Wednesday, July 13, 2016

6K's of Summer- Iowa City, IA- Memorial Day Monday, May 30, 2016

A very hot Memorial Day May morning. The humidity was so high.  Most of the rooster team and 3 of my running friends decided to do this race.   Jason was the race director and did a great job.  There were some door prizes, food after the race, it was chip timed. $1,100 was donated to the Animal Shelter.
From left to right:  Me, Susan, Lorna and Chris
Chris won 2nd place in her age group.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Week 21 through Week 25

Week 21
Friday: Walked 1.5 miles, taught Sculpt
Saturday:  Ran Fargo marathon 26.4 miles, walked 2 miles
Sunday:  Walked 2.5 miles
Monday: Sculpt, Walked 2 miles
Tuesday:  Sculpt, Walked .5 mile, Ran 4.20 miles,
Wednesday: Sculpt, Swam 1200 yards, Walked .5 miles,
Thursday:Rest

Total for week 21
Ran 30.60 miles
Walked 9 miles
4 Sculpt classes
Swam 1200 Yards

Total for 2016
Ran: 598.21
Biked: 709 minutes indoors
Biked: 235.66 miles Outdoors
Swam:  59,700 Yards = 33.92 miles
Sculpt classes:  78 classes
Walking: 71 miles
Body Flow Classes:  10
Rowing machine 17 minutes


Week 22
Friday:  Sculpt, walked 2.5 miles
Saturday:  Walked 1 mile, Ran 6.26 miles, Biked 26.26 miles outside
Sunday:  Biked 36.57 miles outside
Monday:  Ran 3.76 miles, Swam 1850 yards, walked .5
Tuesday : Ran 5.7 miles, Sculpt, walked .5
Wednesday : Sculpt, walked .5
Thursday :  Ran 3 miles, Sculpt, walked .5

Total for week 22
Walked 4.5 miles
4 Sculpt classes
Ran 18.72 miles
Biked outside 62.83 miles
Swam 1850 yards

Total for 2016
Ran: 616.93
Biked: 709 minutes indoors
Biked: 298.49 miles Outdoors
Swam:  61,550 Yards = 34.97miles
Sculpt classes:  82 classes
Walking: 75.5 miles
Body Flow Classes:  10
Rowing machine 17 minutes

Week 23
Friday:  Rest, walked .5 miles
Saturday :  Ran 7 miles, Swam 1800 Yards
Sunday : Ran/walked 2.20 miles
Monday: Sculpt, walked .5 miles
Tuesday :Sculpt, walked .5 miles
Wednesday :Swam 1800 yards, Sculpt, walked .5 miles
Thursday: Sculpt, Ran, walked .5 miles

Total for week 23
Walked 2.5 miles
4 Sculpt classes
Ran 9.20 miles
Biked outside 0 miles
Swam 3600 yards

Total for 2016
Ran: 626.13  plus
Biked: 709 minutes indoors
Biked: 298.49 miles Outdoors
Swam:  65,150 Yards = 37.02 miles
Sculpt classes:  86 classes
Walking: 78 miles
Body Flow Classes:  10
Rowing machine 17 minutes

Week 24
Friday: Rest, walked .5 miles
Saturday :  Ran 20.01 miles
Sunday :  Walked a lot
Monday: Sculpt, walked .5 miles
Tuesday :  Sculpt and swam 1200 yards, walked .5 miles
Wednesday : Sculpt, ran 3.13 miles, Swam 800 yards, walked .5 miles
Thursday :  Ran 2, Sculpt, biked 15.60 miles, walked .5 miles

Total for week 24
Walked 2.5 miles
4 Sculpt classes
Ran 25.14 miles
Biked outside 15.60 miles
Swam 2000 yards

Total for 2016
Ran: 651.27  plus
Biked: 709 minutes indoors
Biked: 314.09 miles Outdoors
Swam:  67,150 Yards = 38.15 miles
Sculpt classes:  90 classes
Walking: 80.5 miles
Body Flow Classes:  10
Rowing machine 17 minutes

