I May Have a Donut Problem: Myrtle Beach Half Marathon – Race Recap

10 Mar

Well, here we are again!! Time for the first recap of the year!!

I’m not sure exactly why I registered for this race…it could’ve been the fairly low cost, it could’ve been the 20th anniversary medal, it could have been that I just needed a change of scenery – even if only for a very short weekend.

Probably all of the above actually!

Anyway…

As is my habit, I waited awhile to make my reservations and was lucky enough that one of the host hotels not only had rooms available but was also Phred Phriendly (this is huge for me!). My plan was to do an overnight drive since it’s about a 13 hour drive.

Gratuitous shot of Phred lounging on the bed in his room…

I worked at home that Thursday thinking I could wrap up early and then hopefully get in a nap. This did not happen. But I did get packed, gt the car fueled up and relaxed for a few hours. After a false start (in which I actually left my bag with my wallet at the house…) I grabbed a cup of Dunkin – for free ya’ll, guy couldn’t open a register! – and hit the road. Using trusty Waze AND Google Maps I hit the interstate around midnight.

By the time I got to New Jersey I was TAHRED!! So very tired that I pulled into a service area figuring I could get a short 20 minute nap in. This did not happen. But I did close my eyes for a bit and that seemed to help. Potty break for me and the Phred and we were heading south again!

Whenever I would see ‘cheap’ gas I would stop and top off…which always adds a half hour or more. Plus coffee refills plus more potty breaks!

EVENTUALLY….

We made it to Myrtle Beach, around noon-ish, got checked into the resort and hauled all my stuff to the room.

My plan now was to hit the expo, walk the Phred, find some dinner (and, since the forecast was dramatically different than it had been when I packed, try to find an inexpensive running jacket. This did not happen)

Expo was small, but everyone was friendly! Did a quick loop and chatted with a couple of random strangers – what? You don’t do that at race expos?!! Got my gear/swag

Front of the shirt and some 20th Anniversary sox from The Sock Guy!

Back of shirt

Walked Phred around the facility and then headed to Target / Walmart to find something to wear. Only made it to Target and they didn’t really have what I was looking for. I did pick up some headphones since I’d left mine behind.

Then dinner. This could be a problem on account of my usual pre-race meal on the road is meat and potatoes (meatloaf, burger…that sort of thing) and this was the first Friday in Lent. No way was I going to chance fish the night before a race and I didn’t even think – until this morning actually – that I could’ve probably found somewhere to get eggs.

So I said a prayer and grabbed a burger at Sonic. Which…Yum!!!

Got back to the room, laid out my clothes for Saturday

As you can see…not so prepared for mid-30 temps!!

And settled in to my dinner and early bedtime. It was a 6:30 start and shuttles were only running until 5.

Woke up hoping that somehow the forecast had gone back to a mid-40’s temp at the start. This did not happen 🙂 So I threw on my trusty Lioness and my Exhale Bra Tank as well as a throw away long sleeve tshirt and mylar blanket and headed for the shuttle.

We were dropped at a local Minor league baseball stadium where it was windy and cold! But the stadium was open and we could use those facilities. Which was NICE!

About 6:10 or so everyone headed to the start – which caused some congestion but nothing too dramatic.

I had decided on 45:30 intervals. I am not sure why I made this decision but I did. And I pretty much stuck with it the whole way.  It seemed to take a few miles for my Map My Run app to sync up with the mile markers on the course but eventually that straightened out. As much as the app is every matching the mile markers on the course!

I made one important stop shortly after Mile 2

It took so long cause they had to cook my donut!!

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But then stayed on my intervals for most of the next 11 or so miles. Eventually it warmed up – and then the last 3 miles were in the shade 🙂 By then I realized I was doing pretty okay and didn’t mind.

I *do* think that the cold kept a lot of spectators indoors – my friend had told me that the crowd support was really great when she did it last year. But the folks that were out were awesome!!

I managed to finish in under 3. By the clock I was barely under 3 – that Mile 2 stopped knocked me down by about 4 minutes  or so..I was happy and actually greeted by a kind volunteer handing out  — you guessed it — Krispy Kreme donuts. It would’ve been rude not to take one.

