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Third,, Fourth, and Fifth Half Marathons

Saturday, September 06, 2014

I completed my fifth 1/2 marathon last Sunday (5th of the year and 5th ever). With the completion of that run, I quality for Half Maniacs, an organization for people who complete a certain number of 1/2's in a certain amount of time. There are varying levels, but I qualified for doing 3 within 90 days (83 days, to be exact).

So, on to the races I have not yet recapped. My biggest challenge right now is getting sick after a race, so my training has focused mostly on nutrition. I may have finally succeeded. Here's how the last 3 have gone:

#3 Thelma & Louise, June 2014:; Time 3:14. A hot race, but fun. It's open only to women, which makes for a unique vibe. Along the course, we saw Brad Pitt "look alikes" at the water stations, drummers, and other various fun attractions. It was a hard run for me due to the heat and sun (this was in Moab Utah, in June). I had to walk the last mile and a half. But, I faithfully drank sports drink at every other stop and ate gel at every 3 miles. In the end, I didn't get sick, although felt slightly nauseous for a bit. It was a fun race, just a little hard on me.

#4 Midnight Miles, July 2014, Time: 3:19. My time on this would have been substantially better if a volunteer had not decided they needed to talk to me about my life story, then, upon finding out I was an attorney, felt the need to ask me for free legal advice. I'm guessing about 10 minutes, conservatively, would have been cut off. Anyway... this run was awesome because it was at night, starting at 8, ending at 11:20 for me. I thought I had the nutrition down, but even though I drank sports drink and took gel at regular intervals, I got sick and puked bad after the race. I now think it may have been because the drink they gave was very watered down. Very. And, again, it was HOT. We're talking 90 degrees at the end of the run.

#5 Disneyland Half! August 2014; Time 3:38. This race felt great. My time was horrible, but I spent a lot of time taking pictures, in port-a-potty lines, and trying to get around crowds. But, this was such a fun race! And, I think I really finally figured out how to keep my sick stomach at bay. I took salt caps every hour -- this seemed to make a world of difference. I wasn't nauseous at all after the race. I went from the race to my hotel, showered, then hit Disneyland for 5 hours. A perfect day!

My 6th marathon is in November, then I will start again in January 2015 for another 6!


2014 Goals - Check In

Sunday, June 01, 2014

On January 1, I made a list of goals. Here's how I am doing:

600 miles run for the year
At least 9 races
And at least one run on every vacation

70 miles for the year. Yes, 70. I'm running my first 1/2 marathon next week and I've only run 70 miles. Yes, 70. I'm a little disappointed.

Races: Tinkerbell 1/2, Dream Catcher 1/2, Chocolate & Champagne 5K, Sweetheart 5k, and next week I will do the Thelma & Louise 1/2. So, not bad here. I also have planned: Disneyland 1/2, Midnight Miles 1/2, Wine & Dine 1/2. So, I only need one more ;)

Vacation runs: There is one vacation where I didn't run (Utah). Otherwise, I've run in: California, Denver, and Kansas.

Overall, not too bad. I just need to work on my mileage. I guess 600 was a lofty goal for me, so I'm modifying it to 300 for the year.

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AUNTRENEE 6/1/2014 10:14PM

    We all have to adjust every once in a while. I know that I try to adjust every once in a while.

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Second Half Marathon Recap and more notes about nutrition

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Yesterday, March 8, I did my second Half Marathon of the year (and second ever). It was a small, local race (although it brought in people from 21 states!). It was a beautiful day, about 55 degrees. The race was set up with a "non-competitive" atmosphere to give everyone a perfect experience.

The first 5 miles were great. We started with a hill at mile 2, but I was feeling good and the hill went smoothly. I kept feeling good until around mile 10. Then, I just started hurting -- slowly, but surely - from my calves up to my thighs to my hips. By mile 11, I was just pushing it to mile 12, thinking if I got there, I knew I could do the last mile. Wrong. That last mile was torture.

I finally learned what they mean by "hitting the wall". I started to realize that, again (see my last post,) I had not properly fueled. I really hadn't eaten anything and had barely drank anything. So, at marker 13, I tried to eat a 1/2 honey stinger waffle, but couldn't really eat it. What I did eat though, gave me a splurge of energy to run across the finish line, but ... ugh, sick again. Just like at the Tinkerbell Half, I was sick. My group all went to the after-party at the sponsor brewery where they had burgers and beer. Me? I went to the car and napped (but, small victory - I didn't puke!). After about an hour, I felt fine, but... really, something's gotta give!

