Monday, August 31, 2015

Beaver Chase Half Marathon- Saturday, August 15,2015-Indianapolis, IN

When I walked to my car it was sprinkling rain, even though said a 15 % chance. Then as I was driving to the race it POURED rain. I was a little bummed.  By the time I arrived at the race, 15 minutes later, the rain was just drizzling.  10 minutes later it stopped.  I was parked just waiting in the car for packet pickup to start.  I was parked right by the start line, very convenient.

I grabbed my shirt and bib and came back to the car to rest.  I taped up my knees while in the car.  About 25 minutes before the race I decided that getting in the long line of port-a-potties would be a great idea.

It took almost until race time to get through the long line for bathrooms.  They started the marathon late because people were still in line to go pee.  I walked back to my car to get my race belt and drink a last drink of water and noticed that my car had a flat.  Seriously.  I couldn't believe it and said out loud, "Oh NO, my car has a flat tire!"  A guy was riding his bike by my car with his daughter and he said, "Do you have a spare?"  I said, "I do, but don't have time to change it before the race starts in just 7 minutes."  he said, "If you get your spare out, I'll change it quick if you don't mind."   Of course I didn't mind.  He was an answer to prayers.  I seriously wasn't sure if I could change my tire and even though I knew how, the last time I did it was many many years ago with help and it took a long time.  He changed it in less than 5 minutes.  I thanked him and offered him money and some water.  He didn't want anything.  I said to his daughter, "Your father is the most awesome Dad ever."  I never saw him again.

His name was Michael Nelson from Layfayette, IN and if you ever run into him, thank him from me again and tell him he's  awesome.

I got in line for the race and had no idea what I was about to go through. They advertised it as a trail race, two cross country courses connected by a crushed gravel path with some dirt and maybe mud, but it was much more than that.    We all started running on the grass for about a 1/2 mile, then the path led us into the woods, a steep hill downward, kinda muddy, then a skinny trail through the woods, over logs, lots of roots, sticks, big rocks, some trash, then the sand.  Lots and lots of sand to run through.  That was hard.  The trail twisted and turned for what seemed like a really long time.  About a mile.  Then it was back to the grass again for about a mile.  Then crushed limestone path, dirt paths and sidewalks, then grass trails that wound over and over for 3 miles, then you returned the way you came, only to have to repeat all of this once more for the 2nd loop.  GRRRRRRR.

I was so grateful by this point that I had changed this race from a marathon (4 loops of this craziness) to 2 loops.  I'm not sure in that heat if I could have continued for 4 loops.  Plus I would have been repeating the state of Indiana for a marathon.
A picture of the trail in the woods.

More of the trail

More of the trail.

My Time.

Race number and finishing medal.
Front of shirt.

Back of shirt

Week 35 of training for 2015

Monday :Les Mills Body Flow class, Sculpt class, walked .5 mile
Tuesday : 10.03 miles running-10:34 mile pace, swam 1100 yards, Sculpt class, Les Mills Body Flow, walked .5 mile
Wednesday:Ran 1.03 miles, Sculpt class, walked .5 mile
Thursday:Swam 1200 yards, Sculpt class, Ran 3.57 miles, walked 1 mile
Friday:Swam at hotel, walked .5 miles
Saturday:  Ran 26.42 miles, water walking, some swimming, walked 2 miles
Sunday: Biked 3 miles

Totals for week 35 of 2015:
4 Sculpt classes
walked 5 miles
Swam: 2300 yards and more in the hotel swimming pool unmeasured.
Ran:41.05 miles
biked: 3 miles
2 Les Mills Body Flow classes

Good and bad things this week:  Made time for 2 yoga classes, ran a lot.  Finished my 7th marathon in my 7th state and it went mostly well.  Good that I finished strong, bad that I missed my PR by 4 minutes.  Need to have More biking - seriously and be more consistent with fitting it in the workout schedule.

Totals for Year 2015
Swimming:  96,478 Yards=   54 miles 1438 yards
Elliptical :    14.45 miles
Biking inside: 274 minutes 
Biking Outside:  389.88
Zumba class:        5.5 classes
Sculpt classes:        150 classes
Les Mills Body Pump:  1 class
Les Mills Body Flow class:    29 classes
Walking:   81.80 miles
Running:      937.86 miles 
Vinyasa Yoga:  1 class
Hiked 2 miles with stairs

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Week 34 of 2015 training

Monday :4.10 miles running with Jason at an 11:15 pace, Sculpt class, walked .5 mile
Tuesday : 5.04 miles running, biked 10.10 miles, walked .5 mile
Wednesday:Ran 4.04 miles, biked 9 miles, Sculpt class, walked .5 mile
Thursday:Swam 1200 yards, Ran 1 mile in 10.21 pace, Sculpt class, walked .5 mile
Friday:Ran 5 miles, Les Mills Body Flow, walked .5 mile
Saturday :Ran 12.07 miles in 2 hours 10 minutes.  Ran some with Jason, some miles alone, one mile with Andrea.  Swam 2000 yards.  Swam some with Deb, some some with Jason, swam some alone. walked 1 mile
Sunday:  Biked 15.15 miles with Scott.

