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Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Races, Running | 6 comments

5 Things that Helped Me Shave 5 Minutes off my PR

When I set out to run the Savannah Rock n Roll Half Marathon 2 weeks ago, I was hoping to beat my Personal Record (PR) of 1:49 by a minute or 2. I didn’t put a lot of pressure on myself though. I actually set my expectations low (it was my first half marathon since becoming a mom), and ultimately decided I would just be happy if I finished the race strong.

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Well, I ended up shaving 5 minutes off of my personal best time and crossing the finish line in 1:44! I could not believe what the clock said at the finish line because I remember thinking years ago that anything under a 1:45 was simply unattainable for me. I remember thinking, “Only legit runners can finish under that time.” I know I’m such a cheeseball, but I still get emotional thinking about that. I also laugh because {clearly} I am not a legit runner…but I did finish in a time that I was proud of.

Anyways, today I wanted to share what I think contributed to my success (playing that term a little loose today) during the Savannah Rock n Roll Half and why I think I was able to shave so much time off my splits. As always, I’m simply sharing what I believe worked for me – I’m not saying this is what you must do if you want to get faster. I’m no expert.

Speedwork

 

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I think this played a bigger role in my PR than any other factor. I set aside 1 day (sometimes 2 days) each week and played around with speed work. Gosh, these workouts were SO hard and usually left me feeling quite nauseous, but pushing my body outside my comfort zone paid off big time on race day. I remember hitting mile 11 during the race and feeling fatigued and then recalling all those days of running 400 meter sprints and feeling exhausted after 7 of them, but pushing through the final sets. If anything, it helped me mentally to know I could push through the discomfort.

And I’m sure this is totally obvious, but when you’re running sprints at, say a 6:50 pace, it makes running a 7:48 pace the next day feel a whole lot easier. I’ve never really done speed work/sprints before when training for a race, but I don’t think I’ll ever train for another race without it. #gamechanger

Hydration

I’m going to be honest – I’m not good at drinking water. I don’t drink other things (like soda or coffee)- I just often go without drinking anything. However, since I was fighting a cold the week before my half marathon, I knew I needed a lot of fluids to flush out the toxins in my body. I was downing water/smoothies/green juice and I think that helped me feel really good on race day. I know all the experts say hydration is key, and I guess they are right. Ugh.

*Side note: I also felt like my skin looked significantly better that week. Random, I know. But just another motivator for chugging more water…as I sit here typing this with a dry mouth and a giant zit on my forehead wondering, “When was the last time I had a sip of water today?”

Hills, Hills, Hills

I know what you’re thinking. Oh hill no. Nobody likes running hills, but I think the #1 secret to getting faster is hills. Once a week I would run hill sprints. They were short (usually around 30 seconds to a minute long at most), but they were a killer (I would usually run 3-6 of them). And even on days when I didn’t run hill sprints, my running routes were filled with hills. I think training on a course that was SO much harder than the race course set me up for success because I truly felt like the Savannah RnR course was a piece of cake after running in the land of all the hills for the last 8 weeks. You may end up training slower if you include a lot of hills in your training runs, but I think – for me – those hills helped build up my legs and lungs so I could really GO on the flat race course.

If you don’t live in a neighborhood filled with hills (lucky you), I suggest going to the gym and setting the incline on the treadmill to a 5% grade and then working your way up from there for little extra bursts of challenges in your run. I think this also makes running on a treadmill more fun (I like doing ‘rolling hills’ where I got from say a 5% grade for 1 minute, back down to a 1% grade for a minute and then up to a 6% grade for 2 minutes before returning to a 1% grade, etc).

Recover, Recover, Recover!

