Great Pumpkin 10k Race Recap 10/14/17

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I sort of feel that I got both a trick and a treat in this race — tricked in the parking guidance, treated to a PR (although my Garmin shows the course just a smidge short).

I know this is a 10k race review, and it ought to be considerably shorter than a half review, but we “ran” into some problems which I want to detail — you just never know who you might help out. I apologize for the length in advance!

Packet Pickup
Can’t speak to it; my friend picked up our packets the day before the race. She had no complaints.

Very comfortable in my race outfit
The weather & dressing
60F in Fall isn’t the same as 60F in Spring or Summer. And cloudy and 60F is different than sunny and 60F. Although it would have been nice to have sunny skies, it didn’t rain (slight chance) and the cloud cover kept it nice and cool to run.

I wore my Skirtsports Wonder Wool Tee (Skirtsports Ambassador) — it’s really amazing — and a Skirtsports Cascade skirt. I stuck the bolero in my pocket, but after walking around for a while, I knew I wouldn’t need it (although it might have been nice after I finished).

It’s a very pretty park, but unfortunately I didn’t capture the prettier parts

My Race Plan
I didn’t bother to ask Rachel @ Runningonhappy for a race plan. Despite the fact that I was gunning for a PR, this was also a run for fun. No pressure, really.

I thought my 10k PR was about 1:10, maybe 1:09. But it’s been three years since I ran an official 10k (I’ve done a few at the winter series, which are supported long runs in the winter), and it turns out my PR is actually 1:11:12.

I deliberately didn’t look up my previous 10k PR. And I targeted a 1:08 finish.

So how’d that work for me?

  1. Mile 1: 11:09. Much like Wineglass (read about that here), this race starts on a narrow road and it was crowded. I actually thought this mile would be slower due to the crowded conditions, and it was actually a bit faster than I’d planned to start.
  2. Mile 2: 11:21. It was at this mile that we saw the firetrucks entering the park. It turned out a young man had gone into cardiac arrest (we heard later that they expect him to recover fully). I basically averted my eyes and didn’t gawk, but my guess is I was slowed down by those that did — or just recovering a bit from that speedy first mile.There’s also a slight hill here. No one but me seemed to notice it, which didn’t bode well for the hilly second half of the race.
  3. Mile 3: 11:01. By mile 2, unlike Wineglass, I’d already found my own running space. This is where the 5k splits off to their finish and the masochists10k runners continue on.
  4. Mile 4: 11:00. There’s a pretty long hill here. It’s really not that much elevation wise, so why did it feel so hard? Yet it was the fastest mile of the race????
  5. Mile 5: 11:32. Mile five has another small hill. Which somehow doesn’t have a downhill according to the elevation chart; how is that possible?
  6. Mile 6: 11:14. Mile 6 has another small hill, but apparently we found the downhill from mile 5 + the downhill from mile 6 here.
  7. Last .14: 11:09. And a sprint to the slightly uphill finish.

1:08:39 — Official Time
11:03 Average Pace

5k split: 35:19
10k split: 34:23 (the hilly portion!)

I came damn close to my goal, which was slightly ambitious as it turned out anyway. Now, according to my Garmin, my average pace was actually 11:13, which I do believe is more accurate; the course was very slightly short. I was shooting for about an 11mm — there were a few of them in there.

Interesting side note: I put my most recent half finish time into the McMillan calculator. According to it, I could expect a 10k finish time of 1:10:33. I know these types of calculators are just an estimate, and that a lot has to do with the course and the day.

I’ve always found, though, that I can usually run the shorter races faster than it predicts, but the half is usually slower than it predicts. So while it predicted a 1:10:33 10k, which I beat by almost 2 minutes, based on that same 10k finish time it predicts a 2:24:50 half marathon, and my recent half was 4 minutes slower.

Which just tells me what I already know: my long distance endurance isn’t where it ought to be. But maybe someday I’ll live up to that prediction, too.

Was the race well run?
The race was extremely well marked and I would say there were many more course marshals than were even necessary — it’s pretty rare you can say that!

There were only two water stops for the 10k (or if there were more, I missed them). Extremely happy I chose to use a handheld water bottle (I didn’t use any of the aid stations).

