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Fox Cities Marathon Race Recap!

I ran the Fox Cities Marathon on September 23, 2012 and it was my first marathon!

I’ll start on Friday. That was the packet pick-up/race expo and it was a little crazy. The expo was at Fox Valley Tech, where I go to school. I got there a about 10 minutes early and had to stand in line outside before it opened. When they let us inside, getting your packet didn’t take much time. The expo itself was a little confusing the way it was set up. I only bought my new 26.2 magnet and a t-shirt. The official race shirt was handed out AFTER the race.

Saturday I laid around the house and didn’t really do anything. Rested my legs. That night I went over to Ryan’s and he made me spaghetti. I was getting nervous and I just wanted to run the race already! My parents had scouted out a place to watch me and Ryan was also going to be at the finish line.

Sunday morning came and I was REALLY ready to go. However, despite the weather I had been running in all summer, it decided to be about 30 degrees. Hello?! So I ended up wearing a long sleeve shirt and capris. I know some people hate running in capris, but I really enjoy running in them! My mom brought me to the start and I told her I would see her in 4 hours!

The race started right at 7:00 a.m. and the marathon and half marathon started together and then split at mile 2. I was feeling really good at the beginning. I tried to start off slowly. Because it was cold, I took water at every other aid station and alternated water and gatorade. That worked out really well the whole race. I used the bathroom at mile 12, but only because there wasn’t a line.

My parents were at mile 9 and they were a welcome face. There wasn’t a lot of crowd support, but enough to keep you going.

Mile 9! Feeling good!

Mile 9! Feeling good!

I was at the halfway point at 2:09:31, which is about 4 minutes faster than my half-marathon time! Now I really want to run another half!

I don’t really remember a lot of the middle miles. It was mostly just me and my thoughts. “Keep going!” “Enjoy yourself!” “You only get one first marathon!”

My upper thigh really started hurting about mile 18. I wanted to walk, but I did not want to walk. It was a little internal struggle. I kept trucking along and knew I was halfway done. Then I started to get familiar with the route and I kept focusing on that. Counting down the miles and knowing what was waiting for me at the finish: my parents and Ryan and my medal.

We ran passed the hospital where I went to when I had dehydration in February and I felt so lucky to be able to run this marathon. I knew I had to finish strong. I only had 2miles left. After running over the bridge by the Neenah public library, it was the part of the marathon route that I had pictured so many times during my runs. I had ran that road when I lived in Neenah and now it was the finish to the race.

Ryan found me when I ran passed the park and I said, “I’m almost done!” And he said, “You are and you’re doing great!” I kept going and only had a half mile left at that point. Just through the park and to the finish. He met me again right by the finish and wanted me to run faster! I could barely run my legs were so tired! He was yelling, “You can pass those people ahead of you! I know you can!” I picked up the pace and did pass them and finished. I got my medal and warming blanket and went to find him and my parents.

Coming into the finish!

Coming into the finish!

My time was 4:22:23 and I was more than satisfied with that time! I wasn’t really hungry, but I did have half a banana.

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First Marathon!

Once I was home, Ryan and I looked at the results and I was pretty much average in every aspect of the race: age group, females, overall, finishing time.

I can’t wait to run another marathon. It was hard at some points, but I had a really fun time. And of course I want to beat my time šŸ™‚

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Fox Firecracker 5k Recap

This morning was the Fox Firecracker 5k and it was a HOT one!

Yesterday was the race expo from 4pm-7pm at Riverview Middle School in Kaukauna. It was quick and painless. I had to find my bib number from the list of racers and then proceed to pick up my shirt and bib. In and out in about 10min.

Today I got up at 6:30 and ate a Clif bar and banana. I really wanted to PR this race, but with the heat, I wasn’t sure if that was going to be possible. When I looked at the weather before I left, it was already 77 degrees. Whoa.

When I got there, I had to park about 10min away from the starting area. By the time I was done walking from my car to the starting area, I was already sweating. Well, this shall be an interesting race.

The University of Wisconsin marching band was there for entertainment before the race. Also, there were skydivers that fell from the sky and each had a different flag attached to them. That was pretty cool. I’ve never seen anything like that.

The UW Band led us to the starting line and played the Star Spangled Banner when we got there. Just standing there made me sweat. The gun went off and it was time to run.

The first half mile was really hard. I couldn’t get going because it was hard to breathe with the heat. Once I got going, it went better, not great, but better.

Mile 1: 8:31 (eh)

One thing that I didn’t like about this race was that we couldn’t use the whole width of the road to run. We ran on the left-hand side of the road and the right-hand side was just empty for the occasional car the police let through. I guess because Kaukauna is a little town, there couldn’t be too many roads blocked. But only having half the road made it really crowded and added to the heat seeing we had to be really close.

Oh hello mile 2. Hello hills. There were quite a few hills, bigger hills on this mile. No fun in this hot weather. I tried to keep trekking along, but the heat was taking a toll with the hills. I took some water and dumped it on my head at this mile. I was already wet from sweating, might as well get drenched.

Mile 2: 8:54

The next mile I felt a little better, actually. I tried to kick it into gear for the last mile. It was going well, until I got near the end, I felt like I was going to be sick. I slowed down a little and threw some water on my head. That made me feel a little better and I sprinted to the finish, just to get finished.

Mile 3: 8:30

Finish time- 26:27. BARELY a new PR. I beat my old 5k time by 5seconds. If it wouldn’t have been so hot, I probably would have done better, but we can’t control the weather. I’m definitely happy with my time considering the heat. I took 5th in my age division out of 35.

