Sunday, January 8, 2017

Quad Cities Half Marathon-Sunday, September 25, 2016-Moline, IL

I was supposed to do a full marathon today. However the weather was so dang hot that I knew by the 10K point that a full marathon wouldn't happen.  Usually I hit the 10K point of a full marathon around 1 hour 4 minutes to 1 hour 8 minutes.  It was 1 hour 15 minutes when I hit the 10K and I felt sick.  The humidity was horrible and I just felt so bad.  So when the race split and said half marathons go this way and full marathoners go another way I went with the half marathoners.  It was a super huge struggle to even finish the half distance.  I don't think I've ever felt this sick during a race, but I know heat and I don't get along.  I took a few pictures before the race.

This race has a ton of food at the end of the race and plenty of support during it.  I would do it again, but hope for a cooler day.
Amy and I prerace, all taped up and ready to run.

Race bib and finishing medal.

My friend Chris Sedrel at age 69 read to run a half marathon.
Amy, Julie and I before the race.  She was a pacer for the half.

Friday, January 6, 2017

New Year-New goals-Reflections of the past year

I am a goal setter and always have been.  I like to set weekly, monthly and yearly goals.  Most times I meet the goals I set. It's just the way I like to live life, setting goals and achieving them, it keeps me happy since I seem to struggle with mild to moderate depression.  When I work out first in the day I'm usually super happy all day, when I don't I struggle all day, some days are worse than others.  Hopefully through working out I will always be able to control my moods. Given how much I've witnessed in myself how working out helps me feel tons better, like night and day difference,  I wonder why all people don't add working out to their life.  It's not hard, you just do it first.  Don't say you don't have time.  Excuses make you less likely to achieve anything in life.
 I like goals and I like to blog about my races and progress through the year with pictures.  This past year was a tough one with a divorce, and I met some goals and some were way off.  Given all that happened I'm glad that I met any of them.  So first I will put down what my goals were, what I actually did, reflections, set goals for 2017 and how it compared to 2015.

Goals for 2016 were
Complete a Half Ironman distance triathlon, 7 marathons and stay healthy and injury free. Run 2016 miles, bike 1000 miles and swim 100 miles.  

Totals for 2016 were as follows:
Ran: 1262.52 miles   (so I was way off on this one)
Biked: 797 minutes indoors =13.28 hours (on a spin bike)-better than last year.
Biked: 1248.87 miles Outdoors  (exceeded this goal by a lot).
Swam:  135,759.50 Yards = 77.13 miles   (off by 23 miles)
Sculpt classes:  191 classes
Walking: 200 miles-up from last year
Body Flow Classes:  10
Rowing machine 17 minutes
4 Zumba classes

Ran 10 marathons all in different states, 7 half marathons, 1-2 mile race, 7-5 Ks,  1-6K, 1-7K,
1-8K,4-10Ks, 1 Dri Tri (indoor triathlon of row/bike/run), 3 outdoor Triathlons.
The goals I met were: Stayed injury free, marathon goal of 7 or more completed by doing 10 and biking goal of 1000 or more miles outdoors by doing 1248.87 miles.

Things that surprised me about 2016 is that I learned how to be totally comfortable in open water swimming and then competed in an open water swimming race of 1.2 miles and didn't die.

I completed RAGBRAI-biking across the entire state of Iowa.

NEW GOALS FOR 2017: Complete a Half Ironman distance Triathlon,  Run 6 marathons in different states, Run my first 50K race, Bike more miles than in 2016, Swim 100 miles, Run 1500 miles.

How will I do all this:  Continue to have early mornings of training, continue to stay healthy so I can donate plasma twice a week so I can buy race registrations, stay injury free and add Yoga back into my lifestyle!  Go back to more journaling and weekly goal setting.

Always Love a NEW YEAR for new goals and plans to make it happen!

Totals for Year 2015 were these
Running:   1434.66 miles
Biking inside: 562 minutes
Biking Outside:  444.64 miles
Swimming:  149,662 Yards= 85.04 miles
Elliptical :    14.45 miles
Zumba class:  6.5 classes
Sculpt classes: 219 classes
Les Mills Body Pump:  1 class
Les Mills Body Flow class:    48 classes
Walking:  139.15 miles
Vinyasa Yoga:  1 class
Hiked 2 miles with stairs
1 Jazzercise class
Completed 7 marathons!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Week 43 - Week 52


