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Moe’s Better Half Marathon Re-Cap

After the Rock’N’Roll San Antonio half marathon, I got to thinking about what I wanted 2012 to look like in regard to running and races. I decided I wanted to run four half marathons with the first being somewhere around March. There were several races I considered, including the Rock’N’Roll race in New Orleans so I could run with my friend Katie, or the Rock’N’Roll in Dallas. I also wanted to run a race closer to home, and I stumbled upon Moe’s Better Half Marathon race in San Marcos, just an hour up the road from San Antonio. Last week, I found out there is a Alamo13.1 race on March 18th that starts and ends at the Alamo, and runs right around my neighborhood. There wasn’t much advertising on this race, or it would have been my top choice.

As I mentioned in my workout log from last week, I really felt unprepared for this race. I kept telling myself it was ok that I had only trained up to 7.5 miles because this was a training race. I had two goals for this race:

1) Run a negative split – meaning the first half of the race is slower than the second half.
2) Finish under 2:15

After the San Antonio half marathon, I realized I needed to work on my pacing because I had run the first 6 miles WAY too fast and just ran out of energy by the time I got to mile 9. Also, this was a new course that had a pretty intense elevation profile, which you can see from the website’s course evaluation:

“The half marathon is run on a fairly challenging, certified course on rural roads southeast of the Tanger Outlet Center. It is an out-and-back course that includes a loop of approximately 9 miles. The course is fairly flat between miles 4 and 5.5, and again between miles 7 and 8.5; the rest is moderately-rolling hills, with a rather nasty one at mile 2.5. “

 I started out race day with a pre-race meal of home-made gluten-free pumpkin pancakes and plain rotisserie chicken from Central Market. I was battling with my stomach this week and really wanted something that would be easy to digest but still full of nutrition.

Everything for race day was ready to go and I was in bed by 9pm. I did have a little trouble falling asleep and was wide away when the alarm went of a 4:00am! Banana, water and a Banana Bread LARA bar were breakfast. Ben and I got on the road right after 5:00am and stopped at What-a-Burger for a honey chicken biscuit and coffee for Ben. He talked to a couple that was running the race, who said there were only about 300 runners. That made me nervous because it was such a small race and I started to think I would be the last, slowest runner. We arrived at the Tanger Outlets by 6:00am so I could pick up my number and cool new shirt (the real reason I pay money to run 13.1 miles).  It was a chilly 45 degrees, so I put on my headband and decided to run with my jacket for possibly the whole race.

We started promptly at 7:00 and I crossed the start line at 7:01am. Ben rode his bike along side of me and we just chatted for the first 3 miles. It was a great way for me to relax and keep an easy pace. It was hard to not go out as fast as the other runners but I kept to my goal of ~10 minute miles and hit mile 1 in 10 minutes, mile 2 in ~9:30. Between 2.5 and 5 I didn’t really check the time, but I enjoyed the scenery and beautiful day.

Ben was gracious enough to take some pictures along the way as well. I was a little miffed when an “old” guy passed me at mile 4; he was 60+ and in good shape, but in reality I was a little embarrassed I didn’t try to keep up with him. I hit mile 6 at 58 minutes, mile 7 at 1:08 and mile 8 at 1:18.

At that point, I was feeling a little tired and grabbed my goo to get some energy and mentally started racing; it was time to step up the pace to meet my goal of running a quicker second half. I handed my jacket off to Ben and switched up my music to more upbeat songs. Mile 10 was pretty much a long up hill and I just kept chugging along and at Mile 11, I was at 1:45 and ate my second goo. At that point, I realized I was only 2.1 miles from the finish and I wasn’t that tired, I hadn’t pushed that hard and I decided that was wrong. This was a race, I’m competing, and I’m just leisurely running along. So I pushed a little more between 11 and 12, and a lot more during 12, which was 2/3 up hill. The hill was misleading because when I got to the top, I was only about 3 – 4 minutes from the finish. So I gave it my all down the hill and saw the “old” man (dark shirt to my left in the 2nd picture below) who passed me at mile 4 and had all the motivation I needed to pass him and run full-out around the corner to the finish line. I had handed my phone/music/watch off to Ben at mile 12, and wasn’t paying attention to the finish timer when I crossed the line, so I guessed it was somewhere around 2:05.

