Mud & Chocolate Half Marathon Race Recap 4/30/17

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This was only mildly muddy — it got a lot worse

Yes, I tackled my first trail race in the Mud & Chocolate Half Marathon. It sucked (mud, that is) but didn’t suck (as in I didn’t hate the race).

I wrote about being a traiblazer for my last half recap just a month ago (read about it here) — well, now I can actually claim that title, because I’m no longer a trail race virgin!

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Fun chatting with Skirtsisters before the start

Packet Pickup
Packet pickup was simple: day of the race. So I didn’t have to have my SIL drive us around two days in a row, as she was kind enough to get up early on a Sunday and hang around with Mr. Judy while I was running (not at the race; they went out for breakfast) and then had to get up early to drive us to the airport on Tuesday, too.

We got there super early because parking is limited. The upside was that I purchased a sweatshirt which I totally love. I could’ve bought it before the race and had it waiting for me, but I just wasn’t ready to pull the trigger then.

There is no bag and no swag at all, and that’s fine. And if you want a tee, you have to buy it too — and I actually like that. I like that it’s an option, but I have plenty of race tees already.

You got an email with a little scan-thingie, but they just wanted my last name.

There are real bathrooms (but only three). Since it’s a small race, I had time to use them a couple of times and never had to wait for a stall. Because it was raining, most people waited in their cars (us, too). It also gave me a place to get out of my wet clothes immediately after the race (after eating some chocolate, naturally).

My Race Plan
Rachel @ Runningonhappy asked me if I wanted a race plan, since we were treating it as a training run, and I said yes please. Of course, we also didn’t have a course map or elevation chart, and in the end — nope, I didn’t even come close to the plan. Not even for a mile. And that’s okay.

You would think that having done three loops you’d be able to remember what you did, but no — in fact, I think it got even more jumbled than usual and I’m really not quite sure with some of my notes where what happened.

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I trained on worse hills, but it was still hard!

The interesting thing is that the trails I trained on were actually a lot steeper — but they weren’t muddy. The photo I took of the muddy trail? Seriously, that part wasn’t bad. There were puddles that spanned the entire narrow trail, multiple times, sometimes multiple times in a short span.

I had zero problem treating this as a training run in the end. I knew in the last few miles I was tired, and that I’m more likely to trip when I’m tired, and I really didn’t want to so I took it easy and walked a lot. I never came close to falling so I don’t regret that. At all.

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). I know probably no one but me will read it, but if you’re a real masochist, go for it.

So how’d that work for me?

  1. Mile 1: 15:10 AP/14:00 RP. It was raining at the start and you start off with a hill.
  2. Mile 2: 14:09 AP/14:00 RP. You can always tell when I come downhill.
  3. Mile 3: 14:42 AP/14:00 RP. A somewhat flat mile.
  4. Mile 4: 15:31 AP/13:30 RP. Big hill that pretty much goes on the whole mile. I ran/walked. Although it shows up as mile 5 on the splits; weird.
  5. Mile 5: 15:22 AP/13:30 RP. Lots of rocks.
  6. Mile 6: 14:26 AP/13:30 RP. Downhill.
  7. Mile 7: 15:20 AP/13:30 RP. Must’ve been another hill.
  8. Mile 8: 16:21 AP/13:30 RP. Big hill second time. I walked.
  9. Mile 9: 15:49 AP/13:30 RP. This may have been where I had to get off the trail and wait for a couple of horses to go by. Not kidding.
  10. Mile 10: 15:18 AP/13 -14 RP. My “good” knee started to tighten up. WTF? Thankfully I’d taped them both. My guess is I’m always going to tape both knees. I felt perfectly fine after the race.
  11. Mile 11: 15:38 AP/13 -14 RP. By now I’ve realized I will make the time limit (4 hours) without a problem. I took it easy the last few miles — I was tired and didn’t want to trip; it was only a training run, after all!
  12. Mile 12: 16:29 AP/13 -14 RP. Walked up the hill, one last time. So over this hill.
  13. Mile 13: 15:43 AP/13 -14 RP. I’m “running” along when I feel something under my foot. I’m thinking a gaiter fell down or something, but no, the sole came half off of one of my shoes. Again, WTF? I just stopped and said seriously? I was afraid it would catch on something and trip me, but it didn’t — it was just massively annoying.
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Yeah, that was annoying

