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Race Report: Just A Short Run, Pittsburgh, 3/26

Sunday, March 28, 2010

I've had such a great March, super-busy and super-fun! This weekend was made of 100% awesome.

BILLALEX70, JOPAPGH and other motivated Sparkers had been talking about meeting up for a race at the end of last year. What came up was this race, Just A Short Run. It's a perfect mix - 5K, 8.1 mile, half marathon, half marathon relay and 30K. There were Sparkers in every one-man group!

Leaving work at noon on Friday, I drove over to Pittsburgh and hit Gullifty's for some chocolate cake (hello, cheat meal!) - if you've never had their dessert, you can't know why the 3-hour drive is totally worth it. 2/3 of it is in the fridge, awaiting future NOM. Crazy that I used to be able to demolish a slab of cake no problem, now I can really enjoy the thing.

Got my race packet and drove around a little before I met up with some friends. Kept the night early (I know!) and got to the hotel around 10pm. Next morning I put on the hoodie & running tights (did I mention my new rule of not running outside when it's below freezing? Well, no one told Mother Nature, dangit!) and headed downstairs to meet the other out-of-towners: BILLALEX70, TAMZTIME (with DD and parentals in tow), JAN_FRANZEN and his wife Cathy, AMCG2002 and her hubby Dennis, and LYNNANN43, our local navigation system.

BOBBYD31 and MIAMIA7 were able to score us a sweet parking spot near the start line and we made contact with PATRICLES43, PRETTYKITTY26 and DJS-DEBBIE before the beginning of the race. My plan was to run 10-minute miles, which was fairly challenging because I like to run hard. I did just that: chip time 1:20:37, which is a 9:57/mile!

BOBBYD31 and I paced together for the first mile or so, then I waved him on - the first hill pulled me back in mile 2 (which is always my worst mile, I did a 11:25) but I had to mentally and physically restrain myself through miles 4-6 to just stay a little bit ahead of the 9:55 pace group. This I feel proud of - that I could mentally pull myself back without feeling like a slacker loser - and found it challenging. The course was rolling hills on asphalt, hillier than Ohio but not unmanagable. Pittsburgh runners must have killer quads!

There was a nice welcome home at the finish line and we lined up again to cheer our other Sparkfriends in. We all did so well and MIAMIA7 placed in the 5K for her age group. :) It was COLD COLD COLD - I never did warm up!

We dispersed to wash up and change for lunch, then reconvened at On The Border for our recovery meal. Between the 11 Sparkers in attendance, we calculated that our group had lost almost 1,000 pounds! Woo-hoo! :D The emails that have gone around this weekend are a true testament to strength (in body, mind and spirit) in numbers. I find everyone I've met through SP to be an inspiration to me and I'm always looking to meet more people who GET IT! emoticon

After the race, I met up with my best friend again, did some more hanging out & dinner. The evening ended as the girls curled up on my lap with a stack of storybooks. We'll be doing a lot more together since our lives are calmer than they have been in the past. We couldn't believe it had been so long since we'd seen each other & that just can't happen when we're only 3 hours apart (and so much cool stuff happens in Pgh).

Made it home last night around midnight, slept in (8:30am!), lifted weights, had some sushi with my sister, nephew and niece (who says pickled ginger tastes like lemonade). We're doing a kids' run and 5K next weekend, should be tons of fun.

I'm so glad to have met and reconnected with everyone this weekend, it was an energizing experience. JOPAPGH, we missed you and hope the next event will see you there!

  
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JOPAPGH 3/29/2010 9:54PM

    Sounds like so much fun! Glad you enjoy our fair city. I live about 2 .5 miles from Gulliftys.

You get to run with Bill and Anne frequently in Cbus and I get to do the same with Jeff, Bobby and Anne here.

Let me know when you want to do another run, but give me another couple of weeks to heal first. I'm still targeting my next half in Nova Scotia at the end of May.

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AMCG2002 3/29/2010 9:52PM

    It is always good to meet up with you for a race. Maybe we could even find some time to run together when it's not below-freezing cold! You have always impressed me with how you can pick your pace and stick to it. Would Gullifty's be an appropriate location for the next Pittsburgh recovery meal? That cake sounds delish! See you in a couple of weeks!
Anne

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EUGENERUGOSA 3/29/2010 9:44PM

    sounds like an awesome time.

Is the kids run & 5k you are doing the one at Clippers Stadium?? I was considering it if my dog is reacting ok to her new meds & I feel I can leave her.



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CALIDREAMER76 3/29/2010 9:00PM

    Donna,
It was great to meet you and talk both at the race and at lunch - I hope this group can do this again - it truly was a great experience!
Frances
PS - I'm proud of you - that chocolate cake still in the fridge! Woo Hoo - self control!

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BILLALEX70 3/29/2010 8:34PM

    Donna you know I love meeting up and running with you; OK you way out a head and me bringing up the rear somewhere.

I agree that it was crazy cold and I'm still chilly. emoticon

Next time you've got to bring some cake to share. emoticon

When are we running again? Soon I hope.

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KA_JUN 3/29/2010 3:13PM

    Cool race report! emoticon

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D_CLEM 3/29/2010 9:23AM

    I was not expecting that first hill but once it was over, it wasn't too bad. It sure was cold. I think I was more sore from shivering before the start.

