Bye bye racing; maybe?: 11/12- 18 Weekly Wrap

It seemed like all the races were canceled this weekend. At least the ones I was interested in, anyway. Some of the Sole Sisters got together to run, but frankly, I need all the time I can get before Thanksgiving so it’s probably just as well those races were canceled. In case you missed it, I’d already written on how I was giving up on one racing goal for this week (read about it here).

I have a feeling that I’ll be ditching the Turkey Trot this year, too. It’s going to be frigid! The one I do has nowhere to wait inside.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how I stay active when the snow comes . . . even if it’s too early.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk x 2, Triggerpoint Grid Core Work (20 minutes) — usually if I write it, I do it, but not this time
  • Tuesday: Yoga ( half salutes, pigeons, hamstrings, restorative — 30 minutes), 4ish chilly miles easy
  • Wednesday: Pilates Legs & Abs (20 minutes), Dogwalk, Triggerpoint Grid Core Work (5 minutes), YFR Hamstrings
  • Thursday:  YFPR Align & Alleviate (30 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Friday:  7 treadmill miles (split into an AM & PM runs of 3.5 miles each)
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, Pilates Legs, Arms & Stretch
  • Sunday: 5 miles easy, Dogwalk

Mileage: 16 (-2)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
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

Despite the Sunday snow & some snow in the morning, it was still Fallish on Tuesday

 

Tuesday
Can I reboot this day? First I get stuck in a godawful traffic jam while taking Lola to the vet, literally having us stuck on a bridge, and then half an hour late. We were maybe 2 miles away from the vet when this happened (yes, I called them to let them know I might be late, understatement of the year). At least we missed the traffic jams the snow created the next day . . .

Then I decided to run as naked as I get — just recorded the whole run with no splits & tried as much as possible not to watch it. Suddenly at almost the end of the run it looked like my Garmin stopped the run without me telling it to . . . and then it came up with the run interval screen — and froze there.

When I was finally able to unfreeze it it said I’d done something like 7 miles. Yeah, no. I do know my pace was pretty slow, because I think right before that happened I’d paused it to take a picture, and it shows average pace when you pause.

Which is why I rarely run without knowing my pace, but maybe that’s what my body needed. Really, my body probably needed another rest day and apparently the universe was trying to tell me that too. The run wasn’t horrible, just slow, and quite frankly I accomplished very little today.

Friday
Friday it snowed most of the day. I wanted a long run but it would have to be on the treadmill. I ran 3.5 miles in the morning and another 3.5 miles in the afternoon.

By Friday it was definitely Winter, and although I’d pulled up the plants on one planted, I just couldn’t pull up the strawberries since they weren’t yet dead. Guess I should have.

Sunday
It took me a long time to motivate myself outside this morning, but I had a good run. Its been a long week of cleaning, food shopping, and prepping/baking/cooking stuff for Thanksgiving. It may have been a bit slow but this run felt good. This time I had Autolap on, but not the alerts for the my pace each mile. Which seemed to work well for running by feel — I really never know what my pace was.

Not really a favorite . . . 

Favorites of the week
Snow seemed to be the theme of the week. I’d like to say it’s too early, and while it is early, some of my memories on Facebook showed that we had snow this time of year four years ago. Although not quite so much.

I’ve looked up a bunch of games we can potentially play on Thanksgiving using Alexa. Trying to get Mr. Judy to try some of them out with me!

Other than that, it’s really all about cleaning, cooking, baking . . .

Final hours to enter my giveaway of Couch to Active here! Read the review here.

Let’s get the conversation started:

How do you motivate yourself to stay active when the weather ain’t great?

Any fun Thanksgiving traditions to share?

What’s your role in the Thanksgiving celebrations?

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Sometimes you have to let go . . .

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. . . to move forward

One of my goals for 2018 was to train for and try to PR a 5k. Kind of a tall order, considering I don’t run a lot of 5ks and am usually training for longer distances.

I am joining Fairytales & Fitness for  Fridays with Fairytales & Fitness, a link up for healthy liftestyle bloggers, and sharing how that goal worked for me.

