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Blog Streak Day 11 - Mad Half Race Report!

Sunday, July 08, 2012

So, my last RR I was riding high off a near PR on a hilly course at Lake Placid. Don't get me wrong, that course is tough, it has a finishing hill that is a kick in the balls. But this course... this course showed me what hills can be. HAHA.

Short story: 2:36:xx - close to my May half on an easier course, pretty happy overall

Long story:

I'll just post some pictures and some splits and let them do the talking for me. Let me just say this course is KILLER.



My elevation chart from my Garmin. Wow. It doesn't even do it justice... but yes you can see what I was dealing with... :)

My goal was to try to hit goal HMP on the flattish parts (pretty much nonexistent actually...), and to just work on slow and steady up the hills and working the downhills and let the pace fall where it may.

Splits:

Mile 1: 11:04 - Pretty much goal HMP - everything's nice and shiny right now...



Mile 2: 13:12 - first hill. Didn't walk. Super steep, just kept going... ouch. Everyone around me is walking and I'm wondering if I'm being a moron... but I figure I'm not CHARGING the hill, just not walking. I told myself if I start running slower than I can walk, then I can start walking, but until then jus slow and steady.

Mile 3: 10:18 - wooooooo downhill!



Mile 4: 10:15 - still rollin down!



Approaching the 2nd of the covered bridges. :) As you can see, we're on dirt road by this point.

Mile 5: 11:28 - flattest part of the course, but some slight rollers

Mile 6: 13:17
Mile 7: 13:20
Mile 8: 13:09

LONG CLIMB OF DOOM!

I knew from looking at the map that once I hit mile nine, the worst uphills were over, so I just said to myself, keep pushing through mile nine and enjoy the following downhill!

Mile 9: 12:31
Mile 10: 11:45 - HALLELUJAH!



Totally barefoot guy - if this is you, you rock. If not, salute to anonymous barefoot guy.





Mile 11: 11:18
Mile 12: 10:50 (rollin straight downhill!)

At this point, I know that when we pass through the first of the covered bridges again, we have less than a mile left - after the bridge, I'll have one last uphill to face before the finish line.



Mile 13: 12:22
Final .15: 12:13 - I forgot to turn off Mr. G right away so not really sure honestly, but I didn't have much of a kick, that's for sure! :) I just tried to run tall for the finish line photo!

2:36:xx ??



Awesome local cider, sooo good - and a cider donut! YUM!!! I also had part of a bagel with some Vermont Peanut Butter and a little piece of Cabot Cheese... VERMONT finish line food. So awesome.





Shirt is an awesome women's specific V-Neck tech shirt, soft and beautiful. The back only has one logo for Sugarbush, too. So it's just lovely! I had to get a Large because that was the smallest size left, but considering that the size that fits me is often too short, I wasn't too disappointed. I'll definitely still use it. I also love the medal!

If I can convince myself to suffer the torture, I would run this race again... the organization, support, scenery, swag, and all were fantastic.

  
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MARLIE13 7/9/2012 9:29PM

    Whoa hills! Loved the race report and the pics.

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HOPERY 7/9/2012 1:02PM

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SEEHOLZ 7/9/2012 7:16AM

    I like how it says MAD Half.... whatever that refers to, it made me chuckle! I am glad it was not a PR course... with that name.. it just had to have some toughness to it-LOL!
Kick or not, your finish photo is rocking- especially with the sunglasses and your Half Marathon race shirt---- I just noticed that you always wear it-- just for Halfs though, right?

Huge congratulations on rocking a tough course!

... and that cider and cider donut fit the countryside really well

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SWEATONCEADAY 7/8/2012 5:15PM

    wow that looks like a tough one but you totally rocked it. very pretty scenery. i have only been to vermont in the winter so it looks nicer without the snow!

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KENSINGTONC 7/8/2012 2:02PM

    Ahhh you are making me so nostalgic for my time in the Upper Valley!!!!! I wish we'd taken advantage of the races there more than we did. SO beautiful! And congrats to you - ps you look fantastic!!!!!!

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SKYFYRE 7/8/2012 1:02PM

    What a great race!! I love your salute to barefoot runners ;) way to go! You look fabulous! All you hard work is truly paying off! Be proud, Lady! You Rock!

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Blog Streak Day 10!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

So thinking of doing a little crafting with my running clothes today... I've been dieing for a longer looser kind of singlet thing. So we'll see.

Plus I weighed myself this morning knowing that tomorrow I'm racing and probably splurging, and that even if not my weight would probably fluctuate from the effort and also carbloading today....

187.5! :) I started at 189, my goal is set for losing 1.5lbs a week so I am directly on track! WOOHOO!!!!

Just wanted to check in to say that. In range again yesterday, the new range is going well. Race tomorrow.

  
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MBSHAZZER 7/8/2012 12:43PM

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GREAT job staying on track. Hope the race goes GREAT (or went great, by now) and it was not tooooo hot!

