Jenn gets fit

A little active recovery.

Swimming - 45 minutes (nice goggle marks right?) AND for a 3 mile bike ride - and it’s only 11:30! That’s what a day off of work can do for you.

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Rock ‘N Roll Raleigh Half Marathon Race Recap

I feel like it is fitting that I’m writing this on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. That’s why I love doing races and running, the runners spirit is something you can’t put into words and we’ll always keep going.

I woke up Sunday at the early hour of 4:15am. I got all my stuff together, ate my bagel, peanut butter, and banana and was out the door by 5:15. We left early but it still wasn’t early enough to escape the traffic - so much traffic! My parents came later and they saw runners getting out of their cars on the highway to make it to the start on time! If I do this race next year I’l definitely allow much more time.

We parked and had just enough time to wait in the porta potty line and head to the corral. My friend Jen was placed in corral 18 and I in corral 21 because of projected finish times but we decided to start together. I started telling myself that everyone around me is faster than me and I can’t let that bother me at the start - stay to the side and stay at my own pace!

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We got to line up on Fayetteville street which is absolutely beautiful and a great part of Raleigh - you can see the capital building up ahead! 

While I loved Disney, there is nothing like running in your own city. I went to college in Raleigh and I just love it, it’s a great up and coming city with a lot of natural beauty! 

It was a cool morning with a good breeze but the high for the day was 78 and I knew it would get hot quick as the day went on. 

imageSoon it was time for the race to start! Each corral went off a couple minutes apart and around 7:45 it was our turn! 

imageAnd we were off! My parents were right near the start and were able to get a good picture of me right at the start. 

imageI had a water bottle with me that I planned to toss at the first water station but I ended up keeping it - it was SO hot and HILLY! The first couple of miles went by without a hitch. I was actually shocked when the first mile went by. I had my runkeeper app set to run 3 minutes walk 1 minute for the race but ended up just kind of keeping my own time. Because there were so many hills I mostly just ran up a quarter of the hill, walked up the rest and then ran down the hills and the flats. 

Mile 1-4: 13:01, 14:02, 14:12, 15:47

Mile 4 was the first huge hill. It was a doozy. I also ran into my parents and stopped to talk to them. I was feeling pretty good but told them it was MUCH hillier than I anticipated. They told me that EVERYONE was walking up that particular hill and that made me feel a bit better. 

My stomach had not been doing so hot for the majority of the run and I had to pee since the start of the race so at mile 5 when I saw the first porta pottys without a huge line I ran over and took care of business. 

While at the water station I just started feeling horrible. I could tell that I was becoming dehydrated. I hated to but I decided to listen to my body and slow down. I’m a sweater and there was no sweat on my forehead. I refilled my water bottle, ate some sports beans and slowed down. 

Mile 5-7: 17:53 (Bathroom), 16:57, 16:09

I need to reevaluate my hydration because at both of my half marathons around mile 5 is when I became dehydrated. I usually drank plenty of water, well more than 8 glasses a day so I think I may need to drink some gatorade and more water before and during the race. 

Miles 6-8 was pretty much one giant hill, and it was killer. The heat was setting in and more and more people were walking at this point. I was still trying to hold a run/walk but because the hills were so plentiful I was walking much more than I wanted. There was one time when I honestly thought if the hill was any steeper, I would need to crawl…not fun. 

Also at mile 8 we separated from the marathoners but then rejoined them at their mile 20 or so I believe? So they were the fast runners but I always enjoy watching them run. 

Mile 8-10: 17:08, 16:30, 15:14

Mile 10 was when we passed NC State and had a pretty big, welcomed downhill. 

Also by mile 11 I was finally feeling better, I had been taking gatorade, gu’s, and drinking lots of of water for the last few miles and I was finally sweating. 

Around mile 11 they had a great set up in honor of killed in action soldiers. There was a group of runners running the half and full in memory of them. It was really cool running under all of the flags and each soldier had a sign and picture of their own. 

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mile 11-13.1: 17:19, 16:37, 16:27 (.1 - but my Garmin says .28) 3:23 - 12:05/mil pace

We made our way back into downtown and I started to pick up the pace a bit. The hills weren’t as bad anymore and I was ready to be done. I heard people call out all around me “I don’t have it in me anymore!” I passed a lot of people during this point probably because of my massive slowdown when I wasn’t feeling well - I still had some in the tank! 

The final stretch was down Fayetteville street and I finished strong. I also was clueless when it came to finding my parents. I would be past them and they would have to call out to me, this happened 2 times during the race! In the finisher chute I saw them at the very last minute and they were able to snap a picture and take a video! 

