Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dopey Challenge

The Goofy/Dopey Challenge will be here soon! I can't say this has been the greatest of training cycles, actually it has been a terrible training cycle! From being sick to having my foot give me problems, it has seemed like a never ending battle to finally get to taper time. I've been grouchy enough these past few months that I don't think anyone will notice it is taper time, haha! I honestly don't know what is going to happen that weekend but you can be sure that my stubbornness will manifest itself many times. Nevertheless, it is Disney after all, and I will enjoy racing with all the other Mickey Mouse lovers! Let me clarify that I will be running the 5K and half marathon at an easy pace. I will be racing the full...still dreaming of that BQ. It most likely won't happen at Disney but I have to at least start out with that mentality and they do have a 3:45 pace group so... On a happier note, my run group, NEXT STEP Performance Training begins Jan 21. I will also be coaching with some others down in Myrtle Beach beginning Jan 6. I'm very excited about these opportunities! Fit-tastic begins in early March so I'm gearing up for some busy months ahead. Thank you for your get out there and exercise!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Fit-tastic Completed and Other Interesting Things!

Since my last blog many things have happened:
The fall Fit-tastic season finished and several ran in the Monster Dash 5K at CRW. They did a fantastic job! I was very proud of them! Several have made a commitment to continue running! Yay!

I was a "medaler" (handed out finisher medals) at the Myrtle Beach mini marathon. I had a great time! It was neat to see people crossing the finish line and accomplishing various goals. For all you racers, just know this, there are many things that occur at the finish line that we have no idea up vomit, proposals, medic assistance, etc. It was a wonderful experience!!

 I competed in my first relay race. Jackie, Ed, Ronnie and I were on the marathon relay team for Capital RunWalk at the City of Oaks Marathon. It was a different but fun experience. Our team finished 15th overall with a time of 3:34. Not too bad for a bunch of oldies! haha! Blue Ridge Relay here we come!!

I did my first 20 miler of my marathon training plan yesterday. Only 8 weeks until the Dopey challenge! I'm so excited to be racing again at Disney! I've gotta start choosing my racing wardrobe! 3 different days = 3 different shoes, 3 different outfits, etc. What fun!!

NEXT STEP Performance Training begins again! January 7 is the information and registration meeting! Check out the information on my FB page. Email me with any questions!

New things I've been doing during my training include:
1. Using 5 hour energy during my long runs (I will use this during races too)
2. Taking a caffeine pill before my long runs
3. Wearing compression socks and sleeves (during long and short runs and sometimes none at all) I like them!

And, last but not least, a new opportunity for coaching...this one at Myrtle Beach. If all works out, I will be part of a training committee with the Grand Strand Running Club to help train beginner, etc. runners for a target 5K race in March. I am very excited about this opportunity!!

Thank you for taking time to read! Remember: Run hard when it's hard to run!
Team 1: Lindsey, Candace, Barry, Dunford
/Team 2: Jackie, Dawn, Ed, Ronnie

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Upcoming Races and New Logo

Fit-tastic group is doing well. The target 5K race is the Monster Dash at Capital RunWalk on October 28. I'm excited to see how the group does. It is neat to hear many of them comment how much they can tell they have improved and how much easier it is to run than when we began. I have officially begun my marathon training. Disney is only 3 months away so I better get busy. I have to increase my own endurance and get those 20 milers in. After the Monster Dash, I will have a couple other races before Disney. I'm running my first relay with some of the runners from CapRun. The City of Oaks Marathon Relay is early November. Then the 8K at Myrtle Beach is Thanksgiving Day. I will once again try to lower my PR at this race, take a nap, eat some turkey, and then go night shopping with all the other crazies at the beach. I don't usually race in December, but I'm planning to run the Jingle Bell because it is early December and won't interfere with the last weeks of training before the Goofy/Dopey Challenge. Speaking of Disney, I have to plan 3 days of racing and what to wear, not to mention the shoes...This will take some thought. One last thing, I have a new logo for NEXT STEP. It's very cool! My next run group will be after Disney, around the 3rd week of January. I'll post details at a later date.

Happy running and when you face those down days, just hold your head up and realize that's what it is, just another day and it will pass. Consistency in training is important! I have to remind myself of this quote a lot (I have it at my desk too) "It's hard to train for a marathon, but it's even harder to not train for one."

Monday, September 3, 2012

Run Smart, Run Long...