20th Anniversary Medal and some swaggy sunglasses!

After grabbing my bag I got in line for the post-race food , where another kind volunteer had more sweet goodness. And I’m not rude ya’ll.  Post race food was  fruit cups, pizza, bananas, and….yes…more donuts. LOTS more donuts. I may or may not have taken another (spoiler, I *did* take another but couldn’t eat the whole thing…my beer filled me up too much!!) The pizza was pretty amazing too!!

There was a great band playing and I listened for a bit before heading back for the shuttle and a shower!

Spent the afternoon with my friend having a wander and a snack (and a beer)  and getting a tour of Myrtle Beach. By 5:30 I was ready for bed. Again 🙂 Which was fine – took a quick stroll on the beach with Phred then passed out while watching TV.

Up early and packed on Sunday morning – I was meeting more friends for Brunch at House of Blues – which I HIGHLY recommend!

Then Phred and I hit the road for our trip home – I was happy to not be driving overnight again.

Some race stats:
Starting Blood Sugars – not good. I check right at the start and I was at 142 and “falling rapidly”

This is not good…

Finish Line Blood Sugars – around 150.
Note: I think my sensor was out of whack due to the wearing of the mylar blanket so I don’t have much on the road info.
I did consume ALL of the fuel I had with me – 2 Laffy Taffy and 2 Applesauce packets. Could’ve used one more applesauce because I did have a couple of shaky moments.
Per Map My Run– I ran 13.39 Miles in 2:54:17 – average pace 13:01. I didn’t neg split but I did keep all of my splits under 14. So I will conclude that for now the 45:30 is the way to go!

I’m on Auto-Pause on the app so it stopped when I waited, apparently nearly 6 minutes, for my donut!

I’m happy with this…

Bad News– Somewhere after mile…maybe 6? … I lost my flower. I am hoping that some other lady who might have been struggling picked it up and then looked up the the meaning over on the Fellow Flowers website

Also, there was a TON of Skirt Sports out on the course and I accosted a few of the ladies after the race to hear how they love their skirts! So of course I offered them my 20% off code (1SSCAPT20 fyi!)

Coming Up:
March 11 – O’Shenanigans in Cheshire CT (this is a new one so we’ll see how it is!)
March 12 – O’Putnam in Putnam CT (will spend the night at Kathy’s in RI to be close to the race)

Also, I may as well do this week’s training recap right now cause…well…
I have been lazy and eating like crap ever since I got home. That is all.

But I have started Planking again and it’s as if I never have planked before! I’m 3 days in and up to 30 seconds

Happy FriYay Eve everyone — hope you have some great things planned for your weekend!!!

 

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3 Mar

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In Like a Lion??

2 Mar

hello-marchWelcome to March!

So, in February I made a fairly decent attempt to get back on track with running and training. This weekend I’m running my first half marathon of  the year and while I don’t expect to break any records, I’ve heard it’s  ‘flat and fast’ course so I’m hoping that running the hills in my neighborhood have given me a little extra oomph!

Note: When googling for clip art for “Oomph” I got a ton of results for a band of some sort…not exactly what I was hoping for!!

Anyway…

My biggest goal for March is to stick to my training schedule as close as possible – yep, a new training cycle starts the day I get back from this weekend’s run. (Up next, the Marine Corps Historic Half)goalsIt’s also Lent — I try to give up at least one bad thing I do and adopt some more positive actions and thoughts.

So I’ll be giving up bad excuses for not running and I’ll be tracking here much more closely!

And, as usual, I will try to be less road-ragey for the next 40 days. This is actually the number 1 toughest thing for me – I has no patience.

My total mileage goal for March is 90 Miles.

I also have a goal (still) to drop some lbs. In fact, since January, I have sworn off of wine (except for special occasions. And Scandal) and NO peanut butter until I drop the first 5! And, not the one I’ve been losing 5 times but 5 actual separate and distinct pounds!!

