Hi, my name is Tiffany and I am addicted to running races. So yes, it is true- I will be running the Seattle Rock and Roll half marathon in two days!! This race was one that I was looking at for my first marathon but it just seemed too overwhelming to me. There are 25,000 runners between the full and the half, and that just seemed a bit too much for me to take in while attempting my very first full marathon. I thought it would be fun to run the half marathon, but the race filled up early and I was too unsure about how I would be feeling after running my marathon 3 weeks ago to take a chance and register.
Anyways, long story short I am going to use the race bib of somebody who actually registered for the race, then didn't train for it. Who does that? Apparently lots of people, take a gander at Craig's list if you don't believe me. I know that some people are not able to run due to an injury as well, but if you want a last minute entry to the race and don't mind running under somebody else's name there is ample opportunity! I guess this kind of thing is frowned on by the race officials, but I don't really see the harm. I am racing in my correct age group and I am pretty sure I am not going to win any awards!
Tomorrow morning I am heading up to the race expo to get all my awesome stuff and check out the fun gear. I might be slightly addicted to running gear. Ok fine. Hi, my name is Tiffany and I am addicted to running gear and running races. What is the harm in looking cute and sweaty at the same time?
Then in the evening I am going to a dinner hosted by Tall Mom at The Spaghetti Factory in Tukwila. She has organized this dinner for all of the blogger ladies who are either in the area or running the race this weekend. I am going as Cynthia's date and I am actually a bit nervous to meet all of these fabulous ladies in real life! I am kind of a quiet blogger- I read blogs but I don't leave a lot of comments. I only have 19 followers (and I love you all!) although I know there are others who read and don't technically "follow"-hint, hint. I don't participate in give aways because I don't have the patience for it. But I do enjoy reading blogs of people who "get" running in the same way that I do.
It's going to be a fun weekend! And to top it all off I get to run with my long lost BRF (best running friend) Cynthia, even though she is running the full marathon. I don't really have a goal time for this race, I just plan on giving it my all. This will be a baseline for the many half marathons I have planned for the next few months, with the ultimate goal of running a sub 2 hour 1/2 marathon.
I will leave you with one of my favorite sayings about running:
My sport is your sport's punishment
20 June 2011
|That about summarizes what I did on Saturday!|
|Our Ragnar van!|
I woke up Saturday morning to our standard weather these days- grey, drizzly skies and chilly temperatures. I ate a cliff bar really quick, drank some espresso and geared up for my first 6 miler. It was really raining at that point so I threw my hat on and headed out the door. I also wore my arm sleeves instead of a jacket- love those things! I felt a bit sluggish during the entire run, and I also didn't want to go all out knowing I still had 2 more runs to complete for the day!
Run #1= 6 miles, 59 minutes, pace of 9:45
When I got home I layed out all of my wet clothes hoping they would dry so I could wear them for the next run (don't judge) and had a protein drink, a gatorade and some chicken with rice. Then I hopped in the shower which seemed kind of pointless but I do have some hygiene standards! I ran to Target for a bit, then came home and relaxed for an hour or so before gearing up for run #2. I ate a banana, put on my running clothes from earlier (which were still damp by the way, including my shoes) and headed out for run #2, about 4 hours after finishing the first run! It was not raining this time and my legs felt really good for the first mile, not so good for miles 2 and 3, then pretty good for mile 4. Not sure how to explain that!
Run #2= 4 miles, 38 minutes, pace of 9:32
This time when I got home I tossed my running clothes in the dirty hamper. They were feeling kind of crunchy and there was no way I was going to wear them again! Although I joked that people around town would start to wonder if I had been running non stop all day long if I didn't change. I can just imagine "Honey, didn't that girl run by our house about 6 hours ago?" Haha!
|Yummy granola and coconut milk!|
This time I decided to have a bowl of granola with some coconut milk and a couple of hard boiled eggs. It was kind of tricky eating at the right times and keeping hydrated with all of this crazy running! I changed into some comfy clothes and entertained myself by playing some 'words with friends' on my phone and attempting to take some photos of myself. I decided that my new favorite things in the world are my calf sleeves- they felt so good, like a hug for my leg. Then I decided to lay down in the recliner with my blanket and read my book Once a Runner. I don't think I ended up reading too much of it :)
|I think I need to work on my self photography skills a bit|
|Reading my book. Ok fine- I guess I took a little nap!!|
Run #3= 4 miles, 37 minutes, pace of 9:09
I was a tired girl after this last run! I made myself some Nuun and stretched/foam rolled really well. I fixed myself some chicken, rice, cucumbers and hummus for dinner. We had been out to dinner with some friends at a place called Mediterranean Kitchen in Bellevue Friday night, and I ended up eating my meal 3 seperate times and never finished it all. That is a large portion of food!