Do you want to run for a long time? I'm not talking about doing an ultra race (those people are crazy...haha)...I'm talking about running for the rest of your life. In order to do that you have to run smart and learn from your mistakes and realize it's okay to make a change.

I like to think of myself as a seasoned runner and in many ways I think I am but then something happens to knock me off my pedestal. You see, I've been pretty stubborn my whole life and if you knew my mama, you'd know the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Anyway, that stubbornness has helped me in more ways than just running, and, yes, it's also gotten me into quite a bit of trouble-even as a "mature" adult. Being stubborn, I will push through injuries until the last minute and then let them heal, run those "junk" miles to hit my weekly goal, etc.  But then my body rebels and reminds me that although I am in the best shape I've ever been in, I am almost 42 years old and can't quite do what I could were I in my 20's.

I will make an assumption now that most runners are like myself and set pretty lofty goals, realizing they may not ever reach some of them. We don't always share these goals with others but they are there nonetheless.
Did you know that you CAN actually run too much? I didn't think I would ever say that but recently, I realized you can actually run too much and then, guess what, your training will begin to falter and you may not even realize why until it's almost too late. Don't get me wrong, I love running as much as ever (I can talk about it all day if you want to) but it is important for you to sit back and take stock every now and then to see if you need to make a change. My body made me sit back and take stock and I realized that over the past month I have been running too many times a day, not having a true rest day when needed, and when I finally realized that, I made some adjustments. One of those adjustments was hard to say goodbye to but necessary for my personal training not to suffer any longer. The difference in my training mileage over the past month was a deficit of 10-15 miles per week. I couldn't believe I had gotten that far behind. My August mileage was the lowest I can remember in at least 1.5 years. Not good...Yep, I cried when I saw the numbers...that's how important it is to me. Nope, some of you don't understand me, it's okay, just keep reading.

So, maybe it is time for you to sit back and think about your own training. Some things to think about-I put my answers for you to see: 
  1. are you tired even after a good night's sleep? Yes
  2. has your nutrition been lacking? Yes, I've gained about 5-7 pounds this summer
  3. are you able to complete your scheduled runs or do you have to cut them short because of fatigue? I've had to cut some short
  4. do you have some aches and pains that weren't there before?Yes
Okay, pity party over! Marathon training begins October 1! Until then I will be building my base to 45-50 miles per week.

Run Smart! Run Long! Thanks for reading!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

The shoe review of an addicted runner...I only have 15...

Yes, I own a lot of running shoes but you will come to understand they all have a different purpose for me. I have a neutral foot and enjoy wearing minimalist shoes even during my long training runs. My feet do very well with the lighter weight shoes. I wear racing flats for training shoes but it works for me.
I am probably termed a Brooks girl but wear Saucony and Mizuno brands as well.

Here is my personal shoe review of my trainers and racers and even one shoe that is a loser...

Beginning left to right in the back:

Row 4: These shoes are on the way out, I don't wear them too much anymore, except for some junk miles or when the weather is muddy.
  1. Brooks Launch: A nice trainer shoe, I just can't wear them over 7 miles or they hurt my feet.
  2. Brooks Pure Connect: A minimalist shoe that I am trying to like. It's been a hard sell. My mind isn't made up on this one yet.
  3. Mizuno Wave Rider 14: A trainer shoe I used to wear all the time before I switched to Brooks. I love the hard feel on the bottom.
  4. Mizuno Wave Rider 14: See above description

Row 3:
  1. Brooks Green Silence: These shoes are really racing flats but I use them for my training. Proud I have almost 643 miles on these shoes!! I love, love, love them...and they are going to quit selling them. Boo!!
  2. Blue Brooks Green Silence: I just call them blue to distinguish from the black and purple ones. Same as above
  3. Saucony Kinvara 3: These may be the replacement trainers for my Green Silence when I can't buy them anymore. These remind me of the Mizuno Wave Riders with the hard bottom. Love them!
  4. Purple Green Silence: Still in the box waiting to use. 

Row 2:
  1. Mizuno Ronin 3:These I call my "loser marathon shoes" because they let me down in my big qualifier marathon and therefore they will never grace another "big race" again! Loser!! Thanks a lot!!
  2. Brooks T6 Racers: My 5K and 8K racing flats. They make me feel like Dorothy in Wizard of Oz and I pretend I can move fast! Sometimes I actually do haha.
  3. Saucony Fastwich:My 5K racing flats I wear sockless. It is a different feel and I enjoy racing with the wind running through my toes.
  4. Mizuno Ronin 2: My yellow Mickey marathon shoes. These have done well for me in long distances and I'm not done with them yet!