And, I’m getting back to batch cooking my lunches on Sunday – it’s easy and I never wonder what to have. Lunch also tends to be mostly plant-based (I use cow milk and yogurt. And sometimes chicken broth). I’m not giving up meat any time soon but it’s a nice change. My challenge is picking things that aren’t too carb heavy.

To recap – 90 miles, 5 pounds, a half marathon, limited wine, no peanut butter and no swearing….I think that covers it!

And I have a pretty full race schedule in March as well — the annual Trinity of O’Races put on my the Hartford Marathon Foundation (with a fourth added this year so …not really a Trinity eh?!) These are really a ton of fun and generally a good start to the season!!

March Race Schedule:
Myrtle Beach Half Marathon – March 4
O’Shenanigans 5K – March 11
O’Putnam 5K – March 12
O’Niantic 5K – March 18
O’Hartford 5K – March 19

I’m actually not going to post this week’s training schedule because it’s already Thursday and I’ve done none of it! I hope to get out this evening to do a few miles though. Let’s just say, I’m already 6 miles behind my goal..whomp whomp.

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But, onward and upward right?! It’s a fresh new month and Spring (and outdoor running!) is so close you can almost touch it!

Have a great first March weekend – go out and get it all done!!!

Short and Sweet

28 Feb

Just like me 🙂

Last week’s training did not go as planned or hoped. But I’m not beating myself up about it because all around it was a good week for me and I accomplished a lot – a lot of not running!!!

Plan?

Tuesday – 5 Miles
Wednesday – 6 Miles
Thursday – 4 Miles
Saturday – 12 Miles (I really need to do at least something long this month!)
Sunday – 3 Miles (this must be what they mean by ‘taper’!)

I’m not going to go day by day to tell you what I didn’t do. Instead I will tell you what I *did* do!!

Wednesday – I ran 5 at the gym
Saturday – I ran 11 outside. 

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That’s right. Short sleeves and capris the last weekend of February – in New England! It was gorgeous. And, if we know anything we know I hate hills and tend to walk up them. But Saturday, in the first 6 miles I ran up most of the hills I usually walk.

I call that a win!

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This coming week – short training week cause the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon is on SATURDAY!!!

Tuesday – 4 Miles (I already can say I likely won’t do this – I have a meeting after work and won’t get home til late…)
Wednesday – 4 Miles
Thursday – 2 Miles
Saturday – HALF MARATHON!!!

I’m pretty excited about this – it’s a new race for me and I love the beach. I will probably regret not staying down there longer but it isn’t like I can’t go back, right?!!

So I will do what I can this week but at this point, isn’t all up to relying on what I know I can do and having a good time!?!

 

One Step Forward, Two Back

20 Feb

stitched with intentionsAs ya’ll have figured out by now, I am chock-full of good intentions. I wake up on Monday pretty motivated and ready to really tackle my training plan for the week!

Well….

For whatever reason, I am finding it REALLY difficult to get my Tuesday runs in on Tuesday …. I could understand if it was Monday since I’m pretty wiped out when I get home from work on Monday. But. Tuesday??

Anyway. Wrap up time!

This week the plan wanted me to run a total of 34 Miles. I did not run 34 Miles…

Tuesday – 5 Miles – As mentioned above…Tuesdays are hard for me. So I did not run on Tuesday
Wednesday – 8 Miles – Today I did yesterday’s 5 Miles on a treamill…
Thursday – 5 Miles –
Yesterday’s 8. Also on a treadmill.
Saturday – 11 Miles (yikes!) –
Thursday’s 5. Outside – it was a gorgeous weekend! 
Sunday – 5 Miles –
Pretty much sat on my butt watching  a Showtime and HBO free preview weekend…All. Day. (Who knew there were so many movies I *had* to see?!!)

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Me on Sunday. Only no beer and chips. But all me!!

Only 2 weeks now until my first Half Marathon of the year – Myrtle Beach Half Marathon. And here’s what we’ve got planned.

Tuesday – 5 Miles
Wednesday – 6 Miles
Thursday – 4 Miles
Saturday – 12 Miles (I really need to do at least something long this month!)
Sunday – 3 Miles (this must be what they mean by ‘taper’!)