|Love nuun! Tastes better out of a candy cane striped straw too!|
|Dinner! Leftovers from the Mediterranean Kitchen in Bellevue. I was starving but there was no way I could finish it all.|
15 June 2011
|My new zensah compression calf sleeves for when I run in my Merrell's (I don't like to wear socks with them)! Love them so far, they are very comfortable.|
I left the house and ran down to the junior high track, warming up for about 1.5 miles or so, then took an easy lap around the track. I wasn't sure it was a 400 meter lap, but my Garmin assured me it was. Sweet! I then ran 5x400 as fast as I could go, with a recovery lap in between. Then I ran back home, which is pretty much a steady climb the entire mile. I am not techy enough to know what my lap times were using my garmin, but my run was 5.05 miles in 45 minutes for a pace of 9:03 overall.
I liked the speed work. It made the time go by pretty fast, and it was actually kind of fun. I wore my Merrell Pace Gloves (without socks) and they seemed to be the perfect track type shoe. I felt like throwing up a few times, and at the end my lungs burned a bit and my muscles were tired. I also took a boxing class this morning so it was my second workout for the day. I am trying to do as many double workouts as possible to prepare for the Ragnar Relay next month. I am looking forward to this new type of run on Wednesdays!
14 June 2011
|My daughters bday cupcakes|
I am following the intermediate training program the Ragnar site suggests (the beginner one was a bit easy for me) and just modified it a bit. Well, mostly I took out the Monday and Friday 5 mile runs and will do cross training of some sort on Mondays and probably take a rest day on Fridays. I think I will try and incorporate some interval/speed work on the Wednesday runs and see how that works out.
I am also getting my diet back in check. I kind of let it go towards the end of my marathon training, but I am back to my 4 meals of 400 calories now. Of course on those really hard training days I will probably up that a bit, but for the most part that should be sufficient. I am hopeful summer might arrive one of these days, and a swim suit might be necessary at some point :)
So here is my agenda for the month of July:
July 4th- JBLM 8K mud run
July 9th- Top to Bottom 5K
July 22nd-23rd- Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage- Runner #6!!!
|Last year at the JBLM 8K mud run. What a blast!|
12 June 2011
|The birthday duo|
|What, your kids read the dictionary too right??|
|Devan taking the ball upfield|
This year for her birthday party she decided it was going to be a "rock star" party with music and dancing. We had eleven 9 year old girls over to our house and they had an absolute blast. What a fun age 9 is turning out to be. Happy birthday my sweet baby girl, I love you lots. Quit growing up so fast! This video below is from her birthday party- those girls are a crack up!
Today (6/12) is my hubby's bday. I won't tell you how old he is, but I will tell you he turned 30 the day after Devan was born. That milestone was a bit overshadowed, and for several years he ended up with a pink princess cupcake. Poor guy, he is a good sport about it though! I have been attempting to separate the two occasions for the last few years, and tomorrow we have a group of friends going out to dinner with us to celebrate. And he even gets his own cupcakes :)
|My studly husband!|
He loves camping, hiking, surfing, biking and playing soccer. Somehow I convinced him to join my ragnar relay team- so he has been following the training plan and doing lots of running these days. And he is a total stud by doing it all in his Vibram Five Fingers I bought him for Christmas! He supports my running and allows me to take up some of our family time on Saturdays to go do my training. Then takes care of me when I am done. I am a lucky lady. Happy Birthday Will, I love you!
And an update on the marathon recovery- tonight I played our last soccer game for the session. I played the field the entire game (instead of keeper) and am happy to report my legs felt perfect! I was a little nervous that if I tried running they would just snap in half in revolt, but they held up great. Runner girl is BACK! Next week I will launch into full blown Ragnar Relay training.
|This is from a couple of games ago. Don't worry boys- I will get the ball!!! Our team is blue and I am in yellow. Will is on the far right, Seth in the middle and Bennett on the left. Notice how they are rushing to help me :)|
09 June 2011
|Super nervous, just about to head to the start line|
On Sunday morning (6/5) I woke up at 6:30am in order to have time to eat something, shower, gather all of my stuff and be out the door hopefully somewhere close to 7:45am. The first thing I did was brew a pot of coffee and sit down to try and eat some food. I stuck with the tried and true cliff bar/peanut butter/banana combination since it seems to always work for me. I don't usually get nervous for races any more, but because this was a new distance for me and it would be the first time on a starting line ALONE I was having some serious butterflies in my tummy. So I managed the cliff bar but not the banana. I decided to just eat that in the car on the drive to the start line and hopped in the shower. Yes, I shower before running for 5 hours. Don't you?