Row 1:
  1. Nike Zoom Spikes: I wear these sockless at the track meets during the summer. They make me feel fast!
  2. Saucony Kinvara Trail: Since I'm helping coach Cross Country this year, I figured I needed some trail shoes. These are more minimalist and crossover to run on asphalt as well. I've enjoyed them so far.

So, there you have it. I wear the Brooks Green Silence, Blue Green Silence and Saucony Kinvara 3 mostly. 

I do have a pair of Mizuno Wave Riders down at the beach for the time I actually decide to run on the sand. Not sure when that time will come but the shoes are there waiting.

Hope you enjoyed my little review. I think I have all different terrains covered but if you can think of another kind of shoe I need, just let me know...:)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Step back mileage...necessary but not always fun...

I must admit that being in a "step back" mode for the past 2 months has been a little difficult. I'm really only stepping back my mileage every other week but I don't necessarily write down what mileage I will do each day like I usually do. I know how many miles I want to run each week but I'm trying to enjoy it nonetheless. It is hard to not run your regular mileage and when I try to explain this to others...they just don't understand. It still amazes me at how much I actually love running! Yeah, I know, you think I'm weird but oh well...there are worse things to be addicted to right? 

I've been having some pain down my legs when I drive and the doc said it was probably a pinched nerve. I have some anti-inflamatory medicine and I can tell a huge difference after just 2 days. It has not affected my running pace at all...just uncomfortable when I drive. Good thing I have a high tolerance for pain!

I will soon be ramping up my base mileage to 50 per week and then comes the marathon training in October! I'm looking forward to writing my own training plan this time around. Bobby coached me for a year and a half and I know I will refer to the plans he created for me too. 

It seems I do something with running almost every evening. I have my run class 2 nights a week, CRW run group on Tuesdays, XC team practice on Tuesdays and Fridays, and Godiva track meet on Wednesdays.

Fun times!!

FYI-I have developed a 4 week training program for beginners or those wanting to get back into regular exercise. I will meet with you personally to explain all the details and get you started. If you are interested, send me an email.

That's all for now...Happy Running
The Olympics are soo soon!! Will and I leave August 1. We will communicate via facebook while we are gone...

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Ahh...the heat...

Hydration is important in a runner's life and so much more so when the temperature creeps up and up. Just drinking water while you run is not good enough. You need to stay hydrated throughout the day and night. Planning ahead will eliminate lots of problems.
I like to carry my hand bottle filled with Gatorade or water and a wet bandana with me while I run. It gives me a little bit of relief as I dab my face. Sprinklers are a help too!

So, my run class is going very well. We are slowly building up their endurance each week. Several comment that they can see improvement and of course, this makes me very happy! We have about 6 weeks until the 5K, I can't wait to see how they do.
Happy Running to you all!

The cutest Runner Girl!

2012 Summer group (minus 3)

Friday, June 15, 2012

NEXT STEP Performance Training

I never thought I would have my very own run class but that is exactly what has happened. I have 17 participants and from what I can tell, they are having a good time. We are beginning a 9-week program that ends with a 5K run. My desire is to teach these runners how to slowly build up their base in order to accomplish the running goals they have set for themselves. I am teaching them how to stretch before and after workouts, my nutritionist is coming to share with them in the next few weeks, and they receive unlimited encouragement. I truly believe each one will be able to look back on our training time together and see much improvement, if they have followed the training plan. 

Remember this, "If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits."

If you are reading this and want to take the NEXT STEP, please contact me for more information. It only takes a few small changes to make a big difference!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Komen Global Race for the Cure and D.C tourists

Will and I had a great time in Washington, D.C. this weekend. We try to visit our nation's capital once a year. Of course, if a race is involved, I am very happy about that! After a long ride and a lot of rain, we finally arrived on Friday and checked in at our hotel. The race was Saturday morning so we left bright and early for my warmup time. The starting line was near the Washington monument and the race went around the city and ended at the National Mall. I was trying to place in the top 5 for my age group and post a better time than last year. I ended up placing 7th out of some 340 women aged 40-44 but my time was better by almost a minute. Yay! Now time for sightseeing...