We spent far too much time wandering around here looking for a bathroom, when we still had a mile to get to the start line

Now ahem. Let’s talk about the volunteers and parking. Despite the fact that the friend I drove in with has lived here all her life, neither of us really knows the park well and neither of us had ever run this race before. In fact, I had never actually parked in the park before; I’d always run into it from somewhere else.

There was a sign at the first turn into the park (there are several; it’s a large park) for the race, but we didn’t see it until it was too late to make the turn. No worries, I thought, we’ll just take the next turn, which also had a sign for the race. When we went to park, we asked the volunteer if this was parking for our race and where the start was. He told us it was, and that the pavilion for the start was a straight walk down the road.

So we got out, figuring we were there in plenty of time, and walked around in search of the real bathrooms Darlene had mentioned in a previous review. We saw the finish line (or so we thought). There were also lot of kids running around, also searching for bathrooms. We also saw the baked goods the race boasts of and we were drooling.

At least, that’s what we thought.

Turns out while what the volunteer said was true, he gave us a bum steer. Where we parked was probably about a mile away from the start of our race. There was also a high school cross country meet going on — and that was the food and the finish line we thought was ours.

So we’re walking around after using portapotties, texting back and forth a bit with our other friends, and we simply can’t find the start. I told my friend to stay there, and since I had a warmup to do anyway, I ran back to the car to grab the map. The problem was that the map didn’t show where we actually were.

We ran into a couple of women running the opposite way, and asked them if they were going to our race, and they were. But they were running. We ran a bit, but my friend has never done more than a 5k, so she had to walk eventually, but luckily we kept them in sight until we found the crowd going to the start. It was a long walk to the start.

We briefly met up with our other friends, so I was able to introduce my friend to them — they were also doing the 5k, while I was doing the 10k.

There were no signs to the start where we happened to end up, and we got confused by the other race going on (although we did know there was more than one event going on).

There was still a fair amount of goodies by the time I finished, but many were obviously store bought and not home made (although some were), but truly, it was just underwhelming to me and I didn’t eat too much. The spread at the cross country meet was so much better. We had to walk past it on our way back to the car — which we actually managed to find without getting lost — I was really super tempted to stop and grab stuff, but I was good and didn’t.

Positives:

  1. Pretty course.
  2. I got to see more of the park than I’d seen before.
  3. Real bathrooms (at least afterwards, for us).
  4. A well marked and well directed course.
  5. Plenty of food even for the BOTPers.
  6. Nice long sleeved tech shirt.
  7. The entry includes a free raffle ticket — unfortunately I wasn’t able to use mine due to our whole parking/start line snafu.
  8. Running with friends.

Of course no race is perfect. The downsides:

  1. There absolutely needs to be more & better signage.
  2. Volunteers need to be better informed too (they could have told us there was closer parking lots than where we were parking).
  3. Hilly.
  4. Plenty of post race food, but nothing really all that appetizing.

Just curious: anyone know what kind of car this is?

What I learned
Never trust a volunteer? Rubberneckers exist in races, too?

Seriously, sometimes you just have to get lost — and that can help with your warmup (if not with your anxiety).

Speaking of recovery, here was mine

And as I wrote about in the Friday Five, always have a snack for after the race — just in case the race offerings aren’t what you really want/crave. I did have something in my pocket, but it was chocolate covered, and yeah, it melted and got all over my hands because it was mixed in with my Saltstick chews and my Honeystinger chews.

So also keep the chocolate separate just in case . . .

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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It’s the Great Pumpkin!: 10/9-15 Weekly Wrap

There hasn’t been a lot of short distance racing this year, but I tried a new-to-me 10 k this weekend. I’m usually traveling this time of year since it’s right around our anniversary, but this year we front loaded most of our travel in the first half of the year. Except for a teeny escape next weekend.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to kick off those holiday-themed races.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, DM HIIT
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 4 miles easy
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, DM Booty, YFPR Knees
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 4 miles easy, YFPR Knees
  • Friday: Dogwalk, JY Run Your Core
  • Saturday: Great Pumpkin Challenge 10k (with lots of walking)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, DM Balance

Mileage: 14 (+8)

JY = Jasyoga
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running updates 

 

Dude, stop sniffing so much on the run!

