Sunday, October 18, 2015

Kansas City Marathon - Kansas City, MO - Saturday, October 17, 2015

Kansas City Marathon - 8th marathon in my 8th state. I registered for this race because I heard it was organized amazingly well, that all the extras like the shirt, bib, expo and finishing medal were amazing.  Well I heard right.  Everything was amazing!!!

 It was only a 4.5 hour drive from my house so that wasn't bad for the next state on my list. I was able to get a race sponsored hotel on the start/finish line, the Sheraton at Crown Center, and it was less $ than many other hotels I've stayed in before.

I heard after I registered for this race that the course was really hilly. So I was worried and did more of my training runs on Mormon Trek Blvd which is a hilly road. Race morning weather was as perfect as they get.  40 degrees, overcast and little wind. Up until this point for the 6 marathons I've done since June, I haven't had one that has had cold weather, so this was a super nice change.

I woke up almost 2 hours before the race, I ate my half of a plain bagel and tablespoon of peanut butter with two electrolyte pills and a tiny bit of water.  I taped up many areas on my body that needed KT tape and then I dressed in layers so I could throw a shirt or two while running. I knew it would warm up to 52 ish degrees, but it would still be cold the first hour or two. I knew that you should dress for 20 degrees warmer than it actually is, so I wore shorts to run in, my favorite "Moving Comfort brand running shorts".

My layers consisted of a sports bra, sports bra tank over that, long sleeve dri fit shirt and a long sleeve cotton shirt over top all that. I had an extra wide headband that would cover my ears from the cold and wind. By mile two the cotton shirt came off. I planned on throwing it, but couldn't part with it yet, so I wrapped it around my waist. My ears were still covered because it was windy and snapping at my ears.

I kept a slower pace for the first 5K, 10K and first half. Didn't want to push it starting out for I had a long way to go. I got a side cramp in mile 3 that just wouldn't go away. I breathed through it and tried to relax. It lasted until mile 5. I was worried it would stay forever. Mile 7 the Half marathoners split off. I had that crazy thought that just going with them would be so much easier and I'd be done soon. I went forward on the marathon course instead of turning just like I had planned. Oh how I wanted to just run 13 instead of 26 at this point.

Hilarious sign after our course split down the road that said, "You are on the marathon course, be sure you are on the right path." There were lots of hills, but I was staying with a 4:40 pacer from mile 6 through 17 and he was talking a lot and helping us achieve the hills. My pacer's name was Mike, he has ran 144 marathons usually in the 3:30 range. He was awesome and I wish I could have stayed with him the entire time.

Mile 15 I became warm finally and the dri fit long sleeve shirt came off. I felt so much better. It was still cold outside, but perfect for running. The breeze was just enough to feel nice and not too cold.

Mile 17 was a larger hill and I just lost it, lost my pace, lost my pacer, kinda hit a wall, nothing hurt, OKAY BIG LIE, EVERYTHING HURT, but not badly, no cramping just the desire to run any further left my body, so I ended up walking for almost a half mile, not sure what was wrong with me but my body just didn't want to run anymore. This worried me as the weather was perfect so I didn't really have any excuses. A girl came up beside me and said, "This is our time to push, no walking yet, we need to run through this and walk in the end if needed, you can do it." That was all I needed. I ran from that point on, only walking through water stops to take in fuel (my Boom Nutrition packets), more electrolyte pills or water.

The scenery was gorgeous, the marathon was well marked with plenty of volunteers everywhere. Mile 23 was the last hill I remember. A volunteer there said, this is it, this is your last climb, I absolutely promise, it's downhill to the finish. In my exhaustion I said, "Are you really serious, do you promise that for sure?" Because you hear that all the time in like every race you do, "It's your last hill, downhill to the finish crap at every race". He assured me it was a downhill 5K run to the finish. Then some guy on my right said, "I've ran this course many times and it's really downhill to the finish!" Sure enough it was and a beautiful downhill or flat course till the end. I know that helped me because my legs were trashed by mile 23. It took everything to keep going. I knew if I could just keep running an 11 minute pace I would have a new record.

Mile 25.2 I got a calf cramp in my right leg. Ouch. I was dying. I was hurting pretty bad, so I walked a few steps to see if the cramp would go away, and decided to run again, but slow down a little. I noticed I was pushing hard and running a 9-10 minute mile pace in all my excitement of being almost done, so I slowed down to an 11 minute pace. The cramp was there but not too bad.

Mile 26 on the dot the cramp intensified pretty bad. I was limp running to the finish. It wasn't pretty but I couldn't stop now, I only had 2 tenths of a mile to go. I had to just keep going. I could see the finish line, hear everyone cheering, I could see the clock and knew I needed to push. My right leg hurt so bad. But I made it through the finish with major tears of happiness. I set a new personal record for myself. A volunteer put the finishing medal on my neck and said, "You must have set a record, you look so happy."