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imageI crossed the finish line with an official time of 3:30:55 I kind of hated that I wasn’t sub 3:30 but it is still a 10 minute PR! 

imageJen ran it in 2:48! Her first sub 3 - I was so proud of her!

Overall I enjoyed this race because it was so close to home but I didn’t do as well as I hoped. I know I shouldn’t be down on myself but I was hoping to finish more around 3:15, if it weren’t for the hills and the heat I think I could have done it. I need to work on hydration and I need some hill work! Usually it works out okay for me to run 1/4-1/2 of the hill and walk up the rest but when the majority of the course is a hill that results in you walking half of it… 

I’m excited that I made it through in one piece, a little ankle pain but for the most part I’m doing okay - nothing like last time! I also learned that I need to work on speed now and not distance. I’m ready to be a faster runner and to decrease the amount of walking. Here’s to being sub 3:30 and hopefully sub 3 someday! I just have to keep running and improving as I go along! 

I’m also excited that my next half is FLAT!! yayyy 

A text I got from my friend Allison yesterday. As you can see the last time we spoke was in February, she moved out of state and we don’t talk as much anymore. We were best friends all throughout college.

And she just sent this to me randomly after seeing my half marathon post on Facebook. 

I don’t think I can get across how much this meant to me. To have someone so genuinely say they were proud of me. 

Yeah people are always like “wow! You go girl” and they always comment about how crazy runners are but to have someone privately just simply say they’re proud of you means more than 100 people saying “you can do it!” I’m not sure why but realizing that other people see something and are cheering you on from behind the scenes means the world :)

A text I got from my friend Allison yesterday. As you can see the last time we spoke was in February, she moved out of state and we don’t talk as much anymore. We were best friends all throughout college.

And she just sent this to me randomly after seeing my half marathon post on Facebook.

I don’t think I can get across how much this meant to me. To have someone so genuinely say they were proud of me.

Yeah people are always like “wow! You go girl” and they always comment about how crazy runners are but to have someone privately just simply say they’re proud of you means more than 100 people saying “you can do it!” I’m not sure why but realizing that other people see something and are cheering you on from behind the scenes means the world :)

Finished my second half marathon today! It was super hot and VERY hilly, and I had some hydration issues. 

Sadly, two people died during the half. It’s a huge reminder of our mortality and how important it is to take care of ourselves and listen to our bodies. My thoughts go out to those families, it is always horrible when a positive, fun event ends so tragically.

Finished my second half marathon today! It was super hot and VERY hilly, and I had some hydration issues.

Sadly, two people died during the half. It’s a huge reminder of our mortality and how important it is to take care of ourselves and listen to our bodies. My thoughts go out to those families, it is always horrible when a positive, fun event ends so tragically.

My big bowl if pasta before my half marathon tomorrow! 

Nerves are setting in…

My big bowl if pasta before my half marathon tomorrow!

Nerves are setting in…

Color me rad 5k!

Me before my run - I did NOT want to go! It was cold and drizzling

10 miles done!! I did a run 3 walk 1 the whole way and had NO miles over 16/mile! (though I did get close…)

10 miles: 15:35 pace

14:44, 15:21, 15:52, 15:35, 15:52, 15:57, 15:42, 15:22, 15:49, 15:03

It was actually a great run, so much so that I was kind of surprised. I will say I’m not a huge fan of Gu’s. They usually don’t taste very good and they can be messy but this time it SAVED me. I really hit my stride after taking it. I may have to play around with different kinds now to figure out which flavor I like best. 

And with that my last long run before my next half is FINISHED! Time to taper! Definitely less prepared than my last half but hoping that might actually be better considering I had an overuse injury during my last half. 

I love how great a good run can be for your moral =]]

Finally got around to scanning and posting some of my half marathon race pictures!

Was a fan of my outfit for the day. Can’t wait until dress season!

Was a fan of my outfit for the day. Can’t wait until dress season!

Enjoying this beautiful weather…until it gets cold again. I’m ready for spring but winter isn’t giving up just yet! 

77 degrees yesterday, snow Tuesday. 

3 miles 14:10 pace. Wasn’t feeling it, did it anyway. Was proud of this one as I had a full day and got up early to run and shower before my day started!

Enjoying this beautiful weather…until it gets cold again. I’m ready for spring but winter isn’t giving up just yet!

77 degrees yesterday, snow Tuesday.

3 miles 14:10 pace. Wasn’t feeling it, did it anyway. Was proud of this one as I had a full day and got up early to run and shower before my day started!