Wednesday Word: Wisdom

Deb Runs

Every Wednesday, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.

This week’s word is: Wisdom.

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In other words, wisdom doesn’t come from reading something in a book or listening to someone else.

It comes from experience.

Running Wisdom…How do we get that?

I’ve read running magazines.  I’ve attended lectures about running. I read running blogs and I talk to my running friends.

Even with all that, I’ve done stupid things:

  • running with pain
  • running too much
  • running too often
  • running not often enough
  • running too fast
  • running too slow
  • walking too much
  • not walking enough
  • not stretching
  • not doing strength training
  • not taking enough rest days
  • not doing speed drills
  • not doing hill repeats
  • starting out a race too fast
  • racing too often
  • racing not often enough

I could go on and on.

Have you done any of the above?

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running with a stress fracture = not wise

So how do we get wise?

We run and make mistakes and hopefully learn from our mistakes.  We say:  “Next time, I’ll…” If we don’t try, we’ll never learn.

We’ll never be done learning.  It’s on-going.

That’s what great about running.  We can always improve.

Happy Running! Are you a “wise” runner? What have you learned in the course of your running?

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Falcon 5K Race Recap

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So many races to choose from this weekend but I chose this one.

Not for the course but simply because it was on Sunday and my tennis friend (the one who started me running) was going to do the race and we hardly ever run together.

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racing together back in November

I am familiar with the course.  I used to run in this park quite often.  It is pretty but hilly.  What I do not like about this race is the fact that you repeat the loop. I always want to done after the first time around.

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I ran a race on this course a few years ago and my time was 28:16. So I guess that was the time I was aiming for. The big difference is that I didn’t have any half marathons on the schedule that fall. I ran one a week ago. I also have another in 2 weeks!!  That meant that I needed to add more miles after the race.

I woke up not in the mood to race.

I had a very frustrating Saturday. I had planned to help out a friend and proctor the LSATs, then drive to a former professor’s house to help her with her computer and then in the evening, go to the movies with friends.

I didn’t realize that I would be proctoring special accommodations and that I would be there for 7 1/2 hours. At that point, I wasn’t sure that I would have enough time to visit the professor and get to the movies.  So I postponed the visit until Sunday.

I had thought about going up to the lake on Sunday after the race but now that wouldn’t be possible.

Anyway, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Finally we had some cooler weather.  When I left my house, it was in the 40s but with bright sunshine. I refuse to dress as if summer is over.  I’ll be wearing those capris and tights for many many months.  So I shivered in a skirt and wore a jacket over my short sleeve shirt until the start of the race. (I almost wore a tank.)

I parked about 1/2 mile away and ran slowly to the start.

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When I arrived, I got a text that my friend had decided to bail on the race.  I was disappointed but I immediately found some runners that I knew. I also ran into some people that I used to work with.

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with Tom & Sherry

We hung out and chatted for a while. It warmed up quickly and I shed my jacket.

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It was soon time to start but we realized that we were at the finish line not the start.

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So we walked up a hill to the start.

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I should mention that this race was run for the high school booster club.  So there were a lot of kids running the race.

Were you Seen at the Albany Booster Club's Falcon 5K & Fun Run in Washington Park in Albany on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016? Photo: Diane Wilson

photo from the Times Union

The start was tricky….trying to run around the kids plus not getting run over by any.  I knew right away that this was not going to be a good race.  I was running as fast as I could and I was not moving.  My first mile is usually in the 8’s but it was 9:22.  Yikes!

Were you Seen at the Albany Booster Club's Falcon 5K & Fun Run in Washington Park in Albany on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016? Photo: Diane Wilson

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I love the course.  It is very pretty especially when you run around the lake. And this time, the second loop didn’t even bother me. But there are hills. I was determined not to walk.  I even passed the water stops.

I was not getting any faster so I finally gave up and walked during the 3rd mile. Luckily the finish was after a downhill so I sprinted as fast as I could so I would not finish over 29 minutes. And I crossed at 28:39.

Splits:

mile 1: 9:22
mile 2: 9:24
mile 3: 9:21
.1 – 6:50

28:36 (Garmin time)

Tom and Sherry had already finished so we hung out and got some food while waiting for the results.