Fairytales and Fitness

5k Goal for the Spring
I had a long time between halfs: October 2017 until July 2018. It seemed the perfect time to take a shot at a 5k PR attempt.

Alas, I got sick and the 5k specific training never happened. Neither did any 5ks, not until June and Freihofers (read about it here). I knew a PR was unlikely, and while I did pretty good in the race, no, it wasn’t a PR.

Let’s try again in the Fall?
Usually I really enjoy racing October/November. There are a number of races I enjoy doing, and usually I’m seeing the payoff from all my hard work.

I decided to do a half marathon, almost on a whim (read about it here), when one of my favorite 5ks is run. I tend to do well at that race, but there’s a small portion on a trail, and it invariably slows me down. So no 5k there.

Then there was another 5k I usually enjoy — which I believe is my 5k PR — only they changed the location this year. Not as convenient. And I just ran Stockadeathon (read abotu it here), a 15k, and my body let me know that it just does not want to push too hard right now. Not to mention they’re predicting 5-8″ of snow Friday. Yes, you read that right. So no 5k there, either.

There’s a different race (not a 5k) the next day, though. And like I said, my body needs a little more TLC. The other race is actually a loop non-technical trail run. Do I want to do a potentially snowy, muddy trail race? Whether I do it or not, there will be no 5k this weekend.

It really doesn’t matter what I decide, race, don’t race, I know that it’s time to let go of that 5k PR goal for 2018.

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Sometimes you have to let go of those goals to move forward

Goals are always worth it . . .
. . . even if you don’t achieve them. Training is never wasted; or at least, good training is never wasted. You don’t necessarily reap immediate rewards from training (although sometimes you do), but they have a cumulative effect: keep at it, and somewhere down the road you’ll get your reward — it may not even be what you envisioned, but one day you’ll realize that all that hard work paid off in some way.

Moving forward
There are no more big goal races on my calendar for 2018. It’s time to simply maintain my base and allow myself some much needed recovery time.

Goals keep us motivated, but it’s wise to know when to fold up, so to speak. Sometimes letting go (not giving up!) is the path to meeting your goals. It’s a wise person who knows when to let go and move on. — Chocolaterunsjudy

Have you entered my giveaway of Couch to Active here? Time really is running out! Read my review here— this will make a great holiday gift for someone!

Have you met all your 2018 goals?

Did you have to let a goal go for this year?

When has letting go of a goal paid off for

Stockcadeathon Race Recap 11/11/18

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Stockadeathon is the only 15k I’ve ever done. I really like the distance — long enough to be a challenge, but ends at about the time I start to get really tired. This year’s race dawned with a dusting of snow, and snow continued to pelt the windshield on the drive to the race, but that’s when it ended and the sun came up, setting us up for a sunny, if chilly race.

Packet Pickup
Packet pickup is always easy., and this year was no different. Unlike last year, even thoughI signed up very late (Tuesday, I believe) I still got a race shirt, which was a nice long sleeve tech tee.

One of the sole sisters was volunteering at packet pickup and I stopped to chat with her a bit before leaving.

At least zippers allow me to regulate my temperature

The weather & dressing
I said this about my last half (read about it here), about this race last year — and again, this year! I thought I was overdressed in the beginning. I was definitely warm. When I took off my coat at the end, it was drenched in sweat. But I also got cold towards the end of the race. I probably could have worn a lighter outer layer, but this outfit was okay. At least I didn’t have to drag out the Thermoball to run in like I did last year! It was 36 at the start this year, compared to last year’s 28.

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Maybe I overreacted to the snow . . . but it was also supposed to be a little windy; it wasn’t that bad — especially in comparison to running a half in a Nor’easter, of course!

I wore my Skirt Sports Double Take Reversible jacket, my Wonder Wool Tee and Wonder Wool Skirt. Newton Distance on the feet. I also wore a buff around my neck, but I did find that annoying later in the race. I had fleece glittens (convertible mittens) on the first couple of miles, took them off and put them in the back pocket of my coat, but then at the end my hands were so cold! Since I’d lost so much time stuffing everything in there at mile 3, I didn’t want to futz with it again, so I just sucked it up.

