Sunday, September 28, 2014

Week in Review

There's not much to report this week.  I was recovering from my marathon last Saturday and for me that basically meant doing nothing.  Here's a small rundown of the week.

Tuesday - 2.52 mile treadmill run before Anderson's swim lessons.  My left leg felt a little wonky but otherwise feeling okay.

Thursday - 2 mile walk on the treadmill sandwiched around some weight training - 3 rounds of 21 reps of deadlifts at 50 pounds and 7 burpees.

Friday - 2.22 mile walk pushing the stroller around the neighborhood.

Saturday - Busy Babes 10K.  You can read the race report here


Run/Walk - 12.94 miles
Strength - 0.25 hours

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Busy Babes 10K

My 13th race of the year, my fourth race of the month, and needless to say, I wasn't very excited about lining up to race.  To be honest, I've done pretty much nothing since last Saturday's marathon.  I did two 2 mile walks and a 2-1/2 mile run.  That's it.  And that's all I wanted to do.  That's what my body told me to do.  But my coach and I have been working on my 10K speed for a while now and I needed to do this race.  There aren't many 10Ks around and this one was cheap.

My mom, Anderson, Dave and I got to the race site early.  Too early.  I guess there was confusion about what time the race actually started as one email said 8:00 and another said 8:30, so the race was delayed until 8:30.  I was at the race site at 7:05.  I got in a good warm up.  My mom and the husband took lots of pictures.  It was my niece's first 5K.  The Richardson girls were representing.

 Could we look more alike?

Finally we got to the start line and no one, and I mean NO ONE, lined up in front except me.  This was going to be a lonely race.  From the start I went fast, and I was alone.  I hit the first mile in 7:38.  I have a hard time slowing down after I get started at a certain pace, so I just went with it.  Luckily, I was able to hold on and even pick it up a little.

 Leading right from the line.

Mile 2 - 7:32
Mile 3 - 7:24
Mile 4 - 7:39 (which included the turnaround and a water stop)

At the turnaround I was able to see what was going on behind me.  I was ahead by maybe a quarter mile.  I really wanted to slow down.  I REALLY WANTED TO SLOW DOWN!!!  But I also really wanted to be done.

Mile 5 - 7:31

This course is entirely on a former railroad track that is now a recreational trail.  It is flat and straight as an arrow.  I could see the finish arch for what seemed like forever.

You can see how straight and flat (and beautiful) it is here.  My youngest niece, two nephews, and my son doing their own race.

When do you start picking it up for the final sprint?  How far exactly is the finish?  (Yes I was wearing a GPS.  No I don't trust it.)  I ran hard to the finish and ran my fastest mile of the day.

Mile 6 - 7:16
Last 0.2 - 7:09 pace
All by myself!!!!

I won the race in a time of 46:10 (7:27 pace).  It's not a PR, but is only 30 seconds off it.  Not bad considering I had no one to chase and never felt like I was being chased either.  The second place woman was 4-1/2 minutes behind me. 

I did this race last year as a half marathon and this year as a 10K.  This was the fifth anniversary of the race and I'm not sure the race is going to make it.  There were only 22 women in the 10K and 30-something women in the 5K.  It's a great race, though, with a nice, flat, shaded course and a great price.  I'll continue to put this race on my calendar if it continues.

A few more things....

My niece finished fourth overall and first in her age group in the 5K.

She better watch out or she's gonna wind up on the track and cross country teams.  She is a 7th grader.

Amy, my sister, finished sixth overall and first in her age group in the 5K.

More a picture of my son, but Amy's in the background with her oldest son.

And, finally, my son is super cute.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Foto Friday

Have I posted this one yet?  This is from our trip to Montana about a month ago.  I know I said I would post pictures and I haven't.  Fail.  Anyway, this is one from our last day of the trip when Dave, Anderson, and I went kayaking on the lake behind our house.  It was a little scary to stick the little one in the kayak but he did fine.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

T....choo choo!!!

