Thursday, November 07, 2013
Less than two days away now, I'm counting down to the inaugural Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon. I picked up my packet yesterday. My race number is 3847. No, there are not that many half marathon runners. Over 7000 children are running in shorter races. Around 850 of us will go the 13.1 miles.
If I was a little better organized, I'd be posting a picture of my race shirt and number. But, unfortunately, it does not matter whether I'm 200 pounds or 125 pounds, I still don't have it all together. I took a great picture of the attractive race shirt, but I have misplaced the camera cable so can't download that shot right now. Oh, well.
At least I have no misplaced anxieties. I'm feeling pretty good. My three mile run yesterday at race pace seemed pretty easy. I'm ready!
Monday, November 04, 2013
T is for taper! It's time to get plenty of rest. My second half marathon, first in 2013, is in just 5 days. So I decided to run Monday and Wednesday this week to be plenty rested for Saturday morning. I'm trying to eat smart, at the top of my calorie range, with about 65% carbohydrates. I'm skipping strength training this week to ensure I don't pull or strain anything. And I'm not picking up the grandkids for the same reason.
This morning I ran in my neighborhood. I had the Beatles' One album playing on the MP3 player. It was my favorite music in high school and I channel my 16 year old self easily as I listen to it! It was an easy fun run, about 2 and a half miles, a bit faster than I plan to run the 13.1.
Hubby will be out of town with our car, but I have a ride to the race. Trying not to worry that she will forget to pick me up. I kind of laugh at how I can always find something to worry about! I'm right on track and trying to get in the "coiled spring" mode that ONEKIDSMOM nurtures before a race.
Incidentally, Jan who helped me prepare for my first half, completed her first New York Marathon yesterday after years of missing it due to emergencies (surgery, family crisis, and a hurricane) keeping her from running it in the past. All four of the runners from my Galloway group finished the 26.2 miles. Jan, just 6 months younger than I am, finished in 6 hours and 9 minutes. Hooray for determination and persistence! Jan at the NYC Marathon:
My nephew may come root me on at the finish of my half marathon. That would be so cool! I have come to many of his races. I just might try to get my camera to him. This is the first ever half marathon in my hometown of Lakeland, Florida. 850 people are pre-registered. Packet pick up starts on Wednesday. I know at least 50 of the people running it and will recognize many more of them from local 5 and 10Ks. I've been training with the leader of the 2 hour and 30 minute pace group. With luck, I'm going to PR! All systems are go!!!
Sunday, November 03, 2013
I thrive on compliments! And when I get one from my hubby it is like a jewel. Perhaps I should be, but I'm not ashamed to admit I savor and enjoy it. Hubby does our grocery shopping, partly to help me and partly because he wants to eat what he wants to eat. (Luckily, he's become good at finding the things I want and need.)
Well, yesterday when he sat down to supper he looked on our table and said, "I go to the grocery store and just buy a lot of things on sale and then you turn them into a feast." Oh, yeah, I'm going to savor that one, about as much as I savored the dish. I even went and got the camera to snap the leftovers:
This dish was based on the SparkRecipe, Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry. I had the onion, garlic, broccoli, red pepper, and pineapple on hand. I didn't have cabbage, so I substituted celery and carrots. I cooked each veggie separately and then put them together so they retained more individual flavor and color. I didn't have enough juice to worry with thickening it, but it didn't need it. I served it with brown rice. Absolutely yummy. And it is so great to find something healthy hubby likes, too.
Another picture I took yesterday in our front yard:
These beautiful cranes hang out in our neighborhood. I just love seeing them. Funny, but I grew up less than 50 miles from here and never remember seeing one as a child. Wonder if they've come back following the DDT ban or whether they have been imported or if I just never noticed!
After yesterday's group run I recovered quickly and felt good. After supper, though, I was feeling a little weak. I debated between going to bed early or having more to eat. I chose to eat thinking it might help. It did. I ended up going a little over my calorie range, but the scale was just at 125.4 this morning, right where I want it to be, so I'm thinking I really did need that extra food. Still experimenting and still learning!
Saturday, November 02, 2013
Just one week from today I'll run my second half marathon. I'm hoping to make it in 2 hours and 30 minutes or at least beat my previous time of 2:37. It will be a beautiful run between and around several lakes, although that does mean some hills.
This morning I ran with the pace group leader for a 2:30 half. We started at 6am today and ran 5.6 miles. There was heavy cloud cover and high humidity, although the rain held off until after we finished. For next Saturday a low of 65 and high of 86 degrees is predicted with about 100% humidity. Since the clock turns back, the 7 am start will be equivalent to 8 am today. It was 73 degrees at that time today. Perhaps the forecast will change; we sure would like it a bit cooler. But no matter, I've run in hotter and as humid. I had planned to wear a new running outfit, but the consensus of the pace group is that we need to wear tank tops and carry water.
I'm planning to eat at the top of my calorie range this week, aiming for 65% carbohydrate all week and low fiber for the 2 days before the race. I won't worry if the scale goes up a bit as I'm trying to build glycogen storage for race performance.
I'm signed up for 3 half marathons this year. After this one for time, I've got 2 to run for fun. November 24th I'll be joining ONEKIDSMOM for our second St Pete Women's Half Marathon. I'll be wearing a ladybug costume. (See my Halloween Bonus Blog if you haven't seen it! EDIT: It's now my background picture!)
In February of 2014 I'm running the Disney Princess HM. Don't have a costume yet, but I'm signed up for the Cinderella section. I'm thinking about being her fairy godmother who got fit! Like maybe "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo" on the shirt, and a disposable blue robe with the red tie at the neck like in the Disney movie for standing around in the cold before the race. I think it starts at 5:35 am and that I'll have to get on the bus from my resort around 4 am. Man, the things I'll do to run!!
I feel ready for next Saturday, and although I'm aiming for time, as long as I finish in an upright position with a smile on my face wanting to do it again, (to quote some of my favorite people) I'll be fine!
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