Tuesday


On an Indian Summer Fall day, I headed out for an easy 4 mile run in the afternoon. The first 3 miles were actually a pretty good pace; then I picked up Bandit and took it easy since it’s been a long time since he’s run with me.

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween

Thursday


Another afternoon run, although my legs felt heavy and sluggish. Thursday is a busy meeting/errand day, so that’s probably why. I did the first mile+ with Bandit because I wanted to do strides at the end, with a race coming up this weekend. So Bandit got 2 runs this week.

There was more scenic areas, but this is what I caputred

Saturday


I ran this with a lot of the Wineglass girls. Sort of. I also went with another friend, and neither of us had done the race before nor did we know the park it’s held in well. Let’s just say that the volunteer didn’t do a great job directing us, and we had a long walk to the start (and we weren’t even sure where the heck that was!).

So we just barely saw them before the start of the race. I didn’t see Darlene until afterwards. I lined up a bit further in front than my other friends, and chatted up several of the runners around us, one who was doing her first 5k (the 5k and 10k starts together) and another that had just done Wineglass, too, and was wearing the race top.

Thanks to Darlene I knew the second half of the race was hilly — yup — and I haven’t run a 10k, other than the winter series (free supported long runs) in 3 years! But yes, it was a PR. Kind of . . . you’ll have to wait til Tuesday for the full report.

 

Hmm, dark vs light skirt sister?

Favorites of the week
Always nice to run a race with so many friends in attendance. I have to also give a shout out to the Skirtsports Wonder Wool tee — seriously, it wicks so good. If it weren’t for my sports bra, you’d never even know that I’d run a race. Another home run from Skirtsports! Now I just need me a wool sports bra — they do make them, although sadly not Skirtsports. Not yet, anyway. While I am a Skirtsports Ambassador, I don’t make any money if you buy using my links.

 

 

Love camo

I was going to link up for #fashionfriday but never got around to it. But I do love these camo jeans from Gap (on sale now, not an affiliate but really, I should be!).

Growing out my bangs


Last but not least, I finally got my hair cut! It’s been far too long. And my hair was far too long, too. Decided to grow out my bangs for a little change. I probably won’t like it; I’ve done it before and I always go back to bangs, but there’s not really much I can change about my hair unless I go really short, which I don’t want to do.

And that’s a wrap 

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This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Ever tried a wool sports bra?

Favorite holiday race? 

How did you get moving this weekend? 

5 Ways to Recover Better

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I truly believe that recovery is almost as important as training when it comes to racing.

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Today I am joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy to share five ways to help speed up recovery after a race or hard run.

Won’tstopcan’tstop
I totally get it: you’ve run the race of your life and you simply can’t take another step after you’re done. But if you cross the finish line and just stop moving, you’re likely to feel more tired, not less.

A cooldown walk helps your body transition from hard effort to its normal resting state. It helps get rid of that nasty lactic acid that might be at the center of DOMS (delayed onset muscle sorness) quicker.

It’s really a good idea to walk around for a while before you take your well-earned rest.

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Make sure to hydrate well after your race

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
You generally can’t drink enough during your race to replenish fluids/electrolytes lost on the run. Not unless you love that sloshing feeling in your stomach or want to hit every portapotty.

If you’re like me and you prefer straight water on long runs (although I am really digging Lytezone — read my review here), you do need to make sure you replace the electrolytes you’ve sweated out on the run.

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Carbs + protein + veggies to refuel

Refuel Properly
Refueling is actually easier if you’ve fueled properly before and during your race. So don’t overlook increasing your carbs slightly in the days leading up to your race — carb loading the night before is probably not beneficial, and could actually be harmful (making you too full and sluggish), but that doesn’t mean you need to nix carbs altogether.

The “experts” say that those first 30 minutes after a race/hard run/long run is crucial for getting in some carbs and protein, generally in a 3:1 or 4:1 ratio. You may not feel like eating — which works perfectly with point2: hydrate.

