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Running 13, 13.1's in 2013 and the thoughts along the way!

13 down…0 to go!

So it has been a month, A WHOLE MONTH since I completed my 13th half and I have yet to write about it! I am so mad at myself and to have come this far and not wrap it up in writing, I just didn’t feel I really had accomplished my goal. So here it is my final race recap, to make this even more frustrating, I wrote this post a month ago and just have not gotten around to posting it! I can make up excuses, blame my new job and having about a million and one things going on, but rather, I will just post it. I still accomplished my goal and feel very good about it, but like any crazy runner, I am already itching for whats next…but I am forcing myself to enjoy some time of just running to run rather than having a race every weekend.

I have set a goal for myself to post on here once a week for the rest of the year. I still have the Spartan race in November and plenty of random thoughts still in my head waiting to be blogged about, but for now here is race recap #13!

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Here it is almost one-week post challenge and I have not even written about it! I did it, I ran 13 half marathons in 2013 and its only September! It is a little surreal to be writing this post, its amazing how fast it came, but at the same time how long ago it was that I stood in Central Park freezing my A** off!

My final race was not my best, actually overall it was one of my roughest races, but the fact that it was my last one, I made the best of it.

Boston 13.1 was held in East Boston. The venue was very organized and simple to get to. There were tons of bathrooms and pretty good swag. The course was very flat, almost too flat, I know I know crazy to say, but when courses have no elevation at all, my knees start to bother me, my feet hurt, etc. I like a little rolling hill mixed into any course. The course itself was very scenic, awesome ocean views and the weather was perfect! This was a BIG race, there were close to 1500 runners. As for spectating, I had a good crew to cheer me on in the final race and there were plenty of viewing spots for them.

Post race, there was much buzz about the beer garden and band that would be playing, BUT they couldn’t serve or open the garden until 10:30! It was a bummer, but decided to stick it out. By the time, I changed and recharged a little bit, it wasn’t that long of a wait. The post race party was great EXCEPT that each runner was given a beer ticket, great right? Of course, but no one else was able to drink beer. Meaning my cheering crew had to stand and watch me drink my one beer. I had never seen anything like it, and for such a bit post race party no one was staying around. It seemed like such a waste, who wants to stand around while one person drinks? Not us!

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We decided to venture out in the neighborhood and found a decent brunch spot, toasted with Bloody Mary’s and had a great morning.  Overall, the Boston 13.1 was a good race; I would definitely consider it again!

So this is it, my last race recap…it really feels like the day after Christmas, as much as I was looking forward to accomplishing this goal, I am sad that its over. So while I plan on recapping the year (within the next week, really!) and doing a few more posts to wrap this up and maybe brainstorm a few ideas as to what is next, until then…

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12 down…1 to go! Run to the Rock Recap

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Plymouth Rock!

So I am really dropping the ball with blogging, I just finished race number 12 and barely had time to write this! I have enjoyed doing this blog, but I am afraid it may need to be put on a shelf after I run number 13, but I do want to see this challenge through including blogging about it!

The Run to the Rock was a nice race, it was great weather and with one race left, I can say the weather gods were on my side for most of my runs. The race was in Plymouth and there was a disclaimer when signing up, that there would be hills and hill training was recommended. I wasn’t too worried, but they held true to their word. The course was challenging, but I would say all hills were short enough not to mess with my mind too much, there were just ALOT of them. It really didn’t flatten out until mile 9/10. The course itself was scenic with the first 6 miles in the Miles Standish Park which was pretty boring, but the roads were closed so I will not complain too much. Once we got closer to town, spectators started popping up and finally when I saw the ocean, I knew the rock was close.

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The downside to this race was the start organization. While not giving an exact address to the start (just said College Pond) there were many of us driving down a dirt road completely lost. Luckily with plenty of time to regroup, we found it. There were no signs and the general lay out was disorganized. The finish area was much more organized with post race refreshments and swag. I did like that they gave the t-shirts out AFTER the race, I think this makes it a little more valuable and allows runners to earn their shirt.