Week 43
Friday:Ran 3.25 miles, walked .5 mile
Saturday: walked  1 mile
Sunday: Rest
Monday: Sculpt,  Ran 4.02 miles, walked  .5
Tuesday: Sculpt,  Ran 5.45 miles, Swam 1000 yards, walked . 5
Wednesday:Sculpt, walked . 5
Thursday: Sculpt, walked . 5

Totals for week 43
Ran 12.72 miles
Biked 0
Swam 1000 yards
Sculpt 4 classes
Walked 3.5 miles

Total for 2016
Ran: 1030.98
Biked: 709 minutes indoors 
Biked: 1212.87 miles Outdoors
Swam:  116,786 Yards = 66.36 miles
Sculpt classes:  159 classes
Walking: 165.5 miles
Body Flow Classes:  10
Rowing machine 17 minutes 


Week 44
Friday :  Ran 4 miles, walked  .5
Saturday : Ran 11.05 miles
Sunday : Swam 1968.50 yards, walked  .5
Monday: Sculpt, walked .5
Tuesday : Sculpt ,  Ran 10.44 miles, walked .5
Wednesday : Sculpt ,  Ran 2.02 miles, walked  .5
Thursday : Sculpt ,  Ran 2.03 miles, walked .5

Totals for week 44
Ran 29.54 miles
Biked
Swam 1968.50
Sculpt 4 classes
Walked 3 miles

Total for 2016
Ran: 1060.52
Biked: 709 minutes indoors 
Biked: 1212.87 miles Outdoors
Swam:  118,754.50 Yards = 67.47 miles
Sculpt classes:  163 classes
Walking: 168.5 miles
Body Flow Classes:  10
Rowing machine 17 minutes

Week 45
Friday: Swam 2300 yards, Ran 2.04, walked .5 mile
SaturdayRan 3.19 miles
Sunday: Ran 10.61 miles, Biked 36 miles, Swam 1000 yards
Monday: Sculpt  and Ran 2.04 miles, walked .5 mile
Tuesday: Sculpt ,  ran 3 miles, walked 1 mile, walked .5 mile
Wednesday: Sculpt ran 6.28 miles, swam 1000 yards, walked .5 mile
Thursday: Sculpt, ran 2.03 miles, walked .5 mile

Total for week 45
Ran 29.19
Sculpt classes 4
Swam 4300 yards
Biked 36 miles
Walked 3.5 miles


Total for 2016
Ran: 1089.71
Biked: 709 minutes indoors 
Biked: 1248.87 miles Outdoors
Swam:  123,054.50 Yards = 69.91 miles
Sculpt classes:  167 classes
Walking: 172 miles
Body Flow Classes:  10
Rowing machine 17 minutes


Week 46
Friday : Ran 4.03 miles, walked .5 mile
Saturday : Ran 5.50 miles, walked .5 mile
Sunday : Ran 6.13 miles, Swam 1100 yards
Monday : Ran 3.55 miles ,  Sculpt, walked .5 mile
Tuesday : Sculpt ,  Ran 2.03 miles, walked .5 mile
Wednesday : Sculpt ,  Ran 4.45 miles, walked .5 mile
Thursday : Sculpt , Ran 1.03 miles, walked .5 mile

Total for week 46
Ran 26.72
4 Sculpt classes
Swam 1000 yards
Walked 3 miles

Total for 2016
Ran: 1116.43
Biked: 709 minutes indoors 
Biked: 1248.87 miles Outdoors
Swam:  124,054.50 Yards = 70.48 miles
Sculpt classes:  171 classes
Walking: 175 miles
Body Flow Classes:  10
Rowing machine 17 minutes

Week 47
Friday :Ran 1.08, walked .5 mile
Saturday : Ran 13.20 miles, walked .5 mile
Sunday : Ran 26.80, walked 1 mile
Monday: Ran 1.08 miles, walked .5 mile
Tuesday: Sculpt ,  Swam 1000 yards, Ran 1.50 miles, walked .5 mile
Wednesday: Swam 1000 yards, Ran 1.15 miles, walked .5 mile
Thursday : Ran 4 miles, walked .5 mile

Totals for week 47
Ran 48.81 miles
Swam 2000 yards
1 Sculpt class
Walked 4 miles

Total for 2016
Ran: 1165.24
Biked: 709 minutes indoors 
Biked: 1248.87 miles Outdoors
Swam:  126,054.50 Yards = 71.62 miles
Sculpt classes:  172 classes
Walking: 179 miles
Body Flow Classes:  10
Rowing machine 17 minutes