Week 25
Friday : Rest
Saturday :Ran 5 miles, Biked 15.20 miles, Swam 600 yards, walked 1 mile
Sunday: Walked 2.5 miles, Swam 750 yards
Monday: Sculpt, Biked 15.08 miles, walked .5 mile
Tuesday : Sculpt, Ran 4.36 miles, walked .5 mile
Wednesday: Ran .5 mile, Sculpt, walked .5 mile
Thursday : Swam 1200 yards, Sculpt, biked 23.73 miles, walked .5 mile

Total for week 25
Walked 5.5 miles
4 Sculpt classes
Ran  9.86 miles
Biked 54.01 outside miles
Swam 2550 yards

Total for 2016
Ran: 661.13  plus
Biked: 709 minutes indoors
Biked: 368.10 miles Outdoors
Swam:  69,700 Yards = 39.60 miles
Sculpt classes:  94 classes
Walking: 86 miles
Body Flow Classes:  10
Rowing machine 17 minutes


Sunday, July 3, 2016

EF5K and Ed Thomas 10K- Parkersburg, IA- May 28, 2016

A week after the marathon I wanted to try out this race in Parkersburg, Iowa. I have always wanted to do this race given the town's history, but never made it here.  Here is a news story about the massive tornado in 2008:   News story

Then in 2009 their beloved Coach Ed Thomas was murdered, see story here.

After the tornado the race was started to raise money for the town.  After the coach was killed the race added a 10K.

Here are pictures from that day

The new high school.

Me, Russell and Amy

Garmin stats.

The sign for the town.

Russell placed in his age group.
Russell finishing strong.

Amy set a new PR on a hard course.


Week 17-20

Week 17
Friday:Sculpt, walked .5 miles
Saturday: I hurt my back  really bad, so no workout happened , walked .5 miles
Sunday:  18.13 mile bike ride, 4.05 mile run, but shouldn't have as my back hurt really bad, 900 Yard Swim, walked .5 miles
Monday:  55 minute Spin class, Sculpt class, walked .5 miles
Tuesday:  17.55 mile bike ride outside, Sculpt class, walked .5 miles
Wednesday:  Sculpt class, walked .5 miles
Thursday:  Rest, walked .5 miles

couldn't run most of the week, bad back injury.  Muscles flared up.

Total for Week 17
Ran 4.05 miles
Biked Indoors 55 minutes
Biked Outdoors 35.68 miles
Swam 900 yards
Sculpt classes 4
Walking 3.5 miles

Total for 2016
Ran: 493.61 miles
Biked: 658 minutes indoors
Biked: 130.91 miles Outdoors
Swam:  48,250 Yards = 27.41 miles
Sculpt classes:  66 classes
Walking: 51.5 miles
Body Flow Classes:  9
Rowing machine 17 minutes


Week 18:
Friday:Sculpt class, walked .5 miles
Saturday: Ran 26.42 miles in the Illinois Marathon, walked .5 miles
Sunday:  Swam 2000 Yards, walked .5 miles
Monday : Sculpt, walked .5 miles
Tuesday :  Sculpt, walked .5 miles
Wednesday : Sculpt, ran 2 miles, walked .5 miles
Thursday :  Swam 1000 yards, biked indoors 20 minutes, ran 3.33 miles, walked .5 miles

Total for week 18:
Ran 31.75 miles
Swam 3000 Yards
Biked 20 minutes indoors
4 Sculpt classes
Walked 3.5 miles


Total for 2016
Ran: 525.36 miles
Biked: 678 minutes indoors
Biked: 130.91 miles Outdoors
Swam:  51,250 Yards = 29.11 miles
Sculpt classes:  70 classes
Walking: 55 miles
Body Flow Classes:  9
Rowing machine 17 minutes


Week 19:
Friday:Sculpt, ran 4.20 miles, swam 600 yards, walked .5 miles
Saturday:  Swam 2500 Yards, Ran 8.30 miles, walked .5 miles
Sunday :  Biked 35.13 miles, walked .5 miles
Monday : Sculpt, walked .5 miles
Tuesday:  Ran 4 miles, Sculpt, walked .5 miles
Wednesday:  Ran 2.02 miles, Sculpt, walked .5 miles
Thursday, Ran 4 miles, Biked 31 minutes indoors, walked .5 miles.

