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I Have A Need for Speed (2/13-2/19)

This week was a bit rougher, training wise. My stomach was feeling “off” for lack of a better word, on and off the whole second half of the week. Luckily it never turned into anything. Bryan also had shoulder surgery Monday, so there has been a lot of extra house duties for me recently. Also, I’m tired.

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Monday cross. 2000 meter swim. I focused a LOT on technique and drills this time, following a suggested workout from a website I found posted on Facebook. The theory here is you have to go slower in order to go faster, and I can tell you without a doubt I have zero issue with the slower part.

Tuesday tempo. 2 miles @ 7:50 (half pace), 3 min recovery, 2 miles @ 7:33 (10k pace), 3 min recovery, 2 miles @ 7:16 (5k pace). I changed things up from the book a bit and took a suggestion from the one we call the “wise man”. I remember wondering how on earth I was supposed to manage 2 5k pace miles (7:06) after 2 half and 2 10k. Because I couldn’t. I mean logically, my 5k pace is an all out effort for 3 miles. If I can run that pace after 4 speedier miles, I wasn’t running fast enough. Turns out I didn’t read the workout correctly. I was supposed to do ONE 5k mile or 2 half miles at 5k pace. So yeah.

Wednesday speed. kinda. 2 miles @ 7:05 (goal was 7), 2 miles at 7:46 (goal was 7:50), with 1 WU, 1 CD. This was the weekly pub run put on by the local Fleet Feet store. Wise man suggested I do both sets at half pace, but I wanted some speed also so figured I’d split the difference. I had a few issues here. First, my stomach wasn’t feeling great. Second, I was still tired from the workout the day before. Third, I did the two miles on the local trail which has inclines. Pathetically small ones, but when you’re doing speed work, they might as well be Mt Everest. Then, by the time we started the group run it was dark, so I ended up going faster in order to keep the lead runners in sight. Well, can’t win them all.

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I am in here somewhere

Thursday cross. 40 minutes trainer intervals, 10 minutes lower body. 

Friday REST

Saturday long. 12 miles. 2 easy, 8 @ 7:50, 2 easy. My watch had satellite issues AGAIN and skipped .15 miles somewhere into the first faster mile, and dipped over a minute in average lap pace somewhere in mile 9. I did it, but it wasn’t easy, and I’m not sure where I’m going to pull another 5 miles at that pace from. Thin air maybe. Here is hoping taper helps, because I’m pooped.

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Sunday cross/easy. 55 minutes yoga/2 easy stroller miles @ 9:02. I did rock a nice headstand.

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And I forgot to mention it last week, but still doing the plank challenge and attempting to take some creative pictures.

See Bryan waving on the left? He didn’t remember me taking it. 10 minutes later he asked me if I took his picture. HAHA

Bring on taper. I am ready.

I Have A Need for Speed (2/6-2/12)

Ugh and I’ve fallen behind again. I’m blaming this one on Bryan’s recent shoulder surgery.

Monday – cross. 1800 meters. In short, I’m still slow.

Tuesday -tempo. 7 miles @ 7:46/mile. With only a little over 3 weeks left I really wanted to run some more race pace miles, so I substituted the books’ tempo for this one. I felt good for the majority of the run, save for a side stitch I had to stop for for a bit because I couldn’t just run through it. And wise man says to try to finish faster, so that was my goal. My only complaint was it was getting warm quickly and was 65 degrees once I was done, and I could really tell those last couple miles.

Wednesday speed. 3×2000 (1.25 miles) at 6:55. NAILED IT, with a 6:54, 6:49, 6:47. HELL YEAH!

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Thursday easy run/cross. 3 stroller miles/yoga. Ok, so I know this sounds ridiculous, but I really don’t like sweatpants. Not for myself, or for my kids. But Miles has this one pair that he now refers to as his “running pants”, and so now I have a soft spot for them. He insisted on wearing them for today’s run and asked me at least 6 times when he could “run on the sidewalk”.

Friday – rest day

Saturday – long run. 10 miles at 8:10. I mixed this one up a bit too, again hoping to get in some more race pace miles, so I ran 5 miles at 8:30 and 5 at race pace. I had some issues with my satellite and think a couple were a few seconds off (my lap pace had a crazy range and I check it pretty often), and my allergies were acting up so it wasn’t perfect, but I did it. YES.

