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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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(Belated) Fitness Friday: Back on Track Stronger

I didn’t run for a whole week and it sucked. I didn’t work out period. My body hated it, but I knew that it needed rest and the chiropractor was fixing it to make it stronger. This week I raced on Sunday and then ran 4 glorious days during week. I felt strong and more confident than ever in my half-marathon training. My long run was great, despite getting to sleep at 1am and waking up at 6:40am.  I hope every week can be like this one (wishful thinking).

This was the first week I have ran all my runs outside. It was also my longest run outside ever. And it was the earliest I’ve ever ran. Lots of firsts this week!

Sunday: Run 4 Home 5k. 28:55. Finished 122nd, 2nd in my age group.

Monday: Rest because I had an early chiropractor appointment and work.

Tuesday: 3.22miles. 29:16 time. I felt really awful during this run. My legs felt tired and I was really warm.

Wednesday: 4.28 miles. 39:14 time. Tried out a new route and found the Neenah Pool!

Thursday: 3.22 miles. 28:17 time. Much better 3 miles compared to Tuesday. I also did some weights before.

Friday: 6.06 miles. 56:44 time. Longest run to date! It felt good, minus the 4 hills, ugh.

Next week,I’ll be back to my “normal” training schedule with my rest day on Thursday. I also bought some cold weather clothes at Dicks Sporting Goods today. The mornings were  cold this week and I only have one long-sleeve running shirt and running capris (but I have a million tanks). This next week is supposed to be a little cooler. So luckily, Dicks had all their cold weather clothes on clearance! I picked up two shirts and running tights. Can’t wait until Monday to try them out with my new GPS watch I’m getting for Easter!

How were your runs this week?

Do you have more warm weather clothes or cold weather clothes?

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Fueling Up

Week 2 of my half-marathon training is going well. Although I’ve been having some concerns about fueling and hydration. Last month, I had a little bout with dehydration, and I had to go to the hospital to get fluids in me. It was sudden and I’m not really sure the cause. I did everything normal the day before, and then the next day, I just got sick and dehydrated. I kept drinking water, but it didn’t help and I ended up passing out in the bathroom and Barnaby had to call 911. I really don’t want that to happen when I’m running. Definitely not.

I’ve been reading a lot about hydrating before, during, and after runs. I usually don’t get too thirsty during my runs, mostly after. But today I had a little water before my run and I felt really good during my 3 miles. I know that once I get up into higher mile runs, I will need to get fluid in so I don’t dehydrate and to fuel my body.

I bought some Great Value drink packets that have vitamins and electrolytes and I’m going to drink after my 5 mile run on Saturday. The only thing I’m not sure about is how to get said fluids during training. I really don’t want to buy a hydration belt. I think I might get more annoyed with that than it actually helping. But I don’t know how else to consume fluids while training. Maybe I can just carry a little water bottle with me?

As far as consuming fluids during the actual race, there is Gatorade Endurance Formula and/or water every 1.5 miles and GU at mile 7. With that in mind, I’m thinking taking fluid every 3ish miles; twice water and once the Gatorade. I want to be fueled, but not full of fluid that I can’t run. I should probably buy some of the same kind of Gatorade to test on my runs as well.

It has been really hot lately outside the past few weeks, like low to mid-80’s. Very unusual for March in Wisconsin. Who knows what the weather will be in May. I’m trying to do a majority of my runs outside, so I can get used to running outside in heat, wind, hills, etc. I’ve been enjoying it a lot, and I’m always looking forward to the next days run.

How do you fuel during training?.

What do you drink before, during, after your runs?

P.S. I went with my mom today and we bought my GPS watch…although I can’t have it until Easter, boo

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