Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rock 'n Sole Recap

Well I came, I saw, I didn't quite kick ass...but it is in the books.

Here's the breakdown of the day.  I found some great parking, walked to the starting area with a teacher from MPS that I met along the way.  Used the bathroom, and went over the Pace Team area where I talked to my friend Bill who was pacing the 2:20 group.  Also, said hi to a Tweep, who actually used to work with one of my teammates from Ragnar (small world).

I went over to gear check, where I saw my friend, Yomarie, who was excited and ready to rock this race.  Her enthusiasm was awesome, and made me relax a bit. 
Yomarie and I, check out the fog!

I also went over to say hello to some fellow Sole Sisters.  Although, I have yet to make it to a run with this group.  I love reading their interactions, positive posts, and look forward to joining them for a get together soon!

I started with the 1:40 group, hoping that I could get back down to that time...I was close in March.  However, I felt it was too slow at the beginning, so I did what I always do GO TOO FAST AT THE START.  My second mile was a 7:09, duh, not sure what gets into me.
Things over the Hoan were much better than last year, so mentally it did not beat me this year.  It helped that it was quite foggy, and the sun hadn't completely broke through. I even saw the woman I walked in with from the parking lot, she hollered "Go Librarian" at me.  Awesome.
Also, I saw a walker who was an amputee on the other side of the road.  I wanted to yell a positive shout, but got all choked up and could only manage a thumbs up...I have to get Drew to walk a race.
Anyway, the race continued to go well, but I was slowing down, the 1:40 pace group passed me as I was chugging up Alterra hill...Lafayette Hill.  I ran through the water stops, as I was carrying my handheld.  At mile ten though, I decided it was time for a walk and I wanted to keep walking, when a man gave me the boost I needed to tell me to keep going and get back on track.  We ran together for a bit, before I told him to move on.  We talked at the finish, and I was grateful for his pick-me-up.  Runners are such a great group of people who support each other.  I love that!
At the finish, I saw Jason and the girls, and my parents, that put a big smile on my face.  I threw them my handheld, although I am not sure why as I was done.
The toss

Anyway, the course was much better than last year, and I was happy to be finished.  I am mentally done with racing for a bit (ok, I am doing a 4th of July race) but am looking forward to logging running miles versus racing miles for a bit!
The girls and I
My parents were heading north after so I found my post race beer quickly.  See my smile now?!?

Then we headed to Alterra so they could caffeinate for the trip.  The rest of day I relaxed and took it easy.  

However, I am still doing the Runner's World Run Streak so got back out the next day and ran 4 miles with Jason.  :)  I am enjoying the streak more than I thought I would.  Have you streaked before?  How long?

Overall-420 of 3222
Sex-95 of 1811
Age-16 of 278

Friday, June 22, 2012

Rock 'n Sole-Mental Meltdown

In 24 hours I will have completed the Rock 'n Sole Half Marathon.  I'm looking forward to being done, but running it...not so much.  Why?  Last year's race was a freakin' disaster.  Aside from poor race planning of the race itself, it was hot and I seriously contemplated quitting, not something I like to do.  I allowed myself to walk, finished I think my slowest half ever, just over 2 hours.  

Fast forward a year later, I've run two halfs in HOT weather Green Bay, and Madison (my canceled full that turned into a half).  Ragnar was also HOT.  The forecast for tomorrow looks decent, not too hot.  But mentally I feel melted and I don't know what to expect.  I've ran races slower than I usually do to stay safe, so I feel unprepared to step back up tomorrow.  I'm trying not too get too caught up in the thinking, and just go and run...I feel like the course beat me last year, and this year I want to beat it.

On a positive note, the expo yesterday was nice.  Did a little shopping...

The girls made some signs, and got balloons!  They loved these big blow up shoes!
My bag and my number, not just need to finalize my outfit and I will be all set physically, hoping the mental part follow suit!!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Ragnar A to Z

There are soooo many thoughts and emotions of to put words into this recap.  During a regular recap, I tend to get too wordy.  This race was way different than anything I have ever done before.  It was HOT, there was down time, there was go time, confusion, sadness, LOTS of happiness and laughing.  We survived, and are RAGNARIANS...I can't quite put 40+ hours of being awake, traveling 200 miles, running 22 of them into words, but I'll break it down A to Z...
Decorating the van
A-Amys-there were three of them, including me, Amy G.-someone I met for the first time during this race, could not be any sweeter and she's a BAMF.  Amy Z.-Funny, funny, funny, we didn't see Van #1 teammates as much as I would have liked-but she made me smile whenever I saw her.