 

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Before I had children, I was always really bad about taking recovery days. I just hated missing a day of running or working out. That’s not a problem for me these days. With 2 babies at home, I inevitably miss 1 or 2 days of working out/running each week…and I think I’m better because of it. My body actually gets to recover and as a result I can push it harder on the days I do run. I remember I used to run 5 or 6 days a week before I had Atlas and I was SO much slower back then. Now, I’m lucky if I get 4 runs in a week and I think my body appreciates this change. Physically, my legs feel better and mentally I feel more engaged in my runs because it isn’t something I do every day, so when I do get to lace up my running shoes I’m usually like, “Okay! Lets do thissss!” (instead of, “Ugh – I just did this yesterday & I’m tired!”)

Cross Train

 

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Why yes – my kids are doing squats while eating suckers. It’s called balance.

When I first started to notice my splits getting faster several years ago, I realized the only thing I had changed was adding cross training to my exercise regimen. I was taking group fitness classes at the time that were boot camp style (think lots of squats, plyometrics, push-ups, burpees, mountain climbers, etc) and not only did I notice a change in the way my body looked, but I also noticed a change in how it performed. I was actually building solid muscles in my legs and core and as a result, I was able to run faster. Ever since then, I’ve incorporated cross training to my workout plan. With 2 babies at home, finding time to go to the gym isn’t always feasible, but I still manage to squeeze in 30 minute workouts at home that include a lot of lower body/core work. Jump squats hurt, but they are effective.

And that’s it! I really had fun with this half marathon. My view of running has changed so much over the last 3 years. It is such a gift and I enjoy the solitude it gives me to think/pray/zone out. Running definitely has a huge mental component to it and when I began viewing it as the gift it truly is, not only did I get faster, but I also enjoyed the miles more..and that’s what it is really about. Getting the most out of your miles and enjoying the gift of health!

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I would love to know your tips for running if you are a runner! Leave them in the comments below! Or maybe you aren’t a runner and you just read this post anyways because you like supporting CnC (Hi, Mom!). Thank you for that. And instead you can share 2 things that could possibly make you run (i.e. a big bear or knowing there is only 1 hot donut left in the universe at Krispy Kreme and you’ve got a shot at getting it – I’m pretty sure that would make me run my fastest time ever). 😉

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Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Races, Running | 10 comments

Savannah Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon – 2016

When Dave & I signed up for the Savannah Rock n Roll Half Marathon 8 weeks ago, I knew there was a possibility of setting a personal record (PR), but I wouldn’t come right out and say that was my goal because I didn’t want to jinx it and I didn’t want to set myself up for disappointment by getting too focused on a time that I may not attain. I ran the Savannah RnR half marathon in 2012, so I knew the course (it is flat with great spectator support and the weather is usually perfect that time of year, so I think it’s a good course to run if you’re shooting for a PR). Since this was my first half marathon in 3 years (!!) + my first race since having my babies, I decided I would be happy if I just ran a respectable time and finished the race strong. However, I was secretly hoping to break my PR of 1:49.

But then the weekend before the race Andi Rose got sick and I felt like I was going down with her. I tried to stay positive, but I mentioned last week on the blog that I wasn’t feeling great. As a result, I pretty much took the entire week off from running because I felt like I was fighting a flu-type virus. I ran 5 miles one day and it was not pretty. I came home from the run and told Dave there was no way I could run 13.1 miles if I felt like I did in that moment on race day. So, I let all dreams of a personal record go and decided I would just be grateful if I was healthy enough to run the race at all and enjoy the weekend in Savannah with my family. I upped my vitamin-intake, downed lots of water, made lots of green juice and smoothies, coated myself in essential oils and prayed that no matter what happened, God would align my heart with His will so my attitude was pleasing to Him (read: I prayed that God would help me not pout if I had to sit the race out due to an illness).

God went above and beyond because not only was I able to run in Saturday’s race, but I was able to shave almost 5 whole minutes off my PR!

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So here’s the race recap…

On Friday afternoon we loaded the car up and made the 4.5 hour drive down to Savannah. We ended up hitting major traffic, so by the time we arrived in Savannah we had to head straight to the expo to pick up our race-packets.

