Sunday, November 19, 2017

Soldier Half Marathon (WW # 120)

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Soldier Half Marathon
Fort Benning, GA
November 18, 2017
Half Marathon  # 47

Last year I thoroughly enjoyed the 2016 Soldier Half Marathon and vowed to run the marathon this year. Well...that didn't happen.  Other plans were made and revised.  Life happened.  Injuries happened.   I am a little disappointed as this was the last year they'll offer the full distance. Originally scheduled to run Vegas, I doubted I'd be able to fit in this half.  But when Vegas didn't happen, I thought...maybe.  Throw in the fact I found out my southern sole sister Teresa and her Major Hubs were going to run it and that "maybe" became...well heck yeah!

Due to the time zone difference, this race required a crazy early wake-up call.  Even so, I prefer sleeping in my own bed.  I arrived one hour beforehand.  I would need to find parking, go through security, register and get my swag, stand in the restroom line, walk back to the car, go back through security, and get to the start line. These logistics are what make me nervous -- never the race itself.  Let's just say there was a bit of a fiasco at registration which left me with little time to spare.  I was glad to get a hat because I forgot mine!

The swag included a poster, awesome moisture-wicking hat,
and a women's cut technical T-shirt.

I connected with Teresa and Hubs and we lined up in the middle.  It was about 40 degrees but would warm up quickly.  I had a throwaway long sleeve T-shirt on; split up the middle for easy removal.  Teresa and I ran together for a bit.  Knowing the famous Drill Hill began in mile three, I wanted to run easy until I crested it. Surprisingly, it was not the same big hill as last year.  In fact, the course was different in the early miles. No worries -- they threw in a suitable replacement hill.  Although it was much longer (a full mile up) it didn't seem as steep.   The Drill Sergeants were there to help us to the top.  One fell right in step with a guy to my right.  I'm happy it was not me.  I giggled at his choice of words and kept running...a bit faster!

While running the few miles on base, I heard what sounded like gunfire a couple of times which was a bit unsettling.  You have to remember this is a true military base.  Their training would not stop for us.  I am very appreciative of the many, many soldiers who worked this event.   My favorite segment was the big down hill.  Yep, those Drill Sergeants were there too!

Being my first half since June, I had no expectations of being anywhere near a PR.  After a year with various injuries and time off, I ran the Battleship 12k last weekend at a 9:31 pace and hoped that would translate to a solid effort below a 10:00.  It did.  My average pace was 9:51.  Sadly, the altered course measured a quarter mile too long so my official time will not reflect it.  {Pet Peeve -- don't get me started!}  I actually don't know my official time as I didn't check at the race and they haven't been posted. 

The start and finish runs through the Avenue of Flags.
Overall, I was happy to run strong with no cramping or other issues.  It was a gorgeous fall day.  You know I'm solar powered -- I was happy to be outside doing something active.  The miles passed quickly and pleasantly, if you can call those last few miles of any half  pleasant.    Even though some of it was due to the added distance, it was still a little hard to swallow being over 8 minutes slower than last year.

Moving on...

National Infantry Museum's entrance.

The post race party was nice with plenty of food and drink options.  I saw people lined up for massages as well.  I only ate a banana and pretzels as I planned to visit with a family member for lunch.  We hung out a little while and took a few pictures but Teresa and Hubs also had to leave in order to check out of their hotel.  I'll let Teresa tell you about their experience, but let me say I'm very proud of both of them.  They nailed this race as part of their marathon training!

There is something about this race that I love.  Perhaps it's the zero traffic.  Perhaps it's the fall foliage.  Perhaps it's the beautiful wooded roads that take you up to the base and back down.  Perhaps it's getting a glimpse of base life.  Perhaps it's the motivating Drill Sergeants.  Perhaps it's the winding trail beside the river during the final miles.  Perhaps it's the Avenue of Flags.  Perhaps it's the impressive National Infantry Museum.  Perhaps it was just running with friends.  Perhaps you could say it's all of the above.  Whatever the case, I'll be back!