So, in rethinking and doing even more research, my plan is to condition and train more during the week, and run more longer runs so I can test out drinking and food.

Whoever said that all you needed to run was a pair of shoes must have never been a runner. It's much more complicated than that!

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HICALGAL 3/11/2014 8:14AM

    you're so right about that guy and a big congrats on your second half marathon. YOU DID IT!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RJANECEK2 3/10/2014 3:13PM

    way to go! I'm training for my first on the 23rd and am pretty anxious. My longest run to date has been 11 miles and my hill exposure is limited to what I've seen in 5k races in the area. All of my training has been on rail trails with limited elevation change.

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First Half Marathon: Race Recap

Sunday, February 02, 2014

On January 19, I completed my first 1/2 marathon. This has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember (see my last post). I did the Tinkerbell 1/2 at Disneyland. Here's my recap:

In preparing for the race, my running buddy and I had done most of our training together and were so excited to do this race together. Our families are close friends, so it was perfect. We didn't dress in costume, but we did wear matching shirts (Raw Threads "Believe" shirt with wings on the back) and matching Tinkerbell-green headbands. We looked pretty cute, I must say ;)

The race itself went so well. I felt great all 13.1 miles of it. The first 6 miles were through DIsneyland and California Adventure, so those wizzed by. The second half was through Anaheim neighborhoods. My absolute favorite part of the race was the last .1 mile - after hitting 13, knowing there was only .1 left, I got such a boost and was able to "fly" right in. I loved it.

Let me describe the course. The course was lined with awesome spectators, school bands and cheer squads, people holding all kinds of signs - funny, motivational, and ones that made me cry. The most motivational signs were those that reminded us runners to be thankful that we had the ability to run. For me (a woman who has had two brain surgeries and is awaiting another), that was all the motivation I needed.

Signs that cannot go unmentioned:

"Just because you have headphones on, farts are not silent"
"Hurry up, mom! Dad didn't feed us!"
"I trained for 6 months to hold this sign!"
"You're looking hot!"
"As a cancer patient, I thank you"
"Don't whine now, wine later"
"Run because you can"
"One day you won't be able to run - today is not that day"
"Don't trust a fart!"

Crossing the finish line was, admittedly, not as I had expected. I was so certain I would cry. I wanted to cry. I wanted to be overwhelmed by my accomplishment. But, I didn't really feel much emotion other than being excited that I had made it. I got my medal (which is awesome and pretty and heavy), ran to my son who was so excited to not only see me, but to also see what snacks they gave me emoticon , and to see my friends who had already finished, but still waited 45 minutes (!!!) for me - true friendship, right there, I tell you!

From there, I realized that I needed to lay down. And it needed to be fast. We went to the hotel room, passing up offers to get breakfast with friends, I laid down in the bed, realized I was going to be sick, and I puked. Then I puked again. I was so shocked - I had felt fine while running, so what was going on? I eventually ealized that I hadn't eaten during the run (other than a handful of pretzels and craisins) and I had barely drank anything (it wasn't hot, so I didn't think about being thirsty). I was dehydrated. Completely. After about an hour of drinking water (slowly!) and power aid, I was good to go. We hit up a Mexican all-you-can-eat brunch where I enjoyed all-you-can-drink champagne. The rest of the day was amazing.

Next weekend I am doing a Sweetheart 10K, then another 1/2 marathon is in March. My training now isn't focused on running and making the miles, it's focused on how to eat and drink properly! I do not ever want to feel like I did after Tink!

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CAROLCRC 2/4/2014 8:28AM

    Lesson learned! Fuel is very important. Glad it didn't hit you until after the race though...

Congrats on finishing/surviving your first 1/2!!!

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SLLYONS51 2/2/2014 5:01AM

  Wow what an accomplishment! I'm not a runner but running through Disney sounds like fun. emoticon

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JAROL7 2/2/2014 1:47AM

    YAY, Keep it up.

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Running Goals 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

In two weeks, I will do my first 1/2 marathon, which has been a goal of mine for a few years. I've done a few marathon-length walks, but I've never run any race more than 15K, and that was when I was much younger. So, since I will meet a long desired goal this year, I am making a list of goals to accomplish.

600 miles run for the year
At least 9 races
And at least one run on every vacation

These are goals that are completely realistic, yet challenging enough to keep things fun!

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GEE-KNEE 1/9/2014 1:07AM

    I am sure you can do it! Good luck on the half.

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