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Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K Recap

Disclaimer:  I received a free entry to the Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews!

On Sunday I ran my 159th race!  I did this race mostly for fun and am glad I did it.  

The forecast mentioned rain on race day.  The weather continues to be ridiculously crazy here.  Even with that forecast, I planned to wear a singlet, shorts, and compression socks.  Not sure what I was thinking.  🙂

I signed up for the 10K but got a bib for the half marathon.

On Sunday morning it was in the mid 40s so I wore a long sleeve underneath my singlet, a jacket, and tights.

It was cold and cloudy.  The half marathon began at 7am and the 10K at 7:45.  I arrived at 7:30 am, dropped off my gear, used the port-a-potties, and got in line for the race.  Per my Garmin, I started running at 7:58 am. 

I ran by feel and paid no attention to my watch.  I would only look down when it would vibrate with my mile splits.  I wasn’t cold and was feeling pretty good.

For the most part I was consistent with my pace.  I HAVE no idea how I ran mile 5 that fast.  At least it is fast for me.

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The 10K started on Columbus Drive next to Maggie Daley Park.  We ran there for a little bit and then ran along the lakefront path.  I found the path to be crowded since there were the 10K runners heading back along with the half marathoners.  

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When I was done, I got my medal and then went to get my gear.  I got there just in time because after a few minutes there were a lot more people waiting in line.  I felt bad for the volunteers because they were working as fast as they could but could not keep up with all of the runners.

Post race there was a hot breakfast, Lagunitas beer, and a spring flower station.  I wanted to take part in it but I was just too cold.  I hanged around for a little bit and then went home.  But before I did that, I checked my finish time courtesy of Athlinks.  Not my best and not my worst either.  My last 10K was the Run Mag Mile in September 2017 and I finished in 1:07:09.  However, my PR is 1:04:02 from September 2010.  

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The medal is pretty cool.  It has a spinning Navy Pier ferris wheel.

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I wished the weather would have been nicer and for sure I would have stayed longer and enjoyed the post race activities.

Overall, I enjoyed the race.  I love the distance and the medal.  Many races do not offer food (only beer) and it is nice to see this offered to the race participants.

Linking up with MarciaPatti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.

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ZOOMA Half Marathon Training Recap, Week 1

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I am excited to be training for the ZOOMA Half Marathon on September 15.  I am also excited to share that I will train using the Hansons Advanced Half Marathon Method.  In a nutshell, this training is based on the concept of cumulative fatigue.  You train your body to run often so that you are frequently running on tired legs.  The idea is to run this way so that during the last miles of a race you are prepared to push through the final miles. 

Week #1, May 14-20

M OFF
T OFF
W OFF
TH Ran 4.01 miles
Ran 3.01 miles
Ran 4 miles
S Ran 6.28 miles

I spent a few days in San Francisco and did one run on Sunday.  The rest of the week I did some walking and enjoyed my time in San Francisco.

My first run this week was Thursday.  I almost skipped it because I was tired from my trip.  Glad I didn’t.  Ran 4 miles at an easy pace.  I cleared all of the records from my Garmin and am looking forward to seeing new records during this new training cycle.

I had an an easy run on Friday and Saturday.  On Friday it started to rain a little and then on Saturday it was humid.  Then it dropped down to mid 40s on Sunday for the Chicago Spring Half Marathon and 10K.  I did the 10K since I had no desire to run 13 miles.  I had 6 miles on my training calendar anyway so 6 miles I did.  

This was a good week for me.  Mostly easy miles (except for Sunday) and my legs are already feeling tired.  Oh well.  With time I hope my legs get used to running 6 days a week and higher mileage.

Total mileage for the week: 17.29 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle:  17.29 miles
Total mileage for the year: 437.15 miles

Good Morning San Francisco!

I am in San Francisco for my nephew’s graduation from the University of California in Berkeley.  There are about 14 of us here.  His parents live in Mexico and most of the family came from Mexico.  

I left Saturday morning with my mom.  I don’t always enjoy traveling to CA because of the long flight and the time difference.  I think I’ve been to CA about 6-7 times.

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After getting our luggage, picking up a car, and meeting my niece and her grandmother, we make our way to our AirBnB in San Francisco.  My nephew got us a place in the Mission District where he lives and where he got another place for his parents and other family members.

Our place is nice.  It has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, large combo of living room and kitchen.  My nephew warned me about parking and yes it is terrible here.  On street cleaning days, the cars park temporarily on the sidewalk and wait for the truck to drive by and then they park their car on the street.  Also, they are serious about composting here in California!

That evening we did a little sightseeing and then went to Lombard Street.  The view from the top is pretty cool!

The next morning I went out for a 3 mile run.  Interesting things I saw along the way.  I saw a lot of homeless people, a lady peeing on the sidewalk, and so much garbage on the sidewalk too.  The owner of the AirBnB said that this area is the hottest new area in San Francisco.  Umm, OK?

Later on we went on a Mother’s Day Cruise.  It was cold and windy but still was great to see some beautiful views of San Francisco.

Graduation was Monday afternoon.  Isn’t that a weird day for a graduation?  We took a Lyft for the 30 minutes drive to Berkeley.  We wanted to get there early to get in line to pick up the tickets and also to get good seats.  The graduation took place at The Greek Theatre.  

The past few days has been an exciting time for us.  We are proud of our nephew (first in my side of the family but his dad also has a Ph.D.).  Next graduation is his brother in June 2019 from the University of Seattle.

Linking up with MarciaPatti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.

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Goodbye April and Hello May!

I feel like April just started.  How is it over so soon?  As of yesterday, I have 5 weeks left of school.

