Half Marathon Weekend

Oh my goodness!!  What a weekend it was!  The weather was threatening storms, but the weather held off.  It was overcast and the hard rain stayed away.  The sprinkles that came were welcome as was the breeze.

I arrived Friday evening, picked up my race bag and goodies and went to check out the expo. Afterwards I checked into the hotel and headed out to walk over for the 5K. The night was perfect. I bought a Jimmy Johns sandwich and started walking back.

I found a spot to eat my sandwich, which also happened to be on the 5K route.  The bank had four signed up to participate, but the threat of rain kept them home. ☹ I finished my sandwich and cheered on the runners.  Fortunately for me, I was walking “upstream” of the 5K runners and cheering them the entire way back.  The TUBA line ran the with their tuba’s!!  Next thing I knew, I was back at the hotel, so I cheered everyone on there, even the very last ones.  

Saturday race day!!  After a decent night sleep, despite the bar right out the room, I got up in time, had my coffee, ate my breakfast (coffee and a protein bar), got dressed and decided to go ahead and drive rather than walk to the start.  In the lobby, I grabbed a banana from the breakfast bar and filled up my travel coffee cup for post-race.  The hotel also had a goodie bag – a banana & a bottle of water, got in my car and headed over to the race. 

They had bagels and coffee available, so of course I had half a blueberry bagel and MORE coffee as well as one of the bananas and a honey stinger waffle.  I zipped up my key fob in my light jacket pocket, stuck it in my bag with my bag check number and headed over to the porta potties, and looking for the water truck to fill up my water bottles.  It was nowhere to be found, so I filled them up at the hotel near the start line.

The national anthem was sung after filling up my bottles and on my way to my start corral, the last one. Shortly after, the waves started stepping off and the corrals moved forward. EEEEEEEKK!! It’s getting closer to my start!

7:44 and I’m off!  My Garmin is set for 3/1 intervals and of course, I couldn’t feel it.  First mile was 9:33!  Woah!!  Shortly after, I got my Simple Interval Timer set to coincide with Garmin.  Second mile was just as incredible as the first, but more my speed (haha) at a time of 9:51.  I think it was during mile two or three that stopped for a moment to pat a dog on the head.  The ultimate power boost.

At this point, we’ve made the turn down Green Street.  The energy was incredible.  The crowd, the cheering, the signs, everything.  I passed mile three with a time of 10:09 with a 5K time of 30:53. We take the turn down Race St.  Someone had set up a hydration station that was passing out Hamm’s Beer.  Of course, I had to take one.   It was around here (or maybe the water station) that I had my first GU – Salted Caramel and it was mess free. The Urbana High School color guard had a few members performing for us.  Mile four split was 10:29.

Miles Five through Seven were uneventful, except for a woman who went down, fortunately a medic cart was nearby.  Mile Five: 10:22; Mile Six: 10:29; 10K time: 1:03:17. GU was being handed out just before Mile 7, so I grabbed a Strawberry-Banana GU – consumed with no messiness.  

Miles Eight, Nine and most of Ten were harder than the rest, only because there were few spectators and little entertainment on the course. Though this is the part of the course where we passed the Horse Research Farm, the U of I College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Dairy Cattle Research Unit. I did slow enough to take pictures of the horses and a quick run selfie, but the phone had to be put away as it was starting to sprinkle. It was very welcome at that point. Mile 8: 10:18; Mile 9: 10:56; 15 K Time: 1:37:11.

More GU was handed out just before Mile 10.  A Vanilla GU was grabbed and consumed, just a slightly sticky.  Shortly after that, a co-worker was cheering on the runners.  Such a welcome sight.  Mile 10: 11:16; 10 Mile time: 1:45:12. A Half marathon is just a 5K with a 10-mile warmup, right?  Well, my 10-mile warmup is complete, time for the final 5K.

The final 5K was the first part of the course, so tons of people and energy.  One block of the course has people both coming and going, so high fives were given to those on the other side.  Mile 11: 10:12; Mile 12: 10:40; Mile 12.5 time 2:12:05.

Time to round the final couple corners and enter Memorial Stadium. Despite the rain, the field turf wasn’t as slick as I’d have thought. Seeing me up on the board and crossing the finish line was exhilarating! Official half marathon time 2:17:53 (Garmin time wasn’t too far off 2:17:59).

After, I received my medal and caught up with a friend who was volunteering and handing out medals! I met up with my sister, grabbed post-race food and my checked bag, then we headed out. It wasn’t until after I got back to my room and ready to shower that I discovered that I put my pants on backwards. I ran the entire half with my pants on backwards.

It was a great event and it’s one I’d 100% do year after year.

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Half Training W9D1

Tried to keep it easy, because tapering. The half is Saturday, 4/30. It did feel easy.

I ducked out of work 15 minutes early and set out. Definitely wanted to take advantage of the nice weather and light winds.

I did get the Garmin April rundown badge (yay!) and I am really excited for my first half Saturday.

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Half Training W8D2

Half marathon is one week away. I’m glad I didn’t try to go farther on this run. First tank top run of the year, 72°, gusty winds from the south (Garmin says 26) so I head south into the wind first. My hat did stay on..

I brought a 12 oz Gatorade and left it on a bench just before mile 2. Turned around just after mile 3. GU just before 3.5, I managed to not get it all over myself, but still used the one wipe to use sticky myself.

Sometime during mile 4 (after picking up my gatorade), I ended up switching my interval from 3/1 to 2:30/1:30 and finished up the run. This run seemed more of a mental challenge compared to the other runs. As much as I hate the cold, I kinda prefer running in it instead of the heat.