Drink water, grab that Gatorade or chocolate milk. If you do feel like you could eatallthefood, have a recovery bar or indulge in some of the post race food. Eat a banana, a bagel with peanut butter, cereal and milk — during your training is the time to experiment with your post race nutrition.

Refueling doesn’t end in those first thirty minutes, though. You want to try to eat a meal about two hours after your race. Shoot for a regular meal — some protein, some carbs, some veggies. And continue to restock your glycogen stores over the next few days with quality carbs (potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, oats, bananas).

Keep in mind I am neither a coach nor a nutritionist.

Legs up the wall
I have to admit, as someone who loves her yoga, I rarely remember to actually do legs up the wall — which is exactly what it sounds like, scoot your butt as close to the wall as you can get, then swing your legs up and rest them against the wall — unless I actually manage to get in some recovery yoga.

Legs up the wall will help your tired legs feel better, and relieve cramping and swelling among its many other benefits. I really must remember to do this since I am prone to muscle cramps in my legs — sometimes hours after a long run or race! And not only on hot days, I got cramps after Wineglass, too (read my review here).

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Can’t afford a post race massage? Foam roll!

Foam Roll
Foam rolling is simply an aided form of self massage. There are many benefits:

  • Helps break up knots
  • Helps increase mobility & flexibility
  • Helps break up scar tissue
  • Helps lengthen out those muscles that get so tight while running hard/long

Foams rollers aren’t expensive, they last a while (but the foam does eventually soften), and it doesn’t take much more than a few minutes of your time post run. The biggest problem with foam rollers is lugging them around — I’ve been known to do it with races we drive to, but when we fly, I bring my Original Worm with me (read my review here).

So let me know in the comments:

What is your top recovery tip?

What would you add (this list isn’t complete!)?

Do you even think about recovery after a race?

Wineglass Half Marathon Race Recap 10/01/17

One dream; 10 crazy friends

I guess you could call 2017 the friendly half marathon year, as in I knew someone in every single half marathon I ran this year. And the number of friends running increased with every half! I do not foresee a repeat in 2018, though.

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Mr. Judy had been complaining for quite some time that we live in NY and yet I hadn’t “done” NY yet. Now I can cross that off the list. Hold onto your hats cause it’s a long one!

This race came very close to a DNS, though. My Dad was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday with what turned out to be a partial bowel obstruction. They weren’t sure if he was going to need surgery. So there I was, trying to finish up packing, not even sure I was going.  Thankfully he didn’t need surgery, and in fact they released him from the hospital on Friday, the day I left.

I went through something very similar in 2012 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor literally the day before I left for RnR Montreal. That time he did need surgery, but turned out they wouldn’t operate for another 6 weeks. My Dad is tough (he’s 91, was 86 back then).

Packet Pickup
Packet pickup was relatively organized, although it was in with the expo so super crowded. I’d read that the expo was small and not memorable, and I was pleasantly surprised to see while it was small, there were a fair number of vendors — although the only thing I bought was my standard: a new pair of sunglasses.

The swag bag was nothing to write home about, but you do get a small stemless wineglass — I actually like that since I don’t drink, and I use it for my tart cherry juice at night. You also get a small bottle of chamgagne. Now Wineglass happens to be in the middle of the NY finger lakes wine region, so why it isn’t local wine I don’t know, but I don’t drink anyway so it didn’t matter to me.

The quarter zips are to die for. I’d read that the shirts in the past ran way small, but this fit perfectly. A beautiful soft material and thumbholes for the win! They’re too nice to run in!

There’s a lot of carbs in that bagel!

So funny story: it also happened to be Yom Kippur. Now, I consider myself to be somewhat religious but more spiritual and I was pretty sure that God would forgive me for sharing this weekend with my friends. We never fast the full 24 hours anyway, and the plan was just to break it even earlier, so basically just skipping breakfast.

 

I brought my bagel and lox with me because we’d be going out to lunch after the expo. So I walked around with a huge bagel and lox in my pocket! But that’s not really the funny part.

As I’m finishing up the expo I came across the Wegman’s booth, and without even thinking about it popped the samples right in because you know how much I love to try stuff! Oopsie.

