Race Recap: Ragnar Relay Cape Cod 2018

Last weekend, I completed a Ragnar Relay with 6 other docs from my Mama Docs Run This Facebook group and 2 of their husbands (also docs). 

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Talk about seeing what you’re made of! Almost 200 miles, 33+ hours, and in/out of a van with strangers (none of us met in-person before the race, but everyone was awesome!).

Thursday

We met on Thursday in Massachusetts, and attended the safety briefing (we had to bring our reflective vest and headlamp). Then it was back to the house to strategize, eat, and decorate the vans.

Friday

Van 1 (Runners 1-6) started at 5:15am, so us in Van 2 (Runners 7-12) got to sleep in with an 11am start. I was runner #11 — My first run was around 3pm (6.4 miles), and my second was around 2am (3.5 miles).

Saturday

After Runner 12 finished, we passed the bracelet on to Van 1, and headed to the second house for some rest. Then, we were up again to do our third legs. I ran 2.7 miles (with a few hills) at 11am, and passed on the bracelet to our anchor who finished strong with 8.1 miles!

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I would definitely do this again, and have actually started planning another Ragnar for November 2019 with a group of friends.

Race Recap: OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon 2018

This is the second race recap I owed you guys…

April 28th, I ran the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon. I was already in Chicago for work, so I took the quick flight over to squeeze in my 4th Half Marathon and 3rd state (since DC technically doesn’t count).

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My FlatRunner from the night before.

The expo was pretty small, but it was quick to check in and pick up our bibs/swag.

I tried to meet up with some runners from my Mama Docs Run This group before the run, but we missed each other. So I took a solo shot at the start line!

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I stayed in one of the race hotels, so getting to the race was easy in the morning (just a few blocks). The course itself wasn’t too difficult (even for a novice runner like me), and I enjoyed running through the neighborhoods of Columbus.

I was able to run-walk with the 3:20 pacers (1-minute run, 1-minute walk) for 10 miles until my foot hurt too much. Then I walked much of the last 3 miles, which slowed me down of course.

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The post-race party was a nice touch — champagne for each runner, as well as pizza from Papa John’s! Since it was close to the end of the party when I finished, I got to take an entire cheese pie with me!

It was great to just walk a block back to the race hotel on these tired legs, and enjoy my pizza during a nice, long soak before heading to the airport to fly to Boston for a meeting.

Race Recap: Rock N Roll Half Marathon Washington, DC 2018

I did it! Here’s a recap of my first Rock N Roll race, and my first half marathon post-injury…

I flew down this past Friday for the Rock N Roll DC Half Marathon. Registration was super easy, and despite the crowd of people, there wasn’t a line to pick up my bib. (Although, I was a bit annoyed that there was no mailing option for the bibs).

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The Expo itself was neat, and the cash registers for race gear moved pretty quickly. There were booths to help us figure out transportation issues on race day, which was helpful. Being a St. Jude Hero for this race, I also visited the St. Jude booth. But, despite being exhausted, with all of the cool vendors, it did what it was supposed to do — it got me hyped for the race the next day. I spent the rest of the day resting up for the race and “carb-loading” (as if I needed an excuse to eat carbs!).

On race day, I had a cinnamon-raisin bagel with cream cheese, a green tea and tons of water with Nuun in it. So, of course, by the time I got to the race I needed to find the port-o-potty lines, which were amazingly long!

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Then, we were off! Since my training lagged a bit during the winter months, I decided to run-walk this race. I used Runkeeper to set up a workout where it prompted me to run 0.5 mile then walk 0.5 mile, repeated 13 times, with a cool down for the last 0.1 mile. It worked well! I was able to play my own playlist on Amazon Music, but the Runkeeper prompts interrupted with updates when it was time to switch, and again at 30-minute intervals.

Miles 1-5 felt great, but around mile 6, there was a really steep hill, aka the Blue Mile, that was decorated with photos of military service men and women who lost their lives while serving. Near the middle of the mile, just as it got pretty steep, there were people holding flags cheering us on to push through. I must admit, I walked a little longer than 0.5 mile after that hill, but I didn’t fall too far behind.

Around Mile 9 or 10, I met a woman who was running her first half marathon. We began chatting and pushed each other through to the end. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the 20K sign (“That’s 0.7 more miles to go!”). I felt so good when we ran across the finish line, high-fived and hugged. I MADE IT!

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My longtime friend Rashonda came and met me near the finish line. Of course, we went to eat afterwards and I replenished my carbs burned with a nice Apple Tartini and a glass of wine!

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I got super stiff after the race, but it only lasted for 2 days this time… better than after the 10K... and a 2-hour massage on Monday took the last of the soreness away. Next up: Rutgers Half!

36 hours in Phoenix (for a race, of course)

Mom, kiddo and I ventured out to Phoenix on Friday to take part in the Phoenix Women’s 10K (me running, them spectating). With only a short time in town, we tried to get in as much as we could.

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Friday

We landed late into Phoenix and stayed with Marriott points at Towne Place Suites in a nice 2-bedroom suite with a sofa pull out.