And that's a wrap!

Have you run a race on a military base?

What do you think makes a great race experience?

What are you training for?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Battleship 12k (WW # 119)

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My original plan was to be in Las Vegas this weekend, but that sadly didn't work out.  Since PoPo had taken time off work as well, we decided to visit Mobile.  We started with massages at the Battlehouse Renaissance Spa and later the best grilled oysters ever at the Oyster House.  We topped off our delicious meal with a specialty concoction that was a slice of Key Lime pie blended with ice cream, tequila and triple sec.  We split it... I swear.

The PoPo to my HoHo

On Veterans Day, we spent the morning at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park.  Touring the battleship was a very fitting way to honor the occasion.  What the servicemen did on board was simply amazing.  Very impressively, she suffered no enemy damage in her nine battles during World War II.  We spent the afternoon in the French Quarter relaxing outdoors and watching cyclists coming into the finish of the Gears and Beers Century Ride.  Oh yeah -- it’s now on my must do list!  We dined that evening at Bluegill.  {Just so you alternate post title was "We Ate Our Way Through Mobile".}

Sunday, I ran the 3rd annual Battleship 12k.  I've run several half marathons in Mobile and enjoy their flat, scenic courses.  This course was point to point from Spanish Fort to Mobile, ending at the USS Alabama. I assumed it would be mostly flat with maybe a few bridge inclines. Having never run a 12k, this would be an automatic PR.  Just getting my mileage back on track, I wanted to use this race as a steady training run.  I chose a patriotic outfit and was ready to go!

Race day began at 61 degrees with low hanging clouds and misting rain.  I stayed in a nearby hotel and walked to the start line.   The course was truly a straight shot directly over Mobile Bay.  I lost count of the bridges but at least most inclines were not too steep.  I began very conservatively and picked it up during the last mile and a half,  happy to run it as my fastest. -- even with the steepest bridge.  As we turned into the park for the finish, we were handed an American flag.  I thought that was a special touch.

Immediately following my finish, harder rain started falling and the temperature began dropping.  I scarfed down water, banana, chocolate donut and coffee.  By this time, my lips were blue from the cold and I could barely speak.  I spotted some familiar faces (it's nice to have people to chat with when you are away from home!) and stood in line for the shuttle that would take me back for probably an hour.  Freezing.  A hot shower never felt so good.  Oh, we dined at Ralph & Kacoo's on the way home.  More grilled oysters.  And shrimp and grits.  What can I say?

I'm sorry this seems rushed, but I was on a deadline for the Weekly Wrap!

Good luck to all the ladies running in Las Vegas right now as this post goes live!

And that's a wrap!

Do you like point to point races?

Have you visited Mobile?

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Cow Patty Trot (WW # 118)

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My body is definitely feeling the affects from four weeks of increased training mileage. After pulling the plug on the Rock N Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon, my goal was to complete another double digit run this weekend (I succeeded!).  I will taper this upcoming week while possibly running the Battleship 12k in Mobile and hopefully feel good enough to run the Soldier Half Marathon the following weekend. 

This ghost was HUGE!

My weekday runs were completed after work.  I've been struggling with getting out of bed for my dark early miles and hope the time change will help. My evening Halloween run was one of hard effort but quite enjoyable as all the decorations were out, inflated, lighted and ready for the kids to Trick or Treat.  

I didn't know Chick-Fil-A had a girl cow!
Saturday, I continued my quest to run 5k races to help improve my overall speed.  This weekend's selection was the Cow Patty Trot.  This race was once well attended but not having the event for a few years took a toll on their participants.  A mere handful of people showed up and thus I won overall female.  My time was not speedy (3 minutes slower than my best at this race), but I did manage one mile that started with an 8...barely.  It's been a while so I'll take that as a victory in itself.  I could feel the high humidity in the air and the last mile was all uphill.  It took everything I had to not let the 2nd place female overtake me.  After the race, she thanked me for pacing her to her fastest time ever.  That made my day. Even when you think you are not at your best, others are still watching. 