And then . . . I hadn’t told Coach Rachel about the mini fast. I knew she wouldn’t be pleased by that. But I mentioned it on an IG post (follow me here) and was busted, completely forgetting that she follows me, of course!

It was this foggy the entire race

The weather & dressing
This was not my coldest half marathon, but it’s in the top three. Race day dawned foggy (it would never lift during the race) and in the 30s. Tee, tank, tee, tank . . . I went with the tee and that was the perfect choice for me.

 

Not my race outfit but the Bolero was great

I also had a throwaway sweatshirt, my Skirtsports Bolero, and some throwaway sweatpants I’d bought for $6 at Walmarts the night before. Petite, no less! What I didn’t have and I totally regretted? Throaway gloves. The race started at 35 and only went up to 45 — thankfully no wind — but the fog never lifted. My hands were freezing those first three miles! And of course I’d shared my race checklist which included throwaway gloves, but I really didn’t think my hands would get that cold.

 

Trying to leap for the photographer; just made me look crazy


My Race Plan
Rachel @ Runningonhappy asked me if I wanted a race plan, or if I wanted to run by feel. As if. This is the race we’ve been targeting all year long as my goal race — but since I had already technically PR’d every half (if you count my slowest half, aka my first trail half, which you can read about here), I also was okay if that didn’t happen. Of course I still wanted to PR, but the speedwork didn’t necessarily lead me to believe in myself, and then there was all the stress that last week. To say I was tired, stressed, and not feeling well would  have been an understatement.

 

I ran this race “naked”. Yes, I wore clothes and yes, I wore my Garmin and it worked. But I purposely did not have it show elapsed time. It was a calculated risk. I find I run better by pace than by elapsed time, but without Rachel’s plan and keeping an eye on my paces, I could easily have missed my goal — which was simply to get below 2:30.

I’m going to put in my actual lap times with the race plan times below (so it will be 11:30 AP, which stands for average pace/11:20 RP – which stands for race plan). It’s actually kind of funny that I always want a race plan, because I seem incapable of following one!

So how’d that work for me?

  1. Mile 1: 11:24 AP/11:37 RP. I have started out a couple of my halfs too slow — I know, no runner says that, right? Well, this one does. So I made sure to keep my eye on my pace.
  2. Mile 2: 11:27 AP/11:27 RP. This was a crowded course and I really never found my own running space. Still, close enough to the plan. There was a slight hill in this mile.
  3. Mile 3: 11:01 AP/11:27 RP. I took my bolero off this mile but apparently it didn’t effect my pace. Was I running too fast here?
  4. Mile 4: 11:17 AP/11:17 RP.
  5. Mile 5: 11:01 AP/11:17 RP. Oddly enough you cross train tracks twice in this mile — so small hills. Although it doesn’t really show up on the elevation chart, I remember them!
  6. Mile 6: 11:22 AP/11:17 RP. The elevation shows a long, slight hill here — in my mind, I remember that at mile 9, but apparently not.
  7. Mile 7: 11:07 AP/11:17 RP. Seriously, I just ping ponged the whole race. Fast, slow, fast, slow. I always get sort of annoyed when I slow down for no reason, which helps me to run faster. What I’d like to run is consistent!
  8. Mile 8: 11:35 AP/11:17 RP. I boarded the struggle bus this mile. I just felt like I ran out of gas. I mean, it usually gets to me around this time but it just seemed worse.
  9. Mile 9: 11:02 AP/11:17 RP. Small, rolling hills with some flats interspersed until the end of the race.
  10. Mile 10: 11:22 AP/11:17 RP. Ping pong.
  11. Mile 11: 11:17 AP/11:07 RP. Ping pong.
  12. Mile 12: 11:39 AP/10:57 RP. Ping pong. I knew the plan called for me to go under an 11 mm — I also knew around mile 9 that that was never going to happen. Did I pysch myself out?
  13. Mile 13: 11:17 AP/10:47 RP. Ping pong. Passed the bank clock that said it was only 45F . . .
  14. Last .19: 10:39 AP/All out sprint RP. Well, I did have enough gas left to sprint a little, but I’m usually faster at the end. I really didn’t know if it was a PR or not at that point.