My Race Plan
No race plan. No looking at last year’s results, either. When you register they ask you your predicted finish time and I actually guessed fairly close to what I ended up running. I don’t know why they ask as there isn’t a corral start.

I parked at a hotel, as I’ve been doing the last few years. It’s about a 10 minute walk over to the Y, which hosts the runners before and after the race. Even though the Y has real bathrooms, the line for them is usually extremely long. So I use the bathrooms in the hotel, and if there is a line, it’s usually quite short.

I went in at about 8 am to use the bathrooms the first time. Then I chatted up a couple who turned out were actually staying in the hotel, and went to use the bathroom one more time. And then I realized that it was about 8:15 and the race starts at 8:30 and I still needed to drop off stuff at bag check and it was about a 10 minute walk to the Y . . . Oy!

Always a good time with these ladies. Darlene is taking the photo.

So I got my warmup mile (but no dynamic stretching) done as I ran to the Y, passing the Sole Sisters on the way there. I’m really glad I decided to still drop my sweatshirt and jacket off, because I was very chilled after the race and still had that walk back to the car. I made it to the start with a couple of minutes to spare, but I also ended up lining up closer to the start than I should (pace wise) and apologized to everyone around me.

So how’d that work for me?

  1. Mile 1: 10:53. You start on a downhill. I do love a downhill, and I didn’t take my first walk break until halfway through this mile because it was too crowded and narrow to stop before then. I briefly saw one of my Sole Sisters running friends (and that was the last time I saw her during the race!).
  2. Mile 2: 11:14. Most of mile 2 is a long, gradual hill. I was running fast to catch up briefly with a fellow Skirt Sports sister. Miles 1 & 2 were faster than last year . . . but no other mile was.
  3. Mile 3: 11:49. You’re still going up. I suspect that when I changed out one water bottle for another in mile 3 I did lose a significant amount of time, causing this mile to be slower than it should have been. I was having trouble getting the full water bottle — which, as it turns out, was leaking, so I’m glad I switched them — out of the pocket.
  4. Mile 4: 11:32. They changed the course this year, and took out the part along the river on the bike path. Which was nice and flat and very scenic. I thought this course was actually hillier, although looking at my stats it wasn’t (it seems to get less hilly each year, and this is the first time since I started running it that the course has changed!); Darlene thought it seemed easier. It seemed to me that every time we made a turn — and there are plenty — we were going uphill.
  5. Mile 5: 11:00. Relatively flat. I saw a couple of my friends, who were course marshals, midway through this mile — they always give me a boost!
  6. Mile 6: 11:30. Running around the lake in Central Park. Still relatively flat.
  7. Mile 7: 11:46. A decent hill at mile 7.5. This was about the only hill that felt not as bad as last year. Yet I still went up it slower.
  8. Mile 8: 11:45. Through the cemetery and mostly downhill. And yet the same pace as the uphill . . .
  9. Mile 9: 11:13. The last mile is really downhill; last year I was way faster this mile. This year I wasn’t watching my Garmin.
  10. Last .41: 9:57. I was hoping the new course wouldn’t run long . . . but it did.

2015: 1:51:32 (an automatic PR — new distance)
2016: 1:49:31 (a most surprising 2 minute PR)
2017: 1:45:09 (crushed it for another PR!)
2018:  1:46:49, 11:28 average pace, 1170 our of 1308, 43 out of ?? F55-59

In 2017 they added the splits for each 5k (probably because you can now run this as part of a relay team), and I had beautiful negative splits:

1st 5K: 35:43
2nd 5k: 35:16
3rd 5k: 34:11 (gotta love a downhill finish)

This year I was just consistent, apparently:

1st 5k:  35:25
2nd 5k: 35:42
3rd 5k:  35:43

Why do I turn out that right foot? How do I correct that????

I chose to run by feel for the race. On the one hand, I’m glad I did. My piriformis and hamstrings have been complaining for a while. And they were sure sore after the race, too (despite foam rolling before and after and legs up the wall later on).