Sunday – cross. 45 minutes yoga. Honestly I didn’t feel like doing much of anything, but I knew my muscles were tight and needed to stretch a bit at least, so yoga seemed like the logical solution.

3 weeks to go!

I Have A Need for Speed (1/9-1/15)

Operation Run Faster continues. With about 7 weeks left to the Myrtle Beach half, its getting close to time to decide if my goal is doable.

Monday – swimming barely not drowning.  1800 meters. It is ridiculous how quickly you lose swimming stamina, especially when you suck at it anyway. I’ve only been sporatic about going since I got my Ironman tattoo, and over the holidays. I considered skipping it agin and just picking back up after vacation, but decided it suck it up and go. It was 30 degrees outside. The water really wasn’t bad as long as you were moving, but after about an hour my fingertips were numb, and it took me the rest of the afternoon to thaw. On the plus side, a fellow swimmer saw my tattoo and said I was a badass, so there’s that 🙂

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This pic worked better in my head

Tuesday tempo fail. 6 miles at 7:50/mile. Figuring I had enough weeks of tempo and speed runs under my belt I figured I’d try 6 miles at goal race pace. Well, something messed up on my watch about .75 miles in and my pace jumped from 7:50 to 7:20. I dunno if the satellites were just off, or if I was really running that quickly (I suspect a combo), and then I felt thrown off for the rest of it. Combined with asthma lungs and 32 degrees, this run required a few rest stops and felt much harder than it should have.

Wednesday speed work. 3x (2x 1200) with 2/4 min rest intervals. Actual goal pace here was around a 6:45, but with the half marathon coming up (that I planned to run as a training run but knew myself well enough to know I wouldn’t) I knocked the pace down a bit and averaged between 6:49-6:55. Because SC loves to fit as many seasons as possible in 48 hours, it was 68 degrees during the better part of this run.

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Subscribe to purchase our future track calendar – haha

Thursday easy run. 4 miles with stroller. Running snacks! And my kid knows me because Miles asked me 5 min in if I had to pee (I didn’t, but I did later).

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Ya’ll – they are heavy

Friday rest day

Saturday Charleston Half Marathon. 13.1 miles @ 8:09/mile. Not a PR but a good solid improvement from my 8:46 average at Sweet Tea. Also, there were yummy Mimosas. Recap to come.

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John looks like a pirate

Sunday rest day, since we spent the majority of it in the car.

I Have a Need for Speed (1/2 – 1/8)

Happy New Year, friends! 2016 was a BIG year for me in terms of my running and triathlon goals, so 2017 is going to be boring in comparison. And hopefully faster 🙂

Monday – tempo run. 5 miles @ 7:41 with .5WU/.5CD Typically Monday is my pool day but the twins’ daycare was closed for the New Year holiday and I didn’t feel like it was fair of me to ask my parents to watch the twins for a swim and work both, so I ran. Since the twins were home with me, this run was done on the treadmill. It wasn’t pretty. I did manage to maintain a steady 7:41 with one break to beg the twins to leave me alone and get some water, but an already difficult run was made more difficult when my apparently oblivious kids started asking me WHAT I WAS DOING. I am running. What does it look like? Miles joined me for my cool down, though.

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Walk time!

Tuesday – ride/HIIT 25 minute ride/35 min HIIT. It was on the warmer side with some rain expected later. The weather said there was a 38% chance of rain. 1.5 miles from home it starts to rain. WEATHER LIES. I was already out so I turned around once it started to do more than drizzle and headed back home to dry my bike off, and did two sets of high intensity interval workouts with some yoga stretching.

Wednesday – speed. 1 mile, 2 miles, 2×800 with 400/800m recovery, WU and CD – 7.25 miles total. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect speed wise with these intervals. According to my half goal, I needed to run the mile in 6:49 and 2 in about 14:04, then both 800’s in 3:16. I decided to tone it down a bit and shoot for a 7:00 and then a 14:10-14:15, but surprised myself yet again and ran the mile in 6:50 and the 2 mile in 14:06. My 800’s suffered though, with a 3:26 and 3:23, but by then I hardly cared.I ran a 7:06 and 7:01 consecutively and didn’t die, and though running another mile wasn’t happening, it tells me the training is working and I am getting faster!