That would be a cow bell award!

Sunday morning's double digit run was summer like.  Per usual, I put my watch on its heart rate screen and ignored my pace.  I felt pretty strong until mile 10 and that's when it got tough.  It was just so darned hot!  But, I was pleased to get 12 miles under my belt.  I'm so happy I remembered to DVR the New York City Marathon before my run.  Shalane's win was incredible.

And that's a wrap!

Have you ever won an "unusual" award?   What?

Did you watch the NYC Marathon?

What's next on your schedule?

Friday, November 3, 2017

Coffee Talk (November)

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It's time to settle in and chat a bit as we sip from our cups.  It's a brand new sparkling month with so many possibilities.  I can't believe Thanksgiving will be here in a few shorts weeks but then again, don't want to think of the craziness that follows.   

Over Coffee...

As we sip, I'd want to know if you've tried the new Reese's coffee creamer by International Delight.   OMG.  Hankering for a late night dessert?  Just stick a straw in and sip.

Over Coffee...

I'd tell you how stressed I've been over Rock n Roll Vegas.  When it came time to book flights, I had a swollen ankle tendon -- severe enough to see my podiatrist who performed an ultrasound and declared it was not torn.  Whew!  But, he instructed me to stay off of it four more weeks {shh...that didn't happen}.  Sadly, Vegas would be out!   Fast forward to now; my ankle has healed and my weekly mileage somewhat back to normal.  Ever optimistic, I was still looking at flights this week.  I couldn't justify the outrageous last minute fares and pulled the plug.  The crazy thing is...if my ankle still hurt, I would feel better about it.  That DNG (did not go) would be much easier to swallow.

Evening greetings from the mailbox!

Over Coffee...

I'd ask if there is something wrong with your bed.  You see, mine has recently exhibited an extraordinary amount of extra suction.  I.can't.get.up.  My mornings runs this week?  All completed after work.  After work!  They were quite enjoyable, though.  Who am I becoming? 

Over Coffee...

I'm sure the subject of Christmas would invariably come.  I've been proud of my successful plan of staying out of stores with their way-too-early decorations and music.  Blissfully unaware, I wheeled in to the post office this week for stamps and these popped out of the machine.   Was there a Thanksgiving stamp I missed back in the summer?

Over Coffee...

You'd see that I'm giddy with excitement because our southern race season is just beginning.   This will be the Winter that I will {knock on wood} run my 50th half marathon.  Well yeah, I sorta thought I would have done that already.   Or more specifically...aging body.   I've got a list of race possibilities just sitting on my phone.  I'm ready.

What would you tell me over coffee?

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Double Digits (WW #117)

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Fall finally came to visit this week and Winter may be sneaking up right behind.   I ran two weekday five milers before work.  They both ended up being progression runs.  It's almost as it I can't run anything but progressively on weekdays.  I'm simply still asleep in the beginning and then running late for work toward the end.  

Thursday greetings from the mailbox!

Recently, I decided to go back to my old plan of running 5ks to work on speed.  This has worked well for me in the past.  There are so many races this time of year but I chose the Saints and Sinners 5k.  I've run it before and they have a cute graphics on their long sleeve T-shirts, runners can dress in costume for Halloween, and they have great door prizes.  I did not register in advance since it looked like it might rain...buckets. When I woke Saturday and saw the yellow and red on the radar, I got back in bed and snuggled with the dogs.  

After sleeping unusually late, I eventually got out for a midday four mile run.  I was determined to make up for my lost speed work opportunity.  After warming up, I felt I ran close to what I would have in the race.  I was lucky to catch a break between showers and stayed dry until the last mile.  It continued to rain most all day so PoPo and I celebrated Halloween a little early by watching horror movies.  

This will always be my favorite Halloween decoration!

Since we had plans Sunday, I had to get out pretty early for my long run.  It was 39 degrees and very windy, but at least it was sunny.   I kept my Garmin on its heart rate screen and ignored my pace.   I was happy to complete my longest run since June.