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Overall, I had a good race, as I have mentioned in previous posts (the few I have written!) I have had a busy August with lots of fun events. Those fun events definitely took a toll on my body and I have felt sluggish, but it seems the race woke up the muscles and reminded them they can run a comfortable race. So while it was not my fastest, I thought it was going to be alot worse. Here we go, I really can’t believe its here, number 13 this Sunday.  I have been thinking about this race since I ran around Manhattan in sub zero temps back in January, I am very excited and to make it even better in my own city.

Boston 13. 1, here I come!

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11 down…2 to go! Jamestown Half

Do I really only have 2 races left in this crazy challenge??? For some reason, 2 just seems so close! I won’t be running another race until September 7th, which just seems SO far away, but with vacations and just some rest time, I must say I am looking forward to the break. Don’t worry I will still be doing plenty of running and thinking those random thoughts, so posts won’t be lacking!

Great concert to start a crazy 24 hours!

Great concert to start a crazy 24 hours!

Here was the 24 hours leading up to the Jamestown Half:

Friday, 4:30p: Friend arrives and we head to Fenway area for dinner

6:30p: Hop on Hubway bikes and ride to Fenway for concert

6:45p: Find our seats and settle in among the already way too drunk crowd

10:45: Enjoyed a great concert and extra excited that it ended before 11!

12:00a Get home, ready for bed and fall asleep by 12:45

Sat 4:15a: Alarm goes off and I am dressed for the race

4:30a: Back in the car and driving to Jamestown RI

So if you had trouble following that timeline, I got almost 4 hours of sleep before running a half marathon. I was expecting the worst. As mentioned in earlier posts, I was excited for the early start time on Saturday, I just didn’t know how tired I was actually going to feel when I got there. I was tired! When I arrived at the race at 5:40a, I took a 10 minute power nap which really helped. I then got out of my car to pick up my number and get myself ready. The race started at 6:30a, and I was well aware I had to take a 10 minute shuttle to the start. I figured 5:50 was plenty of time to accomplish all of this. WRONG! It took 40 minutes to get through the number pick up line. It was crazy and I can’t really pinpoint why it was so slow. Everything was organized, but just moved at a snails pace. I tried not to stress myself out as there were about 500 other runners in the same situation as me. I came to accept that they were either going to start the race late or I would just start running when I get there. I mean I don’t really have to be there when the gun goes off, my chip records my time either way, right?

I arrive at the start and no one is moving too fast, at this point it would have been nice to have a little more communication that they had decided to start the race late, but I had to find out from a spectator. So with this news, I headed to the PortaJon line (which wasn’t bad at all!) and do my thing and head to the start. It was cool but muggy, if that is possible, and very overcast which was perfect!

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Such a nice backdrop for the race finish

The race itself was hilly, I knew this going into it, so there were no surprises. While it was hilly it was manageable, the hills required you to push yourself, but there were enough downhills to keep you sane. The course was scenic, and Jamestown itself was beautiful. The runners, I must say were a sight to see. As you know my thoughts of runners and well…alot of them are really odd, this race only supported my thoughts even more. I had one woman that smelled so strongly of Ben Gay, my sinuses will be clear for the next 3 months. She insisted on sprinting past me and then walking, which led to us continually running near each other and me breathing in that one of a kind smell. I had another runner carry a sponge and continuously sponge herself off during the race and then my favorite runner, the one who listened to her iphone on speaker for all of us to listen in, because I really want Carly Rae Jepsen inspiring me up this hill (can you tell this one is a pet peeve??)

Besides the strange runners, I had a pretty good race. I went into it knowing I was going to be tired and it was going to be hot, so I just ran very relaxed. I tried to push my pace slightly but knew I was not going to be setting any records which in turn led to a great race. I felt good the whole time and when I was finished I felt great, despite asking myself how the heck I got here and did I really just run a half with 3.5 hours of sleep?