After breakfast and a change of clothes off we go to the National Art Gallery. While I don't particularly like art museums, my history buff hubby fills in the details about these pieces of art and who these people were, so it wasn't too bad. It was pretty interesting actually. We ate at Ebbitt's Grill for dinner and walked around the monuments afterwards. Our visit to view the White House was a little different this year. Usually, there is the one lady that has been demonstrating since 1981 but this year there was a large group and 2 other single men demonstrating for different causes. What those causes were, I couldn't tell you. I read their signs but couldn't figure it out.

I always look forward to my early Sunday run around the National Mall but this year, I just had to add in a detour to the White House to see if all the demonstrators were still there. Only the one lady and about 4-6 policeman were around. Bummer...It was a great run around the monuments and then we went to the new Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial. It was awesome and if you go to D.C.  you need to stop by. I will post some pics of it below.

Home is a great place to be. We have been gone the last 3 weekends and I am looking forward to being here for a while-at least a week or two anyway.

This week is a week of endings and beginnings. It is the last week of Fit-tastic at Capital RunWalk and the beginning of my own run group in Garner with NEXT STEP Performance Training. I will blog about my run group after Thursday, which is our first training session. I am proud of the Fit-tastic group and excited to see how they do in the 5K on Saturday.

Happy Running!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

USA Masters 8K Championship

The good thing about being a runner who is constantly training is that if you decide on a Tuesday evening to sign up for an 8k Saturday race, it's not really a big deal. Of course, if this had been a marathon, I wouldn't have signed up. So, I get this email from USATF about the 8K National Championship to be held in Williamsburg, Va. on Saturday and the deadline to sign-up is Thursday evening. I looked over the entry requirements and saw that the only thing I needed was to be a USATF member, age 40 and above. There was no other requirements. Hmm...I thought, this would be a good opportunity, I know I won't win or even come close but still, I would be lumped in with the other elite master runners there that day. Cool! Let me assure you, in no way do I count myself as an elite! So, I talked to Will and signed up. We arrived on Friday in time for me to attend packet pick-up (yay for PPUD!!) and then I had to attend a "technical" meeting that evening. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the rules that applied to the USATF runners. We had a different bib than the other runners and we also had to wear a bib showing our age on our back.  

There were about 1,900 runners for the 8K but the USATF runners were able to line up in the front. We also had our own tent and our very own port-o-potty. You know I was excited about that!! There were several teams racing in the master championship. It was pretty awesome standing around and seeing these teams dressed alike and encouraging one another. I'm hoping CapRun will be able to participate in this sometime, too! So, the race begins and as always, I have my own thing to do. I'm racing against myself and trying to reach my goal for that day. But, there is something about being passed by some men wearing a bib that says age 70-74. Umm...okay. Alright, back to my goal, I enjoyed the run and was able to stay focused to finish in 39:05. That is 1 minute slower than my 8k PR from last November so I was pretty happy with that. The finish line was on a track. We ran 3/4 the way around and finished on the 50 yard line. As usual, the volunteers were so encouraging and helped make it a great race. 

The results: My age group is 40-44 and there were 15 racing. I finished 15th. Yep, dead last but, still got to go to the elite tent and use the potty haha. In the regular race there were 132 in my age group and I finished 16th. This number sounds better. Here is the link for the Masters results.

I must add this little tidbit, even though it has nothing to do with the 8k but, at the technical meeting the Boston marathon race director was there to help out. Dave, I hope to participate in your race one day! 3:45 is still within my reach. Let's do it!

Thanks for reading! Don't forget my beginner running group will begin soon! There is an informational meeting May 31 at Buffaloe Lanes South 6:30pm. 
Email me: for more information. See you there!

After the race...
My cool USATF coat!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Burro Loco 5K Trail Race: Tall grass, shoelaces, and the unknown