Week 48
Friday: Rest, walked .5 mile
Saturday:  taught Zumba class, walked .5 mile
Sunday:  Ran 4 miles, walked .5 mile
Monday: Ran 2 miles, 47 minutes indoor biking, Sculpt, walked .5 mile
Tuesday : Sculpt, walked .5 mile
Wednesday : Sculpt, walked .5 mile
Thursday : Sculpt  and Ran 5.16 miles, walked .5 mile

Totals for week 48
1 Zumba
Ran 11.16 miles
47 minutes indoor biking
4 Sculpt
Walked 3.5 miles

Total for 2016
Ran: 1176.40 miles
Biked: 756 minutes indoors 
Biked: 1248.87 miles Outdoors
Swam:  126,054.50 Yards = 71.62 miles
Sculpt classes:  176 classes
Walking: 182.5 miles
Body Flow Classes:  10
Rowing machine 17 minutes
1 Zumba

Week 49
Friday : Ran 2.45 miles, Swam 1500 yards, walked .5 mile
Saturday : Ran 4 miles, walked .5 mile
Sunday : Ran 1.05 miles, walked .35 miles
Monday : Sculpt and ran 3.06 miles, walked .5 mile
Tuesday :Ran 3.08 miles ,  Sculpt, walked .5 mile
Wednesday :Sculpt ,  Ran 1.48, walked .5 mile
Thursday: Sculpt ,  Ran 2.03, walked .5 mile

Totals for Week 49
Ran 17.15 miles
Swam 1500 yards
Sculpt 4 Sculpt classes
Walked 3.35 miles

Total for 2016
Ran: 1193.55 miles
Biked: 756 minutes indoors 
Biked: 1248.87 miles Outdoors
Swam:  127,554.50 Yards = 72.48 miles
Sculpt classes:  180 classes
Walking: 185.85 miles
Body Flow Classes:  10
Rowing machine 17 minutes
1 Zumba


Week 50
Friday: Ran 1.04 miles, Swam 1100 yards, walked .5 mile
Saturday: Ran 13.15 miles, walked 1.5 mile
Sunday: Ran 26.22 miles, walked .5 mile
Monday: Ran 1.06 miles, Swam 1000 yards, walked .5 mile
Tuesday: Ran 1.5 Sculpt, walked .5 mile
Wednesday: Ran 1 mile, Sculpt, walked .5 mile
Thursday: Sculpt, walked .5 mile

Totals for week 50
Swam 2100 yards
Ran 43.97 miles
Sculpt : 3 classes
Walked 4.5 miles

Total for 2016
Ran: 1237.52 miles
Biked: 756 minutes indoors 
Biked: 1248.87 miles Outdoors
Swam:  129,654.50 Yards = 73.67 miles
Sculpt classes:  183 classes
Walking: 190.35 miles
Body Flow Classes:  10
Rowing machine 17 minutes
1 Zumba

Week 51
Friday: Rest, walked .5 mile
Saturday: Ran 4.35 miles, Swam 1200 yards, walked .5 mile
Sunday: Swam 2405 yards, walked .5 mile
Monday: Sculpt, walked .5 mile
Tuesday: Ran 4.02 miles, Sculpt,  Swam 500 yards, walked .5 mile
Wednesday: Sculpt,, walked .5 mile
Thursday: Sculpt and Ran 5.16 miles, walked .5 mile

Totals for week 51
Ran 13.53 miles
Swam 4105 yards
Sculpt 4 classes
Walked 3.5 miles

Total for 2016
Ran: 1251.05 miles
Biked: 756 minutes indoors 
Biked: 1248.87 miles Outdoors
Swam:  133,759.50 Yards = 76 miles
Sculpt classes:  187 classes
Walking: 193.85 miles
Body Flow Classes:  10
Rowing machine 17 minutes
1 Zumba

Week 52
Friday:Rest, walked .5 mile
Saturday: Rest, walked .5 mile
Sunday: Rest, walked .5 mile
Monday: Swam 2000 yards,  Biked indoors 41 minutes, Ran 7.07, Sculpt, walked .5 mile
Tuesday: Sculpt, Zumba, walked .5 mile
Wednesday: Sculpt,  Ran 4.40 miles, walked .5 mile
Thursday: Sculpt,  Zumba, walked .5 mile
Friday: Zumba, walked .5 mile
Saturday:  Rested, walked 2.15 miles

Totals for week 52
Ran 11.47 miles
Biked indoors  41 minutes
4 sculpt classes
3 Zumba
Swam 2000 yards
Walked 6.15 miles


Total for 2016
Ran: 1262.52 miles
Biked: 797 minutes indoors =13.28 hours
Biked: 1248.87 miles Outdoors
Swam:  135,759.50 Yards = 77.13 miles
Sculpt classes:  191 classes
Walking: 200 miles
Body Flow Classes:  10
Rowing machine 17 minutes
4 Zumba classes