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I AM FABULOUS

Thursday trainer 35 minutes AM/ arms and abs 30 minutes PM. I woke up with a scratchy throat. We had some company the night before so could only squeeze in 35 minutes, but that was fine because I hate the trainer. My last kid canceled so I hit the Y and did a set of arm weights, 5 pull ups (3 then 2) and a set of abs including planks. I also did a short and light set of hips. By then I had some nice head congestion but not enough to warrant skipping. Hot chocolate helped a little.

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no, the tissues aren’t used

Friday rest day . long run. 12 miles @ 8:18/mile. Faced with the decision to either run with a head cold or try to bear through freezing rain (or 12 miles on Satans Sidewalk) the next day, I medicated up (relax, I took one Sudafed), put my shoes on after work and headed out. This run was easier than the same distance attempt 2 weeks ago, but was still challenging by the end, so still work to do. Though, the cold probably didn’t help. Also, rain likes me because again, even though the chance of rain was 1%, it rained lightly almost the whole run.

Saturday –nothing. I literally did nothing. All day.I cursed my cold.

Sunday yoga. Painful yoga. Starting to feel better, but still pretty tired, it wasn’t my best yoga session ever.

My Year in Running – 2015

 

1. My main goal for this 2015 was: finish a post twins marathon

2. My Running Shoes: Asics GT- 2000

3. Favorite running gear item of 2015: Garmin 920xt – technically triathlon but it tracks running too so it counts.

4. Playlist screenshot: My phone is currently not working, so here are my top 10 most played songs (usually while running)

  • Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
  • The Hills – The Weeknd
  • Worth it – Fifth Harmony
  • Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
  • Stand By You – Rachel Platten
  • The Heart Wants What it Wants – Selena Gomez
  • Desire – Meg Myers
  • Politik – Coldplay
  • Most Muse songs
  • Black and Yellow (yes, it has a good beat) – Wiz Khalifa

5. Number of races- Break it down:
5k – 4 (Turtle 5k, Sanagree Sombrero 5k, Moms Run 5k, James Island Connector Run)
10k – 0
Half – 1 (Sweet Tea Half Marathon)
Marathon – 1 (Myrtle Beach Marathon)
Other: 2 sprint triathlons (James Island 1 and James Island 2) and 1 olympic distance triathlon (Kiawah)

6. Most difficult race & why: The Sanagree Sombrero 5k – it was humid that day and my sinuses were angry which made for an interesting race

7. Favorite fun run: Insane Inflatables!!!!!

8. Favorite course: eh, no favorites.

9. Race I want to run again: Mom’s Run

10. Best bling/shirt from a race: I won 3rd in my age group at sweet tea and got a nice glass 🙂

11. PR/PB: Half Marathon – 1:44:48/ Marathon 4:02:48

12. Longest run: 20 miles

13. Out of state runs: none

14. Total miles ran: 971.3 – I would have easily gotten 1000 if I hadn’t aggravated my PSOAS and had to skip some runs. Grrrrr.

15. Favorite motivational/inspirational quote of 2015: Nothing worth doing is easy.

16. Lessons I’ve learned: Don’t take finishing for granted!

17. Injuries I battled and overcame: still battling the aggravated PSOAS but getting better

18. 3-5 Most inspiring people: List their blog, twitter or instagram-wherever you follow them:

  • Tami – girl finished her 5th FULL ironman this year
  • Amy – she works hard, trains hard, and even when she doesn’t do as well as she’d hoped (which usually means she still did pretty well) she has a great attitude about it and just picks up and tries again. You can read her blog here
  • Nicolasa – she is training for the Boston Marathon with Team in Training. You can read her blog here

19. Favorite place on social media to connect with runners: Facebook

20. 2 goals for next year: 1. Finish a Half Ironman 2. PR 2 race distances

Disney Marathon Training – Week 8

This week was a fantastic week training wise.

Monday – cross training. Swim 1600m. This week I did a 400m warm up, followed by 800m of various drills, focusing mostly on form and bilateral breathing. Afterwards I did a 400m cool down.

Tuesday – tempo run. 8 miles total. Goal: 1 mile easy/6 miles @7:59/1 mile easy. It was FINALLY a cool morning again and it showed in my mile times. 9:19, 8:02, 7:55, 7:57, 7:54, 8:00 (inclines on this one), 7:54, 8:55. Averaged 7:57on the tempo portion. Admittedly, the tempo part felt harder than I thought it should considering I’m shooting for an 8:00 average half marathon on Saturday. Still, I killed this run so win.

Wednesday – speed work. 1 mile warm up, 12×400 @ 1:39 with 1:30 rest in between and 2:30 min break at the halfway point. 1 mile cool down. I looked forward to the shorter distance speed work this week and we had a rather large turnout at the track this week. People were FLYING (and I think not resting the full 1:30) and it was hard to not want to jump in with the larger group. As it was most of my splits were faster than written: 1:34, 1:37, 1:37, 1:37, 1:37, 1:37 (not sure I could do that again if I tried), 1:36, 1:34, 1:36, 1:36, 1:33, 1:22. Virginia challenged me to a race on that last one and my competitive nature couldn’t say no. I even said NO I AM NOT SPRINTING and I did anyway.

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Thursday – active rest day. Resting two full days before the Kiawah Triathlon served me well so I decided to do it again this time around. I suppose maybe “rest” isn’t the right word because I still took the twins for a nearly 3 mile walk, but I wasn’t running, biking, swimming, or increasing my heart rate too much so I counted it. Plus this:

and 3...2..1....AWWWWWW
and 3…2..1….AWWWWWW

Friday – actual, legit rest day. No wait, it wasn’t. I did 30 minutes of yoga because my quads were tight from my little unplanned 400m race on that last lap. I also spent the day stretching like crazy and then took an epsom salt bath and  slathered muscle cream on them before bed. I went sleep hoping they’d feel better in the morning. #don’tracebeforeraceday

Saturday – long run, but a cut back week. 13 miles. Also the Sweet Tea Half Marathon. Goal pace for plan was 8:50 but it was a race so lets be realistic. If I’m signing up for a race I’m racing it. My ultimate goal was a 1:45 finish or an 8:01/mile average. I ran a 1:45:06 4 years ago, hadn’t really come close since and was starting to wonder if maybe it wasn’t doable. It started to feel like a realistic goal again recently after running weekly speed work and following this plan. My quads cooperated well (yay!). My pyriformis acted up a little (boo) but I FINALLY got my speed back! Stay tuned for a recap.

Sunday – cross training/active recovery day. I considered a “recovery run” but my pyriformis is still acting up and tomorrow’s massage couldn’t come at a better time. I did 50 minutes of yoga and made myself refrain from doing anything else. My sister and I took the twins to the playground and thoroughly enjoyed some slide static hair.

It's electric
It’s electric

8 down 8 to go!

2014 Recap

Hard to believe I’m already in my 4th year of blogging.  A recap of 2014. (Click the links to see a recap of 2011,  2012 and 2013)
1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
  •  Hurt my back
  • Competed in my first sprint (or any, for that matter) triathlon
  • Swam for longer than it takes to get from one end of the pool to the other
  • Got Invisalign
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

2014

  • Run 6 half marathons (pending this most recent butt/back injury) – Nope, it took longer than I hoped to recover so I only ran 2
  • PR a race – YES – thought it was a “post baby” PR, I still haven’t gotten as fast as pre baby
  • Make it to a year of breastfeeding YES – though technically a few days shy, I still count it
  • Read 25 books NOPE – I’m honestly not sure how many I read, but no more than 10-15
  • Spend less time glued to my phone NOPE

2015

  • Run a post baby marathon
  • Finish an Olympic Distance Triathlon
  • Come up with and follow a financial plan
  • Do a “pay it forward” once a month
  • Earn 2.0 CEU’s to go towards an ACE award in 2016
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
  • Too many to count
4. Did anyone close to you die?
  • Thankfully, no
5. What countries did you visit?
  • Um, that would be zero. A big fat zero. (again)
6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
  • a vacation! A nice one! Because we didn’t take one in 2014 either.
7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
  • March 1 – babies first 5kWe win!
  • May 14 – Twins first birthday and party