On the other hand, when I saw I was 1:49 off of my PR . . . I know I could have pushed harder. I know that often when I run by feel, I’m slower (but not always). Could I have pushed hard enough for a PR? Probably. Would it have just aggravated my niggles more than was worth it? Well, we’ll never know, will we. I’m feeling okay the day after.

Was the race well run?
Not enough water stops! I say this every year. I bring my own water. Otherwise this race is a well oiled machine with plenty of direction, course marshals, and lots of food and water for everyone post race. Even foam rollers! I really think having the post race stuff going on in the same building we use before the race — last year was the first year they did that — is very helpful.

What I learned
I can leave later for the race, but pay attention to time and leave from the hotel I park at early enough so that I don’t have to run to the start (yes, it’s chip timed, but who really wants to start at the BOTP if they don’t have to?).

I’m still kind of kicking myself for not paying more attention to my Garmin. It doesn’t make a race “less fun” for me when I do. Last year, however, this race wasn’t just two weeks after a hard half. I had 6 weeks in between my half and this race. I’m sure that played into what went down.

On the other hand, for not paying attention to my Garmin, it was actually a pretty decent pace for me. So maybe there still is something to be said for running by feel.

Positives:

  1. Extremely well organized race.
  2. Hot food inside post race, and enough for all.
  3. Real bathrooms — I didn’t use the bathrooms at the Y. Darlene said the lines weren’t bad, but my guess is later on they were. I’ve never seen them not be bad.
  4. Although a hilly course, most (but not all) of the hills are frontloaded into the first half of the race.
  5. A nice downhill finish.
  6. Running with friends. Running into friends you haven’t seen in a while.

Of course no race is perfect. The downsides:

  1. The course runs a little long.
  2. Challenging course (some might view that as a positive).
  3. Not enough water stops.
  4. Although parts of the course are very pretty, much of it just isn’t that interesting to me. And they took out one of my favorite parts this year!

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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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Short & sweet race week: 11/5- 11 Weekly Wrap

Slowly easing back into activity and my last “long” run/race for a bit. I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share running and racing this week — I had my eye on a couple of 5ks in the next couple of weeks but now I’m thinking maybe my body needs a bit more rest. Still haven’t decided.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, SB WU (10 Minutes), Pilates Arms & Abs (20 minutes)
  • Tuesday: 5 miles easy with just a little cold rain, Iron Strength Glutes
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk x 2, Triggerpoint Grid Core Work (20 minutes)
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk x 2
  • Friday:  4 miles easy with 5 by 30ish seconds strides, Triggerpoint Grid Core Work (20 minutes)
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, Pilates Total Body, Abs & Stretch
  • Sunday: Stockadeathon 15k

Mileage: 18ish (+1)

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

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Running Updates

Leaves are almost all off the trees

 

Tuesday
I do love me an off season! Even if mine might be the shortest one ever. If I do BDR Savannah, I’ll be back in training next month. I would’ve run to vote, only there was rain in the forecast and I didn’t know how long the wait might be at the polling place.

So of course the dry radar produced some nice cold rain on me during this run, but thankfully it was really only a short period of rain. Glad I got it done before more showers moved in. And yes, I drove to vote later. I really didn’t want to tackle the hill back from the polling place anyway since my 15k this weekend is hilly enough.

A little post run bathroom selfie. Notice running clothes hanging to dry everywhere . . . and . . . drumroll . . . a haircut!

Friday
No rain — in the morning. It was cold and cloudy but thankfully not windy. This run felt pretty good. I’m not feeling quite as sluggish as I was after my last half, just the normal seasonal sluggishness. 🙂

Yes, this is what I woke up to race morning but thankfully it cleared out quickly.

Sunday
I’ll be recapping my 15k on Tuesday. Despite having several friends running the race, I parked in a different area (same place I always park, bathrooms with no/short lines always available), but I spaced on the time of the start of the race as I was chatting with another couple . . . and so I got a warmup as I ran to drop off my dry clothes and coat at the bag check, making it to the start with about 2 minutes to spare . . .

I’ll leave the rest for the recap!