I recently Runfessed about fast tracking for a few weeks to get back on schedule for my next race. After this week, I feel I'm caught up on mileage.  My speed is not there yet but I'll just keep chipping away at it as best I can.  Next week's 5k selection?  The Cow Patty Trot.  My fingers are already crossed for better weather. 

And that's a wrap!

Do you have a favorite Halloween ritual?  Favorite decoration?

Have you ever used a 5k race as speed work?

Friday, October 27, 2017

Five Runfessions for October

Here we are screeching toward the end of October! 
And that can only's time for RUNFESSIONS!

I runfess...

For years, I've run in the dark hours of early morning.  I know where every pothole, sewer cover, burned out street lamp and patch of rough pavement are located in my vicinity.  Always vigilant, I make sure I'm visible to the few cars out and about at that time.  After wearing my LED armband on my arm forever and having the band overlap so much that some of the light was covered, I tried it on my calf.  It chafed.  So, what to do?  Voila!  My chicken neck is the perfect fit.  I get 360 degree lighting with no chafing!  I just need to get over the fact is looks like a dog collar.

I runfess...

I now fart when I run.  No, no.  I swear ... it's my shoes.  Or, at least my new inserts.   They seem to be working well, so fart noises be damned.  Now, not only will you see me coming with my chicken necked lighted dog collar, you may hear me coming as well.  But, rest assured, you should not smell me coming. 

I runfess...

It's no secret I like to treat myself at Starbucks.  In fact, I'll further runfess I may have never done one of these posts without mentioning Starbucks.  I typically treat myself after a race.  But I'll also shamefully use any unpleasant task as an excuse.  Dental Work?  Salted Caramel Mocha Latte.  Flu Shot?  Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato.  Unholy Trip to Walmart?  Pumpkin Spice Latte.

After my last 5k race...

I runfess...

Although I'm loving our recent cooler weather, I do not love the return of my Raynaud's Syndrome. In layman's terms, it's where you fingers lose blood.  Oddly, running in the cold is not a big trigger even though you'll often see me running in gloves.  Grocery shopping?  Oh, my!   The worst!  Is it too much to ask for heated grocery cart handles?

A good day -- only one finger was affected!

I runfess...

After a lackluster summer of running -- which was by design -- and then getting hit with a inflamed ankle tendon (still not sure where that came from!), I've had to fast track for a few weeks to catch up on my long run mileage.  Please file this under:  do not do as I do!  It's probably the cooler, easier-to-breathe-in Fall weather but -- I've got the Winter marathon itch really, really bad.  Anyone else?

What would you like to runfess?

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Back To Work (WW # 116)

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With my two recent century rides complete and my cranky ankle tendon much improved, this week was all about running.    Thanks to cooler weather finally making its appearance, these runs felt fantastic -- at least weather-wise!  The nip in the air also inspired me to decorate my front porch for Fall. 

Even though riding  almost 105 miles last Saturday left me with little evidence or muscle soreness, I still felt I owed to my body to rest and postponed last weekend's long run until Tuesday morning.  Seven slow and easy miles in the dark before work left me feeling satisfied before the day had begun.

No, it's not a dog collar nor a choker
but my LED light band.
Thursday's dark progressive four miler felt tougher -- as it should.  Being nippy, I decided to try out the Waffle House arm sleeves I recently purchased.   They are definitely a fun addition to my funky arm sleeve collection.

I was pleased to receive a coveted
bobble head trophy!

I saved my speed work for Saturday's 5k.  Recently, I've been feeling a little gun shy about races and I thought getting back on the proverbial horse might be the answer.  I also used The Run for Autism 5k as a gauge to see how much work I need to do on speed.  {The answer is a lot!}  But, it was a beautiful day to be outside so I won't complain.

Sunday's long run of nine miles was very slow.  My body is not yet used to running at hard effort as I did the day before.  I did feel better as the miles ticked along and that made me happy.  Racing season is just starting here and the possibilities are endless.  So many decisions to make...

