Sunday, October 2, 2016

Boundary Waters Bank 1/2 Marathon

The fam-damily and I traveled to Ely, MN at the end of September, where I ran the Boundary Waters Bank 1/2 Marathon....my first experience with a smaller race, with just a few hundred runners in the half and another couple hundred in the full. I finished in roughly 2:16, and considering the crash-training I did for just 3 weeks before race day, I am thrilled with that. Not to mention the course was hilly. So very, very hilly. 

We headed up on Friday so we could get settled in our cabin, which we rented along with 2 other friends and their families. Us moms also had to grab our race packets.  And made a stop at Kohls because I forgot the pack comfy pants. Comfy pants are a MUST!!  We all ended up buying the same pair just for fun... Don't worry, I don't mind that you think I'm a giant dork (photo proof below...I'm on the right). 



  It was an exciting race-eve...this was a first half marathon for both of my friends.  I may or may not have been the instigator for the whole thing.... 😎

Race morning, my very supportive husband dropped us off at the start. This is early morning, in Northern Minnesota in late September...so it was a tad chilly.  One thing I loved about this race was that they encouraged participants to bring a blanket to stay warm prior to the start, and then ditch it....blankets are then gathered and donated to those in need. What a fantastic idea!!

The race began and I did a good job of pacing myself. Soon, that decision was confirmed in my head...as I went over hill after hill after hill. 

The best part of the race came fairly early, after just a few miles. My husbands best friend happens to live on the race course, so my family and my friends families were at the end of the driveway way cheering us on. ❤️

The rest of the race went fine, apart from feeling like the hills would never end (and they really didn't). Like I said, I finished in 2:16 and felt great about it given my crash training and the hills. My friends finished in 2:13 and 2:10 respectively (post-race pic below, me in pink). 



I loved the race and I loved the weekend at the cabin with family and friends and the kids being able to just explore the outdoors. I'd love to do that race again next year and highly recommend it to
Anyone looking for a smaller, scenic and well-organized event. 


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Hawaii Ragnar Hopeful....

So.....Im in the running along with dozens of other awesome MRTT leaders across the country, to go with our fearless leader, Pam, to Hawaii (!!!!) as a part of the Bondi Band Ragnar team.  Which by the way is awesome, since I love Pam and I love Bondi Band anyways! And...running?! In Hawaii?! No brainer. 

Wish me luck...it would be an amazing experience. Thanks especially to my hubby for giving the okay...in the event I actually win.....

If you follow me on Facebook, you'll see me post about this a lot over the next 2 weeks.  Apologies in advance. Kinda. 😜

#mrttbondibuddy #momsrunthistown #mrtt #bondiband #ragnarhawaii

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

So I ran a marathon....

Oops. It's September. Slacking much? Sorry for the slight...ok, giant...delay in writing about my marathon experience. Life has really thrown me for a loop. Busy, crazy, stressful, insane. Good words to describe it. But I'm writing now.......and.....

ran a fucking MARATHON. 26.2 MILES.  

WHAT?!

I was always overweight and lazy and unmotivated and unhappy and miserable and a host of other things that do NOT equate to "Marathon Runner".

So, I was going to do a whole play by play like many do for their marathons (especially first marathons), but I'll keep it simple. The morning of the marathon I was nervous. So very nervous. And excited. And worried and scared and happy.  It felt like a dream.  

Unfortunately, marathon day in Duluth was uncharacteristically hot. Even standing at the start, I was sweating in the sun.  I knew then that I had to let my hopes of a 4:30 go. And surprisingly, I was totally at peace with that. 

By mile 13, things were rough. People were dropping out, both by choice and not. The warning flags turned black...extreme heat.  I made a conscious decision to really slow down and take it easy, including walk breaks and taking in as much extra fluid as I could. I dumped water on my head. I stopped to take pictures. I really focused on staying safe and enjoying the experience as much as possible. 

I ended up finishing in 5:30(ish).  An hour slower than my training had me on par for. Guess what? I truly didn't care. I had friends who had to pull out of both the marathon and even the half marathon. I saw runners down, people puking, ambulances.  So the fact that I finished in 5:30, feeling exhausted and spent but...good...well, that was fantastic. 

My legs were sore for about 3-4 days. I was moving slow...AKA doing the "marathon shuffle". But then one morning I woke up and it was just magically all better. I was pleasantly surprised, as I was thinking it would take 1-2 weeks. 