Who knows how I mustered up the energy, but I did it and now it was time to get back on the shuttle. I will say before getting on the shuttle, the finish area was very crowded and hard to navigate. Spectators were allowed to wander through which made getting to the water frustrating. Once crossing the finish, the first thing greeting the runners was pizza (gross!) and then there were snacks, protein drinks, and then FINALLY I found the water down the road. I thought it was weird, but there was plenty once I got there. I grabbed one and headed right to the shuttle, which I was dreading, but there were no lines and the loading area was very organized. The ride was only about 8 minutes, but the bus looked like someone had taken a hose to the inside of it. Sweat drenched every inch of the bus. It was gross, my bus buddy and I agreed that its just sweat and we were ok if one of us “dripped” on the other. Disgusting I know, but it was better than one of us awkwardly trying to wipe off the sweat.

Once back at the car, I toweled off and changed. I tried my best to look human again as I had made plans to meet up with my friend in the next town over of Newport. We had a great morning in Newport and I would love to spend more time there. We had breakfast at Diegos and drinks at The Landing. It was great and I could have spent all day there, but I knew I had an hour and half drive ahead of me and sleep was calling my name!

So now I have 49 days until my next race, Run to the Rock. I am sure it will be here fast, and I have alot of fun stuff in between to keep me busy. Oh and I haven’t mentioned this to anyone as I was too sad to acknowledge it, but Saturday was my last race in my 20’s. The next time I run I will be moved to a new age group…watch out 30-34 year olds, I am coming for ya!

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One Run for Boston

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So a running friend asked me to do this a few weeks ago, I didn’t relieze I was getting into something so big…please spread the word and follow the final miles today…I will be joining 650 other runners, for the final 8 miles of the course to bring it home to Boylston St. Its going to be great!

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/06/29/onerun-for-boston-marathon-bombings-one-runner-along-coast-coast-relay-finds-meaning/Iq2wt4CBEHVhyT9PynFWEK/story.html

For more info:http://onerunforboston.org/

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10 down…3 to go! Castle Awards Half

Numero 10 in the books! While I have written about some of my recent races and how everything just felt “right”, the Castle Awards Half was very much the opposite. It was just a bad race, but its in the book despite the challenge!

This race was in Seekonk, MA which to be honest with you, I had no idea where it was, but discovered it is a small town tucked on the Rhode Island border. When I arrived at the Seekonk YMCA, there were only about 4 cars in the parking lot. This was a little concerning seeing that the race started in 45 minutes, but I went into the gym to pick up my number where there were a few other runners, but it was very apparent this was going to be a small race. Oh and did I mention what number I was lucky enough to wear?

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Runnin Dirtayy

As the start time got closer, runners did trickle in and we were all told to file into the back parking lot.  In all there were 143 runners who took part in a overall nice course. There were challenging hills mixed in, but plenty of nice views and enough shade along the course to keep you cool. My one minor complaint was no Gatorade on the course. I think for any halfs run in the summer months, Gatorade is a must. I don’t expect it at every water station, but it does help when temps start to rise. For me, I have been fighting some allergy congestion and it really got to me on the course.  I was super frustrated with my legs wanting to go faster, but not being able to catch my breath, it was a very uncomfortable feeling and I accepted around mile 7 that I needed to listen to my body.

After crossing the finish line, I just wanted to get home, but one of the best perks of this race, was full access to the Y’s locker room. I was able to get a layer of sweat off and put on some fresh clothes for the ride home.  Along with fresh clothes, a bonus for running on the Rhode Island border? Honey Dew Iced Coffee! It is delicious and a nice treat with none in my area!

This race reminded me a lot of my second half this year, Colchester Half, a no frills race for people to come together and run. The race director was very hands on, from providing a hand drawn map of the course, to standing on the back of the lead truck and giving us an overview of the course before we started. While it was no frills for the most part, check out the massive amount of swag. Pretty impressive!

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Yup, that is a Capri Sun!