Totals for week 34 of 2015:
Swam: 3200 yards
Biked: 34.25 miles
Ran:  31.25
Les Mills Body Flow Class: 1
Sculpt classes: 3
Walked:  3 miles

Good things this week:  Swam twice.  Biked 3 times.  Ran 6 separate  times.

Things to improve: more yoga and more biking.

Totals for Year 2015
Swimming:  94,178 Yards=   53.51 miles
Elliptical :    14.45 miles
Biking inside: 274 minutes 
Biking Outside:  386.88
Zumba class:        5.5 classes
Sculpt classes:        146 classes
Les Mills Body Pump:  1 class
Les Mills Body Flow class:    27 classes
Walking:   76.80 miles
Running:      896.81 miles 
Vinyasa Yoga:  1 class
Hiked 2 miles with stairs

Monday, August 17, 2015

Week 33 of 2015 training

Monday: 10 mile bike ride, Sculpt, walked .5 mile
Tuesday:10.10 mile bike ride, Sculpt, Les Mills Body Flow.walked .5 mile
Wednesday:Swam 1250 yards.Sculpt,walked .5 mile
Thursday:  Ran 4.02 miles, Sculpt,walked 1 mile
Friday:Swam laps 15 minutes,walked .5 mile
Saturday :  Ran 13.1 miles Beaver Chase Trail Half Marathon, Swam laps 15 minutes,walked .5 mile
Sunday:  Biked 5.26 miles with Scott and Brenden.

Totals for week 33:
Biked 25.36 miles
Ran 17.12 miles
4 Sculpt classes
Swam 1250 yards plus more not measured.
1 Les Mills Body Flow class
walked 3.5 miles

Good for week 33:  I ran more this week than I usually do the week following a marathon and did a Half marathon hard trail race on Saturday.  I biked and swam this week, but didn't swim as much as I usually do.  Was able to attend one Les Mills Body Flow class, my goal is to get to that class 3 times in a week.

What can be improved:  More biking.  I feel I should be doing 50-70 miles a week.

Totals for Year 2015
Swimming:  90,978 Yards=   51.69 miles
Elliptical :    14.45 miles
Biking inside: 274 minutes 
Biking Outside:  352.63
Zumba class:        5.5 classes
Sculpt classes:        143 classes
Les Mills Body Pump:  1 class
Les Mills Body Flow class:    26 classes
Walking:   73.80 miles
Running:      865.56 miles 
Vinyasa Yoga:  1 class
Hiked 2 miles with stairs

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Paavo Nurmi Marathon - Hurley, WI - Saturday, August 8, 2015

To add to my goal of a marathon in each of the 50 states, I chose this marathon in Wisconsin.  It was a longer drive than I thought it would be, but I managed to get there before the pasta dinner ended to pick up my packet.  I found a girl online named Sharon from Arizona that belongs to Marathon Maniacs Club and is working on her 50 States Marathons and asked her if I could share her room. So I met a new person who loves to run as much as I do.  We actually met up at the packet pickup.

Got up at 4:40a.m to start getting ready for the marathon.  I taped all the places on my body that usually get sore during a long run with KT pro sports tape.  Ate my bagel and Justin's Almond butter with some gatorade and water.  Left to catch the bus.

On the way to the bus I got turned around and lost and apparently blew right threw a stop sign at the top of a hill.  A police officer just happened to be following me.  When he pulled up beside me and we both rolled down our windows.  I asked him what was wrong and he said, "Do you realize that you ran a stop sign?"  I told him I was all flustered and lost and I was going to run a marathon and needed to catch a bus and didn't know where I was supposed to park.  He said he would escort me to where we could park and he did.  Such a nice police officer.

The bus came just 10 minutes later and I got on it.  It seemed like a short ride to the start.  I should have had a jacket or a blanket because I was cold.

While waiting for the race to start I sat at a picnic table and talked to four people that were in the 50 States Marathon club.  When you add up their marathons, combined it was over 1200. Impressive, so I asked a lot of questions.