But I “ran” into them post race

Favorites of the week
The hot chocolate at the diner after the race was really tasty, and no, I didn’t even think about taking a photo of it. And speaking of sweet, as I mentioned Friday (read it here), I actually did a little sugar reset (not detox!) this week. It went well.

Running a race “with” friends (well, I did meet up with them afterwards) and seeing friends along the route (and in the race — even my brand new “friend”).

You don’t see these guys sharing a bed — other than the real bed — too often

Have you entered my giveaway of Couch to Active here? Read the review here. I’m extending it one more week — it’ll make a great gift for the holidays.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Have you ever completely spaced about when a race starts — when you’re pretty much already there!?

Chocolate milk or hot chocolate after a cold race?

Do you get a lot done after a race? Must say I didn’t today. Which I’ll probably regret next week  . . .

 

#teamreset

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Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away (in the US). I don’t usually open with OMG it’s whatever month already, but seriously, how did this sneak up on me? Because somehow it did.

After months of racing and traveling for races, I was definitely in need of a little reset. And luckily for me, just in the nick of time Laura Pfeifer Wellness posted a 7 day sugar detox in her 90/20 Clean Eating Community (a closed group you can ask to join here).

I am joining Fairytales & Fitness for  Fridays with Fairytales & Fitness, a link up for healthy liftestyle bloggers and sharing some thoughts about sugar.

 

Fairytales and Fitness 

 

Sugar should be a controlled substance!
Seriously, like most addictive drugs, you build a tolerance to sugar, and the more sugar you eat, the more sugar you want. Not only do you want more sugar, but as you consume more sugar, it takes more sugar to make something taste sweet.

Speaking of sweet tasting things, artificial sugars tend to taste way sweeter than actual sugar. Sure, there are no calories in them, but they’re still just priming you crave sweet things. They don’t really do a body good, either.

 

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Brownies, Sundaes, and French Toast, Oh My!

A reset is the perfect name
With months of higher mileage training, races, and travel, there were treats. Lots of treats. And those treats were definitely showing up in my clothes. Everything fits, but not quite so well as they should.

I do keep an eye on my sugar intake. In fact, when I got back from the retreat, Mr. Judy asked me if I knew that ketchup could have a lot of sugar in it. Then he was puzzled, because ours didn’t have much.

 

Hmmm, wonder why that is?

 

Sugar has a tendency to creep up on you. One cookie becomes two. A dessert after dinner becomes dessert after dinner and lunch. Breakfast becomes sweet more often than savory.

Yes, it was definitely time to take a good, hard look at what I was eating and reset that sugar set point. I did not completely ditch sugar, by the way. I did definitely reduce the amount of added sugars I was consuming every day.

Where sugar hides
Sugar is everywhere these days:

  • Tomato sauce
  • Salad dressings
  • Breads
  • Flavored Yogurts
  • Condiments
  • Soups

Sugar gets you hooked, and companies want you hooked. Your best bet is to read labels. Note added sugars and portion sizes — just because it’s a small package doesn’t mean that it’s just one serving per package.

The sweet reward
I am a lifetime Weight Watchers (or Wellness that Works, as they now call themselves) member. That just means that as long as I’m within 2 pounds of my goal weight (which is basically tied to a healthy BMI), I can attend as many meetings as I want and never pay a dime. And for the last five years I haven’t paid anything.

Every long distance race I ran this year seemed to bump up right to the first of the month weigh in (the one that determines whether or not you’re free for the month). For the last couple of months I did have to pay for meetings. I wasn’t much more than 2 pounds over my goal weight, but I was over. Finally, this month, I am free at last.

Of course it’s not really about the number on the scale. It’s about how I feel in my own skin. It’s also about my energy — sugar may give you an instant boost of energy, as most runners know, but in the long run, too much of it will drag you down.

I’ll always have a sweet tooth. I’ll always fight sugar creeping too much into my diet. I’ll never kick it out completely (and I didn’t with this reset, either). Sometimes, though, you have to put on your big-ger girl panties and take a hard look at what you’re doing and how it’s making you feel. And if it’s not making you feel good in the long run, a little reset may be just what the doctor ordered.