Once home and showered, I had a nice afternoon with my family. We grilled up some burgers, and enjoyed a round of Mint Juleps.  A good weekend all around and now almost a full month until my next half, what will I do with myself?!?

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So you want to be a Tough Mudder…

I know I said this weeks posts were going to be all about getting into the summer state of mind, but I had this post that I forgot to share yesterday…I promise a summer inspired post tomorrow, but in the mean time:

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Its been over a week since my “Mudder” experience and I am already getting asking if I will be participating in the New England Tough Mudder in August. While I will not, I know there are a ton of people that will be competing in their first Mudder, so I thought I would share some tips to “stay tough”:

  • Before your Mudder, know your teammates, or at least have a game plan as to how you will tackle the course. If you have a large group, will you stay together? Split into varying fitness levels? Have meeting spots? As mentioned in my recap, we had a big group, and we would stop and wait for everyone, which took a lot of momentum out of the day.
  •  Your start time is a suggestion…kinda. I can’t say this with 100% certainty, but none of us had watches on and so when we thought it was our start time we headed to the start line, little did we know that we had started with the wave before ours. No one stopped us, no one checked, so it was nice to get a head start. Lord knows we needed it!
  • Check your pride at the door. This event is all about teamwork, you are going to need the help of others and you will get it. Whether you are participating by yourself or with a group, everyone is willing to help out. Once you let go of feeling uncomfortable as a stranger grabs your ass to assist you in getting over a wall, you will have a blast with the obstacles!
  • As for what to wear, I went with lifting gloves and I would say they helped until you get to the monkey bars, but for the sake of using your hands the next day, I would wear a pair. Anything else you wear, try for all things wicking. I went on a kayak trip once and our guide told us, “Cotton is the Devil” and I can’t express how true his words are at an event like this.  Also the more skin you have exposed, the more cuts you will have, so choose wisely. Your shoes will not come home with you, so don’t get too attached.
  • Many people wore Camelbacks, and while I was very worried that any type of pack would get in the way, I wish I had worn my small running pack to keep snacks in. My teammates and I were hungry and I think Sportbeans or Gu’s would have gone a long way.  For the most part, I don’t think a pack would have gotten in the way.
  • Have fun with the day. Laugh and enjoy the craziness you are participating in. There will be low points as you participate in a 12 mile obstacle course, but I can say a week later my teammates and I are still laughing at various moments during the day. During the low points, push on and focus on the feeling of achievement you will have once you cross the finish line.

If you were hoping to get some insight as to what the obstacles are “really” like, I am going to keep that a mystery. I think part of the fun of Tough Mudder is experiencing the obstacles and learning what the “ Arctic Enema” is and do those electrodes really hurt? Only those with the orange headband really know…

Good Luck!

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Say Hello to the Newest Mudder!

Its done…over with…in the books. I can say I did  Tough Mudder Boston. Am I counting down the minutes to Mudder 2014? Probably not, but I am glad I did it and can say I did have some fun and definitely alot of stories came out of it.

The event was held at Gunstock Ski Area in New Hampshire, which was about a 2 hour ride from Boston. We met up with 3 of our teamates and were on the road by 6am. All participants had to park 30 minutes from the mountain and take a bus to the event. A little annoying, but we had pleanty of warning and there were tons of buses, so it wasn’t that bad. It was a little challenging to decide what to bring with us and what to leave in the car for before and after the challenge (i.e money, phone, food, etc.) but we just risked it with one phone and a little bit of cash. I did mention to my Husband that I felt like I was in the scence of Forest Gump when he is getting bused to boot camp with Bubba…a little anxious, not sure what we are in store for…

Once we arrived at Gunstock, we went through registration which was a very well organized process. After getting out numbers pinned on, we got “inked” by volunteers writing our numbers on our arms and forehead. It was a sexy look for sure.