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found my friend’s granddaughter & boyfriend

Were you Seen at the Albany Booster Club's Falcon 5K & Fun Run in Washington Park in Albany on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016? Photo: Diane Wilson

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It seemed to take forever but I guess it was worth the wait since we all won.

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I came in first, got my medal and had to rush off.

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2 professors from where I used to work (the one taking the photo and the one with the medal)

It was much later than I realized so I had to run back to my car. I rushed to Best Buy to pick up something I had on order and then stopped on my way home to run.  I had already run 1/2 mile to and from the race so I needed to run 5-7 more miles…. in a half  hour. Ha ha ha!!

I got in two miles and called it a day.  6 interrupted miles for my last long run….it will have to do.

I was able to get to the professor’s house and help her.  It took no time at all (if I had known, I could have done it on Saturday.) Then I went grocery shopping, weeded and finished the laundry.

I was sad to miss out on a beautiful boating day.  There may not be many more this season.

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our friend Ron with my hubby

Next weekend, I get to do it all over again.

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A Saturday 5K and hopefully some extra miles to prepare for my October 9 half marathon. And I am leaving Sunday open for boating.

And since it’s Tuesday, I’m linking up with these wonderful ladies:

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life

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Today’s topic is The most challenging aspect of running right now is _______.

My answer is FITTING IT ALL IN!!!!

Family, friends, work, housekeeping, training runs, races, tennis, gym (yes, order here matters).

I don’t know how you working moms do it.  I just have to take care of myself (My hubby is pretty self sufficient) and I struggle everyday to fit in my runs and not neglect the rest of my life.  In the scheme of things, running is not a priority. But I do want to train adequately for my races.

Any advice, you superwomen?

The second most challenging thing (because I can never stick to one thing) is improving BOTH my 5k and my half marathon times.

When I race and train long, I run slower, of course.  I haven’t figured out how to get faster on those short races.  But I don’t want to give up half marathons.  So the answer may be that I can’t run faster 5ks and faster half marathons at the same time.

Any advice?

Happy Running! What challenges you the most in your running?

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Monday Running Update

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Last Week:

  • Monday –  Tonight was our first Troy Turkey Trot Training group run.  So even though I ran 13.1 miles the day before, I had to go. It was a kind of reunion with the 10K runners.  I just took it very slow. My favorite coach Patrick was leading the intermediate group so we had a new guy.  He had up run outside the park and UPHILL for the first half of the run.

  • Tuesday – First night of indoor tennis. Since I started back at work, I haven’t played at all. Glad to get a little exercise and meet up with friends.
  • Wednesday – Unfortunately I had to miss my STEM volunteering since I had dinner plans with my tennis friends.  I also had to work late so I had to skip my run.

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  • Thursday – I discovered a walking trail near where I work so I don’t have to walk around the shopping mall.

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I met Alyssa and Barbara for a run after. It was warm (again!) but we had a pretty good run.

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Afterwards, I met a friend for dinner and drinks at an Irish pub.

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tart cheery hard cider, curry chicken salad & split the Guinness cheescake

  • Friday –  Since I skipped my run on Wednesday, I decided to run today.  Natalie agreed to accompany me.

Afterwards, I had my weekly mah jongg game.

  • Saturday –  Today I proctored the LSATs (where I used to work) for 7 1/2 hours. (I had thought it would be only 3 hours and I would have time to visit a former professor to help her on her computer but I did not have time so I postponed it until Sunday.)

no exercise but i finished knitting a sock snd read a great book.

In the evening I went to the movies with friends.

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so fun – really enjoyed it!

  • Sunday – Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K race. I had planned on another flatter course but got talked into this one by a friend. My friend did not show but it was still a fun race.  The weather was perfect. However my legs were more tired than I expected (from those 13.1 miles last weekend?) so this was one of my slowest 5ks this year.
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still won 1st in my age group

Afterwards I had planned to run more miles and make it my long run.  However, I had to go to a former professor’s house to help her with her computer. I had stuff to do around the home. I had to go grocery shopping, etc. So it didn’t happen.  I ran 1/2 mi to and from the race and 2 miles after.  6 miles for the day instead 11.  C’est la vie!