Total for week 19:
4 Sculpt classes
Swam 3100 Yards
Ran 22.52 miles
Biked 31 minutes indoors
Biked 35.13 miles outdoors
Walked 3.5 miles



Total for 2016
Ran: 547.88 miles
Biked: 709 minutes indoors
Biked: 166.04 miles Outdoors
Swam:  54,350 Yards = 30.88 miles
Sculpt classes:  74 classes
Walking: 58.5 miles
Body Flow Classes:  9
Rowing machine 17 minutes


Week 20
Friday: Sculpt class, swam 2150 yards, ran 1 mile, walked .5 miles
Saturday:  Biked 25.52 miles in 22 m.p.h. winds and super cold, walked .5 miles
Sunday:Ran 10.25 miles, Biked 20 miles
Monday:Ran 3.1 miles, Sculpt, Biked 4.1 miles, Les Mills Body Flow, walked 1.5 miles
Tuesday:Ran 2.28, biked 20 miles , Sculpt
Wednesday:Sculpt, ran 3.1 miles, walked .5 miles
Thursday: Swam 2000 yards, walked .5 miles

Total for week 20
Ran 19.73 miles
Swam 4150 yards
1 Body Flow class
Biked 69.62 miles outside
Walked 3.5 miles

Total for 2016
Ran: 567.61 miles
Biked: 709 minutes indoors
Biked: 235.66 miles Outdoors
Swam:  58,500 Yards = 33.23 miles
Sculpt classes:  74 classes
Walking: 62 miles
Body Flow Classes:  10
Rowing machine 17 minutes



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fargo Marathon - Fargo, North Dakota - Saturday, May 21, 2016

A great marathon in North Dakota that I think everyone should try at least once.  There are so many great things to say about this marathon.

It's a flat course, like flatter than flat, so if you like that kind of course, then you should run this marathon.
It seems like the entire town of Fargo comes out to cheer you on.
There are plenty of volunteers on the course
There are plenty of water stations on the course.
The finishing medal is really nice.
The expo was well planned out and had lots of vendors with freebies.
The race starts and ends indoors so IF it's bad weather you don't have to wait out in it.  However you can't start your Garmin indoors because you can't get the satellite so that bites.

The day ended up being hotter than Fargo usually has at this time of year. All the residents were saying how hot it was. It was a bummer because I don't run well in hot weather.

The results are here !    Lots of pictures are below.
About 30 minutes before the marathon began.
A bag given to us at packet pickup.  The bag is really nice and thick and I'll definitely use it again.
zip up jacket given to us for the marathon.
The marathon was about to begin.  They were announcing that we needed to line up.
Giant flag on the course.  This picture doesn't do it justice.  The flag was as big as a house.
Elvis sang to us.
My Garmin time.
After a shower wearing my new shirt with the finishing medal.



Marathon Bib and medal
Food after the marathon.  Pizza, water, chips, bananas, chocolate milk, cookies, and the best thing ever was cookie dough.






Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Illinois Marathon - Champaign, Illinois- Saturday April 30, 2016

The night before the race I traveled to Illinois to pick up my packet and stay in a hotel near the race site.   I ended up sharing my hotel with a girl named Jennifer that I met on the Corridor Running Facebook page.  At packet pickup I ran into one of my 50 state friends, George Southgate from Georgia.  He is 69 years old and was about to run his 289th marathon the next day.  He, with his wife took me to dinner at Bob Evans.  That was so nice of him.

After dinner I went back to the hotel and laid out all my stuff for the marathon.  About two hours later I met Jennifer and then shortly went to sleep.