3:15:22 — Official Time
15:22 Average Pace

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The photo makes me look fast (even if I wasn’t)

The weather & dressing
The weather forecasters did their normal thing, which is to say the forecast changed every hour. Trying to decide what to wear to race in was a challenge. I knew there would be lots of shade, and therefore even if it was a dry day it would feel cooler. And it wasn’t dry. At all.

In the end, Mother Nature threw at us weather that is pretty typical for the Seattle area: cold and light rain at the beginning — sometimes harder, sometimes just a drizzle, occasional sun breaks.

Did I mention that the previous days were nice and dry? However, somehow I managed to dress just right.

I wore a Skirtsports Cascade skirt,  Liberty tee and a Tough Chick top (use code SPRINGCPT20 for 20% off anything). New Balance Vazee Summits. Mudgear compression socks — these dried out well between puddles.

I worried I’d be too warm with a short sleeve top under the long sleeve top, but it was just perfect for me. And because the Tough Chick is a quarter zip, I just unzipped it when I got warm. Although it’s not a rain jacket, I never felt as though I was sopping wet despite the fact that it rained for most of the race — it repels water well.

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Well marked trails

Was the race well run?
Yes, absolutely. NRG is completely organized and communicates everything well.

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The chocolate medal was a nice touch

Positives:

  1. Incredibly well marked race.
  2. Plenty of food even for the very BOTP like me.
  3. Real bathrooms before the start.
  4. Enthusiastic volunteers, despite the cold rain.
  5. Meeting up with two other Skirtsports sisters.
  6. A chocolate medal.
  7. And a Seattle Chocolate Bar!
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Lots of chocolate for BOTP

This was a very well run race — although that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few negatives.

The downsides:

  1. A very hilly course.
  2. A very muddy course.
  3. An open course — I did have to wait for a couple of horses to pass by at one point.
  4. Minuscule spectator support.
  5. Was there any portapotties? No idea; thankfully I didn’t need one, but I’m pretty sure if you needed a pitstop, you’d either have to venture into the dense vegetation or go off course back to the real bathrooms. Maybe there was one by the aid station, but I didn’t notice it.
  6. For some reason the chocolate spread didn’t seem as epic as it’s made out to be on the website — and I don’t know why, since they certainly had a wide variety and everything I had was really good. I would have liked to see some brownies and chocolate covered pretzels, too — but there were mini cupcakes, donuts, mini peanut butter cups, truffles, and cookies. Considering the small size of the race it really was a great spread! Maybe it was just that it was on one small table? Or that no one wanted to hang around in the rain?
  7. Three loops. It wasn’t that scenic.
  8. Was the course short? From the website: We have measured the course with a wheel, as well as other tools, and it truly measures 13.1 miles.  Many Garmins, or other GPS watches, lose satellite contact in the woods.  When they drop you, they then draw a straight line to where you are from where you were, this makes them come up short.  We almost never see two people with the same GPS distance at the end of our races! My Garmin did come in with a short course, obviously, but I also know that I lost signal occasionally. I’ll take their word for it. Which just means my average pace was only very slow instead of glacial.

What I learned
Again I first have to thank Coach Rachel @ Runningonhappy for her coaching, her belief in me, and all the encouragement! If you’re looking for a coach, I highly recommend Rachel.

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Love using the hydration pack!

A hydration vest is definitely comfortable for me — at least with a high neck top (which I am unlikely to wear in my next half). I enjoy having my hands free and not having to stop at the aid stations.

I can run a trail race.

Dirty Girl Gaiters rock and so do Mudgear Compression socks.

Garlic cheese sticks are still working for me as a prerace meal.