4:53:17 pretty sweet time and something I've been working so hard for. 3 years ago I never would have thought that under a 5 1/2 hour marathon was possible and definitely nothing under 5 hours. I just didn't believe it. Now I know I can get to a 4 hour marathon time. Anything is possible, you just have to work hard, train smart, eat right and most of all believe in yourself!

Will I do this race again?  Yes most definitely.  It was awesome, even the hills were.

A view out my hotel window of the city.  So beautiful.
My race bib.  I love how my name is on it.  Too cool.
Front of shirt

Back of race shirt
We were given instant results at the finish line and this is a picture of my medal.
My Garmin watch stats.  So I actually ran .32 over a marathon distance.
Me post race after a shower and lots of stretching.

The marathon medal up close.  It's huge and so beautiful.

Town to Town 10K ish, Saturday, October 3, 2015 Kalona to Wellman, IA

A very cold brisk almost gloves type of morning. I think it was like 40 degrees or something.  This race was advertised as a 5K/10K ish race.  If you did the 10K ish (which was 6.69 miles) then you park at the Mennonite school in Wellman, then they bus you to the Kalona YMCA.  The race starts there and you run back to Wellman.  I went with 2 good friends from church that I run with once in a while.  They are really fast and I couldn't keep up with them, but that's okay.  They both finished at 55:16 minutes.  I finished at 1:04:58 which ended up being a PR in a Quarter marathon distance for me.  I was 4th of 8 in my age group.  If you care, here are the Results for race.

After the race they had hot cider, bananas, granola bars and coffee.  It was a nice race.  You received a shirt with a light up arm band.  There were also door prizes.

A picture taken before we took off to run.  Tiffany and Trina.
My recorded distance and time on my Garmin watch.  

Week 42 of training for 2015

Monday:  Ran 6 miles, two body sculpt classes, walked .5 miles
Tuesday : Swam 1968 yards, Ran 3.16 miles, Sculpt class, walked .5 miles
Wednesday :Ran 1.30 miles, Sculpt class, walked .5 miles
Thursday :Sculpt class, 33 minutes Spin class, 15 minutes of Yoga, walked .5 miles
Friday:  Total rest day, did some walking at the marathon expo, about a mile worth.
Saturday:  Ran 26:52 miles in the Kansas City Marathon!!!  Achieved a new personal record!!
Sunday:  Resting, foam rolling, stretching a lot, some yoga

Totals for week 42
Running:36.98 miles
Swimming:1968 yards
Biking:33 minutes inside
Sculpt classes:5 classes
Walking:3 miles

No biking outside this week, didn't make my regularly scheduled Yoga class on Friday because of having to go to work extra early so I could take off extra early to travel to Kansas City for the marathon the next day.  Did swim once at the North Liberty pool which I love since it's super clean and longer than most pools.  Totally rested before the marathon and that is something I haven't done since marathon #3.  I feel it helped.  New personal record in the marathon distance achieved of 4:53:17.  Only 1 hour 8 minutes to knock off my time to achieve qualifying for Boston.  Lots of work to do!

Totals for Year 2015
Swimming:  116,164 Yards=  66 miles 4 yards
Elliptical :    14.45 miles
Biking inside: 307 minutes 
Biking Outside:  444.64 miles
Zumba class:  5.5 classes
Sculpt classes: 181 classes
Les Mills Body Pump:  1 class
Les Mills Body Flow class:    37 classes
Walking:  106.55 miles
Running:   1138.93 miles 
Vinyasa Yoga:  1 class
Hiked 2 miles with stairs

Air Force 5K, 10K, Half Marathon 2015 - Dayton, OH - Saturday September 19, 2015

A huge goal I set on January 1st of this year was to run the Air Force Triple. I have been wanting to do this for 3 years, but never had my 10K time under an hour and you have to have that or you can't participate in all three races.  Last summer I finally had my 10K under an hour so I knew I was ready to register for these races.

On Friday the 18th Jason, Tyler and I got up super early and traveled to Ohio.  We arrived around 1p.m. Eastern time which was perfect to pick up our packet(s), got back to the hotel and relax, then get back to the 5k race.  Tyler won the 5K with a time of 17:01.  I took it easy and did 30:26 a 9:49 minute mile pace.  I didn't want to burn out for the next morning.  I was still pushing myself, especially in the 80 degree heat.  I was 9th place out of 118.  If I would have pushed I could have achieved 2nd place given my past average 5k times, so I might push much harder for next year.