The next morning the weather was as bad as it said it was going to be.  It was one of those weather days that you just don't want to run in. It was raining and raining hard. It was cold and just miserable. I woke up and every joint hurt. It's like my arthritis said, "No running today". I really didn't want to run. It took everything in me to get ready to go run a marathon again. I was not happy.  But since I signed up, I did it.

I arrived at the race site about an hour early and received excellent parking.  I found a bathroom, used it then went back to my car to just sit and wait.  The rain wouldn't stop.  I knew from the forecast that I would be running in rain the entire time and that was not going to be fun.  I just hoped that I layered correctly so I wouldn't be too hot or too cold.  I wore a hat so the raindrops wouldn't consistently be in my eyes.  I had my usual sports bra and sports bra tank on for the first layer, then a long sleeve shirt, then a rain coat.  I wore all of this until mile 20 and then felt like I had finally become too hot and took the rain coat off and wrapped it around me.

I really don't remember much about this race because I was so miserable being so wet.  I remember hearing everyone's wet shoes squeaking a lot, but other than that I just remember running and hoping I would get through it without chafing badly.

At mile 24 I rubbed my eye for some reason and when I did that my contact went up into my eyelid, way up.  So far up it hurt so bad.  I went over to the side of the road and tried to push on my eyelid to make the contact come down over the eyeball where it belonged so I could see correctly.  It wouldn't.  So I made the choice to run in severe pain.  I ran half blind.  It wasn't fun.  I had to finish the race by being able not to see.  Oh well, I finished and that was nice. I barely made it under 5 hours.  Below are pictures to enjoy.  Here are the race results if you really care that much:  Results


George and I in our 50 State Marathon shirts.
Waiting for the marathon to begin.  I was already wet and wanting to just start running.

Me with my medal at the end.  

The Garmin results!

The race bib and medal.

After a shower and stretching with my new race shirt on.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Garmin Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K-Olathe, Kansas- Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ever since I went to the Kansas City, Missouri marathon expo and saw the booth advertising the Garmin marathon, I wanted to do it for the marathon in the state of Kansas.  It is Wizard of Oz themed and seemed to have all the extras I enjoy in marathons.

Chris, my friend who is 69 years old wanted to do her first half marathon, Amy my best friend wanted to do her first 10K, my friend Juli wanted to do her 101st marathon, and I wanted to add another state to my collection. I heard it was hilly so I continued to run hills as often as possible on training runs.

The weather looked like it was going to be decent until the last two hours of the marathon at which time it would become muggy.  I decided that I would carry water on an attachment on my running belt and I'm so glad I did as you will read about soon.

On Friday April 15th I worked just a couple hours then left for the marathon with Chris and Amy.  Juli drove separately as she had others places to visit.  The drive went smoothly and we made it to the running expo at a decent time.
We had pancakes and other protein breakfast foods for dinner at I-hop then went back to the hotel to relax.

At the crack of dawn early we all got up to prepare for the race.  I used KT tape to tape all areas on me that have ever hurt me during long distance running.  I used a significant amount of body glide in all areas that would chafe and after everyone was ready we headed to the race.  We were only 15 minutes from the race start and found parking almost right away.  It was cold and dark in the morning, but that would soon change as the sun came up.  It was due to get a little muggy.

I was running well for the first 3 hours and had hit 17 miles by the 3rd hour and for me that is great.  By mile 18.25 I walked a little ways.  I was feeling tired and hot. Then I figured out my times on my watch and realized if I just kept going at even an 11 minute mile pace I would possibly have a personal record.  That was all I needed to push through.   I was carrying water on my back thank goodness because water stops were only every 2 miles and I needed it every mile, so I had some for the times when I felt thirsty or just wanted to pour it on my head.   I did end up with a SWEET personal record, beating my last record time by almost 5 minutes.  Here are the RESULTS !!!  Then below are pictures I took:


The cool Kansas sign from the freeway.


Chris, Amy and I on the way to Kansas.