I guess I’m ready as I’ll ever be. One more run Wednesday (5K) and half next week.

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Half Training W8D1

Half marathon is TEN DAYS AWAY! EEEEEEK!!

Post dinner run, kept the 3/1 interval. For the most part, I was able to keep the treadmill run speed at 5.8-6.0 and walking at 3.9.

Nothing remarkable as I’m somewhat tapering. But I couldn’t resist the distance today. 😁

The weekend will be 8 miles max. Hopefully the weather is decent.

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Half Training W7D2

Half marathon is TWO weeks away.

Our local run club does ABC Runs – Adventures Benefiting Children. It’s a free run/walk but donations are welcome. I joined this month as it fit my run schedule; however the longest suggested route was 7 miles, all North-South. I needed to find 3 more.

Breakfast was peanut butter toast and then off I went. I was 15 minutes late. Oops. Ate my salted caramel stinger waffle before heading north on the trail.

Water and Powerade were set out 3 miles in. I grabbed a red one and carried it, carrying on to the north. I did leave it on a bench for the last quarter mile or so before turning around. I hate running carrying anything. I did stop and snapped my picture.

Just before mile 4, I walked and ate (what is it that you do with GU?) and made another huge mess. I think I need to start carrying an individual handi-wipe or two. At mile 4.5, I left the Powerade and GU packet at my turn and headed East. Mile 6 was great. The mile and a half back west, notsomuch. It was into the wind and rolling hills. 🤨 I may or may not have had some extra walking time.

Mile 7.5 I picked up my things again, throw away the GU packaging (garbage can was across the street) and back at it. Dropped the Powerade bottle off one more time just before mile 9 and finished strong. Afterward, I did drive back to pick it up and finish it.

I should have worn gloves. When will I learn? It was a decent run otherwise.

Next week, do I up mileage to 11 😂😂 a week before the half marathon or do I go 10 again?

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Half Training W7D1

All sugared up from treats at work: the very best iced cinnamon rolls & pecans rolls in the morning from a local bakery, and Door County Cherry Pie from the best pie place ever. Over lunch I did stop for some honey stinger waffles just for a tryout. I did have the honey one before my run, it seemed really sweet too.

I kept with the 3/1 interval. Started at 5.7 and increased it to 6.2 by the end. I don’t get mile 3 & 4 paces, it’s confusing me. Run felt okay and I earned the Garmin treadmill 10K badge.

I’m looking forward to my 10 miler Saturday.

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Half Training W6D2

I’m glad I headed out as early as I did..  winds are gusting 30 mph now.  😳😳 it’d have been mostly in my face on the way back too.

This was a straight out and back on our local rails to trails.  I figured out the hydration vest, but I wasn’t prepared for all the sloshing noise. Lol. It’s a good thing I don’t listen to music on my runs…

I did bring a Gatorade to leave for the back. I left it on the memorial bench for our late Msr. Greg at about the 2.5ish mile mark.  I brought two PowerBar PowerGels with me (strawberry-banana & vanilla).  Both were tasty, no tummy issues, but very messy.  I had to use some of my water to rinse off my sticky fingers.  Took them during a walk break at 3 something and 6 something. 

The run out was fine, turned around at 4.5.  From 4.5 to mile 6, elevation was a little lower, so it provided a little buffer from the wind.  

Mile 7 was brutal.  Just finished the hell hill and that’s when the wind really hit.  Mostly in my face, and the back is slightly uphill too.  Ugggggggggghhhhhh…. At mile 6 something is when I’d had my other gel, which coincided with the Gatorade.  I did walk an extra 3 minutes when I should have been running, but I needed the walk for fueling.  I’m so glad I listened to my body.  Miles 8 and 9 felt strong again.

I’m looking forward to next week’s double digit run.

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Half Training W6D1

Treadmill run, and the first 4 minutes were not timed 🤦🏻‍♀️

Felt okay, but tired.  I was aiming for 4 miles, that’s about all I had in me.  If I put more thought into it, I’d have run 4.7 for my birthday on 4/7.  Oops.

Work’s been exhausting and it’s only Wednesday.  It should settle down somewhat these last two day.  Long run of 8-9 on the books for Sunday and I’m looking forward to it.

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Half Training W5D2

Goal mileage is between 7-8 miles. 

Lunch was a strawberry banana smoothie (made with Vanilla Ensure) & peanut butter toast.

I was planning on trying my hydration pack.  We’ll just chalk it up to user error.  Water all over the place filling the bladder – I didn’t have the hose on🤦🏻‍♀️.  Water all over the place trying to get it in the pack – hose pulled off.  Got it in, and on.  I tried to drink from it before heading out.  Glad I did…. Couldn’t figure it out.  So I used the trusty run belt with two 8oz water bottles. 

I grabbed the orange GU & the vanilla bean GU to give them a go.  About 3.3 miles in (during a walk interval) I grabbed one (orange) and ate? it.  No tummy issues the rest of the run.  Since I was running on our trail, there were lots of garbage cans so I could throw that away.

Sometime during mile 6, my daughter called, so I had extra walking there, also a slow down to possibly fill the water bottle, however water fountains are not on. 😞  During mile 7, I had a lengthy stop for a red light.  So another slower to me mile.  Rest of the run was uneventful. I get back to my house and about 0.2 before 8 miles so what the hell..  finished up 8 miles today. 

I feel decent right now, though I’ll need to roll out my calves, I feel them tightening up already.

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Half Training W5D1

After dinner, on the treadmill, watching Ozark.  It’s still raining.  Felt good. Can’t wait to do my longer run (7-8 miles) this weekend.

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