Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Ok, so you all know I've been working to build my base.
My last half marathon time (Nov 2010) was 2:39:56, in spite of a 5K time that indicated I may be capable of a sub 2:30 and the fact that I was in "marathon training". I now realize my marathon training was very inadequate and my base wasn't strong enough to reach my potential at these long distances.
So hence the base building, and I've gotten my recent average up over 30MPW including a peak week of 40 miles, and logging a new monthly mileage PR in October.
I then spent Thursday and Friday before the race on my feet a lot doing some clothes shopping for my DH and then drove myself 4 hours to my parents place, getting there at after 9PM Central. I ate a cup o' noodles for my carby dinner, and didn't fall asleep until after midnight with a 3AM wakeup call. OOF!
But I knew the training was logged, I got sleep leading up to this night - all would be fine.
Lo and behold I popped outta bed when the alarm went off, ate my packed breakfast of bread+PB+banana, figured out outfits, and my family and I headed off to the start.
ALSO! THIS WAS MY SISTER'S FIRST HALF MARATHON!!!! BIG DEAL! :)
I let her borrow my heart print BondiBand because she didn't have an earwarmer band and it was cold out there. It was like 29-31 at the start and didn't warm up much before we finished. But she had run with a beanie once before and knew her head got too hot and then she took it off and her head was freezing - so I hooked her up since I was going to be wearing my Team Marathon band.
Now let the photos begin!!!
Signing Waivers to get on base:
GOT OUR BIBS!
Then we got our shirts - the ONE NEGATIVE ABOUT THE ENTIRE RACE - we get up there and they say "They're women's fit shirts" and we're like uhh... we both registered for smalls thinking the sizing was unisex. It sounded like they got women's fit across the board actually. They said - take them over there to exchange, and because we weren't there the day before - all they had left were smalls and mediums. Sooo yeah. Not sure I'll be able to wear that one... we'll see.
Then on a more solemn note, we hit the Fallen Heroes table and got bibs to run in memory of soldiers. What we didn't expect was so many of the names on the table were from soldiers that had died as recently as just a couple months ago - and when someone picked up a name, they brought out another onto the table. Here are the soldiers we ran in memory of:
Marine PFC Josue Ibarra - Died June 19, 2011 during Operation Enduring Freedom from wounds received while conducting combat operations at 21 years old.
Army Spc. Garrett A Fant - Died September 26, 2011 During Operation Enduring Freedom from woulds caused by an IED at 21 years old.
It was really an honor to run for the memory of these Heroes.
After that point we did some mingling, my mom bought me some body glide (I couldn't find mine when packing and they had stuff set up for sale at the start, like the expo never stopped!) so I applied that to my troublesome pinky toes, we made bathroom runs... and then met up with people!
I met a friend from Runners World Online Forums and then up with some SparkFolk!
We've got (I think) non SP Lin, RUN2BFREE (Lori), MARATHON_MOM (Becki), and RUNTRILAUGH (Wendy). Lin and Lori were qualifying for Marathon Maniacs with the race! :D WOOHOO! It was wonderful to see the online face show up in real life. HAHA. We lamented the shirts and then not too long after that it was time to head out to the starting corral!
As we were heading back we passed a photographer and I heard him say, OK who's next? and I was like MEMEMEMEMEME and started waving my hands around - so of course he turned around and snapped this awesome photo of my sister and me:
On my way back through all the people I saw two other forumites from RWOL, and then we found our pacer - our plan was to stick with the 5hr marathoner pace group until the race split to help keep conservative and good pace for achieving a sub 2:30 half - my sister's races predicted an even lower time than mine, but her training had been a little less, so we hoped we could stick together.
Here's a photo of Glenn our pacer, later on in the race:
AND WE'RE OFF!!!!
Mile 1 - 11:19 - feeling fabulous, of course - following closely behind our pacer Glenn from Australia!
Mile 2 - 10:41 - Glenn was being peppy, but I think it's because just after mile 2 is a massively steep hill. UGH.
Mile 3 - 11:15 - this is with the hill! Drill sergeants on either side of the hill yelling at us! Our pacer was urging them on, and so they answered - "Who here's running a 5 min... OH that's 5 HOUR! well this looks more like a SEVEN HOUR PACE, PICK IT UP!!! Do I see someone walking?? You better RUN, MOVE IT!" and so forth. I probably pushed harder than I should have on such an early hill, but hey - it was early. I had energy and I wasn't about to walk in front of the Drill Sergeants! Plus I didn't want to lose Glenn. Took some time to recover on the flat afterward. High fived a General at some point and Gu'd.