Tell me, what you are training for!

And that's a wrap! 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Glassner Autumn Challenge (WW # 115)

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Glassner Autumn Challenge
October 14, 2017

I signed up late and the T-shirt was no longer free!
I didn't buy it, but did receive free socks.

I didn't have plans for Saturday and it was shaping up to be a beautiful day, although hot. {Nothing new!}  Hmm...what to do?  Another Century Ride!  The nice thing about these is you can change your mind about the distance while out on the course.  If you don't feel well, if it's too hot, if it's too hilly -- you can follow the markings for one of the shorter courses instead.  It's a built in escape to the finish line.

Waiting on the ride to start and the humidity to burn off.

The Glassner Autumn Challenge was a much larger event than the DAM Century Ride a few weeks ago.  Accordingly, cyclists started in waves of 20.  I am not a fast rider and seeded myself well behind the mid packers.  The announcer reminded us that these rides are not races.  The goal is to simply have fun and enjoy the ride.  My start time was around 8:20 and it was already 75 degrees and humid.

Rest Stop # 1 -- Wizard of Oz (4.2)

It was too soon for a rest stop, so I waved and rode past.  The volunteers enthusiastically cheered for passing riders.  The stop was most likely meant for shorter distance riders that started behind us.  The traffic was surprisingly very light and it was still coolish, but I was having trouble keeping my heart rate low.  Excitement, perhaps?

Rest Stop # 2 -- Halloween Town Café (9.2)

Again, this felt early for a stop but the name piqued my curiosity.  I stopped to top off my water bottle and ate a few grapes.  I was disappointed there were no Halloween costumes and therefore nothing picture worthy.  The bike rack began to topple over {ghosts?} so I grabbed my bike and was on my way.

Rest Stop # 3 -- Old School Cool (16.5)

Now we're talking!  This rest stop was jammed with people riding all distances.  The sweet lady in the Poodle Skirt was the star of this show and happily obliged anyone wanting a picture.  I couldn't pass on the frosted bike cookies and also ate half a banana.  Here, I remembered to take a Salt Capsule and continued this plan at every remaining stop. 

How could I resist one of these?

I think Elvis was unimpressed with sweaty cyclists!

Rest Stop # 4 -- 50s and 60s Sock Hop (36.1)

The miles between stops 3 and 4 weren't overly hot due to ominous cloud cover. This stop was hoppin' and the tunes were rockin'.  Elvis was there!  I drank pickle juice to counter the cramps that had started and ate a half PB&J among other bites.  I could have stayed and listened to the Rusty Nuts Band all day. But, I put my phone in a Ziploc bag in case of rain, turned on some music, and hopped back on Sanity. Since riders had thinned considerably, I had been riding alone at times.  I thought music would help. Also, I was exhausted from singing the same song for 36 miles {Oh, What A Beautiful Morning...} and I missed my singing partner

This band was awesome!

Rest Stop # 5 -- Hawaiian Paradise (54.4)

Lunchtime!  The miles between stops 4 and 5 were brutal with the sun finally making its unrelenting appearance.  During this segment, I decided I would continue with the full distance although some of the worst hills had begun.  I had no appetite, but they were grilling hot dogs and I managed to eat most of one after first drinking more pickle juice.  It was nice to see a volunteer I knew from our running club.  Although unnecessary, I visited the restroom.  I took my irritating ankle wrap off, which I had worn to support a cranky tendon.  I rested the longest here.  I was just so flippin' HOT.  

Thanks to you Candace and all the volunteers!

Rest Stop # 6 -- 70s Groove (73.3)

I don't remember much at this stop except being relieved I was getting close to the end.  I was amused at how having only 30 miles to go felt short enough to use the word "only".  I drank a Mountain Dew {best thing ever!} and ate...something.  No pictures, but I remember they were playing 70s tunes.  I felt a little delirious.  

