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11 Days till Marathon!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

BLERGH! I'm tapering and I'm full of taper madness! I need to go run now.

Just wanted to check in!

I've been eating everything in sight, and I need help. :P I'm going to write down everything I eat from here on out until Vegas and there I will be super careful with food until the race to make sure I don't have any problems on race day. EEK!

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WOLFKITTY 11/2/2012 11:52PM

    Hang in there! My race is in 9 days.

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FITGIRL15 10/31/2012 1:19PM

    You can do it!!! Hang in there, eat to fuel!!! XOXO

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SEEHOLZ 10/24/2012 9:11PM

    Almost there--- just hang on. They call it "madness" for a reason- it affects some more than others and I've been eating too much of the wrong types of food myself lately- needs to stop!

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MARLIE13 10/24/2012 9:39AM

    Watch your pocketbook! Tapering is when I start to find running gear I HAVE to HAVE!

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FARRAH511 10/24/2012 9:18AM

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/23/2012 8:42PM

    Exciting!! Good luck with the marathon, and I think I heard you are meeting some Sparkers, have fun!!

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MBSHAZZER 10/23/2012 12:59PM

    I love a marathon taper! It's a nice reward for all that hard work! I know you are going to do GREAT at this race!

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TRILLIUM22 10/23/2012 12:31PM

    Enjoy the taper. My legs always begin to feel zippy and I like that.

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COOP9002 10/23/2012 10:33AM

    Let us know how it goes. Sounds like you're ready now.

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EWL978 10/23/2012 10:30AM

    Good luck, enjoy and bring us back a winner!!!!! emoticon

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Marathon Countdown!!! T-34

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Today I notched my newest weekly mileage PR with 50.15 miles. WOW!!!

And that is after a half marathon on Sunday. Not gonna lie, this was tough. But I had to do it! :D

I have one more big week before my taper. This week is a cutback to 40 miles and I think the LR is only 12. WOW! :) Looking forward to this week. Then another 50 mile week, my final 20 mile LR, and it's TAPER TIME.

SO CLOSE!!!!!!!!!!!

But right now I'm tired. I've got a swing band rehearsal tonight and not really feeling like going out and doing that tonight, but I want to maintain good relationships with my musician network (hence picking up another rehearsal sub for tomorrow and the gig on Saturday for the rehearsal tonight). And I know it'll be fun.

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HALFWEIGHT 10/10/2012 2:13AM

    Hope all is well with you. Looking forward to your next post.

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FITGIRL15 10/2/2012 3:47PM

    Good Job, Dana! Is this the race you'll be doing in Las Vegas? or am I completely out of it? lol

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WAVEDANCER7 10/1/2012 5:43PM

    Ugh you are scaring me. i'm definitely not ready for my race. boooo

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/1/2012 5:37PM

    i'm excited taper time is near because that means meeting dana is near!!

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SEEHOLZ 10/1/2012 7:13AM

    You've been putting in a ton of mileage this training season! I can't remember which marathon you are going to run, but you are definitely well trained, so you are ready for sure!

Happy October!

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HOPERY 9/30/2012 11:43PM

    I can't wait to taper! Oh, I guess I should look forward to the marathon too...

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AIMLESS07 9/30/2012 7:33PM

    Taper time is awesome!!

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MARLIE13 9/30/2012 5:10PM

    Woot to the hoo!

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MBSHAZZER 9/30/2012 3:27PM

    Nice job, Dana! I;m so excited for your marathon! You've trained so hard - it will be so great to see what those legs of yours will do on the big day!

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RACE REPORT: Marathon Oasis et Demi-Marathon de Montreal

Thursday, September 27, 2012

OK - so before you really get your hopes up, I did not get a PR. It wasn't my day - but it is all good and I will give you all the details so you can really appreciate how it all went down. :)

First of all, it was our first trip to Montreal and it was so cool! We were definitely surrounded by French speaking folks, but all we had to do was say, "Sorry, English?" and everyone spoke English. So it is an easy trip for someone who wants to experience being surrounded by a foreign language, but low maintenance. :D hahaha.

