Sunday, November 10, 2013
Want to get the feel of running a half marathon? Here is a video clip that the pace group leader for the run 30 sec/walk 30 sec got in four different locations. One non-runner took one section and her hubby ran back after finishing to get the end:
She posted the video on facebook, so hope you can access it.
Here's the race results on CoolRunning:
I'm listed as the number 4 out of 15 finisher in my age group, 60-64. Interesting, although my Garmin gave my pace as 11:02, cool running has my pace as 11:12. My gun time was 2:26:47 and my chip time was 2:26:02. The winner of my age group is from my running group, is a very experienced full marathoner, and a very nice person.
Our local paper, Lakeland Ledger, published this article, "Challenging Course provides tough test." The overall winner is a wonderful young (27 year old) man who has sold me running shoes and has cheered me on. I have met the 2nd place woman finisher and I have trained with the 4th overall woman finisher. I definitely knew 50 of the 750+ finishers. Love having a half right here in my home town!
I will be re-running this half marathon in my mind for months to come! It was an awesome experience. I am so glad I am a runner!
Saturday, November 09, 2013
The inaugural Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon benefitting the InnerAct Alliance drug prevention nonprofit agency went off without a hitch!
My finishing time was 2:26 and forty something seconds. So on a hilly, humid and hotter than ideal course, I took about 11 minutes off my previous half marathon time. I beat my goal of 2:30. I'm proud and happy!
No, it wasn't good enough to place in my age group. I'd have needed to run it about 10 minutes faster for a speed award, but I'll value my pretty red finishers medal nonetheless.
I ran almost all of it in run 3 minutes, walk 1 minute. For about the first 2 miles I ran with the 2:30 pace group, but they were going too slow on the downhills for me, so I went my pace. An experienced marathoner from our group was ahead so I caught up with her for several miles. Around mile 7 I developed a stitch in my right side. I took my walk breaks with my arms in the air trying to get the oxygen all the way to the bottom of the lung. Brenda, the marathoner, suggested breathing on alternate leg beats and I tried. I slowed a bit and the stitch relaxed. I threw in 2 extra walk minutes in the hilliest areas. Then I felt fresh and raring to go until mile 11. At that point it became an effort. I'd only run that distance or more 3 times this year and much slower. So part of it was my training and fitness level, but part of it was the hot sun beating down and the increasing heat. Also, my stomach felt like I'd drunk too much water so at the water stops I started throwing it on my head and that felt great! I did make myself still sip a little.
I was really glad to finish the race. I didn't have the leg cramps I had after my first half, but my back was hurting. Perhaps I didn't run quite as upright as I need to. I found a curb in the shade and sat a while, stretching my back. After I got my medal, I went back to the finish line to cheer in others from our group, including the angel who gave me a ride this morning. She was the last one of our group to finish at 3:16. It was her first half marathon and no one stayed with her. I felt a little guilty. She was disappointed and I felt for her. She'll be running at the Women's Half Marathon 15 days from today. That course is flat and I bet she'll do better. She has a group she's running with; I'm running with ONEKIDSMOM and her cousin. It's going to be fun!
So I did it! I finished the HM in an upright position with a smile on my face and wanting to do it again. And I got my PR. Great experience right here in my home town.
I didn't get any pictures on my own camera, but many different people did get pictures of me. Will post some later, I'm sure. But here are some pictures some of my other friends posted:
Sarah and Vince. Sarah paced the 2:30 pace group.
Brenda, on the left, is the marathoner who encouraged me mile 6-7. She finished about 2:24, as did Yvonne on the right.
Runners from the Galloway group at the finish.
Beginning of the race. I'm in there not far behind the 2:30 signs, but I can't find me.
Leah paced the 2:37 group. For training, I ran with her often.
Friday, November 08, 2013
I'm not repetitive, I'm focused. Watermellen said so and she's really smart! Counting down, now less than 24 hours until my half marathon.
Last night, though, I had far more excitement than I expected. I have to say my focus got kind of blurry. I hadn't slept even four hours when hubby called out. Believe it or not he fell out of bed, hitting his eyebrow on the bedframe. Blood was all over everywhere. Direct pressure. Cleaning up. What a mess! And poor hubby. We tried for 45 minutes to get the wound to quit bleeding. No luck. So I drove him to a small hospital with an ER near us (Bartow Memorial for my local teammates). They stapled him and cleaned him up a bit. Besides the nasty wound, he has a big dark black eye. He got prescriptions for antibiotics and pain. We had to drive to a different town for an all night pharmacy (CVS on S FL Ave, Lakeland for locals) and wait. He is leaving this morning to drive to Tampa and fly to Tennessee to go to the Vols football game. He has tickets on the 40 yard line and he would have to be much worse injured to consider skipping this event. He didn't get much sleep, but he says he'll sleep on the plane and the shuttle.
I didn't get near enough sleep, and I'll try to figure out a way to get some sleep before tomorrow's half. I'm thrown off my routine, but it may not matter. We'll see.
The weather report keeps changing, but 24 hours out it is predicted to be 65 degrees and 84% humidity at the start and 70 degrees and 71% humidity at my anticipated end (fingers crossed for 2:30), partly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain. So that may be a touch warmer and a bit more humid than ideal, but pretty good for around here at this time of year.
And even though I haven't found the camera cable, thanks to MWWENSIN I located the camera card and downloaded from there. So here's a shot of my race shirt and number:
Hubby left just a couple minutes ago. And he didn't take any pain meds so he could drive to the airport. He said it didn't really hurt anyway. Thank heavens. He looks a mess but is undaunted. Good spirit. (Edit: I just realized that hubby got really hurt falling out of bed, but hardly scratched when he fell 10 feet off a ladder holding an electric saw last week. Some irony!)
OK. Now I need to focus again. Race minus 22 and a half hours - and counting!
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!
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