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Buffalo Creek- My 2nd HM

Sunday, October 16, 2011

As pumped, trained and ready as I was for my first HM in May, it felt so different for my second HM yesterday.

I had trained faithfully, so I felt nervous, but so ready. This time around, it was way too hot to run when I needed to start training again. I barely ran at all this summer. (Stupid MS & my heat intolerance!)

I did what I could. I started my long runs at 6 miles. I finally got in 11 miles 8 days before this HM. I do the Galloway run/walk method and just decided that if had to walk more, so be it. My son was here from SC for first HM and I was determined to be there.

The weather was cool & breezy. I really should have dug out my long running pants!

You parked at Lernerville Speedway. Picked up your race pack and were shuttled to the start by school bus.

The wind had REALLY picked up now! Thankfully you could wait in the fire hall.

Two of my favorite SparkPeeps were here, Bonnie & Brit!

Our son, Kevin (NOVABOY009), started running 3 months ago. Ran his first 5K the first week of August. He called it his "Coach to Half Marathon" program. He joined SparkPeople then and has already lost 30 lbs. Ahhhh... the young!

Not many port-a-potties and a freezing group start later. (Hate those!) Most of the 13.1 miles in on the Butler Freeport Trail. What a great place for a walk, run or bike ride! Kevin & his wife just bought a house near one of the trailheads. He's moving back to the Burgh after being in SC for the past 1 1/2 years. So happy & JEALOUS!

I didn't push it at all, but surprising had my fastest 5 miles & 10 miles ever. Then my lack of training became apparent. Noodlely legs. The urge to take a nap. My ishuffle lost it's charge around mile 11. (my own fault) I had to pee SOOOOOO bad! If it wasn't for the whole "run 4 minutes, walk 1 minute" thing, I would have just walked to the end. But my brain just kept me going.

I gotta admit to myself. I never got out of breath, so I know that I kept up with cardio over the summer, not just running. Good for me.

As anyone who has run this race before knows, the trail is an easy run until the end where you get to the town of Freeport. Enter the killer hill to your tired legs.

I did it. I finished. Not the, "YAY, I can just keep going!" like my first HM, but I finished the whole 13.1 miles keeping up the 4/1 intervals. I kept under a 12:00 minute split. I actually shaved off 2 minutes from my first HM.

Kevin, on the other hand, finished his first HM in 2 hours, almost flat. A 9 minute split for his first HM after starting to run just 3 months ago. I'm SOOOOO proud of him, but hate him justalittle. LOL And he was disappointed in himself! (insert eye roll here)

The top of my left foot along the outside is in a lot of pain today. I've never had this pain before. I'm icing & ibuprofing. Yes, I'm actually going to call the doctor if this isn't a whole lot better by tomorrow. Don't have a good feeling about it.

But at least I will always have this picture & memory. emoticon

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    Way to go Lynn! And Kevin too! (Yeah...gotta love how those guys lose weight easier). You rocked it. Sorry about the foot though. You are doing so well with this healthy lifestyle change!
    2316 days ago
    Well done to both of you!
    So proud of what you have accomplished Lynn!!!
    You just keep amazing me!
    2316 days ago
    Fantastic, Lynn. Thanks for sharing. How neat to be able to run with your son.
    2318 days ago
    Both of you are BEAUTIFUL! GREAT RACE Lynn!!!!!!
    2319 days ago
  • NOVABOY009
    Bill, Mum,

    Don't hate the player, hate the game haha.

    Mum, I'm very proud of you. Now it's time to take the next step. 26.2 in March. Let's get moving. I am returning to the promised land, so it's time for me to start pushing you a little harder!
    2319 days ago
    Great job!

    I hate Kevin a little myself! emoticon
    2320 days ago
    You both did emoticon . Congrats to both of you.

    Have you tried those ICEFIL shirts - they are suppose to keep your body cool with some kind of alcohol chemical reaction when the shirt and your sweat combine. I bought several - I haven't had the chance to try them though.
    2320 days ago
  • TIGGER622
    Awwww what a handsome boy and a great runner!!! Boys are so lucky with their easy weight loss and their running like deer capabilities!!! You did awesome too!!! A 2 min PR is AMAZING!!! YAY For you!!! You are such an inspiration, keep it up, you motivate all of us!!!
    2320 days ago
    So proud of you Lynn. I love that you have overcome so much and still get out there. You are such an inspiration and what a great role model for your son. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your picture with him. Precious.
    2320 days ago
  • JLITT62
    That is an excellent job! Hope the foot feels better.
    2320 days ago
    Great job Lynn! YOU DID IT-WOOHOO!!!

    Take it easy as your foot heals.

    Love the ma/son shot-definitely a keeper.
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    2321 days ago
    Great job on your half! I just did my firs 5K last weekend and am wanting to do a half next year sometime. I love reading people's blogs on their races! Sorry your foot is hurting. Hope it feels better!
    2321 days ago
  • BAM0827
    YAY You!! I think we both surpassed our expectations for the race. I'm really sore today, though.

    Are you doing 8.1 at JASR?

    Oh and in my recap I'm going to mention the lack of bling at this half. We were kind of disappointed. I'd be happy to pay an extra $10 for a medal to hang! Thoughts?
    2321 days ago
    Congrats on the finish! Awesome!
    2321 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    woo hoo lynn you did great. i am glad you did not curl up along the side for a nap, you might still be there, lol. anyhow a great moment with your son that you will always have.
    2321 days ago
    Great job!
    2321 days ago
    Ha ha, I'm so glad I wasn't the only one who thought there weren't enough port-a-potties! Toward the end I kept checking out all the trees! I thought you did fantastic! Hope that foot feels better soon!
    2321 days ago
    Really hope that pain settles for you. I've never had that 'wanted to nap' feeling during a HM - that made me chuckle.

    Nice picture of you and your son.
    2321 days ago
    Yay for both of you! You are absolutely awesome, my friend.

    Hope the foot is feeling better tomorrow but if not, let us know what the doc says.
    2321 days ago
    I am so happy for you both!!! I love how you got your son interested in this and now he is out there running with you!! And you never cease to amaze me with your drive to JUST DO IT!!! Congrats on shaving time off too!! That is so awesome!!

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    2321 days ago
    Lynn all I ever see in you is super star. You are so amazing. I can only wish to have your strength and heart. Way to go! Dynamite son too. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2321 days ago
    Wow great job
    2321 days ago
    Great job!

    Oh, I don't think you really hate your son for doing so well; a little jealousy maybe, but not hate.

    I'm envious of both of you. I started training to run a 5K, but gave up after 6 weeks. It just wasn't fun and I kept wanting to take a nap at the 25 minute mark. I guess I'll always be a walker.
    2321 days ago
    That's such an awesome story and so great that you ran with your son. Looks like he's doing awesome too. I admire you so much for getting out there and doing it with ms. I don't have that disease, but I have fibromyalgia and low thyroid and so relate to the heat intolerance. I couldn't run during the summer either. I was just totally drained by the heat. But I've started back again too. I'm hoping to do an hm in December but my walk/run intervals will probably be more like 1 min run/2 min walk or something as I'm not up to the running segments you are. I'm so excited for you!!
    2321 days ago
    emoticon job!! Great that your son ran with you and fabulous photo!! emoticon
    2321 days ago
    Great job Lynn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2321 days ago
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