• Training went very well this month.  I had a good month in April.  Some days we had decent weather and it was nice enough to run in shorts.  Though there was a day or two that we did have a little bit of snow.

• Ran 110.51 miles.  Another month over 100 miles.  Total to date is 410.01 and that put me at 34% done of my yearly goal.

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• Total time running was 21:42.  Not quite a whole day but pretty close.

• Ran another race.  Instead of running a marathon, I did a half marathon.  It wasn’t my day.  You can read about it here.

• 21 days of running.  I run 5 days a week and have been loving it.  My rest days are Monday and Friday which is good because those are the two days in which I am the most tired.  I will begin training for a half marathon (ZOOMA Great Lakes or Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver) but haven’t decided which one and how to train for it.

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• More great quality session workouts.  These workouts are my favorite.  I love the variety and the challenge.  I did GREAT in all of them.

• I sort of kept up with Rachel’s challenge.  I didn’t mind too much the pushups or the tricep dips.  The burpees/jump squats are the worst.

• I am a ZOOMA Great Lakes Ambassador.  I am excited for this opportunity and looking forward to running another half marathon in WI.  

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• Looking forward to 2 races in May.  I am excited to be running the Chicago Spring Half Marathon and 10K (register today w/code “BRCHISPRING18” & get $10 off the half/$5 for the 10K) and the Soldier Field 10 Mile (use “BRSoldierField” to score some bonus RAM Racing sunglasses).

Overall, I am proud of myself with how I did in April.  I did all of my runs which made me very happy.  The only thing that didn’t go as planned was my race on Saturday.  Not a big deal anymore and life goes on.

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So how did April go for you?

Linking up with MarciaPatti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.

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Illinois Half (of a Marathon) Race Recap

Disclaimer:  I received a free entry to the Illinois Marathon part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews!

Whew!  It was an interesting weekend.  The weather was perfect after battling with Mother Nature with the never ending winter.  However, my race didn’t go as I planned.  I didn’t run the marathon but instead ran the half marathon.

Let’s go back to Friday before the race.  I worked for 1/2 day and then drove to Champaign.  It took me about 3 hours to get there.  No big deal.  

I arrived at the Activities and Recreation Center to pick up my bib at the expo.  The expo was pretty small.  I didn’t buy anything but did sign up to be a bone marrow donor for Be The Match.

Found a picture of the course and saw Abe Lincoln.  🙂

Later that evening I went out to dinner with some friends at Old Chicago Pizza and Tap Room.  I had pizza and pretzel sticks.  We didn’t stay out too late and I think we left around 9pm.  Earlier in the day I got my stuff ready for the race and that night I double checked to make sure I had everything I needed.

The next day my alarm went off at 5am.  I got ready and then went to Dunkin Donuts for coffee and a bagel.  It was cold.  I knew it would warm up and was glad to see lots of sunshine in the forecast.

I parked in the lot and stayed in my car to stay warm.  Finally I got out to use the port-a-potty and to check in my gear.  I saw a few friends and we talked for a bit and got more excited about my race.  I took one huma gel at about 6:50am.  The plan was to take one every 4 miles. 

I ran into Amanda (another BibRave Pro) and it was great to finally meet her.  Then it was time to run!

My plan was to start running “slow” and then pick up the pace after the 13 mile marker.  I was enjoying the warm sun and soaking it all in.  I was FINALLY running a marathon that I had trained for a very long time.  Training that took me outside running in very cold weather this winter.  Finally everything was coming together.

I took another gel at mile 4.  Still feeling good.  I made sure to drink water at the water stations.  Then after mile 6 my stomach began to hurt.  I felt like I had to use the bathroom.  I decided to walk a little and hoped that I would feel better.  I didn’t.  I kept walking and knew I was in trouble.  I could feel my heart beating fast but couldn’t understand why since I was WALKING.  I then got very tired, had some trouble breathing, and struggled to run.  There was some wind but nothing worse that what I had encountered during my training.  I wasn’t cold since I had a jacket.  By mile 9 I knew I wasn’t going to finish the marathon.

I was in tears and was so mad.  I was angry because I trained so hard for this marathon.  Angry because instead of allowing this anger to push me to keep going, I was allowing it to mess with my head. 

Yep, I went left. 

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The finish line was inside Memorial Stadium.  I got my medal and went up the stairs to the Great West Hall to get some food.

I didn’t stay there too long and then went back to the hotel to shower.  Afterwards I met a few Oiselle gals for brunch at Big Grove Tavern.

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I spent the weekend trying to figure out what went wrong.  Did I panic?  Did I get nervous/scared?  Was I a wimp and decided to take the easy way out by running 13.1 miles instead of 26.2?  Did I start off too fast?  Too many questions and honestly I am not even sure I will figure it out.  Below are my splits.

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Thanks to Athlinks I added another race to my profile.  I have now run 158 races (69 half marathon)!

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By Monday I decided to just let it go and stop thinking about it.  Regardless I still ran a half marathon and I should be proud of it.  

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I thought the race was well organized.  The half marathon course was pretty flat.  There weren’t too many spectators and the ones that were there did a good job cheering for us.  The best part was seeing a guy on a unicorn bike blowing bubbles.  🙂

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Source: https://www.instagram.com/jenhawleyprice/

So what’s next?  My next races are a 10K on the 20th for the Chicago Spring Half Marathon and the Soldier Field 10 Mile on the 26th.   I would like to continue running a half marathon in each state.  I will be running in CO in October which will make it state #39.

For now I don’t plan on running a marathon anytime soon.  I am signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon but plan to transfer my bib, so if you are interested in a bib, let me know.

Linking up with MarciaPatti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.

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