15.4 miles done with 4 runs and 3 rest days. (recovery week)

This Week:  

  • Monday Turkey Trot Training group run (3 miles)
  • Tuesday –  rest, tennis
  • Wednesday –  4 mile run with friends + volunteering with STEM group
  • Thursday –  rest, hair appt
  • Friday –  rest, mah jongg chez moi
  • Saturday – 5k race + 7 more
  • Sunday  boating?
Once again, I am linking up for the Weekly Wrap hosted by these wonderful bloggers Holly @ HoHoRuns and Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin.   See rules here.
http://hohoruns.blogspot.com

Happy Running! How is your running going?  Any races?

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Friday Five: Missing The Old Job

It’s Friday so I am linking up with three DC area bloggers Mar at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC .  Anyone can join with their own Friday Five post (yes, it must be a Friday Five!!)  They encourage you to visit other blogs on the linkup, comment, share and engage!

If you read my blog, you know that I was laid off from my job after 10 years and now I have a new one.

My Friday Topic is Five Reasons I Miss My Old Job. That is the running related reasons.

1. The treadmill

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Ok.  I hate the treadmill.  But it was really convenient to have one in the building to squeeze in a lunchtime run and after work, if it were raining or too icy to run outdoors.

Now, I have to drive to my free gym.  There’s one at work but you have to pay to use it.😦

2. Nearby Running Routes

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along the lake in the park

I was fortunate to work near a beautiful park and many city neighborhoods.

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Now I work near an outdoor shopping center and some main roads.

Now I have to drive to nearby UAlbany to run around the campus.

3. The Track

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The track was another nearby place to run during lunch or after work.  It was great for speed workouts or just when you wanted a surface easy on the feet.

Now I have to drive to run on a college or high school track. (And I doubt that I will.)

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I used to have my own office plus an hour for lunch.  Especially when it wasn’t so hot, I would change into my running clothes and go for a run during lunchtime.

Now I have a cubicle and only 1/2 hour for lunch.  It is convenient to walk around the shopping center (where there is a Starbucks) but that’s about it. My running is now done after work unless I drag myself out of bed in the morning. (I also go to work an hour earlier.)

5. Running Conversations

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selfie with a professor & the Dean after the Freihofer’s 5K

Where I used to work, there were so many staff and faculty who were runners.  We participated in races together (Corporate Challenge and Charity Races) and kept up-to-date on each other’s successes (and injuries.)  I even inspired two co-workers to start running.

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Race for the Cure team

** Enough time off for race-cations. 

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race-cation in Sarasota, FL

In my old job, I got 6 weeks off plus 2 weeks at Christmastime.  I used to take at least two race-cations each year in addition to Fridays off to run some NYC races.

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Now, I only get 3 weeks off per year (and nothing for the first 6 mos.)

** I also miss the PEOPLE, the things I did for my job, the salary and the benefits!!!

Not to be a Debbie Downer, there are some positives:

  1. I had 12 weeks off this summer – PAID!! I was able to do a lot of hiking, running, boating and playing tennis.
  2. I don’t have to worry anymore about finding a job, earning a paycheck and having health insurance.
  3. I am learning new things.
  4. I am meeting new people.
  5. I will travelling around NYS for my job.  Hopefully I will get to squeeze in some runs in some new places.

Happy Running! What would you miss if you changed jobs?

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TOLT: Training, Racing, Working, etc.

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Since it is Thursday,  I’m linking up today with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.

Here’s what I’m thinking about today:

Racing vs Training

It’s no secret that I prefer to race than train.  Training isn’t fun.  There’s no pressure.  But I kinda like the pressure.

So I have two more halfs planned – Oct 9 and Dec 3.

And I will probably race every weekend …cuz that’s what I do.

On that note, there were so many choices this weekend. I am busy on Saturday so that’s leaves Sunday.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016 9:30 am – Washington Park

I choose this one simply because I have friends running it.  It is a 2 loop course with hills.  I hate loops and hills are not my friend but whatever. I am assuming that the course is similar to the Teal Ribbon Ovarian Cancer Race that I ran a few years ago.

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It’s at this race that I heard about the Troy Turkey Trot training group – I am in it now for the 3rd year.

And then afterward I will continue running around the area for at least 5 more miles.

Runner’s High

No PRs yet but I am still feeling good about my most recent race times.

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Half Marathon in 2:11:56 – my 2nd best time – 2 minutes 17 sec off a PR

They changed the results and I did win 3rd in my age group.  The race organizer has the hat that I won.

