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River Run Half Marathon 2016

While I may have taken a couple weeks off this summer and lost all my speed. Literally, no speed whatsoever in these legs, I did not lose the distance. I could easily run long distances after taking so many weeks off. However, they were all very slow miles. Naturally, I thought it would be a great idea to run the River Run half marathon.

The River Run half marathon is a favorite in our house because that is where Ryan and I met. On the bus to the start of the race when I sat down next to him, all those years ago…

I should have went into this race with a realistic goal of like 1:45-1:50. Instead, in my head I thought I would run close to a 1:43. In the spring, I was in shape for a sub 1:40 so I thought 3 minutes slower would be easy.

To start, I went out too fast, no surprise there but by mile 2 I was done. Like completely ready to quit. In my head for the next couple miles, I told myself I could quit and should just stop running. Then I day dreamed about if I was smarter and was a spectator for the race instead.

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Current Status: Trying to figure out where to drop out of the race.

Surprisingly, as much as I was hating running and myself during the race, the miles clicked by quickly. Mile 6 was there before I knew it. I honestly have no idea why I kept running this race. I had no idea what my finish time would be but knew it would be much slower than what I had predicted.

The next couple miles kept going by fast despite my pace dropping significantly. I hit mile 10 and knew I was not going to quit by this point and I kept telling myself, only a 5K left.

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As I neared the finish line, I could see my friends who already finished that were heading out for some cool down miles. They cheered when they saw me but I wouldn’t even look at them. Despite being close to the finish line, I was still cranky about my declining time.

I finished with a time of 1:47:52 an 8:12 pace. One of my slowest half marathons in a very long time.

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MidTown Classic 10K

I’m about 3 weeks late writing this post but at least I haven’t skipped writing the recap. Ever since I have started my blog, I have blogged about every race I have ran, except 1. The one I didn’t write I was just so busy writing about other topics that months had gone by and I though it would have been silly to recap it at that point.

Anyways, about 3 weeks ago I ran this race and it was the 3rd year in a row doing so. I had 2 goals for the race, run a decent time in the 45-46 minute range and place top 3 overall.

Race morning was cold, rainy and windy which was a surprise compared to the nice weather we had been having. I brought 2 pairs of shoes to the race. 1 to warm up in and if they got wet I could change to another pair. I ended up not getting too wet during the warm up but changed shoes anyways so that I could race in my Hokas! I bought my first pair of Hokas recently and I may never run in anything else. Seriously great shoes.

The race starts the 5K and 10K at the same time so as the race started I had to remind myself to stay at my own pace. I tried to see how many people were in front of me but it was hard to tell with both races at the same time. As we got close to where the 5K split off I was just closing in on a girl and was excited to pass her. Unfortunately, as I went to pass her, she turned and was only running the 5K.

I looked ahead and tried to pick off my next victim. There was someone in the distance and I kept trying to figure out if it was a guy or a girl. Every time I got close to this runner they would get this sudden surge of energy and go ahead. At the turnaround point, I could tell I was in a solid 4th place female overall. There was no way I would catch the next female unless she decided to start walking. I also figured out the runner I was trying to pass was a guy lol.

At this point in the race, I felt really good. I looked at my watch and I was going to run a good time! Probably in the 45’s which was exactly where I wanted to be. I’m not sure what happened around mile 5 but I developed a horrible cramp in my side. Like the world’s worst side stitch. I told myself there was only a mile left and I totally had it in me. However, no matter what I did, the cramp just got worse. I almost wished that I would pass out because the pain was so bad. I slowed to a 9:30 pace and waited for the next runner to pass me. I even started to contemplate dropping out because I was in so much pain.

I really have no idea how I finished the race but I eventually did and even with slowing way down during the entire last 1.2 miles I managed to finish in 46:29 and 4th female overall but 2nd in my age group. The girl in 5th was close to getting me but I must have just barely kept ahead. As soon as I finished the race I thought the cramp would have stopped. However, it didn’t and it hurt just to walk.

Friends watching the news caught me on the news post race!
Friends watching the news caught me on the news post race!

3 weeks later, the doctors are trying to figure out what this pain was and why it is still causing me pain now. Luckily it has finally stopped hurting all the time but for weeks I couldn’t even walk without pain. Fun Times. Sorry for the downer of a recap LOL

Bodhi really likes the brick as well
Bodhi really likes the brick as well

The good news is I received my 2nd brick from this race for placing in my age group. The first year I ran it I didn’t place but ever since then I have made it my goal to get a brick!

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River Run Half Marathon 2014

It was no secret that all summer I was hoping that River Run would be the race I would go sub 1:40. It’s know for being a fairly flat race and net downhill. All I had to do was run smart. (not always easy)

Race morning Ryan and I made a last minute decision to drive to the race instead of taking the buses. The buses take too long to leave and get there so when you get to the start of the race, you have to get into a ridiculously long bathroom line or warm up for the race. Driving to the start allowed Ryan and I to go to the bathroom, warm up, go to the bathroom again and keep as many layers on as I wanted without having to throw away clothes.