Have you entered my giveaway of Couch to Active here? Time is running out! Read my review here — this will make a great holiday gift for someone!

 

Do you ever think about the amount of sugar you consume?

Where was the most surprising product you’ve found added sugar in?

What is your favorite sweet treat that doesn’t have a lot of added sugar?

Cape Cod Half Marathon Race Recap 10/27/18

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I had already run a half in MA. The Cape Cod Half Marathon was included in the price of the AMR Retreat. I mean, I’d already paid for it. There was no shorter race. I always thought I’d do a half on Cape Cod, having spent so much time on it over the years. What could go wrong?

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There’s a hole at the top for your ponytail

Packet Pickup & Expo
We all walked over, together as a group, to the expo to pick up our packets. All BAMRs had been registered at the same time and therefore we were all in the same line to pick up our bibs. And it grew long quickly. Luckily I had the good sense to get into line the minute we got there; I didn’t have to wait long.

The expo is not large, but it does have more than just the basics. Which was nice, as I do a lot of small races and you’re lucky if there’s any expo at all with them. I bought:

  • A fleece lined hat with a hole for your ponytail from Her Tribe Athleticswhich I love!
  • A Grid foam roller and MB5 Massage Ball from Triggerpoint. I swore I wouldn’t be buying another foam roller . . . luckily I’d already been to the Triggerpoint session and so I knew I wanted one, and the price at the expo was actually a good deal. Fun fact: I bought some Triggerpoint products at the expo at my very first half seven years ago — and I still use them to this day.
  • Men’s S (wish they had an XS!) convertible mittens from illumiNITE. You know, the one that’s gloves with half fingers but with a part that goes over so it converts to mittens. One of the things I liked about these was that there is veclro for the thumb so you can expose the tip of your thumb, too. Parts of them are reflective, too. I considered running in them, but I’d brought other convertible gloves (better known as glittens) and ended up using them.
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Before we all looked like drowned rats

The weather & dressing
I could write a book about this. Because yes, as you’ve heard, it was an honest-to-God Nor’easter on race day.

I wore my Skirt Sports Wonder Wool Tee (Skirt Sports Ambassador) under a Tough Chick TopSkirt Sports Charmed tight.and Toasty Cheeks Skirt to keep my butt warm, illumiNITE Hat (long bill, great for rainy days — click hereto see it) with my buff over the top of the hat and over my ears to keep the hat on in the wind. Which is exactly what I wore for the Great Pumpkin Challenge (read about it here), minus the buff because although that race was rainy, it wasn’t that windy.

I had already discovered in a training run that using the buff to keep on the hat in windy conditions worked perfectly. I think I had to grab the hat once the whole race and those wind gusts were fierce!

Did that work for me? Sort of. I started the race the first couple of miles thinking I’d overdressed, but as the race went on and I got wetter and wetter (and the rain got heavier) I was very comfortable — except for the fact that the Tough Chick Top soaked up all that water. The Wonder Wool Tee kept my core mostly dry, though, and I was able to store my gloves in the kangaroo pocket of the Tough Chick Top. Along with my phone in a ziplock — which is why I took no photos at all.

I wonder, though, if I should have gone with a raincoat rather than the Tough Chick Top. My running raincoat is somewhat breathable, so I probably wouldn’t have overheated although I also wouldn’t have stayed completely dry; on the other hand, I certainly didn’t stay completely dry with what I chose to wear.

I know that running in a raincoat, even one specific to running, can cause you to overheat, but that’s what zippers are for. Well, hopefully I’ll never run another half in a Nor’easter and won’t have to make these decisions again and sorry for blathering on so long about them!

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In the green tights on the left. Sorry I didn’t get a photo while I was dry!

My Race Plan
I didn’t bother to ask Rachel @ Runningonhappy for a race plan (again; still?). I still had the last half’s race plan. That pretty much went out the window (again) and it was a mostly run-by-feel race.

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The one thing I’m sad about is that it was such a beautiful course, but we couldn’t really appreciate it due to the weather. And race day was the only bad weather of the weekend. Go figure.