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5k time 27:30 – 3rd best 5k time 20 sec off a PR

Work  &  Time

It seems like I won’t be really working 8 am – 4 pm.  It could involve working until 7 pm.  It could involve being out of town for 2 to 5 days at a time (with NO time to run.)

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my mobile training lab – these babies weigh 80 lbs each! I think I need to do some strength training.

This will really cut into my running time.  And the dates are out of my control.

I can run 5ks without training but 13.1 miles?? That would be painful and too risky injury-wise.

Plus I get very little time off. (I already registered for the Dec & Mar halfs so I have to take those days without pay😦 )

What to do???

I need a Sugar daddy so I can quit my job!

Only kidding…

I will do my best to fit it all in.  When there’s a will, there’s a way.  Or else I’ll stick to the short local races and work on speed. (Will I be done at 24 half marathons until retirement?)

There are more things in my head but since I never have time any more & my lunch 1/2 hour is over, I’ll stop here.

Happy Running! What’s on your mind today?

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Wednesday Word: Accomplish

Deb Runs

Every Wednesday, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.

This week’s word is:

These are some of things we may want to ACCOMPLISH or “succeed in doing” by RUNNING (in no particular order):

  • Lose weight.
  • Get toned.
  • Get fitter.
  • Get stronger.
  • Be healthier.
  • Meet people.
  • Get rid of stress.
  • Relax.
  • Be able to eat/drink whatever we want
  • Earn medals.
  • Win prizes.
  • Be a role model.
  • Inspire others.
  • Visit new places.
  • Take risks.
  • Be one with nature.
  • Sleep better.
  • Enter races.
  • Cross finish lines.
  • Challenge ourselves.
  • Improve our mood.
  • Get some alone time.
  • Feel younger.
  • Look younger.
  • Live longer.
  • Wear cute outfits.
  • Get sponsorships.
  • Blog.
  • Brag.
  • Be awesome.

Happy Running! What do you hope to “accomplish” by running?

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Saratoga Palio Half Maration Recap

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Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 – 7:45 am

Half Marathon Training

Training?  What’s that?  Only kidding… I tried to get in all my double digit runs.  Only one took place after a race. Being unemployed helped.  I was able to do some of my long runs on a Monday and not mess up boating time with the hubby.

During the week, I always ran 3 times and usually for 3-4 miles.  No drills…just plain running.  Sometimes alone but many times this year with a friend.  The ones with a friend were my better runs.

And then during my LAST run, I fell. Hard! I landed on my right shoulder and my knees.  (My left knee hurt worse though the right but the right bled more than the left…go figure!.)  I was pretty sore for the next two days.  I wondered if I would be able to run.  But you know me. If I would run with a broken foot and a stress fracture, I would run with a sore shoulder and knee. The question being how much would it affect my running.

Pre-Race Preparations

Runners start the race in downtown Saratoga Springs along Broadway Avenue, and from there they head south down along Broadway toward Saratoga Spa Park. From there, they spend the next few miles of the race running through the park’s roads and trails. Later, the course heads north along Nelson Avenue all the way back into downtown, and next brings runners north up into the finish line in Congress Park.

I was told that the course had changed recently.  It used to be much more scenic and you would run around the race track and near Skidmore College.  Now, it is mostly in the park so they don’t have to worry about road closures. (*In reading some blogs & FB, I found out that they changed the course this year and it is hillier but favorably received.)

Anyway, below is a map of the course:

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More importantly this was the elevation:

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Yup.  I see some hills but compared to VCM, Lake George and Celebrate Life, this is nothing!

I decided to wear what I wore at a previous 5k but added compression socks and changed to an orange hat (had to match the Palio colors, right?)

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this SkirtSports skirt is one of my fav and the top is old but comfy.

The weather was predicted to be cool but HUMID with a strong chance of rain and maybe thunderstorms.

Rain is not my favorite weather to run in.  It also ruins both the pre and post race activities. And humidity is the worst.  But you can’t control the weather.

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a rainy race in Saratoga – but at least I only ran the 5k

To save time on race morning and to scope out the parking situation, I drove up the day before and picked up my race packet.  There’s a parking lot in front of the hotel and a block from the start.  I was planning to park there again on race day.