(This is my son's language for TRAIN!!!)

My son is obsessed with trains!  When he woke up yesterday he spent the first 45 minutes saying "choo choo!"  I couldn't even get him to a take a nap today because I got him a new train and all he wanted to do was play.  It's cute.  It's annoying.  I love him. 

This got me thinking....

What was your favorite toy as a kid that you couldn't live without?  Do you still have that toy?  What are your kids favorite toys?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September Stitch Fix

My September Stitch Fix, which I think was my 4th fix, was awesome!  I kept almost all of it.  Here we go!

Yes, my sneakers are going to be in a lot of these pictures.

First up, a red sleeveless blouse.  Super cute!  And very similar to a previous shirt they had sent me.  I loved the fit, however, the bottom seam rolled weirdly and I didn't like that.  I'm spending good money on these; I want them to be perfect.

This is a black blouse with a see-through detail at the top.  It is so cute!  I wore it immediately!

Black and white pencil skirt.  Again, super cute!  And fits amazingly.  I haven't worn it yet and not sure that it will get a whole lot of wear in my wardrobe, but I'm thinking of wearing it this weekend to my husband's high school reunion.

Grey and black infinity scarf.  I love it!  I can't wait for fall weather (seriously, it's still 80 degrees!) to wear this.

Black three-quarter length blazer.  I loved this and it was beautiful, but I already have a black blazer so I sent it back.

If you're interested in Stitch Fix, check out this link.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Official Pictures from the Marathon

I saw a lot of photographers out on the marathon course yet somehow I only got pictures from mile 9 and the finish line.  Maybe it was because we all looked like zombies later in the race? 

This is mile 9ish.  I'm looking great here.  I'm feeling great here.  I look like I could run forever.  And look at me kicking the boys' buns!!!

I thought I was going to be so cool at the finish.  I took off my iPod, I took off my sunglasses, and then I *tried* to throw up my hands at the finish line.  Instead all of my finish line pictures look like I'm dancing.  I'm so cool.

What's your most awesome (most awesomely bad) race photo?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Air Force Marathon 2014

Um, so, yeah...I ran a marathon this past weekend.  And I broke a lot of rules to do so.  I had a 20 mile run on the schedule so I thought why not do a supported run and just tack on another few miles.  The problem was, though, that Air Force was the only "local" marathon that weekend and it was sold out.  So I posted on Facebook if anyone knew how I might be able to get a bib for the race.  Lo and behold a friend's husband was signed up and not doing it, so I bought it from him.  And, I, um, didn't tell coach about any of this.  (I knew she wouldn't approve and well, she didn't.)

We barely got out to Dayton in time to pick up my packet and what a cluster.  The pick up is at the Nutter Center - Wright State's basketball arena.  They make you walk around the entire concourse to check out the gear (which was being torn down by the time we got there).  Then they make you walk down a billion steps to the basketball court to pick up your stuff, then back up the stairs, only to discover you were right next to the door you walked in.  Not like I'm running a marathon or anything tomorrow!!!  We didn't get to our hotel until nearly 9:00, none of us had eaten, and it was already past the baby's bedtime.  We ordered pizza and ate it in the room.  Not ideal, but this was just a training run right?

I struggled to sleep that night.  I was nervous.  Why?  I don't know.  The weather wasn't looking great.  I wasn't really trained for this.  I haven't run a road marathon in five years.  I felt like the expectations were high.  Whatever.  I slept fitfully and slept through the first five minutes of my alarm but felt at least somewhat rested and ready to go.  Because I was nervous I had a hard time eating anything before the race.  I ate a Larabar.  Not ideal and certainly not enough calories but it was something.

The logistics for this race kind of suck.  They suggest you get to the race site and hour and a half before your race.  Holy cow!  That's a long time and it's not like it's huge like New York or Chicago.  Now I know why.  There are only two exits to get on the air force base and they are on separate highways.  Then they snake you around and around in the dark, on a runway to a designated parking spot.  Finally you have to walk probably about a mile just to get to the start line.  NOT LIKE I'M RUNNING A MARATHON OR ANYTHING???!!!!  We left the hotel room at 5:30am and I finally got to my coral right around 7:00.  Our hotel was only 20 minutes away.  Understand?

