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HM Race report - Escape From Prison Hill

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Since my last blog entry, I completed my final four training runs (which included a 12.4 m run) and was feeling pretty well-prepared for today's race! I was not prepared for the STEEP climbs and descents, though - all I can say is WOW! I thought last year's HM had some steep climbs, but they were no comparison to today's course. There was lots of hiking during this half-marathon! Here's a pic from my runkeeper app showing the elevation changes (total climb was 2602 feet):

Along the route, I got a kick out of this group of volunteers that dressed up for the event:

Also, this event is called "escape from prison hill" for a reason - here's a pic looking down onto what used to be our state's maximum security prison:

Here's my proof that I made it to the summit of prison hill (elavation of 5695ft) as well as a picture looking south from the summit:

After cresting the summit, the fun was not over - next, came the "south hills" - a combination of steep descents and ascents so steep that, when I leaned into the hill to go up it, I was touching the trail ahead of me with my hand!

Finally, after the insanity of the steep ups and downs mellowed out, I ran for awhile along the most beautiful part of the course - the Carson River. At one point, the course even took us over a very unique single track experience:

Another steep ascent, and then it was free sailing to the finish! The best part was my cheering crew at the finish line. They actually volunteered to go with me at 6:15am to the race!

Even though this course was more difficult than my half-marathon last May, I liked the trail surface much better! On the steep descents, I was running mainly on sand (it actually felt like I was running down sand dunes). This was much kinder on my feet than last year's sharp, loose shale rocks:)

I didn't have a great finishing time - but I really don't care. I'm proud that I completed the race!

13.1 miles in 2:47:12 with a 12:45 pace

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DGRIFFITH51 4/21/2014 11:30PM

    Congratulations, you are amazing!!! Your family is adorable too!
I've hike a lot of steep hills, I can't imagine running up them!!!

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LILY_SPARK 4/20/2014 10:58AM


Good on yer. That's amazing. Hills are killer and you DID it! emoticon

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KAPELAKIN 4/20/2014 12:34AM

    Wow, that is one brutal course! Way to tackle it! emoticon

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TWINZMOM7 4/19/2014 7:49PM

  Way to go Vicki! First, you look AWESOME!! You are such an inspiration to me. Secondly, you kicked some rough terrain butt! Great work!


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UMBILICAL 4/19/2014 7:46PM

  Nice photos

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HM training notes - I needed today's run

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Since my last blog posting, I've had 5 training runs. Today's was the best by far and just what I needed. I've been waning on my desire to compete in the upcoming half-marathon... I had a decent 11 mile run the other day, which gave me the confidence that I can complete the half-marathon, but my desire has just been lacking.

Today was a beautiful run and it reminded me why I enjoy running so much. I will complete my next 12 mile training run, then the half-marathon. After that, I think I'm going to stick with 3 - 5 mile runs. 30 - 45 minute runs are just perfect for me and my schedule. Longer runs "eat" into my day so much.

Stats from my last 5 runs:
Apr 3 - 5 miles in 50:31 with a 10:06 pace
Apr 4 - 2.46 miles in 21:49 with an 8:51 pace
Apr 7 - 3.1 miles in 32:33 with a 10:30 pace
Apr 8 - 11.1 miles in 2:05:48 with an 11:20 pace
Apr 10 - 4.43 miles in 45:57 with a 10:23 pace

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BEMBLEY 4/10/2014 1:50PM

    My day was about like yours this morning. I almost didn't get out of bed...even though I just got new running shoes. But I'm glad I did. 5 miles in 50 minutes for me.

I'll eventually get to a half marathon, but for now, my 10.5 mile Saturday runs keep me going.

Good luck with the race!!

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HM training notes - week 10

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

So far this week, I've been able to get in 2 training runs and plan to get 2 more in before the weekend.

Since I wasn't able to run my scheduled 10-mile run this past weekend, I set out to run it on Monday. At 5 miles into the run, I got a phone call from my kids but my phone's battery died before I could find out why they were calling me!!! Mom-panic set in!!! Luckily I was only about 2 miles away from home, so I picked up my pace to get back home as fast as possible. Turned out, they were just calling to see how much longer I was going to be, and that all was ok. I thought about going back out for another 3 miles to complete a 10-mile run, but my mind had concocted all kinds of bad things that could happen while I was away from them, so I opted to stay home and put in 30 more minutes on my elliptical machine...

