Running / 2014 goal update

Moving along in 2014, on track to meet or exceed my goals! See below for updates.

Run 6 1/2 marathons – or about one every other month

  • Jan – Rock and Roll 1/2 in Tempe, AZ – COMPLETE – PR!  (2:03)
  • April – Bunny 1/2 in Chicago – COMPLETE – PR! (2:00:58)
  • June – Michelob Chicago 1/2 – COMPLETE
  • July  – Rock and Roll Chicago – COMPLETE – slow but HOT in Chicago so that is expected (2:10)
  • Sept – signed up for Chicago 1/2 (there seems to be a few of these, huh?)
  • Nov – signed up for Rock and Roll Vegas! Jeff is coming with me and we are making a weekend out of it!

Run 4 other races for a total of 10 races (this is a stretch since I ran 7 total last year)

  • Urbanathlon – Oct – 10.8 miles with crazy obstacles – run in less than 2 hours (2:10 in 2013 but I was stalled after the soldier field steps!)
  • 15K – Nov – Hot Chocolate
  • 10K – May – Susan G Komen – COMPLETE!
  • 5K – Bucktown and/or Chase Corporate Challenge

STILL No problem.

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1/2 Marathon – came, saw, conquered!!!

Well, maybe “conquered” is a bit much but I finished exactly the pace (literally exactly) I targeted, 10:00 min miles for a finish time of 2:11:30.  How strange is that?  A Gatorade colleague said I trained well so I am taking that as the reason and plowing forward.

Some race highlights:

  • Getting started was a bit rough as my day started at 5AM.  I think I was half asleep during the 1st 3-4 miles since I don’t remember the route at all.
  • Having to run away from the starting line the 1st time I was going to start since I didn’t have my time-tracking tag applied to my foot properly.  (A race volunteer had to help me).
  • Having to run to the port-a-potty in panic that I would have to go during the race (I didn’t)
  • Running through our beautiful city before most people were awake
  • Sweating through 2 headbands so much that I could wring them out
  • Tons of Gatorade on the course – thanks!

Some funny signs seen during the race:

Hope you pooped before the race!

Whether you like it long and slow or fast and hard, the best part is the finish!

Run, complete stranger!

Those all made me laugh.

My music mix was awesome, I had all my best running tunes.  Some songs on my list:

  • “My Michelle” – Guns N Roses
  • “Kickstart My Heart” – Motley Crue
  • “I’m Bad” – LL Cool J
  • “Keep Yourself Alive” – Queen
  • “Hot For Teacher” – Van Halen
  • “The Real Slim Shady” – Eminem

At the finish, I was rewarded with a dry-iced cold towel (seen to the left around my shoulders), since it was already over 90 degrees at 9AM in Chicago.  I then realized why we had to start the race at 6:30AM.

Afterwards, I met up with the super cute captain of “Team Tobey” for congrats and we hung out in the VIP tent for food!

The question now is, when is my next 1/2?

1/2 Marathon training- longest run yet!

Last weekend I ran the longest I have ever run in my life- 11.3 miles. Wow. My fiancée thinks I am crazy. Especially since it was really hot and sunny outside. I feel like running in the fall is more my thing, but I am signed up for a 1/2 marathon July 22nd and am not backing out at this point.

At our Gatorade office in Chicago, we have annual goals that we publicly state to everyone at a “State Your Goal” day and we also have them posted in our offices/cubicles for everyone to see. Running my 1st 1/2 marathon is one of my goals. I am glad I didn’t put the time I wanted to run (2hrs or less or about 9 min miles). I had always been a little annoyed when people talk about “running” marathons when they do 15 min miles. I mean, that is walking. So….I was opening my big mouth about doing it in 2 hrs and now I am not thinking that is doable, especially in the heat in July. So to make my goal, all I have to do is finish, but I still want to do 10 min miles or about 2 hrs and 10 mins. There, I have stated it as a goal. Just not at work with all of my super-fit colleagues.

I ran the 11.3 miles averaging about 10 min miles including 2 Gatorade stops. Buying Gatorade at North Ave beach is not cheap but it was worth it to remain upright. I also stopped at a few water fountains along the way and nearly dunked my head in it. So gross but necessary.

I felt good but tired afterwards. I had a fabulous tour of Chicago along the lake. Go to http://www.mapmyrun.com if you want a similar route. The good thing about my training is that I am not injured or sore. Except for the tummy thing last time, I am very healthy with my running.

I have 3 weeks until the race and this week is the 4th of July and I have the week off of work. My plan is to run a short and long run this week and then start my “no wine” detox for the 1-2 weeks before the race. What a trooper I am. We will see how that goes. Notice how I am vague about the length of time (“1-2 wks”). I guess you could say that I know my limitations…..