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Run Less, Run Faster

I received an email to purchase this book.

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I want to run a race (marathon or half marathon) in all 50 states.  However, not only do I want to finish each race but I want to finish in a decent time.  Almost all of my finish times have been between 2:20-2:50.  My ultimate goal is to do a sub-2 or as close as possible to 2 hours.  Is it possible?  I believe so.  I might have been training the wrong way.  Time to rethink the training plan.

I am going to purchase the book.  I will read it carefully and take good notes. This book will help me get my sub 2 and run all of the Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathons next year thanks to the Tourpass.

airplaneWant to join me as I travel across the country next year to run a race in different cities? Please contact me.  Click here for a list of my upcoming races.

Upcoming race this weekend is Magic City Half Marathon in Birmingham, AL.  Wish me luck!

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Carrera de los Muertos 5K

Yesterday I ran a fun race.  Fun because it is close to where I live,  I LOVE seeing the participants dress up, and I get to see and run with my favorite running buddies.

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It was weird that no one sang/played the National Anthem.  Maybe because it was only a 5K?  Mental note:  Pay more attention to it at the smaller races.I was tired that morning.  I went out to dinner the day before and got home around midnight.  I woke up at 6am (but did not want to get up) to get ready.  I had some stomach trouble and made sure I was OK before leaving for the race. I arrived a little before 7 and waited in my car till about 7:30 to meet up with my friends.

The race started and I took off.  I was not aiming for a PR but just to have fun.  I was cold at the beginning but then quickly warmed up.  As usual, I started off too fast.

Mile 1-8:06 – I was shocked when I saw this!!!
Mile 2-10:27 – Stopped to get some water and catch my breath.
Mile 3-10:19 – Walked a little bit.
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Garmin official time for 3.25 is 31:10.  That’s a 9:35 pace!  🙂

Run Happy!

October 2012 in Review

I cannot believe there are two months left in the year.  It is going by so fast!!

This month I ran 58.81 miles compared to 57.25 last month.  Very slow month.  Need to work on motivation.

I ran two races in October:  Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon and the Indianapolis Half Marathon. They were back to back on two weekends and kicked my butt.  Despite the hills, they were great and beautiful courses.

Upcoming races in November include.
11/3      Carrera de los Muertos 5K
11/10    Chicago’s Perfect 10K
11/18    Magic City Half Marathon, Birmingham, AL
11/22    Rotary Run 3/14 Pie

I’ve been busy planning the various half marathons I plan to run next year.  It is not an easy task.  I need to check flights (preferably Southwest since Midway Airport is about 5 minute from my house) and hotels.  So far I’ve purchased a ticket for the races in Washington, DC and Nashville.

I was planning to have surgery in November but I’ve postponed it.  Because of the surgery I was going to stop running after the race in Birmingham.  Now that it is postponed, no need to stop.  Now to look for other races in December, January, and February.  Any suggestions?

I have a bib to the Zooma Florida Half Marathon in January that I need to transfer.  If interested, let me know.

Run Happy!!

ZOOMA Florida Half Marathon

This summer I began the “journey” to run a race in each state.  Well, I didn’t exactly begin but more like decided to actually do it.  I searched various races and put them in my calendar (I already had a few under my belt).  One of them was the ZOOMA Women’s Race in Florida.  I registered at a discounted race.  Yay!!  I like saving money!

Fast forward 3 months later and now I cannot race this race.  🙁  Just like most races, I cannot get a refund.  However, I can transfer my bib.  That makes me happy.  Interested in my bib?  Registration now is $105 but of course I will not sell it to you for that price.  Please contact me and we can work out the details as well as the price.

These races are being held in various states across the country.  Just recently the race was in Wisconsin.  I’ve read some great reviews about it from Run with Jess and Skinny Runner.

Hope to hear from you!

Indianapolis Half Marathon

Done, half marathon #9.

I was supposed to fly out on Friday afternoon.  Instead, I decided to drive.  A cab ride from the Indianapolis International Airport to the hotel was about $80.  So $80 times 2 is $160.  That is a lot of money for a taxi.  I left work at 11:30 am, went to get something to eat and then hit the road.

The drive was lonely and scary.  It was raining and many people sure drive fast.  I arrived in Indianapolis at about 4:15 pm.  I quickly checked into the hotel and then went to the expo to pick up my packet.  The drive there was beautiful.  There were trees with leaves in various colors everywhere. There were some hills and you know we are not BFFs.

I am glad I decided to drive because I don’t know how I would have gotten to the expo to pick up my packet.  I could have picked it up on Saturday morning but I had purchased a shuttle ticket to take me to the race.  But how was I supposed to get my shuttle ticket if it was in my race packet?

Even though I had a shuttle ticket, I decided to drive to the race.  Luckily I did because it was cold in the morning so I waited in my car till about 8am (the race began at 8:30).  I made my way over and got in line to the bathroom with hundreds of other people.  I tried convincing myself that I did not need to go but it did not work.  Finally I went and made my way to the starting line.  I decided to run with a pace group that was running the full marathon.  We would be running together till 12.5 miles then we would split.

I stayed with the group till the first water stop at about 2.5 miles.  I stopped to get water.  They didn’t. We got separated and then I lost them.  Oh well.

The course was just BEAUTIFUL!!!  I took short breaks here and there.  I had a jacket on but took it off around mile 4 because I got warm but then put it back on because I got cold.  I ran with it on the rest of the way.  The volunteers were wonderful!  There was plenty of water and gatorade stations. However, no one was giving energy gels.  I look forward to those.  Good thing I packed three in my belt but ended up needing only two of them.

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The last three miles were challenging.  These hills really kill me.  As soon as I saw the split area between the full and half marathon, I tried kicking it up a notch but just couldn’t.  I was tired and sore.  I did not care about my time but just wanted to finish.

Finally I saw the finish line and just sprinted.  Finish time is 2:33.32.

I was pleased with my time considering that I did a half the week before.  Two half marathons in two weekends kicked my butt.  I am in awe of people that can run back to back half marathons in a weekend.  Kim at (Just) Trying is for Little Girls is AMAZING!  Read her back to back half marathon recaps here.

Next race is the Lady Speed Stick Women’s Half Marathon in Arizona.  That reminds me, I still need to register.