So how’d that work for me?

  • Mile 1:  10:58. As we walked to the start & waited to start we all said this isn’t so bad. Yes, it was raining, but fairly lightly, and yes, it was windy. First mile is mostly flat.
  • Mile 2:  11:03. There’s a very slight incline here.
  • Mile 3:  10:56. Relatively flat.
  • Mile 4:  11:09. A slight incline.
  • Mile 5:  11:48. Although there were no hills in mile 5, there were two small bridges. And on every bridge, the winds really caught you. Not to mention battling an almost constant headwind was tiring me out.
  • Mile 6:  11:32. With the turnaround the wind was finally blissfully at our backs, and that made a huge difference. The other difference? Being cheered on by and cheering on fellow BAMRs in our purple bibs.
  • Mile 7:  11:31. The wind continued to be at my back and I got my proverbial second wind, but the damage from battling all that wind was already done.
  • Mile 8:  11:47. A mostly flat mile. Don’t know what happened here.
  • Mile 9:  11:21. Mostly flat but beginning a climb.
  • Mile 10: 11:50. This is the same hill as in mile 4, but of course, later in the race, the wind has worn me down, and the rain is coming down heavier.
  • Mile 11: 12:03. Another flat mile but the rain seems horizontal now. My clothes weight about 3 x more.
  • Mile 12: 11:53. Right before mile 12 there was a cheering squad of BAMRs led by Dimity, who greeted every runner with “you’re looking strong”. It gave a much needed lift to all our spirits and I high fived everyone in the group. I wish I could say it gave me a third wind, but alas, it did not.
  • Mile 13: 12:08. One of my main goals for this race was to do a better job than Ocean City (read about it here). And I did — I never gave up on my run/walk intervals. Of course, when it’s cold, rainy, and windy, you don’t want to spend any more time out there than you have to! I am also happy to report that it was more than 10 minutes faster than the last time I did a windy race, three years ago — and that one was at least dry!
  • Last .24: 11:32. Obviously some of my slower miles were more mental than physical — I was still able to sprint it in. On the other hand, often my last mile is my fastest, because I’m just so ready to be done, and the last full mile was my slowest.

2:32:46 — Official Time
11:39 Average Pace
67 out of 91 in F50-59
989 out of 1180 Runners

Previous Years:
My last windy, hilly (but dry) half was 2:43:14 & a PR at the time

I was pretty sure when I started this race it would not be a PR. And yet quite a few BAMR runners did PR this race. One woman by 11 minutes! I did want to beat my time from Ocean City, which I did with no problems. I also wanted to hold onto my run/walk intervals the whole race, and I did that too. The cherry on top was beating out my finish time from the last cool, windy, hilly half I did three years ago by almost ten minutes – it didn’t even rain at that race!

Was the race well run?
As far as I could tell, the race was mostly well run. Although support seemed a little scant on the roads, and in fact one person did take the wrong turn. I guess I was always near enough to someone not to have to worry about that.

As usual I carried my own water, but the aid stations seemed well stocked and I was definitely in the BOTP. There was still plenty of food (and medals) when I finished, and I waited for Running Buddy J — the food was still plentiful when she finished, as well. At the finish line the heat blankets were put around you, although the medal was handed to you and the water you had to take from the table.

There were tents set up for the food, with enough space for a fair number of runners to stand around, eat, and chat.

This really is a great little race with a very scenic course, and Falmouth is a cute little town (with the beautiful nearby Shining Sea bike path that goes on for miles). I highly recommend it!

Positives:

  1. Running with so many others and cheering each other on.
  2. BAMR cheering squads! You guys rocked.
  3. A nice little expo.
  4. A beautiful course (just wish I didn’t have to see it in the driving rain).
  5. The efforts to make this an eco-conscious race, with composting for leftover food. For instance, I didn’t finish my chowder, or donut, for that fact, and I could just throw everything into the composting bin. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that at a race before!
  6. No chafing, no blisters.
  7. A much faster finish than my last hilly & windy half (with no rain).
  8. A much faster finish than my last half.
  9. Those cider donuts at the finish. 🙂

Of course no race is perfect. The downsides:

  1. The weather. Nor’easter. Nuff said.
  2. Not much spectator support (not counting our BAMR cheering squads!). Nor’ester. Nuff said. There were some, which is pretty astounding when you think about it. Some marathoners were in a house overlooking the course, cheering us on.
  3. I missed the girl with the Snickers (or she wasn’t out when I ran by). I love Snickers!

