Halloween happenings, and another loooong run

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I sure did!  My work days got switched up this week so I had a 4 day weekend.  Saturday was a bit rainy, so we just hung out all day then watched Jurassic World. I love a lazy day every now and then!  The movie was really great too.  I highly recommend it!  On Sunday, we made a last trip to Cedar Point, the amusement park close to us.  They have “Halloweekends”, which is holiday themed for family fun, and also scary stuff for the big kids.

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It was a bittersweet moment for my daughter, who was technically too big to be trick or treating based on their height guidelines, but luckily they let her participate.

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It didn’t stop her from having a good time… even though the activities were a bit too little for her!  Heck, they were small for Zachary too 🙂

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We took the kids to their first haunted house.  It was WAY too intense for Sydney and she buried her head in my back the whole time.  Not a great idea, because then she really got picked on by the spookers.

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While the kids went on a roller coaster Alan and I got to go to another every scarier haunted house together.  It was fun, just like date night in the old days!

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NOT Alan! They do have some really great scary people working the attractions.

They had a social media game with some really good prizes.  We just had to tweet and put a picture on Instagram and we got some free passes for next year, and a “Fast Lane” pass to the new roller coaster that will open in 2016.

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It was a beautiful Fall day at the park, and we stayed until it closed.  On a school night!  Crazy stuff 😉  But for me, Monday was a day off, so beyond dealing with slightly tired kids in the morning, it didn’t bother me one bit!  I decided I would go for a long run on my day off.  Originally it was going to be 16 miles.  No time goals, but just to get the run done.  I got to visit a new metropark that just opened near our house.  It has a beautiful trail and I saw 10 deer while I was running there!

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I took my family to check out the new trail in the evening. It is so beautiful!

It was also the first time I had to wear full tights this season.  It was chilly!!!

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By the time I got back to my house I had gone 16.5 miles, so I couldn’t stop there – I went for 18 miles.  It was downright painful in my glutes from about mile 11 though, so that was a bummer.  I could barely bend over after the run!  And when I finally stopped, I was *starving* so I made a recovery drink with bananas, milk, peanut butter, and whole lot of chocolate syrup.  Yummmm!  But too cold to hold the frosty mug…

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And to end my afternoon, I took a nap with my kitten in a big warm blanket in my sunroom.  Ahhhhh.  It was quite a lazy afternoon.  My list of chores for the day will just have to wait, because I could barely move off the couch!!  Whew.   What a great day off!

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Q: Do you like haunted houses?

I do!  I haven’t been to one in a super long time, so it was a lot of fun doing that again.

Q:  What’s in your favorite recovery drink?

I didn’t even have an iced coffee after my run.  What is wrong with me??

Q:  Is it cold enough to wear tights where you live?

 

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Into the scary woods

Ok, it wasn’t actually scary.  But I was thinking it was going to be.  I prepared for my Friday morning long run by bringing along a headlamp!  The run started when it was dark out, but by the time we got to the path it was actually light enough to see.  So I wore my headlamp for 10 mins just because it was the first time I’ve ever used one!

10 miles done.  My glutes were pretty sore by the end of the run.  Still recovering from the Columbus half I guess.  I’m training with Jamie for her first half marathon in a few weeks, and she did awesome!  Kudos to her on her longest outside run so far!

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The rest of my afternoon off work consisted of finally getting a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks.  I gotta say, I was not super impressed.  The Starbucks lady assured me that people do drink PSL iced, but maybe that makes the difference.  I’ll stick with my mocha and chocolate varieties for now.

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The leaves are turning such beautiful shades right now that I had to stop the car and snap a picture!

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Then I finally got around to pulling all of the dead plants out of my garden (you’re welcome neighbors!), washing my car, and giving my shoes a bath too!  The trail got my shoes pretty dusty.

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And to kick off the pre-Halloween festivities, we went to an entertaining show in the evening.  We were not the lucky one who won the dead body.  It was a pretty funny show which some cool magic tricks, including some very good card tricks!

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Q: Are you ready for Halloween next weekend?

We just bought a bunch of candy and selected costumes.  Bring it on!

Q: What is your favorite candy treat?

I’m all about the chocolates!

Q: Do ever run with a headlamp?

 

 

Running friends who are speedier than you!

I forgot to put this picture in my last blog post.  It’s me and some running girlfriends, enjoying a celebration drink and burger after the Columbus marathon.