B-BAMF-I mean really when it comes down to it, that is what we are.  Running several times in heat, lack of sleep, missing meals, yet digging in and getting it done.  So proud of all my teammateys!!

C-Chicago-Running the last leg in with Jamie was priceless, the traffic to get out-not so much.
Kim at the start!

D-Delirious-Pretty much the way we got after being up for 40+ hours.
I loved seeing this!

E-Exhausting~mentally and physically.
F-Falon-Annother amazing woman, who cracked my ass up.  I felt like I knew her even though we had only met once.  
Amy, Marcia and I waiting in the shade for our run to begin!

G-Gross-After running three times and not showering...we were gross!  Thankfully the pictures of us are not scratch and sniff!  When I finally showered Saturday night, ugh, my white washcloth was brown as I washed away the layers.
H-HOT-Besides us?!?!  The weather was Freaking HOT!
I-Irritating-Kills/Killcount on the side of Vans...just sayin'
J-Jennifer/Jamie-Jennifer, who I met once, but had tweeted often with, she was always upbeat.  She received some bad news on this journey, but handled it with flair.  Jamie-I have gotten to know well over the last couple of months.  How could I not love her?  When running together through Racine at 4 in the morning she told me she could not stop looking at my ass!  Too funny!
Love this!

K-Kim M./Kim N.-Kim M. was one of our captains extraordinaire.  She is also super sweet!  Kim N. I really would have liked to get to know more, this was our first meeting, she can run like hell and look perfectly amazing afterwards!
L-Lisa-Again she made me laugh with her comments, she rocked some awesome pirate attire I might add.  We talked teacher talk on the way back from Chicago to Madison, she is such a cool person-now if only her kids would get that through their heads :)
M-Marcia-This was my first time meeting Marcia.  She is an early riser like me, takes running to heart, and I truly enjoyed getting to know her and hope to run with her again!
N-Nighttime running-A whole new element to running, my night leg got moved due to our timing, so I ran with Linda and Jamie during sunrise.
See what I mean, crazy!?!  I think this is Linda.
O-Orange-The official color of Ragnar!

Another P-Potty at Sentry, way in the back of the store!
P-Panty Raiders!-Loved rocking the Panties with the Pirate theme! So much fun, I really think we were one of the best!

Q-Quiet time-Insert cricket chirps here...We tried to sleep at a major exchange, we didn't sleep, but woke up to the fact that there was no one else around.  We had to readjust some legs to get back on sucked.
Yep, that's my pirate's booty!

R-Rachel-Organization is this girl's talent.  Wow, we were so prepared thanks to her.  She rocked a sweet pirate cowboy hat, well she just basically rocked.
S-Safety- Safety meeting, reflective vests, blinking lights, headlamps, flags to cross the road...Seriously couldn't get the safety dance out of my head the whole freaking time.
Do the Safety Dance!
T-Teammates-The.Best.Ever. Rachel, Kim M., Linda, Jennifer, Falon, Lisa, Kim N., Jamie, Marcia, Amy G., Amy Zyn.
Van #1

Van #2

V-Vans- Who knew how many white vans existed!?  It was so cool to see all vans decorated and to read all the sayings on the sides.  Also fun watching our panties hanging on for dear life on the antenna...the blow up parrot flew off and away!
W-WTF-As mentioned earlier we realized that because our pace had slowed down due to the heat, we were waaaaay behind where we thought we would be.  WE have to contact the race director, double up on some legs, it was a ClusterF#@!  But we readjusted and got it done.
Rocking the safety vest.

X-X-rated-Language that is, after no sleep the filter goes out the window, and the language flies...we sounded like a bunch of pirates!
Y-Yes-We did it.  200 miles, Madison to Chicago, Blazing Heat, No Sleep, Skipping Meals, HELL YES!
Me, Jamie, and Linda after our 7 mile sunrise run

Z-ZZZZZ-The hotel bed was a welcome site Saturday night!  
Our badass logo!

Thank you!-To our awesome sponsers:
Aspaeris-Compression shorts rocked!
Polar Bottle-Super bottle, still using it!
Chrissy's Knee High Socks-Rocked the socks!
MyRaceRagz-Most comfy running tee!
Bondi Bands-I already love you, loved the custom printing.
Running Chics-The bag is my new gear bag
Gu-Restocked my supply
Body Glide-Amen!
Blue Steel Sports-Life saver!
Given Brand Sports-Will be using over and over again!
Build A Sign-Loved it!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wordless Wednesday-National Running Day

In Wisconsin-It's over...
Time to focus on...
While me mateys are wearing...
More to come, aaaarrrrrgghhhh!!!!

P.S.  Happy National Running Day!