Roscoe came with us, because we found a hotel that was pet-friendly. We thought about boarding him anyway, so that we would find it easier to do things we wanted to, but we figured - how often will we have a pet-friendly hotel??? Let's just do it! Well...

Roscoe was stressed by the drive, and stressed by the city. He was one stressed out panicked pooch. We're not taking him to any city trips ever again. Probably not almost any trip in the future, except maybe if we rent a cabin somewhere quiet or something. He doesn't LOVE the doggie daycare experience like some dogs, cause he just doesn't care too much about other dogs and "play" seems like a foreign concept for him... but being blase and being totally stressed out are two different things. He's definitely being boarded for the big trip to Vegas!

Here is a cute picture of him when we stopped on the way out for DH to go get some cash - waiting for him to come back from the ATM:

So in any case, we get to Montreal. We pay the hotel to park in a garage (very nice not to have to worry about street parking or anything). We get settled and then head to the expo.... which we missed. OOPS! But we were JUST BARELY late, so they let me pick up my packet, I just couldn't go shopping. (This is probably a good thing...)

NEON GREEN SHIRT! And the first time I have a bib with my name on it:

We head out to meet a friend from Runners World Online Forums for dinner - he is a speedster but also a native Montrealer, so it was pretty fun to meet up with him in person. We've been internet pals for a while, and he's actually nicer in person I think... a little more sarcastic online. :) hahaha. John!

This is DH, me, and John!

The food was GREAT. The waitress was adorable and had a cute French accent, and we had a great time, great conversation and all. We would totally go back to eat there on future Montreal trips.

So we head home and since we have a metro stop suuuper close to our place, John walks with us and before departing we discuss his time goal - we joked before about him running 1:23:45 (I told you he's fast) and me running 2:34:56. HAHA. He says, no way, I'm going for maybe sub 1:27, anything there I'll be happy.

And of course, I'm hoping for a new PR - sub 2:27, and goal time 2:25ish.

So come a night of some sleep, it's alright...

I wake up and get ready - I barely force one bite of the marathon bar I brought for morning fuel. I dunno what was going on - I've eaten them plenty of times before and after runs, but this morning - no dice. Lately I've been doing PB&Honey or Nutella&Fluff once or twice before LR or Half marathons... this potentially comes into play later.

But in any case, I'm feeling pretty good, I get dressed and take a moment laughing at how huge my butt pocket is bulging - I took a picture but not sure if you can make it out:

It's in the black strip of fabric with print on it back there... hahaha.

ANYWAY - I had to walk to a metro station, buy a ticket, take it one stop and VOILA!

Oh except the metro is on the opposite side of the little island practically from the start... so another walk....

and then I'm in corral SIXTEEN, which meant going almost all the way across the bridge (I thought I'd never see my corral...). And then the race didn't start on time.

My corral crossed the start over 30 min after the race actually started, and that was late. So I was standing around on that bridge basically forever.

Picture of the start, still some people moving back to corrals, not me... :P I kinda wish I had gotten there really late and just hung around near the start and ducked under when my corral was moving through. HAHA

I did get to chat with a few racers and have some guy try to sing a Vermont song to me that I have never heard before. HAHA.

Anyway -


The start is crowded as we funnel off the bridge and into a realllly narrow section. But things spread out a bit and I have plenty of breathing room, although I'm still dodging and passing people for a while.

My goal pace is 11mm, 10:55 tops:

Mile 1: 11:00 (perfect!)
Mile 2: 10:49
Mile 3: 10:51
Mile 4: 10:52
Mile 5: 10:52
Mile 6: 10:48

All this is on the little island in the river next to the big island of Montreal proper - everything is pretty flat, there is some wind but very mild at this point. I'm wondering about my pace being a bit quick...