Today, I braved another run while leaving kids home and it went just fine. They actually said "back already?" when I got home. I just did a 3 miler. Tomorrow, I'm planning a 5 miler, but will never wander too far from home just in case I'm needed back at home for something. Then Friday will be another 3 miler.

Only 2 more weeks of training before my half-marathon!


HM training notes - week 9

Friday, March 28, 2014

This week I have accomplished 3 great training runs.

Tuesday: 3 miles in 27:29 with a 9:10 pace
Wednesday trail run: 6.21 miles in 1:05:11 with a 10:30 pace
Thursday: 3.06 miles in 28:36 with a 9:21 pace

Wednesday was my favorite - I love running up into the hills (actually, it's the running down the hills that I like the best, but to run down - I must first run up...) I guess that's true with most of life - in order to experience the fun stuff, we have to suck-it up and put in some hard effort first. Although, Wednesday was scheduled to be a 5 mile run, I decided to run the 10k (6.2 miles) that I missed from last weekend.

One dilemma that I've been working through on my recent runs has been "data"... Turns out that my spotify app (that I pay premium membership for just so I can listen to music offline while running) has turned into a data eating machine! After going over my monthly data limit, I started researching what was eating my data - and discovered the culprit was Spotify (even though I was playing it in offline mode!!!) Turns out, I'm not the only one getting screwed from Spotify. For now, I'm turning my phone's data completely off when listening to Spotify - if that doesn't work, I may cancel my subscription. Grrrr.... listening to music is one of my main joys of running... Oh well, I'll figure something out.

Today is the kid's last day of school for two weeks!!!! We're very busy this weekend, so I probably won't get in my 10 mile scheduled run, but I'm not stressed. I'll have all kinds of time to get in runs while the kids are out of school. It's sooooo nice now that my oldest can watch her younger siblings while I go out for a bit. I'm loving the new freedom!

Countdown to race: 3 weeks from tomorrow!


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MALAMI518 3/28/2014 8:11PM

    I've just read through your training notes, and I'm really enjoying them. I'm preparing for a HM in May, so it's great to see what other people are doing.

Thanks for sharing your training with us! I can't wait to read about the HM!

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SIERRAGOLD 3/28/2014 5:42PM

    You're getting faster in your run times. That's a good analogy about going up hill and working hard to get the fun down hill rewards! I have to keep reminding myself that.

You need to find a new app or just download your specific songs to your phone or ipod. I'm trying to find workout music and it's not easy. I hope you can get that figured out with Spotify.

That's a big deal to have your daughter old enough to watch the others for a bit. That takes a big load off... and more running time! I'll bet it's fun to have them home for a couple of weeks too!
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Have a great weekend!

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COOP9002 3/28/2014 12:25PM

    You're doing fantastic. Let us know how your race goes.

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TWINZMOM7 3/28/2014 10:05AM

  Wow Vicki, you are doing great! So exciting that the race is right around the corner!

Way to go my friend, you are amazing!
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HM training notes - Tuesday 5 miler

Friday, March 21, 2014

This week has evaporated! I was able to get in a 5 mile run on Tuesday, but haven't had time for anymore runs this week. Subbing has been great (really wonderful classes this week), but the time away from home and my training has been challenging. Oh well, a weekend full of laundry and housework isn't so bad:) Probably no long runs this weekend, though:( My husband and older daughter will be out of town on a father-daughter trip, so no one will be around to watch the twins while I take off for a couple hours. I could always use the elliptical machine, but it gets pretty boring after 45 minutes... Oh well - life... It's important to be flexible.

I have been able to keep up with my 30-day kettlebell challenge. The lunges have been brutal! For a few days, my legs felt like hamburger!! But all is better now :) (The missed running days have probably been a blessing in disguise in order to recover from the lunges.)

Tuesday's running stats: 5.04 miles in 54:49 with a 10:53 pace. My pace time has really been bugging me - next week I plan to push my runs a bit more and have pace times in the 9's.

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SIERRAGOLD 3/21/2014 7:32PM

    Hi Vicki,

I know it gets hard for me to stay focused after 10 minutes. So you're doing great to go that long. I'm looking for some good workout music to get me going for longer periods of time. I use the Gazelle Glider and Trampoline for a few minutes at a time, but I know I could go a lot longer with good music. So that's one of my 'to-do' projects with my weight loss journey.

I can't even do lunges or squats because of knee pain. So be thankful you can do them. I'm hoping in a few months the pain will go away with less weight baring down on them.

I'm working on more spring cleaning myself the next couple of days. Have a nice weekend!

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