Wednesday, May 30, 2012

RUN+STREAK=NO EXCUSES, ACCOUNTABILITY

Definitions:
Run-to go faster than a walk; specifically : to go steadily by springing steps so that both feet leave the ground for an instant in each step
Streak-a consecutive series  
Excuse-to try to remove blame from 
Accountability-the quality or state of being accountable; especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions

From Runner's World, here it is in a nutshell-
Run at least one mile per day, every day, starting on Memorial Day (Monday, 5/28) and ending on Independence Day (Wednesday, 7/4). That's 38 consecutive days of running.  

After the letdown of Madison I needed some motivation, so yeah, I am doing it.  Day #3 is under my belt!  Looking forward to it.  Have you streaked before?  Did you like it, for how long?

Follow the #RWRunStreak on twitter!
 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Madison Marathon...oops HALF

After a discussion, it was decided I would try to write this race recap as a poem...There is a lot to say I know, some lines might be a stretch/corny...but hey that's me!


On Tuesday Madison Marathon, let us know
Because of the heat-that the FULL may be a no-go.

Weeks of training put to rest, 
This taper week was supposed to have no stress. 

Instead I found myself double/triple checking the weather
Hoping like hell they were wrong & the race would come together.


Facebook comments and tweets where opinions were definitely being heard
Some people made great points, while others were just absurd.


Friday afternoon we finally found out
The full was canceled, there were no more doubts


With the answer in place, knowing now it was 13.1
I went to my daughters' concert out in the nice sun.
2nd grade strut

They sang and danced about the rainbow
Afterwards they showed us their portfolios
Kindergarten kicks
Saturday evening I went to Jamie's (Running Diva Mom)
Who graciously allowed me to sleep over-she is the bomb!

We woke up at 5, ate dressed and drove to the square
We parked, and easily found Linda (Mom Running from Cancer) there! 

Jamie, me, and Linda pre-race


The wait for the port-o-potties was long...
By the time we were finished they were singing THE song.


We parted with Linda, before the start
But the crowded chute didn't allow us to get too far apart


The first miles were a jostled mess, moving to and fro
Finally I found a comfortable pace, relaxed and let go


Falling down at mile 7 definitely did suck
My apologies to the families there that heard me yell F@#K


After finishing up mile 10
The sun was out and pace began to rescind

Shortly after that I saw my family three
The most important people who mean so much to me
Blowing kisses to J and the girls


I was looking forward to the end
The uphill finish and up around the bend


Jamie and I post race
Chatted with a fellow Jennipede-Paul, found Haleigh, mom and dad
Looking for Linda and Jamie who found me instead, so I was glad


We passed off our kids, and went to a cupcake shop 
The delicious treat was perfect-salty caramel on top
Jamie, Linda, me, and Jenny


Jason and I were soon coffee bound
We had wonderful organic fair trade coffee that I could have drank by the pound


After figuring out parking, hotel...details mundane
We headed for lunch at the Great Dane
Jason and I (American Pale Ale and English Pale Ale)

An afternoon with nothing to do
Wandering around Madison having a brew
Jason and I putting aside our political differences

We enjoyed a wonderful evening walking around
With no kids voices-it was an unusual sound


Memorial Day Monday we got our caffeine fix
Took in the services at the Capitol with Veterans from foreign conflicts


My hometown's hero, a fallen son, was mentioned there,
Roses were placed on each of the 10 empty chairs
10 Wisconsin soldiers since last Memorial Day

Met my parents, picked up the girls
Drove home to the pool to give it a whirl


A relaxing weekend it was so much fun
How did I end it...with a nice two mile run!

1:46:16
32/438 age group
160/2398 females 
671/4390 overall







Monday, May 21, 2012

Cellcom Green Bay Half (Hot in Here)

Sunday morning was supposed to be a fun half that I decided to do on a whim after a friend had a half bib to sell for the cost of the transfer fee.  With a week to go before my Madison full, I thought why not?  I did well there last year, loved the course and spectators...and it is PACKER COUNTRY!

We went up later Saturday afternoon, checked in at the hotel and went to Lambeau Field the expo for packet pickup and the pasta dinner.  The GOOD thing about the warm weather...
 We didn't freeze when we ate our pasta dinner like we have in other years.  The pasta was good, the cookies were delicious.  The 26.2 beer was a nice American Wheat brewed by Titletown Brewery.  I gave my extra ticket so I could go back to the expo and do a little shopping, picking up a few new Bondi Bands.  Always need more colors!!!


We went back to our hotel to watch the girls swim and relax.  I continued to drink tons of water before calling it an early night to bed.


Sunday morning I woke up before the alarm went off at 5:15, dressed, ate, drank some coffee (still needed some even though I knew it was going to be hot).  I popped some nuun into my 16 oz plastic cup and went to catch the shuttle.  I met a great runner named Colleen from Minnesota.  We ended up hanging out together until the start, which was nice to not be all alone.  


I made my way up to where I wanted to be and bam, we were off.  The first few miles went ok, I was feeling pretty good, making decent time.  Soon thereafter, I started to feel the heat.  I knew that my mile 5 time text that was sent to my husband was going to look like all was well.  I knew that if I wanted to finish upright, I would have to slow it down.  Thankfully, I knew  a friend was going to be at mile 7.  When I got to mile 7, I asked him to call my husband to let him know I was slowing down.  I also handed him my hand held water bottle of Gatorade, and planned on walking through the water stops from there on out.


This helped me a lot physically and mentally.  Shortly after that around mile 8 I saw a spectator who was an amputee.  This reminded me of my brother, and one of the reasons why I do what I do.  Time for me to Suck it up Sally, and get this race done.  


Right before the finish with about a half mile to go, I saw the three most important people in my life.  I stopped to high five...
and then had Z wanting to tag a long with me for a few strides...
There was one more water stop after that, and YES, I stopped even though I had less than a quarter mile to go.  I was all about taking in liquids every chance I could get.
After picking up my gear bag, and leaving Lambeau, we saw the Brown County War Memorial.  I had to stop and take my pic with the Marine symbol after my brother had already played on my mind during the race. 
Chip time: 1:51:34
























Before we got to our car, we saw the first place marathoner coming in. It is always amazing to watch elite runners, they look so effortless and graceful. 


Back in the car, I received the text that the Marathon was closing due to heat.  Of course being emotional at this point, I cried.  I felt bad for the people who could not finish after all the weeks of training they had put into it.  However, having had to receive treatment for being dehydrated in high school at the finish of a race, I know how sick and dangerous it can be.  It takes time for a body to acclimate to this kind of heat.  It takes a runner who has run through this kind of heat to know what and where their limits may be.  Everyone is different, and when in charge of thousands of people, the race director did the right thing.
Do you agree or disagree?!?


Favorite sign along the way: Your training lasted longer than Kim Kardashian's marriage! 


Fingers crossed for Sunday's forecast!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Slacker











So I noticed it's been a long minute since I've posted anything.  Let me
tell you though, it's not because I haven't been workin' it.  I have 
completed my second half marathon for the year,  
Trailbreaker Half Marathon. Finishing like this: 93rd overall 3/471 in my 
age group, 11/297 in my age group, with a time of 1:41:42.   Not 
too bad considering we had to stop for a train 
on the return.  I’ve logged two 20 miles training runs.   One 15 mile 
run during  down pouring rain/sleet.  

I’m running Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon this weekend.   
Next week is the Madison Marathon. 
I’m hoping to weather the weather this weekend; it is supposed to be 
warm.   
I will let you know how it goes, yep, promising a race recap!  

But until then, here is a quick interview from the Green Bay Press Gazette.