At the start of the race, it was laughable how many people (and I admit they were women) were at the very front of the start line and you knew there was no way they were going to run a fast half marathon. I wish newer runners understood, how important it is to line up where you belong for races and not at the very front. End Rant.

Sexy Hermes people modeling the River Run shirt which I am a huge fan of. Womens cut shirts and pink ink!
Sexy Hermes people modeling the River Run shirt which I am a huge fan of. Womens cut shirts and pink ink!

I had looked up the pace I had planned on running and had planned to stick as close to that as I could. In the past I have admittedly gone out way too fast for the first 3 miles and then died out for the last 10.1. When the race started I immediately dialed into my pace and was happy that it felt easy. My next hope was that someone nearby would be close to my pace and I could run with them for the race.

The first 3-4 flew by at a 7:34 pace for those miles and was feeling good and taking running very seriously. My watch was clicking early though as if the mile markers were off. There were a couple roller hills I had forgot about as well as a lot of turns but I was confident I would crush my PR and run around 1:38 because I thought I could pick it up. Miles 5-7 I ran crazy random paces at 6:49, 7:10 and 6:57.

I believe this photo was around mile 6? Yes the guy behind me has on a sweet purple mesh top.
I believe this photo was around mile 6? Yes the guy behind me has on a sweet purple mesh top.

I took my gu around mile 7 or 8. I really don’t remember but I was definitely needing it. I was hungry and getting these weird chills. Probably needed food or sugar because I don’t like to eat much before hard races.

I looked down at my watch and I was going back and forth between a 7:30 and a 7:40 pace and I knew at mile 9 a large hill was coming up that kicks my guza. I was wrong because i think the hill was mile 9.5 or 10 but it was killer. I passed a couple people but when I got to the top and got to come back down, I couldn’t get my legs to get going fast again. I slipped to a 7:45 pace and told myself the last couple miles would fly by and at mile 11 I’ll pick it up and cruise to the finish. My watch was continuing to beep early and every mile marker I had off by about .2.

Unfortunately, the wheels came off and I just didn’t have anything left in the tank. My pace slipped to an 8 or 8:15 pace and I had nothing. I felt like I was pushing my legs to go faster but they didn’t listen.

Look at that serious face in both pictures.
Look at that serious face in both pictures.

I swear I love running and was having a good time, despite the look on my face. I just really wanted that PR! I got a little discourage at the end of the race where I saw on my watch 1:39:45 at mile 13.1 but the finish line was further down 😦

I had the course measured at 13.34 but most of my friends had it around 13.17. I ended up coming in at a 1:41:39, a 7:46 pace. (faster than the 5 mile pace I ran the week before! That’s how bad that 5 miler went for me).

River Run Half Marathon Finishers medal
River Run Half Marathon Finishers medal

Overall I was very happy with my time and how well I ran. It wasn’t a PR but I feel like I ran as best as I could. I am now looking for an October or November half marathon so that I can get that half marathon PR!

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Celebrate Westlake 5 Miler

For years I ran the Miles for Smiles 5K, when I moved to the westside, I went back and forth between running the Celebrate Westlake 5 miler and the Oktoberfest 5K. This year, like most, the 5 miler won my attention. I never race well at this race but it’s still a great race and great training.

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This race falls on Labor Day weekend and is almost always very hot! (although the first year I did it, it was freezing cold and raining). The temps for the race were to start in the mid 70s and rise to 90 throughout the day so I was eager for the race to start before it got too hot.

I felt comfortable after a nice easy 1.5 mile warmup, however, as I walked to the start line I noticed that the temperature had already rose significantly.

The first mile is flat so my plan was to go out conservatively at a 7:20 pace. However, during the race I ended up going out at a 6:50 pace. Mix going out too fast with temperatures rising and my wheels just fall off. My 2nd mile was around a 7:50 but felt like I was pushing to a 10 minute pace. At mile 3 you run almost a mile on a flat trail. It messes with your time a little but not too bad.

After I finished the trail section, I think my legs finally recovered from going out too fast and started to get into their normal running routine. as I was suddenly below 7:30 paces. The last .5 of the race or so the 5K merges in but the road is huge and completely blocked off so there is plenty of room for everyone. However, it was nice to have more runners to pick off at the end of the race.

I finished as strong as I could for the race (and of course, almost puked). I ended up with a 38:41 a 7:44 pace. Which is pretty horrible for me. But you have to run some bad races to get some good races in!

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Outrun Hunger 5K

Hello Snow
Hello Snow

I swear when I registered for this race the weather said 47 and sunny. I must have missed the memo that we were we also getting 5 inches of snow the day before the race. (Note: this race was almost 2 weeks ago and I’m just getting to the recap now.)

Needless to say, I was less than excited to run this race with as much snow as we were getting. Since I was already battling plantar fasciitis I set my goal to 1) not fall and 2) treat it as a speed workout.

Photo courtesy of CleGreg
Photo courtesy of CleGreg

I struggled with my footing the first mile of the race and lost some time. However, the sun came out and I swear the snow started melting. My footing on the ground got better as the race went on.

Courtesy of Ryan
Courtesy of Ryan

I had zoned out very early on in this race. I had no idea what place I was in and barely looked at my watch for fear of what the time would tell me.

Photo courtesy of CleGreg
Photo courtesy of CleGreg

Once again during a 5K, I crushed the 2nd mile, usually I struggle during the second mile and pick it up the 3rd mile. I kept up my pace and cruised through the finish line for 2nd overall female and first in my age group. Official Time of 23:22, with the bad footing and the giant hill I was happy to go under 24 minutes.

Cutting Board Awards
Cutting Board Awards

I have to admit the only reason I signed up for this race was for the chance to win one of the awesome cutting board age group awards.  However, after learning more about The Centers for Families and Children, I’ll be back next year for the cause and not the award,

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St. Malachi 5 Miler

I believe over 4,000 runners showed up for the race and I’m so short you can’t even come close to finding me in this pic.

Starting line
Starting line

I was really nervous about this race with my plantar fasciitis flare up going on. I did a 1.5 mile warm up and I could already feel the tightness and soreness. That tightness got worse just before the start from standing around in the cold. When the gun went off I was so nervous my legs weren’t going to work they were so tight.

As funny as my legs felt, I just went through the motions of the race and told myself “run your own race“. Malachi is a huge race with the top runners in the area participating. I’m lucky to come in the top 10 of my age group for this race so it is nice to focus on solely competing with myself.

I ran the first mile in 6:45 and the 2nd mile is mostly downhill so I wasn’t worried about holding a certain pace or pushing myself. However the 3rd mile is mostly flat and you feel that downhill on your legs. I would have ran a pretty good 5K race at this point. The next section is up the huge hill around the browns stadium, it went by a lot faster than I expected. However, my pace went way down.

Fierce Face
Fierce Face

For the last mile, I was concentrating on getting up and over the last hill which is actually the Superior bridge. Once you are over the bridge it is all downhill from there (in the best way possible). I let that downhill carry me down the bridge and saw my pace picking up. In the past the finish line would be not far after you get off the bridge. This year the finish line was down a huge huge hill. I barreled down it and hoped it would get me to my goal time.

I was shooting for anything in the 36s. It’s not a PR but it’s a time I felt I could run while dealing with this plantar fasciitis. As hard as I was pushing down that hill, I didn’t quite make my goal. I did however run a 37:12 a 7:26 pace, so only 12 seconds from being in the 36s. Not my best time and not my worst so I’ll take it and improve from there.

Malachi Love at Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood
Malachi Love at Rozi’s Wine House in Lakewood

I finished out the day with 8 more miles making it 14 for the day.

While looking through the photos from the race, I found this gem of a finish line photo. I have high hopes that one day I can get a photo like this.

Sidenote: I have no idea who this guy is. Welcome to the blog.
Sidenote: I have no idea who this guy is. Welcome to the blog.

Do you have any awesome finish line photos? Or are you like me and usually get a photo while you are stopping your watch.

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Bulldog 5K

I’m a little behind on blogging but about 2 weeks ago now I ran the Bulldog 5K. It was my first race back after all the asthma stuff and wedding stuff. My only goal was to run anywhere in the 22s.

I registered last minute so I ended up with a large shirt....which is almost the length of my dress.
I registered last minute so I ended up with a large shirt….which is almost the length of my dress.

There are a ton of kids at this race since it takes place at a local church/school. Of course they all lined up at the very front of the starting line. Not ideal but I used it as a way to not go out too fast.

First mile was sub 7 and I really struggled to get a decent breath in while running. By mile 2 I had it under control and was struggling to keep my pace. For the 3rd mile I was able to kick it up. Despite kicking, I was being passed by all these guys!

By this time I was doing the math in my head to see where I would end up and I was pretty sure I was in the high 23s. I wasn’t happy about it but it was my first race back. However, when I turned the corner, I looked at my watch and I had a chance to go well under 23!

Kicking...don't puke
Kicking…don’t puke

As I neared the finish line, I wasn’t in the 23s or the 22s, I was in the 21s!

Clock had me at 21:53, my watch said 21:47 but we'll go with the official time
Clock had me at 21:53, my watch said 21:47 but we’ll go with the official time

A 21:53 5K is nowhere near my PR but it was under my goal time and not bad for my first race back!

4th overall and 1st in my age group
4th overall and 1st in my age group

This was also my first race with my new last name. Probably throwing a lot of people off now.

 

Happy, tired running couple. Ryan was first overall!
Happy, tired running couple. Ryan was first overall!