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It was yummy

And Molly Moon’s in Redmond was the perfect place to share a postrace sundae.

Final Thoughts
Mud & Chocolate is a very well organized and very small trail race, capped at 100 runners — it did, in fact sell out, but I also signed up just a few weeks before the race. They squeezed in someone after the race closed (she was just in the area on business, apparently).

Most likely it will live up to its name, both in chocolate and mud. The trails are narrow, but being at the very BOTP, I was running by myself most of the time. The trails also aren’t closed, and there was one guy walking them the entire time I was racing. It seemed a little creepy to me, actually, this guy walking the opposite way but also looping three times for three hours????

The race website says that this is a beginner friendly trail race. Keep in mind it’s also the only trail race I’ve ever run. But with the hills, the wet rocks, and the mud, it definitely didn’t feel easy to me. With the exception of one very hot long run, all my long runs were quite a bit faster — but I was also cautious, not wanting an injury taking me out of UT.

I enjoyed the race (if not the weather), and while I wouldn’t actively look for another trail half, if I found one that really called to me I wouldn’t hesitate to do it. Of course, first I’ve got to get me some new trail shoes!

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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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At the movies: 5/1-7 Weekly Wrap

I was up to running this week, unlike after my NOLA half — still really tired. Not sure why. Travel? Lack of sun? I also suffered a complete lack of motivation for any sort of strength training, and that definitely needs to change next week.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin; if our hosts don’t inspire you to get more active, I don’t know what will!

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Workouts update

  • Monday: JY High Mileage Reset
  • Tuesday: Managed 10k steps walking through airports
  • Wednesday: 3 miles easy
  • Thursday:  Couple of dogwalks
  • Friday: 3 easy TM miles
  • Saturday: Dogwalk
  • Sunday: 10 LSD, JY Sunday Reset

Mileage: 16 (-9.1)

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*

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Running updates 

Matching the flowers (unintended)

Wednesday


I was tired; I won’t lie. The day before had been a very long day of travel, leaving my MIL’s house at 7 am-ish and arriving back home at 10 pm-ish (remember there’s a 3 hour time difference). Gizmo, of course, does not understand that I have just traveled 12 hours the day before, or that I recently ran a half . . . all he knows is that he wants his breakfast.

So I runcrastinated in the morning, with the payoff being that the rain had ended by the time I got out to run. I considered running to the grocery store, but I was a little time crunched what with having to go pick up Bandit, too, so I ran around the neighborhood instead (luckily for me, the pet sitter was sitting at the vet with her dog and I could leave later, although I didn’t know that when I set out).

This run was a struggle, and it wasn’t easy either. But it was negative splits — yeah, I pushed just a little that last mile to make that happen. Not that it was at all speedy.

Trying to brighten up our day

Friday


In retrospect, I’m glad I stuck to the treadmill for this run. Running in a pouring cold rain once this week was enough for me. Thursday was really nice, but I knew I needed another rest day, and I still don’t regret taking it.

Before the rain REALLY started

Sunday


This long run was pretty good, even if the weather pretty much sucked. Didn’t I get enough cold rain last week? Apparently not, because it really poured on me for a few miles (but a few were dry, too).

The nice thing about this run was that at mile 8, where typically I’m slowing down, I felt pretty strong and the last two miles were my fastest. Not my fastest long run, but I enjoyed running on mostly flat path.

Favorites of the week
Between movies on our flights, going to a movie, and watching one on Amazon Prime, I’ve caught up with a few movies I wanted to see:

  • Collateral Beauty (really enjoyed it)
  • Jackie (rather strange, actually, I thought)
  • LaLa Land (also strange, not a fan & glad I didn’t bother with it in the theaters — can’t believe it won Best Picture over Hidden Figures)
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife (one of the few that I think was better than the book)
  • Manchester by the Sea (another slow, strange, rather pointless movie, I thought, and am still scratching my head at Casey Affleck’s Oscar, too)
  • I forgot Gifted! We saw this in WA & I recommend it (even if it reminds me of several movies)

Although I’d like to continue to run on trails sometimes, it won’t be in the cards next week most likely. I’d also really like to go swimming, but I probably won’t be able to squeeze that in next week either. Hopefully by the time I can it will be nicer weather. But it was nice to run on pavement more this week and see that my pace hasn’t suffered.

