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Packers 5k Race Recap

This race took place on July 28th in Green Bay and I signed up to run it as a fun run with my sister. It was the kick-off to the Green Bay Packers season.

I was a little nervous about this race for a couple reasons.
–I had ran 15miles with my running group that morning. So I was a little worried about being tired with sore legs.
–I didn’t get a lot of sleep the previous night.
–The weather (of course) was a bit hot, even though the race started at 6:30 p.m.

The race started where the Cellcom started, right in front of Lambeau Field. It started at 6:30 p.m. but it was still a little warm. There were a lot of runners, seeing it was a 5k.

The race route ran around Lambeau and some surrounding neighborhoods and then through the tunnel at Lambeau and out to the finish. It got quite clogged going into the tunnel and around the outside track because people were taking pictures and the track is only so wide, but it was still a cool experience.

We finished in 33:14 and had a really fun time! I definitely enjoyed running this race with my sister.

Crystal and I after the race!

Crystal and I after the race!

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Planning and Pondering

My half-marathon is done (sadness) and summer is approaching. So I’ve been looking up races for the rest of the year. “But Kayla, it’s only May.” Yes, but I’m a planner, organizer, and obsessive list maker, I shall plan out the rest of my year now!

After looking up races in Wisconsin and wanting to do them ALL, I’ve decided on focusing on broadening my racing distances. So far, I’ve only done two race distances, 5k and Half-Marathon. The rest of the year I want to do other distances:10k, 5m, 10m, marathon, 15k. And it just so happens I’ve found races in the remaining year to cover all those distances! How convenient πŸ˜›

My next race is the Bellin 10k on June 9th. I’m looking forward to this race a lot. There are 14,000 people registered so far. It’s going to be great.

Many of the races during the summer were 5k’s. I enjoy running 5k’s because they are fast. I don’t really like running 3 miles in training, but in racing it’s just fast and fun. In July there are two 5k’s I want to do. The Fox Firecracker 5k on July 4th and the Packers 5k on July 28th. The Packers 5k I want to run with my sister. The last part of the race is ran through Lambeau Field and it’s a night race. I think it would be a fun one to do with her.

In August there is another 5k, the Pacesetters XC. It’s another night run through a park in Oshkosh. The Pacesetters running group also puts on a Half-Marathon in August, the Cheesehead Run. I want to do that one to get ready for my Marathon in September.

Oh, yeah, September I’m definitely running the Fox Cities Marathon. I’m not scared. I can do this. I battled the heat during my Half-Marathon and through my training I’ve become such a stronger runner and stronger person. I’m definitely doing the Marathon. I’m going back to school in the fall, the Marathon will be my last big race of the year.

I found a 10mile trail run in October. Trail run? Sounds interesting and fun to me! It’s at the Brown County Reforestation Camp.

There are two (maybe three) races in November. World Run Day is November 11th. People sign up online and run whatever length they want. This one is a maybe. Like last year, I want to do the Festival Foods Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. Only this year I want to run 5m! I will not be injured! The Noodleini is that Sunday and it’s a 15k.

There it is. The rest of the year. 5k’s, a 10k, a Marathon, a 10mile, a 5mile, and a 15k. Am I pumped? Yes. I can’t wait to test out my body, stamina, and strength in these other distances. Sure, I’ve did all these distances in my training, but training and racing aren’t the same. Racing brings so much adrenaline. It brings out a side of myself that is not seen during training. I’ve ran countless 3 mile training runs during my half-marathon training. Where is my 5k PR from? The Oshkosh 5k. That was a great race for me. I PR’d by 2 minutes and just felt awesome the entire time. Do I feel that way during my training 3 mile runs? Usually not. Thus the reason for picking these different racing distances for the end of this year.

Next year (yes, next year), I would love to do the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon again, but also dabble in some farther distances. The Green Bay Running Club puts on a 6hour/8hour Ultra Marathon in June. Runners get 6 or 8 hours to complete as many miles as they can. Intriguing. It is also a green event (meaning runners have to bring their own water bottle to fill up at water stations), which is always a plus in my book. This is one event I would like to check out. Also, in October, there is another Ultra Marathon that takes place in Door County, The Fall 50. It’s either a solo run or a relay. This sounds like a great challenge. And all the pictures on their website show everyone pretty happy and having a good time. Next year is still a long ways off, these are just races I’ve been bouncing around in my head.

