Thursday, April 17, 2014
I know, I know, there is a lot to be said about being able to sleep in your own bed the night before a race. And yes, I do realize that logistically the location of my office being smack in the center of the race start and finish, including real bathrooms and free parking is a major win. Even with all of that I am having a some anxiety about this race. What will the weather be like? (No hail, please!). Have I trained enough? Am I really stronger mentally than I was a year ago?
Is the third time really a charm?
You might be asking yourself, with all this anxiety, why would I sign up for this race? It's a valid question.
Can I claim peer pressure? Probably not. My fabulous friend Sarah was planning on running it. I had been running strong, and thought, why let all this strong running go to waste? Instead of junk miles, how about marathon training miles? There you have it. To the non-marathoner I do realize that this probably sounds insane. To be honest for this two time marathoner, it sounds insane.
So in nine days I will be lining up for marathon number three. I am nervous and excited to see what OKC has in store for me; I do love a good story. Lots of questions, and the answers will be here soon enough.
Oh yeah, did I mention that I signed up for marathon number four today? Now that sounds insane!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
What could be better than a half marathon that is dirt cheap ($45!), well run, and practically down the street from your house? It's the trifecta of running, in my opinion!
We knew it was going to be a good race, when we went to packet pick up and the wonderful volunteers were more than happy to get us the size race shirt (technical!) that would fit us the best. The volunteers at packet pick up really set the tone for the event I think.
Woke up to a beautiful Sunday morning, met up with some of my favorite running peeps and we took the 15 minute drive to Draper. There was plenty of parking, though my only complaint of the day was that there were only five port-o-potties at the start of the race. While we were there in plenty of time, we missed our window and the lines were way to long by the time we got over to them. Note to self, use the bathroom as soon as you see it, especially if the line is not long.
The race started right on time, and we were off on the rolling hills around the lake. While I was looking for a little half marathon redemption, I was not out to PR this race. After running strong in Tulsa, I was just looking to do the same but maybe do it a little faster this time.
Rochelle, Sarah and I settled into a comfortably hard pace. We chatted along, talked to a few other runners and the miles just ticked off. Before we knew it we were at the turn around. I loved the out and back course, and the route support was fantastic. They had water at about every mile or so and the volunteers did all they could to get it to everyone that wanted it. It was nice to cheer on the other runners after the turn around, and the guy that were pulling up the rear gave us a good laugh.
At the half my official split was 57:06. At about mile 10 we picked up the pace a little. Sarah and Ro headed off and I pulled out my iPod at mile 11 and pushed it to the finish line. The rolling hills were tough on the way back, but the downhill to the finish was a nice reward for the had work. I didn't look at my watch the entire race, and crossed the finish line in 1:52:37, well beyond my expectations for the day. It was not a PR, but it's my fastest and strongest half since I PR'd at Cowtown two years ago.
We didn't get pictures at the start, but we had plenty at the finish line.
|Carrie, Sarah, me and Ro|
I cannot say enough about how fantastic this race was. I almost hate to tell everyone how fantastic it was because I love the small local races and when word gets out this race will definitely get bigger. Well organized, fabulous volunteers, and plenty of food and water at the finish line. We will definitely be back next year.
Monday, March 24, 2014
|Me, Sarah, Anne and Rochelle.|
|Ben & I|
|Julie and I|
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
I haven't done a WIAW post in ages. I usually have trouble taking pictures of everything I eat in one day. But I do eat the same thing a lot.
I have eaten a few cookies lately, but I have bakes a ton of sugar cookies lately. Based on the number I have made I have eaten only a few. More on the cookies later, but here is one picture of some that I made last night.
So there you have it, finally a WIAW post. It's been a little crazy with all the cookie making, but I have still had some yummy eats.
Monday, March 10, 2014
- Number of weeks left until my girls are officially high schoolers? 9.5
- Number of times the Service Engine Soon light has been texted to Josh because it has made another appearance? At least 3.
|I have been told that this is nothing to worry about.|
- Number of miles logged in 2014. 242
- Number of miles logged in my latest pair of Brooks Ravenna 4s. 204 (I am very sad to be about 2/3 of the way through these shoes. Not sure if the 5s are for me.
|If you can believe it, I am actually stretching here, not just showing off my awesome shoes.|
- Number of races so far in 2014. 2 (Number of recaps, none so far, I will be getting to this.)
- Number of sock cookies made in 2014. About 8 dozen, with another 2.5 dozen to make this weekend.
|I am sad I didn't make these when my girls were small. Carson loved her sock monkeys.|
Friday, January 24, 2014
What a difference a day makes.
I have been saying that I would like to run an actual trail race. One with registration fees, race t-shirts, timing chips and aid stations. Looks like I'm going to get my wish.
Tomorrow at 9 am, I will be participating in the Sooner State Games trail race. I actually registered for this event in 2011, but I believe it got snowy/icy and we opted to run our planned long run for marathon training instead. There is no backing out now.
What's even better is three of my favorite running peeps will be joining me on the trails, and I will get so see some of my favorite trail runners too. It should make for a very interesting day.
Oh yeah, and did I mention that we are doing the long race? It's only 12 miles, and I know that the "only" portion of that statement is purely subjective, but up until now, the farthest I have ever run/walked on trails is six miles. Peer pressure from my running friends sure makes my life more interesting!
Of course, now the big question is: What do we wear? Guess I need to work on a little carb loading and hydration.