2:28:50 — Official Time
11:18 Average Pace

Everyone enjoyed dinner & Dave

 

Was the race well run?
We have some varying opinions on that. The start was really a mess, and I don’t think anyone argues that. Instead of coming in from the back and working your way forward, you come from the start line and try to work your way backwards. Which didn’t work so well. I ended up with the 2:20 pacer, knowing that wasn’t even close to my projected finish time, because I simply couldn’t muscle my way back to the appropriate place without having to walk into the wet corn fields. I’m not sure how this can be fixed, but it needs to be.

If you get the chance, go hear him

The buses were great, the prerace dinner was great. Parking the morning of was difficult for out-of-towners like us and I still felt that there could have been volunteers helping more with that – there were volunteers at the parking garage we ended up at, which had plenty of room, but we had to drive around passing lot after lot that was already full and were getting a bit anxious.

Did run into my USAFit Albany friends 

I also found the finisher’s chute confusing. I was looking for the place to check your finish time — I knew they had one, but I couldn’t find it, and asked two separate volunteers and neither knew where it was (although I did finally find it). I also never saw, although I heard, the PR bell. Maybe it’s just me . . . except I know it wasn’t as I was walking up and down with running buddy J trying to find the finish times.

The course itself is relatively flat and fast — although a lot of turns in the beginning and the end, and a few little uphills. It was hard for us to tell if it was really scenic or not; it was just too foggy.

Terrible lighting!

And both running buddy J and I felt crowded the entire race. Darlene did not (read her recap here). Obviously there were more runners in the middle of the pack than in the front.

Positives:

  1. Awesome pre-race dinner.
  2. Buses to the start very organized.
  3. Plenty of portapotties.
  4. A warm school to hang out in.
  5. A mostly flat course.
  6. Photos aren’t free, but they were up in just a couple of days.
  7. I’m not a bling-whore, but it is a really nice medal.
  8. Sharing this weekend with 9 runner friends.

Of course no race is perfect. The downsides:

  1. Not enough information/direction for parking (just a small map in the race program)
  2. Completely disorganized start.
  3. I felt very crowded the entire race.
  4. Poor runner etiquette (too many across, not bothering to see who’s behind you when stopping) — I guess it’s just a given these days.
  5. Completely disorganized finisher’s chute.
You can see how crowded it was! At the finish!

What I learned
Aside from I should definitely have throwaway gloves if it’s in the 30s, I’m not sure I learned a whole lot from this race. It’s better with friends, of course, but that’s a given.

Back in the day I probably would have worn capris for those temperatures, but I knew from both the Mud & Chocolate Half and my Green Mountain Half (read about that here) that I’d be good in a skirt with compression socks — it’s almost like wearing capris! But that heat blanket afterwards was totally awesome.

Do I have a faster half marathon in me? I know I didn’t this day. I didn’t puke or pass out, of course, but I really feel I left it all out on the course. I also know that cold can slow you down just like heat can — although I would take the cold over heat any day.

And 6 halfs (AZ, FL, LA, WA, UT, & NY) in 12 consecutive monts, Oct 2016-Oct 2017 will wear you down. Not that I regret any of them. But it’s definitely time for some rest. Or at least shorter races!

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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Putting the R in Rest: 10/2-8 Weekly Wrap

It’s another week short on activity, but man, I needed that! The last couple of weeks before my half were not the least bit restful and I was feeling extremely run down and just praying I could make it to the half healthy (actually, praying I would make it at all — but that’s a story for my recap, which might be out on Tuesday) and remain healthy afterwards.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to wrap up how the week before my last half of 2017 went.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Tackling the 832 steps at Watkins Glen
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, Rest Day, JY Recovery Yoga
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Rest Day, JY Whole Body Recovery Yoga
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk
  • Friday: Dogwalk, DM Pilates, Better Belly Yoga
  • Saturday: 6 mile LSD (is it really an LSD if it’s your only run of the week? And does it really justify all the carbs afterwards?)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, DM Booty

Mileage: 6 (-13)

JY = Jasyoga
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running updates 

I like the Skirtsports bolero better than arm warmers!
Saturday


Our Wineglass group has already splintered. Running buddy J is out in TX minding her grandkids while her daughter is running Chicago today. Some got together at 7 am to run. Too early!

