Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I already wrote a race report, but I forgot one VERY IMPORTANT detail:
This was my first marathon in MINIMALIST SHOES!!
I ran this marathon in my Saucony Hattoris, true minimalist, 0-drop shoes. As of mid-February or so this year, I have ONLY been running in these or my VFF Bikilas.
So, how do I feel post-marathon???
*** I have absolutey NO sore muscles whatsoever. None. Zip. Zero. Nada. Null. Indicating that I really did take this marathon at a comfortable pace, without pushing myself.
*** I have no other aches or pains, other than ever-so-SLIGHT tenderness in my ankles. Obviously, running in minimalist shoes puts a little more strain on those stabilizing muscles & tendons. But even this is not debilitating or extremely painful!! I had some slight pain in my hip on Sunday, but that had even vanished by Monday morning.
*** I went for a very slow & easy 5-mile run this morning in my VFFs, & felt GREAT!!
I am gonna chalk this up as a HUGE success in the minimalist running for me!!! WOOT WOOT!
I also feel like this marathon was that absolute BEST choice for me to do my first minimalist marathon. The relaxed atmosphere & lack of pressure for a certain pace was PERFECT! I did not want to tear up my body, & it absolutely worked, even WITH lots of hills & pavement the entire course!
Since fully transitioning to minimalist shoes earlier this year, I have noticed I suffer from significantly LESS aches & pains following my long runs than EVER before. I am not sure if it can definitely be attributed to the shoes for me, OR if running in minimalist shoes has just helped me be more attentive to my form, & through changing things up along the way & improving my form, I am protecting myself from injury.
Either way, I LOVE the minimalist running!! I do NOT foresee myself EVER returning to "normal" shoes!!
Monday, July 16, 2012
I FINISHED that marathon, made it by midnight, & earned my little tiara, YEEEEAAAAHH!!! I also had an AWESOME time meeting other Sparkers! WOOT WOOT!! I've waited a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG time to get this opportunity!
We left on Saturday morning for Becki's house (Marathon_Mom). She had invited some of us runners over to her house for a pre-race get-together. We got there a bit later than anticipated, but I was able to meet Becki, Runtrilaugh (Wendy), IMARUNR, CCSDESTINY, & Suezette-414. The kids had a blast playing in Becki's pool, & the food was GREAT! Thanks to Becki & her hubby grilling for us! What an awesome bunch of people!
Took a few pics on the drive:
This one was very interesting.... and a bit disgusting! GATOR JERKY?? FOR REAL?? I lived in FL before, but I never knew they had such a thing!
GEORGIA!! HERE WE COME!
Then it was off to check into our hotel & get ready for that run! Then we headed to the Clubhouse at the subdivision where the race was held, where I picked up my race packet, & pinned my bib on. In all my nervous excitement, I really did not take very many pictures, but DH did snap one of me right before the race:
I did NOT want to put any pressure on myself time-wise, so I planned to take this as a very slow long training run. I left myself plenty of time to take it really slow & easy, & still be back by midnight. =) With the heat, humidity & hills, I did NOT want to push it. It was over 90° earlier in the day before I started, & had cooled down just a little before I started, but was still terribly humid!
Well, off I went! Right off the bat, I got a slight case of side-stitches. They last pretty much the whole first lap, then subsided, thankfully. They weren't so bad, but just annoying. I think it was all the excitement! On top of that, I also felt queasy from the get-go too.... REALLY queasy! Like I might have to throw up at any moment! Even the thought of nibbling on my organic energy bars for fuel made my stomach turn!! BLECH! I don't know if it was the heat & humidity, or the nervous-excitement, or the fact that I ate a bit more sugar before the race than I normally do.... no idea, but UUUGGGHH! Felt like I was gonna need to hurl in the bushes!! So I didn't eat ANYTHING, didn't fuel at all, just kept chugging fluids like CRAZY!! I refilled my water bottle multiple times to keep myself hydrated. The cold water from the stations was the BEST, & helped the queasiness a little.
But in spite of not feeling well, I kept truckin' along. I was going at a very slow pace (for me), but steadily moving forward. There were 2 MONSTER hills on the course, in addition to a whole bunch of other hilly parts. It was no easy course. But my reserved pace kept it doable. The 4th round started getting TOUGH! I thought for sure I would need to stop & walk the hills, but I just kept jogging up them. The only point where I walked was about 100 meters maybe, when my Garmin was being finicky, & I had to fiddle with it to get it to work right. Other than that, I ran the whole way. When someone told me I only had 3 miles left, it gave me the courage to pick up my pace!! I was even able to run strongly up the MONSTER HILL right at the end!
Gotta love a STRONG FINISH!
Afterwards, I hung out with the other runner girls, cheering the other people coming into the finish line, chatting about the race, dancing to the DJ. =) We then took some pictures of all the Marathon Maniacs (I'm not one.... YET!!), & I got a pic with the girls.
L-R = Becki, Wendy, ME, Suezette, Jeanine & Chandra.
And THEEEEEENNNN, the awards came. They only award first place awards, since the focus of the race is not to be competitive. And since I had taken it "easy" in my mind, I was totally shocked when they called MY NAME as the winning overal woman!! WHAT?? So, not only did I get a tiara, I got a clock with the medal mounted on the front! LOL My smile says it all, right?
