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Clearwater Halfathon Final Thoughts and Lessons Learned!


Friday, January 25, 2013



emoticon When I run a Half, I have a continuous dialog with myself. Some of these thoughts come from that and what I experienced during this race.

emoticon I heard from Darren about some runner who started yelling at racewalkers to get out of their way! What the hell is that all about. Total disrespect! I would have had to control myself big time!

emoticon I need to start training on bridges! I haven't a clue on how to run on them. I found several great resources on Runner's World!

emoticon Instead of avoiding runs with challenging courses (and steenkin' bridges!) , I'm going to address and embrace them...then champion them!

emoticon After I crossed the finish line this Half, I had a rough time with my balance. My legs were like Gumby's! No, Gumby probably had stronger legs! I will take care of this and train better!

emoticon I love meeting runners at races. We get so many out-of-state people here on the Gulf Coast and I truly enjoy it!

emoticon I met the overall Women's Marathon Winner. I told her how I admired Marathon runners and how I loved reading about all my SparkFriends who train for their 26.2 and own their Marathon. She told me that she was at the finish line when I crossed it. She thought my running form was excellent and I should do one. I told her she must have missed my body meltdown as they were cutting off my timing chip. All she said was, "We can work on that!" Oh oh!

emoticon After the Half, I was hungry big time. We went over to the food, got a small bowl of pasta and 3 small meatballs. I took three bites, started feeling queasy, and threw it away. My body had to be telling me it was not form. I took 3 sips of a diet coke (yeah, I said it!) grabbed a dry half of a wheat bagel, and felt better!

emoticon Post-race, and after I got home I felt a slight pain in my left knee about one inch to the lower left of my kneecap. It lasted through the rest of Sunday and part of Monday. Haven't felt any discomfort since then!

emoticon I wore KT Tape on my right Achilles tendon for 48 hours prior to the race, during, and for 2 days afterward. All I feel is a slight tightness.

emoticon I won a Comprehensive Runner's Analysis from Premier Physical Therapy, lead by a doctor who is also a runner. He is at many of our races and has become a good friend. I scheduled an appointment this Wednesday to cash it in. We will discuss my issues and work on improving training and preventing injury!

emoticon I made a point to check my 10K split. Considering I crossed 2 bridges prior to that mark and stayed true to my 4:1 interval, I had a decent time. I'm ready for my 10K next Saturday.

emoticon I love seeing DSSECRETS having a good time at our races. After all, she's the one who led me to a healthy life. I also learn from her perspective and experience. I'm, blessed!

emoticonOn our way home from the race, (a 10 minute ride) we started talking about going to runs in St Augustine, Savannah, Nashville, Palm Beach, Miami, and Key West. I even mentioned the Flying Pig in "da Nati!" Then both of us just stared at each other. The experiences of this race alone said it all. We realized our lifestyle had totally changed...and we loved it!
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THIMBLER 2/1/2013 6:26AM

    I love reading your post race blogs.

You and D inspired me to sign up for Iron Girl in April. Actually, D inspires me because she inspires you! I picked the walking event as I don't think I am a runner. I can run a little, but everything seems to hurt when I run. So maybe one day, when I finally get consistant, I can call myself a runner.

I can't wait. I love the race atmosphere!!

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LAURAAT 1/28/2013 2:34PM

    I love reading your running blogs! So inspiring. I so, so wish I could run...so I hope I am one of those people you run for. :) Instead, I will try to stay content with walking, even though I am supposed to avoid that as well.
emoticon Can't wait for your next race, and next blog!

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AELARLEE1 1/28/2013 2:13PM

    What an inspiring blog post!! I too tend to talk to myself the whole race and umm, this might sound strange, but I like the discussions I have :)

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KPETSCHE 1/27/2013 9:37PM

    I love the fact that you and Darren have taken this lifestyle change together and support and challenge each other. I hope at some point that I can get my hubby to embrace a healthy lifestyle with me.

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KKKAREN 1/26/2013 7:12AM

    What a great lifestyle!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 1/25/2013 9:47PM

    "I need to start training on bridges! I haven't a clue on how to run on them. I found several great resources on Runner's World! "

You silly flatlanders. A bridge is lust a long hill.

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DEBBYFROMMT 1/25/2013 9:12PM

    Oh and cool bling! I couldn't really see it in your other pics!

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DEBBYFROMMT 1/25/2013 9:10PM

    Wow Monty, you are great! (now think about doing one up here). I know what you mean about eating after a race. When we (walked) a marathon at the Helena Governor's Cup, a friends husband had a big bottle of lemonade for me at the finish. I felt so water logged from drinking during the race I couldn't manage any of the lemonade. It takes quite a while before I can eat after a race. Fortunately at the Missoula Half they have bananas cut in half, orange halfs, bagels cut in quarters and a variety of multi grain and fruit cookies that seem to hit the spot. If they had other stuff I couldn't do it. I can't wait until the running season starts up here! (in March)

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ANDY_54 1/25/2013 8:39PM

    Wow, you did great! Love the shirt with running starfish, lol. Thanks for the recap and the lessons learned--always good to read! Congratulations!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/25/2013 7:50PM

    Totally agree with D's comment... prefer asphalt to sidewalks... especially up here with the freeze/thaw cycles that make for uneven footing!

Good report... I run because I can. I run for those who can't. What better motivation!

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DSSECRETS 1/25/2013 7:05PM

    For me, one of the biggest challenges during this race was the amount of time we spent on sidewalks. I much prefer the street asphalt - it seems to give a little where as the concrete doesn't.

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SLENDERELLA61 1/25/2013 6:43PM

    You are doing so great, Monty! That Runner's Analysis sounds like a super gift to win! Good for you!! Hope you'll share what you learn about runnning bridges. I wonder if it is different than running on hills. I intend to do some incline/hill work myself. Your support for Darren and her support for you is just beautiful!! Whether you decide to run full marathons or not, you are a super SparkFriends and a committed, inspiring runner!!-Marsha

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CASSIOEPIA 1/25/2013 6:20PM

    Love the post-race blogs. We have such a good time to think, as we try to keep our minds off the discomfort of the race!

I love the conversation you had with the female winner, and the prize you won. That would be awesome to go through that process.

And yes, our lives have changed in so many ways. Who knew, with those first healthy steps, where they would take us. And where they will take us yet! If you go to the Pig, there is quite a group assembling already (of SparkPeople). You'd be in good hands!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/25/2013 5:59PM

    I can so relate to your self talk during the race; not that I've ever run a half-marathon. However, it's in the gym where I have become a regular this past year that I find myself reflecting, self talking, learning, challenging, and planning for change in the future.

So when's the marathon? emoticon

Sounds like the healthy lifestyle suits you and wife just fine.

I continue to train for my first 5 km. As a matter of fact I need to get out of house soon to do Day 3 of training.

Great blog.


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KANDOLAKER 1/25/2013 5:18PM

    Loved your race recap and this lessons learned. Sounds like you did fabulous, even with the challenges afterwards. Congrats to you both!!

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STARDUSTD 1/25/2013 5:16PM

  Several thoughts on this. I'll limit it to your closing pix: that thought was one of my motivators when training for my 10K.
Go for 26.2! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/25/2013 5:10PM

    Excellent lessons!
During my half we had some random guy on the street start yelling that it was a race not a walk so start running...jerk!

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INSPIRATIONAL3 1/25/2013 4:28PM

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