And so here I am. I'm a marathoner. 
Will I do it again? Yes. I hope so. For now, I have a half marathon coming up in 3 weeks. More on that in another post. 

Here are some pictures of marathon weekend. 






























Sunday, April 17, 2016

Halfways through!!

I am officially over the halfway point in training. This week I did a 3, 4, 7 and 10 mile run. The 10 mile was a step down from last weekend when I did 13. 

The coming week has me doing 4, 4, 7, and...15. Oh, shit. I'm now getting into those mileages that I've never done before....I hope I can hack it. I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous. It is this upcoming 15 miler when I'm going to start experimenting with fuels - another new aspect of training for me. 

Overall though, things are going as well as I could have hoped.  Fingers crossed that this continues. No injuries, feeling strong, happy with paces, comfortable with the progression in miles. And I know the hardest weeks are ahead but it feels like it has flown by so far. Bonus-my weight is staying steady, maybe slightly down even. I have been concerned about the weight gain many marathon trainees experience due to bring SO hungry and the trickiness of balancing that to get the calories your body needs and going overboard.  Umm, not that I never go overboard, because DAMN I've been starving (ugh and who knows how I'll feel a month from now...might need to lock myself out of the cupboards). 

I leave you with a little post-run photo from today...it was 80 degrees and sunny. Hot. Incidentally, 2 years ago today we has a snowstorm (thanks Facebook memories).  Gotta love Minnesota!! Anyhow...from my 10 miles, I came away with a face full of salt, a slightly burned back, tired legs and...a nice Fitbit tan. 


Friday, March 25, 2016

Training and Vacation

This week, I'm on vacation. Vegas, Wednesday night until Sunday morning. Awesome, right?!! Well yes. I love Vegas. I'm not a huge gambler but do enjoy sitting at a slot machine for a short time and getting "free" drinks. I LOVE people watching. Checking out different places to eat, going to shows, sitting by the pool, seeing the sights, that kind of stuff. And...PALM TREES!! I absolutely adore palm trees. The weather in Vegas right now is great...70's...not too hot but plenty warm to feel lucky coming from Minesota in March (though we've had a pretty mild winter and some fantastic days lately, but still). 

With vacation comes a conundrum though...training! I'm missing/behind a couple of runs, so I'll have to adjust next week. I did get 10 miles in on Sunday (which were fantastic by the way, I felt like I was taking it easy, which I wanted....but yet my pace was still really great. It was just one of those runs where everything comes together). 

Add in the food and drinks of Vegas and...well, let's just say my first run back, an 8-miler I'm going to try and tabckle Monday...should be interesting.  I'll survive but it may take a few days to get back in the groove...and to filter out all the junk in my body!! The good thing is, I'm early on in training so I'm not too worried. As long as i pick right back up, and stay on track, I'll be fine.

I'll leave you with a couple of Vegas pics! 





Thursday, March 10, 2016

Marathon Training: Week 4

I just finished up my last run for week 4 and it was fan.tas.tic.  I was able to squeeze it in OUTSIDE! Almost all of my other runs this far have been in the sports dome or on the treadmill, so this felt pretty damn good. I felt like Meb! Ok...no really...but I did feel strong and happy. 
Runs like that are what keep runners running despite the occasional struggles. :-)

So anyhow. Week 4 completed, with 6 miles Sunday, cross training Monday, 3 miles Tuesday, 4 miles Wednesday and 3 today. 

Tomorrow is a rest day. 

AKA wine day. 

Marathon Training: Weeks 2 & 3

That's a wrap on week 3 of training...unsurprisingly, I'm still alive given that these are the (comparatively) easy days. 

Week 2 brought an 8 mile long run, a day of cross training, and a 3, 3, 3. 

Week 3 started with another 8 mile long run, followed by cross training, 3, 4, 3. 

It's great-I haven't missed a day yet.  The one downfall is that my runs have all been on the track in the local sports dome, or on the treadmill. I'm ready to get outside more, and luckily it appears the weather may be changing to help support that desire.  Add upcoming daylight savings time and I'll be ready to rock the outdoors...

My legs are feeling strong and I feel healthy. Fingers crossed that the trend continues....

One last thing...how can I barely be getting started but already getting hungrier? Perhaps it's just my mind playing tricks on me, looking for excuses to stuff my face.