Hard to believe that it is the last day in December! Oh and it is the last day of this decade. The plan was to stay home today, go to bed early, and wake up to 2020. However, my cousin invited us over to her house to celebrate. It is supposed to be cold and it snowed this morning so I am not sure if my mother would want to go. We’ll see.
This week’s Tuesday Topic: End of the Year Review. You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post. Remember to Link-up with Kim and Zenaida! Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier! Remember to come back for later linkers!
I like to look back and write about my running stats. I like seeing how I did and think about what I want to change or do different next year. In late November I started working with a new coach and am excited to see how I do next year. I have a lot of old PRs and I would like to set some new ones in 2020.
For now let’s check out my stats:
⇒ I ran a total of 730.71 miles. Last yearI ran1,054.58 miles.
⇒ Time spent running:146:27:24 hours. That’s about 6.09 days running in 2019!
⇒ Number of races: 5. See them here. Next year I plan to run a few half marathons in various states and a few local races that I do every year.
⇒ Best race: Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Half Marathon in October. Even though I was undertrained with my longest mile being 6 miles, I had a great time running in Michigan and in Canada. The race was well organized and the weather was perfect!
⇒ Worst race: Delaware Marathon Running Festival and Missoula Half Marathon. Well, they weren’t exactly horrible but I did struggle a lot. The course was pretty in Delaware but it was hilly and I was frustrated towards the end. In Missoula it is mostly downhill and a nice course but my left foot bothered me and made running painful. Plus, the logistics to get there wasn’t easy and it is so darn expensive.
⇒ PRs set:0.
⇒ Lowest mileage month: September with 29.46 miles. Last year December was my lowest with45.37miles.
⇒ Highest mileage month: June with 106.52 miles. Last year March was my highest with121.43miles.
⇒Average pace over the course of the year:12:02. Last year it was 12:06. 🙂
⇒ Average cadence: 158. Last year it was 162.
⇒ Shoes: I am still a Brooks fan and buy them from Zappos or Running Warehouse. Early this year Brooks banned me from ordering shoes from their website. At first I was upset about it but now I don’t care anymore because there are other places that now get my business. 🙂 This year I ran in the Levitate 1, Launch 5, Launch 6, Revel 3, and Ghost 11. I have a few new pairs in boxes and cannot wait to run in them in 2020!
Thank you to everyone that has joined us every Tuesday for this linkup. We’ve had some great topics and interesting discussion. We look forward to many more years (hopefully) of more fun topics and to encourage and support one another. Have a Safe and Happy New Year!
This week’s Tuesday Topic: How do you cool down after a run? You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post. Remember to Link-up with Kimand Zenaida! Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier! Remember to come back for later linkers!
I’m deviating from this week’s topic to write a review about the Turtle Gloves Lightweight Turtle-Flip Convertible Running Mittens. I am always looking for new running gear to stay warm during the Winter. When the opportunity came to try out these gloves, I immediately signed up.
I was sent a prototype of the new running mittens. When I received them, I was a bit disappointed because I was expecting them to be thicker. I mean, running mittens have to be thick to keep your hands warm, right? Never judge a book by its cover. After my first run I knew these gloves were perfect for those cold days of running.
The mittens are made of polartec material. They’re also wind and water resistant. My hands never felt cold on my runs. As a matter of fact, my hands were a bit sweaty! Not a problem. I didn’t have to take my gloves off but instead just convert them to a fingerless glove. See the video below.
Two things I was not crazy about:
⇒ 1) The color. They’re an ugly and boring gray. I made a face when I saw them. Then I remembered that were a prototype and were made specifically for us to review. Definitely cannot get picky about the colors. 🙂
⇒ They were too big. I ordered a medium and should have asked for a small. Obviously that was my fault. I used my watch on my left hand to tie the glove. The gloves need an elastic around the wrist for a more comfortable fit.