The next morning at 7:30a.m. was the 10K, it was 65 degrees and high humidity.  It was only getting hotter by the minute.  I needed to push hard to get this under an hour.  Tyler came in 2nd place with a time of 35:05 which was 2 whole minutes ahead of 3rd place.  I was doing really well until mile 4.  I had a time under 34 minutes at mile 4.  I was set up for a major PR in the 10K, then I fell apart.  I suddenly became hot, I was spinning, felt sick and wasn't sure if I could continue running at all.  Luckily I was right near a water stop.  I poured cup after cup of water on me.  I was in serious distress.  Thankfully all the cold water being poured on my head woke me up and helped me feel tons better.  I walked/ran the last 2 miles for a finish of 59:06.  I was so incredibly bummed to finish 4 second over my PR.  Seriously I worked so hard.  But had to be thankful that I didn't pass out and I was still upright and ready to race a 3rd race within 16 hours, now the Half Marathon.   I did do my best with the weather I was given and I did finish 14th out of 174 in my age group, not bad.  Plus I was 116th place out of 1423 women, so I did do a good job.

So I started the Half and it was like I was in a fog.  My bad was done running and yet I still had 13.1 miles to run.  GRRR  Not a good thing given how hot it was getting.  I finished that race, but it was one of the hardest races I have ever ran.  I couldn't really find a pace or run until mile 5.  I did a ton of walking up till that point.

All of my Race bibs.  
At the expo at the Nutter Center in Dayton, OH, ready to see all the vendors and check into our hotel.  We were standing in front of the race course maps.  
Right before the 5K I found Sid Busch.  He is a friend on facebook that runs a lot of marathons.  The next day he was scheduled to do his 200th marathon.  Wow.  The special thing about Sid is he always runs in honor of a fallen friend or soldier.  Their picture and story is on his back.  He carries the American Flag for the entire run.

After finishing the 5K.  Tyler Sullivan, my friend that came with us won the 5K by almost a minute.  He is holding his award here.

After the half marathon.  Happy to be done.

After a nice long shower with the new race shirt and all the medals on.

A large towel we received in our packets.

All three medals.  5K, 10K and Half Marathon.

The back of the medal.

The front of the medal.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Week 41 of Training for 2015

Monday:  Swam 900 Yards, Sculpt class, Stability ball class, walked .5 mile
Tuesday:Swam 2000 yards, Les Mills Body Flow class, walked .5 mile
Wednesday:Stability ball class, Ran 10 miles, walked .5 mile
Thursday:Biked 12.10 miles, Ran 3 miles, Body Sculpt class, walked .5 mile
Friday :Les Mills Body Flow class, swam 500 yards, Ran 1.5 miles, walked 2 miles.
Saturday:  Ran 13.02 miles
Sunday:  Rest

Totals for week 41:
Swam 3400 yards
Ran 27.52 miles
Biked:  12.10 miles
2 Les Mills Body Flow classes
Walked 4 miles
4 Body Sculpt classes

Happy that I was able to bike and swim more than last week.

Totals for Year 2015
Swimming:  114,196 Yards=  64 miles 1556 yards
Elliptical :    14.45 miles
Biking inside: 274 minutes 
Biking Outside:  444.64 miles
Zumba class:  5.5 classes
Sculpt classes: 176 classes
Les Mills Body Pump:  1 class
Les Mills Body Flow class:    37 classes
Walking:  103.55 miles
Running:   1101.95 miles 
Vinyasa Yoga:  1 class
Hiked 2 miles with stairs

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Week 40 of Training

Monday:  Sculpt class times 2, Ran 5.05 miles, walked .5 miles
Tuesday:Sculpt class, walked .5 miles
Wednesday:Ran 8.01 miles, Sculpt class, walked .5 miles
Thursday :Ran 4.25 miles, Sculpt, walked .5 miles
Friday :Les Mills Body Flow, Swam 700 yards, walked .5 miles, Ran .25 miles
Saturday :23.20 miles running, walked .5 miles
Sunday : long walk

Totals for Week 40 of Training:
Ran 40.76 miles
5 Sculpt classes
1 Body Flow class
Walked 3 miles
Swam 700 Yards

Ran a lot this week, didn't swim much, didn't bike at all.

Totals for Year 2015
Swimming:  110,796 Yards=  62 miles 1676 yards
Elliptical :    14.45 miles
Biking inside: 274 minutes 
Biking Outside:  432.54
Zumba class:  5.5 classes
Sculpt classes: 172 classes
Les Mills Body Pump:  1 class
Les Mills Body Flow class:    35 classes
Walking:   99.55 miles
Running:   1074.43 miles 
Vinyasa Yoga:  1 class
Hiked 2 miles with stairs