 After the award ceremony, I got to see the results sheet, and I placed 15th out of 19 with a time of 2:03:21. This race didn’t have the great swag bag of other races, but it was a small race with a challenging course in the countryside. I was more than happy to be running on a country road smelling manure and seeing fields, horses, cows and farms.

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Posted by on March 4, 2012 in Running

 

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Workouts 11/12 – 11/18

Saturday, November 12-
AM: Quick House cleaning (almost started sweating!)
Afternoon: 20 minutes walking around window shopping

Sunday, November 13 – RACE DAY!!! see my recap here.

Monday, November 14 – REST/RECOVER

Tuesday, November 15 –
PM: 60 minutes Yoga

Wednesday, November 16 – REST

Thursday, November 17 –
Noon: 25 minute walk, 10 minute run, 2 x 20 reps walking lunges, 2 x 10 incline push-ups

Friday, November 18 –
Noon: 20 minute walk
PM: Grocery shopping at three stores….at least 20-30 more minutes of walking

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2011 in Running, Work Out Logs

 

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Workout 11/5 – 11/11

Saturday, November 5 – 6 mile run, 10 min walk, 15 minutes stretch & yoga

Sunday, November 6 –  60 minutes yoga class

Monday, November 7 – 20-25 minute walk with two heavy bags through DFW airport, I was sweating by the end, so it totally counts as a workout!

Tuesday, November 8 –

Wednesday, November 9 –
3 x 10 reps push ups
3 x 15 reps squats
3 x 20 reps crunches on fit ball
3 x 12 reps chair dips
3 x 20 reps calf raisers
2 x 20 alternating V crunches with fit ball

Thursday, November 10 –
Noon: 20 min easy run, 5 min walk, 15 minute foam roll & stretch

Friday, November 11 –
PM: 30 minutes easy walk around the Health & Fitness Expo

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Running, Work Out Logs

 

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2011 Rock N Roll San Antonio Half Marathon Recap

Its Tuesday and I would say I’m moderately recovered from the weekend festivities a.k.a. running a half marathon! My body and muscles are doing pretty well, only a little soreness in my knees and leg muscles. My stomach is under the impression that it is starving, because I have been a little out of control on my eating. I’m not really hungry but I keep eating A LOT of just about everything, except vegetables. They look very unappetizing right now. Moving on to more interesting things, I’ll start my Rock N Roll San Antonio Half Marathon recap.

First off, I need to thank my employer for sponsoring me for this race, because it made it easy to say yes to running the half marathon. On Friday, my co-workers who were running the race and myself went down to the Alamodome where the Health & Fitness Expo was being held to pick up our race packets, get some free samples and see what is new in running.

Mayerling, myself, Lauren, Amanda, Kat, Ramiro

I tried most all of the samples with my favorites being the Snicker’s Marathon bars and Wild Peach HyDrive Energy Decaf sport drink. It seemed like there were less vendors this year, but I went on Saturday last year which would have given people more time to set up. After we finished wandering around at the Expo, we went out for dinner at Spaghetti Warehouse. We waited at least 45 minutes, so I was starving by the time we got our food. I had spaghetti and meatballs, which was great and I had leftovers to take home for Ben.

I took it pretty easy on Saturday, just a little walking and of course fueling up for the race. I had a LARA bar and banana for breakfast, Chili’s hamburger and fries for lunch and Saltgrass’s chicken tortillas soup, a HUGE baked sweet potato and BBQ chicken for dinner. Not your normal carb loading meals, but since I don’t really eat pasta anymore I didn’t want to load up and cause myself to be sick.