I met up with Darlene after her race midday. I was a bit concerned it would be too warm, as things have warmed up again, but it rained on and off which cooled things down. As always, an easy recovery run for her; faster for me, but not too fast. The first two miles were consistent, slowed way down the third mile, but then we did have negative splits for the last 4 (which includes the slower third mile). Not sure what you call that.

Medal Monday at Watkins Glen
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The day after our half Running buddy J and I conquered Watkins Glen. From the Website:

Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. Within two miles, the glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. 

Always cool looking out behind a waterfall
There are also some 800 odd stairsteps to climb. Race shirts were everywhere. Some were nimble, some were obviously hurting, but it seemed a lot of the race was there. My mom tells me I’d been there when I was young, but I didn’t remember it. Running buddy J forgot she’d been there a few years back, but thank you for indulging me and going again!

Could you imagine discovering this place?
I want to get together a little travel recap at some point (of course I had grand plans to do that with UT, too), so I’ll only share a few photos of Watkins here. And I really must remember to take photos more often — I tend to forget to do that!

Bandit update: I leave all the furkids together when I run around the neighborhood on a frequent basis. No food is involved. I’ve been a bit stumped about how to try it for when we go out and leave them with kongs/chews.

We decided to try them out yesterday when we went out to dinner, close to home. Mr. Judy has a webcam, so we used that to check on in with them. Took a while to find them, but both dogs were barking. A lot.

Well, at least we came home to no messes and intact furkids.

And that’s a wrap 

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This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do you have a favorite state park?

Would you have tackled that walk before the race? 

If you raced today (hello, Mohawk Hudson — they had atrocious weather — and Chicago) how did it go? 

Start spreading the news: Spilling over tea/coffee October 2017

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As in, NY is done. Mr. Judy has been giving me grief over the fact that I hadn’t yet done NY for ever (I live in NY, if you didn’t know that). I’m so happy that I was able to share it with 9 running friends — some old, some new; a little sad that I couldn’t share it with Mr. Judy, but I’ll bet he’s actually rather happy about that.

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Pull up chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that I am happy to have all my halfs for 2017 done. It is definitely time for some rest (and somehow my fingers typed race!).

Of course Mr. Judy asked if I was done now. Such a silly question. Well, I’m done with halfs for the year, but that doesn’t mean I stop running completely. But I will be dialing things back.

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Not sure we can pull it off again!
If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you I wish I had my 2018 races mapped out. It was kind of sweet knowing when my halfs would be in 2017. I have a few ideas, I have research to do, and I’m waiting to hear back about something, too.

And the Wineglass girls want a repeat performance . . . not necessarily at Wineglass. I think it’s gonna be hard to get 10 women to decide and commit (more, really, a couple had to drop out due to injury).

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I had a chocolate pb cupcake & buckeyes (and “borrowed” the photo above from the Website)
If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d say that, as usual, I indulged my sweet tooth big time during my Wineglass weekend. We found the best bakery — Poppleton Bakery — go there if you’re ever in Corning . . . I bought something to have after the half, only we stopped in after the half, and I may or may not have bought something else . . . but eaten the cupcake too . . . I guess that really ought to have been saved for a runfession!

The hard part is reigning that sweet tooth back in now that I’m back home and basically barely moving — I need a bigger break this time, especially with nothing big on the horizon!

Somehow I managed to not gain any weight. Thank you, lucky weigh-in dress.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that in September our dishwasher broke. Only apparently it didn’t, really. After a week of washing everything by hand and Mr. Judy tinkering with it, then getting out a repair man . . . you guessed it — he couldn’t find anything wrong with it.

Which cost us $100. Thankfully we haven’t had any more problems with it but don’t you just hate when that happens?

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that I don’t think I can top 2017: if you count my trail half (my first trail half, also my slowest half ever), I PR’d every single half. So far I didn’t PR a single shorter race, but then again, I didn’t do many shorter races.

