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Frostbite Half Marathon

I did it!!!

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I finished my first half marathon this morning!!

Nick and I arrived in STL late yesterday evening to his parent’s house. We settled in, ate my last carb-loaded pasta dinner, and headed to bed by 9:30 to get a good night’s rest before my race. My stuffy nose had other plans for me though.

I slept through half the night fine. But I woke up with a plugged nose around 3 AM and could barely get myself back to sleep. I propped myself upright with as many pillows as possible and prayed for another hour or 2 of sleep. I dozed in and out until my alarm clock (aka Mac) woke me up at 5:50 AM. He needed a potty break and I needed some coffee to work it’s magic. So we got up and started my prerun ritual: half a mug of coffee and a piece of toast with jelly. This morning I also had some Powerbar fuel for extra sugar and carbs before we left the house. My head cold was in the back of my mind, but I just packed some tissues and tried to ignore it. 🙂

We arrived at Forest Park around 7:40 and headed into the Visitors Center to get my bib and wait. There were tons of people inside waiting until the last minute to head out into the cold.

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I was so nervous at this point! I made one last bathroom stop before we headed out to the start line. Nick went with me to see me off before he headed back inside to hibernate. 🙂

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It was sunny, around 40 degrees, and windy (around 20 mph). It was good for our take off and when they blew the air horn, I was feeling confident.

I paced myself through the first 1.5 miles to around a 8:55/mile pace. I was feeling great and decided to push it up to a 8:45/mile pace but no faster. The wind was picking up a bit and I had no time to beat. I settled into a good groove with a middle-aged man in a red jacket (strangers can make great pace buddies!) and completed the first loop of the course like a breeze.

The hills were intense, but I was prepared. I was sure to take some sugar and water before the hilly section. I also tried a new technique today… When I would approach a daunting hill, I would look towards the top and tell myself “I love hills. This flat pavement running is killing me. Push harder.” Then as I headed up, I kept my head down and looked only at the road right in front of me. Looking at the rising hill ahead of me never works so well for me. So I thought I would keep my head down and just pretend the crazy hill wasn’t really there. And you know what? It worked great. Until mile 8, I never even felt pain from the hills today. 🙂

When I started loop 2 on the course, I could see dark storm clouds coming our direction and the winds were beginning to really gust on the open stretches. It was not easy running up those hills the 2nd time with 35 mph wind gusts coming at me. But I was thankful for the runners around me. We were all struggling but knew we had to keep pushing. I lost many people on the hills today late in the race. Runners that had been nearby the whole time began to slow and fall back. This motivated me even more to keep pushing. I didn’t want to be one of those people who let the weather get the best of them!

I made it through the hills the second time and knew I was in the home stretch. My phone said I was at 11.9 miles. Around 1:42 and I became extra hopeful that I would make it under the 2 hour mark. The wind was still getting worse and I started feeling some sprinkles. Push harder. It’s going to start pouring on you. I picked up my pace as much as possible and pushed past the stragglers in front of me to beat them to the finish line.

When the finish line was right in site, I pushed faster than I thought possible.

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I crossed the line right at 1:56:10. Yay!!!!!!

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I was so happy to see Nick that I kept running past the finish line and right over to him. Sweaty hug time! But the rain was picking up and I had to potty (too much Gatorade!!), so we headed inside ASAP.

Two minutes after we walked inside, it started pouring SNOW outside! I was beyond thankful that I had beat the sleet and snow. It was getting nasty fast out there. So I got a Frostbite Series shirt, took some photos and we headed out.

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Overall, it was a great race and I’m so happy that I did it under 2 hours. My head cold didn’t give me too much grief until the race was over and the wind didn’t damper my spirits…too much.

Tonight I’m just relaxing with my compression socks and sweat pants on. I’m in total post-race recovery mode.

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Lots of snacks plus lots of water have been on my agenda today. I love being allowed to be lazy after a good run. 🙂

Well have a great night everyone!! We will be heading home tomorrow afternoon, so I’ll see you once we are back in Springfield. Nighty night!

Anxious to Race

Happy Friday! We’re almost to the weekend again. Woot!

So last night I was having major stress and anxiety as I finished up my laundry and packing for this weekend’s race. At this point, I’m just anxious to race! I’m thankful I had my Jazzercise class in the middle of the evening to help me focus on something else for a bit. I have lots of clothing options packed, so I know I’ll be set for Saturday morning. I’m still nervous that I’ve forgotten something important though. 🙂  I have my outfits, shoes, compression socks, gels, and water bottle packed. Those are my essentials, and they will get me through my hilly 13.1 miles tomorrow AM!

This morning I tried to sleep in, but my mind was anxious for me to be awake around 5:30. I also wanted to get into work early today so I can leave early to load up the car, so I decided to just get up and start my day. No workout today! So I made it to work by 7 AM which is a miracle! Now I can leave early guilt-free and get my ‘ducks in a row’ before we hit the road.