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  • July 27 – my first sprint triathlon!
Other than the fact that I don't look like I'm wearing shorts (I am), I love how this pic turned out
Other than the fact that I don’t look like I’m wearing shorts (I am), I love how this pic turned out
  • August 19 – my 32nd birthday and another attempt at a pic with the twins gone wrong
Sorry  mom, we aren't looking
Sorry mom, we aren’t looking
  • September 17 – I finished my tattoo
A pink and blue foot for each of my little ones :)
A pink and blue foot for each of my little ones 🙂
  • October 20 – my first post injury half marathon and mini vacation
Official finish time 1:55:42 or 8:45 pace
Official finish time 1:55:42 or 8:45 pace
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
  • Surviving with semblance of my sanity and fitness intact
9. What was your biggest failure?
  • Wasting time with worry and stress continues to be my biggest issue (again)
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
  • Injured SI joint
11. What was the best thing you bought?
  • Triathlon bike!
ready to kick ass and take names this season!
ready to kick ass and take names this season!
12. Where did most of your money go?
  • Bills – isn’t it always bills?
  • My ridiculous fitness habit
13. What did you get really excited about?

  • Triathlons, surprisingly
  • Watching the twins grow up
14. What song will always remind you of 2014?
  • Rude by MAGIC! No idea why.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

  • – happier or sadder? happier!
  • – thinner or fatter?  about the same
  • – richer or poorer? definitely poorer
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
  • be present with my family
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
  • stress about money
  • worry about things out of my control
18. How did you spend Christmas?
  • My parents, sister and brother in law spent the day at our house
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
19. What was your favorite TV program?
  • Modern Family
  • Sister Wives (yes, I know)
  • Ink Master
20. What were your favorite books of the year?

  • Jodi Picoult – The Storyteller
  • The Divergent series
21. What was your favorite music from this year?

  • Love Runs Out – One Republic
  • Desire – Meg Myers
  • Rude – MAGIC!
  • Dark Horse – Katy Perry
  • When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars
22. What were your favorite films of the year?
  • The Hunger Games – didn’t watch many movies this year either.
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
  • I turned 32. We spent the day shopping, getting new running shoes and had dinner with a few friends/family. Bryan had planned a surprise party for me, but it had to be canceled after both the twins got sick :(.
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
  • I don’t think anything would have brought satisfaction that I’d consider immeasurable.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

  • I so don’t care. I just buy what I think is cute. And on sale. Bonus if its both. (This totally hasn’t changed)
26. What kept you sane?

  • My husband
  • My friends
  • Running
  • Blogging
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
  • Nothing worth doing is easy

Sweet Tea Half Marathon Recap

A few months ago a new race popped up in my feed. And this race was not only a half marathon, my personal favorite, but local! Like, 10 minutes away local.

I had already registered for the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon and this was only 4 weeks after. Perfect. Already trained, super close to home – how could I say no?

Well, I suppose if I weren’t crazy I could say no to two half marathons in 4 weeks, but since I am, I couldn’t.

Right before my injury last year I ran a 1:51 (and some change) half. After recovering well from my 1:55 (and some change) run in Myrtle, I added some speed work into my workouts and set my goal at 1:50. I wasn’t sure how possible cutting 5 minutes off in a month would be, but hey it was worth a shot.

Inagaural races can be hit or miss. The course was posted long before the race but I actually prefer to be unfamiliar with the course so I never have the opportunity to dread what might be coming next. There were a few comments and complaints there being quite a few turns. The race started in downtown Summerville (did I mention a mere 10 minutes away?), rolled through a couple neighborhoods and on part of a local running/biking trail.

I meant to get some pictures at the start, but the forecast for the day was cold. Not 7 feet of snow Buffalo cold, but close enough to freezing to warrant being called cold.

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My super nice neighbor let me ride along and her super nice husband literally dropped us off at the start and we literally sat in the car until about 5 minutes before the race started.

we did stand there long enough to take a picture
we did stand there long enough to take a picture

There was no “go!”, or if there was, I missed it, so I basically just noticed that everyone around me was moving forward so I did the same. The first mile was through downtown Summerville and then fed into the run/bike trail. I got a little overexcited (or maybe I was just freezing) that first mile and ran a 7:57. Oops. So much for starting out slowly.

As it turned out, I DID start a bit too quickly but not as quickly as I feared. From the path we ran into a couple neighborhoods, back onto the path, into another neighborhood and then ran a few streets near downtown before heading back to the start/finish. I made myself walk through each water stop. Maybe it was a good day, maybe it was the cold, maybe both, but with the exception of between miles 9-10 I felt pretty great the whole race. After averaging an 8:25 min/mile or so for the first half I stopped looking at my watch, decided to quit watching my time and ran the 2nd half by feel.