I slept pretty bad on Saturday night. There was a lot of tossing and turning and mentally checking if I had everything ready for the run. I think I got a couple good hours and did wake up feeling rested, but VERY nervous. I had been nervous since Friday! Thinking back, I haven’t been this nervous since the last time I showed horses. I had a hard time eating my breakfast of a LARA bar and banana and drinking a small glass of water. Lauren came to the house at 6:30 AM and we walked down to the start line.

Ready to Run before the Sun is up!

I had planned on walking about 10 minutes and jogging the rest of the way to the start line so I would be nice and warmed up, but Lauren was more content walking so we got to the start line at about 7:10. I immediately jumped into the porta potty line, which was barely moving.

On Your Mark...Get Set.....

GO!!

They started calling corrals 1, 2, 3, and when the called 4, I went to the front of the line to see if anyone would let me pee very fast so I could be ready to start on time with Corral 8. No one really cared and told me they had been waiting in line for a long time, but luckily there were two people in the next line that let me cut. Even with that I still missed my corral and started with 10 or 11. It doesn’t really matter what corral you start with, because your time starts when your foot crosses the line, but I also didn’t want to wait around forever when I was pumped up to run.

Can you see me?

Ben did his best to get a picture of me at the start line, but since I started a little late, he wasn’t ready to snap my photo when I ran by him. On the left side of the picture, you can see my arm with my green running watch.

8:35 fast. That is about as fast as I ever run a mile, and certainly not how I was going to run for the whole half marathon. About three minutes in, I also realized my shoes needed to be tied tighter.

Mile 2: I slowed my pace some and ran about 9:00 for this mile. I also stopped and re-tied my shoes twice, because of course I wouldn’t get it right the first time.

Mile 3: I saw Ken & Sharon before the Alamo and saw Ben at the Alamo. Ben wanted to get a picture of me running with the Alamo behind me, but I was a little too fast. You can see the very edge of the wall of the Alamo in the picture below.

Mile 4 – 6: Nothing too exciting except I was on a real fast pace. 10k split was 56:26, which is right on 9 minute miles. Between 5 and 6 I ate my GU energy gel and I walked after the 6.5 mile water station because I needed to catch my breath and wash down the GU.

Mile 7-9: They were pretty uneventful, but I started to get tired around 9. I could tell running the first 6 so fast wasn’t leaving me much energy. Ben tried to get my picture at 7.5 so I was running in slow motion (see below) so he could have time to snap the photo. I also remembered to get a drink at mile 9 because last year I got super thirsty before I got to mile 10.

Mile 10: Thank goodness for more GU! I know I would not have finished the race running with out it. Last year it gave me the kick to finish strong. The sun came out right around mile 10 as well, so things started to heat up pretty quickly.

Mile 11: Just kept trucking along and was very happy that I made it to mile 11 in 1:39, right on schedule. I do remember thinking at this point, I will never run a marathon, I will never run a marathon.

Mile 12: SO HARD!!! I couldn’t make it to the mile marker fast enough. I was really running out of energy and my body just wanted to stop. Luckily, Ben met me in the middle of the mile and gave me encouragement and told me to not walk since I was so close to the finish. It took everything I had to not walk, but I did run all the way to the end.

Mile 13-13.1: Why does there have to be a hill at the end? I’m completely running on empty and then there is a hill. So I did my best to run strong up the hill, but that is not the end, you still have to run around a corner and another 200 or so yards. I told myself that I would smile and put my arms up when I crossed the finish line, but that did NOT happen. It was all I could do to keep running across the finish line. I stopped my watch at 1:59:55 and my official chip time was 2:00:05.

Re-United at the Finish Line

My co-worker finished 4 minutes before me

A picture at the Alamo after the 1/2 Marathon

I would have liked to have more energy at the end of the race so I will work harder to pace myself in the beginning of the race. I also think eating more the week before the race would have given me an extra energy store, because I only ate extra on Friday and Saturday. Overall this was a great race and I have a new course and 1/2 marathon Personal Record!