This past weekend I ran in my first trail race. I wasn't planning to run and really wasn't prepared, which was probably a good thing. It was definitely an interesting experience. I had gone down to Myrtle Beach to run with the Black Dog Running Co. at their weekly social run and someone mentioned this "Burro Loco" 5K that weekend. I saw it was a trail race but didn't really think it would be a big deal, so I signed up. Little did I know what I had gotten myself into. Not one to be able to "race for fun" I realized very quickly how different trail racing is from road racing. For one thing, you don't go as fast. I had warmed up on the course about a half mile that morning and wished later on I had seen the entire thing. There were about 125 racers that morning and as we lined up, I still had no clue what was getting ready to happen...Off we took through the woods and after the first half mile I realized that I had better pay attention to the ground or I was going to fall flat on my face. The tire tracks I had been following suddenly disappeared. Umm...what now, I thought? The grass was as high as my knees and there were dips in the trail, too. My shoes were soaking wet and I could feel the grass and other weeds tearing at my legs. Through the first mile I was the lead woman. I figured I would be passed pretty soon but was giving it my all. Not once did I ever consider the creatures that were lurking in those woods. haha! Yea, I guess there probably were some snakes around. I was too busy trying not to fall and twist my ankle and then for the first time ever in a race my shoelaces came untied. I always double knot and have never had a problem but the high grass worked them loose. I was going to just ignore it but figured my shoe would come off sooner or later so I begrudgingly stopped to tie it. Would you believe I had to stop and tie the same shoe two more times and the other one time!! That cost me about 15 seconds! I crossed the finish line with one of them untied but I was not going to stop anymore! And then there was the long jump I took. I came up on this creek thing and with only a split second to decide went soaring across. Not sure how I made it but, I did-then there was a second one. Good grief...not wanting to chance it, I ran to the outside and a shorter jump. I had already been passed by two women, but I did end up finishing strong as the third woman overall. My time was 25:04. And then there was the issue with my shoes. I had my Brooks Green Silence on, not a smart choice for a trail race, but all I had other than my brand new Kinvara 3's. Thanks to the mud runner who told me how to care for my shoes. They are as good as new...well, I can tell they've been through something other than road work but still usable.

So, I am not sold on this trail racing stuff...trail running for training, yes...but I am a long distance runner and do not want to injure myself. If I couldn't run my marathons because of some trail race, well...let's just say, I'd be pretty upset! Kudos to all you mud runners and trail racers though! Next time, if there is a next time, I will see the entire course before I decide to run...

I did meet some new friends! Tammy, Daniel, and Tina-I will be in touch!!

                                            Burro Loco 5K

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tobacco Road Marathon Race Report March 18, 2012

Let me begin by saying that the last I heard, the man who went into cardiac arrest at Myrtle Beach was going to be okay! Very happy!!

Following my disappointing finish at MB, Bobby and I discussed my doing another marathon pretty quick like. I didn't push myself too hard at MB so he thought it would be okay. We waited a couple weeks to see how my long runs went-how I felt, etc.-before deciding. I seemed to be doing pretty good, so he said I should try again...only this time we decided I would not "broadcast" my plans. In my defense, I know there are many of you who like to read my posts and follow my running, so I enjoyed having you along for the ride on my way to trying to BQ. We thought that maybe the expectation of wanting to BQ and everyone knowing my plans added to my stress of the day and may have hindered me--now I'm not making any excuses--I tanked at MB and couldn't qualify. It was my fault. But, we wanted to try something different this time so, I signed up for Tobacco Rd 2 weeks ago. It was very weird not putting anything on facebook about the race and having only a handful of people even knowing I was running. So, if you think I was a little irritable last week, now you know-I was tapering! LOL! I didn't try to hide it, if I was asked what my next race was, I told them. 