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I look like a tired hot mess in this photo…because I was a tired hot mess

Dave & I were so excited to walk around the Expo because the RnR Expo is legit, ya’ll! Unfortunately, neither of our kids shared in our excitement. Since it was so late when we got there (I say ‘so late’ – that’s mom talk for 7:30pm) Andi Rose was going hog wild and Atlas wanted me to hold him the entire time, so we ended up grabbing our bibs and heading out to meet up with my Mom and nephew, Pierce. (My mom & nephew drove up from Jacksonville to stay with us and watch Atlas & Andi Rose while Dave & I ran the race. We were so thankful for them because we couldn’t have participated in the race without their help.)

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We rented a 2 bedroom apartment for the weekend, which was more comfortable and affordable than renting 2 hotel rooms. Once we unloaded our bags at the apartment, we headed back out to find something for dinner. By this point it was almost 9pm so we opted for take-out and I ordered a burger and a salad and I ate half of both.

I think my head finally hit the pillow around 11:30 on Friday night. It’s funny how much motherhood changes your perspective on life. I remember always freaking the night before a race about eating the ‘perfect’ pre-race meal and getting 9 hours of sleep and having everything laid out and ready the night before. I didn’t even start thinking about actually running until after my kids went to bed and then I was like, “Hmm…I hope that burger I just ate fuels me well tomorrow. I better make sure everything is laid out for the kids tomorrow so they are good to go in the morning.” I literally threw my race stuff in a pile 2 minutes before I went to bed.

Dave woke up around 5:30am on Saturday to get ready for the race. I have no idea what he did. I heard his alarm go off, but I didn’t get up until 15 minutes before we had to leave. I brushed my teeth and got dressed and used the 3 minutes I had leftover to sit on the couch and scroll through Instagram while Dave stretched. He’s obviously the more serious athlete in our duo.

Our apartment was only a 10 minute walk from the start line, so we made the chilly walk down to find our spot in our corral a little after 7am. I told Dave as we walked to the race that I felt good. I didn’t feel sick (glory to God), but I wasn’t feeling the race. I actually told him I thought it was a little nuts that my mom was watching our kids so we could wake up EARLIER than normal and go RUN. I was all, “Um, next time she watches our kids it needs to be so we can SLEEP and NOT MOVE. This doesn’t feel like a good life decision.” But by the time we made it to the start line the energy from the other runners was absolutely contagious and I was totally amped up to run!

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I loved being surrounded by so many people who were running the full marathon (the full marathon splits from the half at mile 12). It was inspiring and it made me think, “Hey! My morning is going to be better than that person’s! I’ll be eating lunch and they will still be running.”

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The race started right on time and when the gun went off for our corral (I love that they let you start in waves), Dave kissed me on the cheek, then slapped me on the butt and said,”I’ll be chasing you, Baby.” And then that fool ran off and left me.

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Dave & I didn’t train together for this race and I trained way harder. I logged more miles each week and I incorporated pretty intense (for me) speed work. All of my long runs were faster than Dave’s, but Dave is an athlete so I knew when race day came he would push it because that’s how he rolls. Dave has a mental drive that doesn’t allow him to lose at much, so I knew despite his laid-back training schedule, we would still be finishing neck-and-neck. But I was committed to run my race (as opposed to racing him) and we already agreed we wouldn’t be running together (better for our marriage and whatnot). I saw Dave ahead of me around the 1 mile mark and then I didn’t see him again. I assumed for a little while that he was ahead of me, but as I passed more and more people I began to think there was no way he was that far ahead of me and he must be behind me somewhere, but to be honest I didn’t think about it too much.

For the first half of the race I thought about God’s faithfulness. When I ran the Savannah RnR in 2012 my life was so different. I actually fought back tears for a good portion of the race as I thought about all God has brought me through since the last time I ran that course. I thought about the work He has done and is still doing in my heart and how grateful I am for the changes that have happened in my life that I never could have imagined 4 years ago. It was a sweet time for me of prayer and just offering my praises and gratitude up to the Lord.

