Monday, February 11, 2013
It was mighty cold on race day, 32 degrees and a 30 mph wind, oh my. If I didn't have this race on my marathon training plan I would have been very tempted to sit this one out, ooooohhhh it was sooo windy, uggh.
Here's the crew pre-race (Sis, her daughter Madison and me) - crazy glasses to go with the festive heart ribbon headbands we made.
This was Madison's first race by herself, she ran the kids mile and proudly earned her medal, way to go Maddie.
Then the dreaded time came, time to line up outside, do we really have to go outside? Did I mention the cold and wind already?
Jogging in place trying to keep warm, didn't work though.
How's that for a fake smile, trying to be positive, brrrrrrr.
Most of the race was run into the wind, just our luck. It was so brutal running into the wind, put the head down and just pressed onward. It's gonna be a long 9 miles.
There were a couple of miles where the wind was at our back so we took advantage of that to make up for the time we lost having to slow down going into the wind. Daddy always says...you have to run in all kinds of weather because you certainly can't pick you race day weather, darn.
My heart rate was getting a little too high for my comfort running into the wind so around mile 7 I was wearing down, but Sis kept cracking the whip. We were almost there.
Rounding the corner to finish inside, yeah, finally we would be out of the wind and cold. Our time was a little slower than we had planned but given the elements, we feel pretty good about our effort. I know I gave it 100% effort. Our finishing time was 1:41.
Thanks to our cheering squad, Dad and hubby. I know you guys were freezing too.
Time for some well earned food. Hot soup.
Proud that we finished, proud that we stuck it out despite the artic conditions, and proud to be finished, next stop Marathon.
Those rosy red cheeks are windburn.
After the race I got to enjoy some grandma time with my grandson, he's getting so big.
This week is the longest run yet, 20 miles on tap for Friday. Then I get to spend the evening with the teen grandkids, yeah.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Well this about sums it all up about the marathon training.
Getting there, one mile at a time and hanging tough. 38 days to go.
Monday, February 04, 2013
Set out to do a training run this past Saturday, we were going to do 18 miles but decided to go with 16, we had a destination in mind, which always make it more fun. Friday night we took Sis car over to my BFF house and left it there so we would have to run over to house to pick it up, 16 miles exactly, and we took over a change of clothes. So no excuses not to run, after all, we had to pick up the car.
A chilly 22 degrees when we left, OMG, had to wear a scarf over my face to keep from breathing in that kinda cold. First four miles were absolutely horrible, we just couldn't get it together, one thing after another - staying warm, couldn't get the warmed up feeling, camel pack kept slipping and sliding, rock in shoe, had to make a potty stop (already??) sheesh. So we were both second guessing this long run, but decided...no more lolly-gagging we were going to get it together and get it done.
The next 6 miles was pretty good, had a good heart stopper happen. We were running next to an empty field and low and behold a groundhog looked like he was charging at us, the lil sucker came running over to the sidewalk and I liked to jumped on top of my poor sister and almost knocked her over and let out a large scream. I've never been "charged" by a groundhog, lol. It was actually running to the drainage pipe under the sidewalk, what a relief, I thought I was going to get attacked (not really). But true story.
Then we reached a landmark location, the Acredale Saddlery, it was about 4 miles from our destination so I decided to take a pic and text it to the BFF so she would know where we were. Never been so glad to see that place.
Had to slow it down a little, traffic was picking up and we had to stay on the sidewalk, ugghhh running on concrete will kill the calves and hamstrings, ouch. Had to make another potty stop, but what luck....A DUNKIN DONUTS, woo hoo. Stopped in and grabbed a dough nut, stuffed in sis's backpack, we were saving the donut for the finish line with a glass of milk. Something about a boston creme heart shaped donut to motivate you to hurry up and get done, lol.
Took us a little longer than expected, but lots of lessons learned along the journey.
1. When things start out bad, turn it around and make it happen - and we did.
2. Potty stops are perfectly acceptable and necessary
3. There is a difference between a running camel pack and a hiking camel pack
4. Concrete sidewalks are definitely for walking
5. Beware of Groundhogs
6. Need more fuel other than GU (need to explore this a little more)
Great confidence boost for us to run this far, this is the farthest run to date, now to amp it up by adding another 2 miles to this for the week after next. This weekend is the Valentine 14K, just a warm up, never thought 9 miles would be considered a warm up, lol.
After the run, the three of us enjoyed a lovely Mexican lunch and shopping trip to find the perfect MOB (mother of bride) dress - I said yes to the dress but you will have to wait for pics of that.
Happy Monday everyone.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I saw this on my FB page this morning, what a simple way to put things into prospective, real "food for thought"
Life has been cray-zeeeeee here, lots of unexpected inferences. Seems like all I do is training, training, and more training. I'm hanging in there, but I can say it is getting tough and grueling. 35 miles on tap for this week with a 16-mile long run on Saturday. It's really hard to look at 16-miles as being fun, lol, but always a great feeling of accomplishment when it's over.
One more month of amping up the mileage, then it's all downhill from there. I can hang tough for FOUR MORE WEEKS. I'm doing it, no excuses.
Getting there, one run at a time.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Oweeeee, suffering a little today from DOMS, must mean I did it right.
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