Anyway, on to the race itself...I did a good job of carbo loading this week (I do not want any pasta for at least a week for sure haha) and keeping hydrated. Someone asked me on Friday how I felt and I said-the same way I did before Myrtle (which was good and ready to run) so we will see. Race morning was normal for me-I had gone to bed about 8:30pm and woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed at 1:00am! I tried to rest until 3:30am and then it was time to get ready! Yay! I'm feeling good, legs feel good, and it has stopped raining. My "taxi driver" aka Will, who was not so bright eyed and bushy tailed, rallied out of bed at 4:30am so we could leave for the race. He had to work but had graciously offered to drop me off--I love my husband!! We only got "lost" once but managed to find the drop off zone by 5:45am. It was a short walk to the baseball complex and one of my favorite and necessary places--the bathroom! Now it is time for my pre-race warmup and once that was done I went to the bathroom again and went to meet my 3:45 pacer. I told him if he helped me BQ he would become my new best friend and he assured me he would be able to help! Cool! One last trip to the potty and off to the start line. Man, was it crowded as I weaved my way to the pace group. I planned to stick like glue to the 3:45 man. The race started off great...until after mile 6 and then I started losing pace with my group. I felt good, I just couldn't keep up. Slowly, I saw them inch away from me. Not again, I thought! I kept on and tried to keep an even pace-it didn't go so well. Many things are going through my mind (you do know that racing is as much mental as physical right? it can be tough-the mental part!). I began to think that I needed to change my goal for the day. I wanted to finish in 3:50 or under 4 hours. I had done it before--I could do it again. I was also thinking how in the world did I run the entire marathon at Disney without stopping one time. I can't believe I ever did that! So, I had good miles and I had not so good ones. I stopped when I needed to and ran as "fast" as I could for that particular moment. There was a time that I realized I could actually still BQ but it would take extreme effort. Of course, I didn't have extreme left in me this day. Finally, I reach mile 23, then 24, then 25. One more to go. When I hit mile 26, I thought, okay this .2 will be the longest ever! I was booking it--as much as I could, almost at 4 hours and I needed to finish quick. I forgot we were going to finish uphill-good grief-my last 10 steps were almost slow motion-I had nothing left to give. But, I finished in 4 hours-I haven't seen my official time yet though. This is what my watch will be right around that time. So, my take on today is that, for now, I'm not going to worry about Boston. I mean, if it was easy to qualify, everyone would be doing it, right. I love running too much to keep stressing myself over this. Once I turn 45, my time goes up by 5 minutes anyway haha! I am looking forward to some shorter races over the next few months, a relay race with my Cap Run buddies in November, and I am pretty sure I will be running the Dopey/Goofy Challenge at Disney next January! That is a 5K, Half and Full all in a 3-day period- worth 4 medals!! And Disney medals are THE COOLEST!

Thanks to all who came out to cheer me on today-a few were missing that I wish could have been there but it meant a lot for the others to come! My 2 sisters were there to give me a ride back home. Thanks to Jenna Pearsall for taking such great pictures! Mel, Scar, Karen, Paul, Debbie, Charles, Blanka, and all the others too! I didn't mean to leave anyone out! Thanks to the wonderful volunteers at the race! They were awesome!!! See below for my intervals today and a few pictures!

                                    Near Mile 23--almost done!
                                Me and Jack! He BQ'd at MB!
                                           Me and Jenna!


18:12   8'12"/mi
216:28   8'16"/mi
324:32   8'04"/mi
432:55   8'23"/mi
541:11   8'16"/mi
649:34   8'23"/mi
758:17   8'43"/mi
81:07:24   9'07"/mi
91:16:43   9'19"/mi
101:25:49   9'06"/mi
111:35:20   9'31"/mi
121:45:20   10'00"/mi
131:55:00   9'40"/mi
142:04:26   9'26"/mi
152:13:25   8'59"/mi
162:22:00       8'35"/mi
172:31:37   9'37"/mi
182:40:56   9'19"/mi
192:49:28   8'32"/mi
202:59:39   10'11"/mi
213:09:01   9'22"/mi
223:17:49   8'48"/mi
233:28:30   10'41"/mi
243:38:25   9'55"/mi
253:48:21   9'56"/mi
263:57:33   9'12"/mi                                                             

Monday, February 20, 2012

My "that didn't go as planned" Myrtle Beach Race Report

Myrtle Beach Marathon February 18, 2012
Race Report:

I woke up that morning feeling pretty good. All the normal stuff that happens to me on race morning happened. As I was warming up before the race, I noticed my legs a little tight, but no big deal, I still felt good. I'm ready...let's do this thing, I was thinking!!

Race splits:
10K (6.2 miles)                        53:44
Half (13.1 miles)                   1:53:14
30K (about 19 miles)           2:49:02
Full  (26.2 miles)                   4:26:12

