Monday, March 10, 2014
Well I totally slacked on tracking my training and my weekly goals last week but that does not mean that I was not busy! Yesterday I completed another half marathon which was part of my training and I did surprisingly well! There weather is cooler than what I would typically like for a half marathon in general so I was so surprised when I actually PR'd the event!
Yesterday I did the Ocean's Run Half Marathon in South Kingstown, RI. With the race being right on the water I knew that the scenery would be extremely nice. Trimom productions put on the event and the owner does a lot of local events in RI. I must say that Kathy outdid herself on this event. As part of your registration fee which was pretty small, you got a choice between a long sleeve tech shirt OR a nice snuggie like embroidered fleece, of course I opted for the fleece.
Accompanying me once again for race day was my always faithful partner in crime, my mom AKA the Evil Coach and she was seriously excited about this race as she was doing the 5K. Bonus was that she also got a fleece as well as a finisher medal. The Evil One was so excited race morning that everyone she saw thought that she was running the half marathon too. She wanted to talk to everyone on race day about her "professional" racing background and ALLLLL the races she has run before.
This race had a pretty good turnout and I must say that after seeing yesterday's event I am convinced that I must get a costume or at least a tutu for these races! I was not really nervous about this race mainly because this was not the "main event" and this was just considered part of my training process. Also, I had a few words of wisdom from the Evil Coach..."run fast" was her parting advice. I did not take my fuel belt because this race promised water at every mile and I even double checked with a volunteer the day before...
I felt extremely good during this race. What was helpful was that I had just run 17 miles the week before as part of my training so this was seemingly a walk in the park. The race route was fairly packed for the first couple of miles but then after mile 3 things lightened up. There was quite a crowd running in this race which was really nice. Here were my POSITIVE observations out there on race day...
#1. There was a guy out there with a boombox in his fuel belt blasting techno music...LOVE IT! I turned off my I-POD, told him that I loved the music and just followed that guy! He slacked later on and I had to leave him but what a welcome distraction!
#2. My I-POD per usual NOTE to self: must purchase new I-POD - was low battery after mile 3 which means I had to save it which meant turning the d@mn thing off which allowed me to monitor my breath the whole way and soak in the scenery
#3. Gu Gels ROCK! I had a chocolate one early on which gave me a great pep in my step, THEN at like mile 8 there was this guy on a bike handing out Hammer gels to the runners...now typically I hate blueberry everything but that day I loved me some blueberry hammer gel pitts and all!
#4. Training so hard and putting in lots of miles makes you FASTER, true story...I was killing it for most of the course, I felt good and strong and I could have kicked it up a notch at the end if the race did not end in a muddy down hill and grass and there was no way I was spraining my foot!
#5. I LOVE the after party and this after party did not disappoint, in the finisher tent there was tons of food and free goodies throughout, I was super impressed with the amenities!
#6. Finisher medals rock! I always expect one for a half but seeing my mom's face with her medal - which by the way she PR'd her 5K time too and she wants everyone to know - is priceless!
#7. PR'd a half marathon with a time of 1:51:29 in MARCH which is good deal!
#8. Feeling of confidence that my marathon should go swimmingly!
Anyhow here are the stats...
Monday - 4M run, treadmill, 34:19
Tuesday - 8M run, 1:09:44
Wedneday - 8M run, treadmill, 68 mins
Thursday - 4M run outsides, 36:10
Friday - gym day, cross train
Saturday - 17M run, 2:35:49, 9:14 mins per mile
Monday - 4M run, treadmill, 34:19
Tuesday- 9M run, 1:18:25 outside
Wednesday - 4M run outside, 35:39
Thursday - OFF
Friday - Gym day, cross training
Saturday - OFF
Sunday - Half Marathon!!!