Breakfast was nice and carby today. Some thick Greek yogurt and oatmeal + a banana were on the menu this morning. The banana was overripe and the oatmeal looked gross, so I decided photographs weren’t necessary. 🙂

A Clif Bar sufficed as my carbolicious snack this AM. Did you know those delicious little bars have 43 grams of carbs in them?! Holy smokes, they pack a punch.

IMG_3146Remember how I was feeling icky yesterday? Well the lovely people from CVS pharmacy must’ve known, and I got a free sample of Airborne in the mail last night!

IMG_3144I was so excited. I took one of them right away and the other 3 tablets this morning. I must say, they tasted a little funky, but they weren’t too bad for being full of vitamins.

IMG_3145Hopefully they give my immune system a nice little kick today to push this sinus stuff out of my head! No sore throat today – just some sinus pressure and a runny nose. I feel great otherwise, so I’ll take it. 🙂

On my lunch break today, I walked Mac and double-checked that I had everything packed.

IMG_3147My tiny suitcase is about 90% loaded with running apparel and the other 10% with everyday clothes. I may end up wearing running tights and tennis shoes all weekend, but at least I will be comfy!

I checked the weather one more time this morning. Tomorrow’s forecast for STL is looking good, minus the wind!

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I’m hoping for a temp right around 30 degrees with some sunshine. And hopefully the wind will have some mercy. Especially on the hills. Fingers crossed.

Okay, I’m headed out in a couple hours (I’m anxious – can you tell?!). I hope you all enjoy your evening and the weekend! I will check in with my results as soon as I get a quick second. See you all after the 13.1!

Preparation Anxiety

Happy hump day! Hope you’re having a great Wednesday. Mine is okay minus the fact that my race is getting closer and closer. I’m nervous!

Yesterday was completely exhausting for me. Work was nonstop all day, and then I taught 2 Jazzercise classes last night. It’s taper week, right? Yep, but this instructor doesn’t really like to rest.

I woke up early to get in my scheduled shorter run this morning. I ran 4.5 miles at a fairly easy pace (around 9 min/mile), and it was nice to get out in the cold morning air and do what I love. When I took off from my driveway, I was sure to keep an eye on my current pace (on my app!) because I want to know what I should feel like when I start out a little slower than normal pace on Saturday. My ideal race pace would be 8:30/mile overall for the half marathon, but I need to begin the race a little slower so I don’t bonk on the crazy big hills. I’m hoping for a 8:45-9 min/mile pace for the first 2ish miles, and then I’ll speed up when I feel warm and not headed uphill. But then again, this is my first half. I know I need to stop focusing on numbers and just run comfortably to cross the finish line. No matter what time I get, it will be a personal record! And one that I can beat later on. 🙂

Preparation Anxiety

I’m starting to have some serious anxiety about packing correctly for the weekend. Isn’t that dumb? It’s the Type-A side of me that always takes over before something exciting happens…like my race!

The forecast for STL on Saturday morning is giving me some mixed emotions…

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Based on this forecast from the local station, KMOV, my run will be below freezing, windy, and possible snow. Hmm. I know this is what I have trained for all winter, but I would really prefer for wind and snow to stay away. 🙂 The low temp on Friday night is what’s stressing me out the most. With my run at 8:30 am, there won’t be much time for any warming on Saturday morning! I’ll be okay, but I may have to pack 2 bags. I have way too many scenarios to pack for now! The pressure!! I need to pack…

  • Warmer weather clothes, just in case it gets freakishly warm!
  • My ear warmer and 2 pairs of gloves.
  • 2 options for bottoms (my lululemon tights and then some looser track pants I can put over the top)
  • 2-3 long sleeve tops + my puffer vest
  • Rain jacket
  • Socks + Compression sleeves and socks (for after)!
  • Favorite sports bra
  • Running shoes, obviously!

And once again, I talk (or type) out things that are stressing me out to help me remember! So thanks for listening to my ramblings. It helps me cope. 🙂  I’ll also be bringing along my hand-held bottle and my favorite Jelly Belly Sports Beans to help fuel me mid-race. I think I have a pretty good fueling-regimen in place to get me to the finish line without hitting a ‘wall’ of any sort, but we’ll wait to see how it holds up before I share.

Breakfast

This morning started out on a good note with some new yogurt I picked up over the weekend!

IMG_3128This apple pie-flavored Greek yogurt was as awesome as it sounds. I could’ve eaten multiple cups of it in one sitting it was so tasty! I also had a big ole cup of oatmeal on the side to fill my tummy post-run.

IMG_3129It kept me full for most of the morning. Plus, oats are great for carb-loading a few days out. A little early carbo loading never hurt anyone. 🙂

I’ve been begged to sub a Jazzercise class tonight right after work to help cover some ill instructors. I know I need rest, but when the instructor begging you for help is sick AND pregnant, you tend to just give in. ha! So I’ll be teaching at 5:40 again tonight before heading home to pack up everything on my list. I definitely will NOT be doing any intense leg routines tonight – that’s for sure!

Have a great night everyone. Let’s hope we can all get some well-deserved rest!