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long sleeved tech shirt but uni-sex so it is big!

There was supposed to an expo but there’s wasn’t much of anything.  I just bought some Gu and went for a walk down Broadway.

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There was a 50% off coupon in our race packet so I just had to…

Then I walked to Congress Park and I met up with a friend.  We chatted for a while and then I walked back to my car and headed home.

Saratoga, esp. Broadway is one of my favorite places to stroll. And the weather was perfect. (Too bad the race wasn’t on Saturday instead of Sunday.)

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Race Day

I got up early (like 5:00 am) and had my usual race breakfast of cream of wheat and tea. It was nice to sleep in my own bed before a big race (although I really didn’t sleep well…as usual.)

I left around 5:45 am and it was POURING!!!!!!  I was thinking that this weather would make for a very uncomfortable 13.1 miles!  It was supposed to be cool out but it was already almost 70 degrees.

As I got closer to Saratoga, the rained had virtually stopped.

I parked in the same location as the day before.

As I pulled into the parking lot, Jenn, the organizer of STEM pulled in, as well.  So we walked up the start together since we both thought that there were restrooms in the Convention Center.  There are but it wasn’t open yet so we walked back to the hotel and used them there.

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I must have been optimistic that the sun would come out. It didn’t until the race was over. So I never wore those sunglasses LOL

It was early so we had plenty of time.  Then we walked back to the start and waited for the race to begin. It was drizzling on and off but nothing to worry about it.

I bumped into so many people that I knew.  Some running the 5k like Holly and Tom and many running the half.  I was looking for my running buddy Alyssa but never found her.

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with my goofy friend Tom

Soon it was time for the crowd of 1200 or so to take off.

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A lot of the race is a blur but here’s how I remember it:

Miles 1-4:

9:19, 9:39, 9:38, 9:52

I was planning to run a consistent pace of around 10mm but as you can see, I started out too fast. Everyone was passing me by.  I kept wondering how they could run so fast at the beginning of a half marathon.

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The course started us running down Broadway.  It was a slight incline but nothing too bad.  Then we  headed down Route 9 (So)  until we turned around at Crescent Ave and headed back on Rte 9 the same way.  There was a water stop around mile 2 and I walked.  I walked through ALL the water stops. Next we turned and ran around the backside of the park and eventually down Avenue of the Pines. At this point, the rain had started again but it felt good. It was sooo humid!

I was feeling very strong in the early miles. There were mile markers at every mile and a clock at the 5k, 10K, and 15k points . I think my 5k time was around 29 minutes.

My quilting friend/runner, Terry’s son and daughter were also running the race.  Her son Jeff was pushing someone in a carriage.  I tried to keep them in my sight.  I was hoping to catch up and say hello.

Miles 5-8:

10:09, 9:50, 10:08, 9:56

We continued to run around the park for the next few miles. Finally around mile 5.5 there was the 2nd water stop.  Here I walked and took a GU. I still felt good and my 10K time was about 1:01. At the halfway point, my time was about 1:03. That, of course, put PR thoughts in my head.  I tried to dismiss them but they wouldn’t go away! There was another water stop around mile 8 so I walked and took one more GU.

I lost Jeff but caught up with Terry’s daughter, Kelly. We chatted for a bit and she proceeded to tell me that her mom Terry was being pushed in the stroller because she had a stress fracture.  I was shocked plus he was running so fast.  She said that he was practicing because he was going to be pushing his father (who has MS) in the MCM marathon in a few weeks. Amazing!

Miles 9-12:

10:37, 10:29, 10:33, 9:50

We were still running around the park.  Here is where things started to get ugly.  My back was getting achy and my feet were starting to hurt.  But the pain was still bearable.  At mile 9, we hit the biggest hill of the race.  I started to run up it but then decided that it was too late in the race for that and walked/ran it. There continued to be smaller but annoying hills after that.  My 15k time had slowed down to 1:33.

Soon we exited the park, ran down Rte 9. Around mile 10, my nose started to run. Nope, it was a BLOODY NOSE!!!! Did I have tissues? Nope!  So I kept running and wiping it with one arm, then the other.  Sorry if I am grossing you out.  It wouldn’t stop bleeding so I had to keep stopping to wipe it with my shirt.  (Good thing I wore than old shirt and not an expensive one.)  I kept running but I had to run with my head up and I probably wasn’t breathing right because soon I got a side stitch.