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MIAMIA7 3/29/2010 9:03AM

    Donna-It was a joy to meet you! Thanks for running the warm up (ha,ha...did we ever really warm up?) with me! Sorry our weather didn't cooperate with us. It was a great day and can't wait to do it again!
Anne

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SARA_ANN12 3/29/2010 8:16AM

    Aw, glad you guys had fun! That's amazing about the 1,000 lost. Mind boggling, isn't it? Thanks for sharing!! :)

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DJS-DEBBIE 3/29/2010 8:01AM

    It was really great getting together. I am still riding that high!

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MRDPOLING 3/29/2010 7:48AM

    Pretty soon we won't have to worry about the cold for a while. :)

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KJNE8O 3/29/2010 6:49AM

    Sounds like a great experience! Sorry it was so cold - that sucks.

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BOBBYD31 3/29/2010 12:48AM

    i am glad you enjoyed our hills, reallly they are not that bad. it was great to meet you and the ohio crew. i am looking forward to a trip to ohio for a nice flat race, we hope to get out there some time this summer. congrats on a great race

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PATRICLES43 3/28/2010 11:32PM

    I must admit, you have better willpower with sweets than I do. I went to Gullifty's and did okay with the corned beef sandwich with mustard and chicken soup with a matzo ball... and then got the key lime pie. Mine is NOT still in the fridge.

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PASTORJEFF2 3/28/2010 10:27PM

    Great for you guys, Iwill be running my first big run in October with the Chicago Marathon this year. Hoping to meet some other Spark members there. Keep up the great wrok.

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GOEGIRL 3/28/2010 10:26PM

    Congratulations - sounds like a fabulous time! I hope one day I can join some fellow Sparkies at a race. Well done!

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LYNNANN43 3/28/2010 10:17PM

    I can't get the smile off of my face just thinking about the chocolate cake! emoticon

You KICKED BUTT in the cold & with our hills!!! (I still swear I can't feel my fingertips!)

Maybe next time we can all come to the flat land that Columbus is:D

My 11:30 split could get WAAAAY better. emoticon

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TRIGRAMPS 3/28/2010 10:15PM

    Thanks for the race report. I hate to run when it's cold. Your body's numb and you sweating! It's crazy. Got to find out how BILLALEX70 did. You all come to the Great Buckeye Challenge this fall in Springfield, Ohio.

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Today's Running Song:

Sunday, March 28, 2010

"Don't Stop" by Innerpartysystem

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSmmM5NdW88

  


Today's Running Song:

Saturday, March 27, 2010

"Wonderful Night" by Fatboy Slim (the only song that played on my mp3 player before it died today....)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IK7dr2nk5o

Update on the Short Run to come....me sleepies now....

  
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BILLALEX70 3/27/2010 11:19PM

    Sleep well; we've earned it.

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Quickie!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

--Lost access to Spark (and everything else) at work, so am utterly left in the dust as regards to the flist. :( :( :( With weekends being so busy, I am on SP for 10 mins in the morning to log my food and about 20 minutes at night to track my food/fitness and my running song.

--THAT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

--Hanging out with Sparkers this weekend in Pittsburgh for Just a Short Run on Saturday. My goal is 10-minute miles, because my mileage buildup has been so crappy (darned weather & knee issues).

--Injured my right knee during spinning class but it's pretty well healed and I AM DONE with that class, thank GOODNESS!!! I love the instructor, but she is not a spinner.

--Stopped the weight training early this week and hopefully will be able to cut more during April. Kinda sick of feeling like a stuffed sausage, even if I lost 2.5% body fat - I gained 8 pounds & I want to see the tone again. Now is the time to wear down those hamstrings!

--My abs are looking nice, if only they weren't still covered with a sheet of fat & scar tissue :-P But I do have a 4-pack. Awesome.

--My Y-cycling instructor today was so sweet...I feel bad that I just can't make myself stay indoors when it's nice. Today, rainy = me @spinning. (This is a different class than the one above.)

--Best friend time has been up the past few weeks, and hanging with my friend Kim tomorrow night = the bestest! :D Can't wait to see/meet the other Sparkers at the race, either!

--There will be cake, oh yes, there will be cake. From Gullifty's. After I run 8 miles. :)

Comment and tell me how you're doing! I'm having Spark withdrawal!!!!!!!

  
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BRATS4 3/26/2010 10:26AM

    i love quickies.lol

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SARA_ANN12 3/26/2010 9:31AM

    Wahooooo on the 4 pack! BOOOOO about the access. Doing just fine and dandy over here. I do hope you guys have a blast in PA :)

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MRDPOLING 3/26/2010 9:04AM

    AWESOME on the 4-pack!!! I still have a pony keg but it is shrinking a bit at a time!
You are doing so well and I am glad your knee is mended!

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LAVON0673 3/26/2010 6:59AM

    Thanks for the quickie, sorry to hear about your limited Spark time. Hope you have a great weekend and I am looking forward to your next quick post.

LaVon

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BILLALEX70 3/25/2010 10:09PM

    Sometimes a quickie is the bestest! emoticon

See ya tomorrow!

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KJNE8O 3/25/2010 10:08PM

    Sucks about the work access! We'll miss you not being on as much.

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Today's Running Song:

Thursday, March 25, 2010

"The Con" by Tegan and Sara

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKuamrz7QKY

  
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MEXIFRO33 3/25/2010 7:05PM

    Nice choice! emoticon

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