Overall, they’re great gloves. They’re thin but also wind and water resistant. They keep my hands warm which is all I ever want from a pair of running gloves.
These have not yet been released. You can still go to the website to check out the other styles that they offer. Remember, use promo code TURTLEGLOVESBR to save 15% on your order!
Happy Tuesday! Hopefully you’re staying warm wherever you are. We had a few “nice” days but now it is going to be C-O-L-D.
This week’s Tuesday Topic: Show us your year in bling! You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post. Remember to Link-up with Kim and Zenaida! Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier! Remember to come back for later linkers!
This year I ran a total of 5 races compared to 6 in 2018 and 10 in 2017. However, I did run in 3 different states so I am happy with my 5 races. Even though I ran 5 races, I “only” got 4 medals. 🙂
Here are my races and medals:
⇒ Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle – This is one of my favorite races and I LOVE it! It was my first race of the year and it is always so much fun. I saw quite a few friends, including Marcia and Wendy.
⇒ Missoula Half Marathon – I’ve heard so many great things about this race. It is well organized but expensive to get there. Hotels are expensive too. The course is nice and mostly downhill.
⇒ Elmhurst 4 on the 4th – This is another one of my favorite races. It is cheap, easy to get it, and plenty of parking. Plus, it is the only 4 mile race I run. Sadly there is no medal but that is OK. Maybe one year?
⇒ Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Half Marathon – This was my last race of the year. I was undertrained but I definitely enjoyed the race. I ran the International Half Marathon and about half of the course is in Canada. This is one race that you have to to. Everything about this race is simply perfect.
This week’s Tuesday Topic is a FREE topic. Feel free to post any running related blog post. Remember to Link-up with Kim and Zenaida! Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier! Remember to come back for later linkers!
I left Saturday morning and arrived in Detroit at 1:00. Once there I took an Uber to the hotel to check in and left for the expo. I stayed at the Rivertown Inn and Suites on Jefferson and Rivard. It was an OK place to stay. What I liked about it is that the expo and start line were less than a mile away.
The expo was fun with lots of vendors. I signed up for the International race so I had to show my passport in order to get my bib.
I tried on some shoes but didn’t buy any. 🙂 Although these felt more comfortable than another pair of Ghost 12 that I had but sent back.
I bought 3 pairs of Balega socks (it was buy 3 pairs and get one free) and an R3 foot roller.
Race morning I woke up tired. My neighbors next door were loud and it took me a while to go to sleep. I got ready and made some UCAN gel for before the race and during the race. Then I went to the lobby because the clerk told me when I checked in on Saturday that there would be breakfast for the runners. I ate a waffle as big as my face with coffee. I walked with another girl to the start line while eating my UCAN. It took us about 15 minutes to get there.
One bathroom break and it was time to run. I was happy and excited. I almost skipped the race because my left foot had been bothering me so much that it hurt to walk. I blamed it on my inserts. I have two different pairs – one in my shoes for running and another in the ones for running. I switched them and hoped that I made the right decision.
The race began at 7am. It was dark. I didn’t worry about it too much and concentrated on my run. I was feeling good. The beginning of the race was in downtown Detroit. I couldn’t really see my watch but knew that I was going faster than I was supposed to. Still I kept running. I was determined to enjoy and finish the race no matter what.
Then came the incline to the Ambassador Bridge. It was long. I was beginning to feel tired. I stopped to take a few pictures because the view was gorgeous.
Running in Canada was so much fun! Lots of spectators cheering for us. I was running in Windsor, Canada while on the left was the Detroit River and left to it was Detroit. How awesome is that?!?!
My foot began to bother me. My longest training run was 6 miles so I was beginning to feel more tired. I didn’t want to remember this race as one in which I was in pain. Instead, I wanted to remember it as the race where I ran in two different countries. I soaked it all in. The weather was perfect and I loved seeing the Canadians cheering for us. So I kept going.