I made sure to apply tons of sunscreen (it said it would last at least 80 minutes. hmmmm...) and applied body glide literally every place I could possibly think of that may chafe. I got dressed in my running gear, fit all of my gels and energy chews into my pockets and we were out the door. We ran into Alyssa and Paul in the hallway and I wished her luck (she looked pretty nervous) and we were off at around 8:10am. Much later than I wanted, darn!
I tried to eat the banana in the car on the way to Sequim but my stomach was not really too happy with that plan. I got about 2/3 of it eaten and gave up. We parked and as we were walking across the field I was feeling really, really nervous and kind of ill. It was pretty warm out already- not a good sign if you ask me. I am pretty sure the temperature in Tacoma had not hit 70 degrees one time during my training, and now I was going to go run a freaking MARATHON in that heat? Holy cow. Granted, it isn't like 70 degrees is hot, but when you are used to running in cool, 50 degree weather and your body does not adjust well to sudden temperature changes it spells trouble!
|I am way behind all of those speedy looking people!|
I made sure to keep my pace just under 10 minutes. That was my initial goal, to always be just under 10 minutes per mile, then towards the end if I felt good to maybe try some 9:30's. Around mile 3 I noticed my feet starting to go a bit numb- my shoes were still tied too tightly! So finally I stopped and loosened them up a bit and my feet went back to normal. I was feeling pretty good, trying to just get into the rhythm and enjoy my race- but boy that sun was warm! There was literally not a speck of shade and running on the pavement started to make me overheat. As we ran down the main street in Sequim (Washington Ave I believe) one business owner had their sprinkler out so I ran through that. It was then that I realized my arm sleeves would help keep me cool if I got them wet so at that point I started pouring one cup of water on me at the water stops. Will and the kids drove past me and honked so I knew they would be up ahead somewhere waiting for me.
|I like this picture- notice how we are all landing on our right feet?|
|Pretzels in hand- not feeling too good here.|
|The beautiful scenery. I wanted to be on that mountain top in the snow :)|
Right after that last hill the trail pops out next to hwy 101 where my whole crew was waiting for me. I had made it to mile 20! I begged them to take me with them, but they told me no. I was almost done! I kind of needed to use the bathroom but decided I just wanted to be finished running. I had 6 miles left and then I was done. I was going to finish, I had complete faith in my body at that point. I also had a new focus- finish in less than 5 hours! I did NOT want a 5 to be the first number in my time. That meant I needed to RUN.
|Begging them to take me with them!!!|
Around mile 22 we popped out of the trail and were running next to the water. It was really pretty, but again we were in the direct sun the entire rest of the run. We passed the 12th water stop and the ladies there had chips and salsa out, but I just grabbed my 2 water cups and my gatorade and continued on. At this point I was starting to realize that running was less painful than walking, and if I did start walking getting back to a running stride was hard. What a terrible cycle! This is where the mental part of a marathon comes into play I suppose. Trying to convince your body to keep running when every single muscle in your body is tired and hurts.
I remember passing the 23 mile sign and thinking I had only a 5K left. I kept playing leap frog with this lady, and she was so nice every time I passed her she would encourage me and tell me to go for it. I started passing a few people here and there, realizing that was somehow giving me the focus I needed. So I just started picking people off here and there. And nearly everyone I passed looked at me and told me "good job"- how nice is that? When I knew there was only one mile left I shifted into the highest gear I could find. I passed 3 girls I had been chasing for about 1/2 a mile, skipped the last water stop and just ran with all the energy I could find. I passed quite a few people in that last stretch. I slowed to a walk for about 5 seconds before I thought "what the heck are you doing- the finish line is RIGHT THERE!"