Here's me on the course somewhere before the 10K mark probably, since I'm feeling so FANTASTIC! hahaha

Mile 7: 11:26 - up the bridge leading back to Montreal, and INTO a wicked headwind. EEK!
Mile 8: 11:03 - holding strong into some more wind, Montreal side but along the river.
Mile 9: 12:06 - my right big toe feels really weird and I'm worried about just pressing forward. I've got the marathon to think about and don't want to be stupid - so I stop, and take off my shoe, mess with the sock - nothing hurts to press on and I don't feel anything out of the ordinary so I decide it's obviously not important so let's go. I lost about a minute futzing around. so run pace still good.
Mile 10: 11:19 - thing started to feel really off toward the end of this mile but I pushed it thinking, just 3 more miles after this!




Look at me lookin like I'm about to cry and looking for the finish line, foot baaarely off the ground:

Mile 11: 13:09
Mile 12: 13:04 (I think it was somewhere in this mile that the Quebecois that was singing to me at the beginning came up behind and was like GO VERMONT!!!)
Mile 13: 13:44 (just get me to the end)
final .28 - 12:20 avg, my wimpy attempt to surge got to about a 10:30 supposedly but I'm not sure even that...

Here's me trying to bring it in as strong as possible, running on determination alone:

Finally I finish....


Yeah, I was not happy. Goal race, good temps (only like 50), sunny, only negative on the weather was the wind... and I just totally died at the end.

I am not sure if it was the slightly too fast pace, or the fuel issues (also my gu schedule was OFF... I did NOT make a good strategy with the aid stations, should've just carried my handheld...), the missing breakfast, the fact that I was just finishing TTOM, or some combination of the above factors... Also since analyzing this some more, some people have suggested that it might also be because it's one week after the first 20miler of my training cycle... oh yeah.

Then since the race started late + how long it took me to start + not finishing as fast as I had hoped (less of a factor)... I made it back to the hotel AT NOON (checkouttime) luckily, the hotel people were flexible and nice and we were able to get out ok.

But in any case - my official time is 2:34:30

Here I am PRETENDING to be THRILLED post race, when I really feel like crap and have like no time to get to my hotel...

I'm a good actress! :D

That is almost 10 min off my goal time (2:25), and 7:14 off of my PR time. UGH! But considering a had a massive bonk.... that's really not so bad. I had some near PR races this year on challenging courses, so I am super happy overall with my racing and training this year, this race just wasn't the race.

My first half was 2:44+ two years ago, and it's not even my worst time this year (2:36+) so.... all things considered. It's ok. And the goal is really the marathon coming up, so time to refocus and buckle down!!!

I want to run in Montreal again, maybe even this race, but I don't think I would make THIS race a goal PR race again just because of the disadvantage I feel the corral gave me.

ALSO - my friend (had to add cause FITGIRL asked) finished in less than 1:23:45 (I think 1:23:3x??) and I finished just under my joke time of 2:34:56. :D hahaha. So that's kinda funny...

And the medal is really beautiful:

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HALFWEIGHT 10/10/2012 2:11AM

    Hey, you finished, you earned a beautiful medal, and you will have another day for a PR. You are still so inspiring: post more! emoticon

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MARLIE13 9/28/2012 9:09AM

    " some people have suggested that it might also be because it's one week after the first 20miler of my training cycle... oh yeah."

I think that calls for a big fat DUH. lol!

Great job and I loved your report!

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TRILLIUM22 9/27/2012 11:52PM

    I think that 20 miler did you in. I've run a half towards the end of my marathon training, but I thought more practice that marathon pace than PR a half. My current half PR was run 6 weeks after a marathon. That worked well. I had the endurance and just needed to work on pacing and then tapering

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WAVEDANCER7 9/27/2012 8:41PM

    Hey- Bonks happen! And you are right, Marathon is the main focus. You wouldn't be so mad if this was just a 13 mile training run. So relax, brush it off, and move forward to bigger and better things... like 20 mile LR's this weekend. hehehe muuahahah. :)

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MBSHAZZER 9/27/2012 3:07PM

    Dana, 100% it's down to running a half the week after a 20 miler. You have to taper if you want to PR! I think, given the fact that you just ran a 20 miler, you did FANTASTIC!!!