I’m pragmatic — I know that this streak won’t last forever, but I don’t just run for PRs. Of course everyone loves a PR, but it’s not why I run (but it’s why I train hard). So thank you, 2017 and Rachel @ Runningonhappy — it’s been grand!

Not that I’m done with 2017 . . . I am not signed up for any races, but I have a few I’m eyeing. The first up might be a 10k next weekend. A new one to me, but everyone seems to love this one. I think I was always on a racecation at this time in years past . . .

Tea? Iced Tea? Coffee? Decaf? Or something else?

Every have something break, but not really?

What do you indulge in after a big goal race?

Are you one & done or do you repeat long races?

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Today I am also  joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy.

Are you ready to LYTE up?

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I’m channeling my best Katy Perry here; get it? But seriously, when the folks at Lyteline reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try their new electrolyte drink, Lytezone, I said sure.

Disclaimer: I received Lytezone free in exchange for a review on this blog. The opinions expressed in the blog are my own.

I am a heavy sweater and I’m prone to cramps when it’s hot. And I haven’t really found an electrolyte replacement system that works for me. Here’s what I’ve tried:

I don’t like sweet things when I run long, which is why I stopped taking Nuun (although it can taste great after a hot run!). Taking a pill mid race was way too cumbersome — if I didn’t manage to lose it, sometimes I dropped it when taking it out of a ziploc, and there isn’t a lot of time to get that sucker down, anyway.

I’ve been pretty happy with Saltstick Fastchews, but I was intrigued by the emphasis on magnesium rather than sodium in Lyteline’s sports drink.

Why do you need magnesium?
It’s rare to actually have a magnesium deficiency, unless you have a pretty serious chronic disease. What isn’t rare? Not having an adequate amount of magnesium. So why should you care?

A few of the benefits of magnesium:

  • Sustain the health of your heart and blood vessels
  • Relieve constipation
  • Helps maintain bone health

Why do endurance athletes need magnesium?

  • Combat fatigue
  • Prevent muscle cramps
  • Increase immuntiy

This is just a very brief overview of a few of the things magnesium does for your body. Remember, I am not a coach or a medical professional.

I had been taking a magnesium supplement for about a year, but I still continue to be plagued by occasional muscle cramps. I’ve also recently started using topical magnesium to combat the cramps and help with sleep (the jury is still out on that).

So I liked the emphasis on magnesium.

It’s not only magnesium
Lytezone isn’t only about magnesium. It also does supplement sodium, potassium, and zinc. What’s not in the bottle? Sugar. As in, zero. No stevia either. No sweetener of any kind, in fact. And I liked that — as I mentioned, I don’t want something sweet when I’m running long.

But how does it taste?
The literature I got with my sample summed it up nicely:

Has a slight lemon and mineral flavor. We intentionally avoid artificial flavors or sweeteners. Tastes similar to water and is best enjoyed cold!

Because my sample arrived the day after some travel to my parents, I opened it right up and tried it. Yes, it definitely tastes better cold (it was room temperature). And yes, it tastes like mineral water with a very slight lemon flavor.

If you like mineral water, you’ll enjoy the taste of Lytezone. If you love your Nuun, Lytezone might not float your boat. But if your Nuun isn’t helping to prevent cramps or give you the energy you’re seeking, you might like to try Lytezone.

I am not personally a fan of mineral water. So while I can’t say I loved the flavor of Lytezone, it wasn’t off putting — it just took a little getting used to.

But does it work?
Unfortunately I received this product after all my double digit long runs were done. However, I did use it on some shorter (4-6 mile) runs and my last 8 mile long run. There was no cramping (muscle or stomach, but I don’t normally have stomach problems).

It’s a little too soon for me to really tell whether or not this is the magic bullet for me when it comes to muscle cramping, but I would definitely recommend it — and plan to keep experimenting with it.

I did not use Lytezone in my most recent half marathon, because I felt that I hadn’t adequately tested it out on truly long runs. Perhaps it would have prevented the muscle cramping I got after the race — despite the chilly temps.

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

coachescornerTalk to me:

What do you use for electrolytes on the run?

Have you ever thought about supplementing with magnesium?

What’s your solution for muscle cramping?