Mile 4 - 11:07
Mile 5 - 11:16 (last semi-hill of the course I think!)
Mile 6 - 10:49 (sweet sweeet downhill!)
That next portion was going through the base, we ran past houses my sister and I had visited when we were younger, past the old site of the Infantry Museum before they built the current one... it was nice. We lost Glenn. Not so much LOST him, but were a bit ahead. Not far. We could hear him from time to time.
Oh and somewhere in here this dude runs up beside us and strikes up a conversation. We find out he's from IL and in town for a few days - his friend's running and said - hey why don't you do this race with me, so he said - ok! I asked if he trained and he said no. And he was doing the FULL. (in the race photos later on I saw he finished in 7:13 - I thought he wouldn't make it, but he did make it to the finish line after all!)
Mile 7 - 11:17 - pretty sure this is where I saw the kids dressed like sock monkeys (head to toe with masks!) and gave them high fives - then as we were getting into the greenway portion, there was a great SOUND system blasting LUDACRIS! WOOT! Also Gu'ing happened somewhere here...
Mile 8 - 11:15
Mile 9 - 11:09
Mile 10 - 11:38 - final GU and also this is around when my sister was fading and I decided I needed to press forward or risk not using this fantastic course and the good pacing thus far in the race to meet my goal. She understood and I headed on.
Up until this point we got some GREAT sister duo running photos on the course as well:
So then I was on my own, me pushing myself toward my goal:
Mile 11 - 11:27
Bonus split: 49 sec (I hit lap on the Garmin an extra time when I hit mile 11 so I'd be in sync w/ the markers from here on out)
Mile 12 - 10:57 at the beginning of this mile I realized I had 2.1 miles left and 25 minutes to do it - I knew I could reach my goal! Also I was chasing down the chick in front of me in hotpants and passed her
Mile 13 - 11:02 when I got to about 13.5 or so I realized I had 10minutes to go half a mile! Then a slight uphill getting into the National Infantry Museum parking lot! I also saw the sock monkeys again and I called out, "MONKEYYYYS!!! I LOVE YOUUU!!!!"
Final .13 - 9:26 pace, 1:11
WOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!! As you can see (if you can see those tiny numbers) my CLOCK time was under 2:30 - and my chip time was over 2 min off the clock due to starting back in the back of the pack.
OFFICIAL TIME: 2:27:16
I ran back to find my sister and run her in, but I only got about halfway down the avenue of the Flags (finishing area) when I saw her coming - I jumped on course for a few seconds and cheered her on, and her finishing kick then took her speeding away from me so I ran off to the side, cheered her on and met her again behind the finish.
The race photographer saw us and was like, "We need our team finish photo!"
She crossed just a couple minutes behind me, with a chip time of 2:29:54!!!! So she ALSO broke 2:30, and on her FIRST HALF!!!
Then the family photos of the finish area:
Yeah that's us dancing to the music. :)
And a "Dietitian on the Run" inspired Garmin photoshoot:
Also I tried the shirt and it fits fine, it's just shorter than I'd buy for myself, but it's not too short (no midriff action). :) So yay for that, too!
On my 10K (which was granted, in the heat and hilly and now a while ago) - 2:29:05
On my most recent 5K - 2:25:27
Considering that McMillan is usually quite optimistic, I am SUPER SUPER proud of my 2:27:16 - that represents a time very close to my predictors which means I put in the training needed to perform as expected at that distance of the half marathon.
I have a new goal for the half which is to beat 2:25, and this makes me even more excited about what I might be able to achieve for my next full marathon next November. This current half time predicts a 5:10:35 marathon, which I know means I need a lot more training to beef myself up to being comparably trained for that distance, but still - that is what I plan on doing next!!! :) Well... after the Latin Music Miami Beach Half... but still. I'm now hoping I might also improve my fitness enough speed-wise between now and then to aim for 5hr or sub 5. :) But one step at a time!
Also: I looked through all the race photos for un-tagged photos of my sister and I (her finish photo didn't get saved to her because her bib was obscured), and I saw that the later marathon finishers (like say, 5hr+) ALL had soldier escorts, and the escorts got bigger the later the finish. I got kind of emotional seeing the great support for those last finishers surrounded by soldiers.
This race is really a big class act and I HIGHLY recommend it - super well organized, good post race food, post race MASSAGE, nice swag (I got a super cool drawstring bag as well, with a zipper pocket even!), great course support with encouraging soldiers all along at every intersection (instead of police or random volunteers they were all soldiers!) Aid stations had civilians also, but there were still soldiers at every point. It was really special. Not to mention the Fallen Heroes addition for this year's race.
