Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Weekend Warrior Race Report

Well, the race didn't go quite as well as I had hoped, but I did finish! Five days before the race, I woke up with a sore throat and some congestion. I didn't feel well at all and ended up changing my training days that week from Monday and Wednesday to Tuesday and Thursday and rested as much as possible. It didn't really help too much. My sore throat went away, but I still had a lot of sinus pressure and either a stuffy or runny nose throughout the week. My training runs weren't too bad, but were only 30 minutes long.

So, on Saturday, I got up and got ready for the race. My husband drove me to the race and we walked to the starting line and then to the finish so we knew where we would be meeting up. He took a few pictures and then quickly went back to the truck so he could get out before the races started.

I went to the start line and waited at the flag for my pace group. And waited. There were three different start times based on which race you were running. The marathoners must have started a little late, which caused us to start late. But finally, we were off. The group I was running with included 12k, 10 Mile, Half Marathon, and 25k. I thought the race started out pretty good for me. We were running into the wind for the first 4 miles and then headed south. After about 6 miles or so, I was really starting to feel it and could tell that I wasn't at 100%. My nose was constantly running, and I was repeatedly blowing it so that I could breathe a little easier. So, I made it 8 miles before I started my run/walk intervals and by then, there was a lot more walking than running.  :(  My husband was tracking me through a GPS app and I saw him at Mile 10.

By then, my feet were bothering me again. I had taped the spots that I have the most issues, but my pinky toes are also bothering me on these long runs. Unfortunately, the last leg was headed right into the wind at the end, luckily it wasn't a very long leg, but I did finish! My official time was 2:45.


Overall, I'm so glad that I decided to do this. I'm very proud of that the fact that I did finish, although I am a little disappointed I didn't run the whole race. I've actually looked into races in the next several weeks near me so I can try again. There is one in Port Huron at the end of June that I am considering entering. This would give me another six weeks of training where I can concentrate on fully running these longer distances.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Training Update

My last update before the race - 9 days to go! And I'm still a little nervous about the race, I know that I am capable of finishing the race, but am still unsure if I'll be unable to run the whole race, I will give it my best though! For my longer runs this month, I started running at a nearby trail, the Macomb Orchard Trail, instead of trying to figure out a long enough route through the local neighborhoods. The trail is really nice and I will definitely be going back for my longer runs. It is about a 15-minute drive from my house, but since we live on a main road, I have to drive every time I go running anyway.

My step-sons had their Spring Break in April and we took them on a vacation. We arrived back home on a Friday evening, and I did my 12-mile training run the next morning. It did not go well. At all.  :(  I was so happy with myself for the previous long training run (11 miles) and was so disappointed that this one went so poorly. I did complete the 12 miles but over half of it was run/walk intervals. I'm hoping a lot of it was that I had just gotten back from vacation and because of flying and being in airports the day before. (I'm an anxious flyer and don't eat or drink much.) My last long training run was this past weekend and I did 13 miles, luckily, this one did go much better. I ran 10 straight miles and 3 miles were run/walk intervals. Unfortunately, it was the bottom of my feet that were hurting me and why I started the walking earlier than I had hoped. Even though the rest of my runs aren't nearly as long, I am going to experiment with doubling up on my socks and taping the spot that is bothering me and see how that goes. The final part of my training includes: