my iPod on and listened to Leonard Cohen and smiled
-when I got in, I discussed with the gynecologist what he will do (check with ultrasound, try once, if doesn't come out leave it, and remove later in anesthesia)

I guess this was the first time in my life that I decidedly stayed calm and relaxed to make my life easier, and it went well.

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HAKAPES 6/7/2012 10:31AM

    How good, you can act relaxed by planning, at such - I imagine - not comfortable environments! A good tip for myself, I'll try it next time.

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    It's amazing what a difference stress - and especially lack of stress - can make! I'm glad everything went well this time.

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TEMPEST272002 6/4/2012 8:28PM

    Good for you for relaxing your way through that stressful situation. I'm glad the procedure went smoothly the 2nd time - and I'm sure your relaxed state had a lot to do with it.

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TIFFY0906 6/4/2012 4:31PM

    Yeah a lot of good things happen when we just relax. Sometimes we just have to say it is what it is and just move on or go to Plan B or even C or D. But whatever we have do, we just don't want that situation to stress us out.

Good job with taking control this time and being more relaxed and prepared. I like that you told the doc if it doesn't come out leave it and remove it later.

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Sunday long run

Sunday, June 03, 2012

My running plan for today was: run/walk 9 miles.
It was 23 oC (73 oF), sunny with moderate wind.
I ran on my usual forest trail, with a steep bad road segment on the other side of the hill, that goes mostly downhill, so the way back was quite hard. But it looks gorgeous, here are some pics:

The last picture shows the glider landing ground, one glider being pulled up by a winch.
The warm weather made me tired and I drank at least 3 cups of water during the run.
The last 2 miles were funny: my legs kept running, but I felt they didn't belong to me at all : )
I stumbled and fell once, rolled a bit in the dust but didn't get injured.
I finished 9 miles in 1:38, at 10.7 min/mile, including 11 walk breaks, but not including the time taking pics.

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    That's a great pace, especially considering the terrain. It really does like a beautiful route to run. I'm glad you didn't get hurt when you fell.

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MENHALLS 6/4/2012 9:17AM

    Gorgeous pictures, thanks for sharing. I think sometimes we take our surroundings for granted. I know I will be looking with fresh eyes at mine.

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KEVINMACSR 6/4/2012 8:06AM

    What a nice trail! I wish we had one like that near us! Have a wonder day!

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MYSEQUEL 6/3/2012 7:40PM

    Wow - what a beautiful place to run! Inspiring :)

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RG_DFW 6/3/2012 4:37PM

    Great time!

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SMILINGTREE 6/3/2012 11:31AM

    Having a beautiful place to run makes going a bit easier, doesn't it? I haven't been able to take my usual trails for the last month because of nasty little ticks.

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AEGISHOT 6/3/2012 9:36AM

    Lovely pics

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NYKIMMIE 6/3/2012 7:30AM

    Beautiful pics :)

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TELFERS01 6/3/2012 6:49AM

  I love running.

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