It was chilly race morning but humid, sunny, and windy - the perfect storm of non-perfect race conditions.  I had no idea what to expect but told Dave I would probably be somewhere between 3-1/2 and 4 hours.  I started off conservatively, comfortable, if not a little fast.  The first couple miles were hilly and then super flat.  The majority of the race was on the air force base with absolutely NO spectators and no protection from the sun and wind.  For a while I was cruising...

Mile 1 - 8:52
Mile 2 - 8:58
Mile 3 - 8:11 (downhill)
Mile 4 - 8:29
Mile 5 - 8:23
Mile 6 - 8:21
Mile 7 - 8:15
Mile 8 - 8:19
Mile 9 - 8:21
Mile 10 - 8:18
Mile 11 - 8:18
Mile 12 - 8:21
Mile 13 - 8:27
Mile 14 - 8:23
Mile 15 - 8:23

For a while I thought maybe I was going to run a Boston qualifying time.  Cool, but I was running with someone else's bib and it wouldn't have even counted.  Seriously, I would have been mad if I had qualified and not even been able to use the qualification.  But then the wheels started to fall off.  My stomach started to bother me and I thought I was going to toss my cookies.  The wind and heat were starting to bother me too.  Everyone was suffering.  I saw people starting to walk being at the half way point.

Mile 16 - 8:41
Mile 17 - 8:45
Mile 18 - 8:54
Mile 19 - 9:16
Mile 20 - 9:13

Because this was supposed to be a 20 mile training run I made sure to run as close to 20 miles as possible before I started doing any walking.  I made it to 19 miles before I needed a little break.  Then I walked the water stops all the way to the end and threw in a few more short (10 seconds or less) walking breaks too.  I was definitely not having fun anymore.

Mile 21 - 9:48
Mile 22 - 10:23
Mile 23 - 10:40
Mile 24 - 10:38

Somewhere in the late miles the half marathon joins back up with the marathon.  The half starts an hour after the marathon so those who were still on the course were basically just walkers.  And they were all over the road.  I did a lot of weaving during this time.  That's too much energy to spend that late in a race.  Get out of my freakin' way!!!

Around mile 24 I seemed to have an upswing of energy.  At mile 25 the 3:55 pace group passed me and I was a little pissed about it.  I hung on with them and picked up my pace all the way to the finish line.

Mile 25 - 10:07
Mile 26 - 9:34

Overall time - 3:54:38


Here's a funny story about the race.  Yes, I wore an iPod and thank goodness I did as this was an extremely lonely and boring race.  But, I am also very good at slopping water all over myself when I drink it.  And because it was hot I was pouring water on myself too.  Around mile 16 my iPod started freaking out.  It kept saying, "Playlist 1, Playlist 2, Playlist 3, all songs..."  And it would keep flipping through songs.  I didn't even know I had playlists!  At some point it must have dried out and settled on what it calls Playlist 4, which happened to be 5 songs I just downloaded this week.  For 10 miles I heard the same 5 songs over and over and over again.  Before the marathon I really liked Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off".  Now I never want to hear it again!  

I was training for this marathon before I got pregnant.  It can be a PR course if you are okay with the desolate and pushing yourself.  But it is extremely boring with nothing to look at.  There are no spectators except for miles 10 and 11 which go through Fairborn (my favorite miles on the course).  There is no protection from the elements - no trees, no buildings and not enough participants to block any of the wind either.  But, the course was well staffed, well marked, right on target with my GPS (my watch read 26.26 miles at the finish), and the water stops were spaced well and had good supplies.  Will I run it again?  No.  But I'm glad I did it, even if only as a training run.  I've gotten the nerves out and I know where I am with my training for the goal marathon in a few weeks.