What I learned
I knew this already, but I will always run better in cold weather — even nasty cold weather — than I will in blazing sun. Another thing I already know: being able to walk to and from a race (and use the bathroom in your own room) is so much more pleasant than driving, worrying about parking, and portapotties.

Running with a group and having a way to easily identify other runners from the group on the run was sheer genius and turned what could have been a miserable race into a lot more fun that it should have been considering the weather.

I still need to learn how to push harder when I’m tired. Sometimes I can do it . . . and sometimes I can’t. I suppose that that is to be expected, but I think it is definitely something I can work on — somehow!

Tor-box

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

coachescorner

Life after Goal Races: 10/29- 11/4 Weekly Wrap

You’ll probably notice I was a bit of a slug this week. And I’m okay with that. Kind of wished I’d done a little yoga but I didn’t and that’s just the way it is.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share life after goal races. There might be a 15k next weekend . . . still waiting a bit on weather before I pull the trigger on that.

WWSki-Orange

Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, SB  (20 minutes)
  • Wednesday: 5 miles easy
  • Thursday:  Rainy Dogwalk (really? I haven’t dealt with enough rain already?) & dry one later on
  • Friday:  8 mile LSD in between rain storms with 5-6 short hill repeats
  • Saturday: 4 miles easy (as easy as it ever is in a cold rain)
  • Sunday: Visit parents

Mileage: 17 (-6.1)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
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

Thumbs up for the fleece hat with the hole for my ponytail

Wednesday
Part of me was ready to take off the whole week. Not so much that I am sore or injured just supremely unmotivated. Despite the fact that it was supposed to rapidly warm up, I was running in the morning while it was still in the 30s (but not too windy yet). It did, in the end, feel good to hit the road after 3 days off. If I didn’t have a potential 15k next weekend, I’d probably have taken more time off.

I picked up Bandit for a cool down for the first time in a very, very long time. He seemed very confused. Maybe he’s getting too old for this s*#t?

Hazy shade of winter. Except it’s Fall. Can’t say it feels like Fall.

Friday
Will it ever stop raining? At least my run was dry. And it wasn’t cold. In fact, had Ocean City been like this (overcast, no sun in sight) it would have been a very different story.

Threw in 5 or 6 small hill repeats in the middle. The 15k next week is hilly. And because I was a little on the slow side, picked it up miles 6 & 7 to prove to myself I can pick it up when tired. But some niggles started talking so I slowed down the last mile.

More cold rain. REALLY?????

Saturday
Just couldn’t catch a break today. Yesterday I wore almost the same outfit, with the exception of a skirt yesterday and capris today + Wonder Wool Tee. With a windbreaker over yesterday — after one mile I tied that windbreaker around my waist.

Today I got caught in rain even though the radar looked dry, but instead of that windbreaker I had a vest on — and the temp dropped during the run, the rain got harder, and I wished I’d worn a windbreaker again!

I mean seriously, 2 Saturdays with cold rain? And no cheering section this time. Luckily it was just 4 miles. Sunday, when my friends ran, which obviously was also the NYC Marathon, was perfect running weather.

Bandit loves going to my parents. Lola not so much. 

Favorites of the week
Normally I don’t watch the marathon on tv. But we happened to be at my parents, and my Dad happened to put on the marathon, so I got to see the elite women finishing, which I admit was kind of cool. Kudos to everyone who ran it today!

Have you entered my giveaway of Couch to Active here?

Let’s get the conversation started:

What do your off season workouts look like?

Going off of Daylight Saving Time — yay or nay?

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Being Jewish is very helpful at this time of year.