Monday, November 07, 2011
OK - What sparkers are running this race???
Look for me in Team Marathon gear! Remember, I'm 6'2" without running shoes on, so I will be the mega tall chick wearing Team Marathon apparel! :)
I'm getting sooooooooo stoked for the race this weekend! I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!
A) Sub 2:30 - McMillan says if adequately trained, based on my speed at shorter distance races this year, I should be easily able to break 2:30
B) New PR - Sub 2:39? I think? I remember my first was around 2:45 I think and my 2nd I wanted to break 2:40 and I think I did, but just barely.
C) Finish strong and have fun with my sister and appreciating the hometown course and all the soldiers - and the memory of a Fallen Hero
The race is offering a 2nd bib with the name of a Fallen Hero - you can provide a name or they will provide one for you. I really hope they are still providing that opportunity during the morning packet pickup since I won't be able to make it to the expo. So excited to see my family, too. :)
Monday, October 31, 2011
Wow, had a big week last week afterall- eneded up with almost 37 miles! WOOOHOOO!!!!
Means that for October I have a new monthly mileage PR - 154!!!
Last year, my biggest month during "marathon training" was 143! So this is going perfectly well.
So lots of car related drama and our car not starting AGAIN led to us getting a new car last week! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!
Nissan Versa! :)
And because I can't post without a tutu pic of myself lately, here's one on a halloween run this weekend with CLOVERR1 - I am a zombie ballerina and she is a gorgeous skeleton chick - corset w/ Xray window and skeleton jumpsuit + awesome skirt and skeleton doggy purse = perfection! :D hehehe.
Got to love the glowing eyes!
Monday, October 24, 2011
So I had this great plan to make a diet hot chocolate mix at home because the diet version only comes in little boxes of 6 packets and it is expensive and I was sick of it.
So I looked up some recipes and I made this mix. It tasted too milky so I added more chocolate. This weekend at home I looked at the chocolate I bought - awesome Ghiradelli Ground Chocolate and realize it says SWEET in little letters over Ground Chocolate.
I turn the canister around and see that it's 140 cal per 1/4 cup and first ingredient is SUGAR.
I'm hoping I at least saved some money on buying cocoa mixes by making my own. :P
I've got some pictures for you.
First is a new (to me) finish line photo from Tupelo 14.2! :) WOOHOO! There is a similar one I already saw but they caught me at the bottom of my stride so it is not so flattering as gravity is doing it's WORST to me. This one I'm nearly floating so it turned out actually good!
This weekend I did a 14miler for my LR, and on Sunday we headed out to check the "Running Park" and see if the 3 mile loop was doable for me to finish the 50K I'm considering. Determination - I think so! Gonna take some time and think about it and watch the registrants list (it's only open to 100 people - at 48 when I checked yesterday). It's only $15 so I should probably just do it but I'm waiting for a bit.
Saturday night I went to a Halloween dance party at Dance Trance (the place I got my living social deal?). Anyway, it was fun - I was in the back most of the time so I am like the photobomber of every photo I'm in:
(I like that one because I look like I'm so happy I'm practically sleeping)
Sunday was a great homebody day after running - I made chili and bread in the breadmaker. Chili started by soaking and cooking black beans, so it was a big process. I did some knitting, made a hula hoop, and DH and I watched some netflix so we can return our discs and downgrade our membership to save some money and go to streaming only. We almost never use our disc portion of the membership so it only makes sense.
Ended up w/ almost 34 miles last week, so a little less than planned but not by a lot. Still meeting my over 30mpw goal for where I want my base to be at the end of this year. If I average the last 8 weeks that weren't a cutback, taper, or recovery week (so not the weeks surrounding tupelo and not last week) I'm over 30. I'm not sure if the proper way is to still count all the cutback and taper/recovery stuff. If I do just the last 8, no skipping it's 28. So still approaching a solid 30mpw base going into the end of 2011.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
This is gonna be another big mileage week for me - as big as that 40 miler week would've been without the 5K. So plan is for 36. maybe 37.
Then it will be lowering a bit the next two weeks to prepare for my HALF that is coming up SO SOON. This will be my sister's first half marathon, my running buddy's first half (different race for her though), and I am so excited.
All I can think about these days is running, I think it's early taper madness for my half maybe?
There is ANOTHER picture of Yvonne and I in our tutu's I found. HAHAHA. We are blowin up the internets. So I will share that, too.
Anyway that's all I've got for now. I'm considering registering for a local 50K that is on 12/31 - we're gonna run the route this weekend (3 mile trail loop) and see what this would entail and based upon how much it kicks my butt, I'll go from there.
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