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SKYFYRE 7/8/2012 5:01AM

    Dana, Dang girl, you are on it! Congrats on 10 days of blogging! And on 1.5 lbs lost!

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SEEHOLZ 7/7/2012 11:11AM

    Way to go Dana!


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KENSINGTONC 7/7/2012 10:11AM

    Way to GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Blog Streak Day 9!

Friday, July 06, 2012

I almost didn't blog today! ACK!

Was fairly productive today, got the oil changed in the car, picked up some needed items from the store, cleaned up in the kitchen, that kind of stuff.

I also did my run while the oil was getting changed - yay! only like 2.5 miles, did almost .5 mile with Roscoe before he was just like - NO MORE. He got distracted by someone on a bike - I think he thought it was DH, which was crazy. So he wanted to go back the way the bike dude went instead of continuing on... hahaha.

Soooo looking forward to tomorrow - no LR because I'm racing the next day, and absolutely NOTHING on the schedule. :) Should be a lovely day!

  
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SEEHOLZ 7/7/2012 6:55AM

    YEAH for keeping your streaking alive!

And, again, have a great race tomorrow!!!



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SEPPIESUSAN 7/6/2012 10:21PM

    Dogs are funny. :)

Have a great race!

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Blog Streak Day 8!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Such a weird day.... feels like Sunday but it's Thursday. Weird mid-week 4th of July craziness. So it kind of almost feels like Monday, too, since DH is getting ready for work and whatnot.

Yesterday I would've been within calories... but I forgot to track a couple things so when I was reviewing it this morning I added them and came in 82 calories over. Not too bad, especially considering I had a BIG BURGER and chips for dinner. :) ohhh yeah. Lean Grass fed beef, baby.

I did strength training yesterday, which I briefly mentioned. Some railing pushups, triceps extensions, some lunges and squats - not sure how many, was kinda following along a bodyrock.tv workout for that part but got disinterested and started doing my own thing after a while. Because after the lunges and squats it was time for burpees and I find those humanly impossible to do well with my height. I hope as I get stronger I will be strong enough to overcome my height disadvantage but shooting my whole body out into a plank is just an overwhelming task. I even tried a sumo squat version as suggested by a friend but that just felt more awkward because of the additional movement required by the leg rotation. She's short what does she know. HAHAHAHA.

Anyway, ok so Tricep Extentions, a couple of halfa$$ed burpees, lunges and squats random, and also I did this thing..

So it's like - you know how when you're doing upward facing dog in a sun salutation and then go back into downward facing dog? It's kinda like that movement, but back and forth, and never lowering the hips all the way to the ground. Not good I think for someone with a bad back to risk because you have to make sure to keep your core strong and engaged the whole time so you don't just sag out at the bottom, but for me, since I'm used to that engaged feeling and have learned how to manage that, I LOVE that movement. So anyway I did a couple sets of those, too.

This morning I did a sluggish 5 miler, but I'm soooooooooo happy I got my run in before the day starts! YAY! :D 3 miles tomorrow, then an off day, then my next half marathon! :) I'm excited but the elevation profile scares me....



I'm going for a new half PR in September, so this race shouldn't mean anything, but after almost surprising myself into a PR in Lake Placid, I kind of want to try for another one anyway... but I'm also starting marathon training and I don't want to self-sabotage by running too hard in a race.... so I dunno. Considering I have a PR attempt in September I kinda think I should just go with the flow and whatever happens happens, but not push it like crazy or anything.

  
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MARLIE13 7/6/2012 9:38PM

    "She's short, what does she know." That totally made me laugh out loud!!

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SKYFYRE 7/6/2012 3:40AM

    Good Lord woman, that's some elevation gain! Well, I just about died when I read "height" disadvantage,.... But ok, I will give you that one, but your height is NOT a negative, I am so jealous! I am merely mediocre height!

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MBSHAZZER 7/5/2012 10:46AM

    You are a half marathoning MADWOMAN!!! Enjoy those hills!

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SEEHOLZ 7/5/2012 10:40AM

    Your running is truly impressive!!! And that course is hard core, too.

I am only 5 ft 9 in, but I've worked out with people taller than me rocking the burpee. I think the trick is to open your stand. I'd start with walking the legs out into a plank and jumping back--- or try jumping into a wide leg plank.
Or just don't. It's like these weird 2 legged jumps-- just not for me-LOL!

Anyways... have fun this week-end!



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Blog Streak Day 7!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Ran 3 miles today, as scheduled. In the heat - it felt great!

I tracked all food yesterday and game in within range again - woohoo!

So far today, good.

I also did some strength training today. Good stuff.

Not a lot to say, it's a holiday and the DH is home, so that's fun! :)

  
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MBSHAZZER 7/4/2012 5:20PM

    Enjoy!

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