After Rte 9, we headed back into the park and down Avenue of the Pines, past the baths and finally out of the park for good. We crossed Rte 9 and ran down Crescent Ave, turned onto Jefferson, then onto Circular, and finally Spring St. where we could hear that we were getting close to the finish line.

Thankfully, my nose stopped bleeding by the end mile 12 and my side stitch went away.  At this point, I just wanted to be done. I walked and took my last GU and tried to pick up speed (but there wasn’t much left in the tank.)

Mile 13-14:

10:08, 8:27

It seemed like the finish line would never come.  And one more hill at the end.  Not fun!  I think I ran up it and tried through sprint through the finish line.  The clock read 2:11:xx and I wanted to at least beat 2:12.

Gun Time: 2:12:01
Chip Time: 2:11:56

Post Race:

I got my medal (and a bumper sticker) and immediately went to find a rest room to wash off the blood from my face and arms. I looked like a zombie.  (Now you know why you do not see any finisher pictures here!)

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Then I went to get some food.  There was a pretty nice spread – bananas. muffins, cookies, pizza, etc.  I ate it all.

I also bumped into Terry and her family. She was pretty bummed about her injury and  having to miss so many races (Ragnar, MCM and several others).

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Next I checked the results on their computer.

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I was a little disappointed to not get an age group award.  I was getting used to always winning them. However, I didn’t realize at the time that they had listed Terry as finishing 2nd in the same age group.  She didn’t run but was pushed so technically I did win 3rd place!!

After chatting with some other runners, I walked back to my car to change out of my sweaty bloody shirt. Since they gave a coupon for free beer and food at a local bar called Druthers, I decided to check it out.

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I’m not a beer drinker but free is free. They also had mac n cheese and cheese burgers and a band playing.  I hung out for a little while since there were some runners that I knew.

Additional race reflections:

The Good:

  • No hard rain.
  • Close enough to be able to sleep in my own bed the night before.
  • Organized packet pick-up
  • Real bathrooms before and after the race.
  • Dry place to wait before the race.
  • Lots of familiar and friendly faces.
  • Enthusiastic volunteers.
  • Scenic course esp. through the park.
  • No major injuries. (just a nose bleed – it’s always something!)
  • Immediate race results from a computer.
  • Nice selection of refreshments – the pizza and muffins were delish.
  • Free beer & food at a local bar.
  • Had my second best half marathon finish time ever.

The Bad:

  • No bag check and the start and end were in different places.
  • Big Hill at mile 9.
  • Hill right before the finish line.

The Ugly:

  • Bloody Nose and no tissues.

So there are way more positives than negatives!!! Overall, it was a great race.  I loved it!.

Would I recommend this race?

Yes. Yes. Yes.  I don’t usually repeat half marathons but if I did, I would run this one again.

Final Stats:

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I definitely slowed down as the race went on.  I always do.  Miles 6-10 were about 3 minutes slower than miles 1-5. Miles 11-13 were even slower.  Nevertheless, I was very happy with how I ran the race.  I felt stronger than I have in a half marathon in a long time.  All my split times were 9  or 10 mm.  Nothing slower!! I was only 2 minutes slower than my PR in January 2015.  I had given up hope of having a fast half.  I thought my PR was a fluke since all my other recent half marathon finish times have been between 2:17 and 2:35.  So now if I could run a flat half in cool temps with no injuries…just maybe?

Next Up:

A few 5ks and then another half marathon.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

I’ve never done one so close in time. 3 weeks apart! Yikes!

But I’m looking forward nice fall weather and enjoying my races/runs.


And since it’s Tuesday, I’m linking up with these wonderful ladies:

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life

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Today’s Topic is: Best Running Advice.

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This is what I got from my No Boundaries Mentor when I first started running:

“When it comes to doing your best, it’s the thoughts that count. When it comes to running – or any other endurance sport – your mind can be your biggest asset or your worst enemy. Enjoying your training and achieving your best performances is not simply down to physical conditioning; your mental states and, particularly, the thoughts that run through your mind can affect the way you feel during exercise.”

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Happy Running!  Any advice for running two halfs close together?  Ever had a bloody nose during a race?

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