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The “before” picture…ready to go

There were 15 people on our team, I only knew 3, so it was a little awkward meeting the rest of the team, and with such a big group coordination was challenging. We waited about 40 minutes for the rest of the team to arrive, once we were all there we headed to the start where we were greeted with a 10 foot wall to get to the start line…nothing like getting right into it. Everyone on our team was great, the whole thing required alot of teamwork and we quickly figured out it was the only way we were going to get through these obstacles. A few of the guys hoisted me up and over, I went landing flat on my ass on the other side. It wasn’t graceful, but I made it to the start line and was ready to go!

After hiking up about a half mile, we were met with our first obstacle of climbing under barbed wire through mud and rocks, the barbed wire was the least of my problems as the rocks and dirt cut up my arms and legs pretty good. So about a half mile in and were covered in mud, we trudged along. I won’t elaborate on every obstacle, but for the most part obstacles were challenging but fun. They required teamwork and alot of muscles you didn’t know you had. You could pass any obstacle that you were uncomfortable with and really once you left that start line, it was up to you to get through the course. Some of the highlights of obstacles were the Artic Enema which was a dumpster filled with more ice than the North Pole, in which you had to jump in and swim under a barbed wire fence to get to the other side. I have never felt anything so cold in my life and actually felt my whole body stop working. My husband who was on the other side to hoist me out, said my face was priceless…I wish there was a picture to capture this freezing cold moment. Other highlights include jumping over fire into a muddy pit…in which I have no jump abilities and landed in the fire, but quickly flopped into the pit. I think the one I was most proud of was Mount Everest in which you had to run up a Half Pipe as best you could and grab onto the volunteers waiting at the top, once you grabbed on, you had to do whatever it took to hoist yourself up and over. There was plenty of jumping over logs, climbing in rocky tunnels, etc. Overall I had fun with the obstacles, the part that really just knocked us all out was the climbing. There were 4 uphill climbs, each about a mile up, followed by a mile down. Which doesn’t seem horrible as I write this, but the climbs included 90 degree temps, super muddy, gravel, and rock covered trails. We were all exhausted and when we would arrive at an obstacle, it took everything to coordinate our muscles to get us through. I did end up skipping the Berlin Wall which was two 10 foot walls that we needed to go up and over. By that point my legs were starting to shake, and I knew I was at the point of potentially really hurting myself if I took a dive off the wall.

Along with the massive amount of uphill climbing, was the length of time it took us to complete the course and the lack of food and water we had. The amount of time it took, was more of a team logistics issue. We had 15 people on our team of all abilities so we spread out along the course and would wait for others to catch up. This took alot of momentum out the day and ended up taking us 6 hours to complete the event. With the hot temps, water was needed alot! I think the course had a decent amount of aid stations, but only 2 had food, which was on the light side, given the amount of hiking and exercise we were doing. There was only one stop with Gatorade, which I think really should have been at each stop, given the amount of people that were stopping and cramping up. I am sure there are a ton of logistics that go into it, so I won’t be too critical, but I can say our team was VERY hungry by the time we were done.

As the day progressed, the 3 others and myself that stuck together from our team, started to loose steam. Mentally the hills just started to wear on us, but we pushed through and all ended with smiles and laughing. As our first time doing this event, we didn’t know if this is just how these events are, or we were just lucky enough to experience a really “tough” Tough Mudder…the consensus from veteran Mudders was that, this one was EXTRA tough. When we finally did run through our last obstacle of “ElectroTherapy” we were greeted at the finish line with the coveted Mudder Headband, T-Shirt, and a beer. It was well organized and I had all 3 items within a minute of finishing. None of the team was too interested in the beer, but the small amount I had tasted amazing!

Post Mudder!

Post Mudder!

The event did offer a bag check, which was very organized and actually had pretty good security, everyone that dropped off a bag had to show various identification to pick up their bag, and after the event, our bag was safe and sound with cash, phone and keys still inside. There were hanging hoses, as showers which were great for getting a few layers of dirt off and changing areas to change into the best feeling clothes I have ever put on. Once we were all changed up, some of us hit up the food vendors for much needed food. It was your typical festival food. Everything was very overpriced, but it served its purpose. When I say overpriced, there was no water before the event, but you could buy a bottle for 3 bucks…I usually wouldn’t complain about this, but when I just paid 170 bucks to participate in the event and its 90 degrees out, a cup of water would go along way….