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They are a great group of people whom I met through my husband’s running connections.  One from our hometown, but the others are friends of each other and live in different parts of the country.  It’s fun because they always get together at some key races – Columbus being one, and Boston being another.

The ages/abilities range from first time half marathoner at 55 yrs old, to 2nd place age group winner (!!!) in the half at 36 yrs old.  Some are seasoned veterans at running ultras, and others are just getting back into running again from some time off.  A running bond among us all though.

One difference though – our speed.  As you probably know, they position the runners in corrals based on estimated finish time, so hopefully everything flows well during the race.  Corral A fastest, corral D slowest.  When we were heading to the corrals at the start of the race on Sunday morning with a group of these friends, we were trying to figure out where we were going.  We saw the signs for the different corrals and some of them headed in different directions.  In helping out our group find it’s way, one of the girls said – “We’re in A.  We need to go this way.  Even Lisa is in A.”  As soon as that comment came out of her mouth I could tell that she realized it sounded condescending.  Then she corrected and said “We’re all in corral A.”

Now I know she didn’t purposely mean to say that I’m clearly the slowest runner out of that group… which I was.  And that wasn’t meant as an insult (which it really kinda was!).  And hopefully it wasn’t meant to be “hey, even pokey Lisa is in A!” (which it did sound like!!)  But it does show the difference in the group that I hang with.  The group has some pretty talented runners, who run paces I can only dream of running some day.  It is what it is.  I’m good with what I’ve got, and where I’m going.

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I don’t post that to brag, but heck, look at that – I got 15th place out of 545 runners in my age group!  Sure, it’s not 2nd place like my friend, but it’s leaps and bound from where I was in my age group at my first half marathon in Columbus – 105 out of 552 runners!

So here’s to getting out there and doing your best, no matter what your pace.  Even if you are the back of the pack at the race, or your friends 🙂  Kudos to you for getting out there and being awesome!

Had to share my ONLY decent looking race photo.  Too bad I am blurry (maybe I am super speedy after all!).

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And a funny confession from my husband… “When you see my race pictures, you’ll see me with another woman.  The photographer told us to stand together for a picture, so we did!”.

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Hilarious!!!

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Q: Do you make an effort to get any good race pictures?  Does it work??

I really do try.  But, not so much.

Q: Are you one of the speedier runners of your group, middle, or back of the pack?

Sometimes I’m the speedier runner.  I enjoy running with everyone!

Q:  Do you think I should be jealous that my husband got a picture with another girl… or just be envious that she also finished the full in 3:07 and still looks awesome?!!   haha!

Columbus half marathon recap 2015

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Columbus race weekend started out on Saturday with a quick zip through the expo to pick up our bibs.  I did protest the speed at which we were cruising through there and I made Alan get a picture at the “finish line” with me.

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At bib pickup, I was super excited that my name was on the box for the bibs!  The volunteer was amazed that I knew my bib was the last in the box.  I felt it only fair to tell him that we weren’t psychic, just highly observant.

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After the expo we met friends at Bravo for our pre-race pasta dinner.  My lasagna was huge, and I ate a ton of bread.  Carb loading done, check!

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After falling asleep at 10pm at our hotel, the 4:45 am wakeup alarm was actually tolerable!  I didn’t feel tired, but excited about the upcoming race.  We were on the road at 5:45 am to our downtown parking spot and didn’t run into any traffic.  Note to self, do this again next year!!  We were even the first people at our prerace meeting spot at the YMCA, which was open to all runners.  A nice warm place to meet up, complete with clean, flushing toilets!!  I dressed for the weather – which as 29 degrees at the start.  Brrr!  I planned on keeping my arm warmers on for the whole race, so I wore a nice Brooks pair.  We also both had some warm throw away items –  a hat, sweatpants and sweat shirt.

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With that headband I look like I could tell your future!!

After bag check we headed into the corrals.  It was super well organized and I didn’t feel rushed like I have in years past.  Ironically I ended up standing next to a guy who had a Glass City Marathon Ambassador shirt on!  Technically he wasn’t an ambassador, but he had been helping out at the expo for GCM which was why he had the shirt.  He took our picture!

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Would have been a great picture… if that shadow wasn’t in my face!! #shortpeopleproblems

I positioned myself near the 3:35 marathon pace group, but before the 1:50 half pace group.  Soon the AC/DC music cranked (Thunderstruck natch.  Followed by some Springsteen,  Born to Run), and the race started at 7:30 as the fireworks went off.  I only inhaled a little bit of smoke and firework residue!!

Miles 1 – 2, 8:23, 8:13

Columbus isn’t “hilly” but it does have a few long uphills and downhills.  My first two miles were a bit slower than my goal pace for sure.  It was crowded and I wasn’t up to speed quite yet.  So here’s the thing that threw me off a little.  My official pace last year was 8:16, which seemed highly do-able.  However, looking at my Garmin data the race was actually 13.2 miles, which translated into a 8:11 pace. Sure, 5 seconds a mile doesn’t sound like much, but really, it is!  To get a new PR I figured I would just try to keep my paces with 8:0x per mile.  So far, race paces not looking so good!

Miles 3-6 7:57, 8:02, 8:01, 8:02

Yahoo, we’re hitting the downhills now!  Not all downhill, but some downhill and just getting into my race groove now.  Enjoyed seeing these paces on my watch.

Mile 7 –  8:26

This mile had the double whammy of an uphill, and I was taking a GU.  I hate taking GU when I run.  I loose track of my focus (running fast!).

Miles 8, 9, 10 –  8:02, 8:08, 8:07

Back on track again!  I was enjoying this race for the most part and was super pleased these fast miles were comfortably hard for me.  But right about now I was actually thinking it would be good to stop.  For some reason I always want to stop when there’s only 3 miles left!!

Miles 11, 12 – 8:25, 8:25

Uh oh, pace slipping a bit here.  Some uphill to blame, but also taking another GU righ.  Curses!  Not sure if I’m making a PR at this point, but knowing for sure I’m not hitting a super PR of 1:45.

Mile 13… 13.1  7:52, 7:44

Dang – one more mile to go!  Good thing it’s mostly downhill at this point.  Pedal to the medal!!  Now is not really the time to pick up a minute or two, but hey, worth a try!  Flying into the finish (but really, to the spectators, I’m sure it wasn’t flying!!).

Finish:  1:47:50  A new PR!  woohoo!!

After getting my medal and food, and posing for pictures, I went and hit the PR gong.  That’s another good thing about finishing the half early – no lines at the PR gong!  I was 15th place out of 545 runners in my age group.  I’m pretty excited about that accomplishment.

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Here comes Alan (on the left), cruising in from the marathon.

While waiting for Alan to finish, I met up with a friend and we cheered all of the runners in at mile 13 (almost mile 26).  Since you could personalize your bib, we yelled out people’s names as they passed us.  I’d like to think it was encouraging since some of them actually went faster or started running at that point.  Others just gave us wild confused looks and tried to pretend they knew who we were!  Good times!!  Alan came in at 3:07… not quite the sub 3 hr that he was hoping for.  But he had a really good effort until around mile 18 when he had some bad GI issues.  😦  Ugh.  Still, with all of that misery, this was his 2nd fastest marathon, so that’s reason for celebration!

I would say the scariest part of the race was afterwards when I couldn’t find Alan!  I waited for him at the Athlete’s exit, but we missed each other.  We never discussed a meeting plan, and I walked all over the place looking for him.  I was starting to wonder if he was in the medical tent, and I found out he was worrying the same about me!  Turns out he went to the family meeting area and I never thought of that.  Duh.  So happy to finally find him after an hour or so of looking!!

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Yes we did wear our medals to lunch! Hey, you gotta get some use out of them.

We met our friends again post race for burgers and beers.  It was a lot of fun, but maybe the best part was being able to wear my “Boston gear” and fitting in with the rest of the group since they are all Boston veterans.

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Q: How do you pace yourself for a race?  Do you use the pacer on your watch or find a pace group?

I tried to keep the 3:35 pace group in my sight, but eventually I lost them.  Funny how they stay on consistent pace like that….

Q: Do you believe in Race Day Magic?

Oh yes I do!!

Q: Do you ever wear your medal after a race?

I typically take mine to work and let everyone check it out.  If they want to or not.  haha!

TRRC Fall Officers Bash

This week we went to the Fall Officers Bash, which is the Fall event for our local Toledo Roadrunners Club.  The TRRC is a great value for our running family.  They host several free and cheap 5K’s for members, have monthly newsletters, discounts on bigger races, and have a great Fall meeting which is 50% running and 50% social get together!  It’s their monthly meeting, but also a 5K with dinner.   Yep, all of that for only $8 for our whole family to attend!  I like deals 🙂

The 5K was also Sydney’s first opportunity to test out her XC training at a 5K.  She hasn’t raced one since summer I think.  The first time she ran this course it was measured incorrectly and it ended up being 3.62 miles.  Oops.  Kinda funny something like that would happen at a running club’s race!  It wasn’t quite so humorous for my daughter who was only 8 years old at the time.  Her pace was 10:53 a mile.  This year, she had a smoking fast pace of 7:37 a mile, for 23:43!  Glad I wasn’t her running buddy because I would not have been able to keep up with that pace!

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Zachary was my running buddy and he also has run this course before, with around a 28:00 finish time as his previous best time.  This year he finished in 26:03!!  He didn’t even complain once during the race.  I was impressed!  At mile 3 he told he was going to sprint to the finish.  I let him go.  No way I’m sprinting fast and hurting myself before the race on Sunday!  You GO kid!!

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We ended the night with pizza, lasagne, salad, beer (for the adults!) and lots of cookies.

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I was quite surprised when they told us the kids got a fleece jacket for running that night.  Nice!!  They also got tech shirts for winning in their age group, and the adults got socks.  Socks are always a great gift for runners!

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I’m spending the rest of my day getting ready for my trip to Columbus tomorrow for the marathon (it’s the half for me!).  First, a quick trip to the church rummage sale to find some throw away clothes for the race!!  It’s supposed to be a chilly morning we need to layer up.  I got a sweatshirt and a hat.  I’ll be styling 🙂 Hmmm, now that I look at my picture I see some soccer cleats I could have needed too!  And what about those snow boots…  So much stuff, so little time to shop.

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Q: Are you a member of a running club?

Q: Do you ever run with your friends at races or pace anyone?

Q: Best post race food – pizza or lasagne?  Or just beer and cookies?

Q: Are you a thrift store / garage sale/ bargain hunter?

 I just love finding deals.  No better deal than a 50 cent shirt!!

The rush of XC!

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I had some other things to ramble on about for today, but that will just have to wait because I have the most exciting story to share with you!  It’s all about the last Cross Country meet of the season for my daughter.  I may have mentioned a million times that my daughter is running her first year in XC, and she has been doing well.  At the beginning of the season she got to run “varsity” for the Jr High, which are the top 7 runners for her school.

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There are only two meets that use a varsity group.  For the other meet, which was their final meet of the season, she did not get selected to run varsity.  I have to admit, that broke my heart more than hers!!  She seemed OK with it, but I was a bit sad.  She was selected as the “alternate” varsity runner, just in case they needed her.  When I finally got over it, I assured her that it might be even better because she’d have more of a chance in the Open division because she’d be one of the faster girls out there!

This past weekend we checked out the course.  It was being held at an old fort in our area.  The fort is along the river, up high, and it has a flat area down below which would be the meat of the course.  Down a winding hill, two loops in the flat, up a long steep hill, and then about a half mile to the finish.

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The fort up high, with flat lands below

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“short” uphill #1

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“long” uphill #2!

When the girls took off, Sydney was in the mix of them all.  They headed off to go down the hill, and we went up to the top of the fort where we had a clear view of the open flat area.  Soon the runners came into sight.  We were shocked and amazed when we saw Sydney in front of all of the girls!!  She was actually in the lead by quite a bit!  There was another girl from her school behind her, and then the rest of the pack was behind them.  WOW!!!  There were 9 schools participating, so there were at least 100 girls in the Open division.

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Even after rounding a few corners, there she is all by herself!!

She kept up her lead for the entire flat area that we could see.  Then, she headed up the hill.  Sure enough, at the top of the hill, which was closed in to a narrow strip by the cheering spectators, was Sydney still in first place!!  We cheered her on and made our way to the finish line.

We could see her in the distance approaching the finish chute.  Her team mate was still the same distance from her, but as she got closer we saw it… another girl was coming speeding up behind her!  That girl was cruising, and came out of nowhere.  I had not even seen her on the last half mile to the finish, up until now.  What the heck??

We yelled as loud as we could to give my daughter some sort of indication that she had another runner right on her tail, but it went by so fast, she never got to even see us.  The girl caught up to her in the last seconds of the race – and from our vantage point – it looked like she stepped on the finish line at the same time as Sydney did!!  I’m not sure what it really looked like at the finish, but first place was given to the other girl.

It’s hard to describe the excitement of it all, so here is a very poorly recorded clip of the finish line.  Crazy, right?

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Despite the shock she had when she crossed the line, it was a great race.  I’m so proud of her!  She finally got her goal of sub 14:00 for her race (13:58!) and basically crushed this course.  And that second place finish could have easily been a first place if she knew that girl was there.  As a reward for her great efforts this season, she finally got the brownie bites she has been eyeing up every time we go to the grocery store 🙂  It was the perfect end to her first XC season.

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Q: Is there a favorite treat that you like to reward yourself with after a job well done?

Q: What has been the best part of your week so far?

 

Last long run before Columbus… and Strava

Today was my last long run before the Columbus half.  I had envisioned it as some awesome run with me busting out some confidence boosting pace miles.  Uh huh, you know how those plans go!  I ran with my husband since he is also tapering for Columbus marathon.  He took me to the trails he usually runs with his Saturday morning group.

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It’s the beautiful park of Wildwood.  There are a ton of trails in the woods.  I haven’t run out there in a long time.  He runs before 7am, which is also pitch dark for most of the year – so they wear headlamps.  It’s a bit dark even on an overcast day!

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The park is seriously beautiful and these deer forced me to stop and take their picture.

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Can you find all four of the deer?

As did this deer who didn’t seem frightened at all by us.

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Oh, and there was also an awesome covered bridge…

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And all sorts of beautiful landscape!

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So combining the hills, and the 100% humidity, I was exhausted from our run by about mile 1.5.  Only 8.5 miles to go!!  It didn’t help that I felt like I had to keep up a good pace for my husband, who was running quite slow by his standards.  After I while I just gave up on this being any spectacular run, and just enjoyed the great company, my day off, and the beautiful surroundings.  All in all, it was a good run.

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This week I have also been deeply engrossed with Strava.  Are you on Strava?  I’ve been on it for probably a year now, but I never paid a whole lot of attention to it.  But this week I set up a Strava club for a local running group I am involved in on Facebook and it’s been a lot of fun seeing other people’s runs!  It’s interesting to see where they run, in hopes of finding new places for me to try out.  But by far the most interesting thing on Strava is the “flybys”.  You will see a map of your running route, and it will also show you any other Strava members that were in the area at the same time.  That is mind blowing!!  The flybys are especially interesting at a race.  Here is a map of me running Boston.  I’m the red circle in the middle.

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As you can see, I did not win the Boston Marathon that year.  Maybe next time  haha!

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Q: Do you use any websites to track your running or biking?

Garmin Connect, and Strava  

Q: Do you prefer running on trails or streets/bike paths?

I feel slow as a slug on trails, but it was nice and soft on my feet and as I mentioned: beautiful!

Q: Got any weekend plans?

Columbus on the brain – 5 mins of fame

It’s almost time for another big race for me… the Columbus half marathon!  This one is big for me in general because it’s kind of where it all started.  It was my husband’s first full marathon, and mine as well.  We used to live in Columbus, so it’s also a nostalgic trip when we go there too.  It was also the scene of two pretty dang good races last year too!  My husband got his first sub 3 hr marathon, and I crushed my half marathon time!  You can read my race recap here.

We are HAPPY runners!!

I say “crushed” my PR because I am still pretty amazed that I pulled off the time that I did.  It came out of nowhere.  I’m hoping to have a repeat performance of that again in less than 2 weeks, but I won’t be too disappointed if I don’t because like I said, it was just so unbelievable for me!

Imagine my surprise when I opened up the participant newsletter from the Columbus marathon this year and I saw my own picture in it!!

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Just imagine all of the Columbus runners seeing me! Yep, that’s my 5 mins of fame (in my own mind).

That’s me hitting the PR Gong.  Funny thing was that I remember the race photographer taking this picture, but I never saw it after that.  I thought maybe it would be part of my race photos, but it never surfaced… until now.

I’m guessing they used my picture because I think I was the happiest runner in the whole post-race area!  happy happy happy!!!  (I think I have exceeded my allocation of exclamation points already in this blog post so I will scale it back some now)

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Anyhow, I’m still wondering a bit about my foot and how it will fare at the race.  Sure, a smarter runner would just stop running now, and wait until race day to evaluate the situation.  But, me, I’m kinda dumb about running situations and will keep training on my foot until  it really bothers me – in exchange for taking time off AFTER race season.