Pretty reasonable numbers, right? We’ll see what happens!!

And some exciting news coming up REAL soon from Skirt Sports (affiliate link)!

Progress, Not Perfection…

14 Feb

First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day to all!!!

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It’s Tuesday morning — and I didn’t wrap up yesterday. Instead I went to an actual Valentine’s event. Granted it was at a cupcake shop so cupcakes were purchased (and all but one put in the freezer cause…well, they aren’t what I need right now but I will need them one day!)

But I digress…..Let’s get to it

The plan this week said:

Tuesday – 5 Miles
Wednesday – 8 Miles
Thursday – 5 Miles
Saturday – Rest day
Sunday – 10K Race 
(I don’t have anything in the calendar but will run 6.2 – or close to it – on Sunday!)

What happened was:

Tuesday – Did not run 5 miles….did not run at all
Wednesday – Also, did not run (What on earth is WRONG with me!?!?!)
Thursday – Ran 5 miles. On a treadmill. EARLY in the morning!  
Snow storm was coming and I knew if I didn’t get to the gym nothing would happen for days!
Friday – Friday is usually a rest day. I went for a massage…
Saturday – Another 5 at the gym. Things are looking up!
Sunday – 8 on the ‘mill. Watching the lady Ghostbusters (is that appropriate?) Again, getting it in before snow flies

So I got it all in except a 10K race  which, let’s be honest. We know me. If I don’t have a race on my calendar I’m not making up my own Amiright?

Coming up this week….

Tuesday – 5 Miles
Wednesday – 8 Miles
Thursday – 5 Miles
Saturday – 11 Miles (yikes!)
Sunday – 5 Miles

Hoping for good weather this weekend but if not I’m hopping on the treadmill again – if nothing else I get to watch movies I might not pick for myself!

Myrtle Beach Countdown – about 18 days away!

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Back for Another Year!

10 Feb

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I am, of course, late with this but…I am THRILLED to let you know that I was chosen again to be part of the Skirt Sports Ambassador Team as an Ambassador Captain for the third year!!

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This was taken after last year’s 13er – in the fountain at the CU UMC – one of my college goals was to “jump in the fountain” after finals. I never made it them, but look at me now!!!!

I’m really looking forward to it – this is such an awesome group of women from all walks of life, involved in all kinds of different healthy stuff!  Nicole DeBoom started a company to make women athletes feel amazing no matter what level of fitness they are at and no matter what size they are. It’s a brand for Every Woman. For Real Women. The models on the site? Most of them are Ambassadors or work for the company – they aren’t actually professional models!

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Ambassadors at last year’s retreat outside of Boulder

The aim of the company is to help every woman realize her potential. Through the Running Start program women are given the chance to overcome obstacles and start on the road to fitness  – training culminates in their running the 5k at the Skirt Sports 13er in June in Boulder Colorado

But it isn’t just that. Whether you’re an elite athlete or a back-of-the-packer (my peeps!) you can find your tribe over at Skirt Sports. And I’m telling ya’ll…the love is real! I’ve made some great friends and even got to meet one of my blogging idols last year (I’m looking it you Jenn from Scootadoot!)

Founder Nicole DeBoom has a podcast that is fantastic – Women Run the World. Look for it where you find your podcasts 🙂 She’s always talking with someone interesting and you’ll definitely learn something!

So, apart for getting to rep an amazing company I love, what’s in it for me? Well, I do get a pretty good discount on the clothes and with each new release of styles and patterns I get a gift certificate to spend. And I get to share with you, my friends, a 20% discount on nearly Every. Thing on the site (or in the store!) – use code 1SSCAPT20. This won’t work on clearance items, and it will expire on March 31 or sooner if we get personal codes before then! But, you will always get a new code!!

And, as an affiliate, if you click a Skirt Sports link in my blog, I get a few pennies from your purchase. If you don’t buy, I don’t get the pennies.

But, really. If you want to find some comfy clothes, either for running or hiking or some crazy Ultra running or triathlon thing, you should have a look! Give it a try…you’e got nothing to lose and an awesome tribe to gain!!

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