The final piece of the day was getting back on the bus for the 30 minutes ride back to our car. This was the only part a little disorganized, and we had to stand in line for about 30 minutes to get on the bus. Once on the bus, we made the trek back, dozing off along the way, but finally we arrived back at the car! We piled in and headed home. We had started the day with such great intentions to drink the night away once we were home, but as every mile passed…the excitement got less and less. The whole day took much longer than we anticipated and did not arrive home until 9p. We agreeed that we at least needed to have a few beers, so we went as is (still muddy and wearing our headbands) to a local bar. We attempted to lift our glasses to toast, had a few, and then went home. Showering was an experience… between exhaustion, the cuts and bruises, and the massive amount of mud EVERYWHERE…it took a long time. But we had done it, we completed Tough Mudder Boston. Sure the obstacles were tough, but on a whole I think the many other things that went into the day, really made it the “Tough” Mudder.

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9 down…4 to go! Run to Remember Recap

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I did it! I ran 5 half marathons in a row! Looking back I can’t believe I have spent every Sunday of the last 5 weeks at a half marathon, but I did and I must say I do feel a little relief to have a break from the strict routine of the week leading up to each race. This past weekend I ran the Run to Remember in my home city of Boston! Here is the recap…

First, it was just so great to run a race 20 minutes from my house, while it has been great to run in different areas, running in my own backyard was great! The Run to Remember is run each year to honor police officers that have fallen in the line of duty, as you can imagine this year took on an extra special meaning. A special recognition to the victims of the marathon bombing and MIT officer, Sean Collier started off the race.  Security was heightened but for the most part I did not notice any extra delays or uncomfortable level of police presence.

This race was the first half marathon I ever ran 6 years ago, hard to believe the amount of miles I have completed since then, so I knew what I was in for as far as the course. It is a great out and back flat course that takes you along the Charles River and through downtown Boston.

The weather was cold and rainy starting out with temps in the 40’s, climbing to about 50 during the race. It was not the temperatures you would expect for late May, but it sure beat sweltering temps as this race has been known for in years past. I finally remembered to wear a throw away shirt (an old long sleeve shirt, that I toss off along the course and not worry about getting it back) which came in very handy. I finally felt warm around mile 7 and tossed it off.

It was very crowded, and a very slow start, there were many points during the course that got very narrow which forced all runners to slow to a crawl, which was a little frustrating, but I just tried to enjoy the run and not worry about time. I did run this race with a running friend, and it was great to have company along the run. It was amazing how much faster this race went by because I was running with someone. My friend is slightly faster than me, which kept me pushing my pace. We made up for a lot of time on the 2nd half of the race, but still I came in 12 seconds short of the under 2 hour mark. I was bummed, but looking back at what I did to make up time, I didn’t let it get the best of me. My husband also reminded me, that I just ran my 5th half marathon in a row and it was my 2nd fastest since I started this challenge…not bad.

My husband did come along to cheer me on, which was great, but unfortunately with the massive crowds, it was tough for him to see me finish, which is always a let down. I still appreciate the support and we were able to go to one of my favorite brunch spots after, Tavern on the Square, which I enjoyed a big Bloody Mary!

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This race had a lot to look at along the course, and I think one of the most special pieces of the race was the half mile stretch of the course which Police Officers from all over Massachusetts stood outside their cruisers and high fived all the runners…very special.

Overall a fun race, and I can put #9 in the books, on to the Castle Awards Half in Seekonk, MA in 3 weeks, in the mean time bring on the Tough Mudder next weekend!