The course wasn’t particularly exciting, but even when I run in races with nice scenery I’m usually concentrating too much to pay attention anyway. There WERE quite a few turns, and a few had some dips in the path that could have caused a twisted ankle had you not been paying attention, and there was that tiny hill the last tenth. Other than that, though, it was a smooth, well manned, well spectated and fun race.

As an added bonus, I crossed the finish line in 1:48:37, beating my last race by over 6 minutes.

Necole and Bryant both PR'ed!
Necole and Bryant both PR’ed!
Race Stats
Race Stats

Best of all, even with all the long runs lately I’ve had very little complaints from my hip, which means I’m hoping to get away with full marathon #3 sooner rather than later.

WOOT!

Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon (and Vacation) Recap

We left around nap time on Saturday, hoping Abby and Miles would sleep on the road. That theory worked – for about 45 minutes. By the time we arrived at the hotel to pick up my packet, they were getting restless. So, instead of a quick drop off for me to run in and run back out, we took them in with us and hung out a bit. While the shirts and merchandise were inside, the numbers were outside, and the twins enjoyed running around in the grass.

I'm one cool cat
I’m one cool cat

Abby was given the task of holding eating a big chocolate chip cookie.

mini chocoholic
mini chocoholic

And daddy and miles posed for a few pictures

We packed back into the car and headed to our hotel, right on the beach.

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After that, we took the twins downstairs and headed out for their first trip to the beach. (Yes, we live 40 minutes from the beach and this was our first trip. I do realize how ridiculous this sounds. In our defense, we really wanted them to be able to walk first.) Miles was afraid of the sound of the ocean crashing on the shore, but Abby dove right in.

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Sunday was race day. The hotel was only 3 miles from the start, but I was still up early. Actually I was up A TON the night before – maybe it was nerves. My alarm went off at 530 and I hopped in the shower. Yes, I hopped in the shower before a 13 mile run – it’s easier to do my hair when its wet and it helps me wake up. Abby didn’t want to wake up.

Leave me alone. I'm sleeping
Leave me alone. I’m sleeping

We drove to the start

Running with 3000 of my closest crazy friends
Running with 3000 of my closest crazy friends

It was there that I realized I forgot my headphones. 13 miles without music made me feel extremely grumpy, so I decided I’d just play the music through the speaker in my belt and annoy everyone around me. As it turns out, the majority of the runners had their own headphones ( that they hadn’t left at the hotel).

The race started at 7am.

I’ve had some issues with tightness in my back and butt and a recent shin irritation, so I was really worried about making it through this without aggravating something. As a precaution, I wrapped my leg, dropped into the chiropractors office the Friday before, and did some extra stretching. I spent the first few miles alternating between feeling very aware of every possible ache and pain and trying to ignore it and enjoy the run. My shin did feel a little irritated for about 3 miles, but my butt/back were gloriously pain free.

The course was a bit different from the past two times I’ve run it. It no longer involved a run by Broadway at the Beach. It was basically a long stretch down a 4 lane road, followed by a couple miles on a path, and almost 5 miles down North Ocean Blvd before turning onto the Boardwalk to head towards the finish line.

I have a tendency to start out too quickly in races and struggle through the end. There is something about the adrenaline and all the people at first that makes it really difficult for me to pace myself early on. I made myself stop and walk a bit at all but two of the water stops placed every 1.5 miles ( I missed mile 3 and knew if I stopped at the last one I’d probably never start running again ) and brought a gel with me to take around mile 6-7, since in the past I’ve struggled around mile 8. This time, I was good until about mile 9. I started to feel chafing at mile 10. I wanted to be done by 11 and REALLY wanted to be done by 12. As in years past, by the time I got to the boardwalk I could have cared less about the beach view because I just wanted to get to the finish line. I’m not sure how other people manage to both finish and feel strong at the end of long races. I found some extra energy and ran the final mile in 8:30, but walked like a wobbly newborn calf  on my way to the food tables.

Official finish time 1:55:42 or 8:45 pace
Official finish time 1:55:42 or 8:49 pace

After a slow walk back to the hotel and a soak in the tub we headed to breakfast and the aquarium

I asked Bryan to get a picture of me and my medal with Miles and Abby, and a nice guy offered to take a picture of all of us. Of course we know by know any picture you attempt to get with two toddlers is going to be interesting.

But we managed to get a couple good ones.

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