  •  I didn't panic at the beginning and went out at a comfortable pace. There were a lot of people but I didn't feel boxed in and didn't have to weave in and out much at all.
  •  My Garmin decided to go wacky and the pacing feature read a 3:20 pace the entire race...I still didn't panic but ran by feel and kept thinking about how my coach, Bobby, never uses a pacing watch and I knew I would come up on the mile markers to check my time. I did have my pace band on as well.
  •  Up to around mile 5 I was on pace to qualify. I was about a minute and a half ahead of pace but was feeling pretty good.
  •   I started feeling a little bad close to mile 4 so I took my first GU then. It was hard to get down. I remember thinking this might not turn out to be a good day for me. Little did I know...
  • My stomach started hurting...I didn't have to use the bathroom-it just hurt. My hamstrings started tightening up. I envisioned getting a DNF. I was fairly certain I would not be able to finish-it was too far.
  •  I took my 2nd and last GU at mile 10. Usually mile 8-10 are not good in my training runs, so I thought it might pass. It didn't.
  •  I first stopped to walk around mile 11 or 12. Once my stomach stopped hurting, I ran again. Then I would stop, and then run...this was the cycle…along with crying uncontrollably.
  •  I took a pepto bismol tablet-it helped a little.
  • Ronnie Jones came alongside me and encouraged me not to quit but persevere.
  • Charles Akers passed me and I told him I wasn't doing well...
  • Mike Walsh came along to check on me and gave me a salt tablet. That was near mile 16 or 17. By mile 20 I did feel better but my hamstrings were still tight.
  •  Mile 18 was where I saw them doing CPR on the man. We had to go around him on the sidewalk and I had to stop for the ambulance to get by...the race didn't seem so important at that moment. I was crying. I had been crying off and on since the half mark. I’m not sure if he made it or not…
  •  A little after mile 18 I see Charles stopped on the side of the road, he was waiting for me to help me out. He was only using this race as a training run and he was coming off a foot injury, so he was hurting some too. We would run some and walk some. He talked most of the time and kept my mind off of the fact that I had failed. He is a big reason why I didn't stop at the medical tent and quit. He was very encouraging. Everyone was-they know how important it is to me.
  • Charles and I matched each other step for step at the finish--funny to hear the announcer say, "looks like we have another race to the finish" like we were trying to beat one another. I owe him big time.

I think I may have been a little dehydrated. I did drink regularly during the race but I wonder if I started off dehydrated. I didn't drink too much after 8 the night before. I was too worried about going to the bathroom during the race. That was the least of my worries…I didn't use the bathroom from 6:15am until 12:15pm on Saturday.

I'm very disappointed, not upset, but very sad. I had put my all into this race and worked my tail off at each training run. I feel like the last 3.5 months are in the toilet. I know they aren't but that's how I feel right now. I'm not going to give up trying to qualify until I have that "perfect" race and just realize I am not fast enough to meet the time goal. I will be okay-it's just going to take a little while…just finishing wasn’t my goal on Saturday. I know most who are reading this can’t understand why I am disappointed even though I finished 26.2 miles-you think, isn’t that an accomplishment in itself-most people never even attempt that distance but…some do understand. I will be crying for a while, I can’t help it, just accept it, and know this was one of the most important things to me. You are all very supportive, I just need some time. Please understand and don’t try to make me feel better. I know you care and I sincerely appreciate it, but this is something I have to get over on my own. I know you are proud of me!

On a positive note: I am very excited that Jack Smith did qualify for Boston, Scarlette Chappell and Melissa Hamilton ran their first marathon and my nephew Ricky Buffaloe ran his first half marathon. I am very happy for the more than 25 WCA people that participated in the races this weekend. It was a fun time overall!! Small things can make a difference! You can get active!! Start today!!

Friday, February 17, 2012

24 hour countdown

The 24 hour countdown is on...I have been training for this day for a long time now. It is surely one of the most important races of my life. There is nothing particularly special about the Myrtle Beach Marathon, except that this is where I hope to qualify for the Boston Marathon. All of my training plans and effort since October 31 has been geared to running a 3:45 time. As far as the data goes...I should run that time, no problem but unfortunately, there is more to a marathon than the data. I have learned in these few short years that I've been racing how much the mental aspect is along with the physical aspect! You must be prepared for both or you will not do very well. I am still learning a lot about myself as a runner and person. One of my favorite quotes has been, "the minute you think of giving up...remember the reason why you held on for so long." running has become a very important part of my life, as all of you know. It's not just about me, but I want to help others get active--whether that is running or some other type of activity. It has been an awesome journey...filled with victories and pain. Yes, I will be super disappointed if I don't qualify tomorrow but it won't be the end of the world. There is always another race! "The pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret" and I can say that I have no regrets from this training cycle. I have followed the training plan that Bobby had for me pretty much to a tea. My interval workout split times have been dead on or faster. I wanted to weigh 10 pounds less than my first marathon a year ago and as of yesterday morning, I am down 9 pounds. That's close enough and for all you thinking I didn't need to lose anymore weight, I am well within the suggested weight for my height, so all is good there, no worries. Now, this last day before the big race I must do my training, trust my coach, and run the best I can! As always my races are in memory of my mom and dad, affectionately nicknamed Fred and Ethel! They never saw me race a marathon but made me the kind of person that has the discipline to train for such a race. I love and miss them so very much. A huge thank you to my husband, Will, my biggest supporter! My sisters, Donna and Connie and the rest of my family and friends for always believing in me! And my coach, Bobby Mack! Thank you! I love you all! for my last training run!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

24 days...ut oh...