Recovery salmon (and avocado)

 

 

Sushi post LSD; sushi is always good. Not a whole lot going on this week.

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:

Treadmill or cold rain run? 

Most recent movie you enjoyed? 

What are you looking forward to this week?

Becoming our moms: Spilling over tea/coffee May 2017

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Another month, another race in the books. It’s been a very atypical year for me when it comes to racing! Technically a PR, because it was my first trail race, yet the slowest half marathon I’ve ever run.

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Today I am joining up with Coco and Deborah for their ultimate coffee tea date.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that all that work on my parents home made me feel very alone. I had no time for my friends. I was often working on the house by myself, although sometimes with my sister.

My parents wanted to know when they would see me (they are always asking that), only I told them I was too busy working on their house — essentially doing the things they ought to have done — to be able to visit with them.

My father is constantly complaining about where they are, that they can’t go to the movies, see their friends (many of whom are no longer there), basically go where they want when they want. Hello? I couldn’t do that stuff either because of them.

I didn’t have time to go to the movies, barely had time for things like haircuts and massages. The only thing that kept me going was knowing that I wouldn’t be doing this forever, even if some days it felt like I would.

I know, of course, that I am not the only person in the world that is/was going through this, yet sometimes it just felt that way. The good news is their house should be on the market very soon.

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Always wanted the cat print; hadn’t thought about the bench before

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you I know how women turn into their mothers: they take in all their stuff! We’re not even quite done and I’m still trying to figure out where to put stuff. And I suppose that makes this post appropriate, since Mother’s Day is next weekend.

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I  had to clear out a cabinet 
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Don’t entertain much but I’m sure my mom will enjoy me using this pitcher for Thanksgiving
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Perfect for the blue bathroom

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that I was very tempted to skip my first of the month Weight Watchers weigh in — after a half and getting back home basically the day before . . . I wasn’t sure I’d be free (you have to be within two pounds of your goal weight on your first weigh in for the month).

I mean, I had pizza and cheese sticks the night before and after the half, and another slice of pizza the next night, too. There was, indeed, a fair amount of chocolate after the race. And I picked up a medium bag of Garret’s cheese popcorn during our layover in Chicago and no one wanted to help me with it!

I know, however, that when you least want to go is the time you most need to go. By some miracle I’d actually dropped a little weight.

Oops I did it again

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you I dragged Mr. Judy to another salt den when we were at his mother’s. They say it’s good for allergies, and he really suffers with them. He was able to get a groupon, but he was not impressed — and I will admit his allergies seem no better. It was worth a shot.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that while I’ve been kind of dragging this week, after that quick cross country trip + a half + poor sleep the entire time we were there, I feel okay.

Was it the visit to the salt den? Just don’t ask Mr. Judy about it . . .

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that while I’ve enjoyed my two halfs this year so far and am definitely looking forward to the next one, I am also looking forward to staying put for a while after that. I just hope that the rain finally goes away and mostly stays away and we have some enjoyable weather.

Three trips and three half in three months plus all the trips to my parents’ house . . . I’m ready for a little relaxation. Except it’s never quite as relaxing at home, either.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you I got in a lot of yoga while we were at my MIL’s. We often fixed our own meals and helped with the clean up, but there was no other house chores to do, no animals to take care of . . . it’s surprising just how much time that frees up!

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

Do you have stuff from your mom you want — or treasure if she’s gone?

Do you feel as though you’re turning into your mom?

If you have sunny weather, send some my way — pretty please?

5 Reasons I Love a Hydration Vest

When it comes with hydrating during a race, I think I’ve almost tried it all. I wrote about the first five ways I’ve tried hydrating here. At one time or another they were all my favorites. But then something about them annoyed me, and I moved on.