Then all of a sudden I looked up and Jaime was walking towards me. Somehow she knew I needed that last little push to get me over that finish line. I have the best BFF in the world. She ran with me for a minute or two while I told her that if I ever mentioned running a marathon again she should smack me and remind me of this very moment. Then she stopped and let me finish my race. I finished strong and crossed that finish line with a smile. I think anyways, only the photos will tell :)
|Just before the finish line- Alyssa and Sarah cheering me on. Paul took the photo. I passed all those people behind me :)|
|Our shiny new medals. Apparently I was too tired to open my eyes properly!|
We went and had dinner at Applebee's- by then I finally had an appetite! I had a steak dinner with a baked potato and steamed veggies. I also had a well deserved beer, then we had some dessert. It was a chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream. Yum. I was wearing my shirt and medal so people would know why I was walking like a 90 year old lady so a few people stopped to talk to me about the race, and our waitress was a runner so she chatted with me about it as well. Then as we were heading out of the restaurant one of the workers was holding the door for us and she looks at me and says "M'am?" and I said "yes?" She said "I just wanted to tell you that you are really pretty"- I told her thank you, that was nice of her to say. Especially since I didn't feel all that glamorous after running for 5 hours!!
|Well deserved dessert!|
|Back at the hotel after dinner.|
When I woke up the next morning I managed to get out of bed and hobble around getting ready for the day. I felt pretty good (aside from the soreness) so we decided to eat breakfast at The Oak Table in Sequim, hit the ferry in Bremerton and hang out downtown Seattle at the market for the day! We had a lot of fun, and it was a nice way to finish up my marathon weekend!
|Riding the ferry to Seattle|
|Of course that sticker was put on immediately!!!|
|Hanging out at Pike Place Market|
06 June 2011
|Moments after finishing the marathon. I truly was that happy!|
After we arrived in Port Angeles we checked into our hotel and headed to the marathon expo. I grabbed my race packet and a few stickers for the car and we set off to explore town and find some lunch.
|The kiddos pretending they love each other downtown Port Angeles|
We then drove to Carrie Blake Park where the marathon start was so we could find it easily in the morning. The kids played for a bit then we headed back to the hotel. I still needed to prepare everything for the morning. I always set out my outfit, pin my bib on and gather things like my garmin, ipod and fuel sources so I don't have to stress about that and can try to sleep.
|Hmmm...do I have all my stuff here???|
|Must. Have. Coffee.|
|Ready to head out the door!|
|We ran into Alyssa in the hallway. She ran her first half marathon yesterday!|
|This is my "I am going to vomit" face. Cute right?|
|And I am off!|
|Mile 4- we repassed the start line. I was feeling pretty good here still.|
|Mile 5 or so. Will took this photo while driving. That's safe and legal right??? And talented.|
Mile 2- 9:59
Mile 3- 9:40
Mile 4- 9:48
Mile 5- 10:56 (my feet had gone numb so I had to stop and loosen my shoelaces- DOH!)
Mile 6- 9:54 (started not feeling very good at this point)
I saw Will and the kids again around mile 6 and I was eating pretzels. I was feeling kind of ill at that point since we had been in the beating down sun the entire time. I was trying to get my stomach to stop feeling yucky.
|I was starting to overheat. You can see how red my face was. The hug from Devan helped!|
Mile 8- 10:46
Mile 9- 11:09
Mile 10- 15:08 (had to make a bathroom pit stop. I felt really sick, dizzy and terrible. I was worried)
Mile 11- 10:47
Mile 12- 10:44
|I was laughing here because Devan hugged me then said "EEEWWW, you are all wet!" this was mile 12|
|And I was off again. The guy in the white shirt is the same one from my starting photo. He was taking photos while running- backwards at times. That is some serious talent!|
Mile 14- 11:41
Mile 15- 11:27
Mile 16- 11:19
Mile 17- 13:17 (this is where the hills started and I did a bit of walking up them)
Mile 18- 11:31
I remember thinking somewhere around mile 18 that I was going to finish. I could do this, I only had 8 miles left. No problem. I couldn't keep track of my fueling so I just kept forcing myself to eat things that were in my pockets to keep my energy up.
|My cheering squad at mile 20. Sarah, Devan, Niko and Jaime (Will taking the photo). They were amazing, I was so thankful to keep seeing them all over the place.|
Mile 20- 12:19
Mile 21- 13:47 (downhill was just as hard as uphill! thought I might just tumble down it)
Mile 22- 10:46 (got a second wind here apparently)
Mile 23- 11:07 (at this point, walking was harder than running. seriously!)
Mile 24- 11:32
Mile 25- 11:12
Mile 26- 10:12 (had to finish strong. well, as much as I could muster)
|Jaime, myself and Devan running at mile 20|
|Heading to the finish line!|
Whatever, I RAN A MARATHON! I did it. Me. It was hard and at times I wanted to quit, but I didn't. I finished. I am proud of myself. I pushed myself harder than I ever have before and I succeeded.
|Trying to eat some yogurt before my massage. It wasn't tasting all that great.|
|Can you say OUCH? Holy cow, this stung so bad in the shower I had to cover it with a wash cloth. The other arm has it too, just not quite as bad.|