Holy cow!! 24 days--I'm not ready! How did it get here so quick? (for you reading this blog for the first time--I have a marathon on Feb 18 in Myrtle Beach) Okay, so the paranoia is setting in a little earlier than with my other races but this is a pretty big one. I know that I have worked very hard in my training and have been consistent as well! That doesn't change the fact that I pretty much second guess everything I do. I know it shouldn't be that way but-it is what it is...

Other running news: the 2 ladies I am coaching are doing a great job! Their endurance is increasing little by little. I joined the running club in Myrtle Beach and may have some opportunities to coach a few clinics there this summer. 
I appreciate all of you that encourage me and keep me in your prayers. 
I will check in later...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Caffeine or no?

I got my USATF Level 1 certificate in the mail. That was pretty exciting, I knew I had already passed the exam but getting the actual certificate was very cool. So, what is next? Well, I will continue to train the 2 women for their first half marathon (April 15) and then I will work on the Level 2 certification. That will take a couple of years to earn. I must have experience coaching track and field for that one. I am going to sign up for the next class in the Personal Training certification from the US Sports Academy after my marathon in February. 

For now I continue to work toward my goal of qualifying for Boston at the Myrtle Beach Marathon on Feb 18. I must admit that I am a little nervous. I have 5 weeks left until the race and I'm almost scared to put it in print, but my training has been going very well! I am feeling  really good, my interval workouts are great, my long runs are great too (of course there are always a few miles here and there that aren't so good but that's normal), my weight is steady, my diet is pretty good (I do indulge sometimes), and overall I am feeling good about it all. The only complaint I have is this waking up at 3am several times a week...I mean, getting up at 4am to go running is one thing, but 3? Really? I do try to make it up on the weekend though. Nothing seems to have suffered. And by the way, I am getting average of 6-7 hours of sleep a night-so I sleep even less than most of you. I just have a different schedule. I do get teased constantly by my friends and family about going to bed early but I know that means they love me. Haha!

I've been trying to stay away from caffeine over the last month. If you know me well, you know that I always have to go to the bathroom and even take medicine to help me not have to go pee so much. It's really a pain and so much more so when I am racing. It stresses me to think that just because I have a small bladder, I potentially lose 30 seconds or so off my time. Those seconds are important!! So, I have noticed a difference, not sure how this will translate in the race. When you gotta go pee, you just gotta go. I have it in my mind that I will stop at least once for the potty during the race and this has helped relieve some stress. Not much I can do about it...well, I guess I could wear a diaper like the guy did in the Disney marathon (go read that blog for a laugh) but I'm not ready to go there yet. LOL!

 I did find an app for my iPad2 that will locate bathrooms for me! :)

 Take care and get out there and run...or walk. Just do something.

USATF Level 1 Track and Field Coach

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Yes, I'm a running coach!

Tomorrow begins a new chapter in my life. I will take two ladies under my wing and attempt to help them complete their first half marathon. I've known for a little while that I wanted to coach others to meet their running goals but was not thinking it would be so soon. I was approached by one of these ladies about helping her train for her first half marathon. Her friend decided she wanted to train as well. After much consideration, I agreed. We officially begin on Monday. I am excited to see how they do. I'm confident they will finish well...regardless of me. Yes, I will plan out their weeks of training but a runner must do the work themselves in order to see the fruit. I've seen that firsthand, but I also understand the importance of encouragement. There are times the training is tough but when you know your coach is behind you and rooting for you, it helps a lot. I have a lot of runner quotes and this one is a good one. "The body says quit, the heart says never." I want to help them learn, as I have and still am, that we can go farther and faster than our mind thinks. Heart makes all the difference. I believe running is as much mental as physical and sometimes more mental. I am a little nervous, but I know both of them and feel comfortable with them. So, to Karen and Nancy, I appreciate the confidence you have in me, the opportunity to begin my coaching career, and I promise my dedication to help you reach your goal!

On another coach, Bobby Mack finished 2nd in the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country race this weekend! Here is a podium picture. Cool flowers...even for the boys! Way to go Team USA and Sir Speedy!!