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Kickoff to Kinnick 5K - Saturday, September 24, 2016- Iowa City, IA

It was a beautiful day. A little hot with high humidity, but gorgeous for September 24th. I decided last minute to do the Kickoff to Kinnick 5K because they said they had enough shirts and medals so I thought, why not? My friend Amy and Chris ran the race also.  Because it was a HUGE race in Iowa City I saw so many people that I knew.  Things went great until mile 2 when I was just too hot and had to take a breather to walk a tiny bit.  So it wasn't my best 5K.  Here are the results if you care:  Results
Before the 5K started

Amy, Me and Chris taking a picture with the Hawk.

Shirt front and back.

On the field after finishing the race.
Chris after finishing.



The biggest medal ever for a 5K, seriously it was WAY overdone.  I'm sure some loved it, but it was a 5K race, who needs a medal this big for a race that small. This medal was bigger and heavier than most of my marathon medals.

Running in for a strong finish.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Park to Park half marathon - Waterloo, IA- Saturday, September 10, 2016

There has been a lot of flooding up North so I was afraid this race would be cancelled.   We had just done a half marathon 6 days before this on my birthday so for this race I wasn't going to push the pace.    I decided to run with Amy the entire way and hopefully help her PR.  The weather was okay, but not as cold as I like to do long races in.  I forgot to take before and after pictures.  Crazy.  So I only have a couple pictures.

Part of the course was flooded so we had to run through all that, but at least the race wasn't cancelled, for I would have been really sad.  Full results are here!

Great things about this race:

  • Most of the time you get a cute custom race bib, if you are late to packet pickup you may not get that, so show up early.  
  • Instant results at the finish
  • Nice race shirt if you sign up early and there are extras ordered so if you sign up late you still might get a shirt.
  • Beautiful medal
  • Plenty of food at the end and a HUGE variety of food.  If there isn't a food you like at the end then you are simply too picky.
  • mostly flat course.  There are a couple small hills, but they are so small that you can't really call them hills, just bigger bumps in the road.
  • Gorgeous scenery.  
  • Plenty of water stations on the course so you really don't have to bring your own water.
  • Coupons on the race bib for my favorite popcorn store that I did visit after the race.
Things that could be improved:
  • Weather.  Ha Ha, really, that can't be controlled so get over it already and run in whatever you are delt with.  Sign up early and hope for the best.  This year it wasn't bad.
  • Plenty of custom bibs for EVERYONE, so no matter when you show up to pick up your packet you still get a cute custom bib for your scrapbook, because to some of us, this matters.
  • A bigger expo, but not all races even have expos, so it's nice that there was something.  I love to buy new race socks for all long races, so I would have loved to see Balega socks there to buy.


Bibs and results for Amy and I

Parts of the race course were starting to flood.  Good thing it was only 3-4 inches deep.  Could have been so much worse.

Newbo Half Marathon 2016 - Cedar Rapids, IA- Saturday, September 4 2016

I have always wanted to do a race on my birthday. This year this awesome race landed right on my birthday. The Newbo Half Marathon and it was close to home.  So I registered for it and hoped for a sweet PR.
The PR didn't happen, but the run went fairly well.  I felt pretty good and had energy throughout it.
The problem was it was a little too hot to run and I don't do well in heat.

 The sunrise was gorgeous, even though you can't tell that from the bad picture.  The course was mostly flat and the medals were handmade, so those were bonuses.  The bad thing was most of the food was gone by the time my friend finished so she didn't get everything others did.  I did like how Newbo Market was open after the event so we could change clothes and get some food from local vendors.  Full results are here.



Sunrise
Before the race began.  Me, James and Amy.

My friend James Anderson went to find Amy and run in with her.  I stayed behind so I could get pictures of her finishing.
My final time.
Finished and showing off the handmade medals.

The bibs and finishing results

Showing off the great race shirts!





Afterwards enjoying our favorite beverages.  Me with a smoothie and Amy with her beer.

Leading Ladies Marathon - Spearfish, South Dakota- August 21, 2016

Another state to check off for my 50 state marathon journey.  South Dakota.  This race was recommended by many for fast times because the race is mostly downhill.  The race started at 7 a.m. you had to be at the bus at 5:15 a.m. to catch the bus to the start. You miss the bus, you are out of luck.  Then you are dropped off in the freezing cold to wait an hour.  I personally think we could have met the bus a half hour later, but oh well.  The race started at the top of Spearfish Canyon in South Dakota. I didn't dress warmly enough, in fact I totally forgot to bring a throw-away jacket.  I was so cold at the start of the race.  At about 1/2 mile into the race I saw a girl throwing away her jacket.  I asked her if I could have it.  She didn't care.  I ended up wearing it for about 12 miles, then I finally warmed up. The race website is here.  My results are here.