Rest Stop # 7 -- Totally Awesome 80s (89.7)

So, so hot.  So, so tired.  I ate very little...I believe a mini bag of pretzels.  I drank more pickle juice and a few sips of Dr. Pepper.  I wanted to just be done and got back on Sanity relatively quickly.  I appreciated the nod to Lionel Richie who grew up not too far away.

Elevation chart before my Garmin's death in mile 92.
Official race elevation gain reported at 3,994.

The final miles seemed shadier and thus easier.  And just like that, it was over -- 104.9 miles recorded on my computer.  Surprisingly, I was handed two medals; one for completing any distance and one for being a Centurion.  Mentally, miles 40-70 were again the hardest.  Time does not seem to exist.  A lot of soul searching went on, including many shoveled piles of digging deep.   Those hills just kept coming!

The rest stops were located at various churches and the volunteers couldn't have been any nicer; filling our bottles, providing cooling towels, making sure riders were taken care of, and supplying welcoming doses of fun and entertainment.  There were plenty of food options and they served a full meal both before and after the ride.  I indulged in pre-race cheese grits and mini muffin.  There was mechanical support at each stop and plenty on course as well.  It was truly a first class event.  The traffic stayed light and the course was entirely on back roads and rurally [<< my new word] very scenic.  

Many thanks to my gal pals who sent messages throughout the day.  Since I was riding alone, it was nice to get to the rest stops and see their encouraging words.  Finally, a big ol' thanks to PoPo who obliged my request to celebrate at our local Mexican hangout that evening, even though the football game was on.  {You're the bestest!}

How do you celebrate after a long, hard event?

Have you taken a picture with Elvis?  If so, where?

And that's a wrap!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Randoms (WW # 114)

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You may remember that Teresa visited a couple of weeks ago and we completed our first Century Ride.  Well, I demand politely request that all my guests take a mailbox picture with me.  It's my jam.  Anyhoo, I wasn't crazy about the way it turned out.  But in the spirit of keeping it it is.  She looks great, but I need a do-over. 

Not the DAM picture I wanted!

Although I was so excited for some of our very own Weekly Wrappers to be running the Chicago Marathon, and absolutely wished them nothing but the best of luck, it made me a little blue not to be running it myself.  I'd like the chance to run it and NOT FALL  [or DNS like I did in 2015!].

A favorite pic from Chicago 2016

Sunday's long run was scrapped due to Tropical Storm Nate.  Conditions allowing, I will run Monday instead as I'm off for the Columbus Day holiday.   I'm a member of team #alwaysmissamonday, especially in the summer after spending the weekend running, cycling and water skiing.  Monday ends up being my much needed day of rest.  {Truth be told, I can barely move!  Ha Ha}  But, I occasionally make an exception.

I did work up a sweat for a solid hour Sunday on my second bike trainer ride of the week.  I watched The Good Doctor while cranking out an easy -- and by that I mean low resistance -- 32 miles.  I'm addicted to this new show.  Freddie Highmore plays and excellent role as a brilliant surgeon with autism.  

Saturday morning before TS Nate

I recently won a pair of Zelus Insoles from Rachel.  {Thank you so much!}  I chose the Olympus model for my high arches.   I tested them on my last four miler.  They felt comfy although they made the toe box of my Mizuno Inspires very snug.  I hope that will not be an issue at higher mileage.  If so, I'll try sizing up on my next pair of shoes.  I'm convinced my previously fractured metatarsals need all the help they can get, particularly if I train for another marathon.   Say What?

I'm sending an enormous shout out to Karen [fit_in_france on IG].  We've been working together since June and not only did she set a new half marathon PR by shaving off 13 minutes two weeks ago at the Disney Paris Half {after running the 10k the day before no less!} she did it again today at the 20km de Paris.  Karen is proof you can work hard by running just 3 quality runs each week and still make huge gains!  I'm proud of you!

Congratulations to you, Karen!

OK, I'm finished with my ramblings!

Tell me something random from your week!

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And that's a wrap!