Good times!! Running with friends around is just AWESOME!! I do need to work on taking more pictures, though! I get so focused on the run, I forget..... =) GREAT RUN!
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Moment of truth:
My eating yesterday & today has been off the charts!!
What is it about running a marathon that drives me to a Munchies binge?? LOL Of course, I'm sure my body can use the extra calories starting in about 8 hours. But all the nervous excitement is just too much for me!!!!
Not just about running, but about meeting other Spark Friends who'll be there! I've ALWAYS wanted to connect with other runners, more than just through Internet. But when I lived in the States before, I never knew any other dedicated runners who did events. In Germany, I was all alone for the most part too... So excited to meet other CrAzY RUNNING NUTS!!
I have no expectations about this race. The course is hilly, the atmosphere fun & non-competitive. I'm just looking to run at a comfortable pace & have a blast with new running friends!!
Bring it on, Make It By Midnight Marathon!!!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Wow, it's coming up so fast! I will be running the Make It By Midnight Marathon in Macon Georgia with Marathon_mom (Becki) & Runtrilaugh (Wendy) & a couple of other Sparkers. This is my first marathon Stateside, my first race after being back to the US, & my first opportunity to meet some fellow SparkFriends! I am so excited!!
Hubby, who is totally NOT a runner, is even excited about taking a little roadtrip - the first since we've gotten settled - even if he is going to be surrounded by a bunch of CRAZY RUNNING NUTS! It's gonna be fun.
Then I decided to change things up a bit, and signed up for a 5K! Wow, I haven't run a 5K in, like, 7 years or something crazy. But this one is locate, in fact, it's only a few miles from my house, and it's being held where I have been doing some of my long runs. My plan is to run there from my house (ca. 4 miles), & run home afterwards, to make sure I get a "long run" in. But I'm really looking forward to seeing what I can do as far as a 5K goes. Plus, I think I convinced another Sparker to meet up there & run it too!
As far as my ST goes, I met with the trainer at the Y on Monday, & she walked me through the workout....
I think she is trying to kill me...... BUAHAHAHAHA!!! It was H-A-R-D!!
She has me doing kettleball / barbell swings, Tabata training style in intervals. Then she has me doing intervals with several explosive plyo moves.... She says it's to improve my running, but I think she's really trying to kill me, like I said.... T-O-U-G-H! But I'm looking forward to seeing some improvements & benefits from this.
Then she assigned me certain ST moves, mostly with free weights & a few with machines. The goal is to do lots of weight & only 2 sets. This will be a change from BodyPump which is more endurance ST.
Today, I did the workout, minus any leg stuff.... Don't want to tire myself out for Saturday's marathon! Even just doing upper body & core/abs, that workout was INTENSE!! I was working HARD for nearly an hour straight!! It will be so great to see in 8 weeks where I am, and where I have improved from when she took my measurements & bodyfat last.
Keepin' my eyes focused on the prize!! YEAH!!
Saturday, July 07, 2012
I am one of those people that use a scale religiously. I have used the scale as my goal guide for a long time....
I know, I know, there are a LOT of scale haters out there. BUT I do realize that it is just a number, I don't base my life's happiness on it, I don't get bent out of shape when it fluctuates up a little (for the most part ), and I TOTALLY realize that body composition - muscle mass vs. fat - is far more important than just weight....
Which is why I pump weights hard too. And have for quite some time.
With all this talk about body fat being more important than weight, I was totally curious to find out what mine really was. I just really didn't have a way to measure that to find out.
I found a few websites that said to measure this & that- like your waiste, hips, arms, in relation to your wrist- so I did that, but came up with what I thought was a pretty high number.... in the mid-20s. I thought that couldn't be right. So, I was left just wondering.....
Then, after much debate about where to join a gym, I joined the Y. I decided to go ahead & do the fitness assessment with their staff, & get a personalized workout assigned to me (as part of my membership). So, yesterday I went in for my fitness assessment - we went over medical history & issues (which I have virtually none), then she took my measurements, weight, & measured my "flab" by pinching & pulling it (OUCH!!) & using a little device to measure the skin/fat.
I was DYING to know what that number was!! So, she quickly put it in the computer & gave me a printout.
And the verdict is.......
16% body fat!
WOW! She said 12-16% is where athletes usually are, so she said that is super. (I think even she was impressed.... ) I believe the term she used was "the ELITE athlete range!" She said anything UNDER 12% will cause serious health problems, so I am definitely not shooting to get under that.
Not bad for this little mommy of 4, who has only used a scale as a guide!!! Funny thing is, I have BARELY done ANY strength training for the past 6-7 weeks, since we moved out of our house in Germany. So, I really wonder where I was BEFORE I left Germany....... Hhhmmmmmmm......
She will be formulating a workout for me, & going through it with me on Monday. After 8 weeks, she will do all my measurements again, & change up my workout.
So, for the next 8 weeks..... it is GAME ON!!!! I'm already shooting to lose those last few pounds that I didn't get off before leaving Germany, plus I want to focus on my ST & building some muscle mass. It will be so fun to see what my measurements say in 8 weeks!!
LET'S DO THIS!!!
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