This has been my planning and pondering since my half-marathon. I’m pretty excited for the rest of the year. I get paid tomorrow, so I would like to sign up for another race on my list. Yay!

How far in advance do you plan races?

Have you done any ultra marathons?

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Cellcom Half-Marathon Recap!!

Sunday Race day!

Sunday morning my alarm was set for 4:45am and I woke up so nervous! I’ve never been nervous for any of my other races, although this race was 10 miles longer than all my previous races. I was ready to go by 5:15, so I left. Good thing I did because on the way I was still a little hungry, even after my Clif Bar, so I stopped at Festival Foods and bought a banana.

I arrived in Green Bay at 5:50, parked, and walked to Lambeau Field. By this time, it was almost 70 degrees. There was water for people to drink and some bagels and fruit too. I stretched and just stayed relaxed. I had done my training, I tapered last week. I ate normally. Drank fluids Saturday. I knew I was ready.

I migrated to the starting area around 6:40. There weren’t corrals, just signs posted with paces on them. I lined up between the 9:00-10:00 minute mile signs.

The gun went off at 7:00am and we slowly waited to cross the starting line. I felt fine when I started running. My nerves had gone away and I was looking forward to the next 13.1 miles.

Because of the heat, I wasn’t aiming for 2hrs anymore. I just wanted to finish safely. My plan was to take water and Gatorade at almost every aid station and whatever food was offered.

The support from the community was wonderful. Almost every part of the course had cheering crowds and that helped tremendously. They stood out in the heat and cheered all the runners on. Awesome. And many homes put out sprinklers and hoses for runners to go under. I went through almost all of them and it sort of gave me a wake up when I was getting warm and tired.

Mile 1- 9:38

Mile 2- 9:49

Mile 3- 9:45

I was feeling good those first 3 miles, haha! We were running around residential parts, so it was pretty flat. I took water at every station but the one at mile 2.

Mile 4-9:46

Mile 5-9:48

Mile 6-9:51

Then miles 4-6 were still pretty flat. I dumped some water on my head at one of the stations, but I was still feeling good.

I knew once I hit mile 6, I only had a little ways until I saw my family. Yay! They were watching at my aunt and uncles house that was along the course. I ran passed them and gave them a wave and felt so good! I needed that then. It was (almost) the halfway point and their cheering helped me keep going. My uncle had a sprinkler and I ran through it and kept going.

The sea of runners

I’m the waving dork in the middle

Although, once we got to mile 6, it was a steady incline until mile 8. Around mile 6, they were handing out orange slices, which were very yummy and appreciated (although I should have grabbed 2 instead of 1). Then at mile 7 there was GU. After my last GU fiasco, I definitely didn’t want the vanilla one, so I got the chocolate. When I went through water stations, I walked or jogged. It only took about 5secs to down the water and I was off again, so I wasn’t too concerned, especially with the heat. I would rather be hydrated and finish than skip water stations and not finish.

Mile 7- 10:22

Mile 8- 10:10

Mile 9- 10:13

A little slow going here. This was the boring part of the race. Mile 7 had quite a few hills, which were hard. But there were lots of spectators along the hilly section and that helped.

And this isΒ  the part of the race where my Nike+ watch decided to stop tracking distance. I’m not sure if it was the heat, the sprinklers I kept going under, or a combination of both. I didn’t notice it until I picked up some speed, but my average pace on my watch was going up and up. Then I noticed that, according to my watch, I wasn’t going anywhere. So I stopped it and then synced it again.

I knew that once I got to mile 10, I had this. Even though it was hot, I had done 5ks before and I just kept telling myself that’s all I had left. That was until my inner thighs started chaffing really badly. I’ve never had problems with chaffing before. I consider myself lucky. I probably wouldn’t have had chaffing problems today either, but I went through all those hoses and sprinklers and when the water dried it made my skin more sticky=more friction=OUCH! So, that sucked, a lot.

(These paces are from the official race website and also from my re-synced watch. They are accurate-ish)

Mile 10-10:05

Mile 11- 9:44 (I have no idea. This is crazy!)