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Running

 

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Workouts 10/29-11/4

Saturday, October 29th9 miles in 1:25, This was my last long run before the half marathon, and my last chance to make sure I felt like I was going to be able to finish my race. I tested out my GU strategy between miles 5 and 6 and it worked great giving me the energy I needed to get through the last few miles. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t make it through this run and told myself I could stop running at 8 miles. When I got to the 8 mile mark I was feeling pretty good so I kept running until 9 miles. As soon as I stopped, I don’t think I could run one more step, so I know for the half marathon I just can’t stop running!

Sunday, October 30th – REST

Monday, October 31st –
Noon: 25 minute walk

Tuesday, November 1st –
PM: 10 minute run, 40 minute walk

Wednesday, November 2nd –
Noon: 35 minute walk
PM: 50 minute run with running group

Thursday, November 3rd –
PM: 20 minutes abs/yoga at home

Friday, November 4th –

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Running, Work Out Logs

 

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Work-Outs 10/15-10/21

I’m really feeling the pressure of my upcoming  half marathon and thinking that I haven’t been running enough. There is a fine line between running enough and pushing too hard, and I’m trying to find the balance so I am prepared for the race but not injured.

Saturday, October 15 –
AM: ZUMBA!!! Woohoo, this was a fun class and a good cross-training workout. I haven’t been in quite a while but I wanted a non-running cardio workout this morning.

Sunday, October 16 –
AM: 6 mile run, 57 minutes, 13 min walk cool-down, 15 minutes yoga, stretch & foam roll
Mile 1: 10:21 (warm up mile)
Mile 2: 9:39 (got challenged by another runner and had to keep up!)
Mile 3: 9:45 (recovering from mile 2 over rolling hills)
Mile 4: 9:15 (flat with a challenging up-hill last 1/4 mile)
Mile 5: 9:00 (flat mile, started to get a side ache but didn’t want to stop)
Mile 6: 9:00 (home stretch, pushed through but was very tired at the end)

Monday, October 17 –
Noon: 20 minutes stair stepper, 5 min walk

Tuesday, October 18 –
AM: 4 miles in 40:33 (with strong headwind), 5 min walk, 10 min foam roll, yoga & stretch
Mile 1: 10:11
Mile 2: 10:11
Mile 3: 10:11
Mile 4: 10:00

Wednesday – October 19 – REST

Thursday, October 20 –
PM: 5 mile run, 45 minutes
Mile 1: 9:30
Mile 2: 9:05
Mile 3: 9:55
Mile 4: 8:00 (I love downhill miles!)
Mile 5: 8:30

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Running, Work Out Logs

 

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Workouts 10/22-10/28

Saturday, October 22 –
AM: 60 minutes Zumba

PM: volunteered 3 hours in commercial kitchen, standing and making 120 lbs of meatloaf, doesn’t sound like a workout but I was T-I-R-E-D when we were done and sore on Sunday!

Sunday, October 23 –
Leisurely 50 minute walk while talking on the phone

Monday, October 24 –
PM: 6.5 miles in 60 minutes (without socks…oops!), 10 minute walk, 10 minute foam roll & stretch

Tuesday, October 25th – REST (chiropractor)

Wednesday, October 26th –
PM: 5 or 5.5 miles in about 60 minutes – ran with a running group – check out my post here

Thursday, October 27th –
PM: 20 minutes abs

Friday, October 28th-
PM: 4 mile run in 36.01 minutes!! I ran with two girls from work in our work neighborhood. The is a HUGE hill and we decided it would be a good challenge run, and it was! There were no shortages of hills along the whole run and I think the only reason I finished in 36 minutes was because I let myself fly on the downhills, which were almost as big as the up-hills. It was a good, quick run that burned off some stress of the week.

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in Running, Work Out Logs

 

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