I was running the full marathon and Amy was running the half.  We met my friend Sharon from Arizona to room with her.

When the marathon started out you had to actually run uphill for almost a mile, then most of the rest of the race was downhill or flat.  I was doing fine until about mile 4 when I started getting nauseous.  I walked more than I ever have in a marathon in the first 10 miles, but that was to help with the nausea.  After that the elevation must have been at a place where my body could handle it better.  I felt like a new woman by mile 12.  I took a few pictures along the way. I didn't like that the Full marathon finishing medal was exactly like the half marathon finishing medal.  That they should change for you are running twice as far, but everything else was nice.  Shirt was great, food after was nice.  Bus was on time to take you to the start, mini expo had some nice things to buy.  Packet pickup was organized.
Entering South Dakota
On the way down the mountain.  A gorgeous log cabin home.  I loved it.  There were many like it.

This picture doesn't do the scene justice.  It was so beautiful.  You can tell it was completely downhill.


Bridal Falls.  Totally awesome.

Finished.  

After the race.

Bib and medal.

Sharon from Arizona, me and Amy.

My official time

On the way home we stopped at the National Music Museum.  Totally awesome museum that I highly recommend visiting.

A gorgeous August day.

The Beach Boys' guitar signed by them.

Crossfit 4th Annual Sprint Triathlon - Oskaloosa, IA- Saturday, August 13, 2016

I found this outdoor triathlon and it was only 80 minutes away. The best part is it was in Oskaloosa, Iowa.  A great smaller town in Iowa.  It happens to be a town where some relatives of Amy's live.  Her Uncle Joe and Aunt Amy Larkin.  The best part of his triathlon is the swim is done in an outdoor pool!

Amy and I did our best considering the heat of a typical August day.  We placed 1st and 2nd in our age group and there were more than 2 in our age group.  After the race we went to lunch with Uncle Joe and Aunt Amy!  The bad part about this race is I lost a contact in the pool.  Weird and not sure how it happened, but when I took off my goggles after the swim it was gone, so it was probably stuck in my goggles, but I never found it.
Before the race began.
Not a great picture of my Garmin at the end of the race.  I actually swam with it.  This was for 500 meters in an outdoor pool, 12 mile bike and a 5K.  My final time was 1:35:24.  Not bad for a Sprint distance triathlon.
Right after Amy finished.  I was still beat red.  I had ran back to find her after I finished.

The race wanted a picture of everyone who placed. 
A finishing picture after getting cleaned up with our new shirts on!

Aunt Amy, Uncle Joe and Amy Larkin!




Backroads Half Marathon - Amana, IA- Saturday, August 6, 2016

Not a race you want to do on a hot day, but oh well we did anyway.  This was Amy's very first half marathon.  She trained for several weeks.  I picked this one because of 3 reasons
1.  It had lots of hills
2.  It wouldn't matter if we walked a lot because then her 2nd half marathon she would PR for sure
3.  It advertised a nice finishing medal.

I can't seem to find the actual results, but our times were right around 3 hours.  We finished together.  It was a super hot day and we walked about 1/4th of it.  No shame in walking in a half marathon.

Would I do this one again?  Maybe, but only if the day wasn't so hot.  The course was extremely hard full of hills and gravel.  So I might do it to better my time.

Just finished
Amy feeling awesome for finishing her first half marathon.

Close up of the medal.


Solon Beef Days 5K-Solon, IA- Saturday, July 16, 2016

A beautiful morning for a short race.  Amy and I biked from home to Solon which was about 15 miles, completed the 5K, then biked 65 more miles.  For July the weather was absolutely gorgeous.  It was warm but not terrible.  It was 63 degrees with 5 mph winds, but 100% humidity.  I had great results for a day with high humidity.  They were:  A time of 28:52 and placed 10th of 19 in my age group.  Not too shabby.  Amy PRed again for a 5K.  Her time was 32:17.  Full results are here: Results  After the race we biked  on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.  A super nice trail that I didn't even know existed until that day.

A great picture of Amy and I taken before the race.
Amy finishing strong in humidity.

The LONG bike ride.

About 30 miles from home we stopped for a late lunch here.  Our meals were fabulous.