Mile 12- 10:19 (Walked through a water station, VERY HARD MILE!)

Finish- 10:09 (YAHOO!)

Since my watch stopped, I had no idea what mile I was on. Stupid me. Then, I saw mile marker 12 and I got so excited. I was so close! And that last mile was the HARDEST of the whole race. The wind had gone away. Barely any spectators. And no shade covering. I knew I just had to keep going. I could see Lambeau Field in the distance. It was SO CLOSE. I downed some water and ran.

We rounded a corner and entered into the Lambeau parking lot, where the finish line was. Even though that last mile was hard, I was determined to finish strong. The perfect song came on my iPod, I got a huge grin on my face and just ran. I don’t know where the extra energy came from, but it was there and I felt great. The crowd was cheering and clapping. And I crossed the finish line. Fantastic feeling. I fought the heat and miles and beat them both. I am a half-marathoner πŸ™‚

Crossing the Finish Line!

Half-Marathoner πŸ™‚

I got a few pictures taken and then got some water. My parents found me and they took some pictures as well. I had to use the port-a-potty since about mile 8, but was afraid to stop in fear that I wouldn’t start again. Finally, once I was done, I used one in the parking lot and it was a pretty awful experience. I felt worse when I came out than when I went in. I needed more fuel than just water. When I got dehydrated in February, I had diarrhea and then passed out. I DID NOT want that to happen. The parking lot was really warm and I needed to get my bag at the bag check and get some Gatorade or food.

I got my bag and felt much better when I got out of the sun and continued walking. After we got my bag, we started to leave to go get some breakfast. Perkins was our breakfast destination. When we got there, I saw on the Cellcom Marathon’s website that the course got closed due to the heat. Out of the 8,000 runners that started the morning, only 3,225 were able to finish before they closed. They were running out of ambulances for all the people that needed help. 22 people ended up going to the hospital.

I’m so glad that I was able to finish. I would have been really disappointed if I wouldn’t have been able to. After watching the weather the past few days, I knew I wasn’t going to make my 2hr goal and that was okay. I knew I had to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate that day and the days leading up to it. Again, I wanted to go slow and finish, than go fast and end up at the hospital.

I know this won’t be my last half-marathon. I still want to break 2 hours! There is a half-marathon I want to do in August to prep for the full marathon in September. Although, after Sunday, I’m quite nervous about signing up for the full. I have some time to think about it. And I probably still will sign up, knowing me πŸ˜›

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Half-Marathon Weekend!

These are the few days leading up to the Sunday race. I started writing one big post and it got to be a HUGE post. So I decided to break it down and probably post the actual race tomorrow.

I did my taper the week before. Monday I ran 3, Tuesday and Wednesday were 2. Thursday I had some appointments after work, so I didn’t run.

Since Wednesday, the weather for Sunday was supposed to be hot, hot, hot. Saturday was around 90 and Sunday was supposed to only a few degrees less. The race organizers took extra precautions to make more water stations, include cups of ice at some of the stations, and increased medical personnel. They also encouraged anyone who lived along the route to put out sprinklers or hoses so the runners could go under and cool off. People who were planning on running the full marathon could switch to the half marathon on race day and wouldn’t be disqualified.

The race organizers really did everything they could to make the race safe for the runners and did a good job keeping everyone informed about the weather. Every local news show had something about the weather and the race prepping for it. They posted things on their Facebook page about the extra precautions, as well as on their official website.

I went to the expo both days. On Friday I looked around and bought a few things. The expo was located inside the Lambeau Field Atrium. There were about 80 booths and it was quite overwhelming! At the Oshkosh 5k, there were about 15 booths. I was really excited to look around!

Heading into Lambeau

These are the things I bought. I got the shirt with my registration and my bib.

I went to the expo again on Saturday to pick up my bib with my sister and drive the course. She was the navigator (and a very good one!) It helped a lot to drive the course and see where I was going to be running instead of going in blindly. After the expo I got all my things together that I would be taking and laid out my outfit. That night I sat around and watched TV for most of the day. Went to church at night and got to bed at 10pm.

Race Outfit

Race Recap next!

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