 Before I knew it the race began.  Just .2 into the running a guy started talking to me that seemed to be my same pace.  His name was Craig.  I only had to ask his name like three times.  He is from Minnesota.  He really helped me with the first 12 miles of hills, he talked and talked and I talked on the downhills.  I had to fix my shoe at mile 12 otherwise I would have loved to run with him the entire time and I would have PRed had I stayed with him, he finished at 4:54.  Bummer.  Next time.

By far this was the hardest course I have ever ran.  Lots of hills.  Here is the elevation map.  Now for some pictures.
Not a great picture.  Hard to get when you aren't looking and just
driving by clicking the camera.

A picture I took out in the middle of Wisconsin in the middle of nowhere.  It was a gorgeous view.

This is where we had to meet to catch the bus to the start of the marathon.
Every street corner has a cheese house.  I took a picture of this one.
This is Sharon Berger from Arizona and I after the race.  We shared a hotelroom together.  I just met her the night
before the race.  I sure love the Marathon Maniacs club because you meet people from all over
the country that you never would have met.

The Garmin results

I met this man at .2 miles in the race. He started talking to me and we ran 12 miles together.  His name is Craig Swanson and he has run 256 marathons.
A bridge over the Mississippi River that I was diving up to as the sun was setting.  So gorgeous.

Underneath the bridge

The race bib.  I was bummed at the plain Road ID bib for a marathon.  I love it when the name of the race can be on the bib and they had those bibs that said Paavo Nurmi Marathon on them, but apparently didn't order enough bibs for everyone.   I added the logo sticker from my clear bag to my bib to dress it up more.

Finisher medal.  I really like the medal but didn't like the ribbon that was attached to it.

Front of  cotton shirt.  Love the typo.

Back of shirt.
Great things about this race:
Enough water stations with tons of volunteers and supplies for all racers.
Ice baggies at water stations.  Nice touch since it was a hot day.
Getting a finishing medal for your efforts.
Bib for your scrapbook.
Pasta dinner the night before the race that was only $8.00 and it was good.
Race booklet that gave all instructions you would need for race day.
Well marked course.
On time, clean busses to take you to the start.
Port-a-potties at most mile stops.
Chip timing.
Results on the internet the same day.

Things that could be improved :
Nicer looking Bib for everyone that runs the marathon with the name of the race on it.
Dri fit shirt that looks awesome.
Someone to put the medal on your neck as you cross the finish line.  You shouldn't have to ask where your medal is at then go into a bar to get your medal.
Instant printed results for your scrapbook.
More food than just hot stew at the finish line.  Our bodies are hot from running a long race in the summer, we need cold items at the finish like chocolate  milk, popsicles, watermelon!!

Week 32 of 2015 training

Monday:  Ran 10.55 miles, Yoga, Sculpt class, walked .5 miles
Tuesday:Sculpt, Yoga, Ran 2.04 miles,walked .5 miles
Wednesday:Biked 7.58 miles, Ran with Tyler 6.07 miles, Swam 2000 yards,walked .5 miles
Thursday:Ran 1.04 miles, Sculpt,walked .5 miles
Friday: Rest, walked .5 miles
Saturday:  Ran 26.37 miles in Paavo Nurmi Marathon
Sunday: Stretch, rest, nap, walk

Totals for Week 32
Ran: 46.07 miles
Sculpt classes: 3
Swam: 2000 yards
Biked:7.58 miles
Walked: 2.5 miles
Les Mills Body Flow classes: 2

Didn't bike or swim much this week.  Ran a marathon on Saturday in Wisconsin.  It went well but was extremely hilly, hot and humid and was very hard for me.  Still finished strong!

Totals for Year 2015
Swimming:  89,728 Yards=   50 miles 1278 yards
Elliptical :    14.45 miles
Biking inside: 274 minutes 
Biking Outside:  327.27 miles
Zumba class:        5.5 classes
Sculpt classes:        139 classes
Les Mills Body Pump:  1 class
Les Mills Body Flow class:    25 classes
Walking:   70.30 miles
Running:      848.44 miles
Vinyasa Yoga:  1 class
Hiked 2 miles with stairs

Flying Pigs Duathlon-Washington, IA- Saturday, August 1st

The morning was beautiful when we got in the car at 6a.m. to drive to Washington Iowa from Iowa City. Jason and I both said almost in unison that we hoped the weather would be this perfect for the race in 2 hours.

It did warm up a little, not too bad, but enough that running was uncomfortable.  It could have been worse I guess.  Jason and I love this small town race.  It started back in 2010.  We raced with Brenden as a 3 person team.  Brenden did the 5K, Jason did the 20 mile bike ride, then I did the 1.5 mile run at the end.  The first year we placed 2nd out of all the teams.  Then we skipped a year and did the race again in 2012.  That year Brenden came along and we raced as a 3 person team again, this time placing 1st overall out of the 3 person teams.   This year Brenden wasn't able to be with us so Jason and I both decided to do this race by ourselves for the entire thing.

