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Race Recap ~ St Pete Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon 2013

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What. A. Day. After getting up at 3:45 yesterday and heading out the door at 5am, finding parking in downtown St. Pete and walking a good mile or so to Tropicana Field, and then running a great race, it was just an all around great day.

My friend Corinna started with me. It was her first half-marathon and she did amazing. It was fun to start with her and then to see her at the finish line waiting on me. Great job Corinna!

I ran a lot in this race. You can see it in my splits from my Garmin. The first 8 miles were amazing for me, I was on a roll (no pun intended) and I would run and walk pretty consistently. My pace ranged from 12:20 – 13:33. For 8 miles, this is awesome for me. When I hit mile 8, my right calf starting cramping up and it hurt to run. This is where I ended up doing more walking than running.

 

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It was my goal to beat last year’s time of 3:11:33. That’s what I wanted. Even more amazing would have been to beat 3:00 hours. Had I not had to slow down to a walk in the last 3-4 miles, it would have happened. BUT!!! I did beat last year’s time, by a little over 8 minutes. HUGE!! This set a new PR for me. Here are my official stats from the race. Did I mention how proud I am of myself?And…. I burned 1460 calories and earned 35 WW activity points.

And… this half marathon time beat my second half marathon (Women’s Half Marathon) by a little over 25 minutes.

 

Here are my official Rock N’ Roll results…

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I will say that when I first finished I was kicking myself for not finishing just 3 minutes sooner, but I quickly decided that I ran my best and I rocked it!

I was happy to finish, happy to beat last year’s time and set a new PR(!!!), and happy to have completed my THIRD half marathon. When I did my very first half marathon last February, I never imagined I would still be doing them a year later. The Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon will always hold a special place in my heart since it was my very first and once again, I can’t wait to do it again next year. Completing this race today puts me at 3 done for my #10in2013 challenge I set for myself!

When I crossed the finish line, I heard my name… It was my friend Caroline from My Fascinating Life. She was volunteering and handing out water. Thank you Caroline for the ice cold bottle of water!!!

One thing about yesterday… It was HOT. It was 64 degrees at the start of the race and when the sun came up and broke through the clouds, it really warmed up, it had to be close to 80 when I finished. I am surprised I did so well in the heat since I love to run in the cold much better. I am very glad that I wore my new tank top, it was comfortable.

This year, I am not nearly as sore as after my first one. Don’t get me wrong, my legs are sore, and my calf hurts, and I still took ibuprofen and soaked in a hot Epsom salt bath when I got home. But last year I couldn’t even walk after. Huge difference this year.

After the race, and the llooooonngg walk back to the car in the parking garage, we went to Hooters in Clearwater for a celebratory lunch. My wonderful family joined us (my mom, Nick, Jenna, and Autumn), as well as our friend Rachel. Thank you to everyone who came out for lunch. It was a fun time as always!

Hubby did the Mini Marathon 5K today, setting a new PR for himself as well. He finished in 36:59, which is 1:26 better than the first timed 5K he did last week at the Best Damn Race. Congrats, honey! I’m proud of you! Thank you for catching up to me afterwards and taking photos of my at mile 8/9 and at the finish.

Time for all the great pictures from yesterday. You knew there would be pictures, right?

 

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rnr half 2013 FINISH

rnr half 2013 me and mike

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So, did I enjoy my third half marathon as much as my first and second. ABSOLUTELY. I think it’s safe to say that I am hooked. Next half marathon is in April!

 

How may half marathons have you done? What was your favorite one? If you haven’t run a half marathon, do you think you ever will?

True Confessions Tuesday (with a little twist…)

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Tuesdays sure do seem to come around quickly. And Tuesday means it’s True Confessions day. Today’s confessions are done with a little twist, they are all about running. This all came to me as I was running this morning.  (I seem to have my best blogging ideas when I’m running…). 

  • I CONFESS that I run for me, myself, and I. I don’t run for anyone else.
  • I CONFESS that running is as much mental as it is physical for me. I need to run not only for the sake of my butt and thighs, but also for my well-being. It is an outlet for every emotion that I am feeling on any given day. It is good for my mind and my heart, and it reminds me to just breathe.
  • I CONFESS that I don’t feel the least bit guilty when I take an hour to run. When I put my headphones on and listen to whatever music fits my mood, I am lost in the music and the pounding of my feet on the pavement and how good it makes me feel.
  • I CONFESS that if I did not run, it is highly likely that I would need some form of medication. I’ve been down the anti-depressant path before and while I am not opposed to taking medication when it is needed, I would much rather deal with it naturally, without other side effects. The benefits of running far outweigh any little pill I could take.
  • I CONFESS that I have a hard time considering myself to be a runner, but every time I get out there and run, it’s a little easier.
  • I CONFESS that some days it is really hard to get out there and run, but it is ALWAYS worth it when it’s done.
  • I CONFESS that running makes me feel confident, strong, and healthy.
  • I CONFESS that I don’t run fast and I don’t run pretty. But I put one foot in front of the other and keep going.
  • I CONFESS that I am so very luck to live next to Eagle Lake Park, where the sunrises are amazing. Here is a  a photo from this morning’s run…

Sunrise over Eagle Lake Park 04/03/12

 Do you have confessions about why you run? I’d love to hear them!