My most recent half marathon was a trail race, and there was only one aid station for each 4+ mile loop. Maybe you can run without water for 4+ miles, but I knew I needed something more.

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Today I am joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy to talk about 5 reasons I love my hydration pack.

I can carry more water
Like way more water. And it really helped me in training for my trail half, as I ended up running on some very hot days. There were times I had about 50 ounces of water in the bladder; the most I can carry with a handheld bottle is 20 ounces, and the most I’ve carried with a fuelbelt was thirty.

I can put ice cubes in to keep the water cool
It is much easier to put ice cubes into than water bottles due to the larger opening.

The only drawback is the water in the drinking tube will heat up because it’s exposed to the elements, so sometimes you’ll get a little warm water until you reach the water from the bladder.

Apparently some people keep their bladder half filled in the freezer, which also helps to kill bacteria (darn things are difficult to dry out, I found out) — I didn’t try this, and I rarely have a whole lot of room in my freezers anyway.

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I never had to stop at an aid station at all

It feels lighter
To me it feels much, much lighter than any other way I’ve tried to carry water. Not everyone feels that way — I chatted with a friend who tried one and to her it felt heavy.

It frees up some space in my pockets
I am able to put my phone in the zippered pocket in back. And a small first aid kit. No water bottles in my pockets.

I have plenty of space for food in my pockets!

It frees up my arms
One of my big problems with both a fuel belt and a handheld bottle, although for years I happily used both, is that it effects my arm swing. The bottles on the fuel belt always seemed to get in my the way of my arms, and of course carrying a bottle in your hand definitely effects your arm swing.

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Apparently I wasn’t the only one who liked it — Bandit kept photobombing me!

So let me know in the comments:

Favorite way to hydrate during a race?

Could you race 4+ miles before an aid stop?

Do you ever find yourself running out of pocket space? No matter how many pockets I have, it never seems to be enough!

Imagination vs Knowledge

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Imagination: the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses.

Imagination is so important when it comes to running:

  • Can you imagine running free and happy?
  • Can you imagine yourself crossing the finish line — how it feels, how it sounds, maybe what you’ll be tasting afterwards?
  • Can you imagine going longer than you ever have before?
  • Can you even imagine yourself taking those first few running steps if you’ve never run before?

I believe that imagination is more important than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death. — Robert Fulghum

One of my favorite mantas is “what you believe, you achieve”. If you can’t see it, feel it, even taste it, it will probably elude you. And maybe frustrate you, too.

But . . . and this is a big But . . . imagination can only take you so far.

You have to do the work, too
I most emphatically do not believe that hope always triumphs over experience, and I learned that the hard way.

You can’t imagine away an impending injury. You can’t imagine that adrenaline and excitement will get you to a finish line pain free if you haven’t trained properly.
Both Imagination and Knowledge are powerful
Knowledge, as they say, is power. I have come a long way from the half virgin who toed the line at her first half marathon (or race, for that fact!). Learning, experimenting, always trying new things have improved my running.

You can have all the knowledge in the world, however, but if you don’t have the imagination to see yourself improving, running a strong race, achieving your dreams . . . it’s not going to happen.

I believe that both knowledge and imagination are equally important when it comes to doing our best at whatever we’re interested in tackling.

Imagination powered by knowledge will take you farther than you ever thought you could go.
— Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy

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Tell me in the comments:

Do you think imagination and knowledge are equally important?

If not, which one is more important?

I Believe in the little things

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I believe that often it’s not the big things that trip us up, it’s the little things.

In prehab
I believe that rehab sucks, and  prehab (working on your weak areas before an injury), while not particularly fun, can definitely help.

In dynmaic stretching
I believe that just going out and running, for most people, can lead to injury. You know how stiff you feel when you’re cold? And how loose you feel when you’re warm?

Stiff things have a tendency to break. Loose things are more fluid.

