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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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  . . .

 

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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!

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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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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.

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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*

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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.

REALLY soaking up that sea air: Spilling over tea/coffee November 2018

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You know how they say how will you know someone has run a marathon? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you. At every opportunity. Just like I will probably be telling everyone I ran in a Nor’easter for a long. long time. Don’t want to walk the dogs in a little drizzle? Really?

Glad I took the time to walk down to the ocean before the rain moved in

I’d say that I needed lots of tea to warm up afterwards, except that Running Buddy J and I affectionately referred to our room as the Sauna. Cause it was so damn hot. All the time. Even with windows open — even with windows open in a Nor’easter (see how I snuck that in there?).

We were happy with our sauna/room directly after the race, though!

Confessions of a Mother Runner

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

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I would tell you that my title refers to the fact that I ran a half marathon in a Nor’easter, by the ocean. Not that we could really see a whole lot with the constant rain. Although we did see the waves crashing over the seawall. One person said they even had one break right over them. Thankfully that did not happen to me.

By the time I was finished my outer layer must have weighed five pounds. Which leads me to my next point . . .

Don’t you think the heat blanket should’ve dried up my clothes?

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that my soaking wet race clothes sat in the bag I stashed them in until Tuesday (for the tights) and Wednesday (for the rest of it).

Well, I did have clothes all over the room in an attempt to dry them out overnight before we left, so they weren’t really soaking wet. But they were still wet.  I definitely needed a little rest from my “vacation” (aka attending classes, yoga, foam rolling, 4 hour drive there and back although I didn’t have to drive, and oh yeah a half) on Monday.

Just a few of my new running BRFs

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that despite the Nor’easter, this was one of the most fun races I’ve ever run. Why? Because it was a part of the Another Mother Retreat and they arranged for us to get a different color for our bibs. It was an out and back race so we were encouraging each other all throughout the race. Without the special bib color we probably wouldn’t have even recognized each other.

And if that wasn’t good enough, those not running the race came out to cheer us on. In a Nor’easter. In more than one location!

Dude, where’d your running mojo go?

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you when I did finally go out for my run (thankfully before more rain hit), it was fine. And then I picked up Bandit for my cool down. I haven’t “run” him in months.

He seemed reluctant to go — is he getting too old to run (he’s somewhere around 10). Once we started he seemed fine, because if he really doesn’t want to run, he lets you know. He also seemed really happy when we turned around to go back home. I only ran with him half a mile.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you when I first got home I had no desire to run. I could even see myself taking a week off of running. It’s been about 6 months of training for 3 halfs and an 18 mile race and you can stick a fork in me.

Except . . . not quite yet. There’s a 15k next week (haven’t decided if I want to race it or not but need to run if I plan to!). There’s a couple of 5ks maybe. I have been chasing a 5k PR for years . . . except I rarely do them so it’s unlikely. And of course a Turkey Trot if the weather is decent.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway here for a copy of “Couch to Active” (read my review here)!

Tea? Iced Tea? Coffee? Decaf? Green smoothie?

How do you dry out clothes from a soaking when you’re not at home?

Are you done racing or still have goal races on the calendar?

What was your most fun race in bad weather conditions?

I am also linking up with the  Fridays with Fairytales and Fitness from Fairytales & Fitness.

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October 2018: Did I pass?

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October was a lot less busy than September, and after a couple of months of travel — mostly fun stuff — I was ready for a slower pace. If you follow me on Instagram here, you know that I did run a half marathon on Cape Cod this weekend. In a Nor’easter.

 

I was with one of my running buddies — not to mention 50+ of my new best running buddies from Another Mother Runner.

Getting in scheduled runs
I did it, but while I was looking for faster paces as Fall finally arrived, it seemed I was slowing down instead. And tired, oh so very tired. And yet there was the 10k PR. 🙂 My half was not a PR, not a huge surprise in those conditions, but it was quite a bit faster than the last time I ran a windy (albeit dry) half, so I’m quite happy with it. I’m giving myself an A+ for sticking it out in those nasty conditions.

Grade Earned:  A+

Recording my runs
Oy! It always seems like Fall gets me. I’m tired because I’m at the end of months of hard training, daylight is vanishing, and all I want to do is go to bed. At least most of the time I get it on the blog.

Grade Earned: C

A couple of rainy races messed with my dynamic warmups

Dynamic Warmup
There wasn’t much of a warmup before that 10k, but there was a little bit — although I skipped the warmup mile; obviously the race didn’t suffer. Mostly I’ve been pretty good about it. I did warm up before my half, because it was a short walk from our hotel to the start.

Grade Earned: A-

Foam Rolling
I’d say we’re about 90% here. Every once in a great while I do skip it, and then I always regret it. Stay tuned on the foam rolling front, I have stuff to share there eventually!

Grade Earned: B+

It was all yummy, but I think it’s still sitting around my tummy!

Nutrition
After months of travel and racing I’m at a weight that isn’t quite comfortable for me. You probably wouldn’t notice anything but I do. I don’t go crazy, but between being short, on the other side of menopause, a stressful year . . . it’s oh so easy to let the pounds inch their way up. I’m fighting it.

One of the ways I’m fighting it is by switching up my snacks. I love sweet snacks. Who am I kidding, I like sweet everything!  And sometimes I still do sweet snacks. But I’ve also been snacking half a sandwich on sourdough with canned salmon mixed with hummus. Don’t knock it til you try it!

Grade Earned: B+

Support

  • Massage? No.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? Yes.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? Soon. Very soon.
  • I did an epsom salt foot soak!

Grade Earned: A-

Cross Training
I’ve continued to be pretty strong on the strength training front, but most other cross training is lacking. It seems every time I would normally swim I have a vet appointment or something else in the way of getting to the pool

I have used the stationary bike, but not as much as I should. When it’s a choice between that and actually getting in some strength training, the ST always wins.

Grade Earned: B-

October 2018  gets  . . . 
. . . an B+. It was definitely a good month, but some things are just not getting done. And I know I’ll regret it later.

October Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. Y. As always, something is always better than nothing. Some days I even did it before running and then later n in the evening, too.
    • Strength train 2-3 x week. Y.
    • Some extra Core TLC. Y & N.I do work my core, but I think I need to make it more of a priority again. I started out the month pretty strong with it but began to skip it more towards the end of the month. I still work my core, but hadn’t been working it a bit extra.
    • Foam roll — really foam roll. Y. At least, I thought I was doing good until the Trigger Point class at the retreat!
    • Chiropractor visit. Y.
    • Swim! N.
    • Greens daily. Y & N.Almost daily, but slipping a bit here, too. Hello, soup season!
    • Berries daily. Y. It may be time to modify this a bit. Of course berries are super healthy, but they’re also no longer in season. Frozen is great, of course.
    • Meal plan on the weekends! Y. Even with a few crazy weekends, I’ve started to meal plan again. I don’t need to prep quite as much, since I don’t work, but planning on the weekend still makes a big difference for me. 

Which leads me to November Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. As always, something is always better than nothing.
    • Strength train 2-3 x week.
    • Some extra Core TLC. I do work my core, but I think I need to make it more of a priority again.
    • Foam roll almost daily. I’d really like to say daily, but I just know that won’t happen. Can I work those knots out?
    • Swim! Before it gets too cold & I am totally unmotivated.
    • Play around with savory snacks (and report back on them!).
    • Meal plan on the weekends! Much easier to shop and eat well when I have a plan. 

I’m linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.

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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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