Miles 5(ish)-8(ish) of the course are so so pretty! I loved looking at all the adorable row homes decorated for fall (talk about stoop goals – SO many pretty porches). This is also where there are a ton of spectators so these miles flew by!

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At mile 9 I got hit with a horrific cramp, but I never stopped running. I slowed my pace way down and just focused on breathing through the pain and eventually the cramp went away and I picked my pace back up and by mile 10 I was ready to kick it into high gear again (obviously using the term ‘high gear’ in a pretty loose form). At mile 11, I knew I was getting a PR. I knew even if I slowed way down, I would still get a PR and that had me all kinds of excited/emotional. Gosh, I was so freaking pumped at this point in the race!

At mile 12, I felt someone come up beside me – all up in my personal space – and I looked over to see Dave smiling at me. I said, “OH MY GOSH! Are we seriously about to finish this race together? I thought I was kicking your butt!” Dave just laughed and then I immediately thought, “Oh Gosh! Are we about to all out race for this last mile?!” But Dave hung with me and allowed me to set the pace. I say, “He allowed me to set the pace” – I found out after the race he was pushing it hard to keep up with me.

When we rounded the last corner and saw the finish line, Dave reached out and grabbed my hand and said, “You are getting a ridiculous PR, Babe! I’m so proud of you!” We crossed the finish line hand-in-hand.

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Yes, I ran with my long sleeve zip on my arm like that for 11 miles of the race. It was more comfortable than having it tied around my waist. I’m aware I look like an idiot.

But here’s the kicker. Dave followed me the entire race (& I had no clue he was right behind me). He said he about died trying to hang with me. At the end he wasn’t sure if he could even finish with me. But he ended up crossing the finish line 1/100th of a second before me. Everything about our times reflected a dead tie, except the official results stated that Dave was the 428th person to cross the finish line and I was the 429th person to cross. So, he is declaring himself the winner in our personal race. CRAZY!! I couldn’t help but laugh at that.

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Anyways, once I crossed the finish line, I gave Dave a kiss and allowed myself to feel all the feels and cry over my accomplishment. The tears of joy totally flowed and it was an experience I’ll never forget (ugh, how cheesy am I). There were seriously so many special things about this race though. My first race as a mother. Shaving 5 minutes off my personal best. Finishing the race hand-in-hand with Dave. It was just pure magic and I spent the rest of the weekend the same way I started the race – feeling so incredibly grateful for all God has done in my heart and all He has allowed me to do.

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And I couldn’t post a proper race recap without documenting my 2 favorite spectator signs from the race…

  1. If Trump and Hillary can run, so can you!
  2. If it were easy, it would be called, “Your Mom!”

Both of those signs made me laugh out loud. The Trump/Hillary sign was pure gold and came at the perfect time on the course when I needed a good laugh.

And on that note, happy election day!

P.S. If you just read all 2,000 words of this post, thank you. That really means a lot to me. That was like a marathon for you, wasn’t it? In fact, I think you deserve some carbs. If we were together right now, I would totally buy you a donut.

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Races, Running | 4 comments

I Ran, I Survived and I Got A Personal Record!

Hey, hey, hey! I’m popping in a little late today to share that our half marathon on Saturday went so great and I got a PR!!! (multiple exclamation points totally required there)  I’ll be sharing a full race recap tomorrow on the blog, but for today I just wanted to share that I ran it, I feel like I conquered it and I’m still floating on that runner’s high this morning!

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know I survived the race but if you want the details, come back tomorrow!

Dave & I ended up finishing together (we even held hands at the finish line – you just said ‘awww’ – I know), but one of us managed to somehow cross the finish line 1/100th of a second first, making that person the technical ‘winner.’ Find out who won tomorrow! 😉

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Races, Running | 0 comments

Savannah, Here We Come!

Hi! I hope your long weekend went by nice and slow and your work week goes by nice and fast! 🙂 If you’re playing catch up from yesterday, here is yesterday’s post. Our babies seem to be doing better every day and words can’t express how thankful I am to see them smiling, playing and sleeping (oh, how happy I am that they are sleeping). Fingers crossed that they stay on the up and up.