At the race expo there were huge cut outs of Wizard of Oz characters.
Here I was over 200 miles away and I ran into my friend Todd from Cedar Rapids.  Had to have a picture with him.
During the race my friend Juli was passing me and took a picture of me.

another shot of me running.
Waiting for me at the finish line were Chris and Amy.  Amy took this picture.  It was a great moment.




This lady was injured and couldn't run the race, so the race director let her bike the race route.  She looked awesome.
A close up after the race with the witch.
The amazing race medal.  It's my biggest one so far.
From Left to Right:  Dorothy, Me, Chris, Amy, Juli and the witch.


All four of us with our medals.

My race bib, results, certificate and medal.

Me at the finish !

Monday, May 9, 2016

Donut Run 5K - Ames, IA - Saturday, April 9, 2016

First before anything I want to say that I love donuts and love running.  My best friend Amy knew that, found this race and signed me up for it.

 It was a super cold morning. So cold that I thought my hands would freeze without gloves. But the sun was out, there was NO snow and it was a race where you could eat donuts. Little did I know that I would soon hate glazed Krispy Kreme donuts very much.

The race took place in Ames, Iowa.  It was called the Donut Run.  You ran about 1K to a donut table and had to eat as many donuts as you could stomach. Every time you got an entire donut down you got a sticker on your bib and at least 30 seconds taken off your final time.  Amy and I managed 5 donuts each.  It was so gross.  Some guys ate 20 donuts.

It was a fun, organized, different race.  We finished it under 40 minutes with the 5 stops.  Neither of us wanted anything to eat for hours after.

I ran another 3 miles after the race to help burn off all the donuts.  It didn't help much as I felt gross almost all day.   Results are here:  Donut Run results    Pictures are below:
A selfie before the race.

Another selfie.  It was freezing.   Can you tell how cold we were?

Our race bibs after the race with the cute stickers in them representing the amount of donuts we had during the race.

Shirt

A glass that came with our shirt.  Love it.

A picture that the race organizers took of us finishing the race.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Week 13-16 of Training miles for 2016

Week 13
Friday :Sculpt, walked .5 miles
Saturday:ran 20.30 miles, Swam 550 yards, walked .5 miles
Sunday :rest
Monday :Biked 14.30 miles outside, Sculpt class, walked .5 miles
Tuesday: Sculpt class, ran 5.30 miles, walked .5 miles
Wednesday: Swam 1800 yards, Ran 5.25 miles, Sculpt class, walked .5 miles
Thursday: Ran 5.03 miles with Tyler, Biked indoors 35 minutes, walked .5 miles

Total for Week 13
Ran 35.88
4 Sculpt classes
Swam 2350 yards
Biked 14.30 miles outside
Biked 35 minutes indoors
Walked 3 miles

Total for 2016
Ran: 396.32 miles
Biked: 502 minutes indoors
Biked: 66.68 miles Outdoors
Swam:  39,300 Yards = 22.32 miles
Sculpt classes:  50 classes
Walking: 38 miles
Body Flow Classes:  9
Rowing machine 17 minutes


Week 14
Friday: Swam 800 yards,  Sculpt, Ran with Juli for a LONG run of 23.01 miles, walked .5 miles
Saturday :  Swam 1000 yards, walked .5 miles
Sunday : Ran 5 miles. Walked 1 mile  Biked 18.50 outside, walked .5 miles
Monday : Swam 800 yards, Sculpt, walked .5 miles
Tuesday :Sculpt class, Ran 3.10 miles, walked .5 miles
Wednesday :Swam 1000 yards, ran 3.52 miles, walked .5 miles
Thursday :Biked indoors 35 minutes, Ran 8 miles, walked .5 miles

Total for Week 14
Swam 3600 yards
Ran 42.63 miles
Biked 35 minutes indoors
Biked 18.50 outside
4 Sculpt classes
Walked 3.5 miles


Total for 2016
Ran: 438.95 miles
Biked: 537 minutes indoors
Biked: 85.18 miles Outdoors
Swam:  42,900 Yards = 24.38 miles
Sculpt classes:  54 classes
Walking: 41.5 miles
Body Flow Classes:  9
Rowing machine 17 minutes