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Saturday

We took a Lyft to Butterfield’s Pancake House in Scottsdale for breakfast because I read about their oven-baked pancakes (which apparently take 30 minutes to prepare — at least the menu warns you!). It was super yummy, but way too big. Thankfully, I had only ordered 2 eggs to go with it for some protein.

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Next stop: The OdySea Aquarium. This was kiddo’s vote, and we obliged. It was a cute aquarium, not as much to see inside as you would expect from how massive the external building is. But, it was still nice. My favorite was the jellyfish.

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We took another Lyft to the Arizona Fine Art Expo which had the most amazing pieces. We watched a glassblower make paperweights, and I bought one of his glass pumpkins to bring him.

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We ended the day at Buca di Beppo near the race, to meet up with another member of the Fifty States Half Marathon Club for dinner. Then it was off to bed.

Sunday – Race Day!

The race recap is here: https://runtraveldream.com/2018/01/28/phoenix-womens-10k-race-recap/.

Not much else went down on Sunday except a hot soak in the tub, a flight from Phoenix to Denver, then one from Denver to Newark.

Next time we return to Arizona, we hope to hit up Grand Canyon!

Phoenix Women’s 10K Race Recap

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The 10K started at 8:30am, so we (me, mom and kiddo) got there at 7:30am for packet pickup and to warm up. I chose priority pickup, so my bib was mailed to me, and all I had to pick up was my Dri-Fit tech jacket.

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It was a nice turnout with a Zumba warm up before the Half marathon and again before the 10K. The half started at 8am and the 5K at 8:45am.

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And then we were off!

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This race was a hard one for me. I felt every bit of my decrease in training over the past month. I walked through the last three water breaks (there were four total) and up the last incline. My calves cramped and my right foot was numb. I also think I started out way too fast (for me). You can see my mile-splits here.

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The course had a few minor inclines, which were manageable. I could’ve done without dodging the splatterings of large poop along the trail, but otherwise, it was OK. The turnarounds for the 5K and 10K felt a little strange, but there was someone standing at the 10K turnaround which helped.

Speaking of people along the course, there really weren’t any… not a lot of people telling us where to go at the turns and not a lot cheering us on. One of the race volunteers mentioned that it would be hard for spectators to cheer us on because we ran most of the race inside of the Historic Preservation.

The starting line and finish line were at the same place for all 3 races.

I was so happy to be done, and happy to get my medal  — I earned it!

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I finished with a chip time of 1:20:28.

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We hung around for a while to cheer on a fellow member of the Fifty States Half Marathon Club who ran the half marathon today, then we headed back so I could squeeze in a hot soak before the flight.

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Today was definitely humbling and reminded me that I need to get back onto my training grind PRONTO! My 1st half post-injury, the Rock N Roll Half Marathon DC is only 40 days away! EEK!

Week 14 recap & tallies

I started off week 14 with a 6-mile run-walk Monday on a city running tour in Honolulu. I forgot to pause it during miles 2 and 5 when we stopped for snacks and photos, so the time is screwy. My shin was sore, so I popped some Motrin and did a lot of pre-run stretching. I got through! I also found a rainbow (above my sweaty head).

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At the end of week 14, I got in another 6 miles: to the park, around the park, and home… but I had to walk most of the last mile… my right calf cramped badly and my right foot was completely numb. It didn’t help that my watch face froze most of the run, then wouldn’t allow me to click done after. So I took a photo of it for the blog. Overall, I felt good during most of the run, keeping about a 12-minute pace until I walked.

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I’m making progress though: 2.5 months ago I couldn’t run a half mile. Aches and pains are all part of the process, right? The black tee is my post-run mood lately… lol.

This week, I also got my new 2018 planner. 2017 has been amazing… now, it’s time to get cracking on next year with my new planner from May Designs.

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Here’s my tally for the last 3 weeks:

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Week 12: 6 miles ran

Week 13: 2 miles ran (the shin sidelined me)

Week 14: 12.2 miles ran/walked

18 days til next 5K

67 days til FIRST 10K

107 days til Half-Marathon –> I’m running for St. Jude, support me!

And we’re back… Running in a skirt!

Today was my first run after being sidelined all week with shin splints/cramps. I did 2 pain-free miles, and walked a total of 1.58 miles before and after the run, while listening to Power 105’s Sunday night reggae mix (NYC) via iHeart Radio. I also made sure to really stretch today, and it helped.

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This is the park I ran through – Ala Moana. Great views of the ocean!

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I also ran this afternoon in a skirt! No, not like an A-line — a skirt specifically made for running, from Skirt Sports. The pair I bought has biker shorts sewn-in, and it was surprisingly comfortable. I thought the legs of shorts would irritate me, but I immediately forgot I was wearing anything special: super comfy.

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Want to try your own running skirt? Use code RTD15 for 15% off any full price item(s) at Skirt Sports or at their Boulder, CO Flagship store. Note: It expires 12/31/2017 and cannot be used with other coupons, discounts or promotions.

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Pre-run, I had an açaí bowl with bananas, blueberries, strawberries, quinoa puffs and a scoop of peanut butter, with carrot lemonade as my beverage. Yum!

Tomorrow is my last day in Honolulu… I have a super early running tour of Honolulu lined up before I leave. Can’t wait!