Race recap ~ Gasparilla Distance Classic 5+3K

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For the second time, I was outside on a Sunday morning, in crazy wind waiting for a race to start. This might be how my luck is…

Yesterday, I ran the Gasparilla Distance Classic 5+3K along Bayshore Blvd. in Tampa. This is my first time to take part in this event and I will absolutely do it again next year. This route is so pretty, a gorgeous water view on one side and beautiful homes on the other side. I met up with my good friend Terrie and we waited *patiently* in the wind for it to be time to line up at the start line.

This was an out-and-back course, 4.97 miles that started right at 9:00am. Despite the wind, it wasn’t really cold. Nothing at all like the weather at the Rock ‘n’ Rock 1/2 Marathon last month.

I started running very soon after starting. In my mind, I wanted to beat my time of 1:04 that I did last weekend when I ran the same distance around the park to see how I did. I ran more than I walked in this one. The first half, the wind was at our backs. When we turned around, it was right in our faces. I kept pushing along.

I had my Garmin on, of course, but it was a little off from my chip time. When I hit the 5K mark, I knew I was doing well as I was right around 37 minutes, which would be my fastest time yet. I wasn’t sure how off my Garmin was as I was running, but when I neared the finish line, I knew I was going to be EXTREMELY close to the 1 hour mark. Fortunately I had signed up to get a text alert on my time and I knew very quickly after crossing the finish line that my time was 1:00:16. My first thought was “16 SECONDS?!?!” Oh what I would give to have been 17 seconds faster and had my time right under 1 hour. But all in all, I am VERY happy with how I did, how much I ran, and how great I felt. I definitely push myself more in an event than when I am just running around the park. I think I psych myself out, thinking I can’t do as much as I can.

I waited for Terrie at the finish line and we were both pleased with how we did. It’s a great feeling to finish an event and celebrate with a good friend. So far this year, we’ve done 3 events together!

Here are a few pictures from the day!

Early morning and ready to go!

My running must-haves!

Back side of the start line.

 

Official chip time

Finished!

Super cool medal.

True Confessions Tuesday

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It seems that I missed my confessions last week. No worries there, though,  because I am sure to make up for it today. Here goes.

  • I CONFESS that I am afraid of weighing in this week. I’ve had a loss every week except one (which was a minor gain of 0.4). I have not made the best choices this week, totally on me, and while I have been active, I feel that some of it is out of my hands. I’m going to blame Evil Bloated Woman. Remember her? She’s been nice enough to have a few mentions on my blog before.
  • I CONFESS that despite my fear of weighing in this week, which started yesterday morning, I still chose not to run yesterday. I just did not have it in me. My legs were tired. I made myself read my post from last week about listening to my body to remind myself that it is okay. And while I *mostly* believe that, there is still that nagging voice in my head telling me that I should have done it.
  • I CONFESS that in addition to my lack of running yesterday, I made a BAD decision for dinner. I made the mother of bad decisions. Pizza Hut. It was all my idea, no one to blame but myself. I had such a craving for it – or shoud I say Evil Bloated Woman had a craving for it. It sounded so good. And it was good. We got the $10 Dinner Box. Pan pizza (ham and onion), breadsticks, and cinammon sticks. It was so bad and so good all at the same time. I felt guilty as I was eating it but it sure didn’t stop me. But, what’s done is done, and it’s time to move on. Today, I have stayed within my points.
  • I CONFESS that today’s run was H.A.R.D.. I knew all day that when I got home, I was going to change and get out the door as soon as possible so as not to change my mind. My legs were still tired and heavy today but I was not going to let it stop me. I had to undo the damage I did last night. I ran 3.11 miles in 40:38 and in all honesty, I’m surprised it didn’t take me alot longer. My legs felt like lead weights. I ran and walked in short spurts, fighting the urge to just walk it. And it was HOT outside. I was so happy to be done and I am proud of myself for pushing through it.

Do you have any confessions for this Tuesday? Now’s the time to ‘fess up!

Listen to your body

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Normally I take Wednesday and Friday off as rest days. By the time Wednesday gets here, I am done and ready for a day of no running, walking, whatever. This week, today is that day. And it’s only Tuesday. I should be out running or walking right now, but honestly I don’t have it in me. And it’s hard to listen to my body when it’s telling me it needs a break.

I ran Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and yesterday evening. I felt great Saturday and Sunday and had great times (being the competitive person I am with myself). Yesterday, I could feel it in my legs. They were heavy and tired and sore, and it was a hard run. But I did it.

As I was driving home today, I thought about ignoring the little voice in my head that was saying “skip your run today and just relax”. I thought about getting home, changing quickly and getting out there to do it and get it over with. I’d be fine once I started. But when I walked into the house, I decided I was not going anywhere. Taking one day off won’t hurt. Right?! Or will it?

This is the part I struggle with. I am an all-or-nothing girl. Whatever I’m doing, I have to give it 150% or it’s not worth doing. The minute I start to slack, my thoughts start to stray. “Well, I skipped yesterday, may as well skip today”. You get the idea.

But it’s important to listen to our bodies. If my legs are heavy and sore and I’m tired, then it’s trying to tell me to ease off. The last thing I want to do it push myself and end up hurt or injured.

Taking a day off from time to time is not the end of the world. I will not instantly gain 5 pounds if I don’t run today. My eating habits won’t change overnight if I don’t run today. I won’t wake up tomorrow and decide I never want to run again because I didn’t run today. What it will do is make me feel better tomorrow. So today, I am listening to my body.

Listen to your body...

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