I really would like to run this one, so thanks for sharing all the great photos and the race recap! I am a bit surprised that it was so cold there! :D

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FITGIRL15 9/27/2012 1:42PM

    It always amazes me how you runners can account for how you felt after every mile you ran! lol

I think your time was awesome, considering how things went down! 10 minutes is no big deal! You will shave that off in no time!

How did your speedster friend make out? I can't imagine runninga 1/2 marathon... let alone doing it in 1:27! OY!!!!

Very nice medal indeed!!!

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Do I count today? And Sunday? Well... in any case.... two more days BETWEEN today and the race. D3? D4? OH WELL. You get the deal. It'S CLOSE.

I'm nervous, and pumped, and excited, and scared, and stoked. All at the same time.

Hoping to get a sub 2:25.... YEP. Probably won't be blogging again until after the race. :)

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FITGIRL15 9/27/2012 11:15AM

    Woop Woop! I hope you had a GREAT RACE!

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WAVEDANCER7 9/26/2012 12:59PM

    Time to blog again. Thanks. :)

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MARLIE13 9/21/2012 9:11AM

    Oooh good luck!

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SEEHOLZ 9/21/2012 6:54AM

    You got this!

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MBSHAZZER 9/20/2012 3:37PM

    Enjoy it, Dana!!!

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RUNTRILAUGH 9/20/2012 3:22PM

    excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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D7??? :D

Sunday, September 16, 2012

So one week from today I should be setting a new half marathon PR in Montreal. I'm soooooo excited but... I'm also nervous.

This was a heavy week for me - it wasn't my biggest mileage week YET. It was going to be, but I got a stomach bug type thing mid week and missed a run and had to cut another one short. But I got in about 43 and I might... might...still go out for a short recovery run today.

I think I'm not going to... my body feels tired and I'd just be doing it for the numbers really, and that seems dumb. I got in my 10+ (closer to 11) miler on Friday and 20 on Saturday.

WOW! First 20 of the cycle and it felt strong. Soooo happy.

It was amazing because I saw the AVETT BROTHERS doing their sound check in the middle of mile 18. I got to run up. Listen for a moment - then in a pause yell I LOVE YOU!!!!

Seth Avett said into the mic, "We love you, too!" I was thrilled to death, blew two handed kisses as I ran off to finish my run.

Ugh. I love them. Seen them 3 times live, couldn't go to this- it was a bit expensive for really mainly just wanting to see THEM alone since it was a festival. But that experience was PRICELESS. :)

So glad I got over whatever was wrong with my stomach to finish the week strong and still over 40mpw.

Now it's a mini-taper before Montreal RnR and then after that another big week, although I might need to cut it back a bit... we'll see how fast I bounce back after a strong half marathon effort. I'm thinking FAST. I don't remember being too overly sore after any of my last half marathons except the super hilly ones. Even after my last half PR, I was ok.... But we'll see.

The most important thing is staying injury free. Good training is a bonus.

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FITGIRL15 9/17/2012 3:25PM

    Isn't it sooo cool when a celebrity talks to you? :)
I'm glad you had such a memorable moment with the AVETT BROTHERS!

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FARRAH511 9/17/2012 3:13PM

    You can do it!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/17/2012 1:25PM

    you are killing those miles out there. i am proud of you.

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MBSHAZZER 9/17/2012 9:05AM

    WHOHHOOOOO!!! You aare on fire! I can't wait for your race report b/c I really would like to do the Montreal marathon.

Also, you are making me feel old because I have no idea who the Avett Brothers are! :D

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MARLIE13 9/16/2012 6:25PM

    Your mileage is rockin'! And that's sooo awesome that you had a groupie run. Too bad you couldn't have run on stage and sang a few bars with them. Oh and a picture too!

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