My time in Canada was coming to an end as I entered the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel which is under the Detroit River. Someone warned me that it would be hot in there. It wasn’t too hot but I did warm up a little bit. Love the middle picture with both flags!
Towards the end of the tunnel is another slight incline.
You know what I am going to say now, right? I was hurting. I felt even more tired. I wanted the race to be over. I still had about 4 miles to go. I kept going. I began to wonder if I had made a mistake in running the race. Well, at that point there wasn’t anything to do but to keep going. I am smiling in my pictures but pictures can be deceiving, right? 🙂
I ran and walked the last 4 miles. We were back downtown and I remember thinking that I was going be done soon. I could see more people lined up on the sidewalk. I could hear the announcer and knew I was close to the finish line. I kept running till I finally finished.
I enjoyed this race and would love to do it again. And this time hopefully not be dealing with an injury. It took me a few days to recover from the race but I don’t regret running it. My quads hurt a lot. I felt like I had run a marathon. The weather was perfect, there were a lot of water stations (there were signs letting you know how far the next water station was), and the volunteers were wonderful. Every runner also gets free race photos (low resolution but still free). Oh and the best part was running in CANADA!!!!
The swag bag had a long sleeve shirt, a pair of gloves, and a race wrap.
I am pleased with how I did. I enjoyed the race and finished it. That is all I wanted. Oh, and I got mostly positive splits. Isn’t that the way to do it? 🙂 And yes I did run with my passport and no a border patrol agent didn’t stop me to check it.
If you are planning to do this race, I hope I convinced you to do it. Save the date as next year it will be on October 18. There is also a marathon if you want to run more than 13.1 miles.
Did you see these new shoes? They’re a beauty! I definitely do not need them. 🙂 Right? I have a similar pair, Ghost 11, that I bought last year. I love those! I use Garmin Connect to track the mileage on my shoes. Right now I have 5 shoes that I am tracking. A few weeks ago I decided to just run in the Ghost 11 till I get to 400 miles. Then the next shoes I will run in are the Launch 5 and the Levitate 1. I know it is a crazy system. I also have 3 new pairs in boxes. Yikes! Update: My Ghost 11 now have 289.40 miles after today’s race. 🙂
I am so excited to run the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Half Marathon. But I will say that I am not ready for it. I think this is the first time I haven’t felt ready for a race. Well, I think many of us have those feelings, but in my case I really am not ready. If you’ve been reading my blog, the training hasn’t been there. I had (have) plantar fasciitis and at one point took 3 weeks off to recover. But my goal is to have fun and finish it! Oh and maybe finish in less than 3:18:01 which is my worst finish time from when I ran the Walt Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon.
I ran only 2 days (one was race day). The rest of the days I slept in. I don’t know what is going on but I have been feeling very tired. I wake up just in time to get ready and leave for work.
The photo below is from Monday, the day after the Chicago Marathon. It was cold and windy the day of the marathon. On Monday I ran 4 miles and enjoyed the sunshine and beautiful fall colors.
I received my two Koala Clips on Thursday. Love using these on my runs!
Saturday morning I finished getting my stuff ready. Then I had breakfast and left for the airport. My flight left at 11:15 and I arrived in Detroit at 1:00. Once there I took an Uber to the hotel to check in and left for the expo. The expo was fun! There were so many vendors and I was actually impressed with it. Normally I don’t buy anything anymore but this time I bought 3 pairs of Balega socks (it was buy 3 pairs and get one free) and an R3 foot roller.
In the evening I had dinner and watched TV. One of the workers from the hotel offered to take me downtown so I could see the start line. It turns out it it close to TCF Center where the expo was held.
When I got back I got my stuff ready for the race and went to sleep.
The race was fun! But my foot did bother me and I ended up walking a lot. I enjoyed this race and would definitely do it again. Oh, and I finished in 2:45:41.
Have you run a race where you did not train well for it or were not prepared? How did it go?
Linking up with Kim and Deborah for the Weekly Run Down.