The first 5k went well for me.  I became hot around mile 2 but pushed through for a 28 minute finish.  Then the 20 mile bike portion began.  The wind was in my face and it seemed uphill almost the entire way out for the 10 miles.  I couldn't seem to do much faster than a 3:45-4:00 minute mile on the way out to the turn around.  Then it was like my legs warmed up and the wind was at my back, oh yes it was.  2:30 miles, 2:45 minute miles, 3 minute miles almost the entire way back.  That was nice.  AND it was downhill for most of it.  So great because I was getting tired.  I passed about 6 people on the bike which was good because I'm not a fast runner.  The 1.5 mile run seemed hard, but I managed 9 minute miles and finished the race in a respectable 1:57:01

There are bagels, bananas and cold water after the race.  I would do this one again.  Great small town race.

Jason and I before the race started.  

Had to get a race selfie.  We were ready to race!

Posing with the bike.

Jason with his bike.

Pickle Days 5K - Walker, IA - Saturday, July 25, 2015

It was a HOT morning.  When Jason and I got out of the car in Walker, we knew the humidity was high. said humidity was 100%.  How can that be?  I thought 100% meant raining, apparently not.

Either way we struggled.  We had a .60 mile warm up of light running, then some stretching and high knees.  I wet down my entire head with water and then the gun went off.   The race started and we went out fast, my watch said a 7.37 mile I was keeping.  Now if only I could keep that kind of pace, I would have placed.

A great race in a small town with a Fireman's breakfast after!
A picture before the race.

My watch at the end.  Not my best 5K, but in this heat I'll take the time under 30 minutes.

Pickles all over the town painted on the street.

A race bag with goodies that you received.

My race #

Front of shirt

Back of shirt.

Looney Midnight Marathon, Saturday, July 18, 2015- Livingston, TN

When I read about this race on the internet, it intrigued me. I thought, "How cool, a race at night, in the middle of the night, I bet it's nice and cool out." WRONG.  It was 77 degrees and the highest humidity ever.  I decided to get up super early, drive alone to TN, get to my cheap hotel and sleep all day until I had to leave for the race.

I was only able to sleep 3 hours, waking up every hour to pee because I was over hydrating, so the sleep was not effective and as a result I went to the race very tired.

I left at 10:15p.m. to get to the race 20 minutes away.  I picked up my race hat, shirt, bib and went back to my car to rest.  At 11:45p.m. I lined up for the race.  There were announcements, star spangled banner was sung, a prayer was said and then the gun went off in the form of fireworks.

It was hot, very hot, humid and miserable the entire night. I finished, but I was so warm and unhappy.
I saw an exit for Clarksville, TN and had to stop.  Then there was this sign, of course I had to have a picture.  It wasn't until later that I realized the significance of Clarksville, TN.  TOO funny.

A road sign in Tennessee that said 26.2.  Awesome.
The shirt, my bib and the finishing medal.
Up close look at the awesome finishing medal.
The tradition of Dunkin Donuts for my treat after the marathon.
Under a bridge on the drive home.  Absolutely beautiful.
Under another bridge on the drive home over the Mississippi River.  Gorgeous.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Week 31 of 2015

Monday: Swam 750 yards, Les Mills Body Flow Class, Ran 3.05 miles, Sculpt, Walked .5 miles
Tuesday:Sculpt, Ran 9.13 miles, walked .5 miles
Wednesday:Swam 2000 yards, Hiked 2 miles, Biked 16.13 miles, walked .5 miles
Thursday:Sculpt, Biked 16.35 miles, walked .5 miles
Friday:Ran 5.40 miles, walked .5 miles
Saturday:Ran 4.50 miles, Biked 20 miles, walked .5 miles
Sunday: Rest and stretched

Totals for week 31
Swam 2750 yards
1 Les Mills Body Flow class
Walked 3.00 miles
Ran 22.08 miles
4 Sculpt classes
Biked 52.48 miles
Hiked 2 miles with stairs

Totals for Year 2015
Swimming:  87,728 Yards=   49 miles 1488 yards
Elliptical :    14.45 miles
Biking inside: 274 minutes 
Biking Outside:  319.69 miles
Zumba class:        5.5 classes
Sculpt classes:        136 classes
Les Mills Body Pump:  1 class
Les Mills Body Flow class:    23 classes
Walking:   67.80 miles
Running:      802.37 miles
Vinyasa Yoga:  1 class
Hiked 2 miles with stairs