In short bouts of strength training
I believe that you can really strengthen yourself in 10 minutes. You’re super busy and you don’t have time for that strength training or rehab, you say? Try 10 minutes before leaving for work. 10 minutes when you get home. 

It all adds up quickly. It really makes a difference.

Strength training isn’t just about looking buff or running faster. It’s about living your best life — having the strength to do the things you want to do.

In short doses of yoga frequently
. . . rather than just one or two classes a week.

There’s a reason they call it a yoga practice. Not in the practice makes perfect sense, but in the sense that you will reap more rewards the more you do it. Just like strength training, you don’t have to wait until you have an hour to spare.

In meal prepping
I believe that it’s all too easy to eat these days. Often the wrong things. The vending machines, the Starbucks, the Dunkin Donuts on every corner.

When you’re famished those donuts seems like an excellent idea. If you’re armed with your own healthy snacks and breakfasts, you are more likely to resist temptations — and the end result is that you feel better.

In cross training
I believe that far too many runners rely solely on running. And it’s the rare runner who doesn’t end up on the injured list at some point during their life.

Cross training can help prevent those injuries — and it gives you something to turn to if you do happen to end up injured.

In journaling
I believe that having a record of your running journey can be invaluable. It can help you determine what may have led to an injury or an illness. It can help you determine if you’re improving. It can help you see what you did in a previous training cycle that worked for you — or didn’t.

In rest
I believe that rest shouldn’t be a four letter word. It’s not really a small thing — rest can make all the difference between failure and success.

I believe that far too many runners see other runners running a race every weekend, or month, or running ___ times per week, or ____ number of miles, and fall prey to peer pressure, rather than listening to their own body and enjoying their own journey.

I believe the people who say they’ll sleep when they’re dead are heading for a breakdown somewhere along the road.

What small things do you believe in?

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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Half #16, State#14: 4/24- 30 Weekly Wrap

When you choose to do all your halfs as racecations, it’s always a busy week before your race. I’m typing this at the beginning of the week, before most of what I’m writing about even happened, but if there’s one thing I know for sure this week, it’s gonna be busy.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin so we can all inspire each other to stay active.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: JY Power Your Pushoff, Dogwalk, 6 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Walking to drop off and pick up the car for service (took the dogs with me for pick up), Pilates Total Body & Stretch
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, 6 miles easy
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, Iron Strength Abbreviated
  • Friday: Travel to WA
  • Saturday: 2 miles easy, Salt Room, lots of yoga
  • Sunday: Mud & Chocolate Half Marathon

Mileage: 25.1 (-1.1)

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 

So peaceful by the river

Monday


This was just what the doctor ordered. Not the run so much — there was nothing terribly remarkable about this run, good or bad. It was a bit on the slow side, but the last time I ran at this unpaved path I had a lot of frustration fueling my run.

No, it was the weather. It was just so darn beautiful. And I sat on a picnic bench by the river afterwards eating my snack. And vowed to my self I need to do that more often. It’s just a shame that this particular path is quite short; not even a couple of miles.

So yes, I looped three times.

Spring has sprung

Wednesday


For some reason Bandit was dragging today, although he never stopped so I assumed he wanted to run. I’m guessing it was the fact that it was still wet out and his belly was getting wet.

I dropped Bandit off after 2 miles and finished a non-remarkable 4 miles on my own.

Shakeout run

Saturday


I felt up to my shakeout run, unlike NOLA. Some of those trails were really steep so a lot of walking. Perfect running weather. Hoping for more of the same for the next day. 

Not the muddiest part!

Sunday


The Mud & Chocolate Half lived up to its name. It was hilly, rainy & muddy but I met my simple goals of finishing within the time limit within falling. 

Favorites of the week
A wonderful hot stone massage. They had a special going, so I treated myself to a 90 minute massage. It felt wonderful.


The sundae I shared with Mr. Judy & my SIL post race. 

And a few photos from my half. 



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:

If you raced this week, how’d it go? 

If you haven’t raced, are you gearing up for a race? 

Ever used a race as a training run?