When the race got done, I drank some water and drenched myself some more. The results were posted shortly after and then I left.

This race reminded me of the Turkey Trot. There were lots of families running and walking because it was the Fourth of July, so that makes it a great event. This was a nice small town race. The course was nice, with plenty of shade. It was about 15min from my house, so not that far for me to get to.

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Not This Again!

This weekend is the Bellin Run 10k. And this is the projected weather for Saturday

Another hot, hot, hot race day! Just like the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon.

This race is sort of weird for me. I signed up in May and the race is already this weekend. I didn’t “train” for this race with it being right after my half. It isn’t a big race for me, like the half-marathon, I’ve ran 6+ miles already.

Don’t get my wrong, I’m really looking forward to this race.Ā  The past two weekends have been pretty uneventful and I’ve been longing to go to a race expo and have a weekend like my half-marathon weekend. There are supposed to be 15,000+ registered runners. That’s crazy! It’s one of the bigger races in Wisconsin and one of the biggest 10ks in the US. It’s actually being televised this year.

Although part of me isn’t like “Gung ho” about it. I’ve been pretty focused on the half-marathon and now my marathon training that I really haven’t thought at all about this race. Haven’t thought about my goal time or pacing or anything. And that saddens me because I AM really looking forward to this race. It’s the Bellin Run! Countless years before I’ve seen the results in the newspaper the next day. Now I’m going to be one of those names.

So today I started thinking about timing and pacing and what my goal time I would like to have. The only 10k I’ve ran has been in my training (57:34) and I would really, really, really (really, really, really) like to beat that time. Last week I ran my angry pace run of 5miles in 45min. Even if I ran a 10min/mi that last mile I would still beat my time. It would be fantastic to break 55min.

I watched a video with a description of the course and there isn’t a lot of turns. Pretty straight. The first two miles is a gradual uphill, then a downhill with a sharp uphill and that’s the halfway point. Then it’s flat and straight until the finish. Sounds pretty decent to me. There are five water stations along the course and I plan to stop at all of them if it’s going to be so hot. That seemed to work well for me during the half-marathon.

My plan for the rest of the week is to drink plenty of water leading up to the race. I want to buy some Gatorade or a drink of that nature for after the race. After the Cellcom they handed out water, but I knew my body needed more than that at that time. I couldn’t really think clearly and after I went to the bathroom, I needed something right now. So I would like it if my dad had something with him for after the race.

I still want to do my long run of 9miles at some point this week, whether it’s Thursday or tomorrow. I might not have to work tomorrow and it would be great to do 9miles and then do 3miles on both Thursday and Friday leading to race day (pseudo tapering). We will see what tomorrow brings. Otherwise, 9miles Thursday, 3miles Friday.

Yes I want to beat my previous 10k time, but if it’s hot, I know I will need to slow it down. I’m hoping that by doing my marathon training in the afternoons, my body has gotten used to running in warmer temperatures. It’s been two weeks since my half-marathon and I’ve ran in the afternoon for almost every run after. I think my body might be more prepared for the heat. But I will still listen to my bodies cues if I need to slow down.

I have my outfit picked out already. Almost the same as what I wore for my half. Stick with what you know. I was perfectly comfortable running 13.1 miles in that. 6.2 should feel the same.

3 days remaining. The expo is Friday afternoon. My sister and I are planning on picking up my bib and then probably driving the course again. My dad is coming with me to the race on Saturday because it doesn’t start until 8:00am. I want to tape the race too, seeing it’s being televised.

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(Late) Fitness Friday: Half-Marathon Training Week 6

I moved some stuff around in my schedule this week. My rest day ended up being Wednesday, I did some resistance and strength training on Friday and did my long run today. I should be back to normal next week. Tomorrow I have the Oshkosh 5k and I went to the race expo today. It was my first one and I bought a pair of compression socks. My calves have been really sore after running, so I figured they would be a good investment.

Monday: 3.11 mile run. This was a hard run. It was cold and windy and rainy. It sucked big time.

Tuesday: 4.11miles. Not as bad as Monday, but definitely not good.

Wednesday: Rest day. And hello monthly visitor. No wonder my runs at the beginning of the week sucked.

Thursday: 3miles on the treadmill. I didn’t have a fan or a towel. I was sweaty buckets. And my GPS watch wouldn’t sync with my foot pod. BOO!

Friday: Cross-training. I bought a resistance tube and some stretch bands to work on flexibility. I also wanted to use the stretch bands after my runs to stretch my hamstrings.

Saturday: 9.22m run. I ran on a trail. 4.5 miles on way, 4.5 miles back. Before I headed out, I ate half a Clif Bar and mixed some C4 Extreme powder into some water. I took a Clif chocolate gel with me and some energy beans (I was able to put them in my little pouch/fanny pack. It also held my phone and car key!) I ate my gel when I turned around and it was so good. I had never had one before. After my run, I finished my energy beans. And downed some chocolate milk. Here are some pictures from my run today.

There were these little inspirations on the road!

Paved trail. This was all on the way back.

Then it turned to gravel-ish trail.

Oh heeey, it’s just me running.

Pace Yourself.

Yum, energy beans at the end!

My new little pouch worked out well, although it sort of sad awkward on my hips. I might have to tighten it. And I need to get my watch to sync! I used the stopwatch feature instead for today.

Are you racing this weekend?

Do you run on trails or on the road?

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