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8 down…5 to go! River Run Half Recap

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Another race in the books! This one almost didn’t happen thanks to a major flat tire as I was about to leave for Newburyport, but thankfully my husband was home and we did a quick car swap! I can’t believe I really only have 1 more race in this 5 week stretch! On to the recap of this past weekends race…

I was fortunate enough to have ANOTHER great weather day, while it was a little on the warm side, the sun was out, there was a breeze and enough shady spots to give runners a break from the sun. I got an extra surprise by not only my best friend coming out to support, but my brother came out to cheer me on. It was nice boost and just what I needed!

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The River Run was a small race with just over 300 runners and relay option as well. The relay threw me for a loop as far as pacing with people flying by me in which I had to keep reminding myself they were only running 3 miles, not the full! Because of the small race the support was a little on the weak side…most water stations (there were only 3) had only one volunteer at them. It wasn’t a huge deal, but with the warmer temps, people were definitely wanting a little more support as far as water. There was no gatorade along the course, which again with the warmer temps would have been nice, but with the small race I guess the goal was to keep everything low key. The course was a great flat course with only 1 hill and alot of good scenery. The course was open, which was fine but there was also a huge bike event going on and another smaller race, which made for busy streets and alot of traffic.  Runners were friendly and I was asked several times about by shirt and my 13, 13.1’s goal…it was nice to chat with others along the course and because the races are beginning to blend together I was telling everyone this was my 7th race, when really it was my 8th, such a nice bonus when I finally realized it!

Back at the start/ finish area runners were given 2 beer tickets, 2 slices of pizza and a cup of chili. I didn’t cash in on any of these treats but a nice way to welcome the runners back. Before the race, the Portajon line was out of control…there were only 4 Portajons and WHOLE lot of runners needing to go.

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I finished the day by going out to a post race lunch with my friend and brother and enjoying a Margarita and some nachos at Agave in downtown Newburyport. Overall a nice race and looking forward to running in my hometown for a great cause this coming weekend…Run to Remember here I come!

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7 down…6 to go! Providence Half Recap

I am over the hump! Am I really more than half way to my goal of 13 races this year?? It is hard to believe, but I must admit I am hitting a bit of a wall. While I am excited to reach the half way point, I still feel like there is still a long way to go and my body is feeling it. I think most runners hit this wall at some point during their training and I know it will pass. I have to stay focused on each week and break down the big picture and take one run at a time. On to the recap of this weekends race…

The United Healthcare Half Marathon is a BIG race, this was really my first big race since I have started this challenge, and I think I have become accustomed to the small scale race as I was annoyed with the amounts of people everywhere! Along with the half there was a full marathon happening along with a fitness expo. I knew ahead of time that I would be asked to pay for parking, which I find a little frustrating when you pay your race fees, but it was only $10, so I can’t complain too much. Despite the long number pick up and bathroom lines, both moved quickly and were organized well. Real bathrooms are always exciting!

The race began at 8a, or so I thought…runners began packing into the corals at 7:55 and we waited…and waited some more. The race did not begin until 8:20a! There was also a ton of security, which with recent events is to be expected…but between being packed in corals for close to 30 minutes, military people on top of buildings, bomb sniffing dogs all over the place, I definitely started to feel overwhelmed. I am totally fine with things coming up and not being able to completely control the start time, especially if it was for our safety, but communication from race staff would have been helpful!

Once the race got underway, I felt tight and just off…I did finally loosen up some, but for the most part I was uncomfortable most of the race and I think my body is starting to feel all of these consecutive races.  The course itself was nice, alot of great scenery with some pretty steady inclines mixed in. Weather wise it was extremely muggy, overcast, and then started to rain the last 3 miles. I am not going to complain at ALL about weather, as I feel I have been very lucky for all of my races. Because of the sogginess, there were no photo ops, but did snap a pic once I was home. This race takes the prize for cool medals and swag (a free reusable heat pack and first aid kit!), I am not usually into the swag, but this was a nice treat!

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While I am glad to put number 7 behind me, I am going to go with as much rest and stretching as I can this week to hopefully recharge the body for Newburyport this weekend. Hopefully I will be back on the up swing of this funk and be ready to attack number 8!

Run On-

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