I did make a modification to my shoe insole that the Dr. had suggested, which was to cut out a hole underneath the inflamed area, so it gets less pressure on it.  I guess it feels OK.  It feels a little odd actually, but it doesn’t feel any worse, so I’m giving it a go. Luckily I have about 8 pairs of these  shoes so there is an ample supply of insoles to go around in case further modifications are necessary!

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And lastly, a funny video that I had to share about waiting to be accepted to Boston… so funny, and yet so true!  My favorite line: “don’t tell me there’s always next time – I worked so hard for this BQ.”  🙂

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Q: Have you ever worn special insoles, orthotics, or made modifications to your insoles?

Q: If you have a favorite race, it is based on location, or previous performance results?

Q: Are you getting Fall weather where you live?

I’ve gone for some “chilly” runs, and I can’t say I’m disappointed with it yet!

Everything is going to be OK

Exciting foot news – I almost canceled the Dr. appointment that I had scheduled for my foot because the pain was pretty minor on Thursday.  But after he poked around at my foot, ouch!, it hurt the rest of the day!!  And then the most exciting thing happened… he did say that I had Sesamoiditis, just like I thought!  Sadly, that was the most exciting thing that has happened to me on Thursday!!  It was still another slightly sad day for me.

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I still have that “Boston good luck” nail polish… which apparently really isn’t a factor in the decision process at all!! 😦

I surprised my Dr. when I blurted out – “that’s exactly what I came up with in my Google search!!”  I think he was impressed with my correct diagnosis 🙂  Then he laughed at me when I told him I have a half marathon in two weeks.  Guess he didn’t know I was a determined runner.  Good news is that he said I should just take it easy, cross train when I can, take Ibuprofen, and keep wearing the PF night splint if it helps.  I should be good to go.

I took my Dr.’s orders and headed out this morning on my long run!  I pretty sure that’s exactly what he would have wanted.  I had a hard time getting out the door because it was windy and cold.  We’re talking 48 degrees.  It chilled me to the bone to think about running in that!

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But I was well rewarded in heading out to my trail by the river.  It was like a good friend just waiting for me, opening it’s arms to shelter me from the wind.  I didn’t even notice it was windy at all while I was there.

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Funny thing about that picture, it took me a whole lot of time to get a picture that looked even that good.  I have to give kudos to all of you out there that regularly take pictures of yourself running.  That is hard!!!  Most of my shots were just random blurs of me like this…

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and this….

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I think my run was just what I needed to process the week, and you know, that disappointment of getting cut out of Boston next year.  I was trying to think if it was more disappointing/heart breaking to get cut after registration, or my three failed efforts at getting a BQ.  Final decision, equally sucky!!!

During my run I was rewarded by seeing a group of three deer walk across the trail.  That’s super cool because I typically don’t see deer here!

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Yep, that brown blob is a deer!

My run also turned out pretty great because I did negative splits on my run – 13.1 miles.  I stopped at 13 miles, but then had to start up again and finish it a 13.1 because 13 miles is just not right.  I had a lot less clothes at the end of my run!

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I was also rewarded for a run well done with a Starbucks treat on the way home.  I found out that I could get a refill before I left the store, which worked out really well because I sucked down that small size within 5 mins of receiving it.  I guess I needed to rehydrate.

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Well, that sums it all up for today.  See, everything is going to be OK after all 🙂

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Q:  Coffee – hot, iced, or no thank you?

Q: If you had 13 miles on your run, would you make it 13.1?

Q: Got any good weekend plans?

It’s going to be cold, windy and rainy here.  I’m staying inside as much as I can!!

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by my blog!!

 

 

And the decision was made

I anxiously spent the whole morning refreshing the BAA webpage waiting to see some news on what the cut off time was for the 2016 Boston Marathon.  And then it updated.

2:28

Oh man.  Ouch.  That was more than I expected.  I was thinking it would be closer to 1:45 or 1:55…

1:32   that’s MY time under qualifying.

So NO, I didn’t make the cut.  Heartbreaking to say the least.  But still, I guess that’s better than being just a few seconds away from the cut off time.   I guess.

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Well, I’m going to go be sad about it for a little bit – and wallow in some self pity.  Then, I’ll be back to my old self again 🙂  But not today.

Bummer for everyone who didn’t make it.

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