Week 15
Friday:  Swam 500 Yards, Sculpt, walked .5 mile
Saturday:  Ran 6.25 miles, walked .5 mile
Sunday:  Rest
Monday: Ran 4.21 miles, Sculpt, walked .5 mile
Tuesday:  Swam 1050 Yards, Sculpt class, walked .5 mile
Wednesday:Swam 1800 yards, Ran 3.10 miles, walked .5 mile
Thursday: Ran 3.11 miles, Biked 33 minutes indoors, walked .5 mile

Total for Week 15
Swam 3350 yards
Ran 16.67
Biked 33 minutes indoors
Biked nothing outside, not sure why
4 Sculpt classes
Walked 3 miles

Total for 2016
Ran: 455.62 miles
Biked: 570 minutes indoors
Biked: 85.18 miles Outdoors
Swam:  46,250 Yards = 26.28 miles
Sculpt classes:  58 classes
Walking: 44.5 miles
Body Flow Classes:  9
Rowing machine 17 minutes

Week 16
Friday : Sculpt, walked .5 mile
Saturday : Ran 26.32 miles, walked .5 mile
Sunday: Rest, walked .5 mile
Monday: Ran 2.07 miles, Sculpt class, Swam 1100 Yards, walked .5 mile
Tuesday:  Sculpt class, walked .5 mile
Wednesday :  Sculpt class, Biked outdoors 10.05 miles, walked .5 mile
Thursday :Ran 5.55 miles, Biked indoors 33 minutes, walked .5 mile

Total for Week 16
Swam 1100 yards
Ran 33.94 miles
Biked 33 minutes indoors
Biked 10.05 outdoors
4 Sculpt classes
Walked 3.5 miles

Total for 2016
Ran: 489.56 miles
Biked: 603 minutes indoors
Biked: 95.23 miles Outdoors
Swam:  47,350 Yards = 26.90 miles
Sculpt classes:  62 classes
Walking: 48 miles
Body Flow Classes:  9
Rowing machine 17 minutes










Saturday, May 7, 2016

Relay & Run for 21 7K and Half Marathon - March 20, 2016 - Clayton, Missouri

It was one of those mornings you won't forget and one of those mornings where you just can't trust the weather. 10 days out from this race and even a couple days before the weather said, "Cloudy, cold, small chance of rain" That morning things really changed. It was cold, the wind was blowing hard, it was snowing really hard and melting as soon as it touched the ground.  The flakes were huge and very wet. It was crazy.

I was signed up to do the half marathon (21K) however with the weather so bad and so very wet, I didn't have the proper clothing to be running in that for 2.5 hours. I didn't have rain gear to run in. So I did what I felt I should and switched last minute to the 7K.  That ended up to be great as I placed in my age group and I never expected to do that with the hills on this course, but I did and that was awesome.  Plus because of the last minute switch I was able to get back to the hotel just in time for breakfast before it ended.

Besides the course being full of hills, the race itself was put on very well.  The race director and team did an awesome job with food after the race, awards, shirts, finishing medals and more.  I was pleased and would do this race again IF I lived closer.

I just happened to be in St.Louis visiting Amy while she attended a Haunt convention.  We found this race to do before traveling back to Iowa.

 The results are HERE !
Amy Larkin, Me and Josh Sevcik after the race soaking wet.

Some of the goodies given to us after the race.

My bib with the finishing medal.

The finishing medal up close if you care.

My name on the computer screen showing the results.  I was beyond shocked that I had placed in my age group.  There were so many people.   On the screen I was 2nd in my age group so I was given the 2nd place award.  Found out later that the 1st person in my age group had actually placed overall top 3 women so she was taken out of age group ratings.  Then I was bumped up to 1st in my age group.  Pretty dang awesome.

My watch showing my time and distance.


The amazing plaque I received for being 1st.  I couldn't believe it.