This post is going to be a little short because I’ve got some work to do – I’ve got to create a training plan because Dave & I are officially signed up for a half marathon! What what!

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We are all signed up for the Savannah Rock n Roll Half Marathon on November 5th. Dave scored us 2 entries via Groupon, so we got 2 entries for the price of 1! I didn’t know Groupon sold race entries, but apparently they do so if you’re looking to sign up for a race check Groupon first. (That’s one of my favorite things about Dave – he always finds the best deal!)

Anyways, I actually ran this race with my sister a few years ago (that race recap is here) and I’m so thrilled to get the chance to run it again because I absolutely loved it. Dave has ran the race before too and he agrees it is one of his favorite races to date.

I’m equal parts excited and nervous. I haven’t done a half marathon since before Atlas was born (he will be 3 years old in 1 month) and I’m so pumped to run a race again and I’m actually looking forward to all those training miles (okay, maybe not all of them, but most of them). I’m nervous about fitting in those long runs though – with 2 babies at home it is going to be tough and I’m praying we have a wonderful season of health so sickness doesn’t interfere with our training. I’m also a little nervous about training on these Georgia hills but I’m sort of hoping if I run smart they will actually make me faster on race day. I’ve had some (mild) hip pain ever since my pregnancy with Andi Rose so if I run hills in excess my hip pain actually flares up and interferes with my sleep, so I’ll have to figure out how to balance all that out. I expect a good amount of treadmill runs in my training.

I plan on writing a whole lot more about my training in the weeks to come and brining you guys along for the ride! I finished the race in 1:53 when I ran it a few years ago. I don’t have a time goal in mind yet (I think I’ll have a goal finish time in another 3 weeks after I get some longer runs under my belt), but obviously I would love a new PR. However, I’m aware that this is my first long distance race post kids and we’ve only got 8 weeks to train. I’m going to give myself some grace and first and foremost just focus on enjoying this experience rather than setting a new personal record.

Eeeek! I’m so so excited! 🙂

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Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Races | 10 comments

Dave’s NYC Half Marathon Recap + A Giveaway

Hola! Atlas and I are having a whirlwind trip to Florida so Dave is popping in again today and sharing his NYC Half Marathon recap with you. He’s being very open about his love for bubble baths and his obsession with wearing the perfect race day outfit. 😉  Be sure to show Mr. CnC some love and happy reading, friends! 

5 boroughsThis year, I had the privilege of being selected in the NYC Half lottery. Many of NYC’s runs are managed by the New York Road Runners (NYRR). Due to the large interest in their races, many of them have to be capped. The population of NYC is close to 9 million [a fact that you may not care about], so you can imagine how many runners live in the city. This year, as you know, Ashley and I both put our names in the hat. You have to pay $11 to enter and if you’re selected, an automatic withdraw of $117 is deducted from our account. You can’t sign up without connecting a bank account or credit card to your profile. You can also get an automatic entry into some of these big races by running 5 or 6 of their “selected” races. It’s the same process for the marathon. You also have to be a member of NYRR ($40) so they get their money, either way.

When I realized I was selected for the race, the onset of mixed emotions began. I was sad, happy, mad, confused, happy, concerned and then hungry. So I decided to get an ice cream cookie to think about what was about to happen. It was then that I realized I had some daddy weight to lose, so I did what every runner in training would do; I got another ice cream cookie and started putting together my training plan. For more details about my training plan, click HERE.

The Build-up to Race Day

On the week of the race, I ran 3 miles on Monday, 1 mile on Wednesday (wet cold rain) and 3 miles on Thursday to make up for the previous day. On Tuesday and Friday I did 6 miles on the bike and did a good strength plan (one has to look good in a singlet). I have an amazing personal chef – she planned out the healthiest options for the week. This included, grilled chicken, lots of fruits and veggies, salads, pasta and a couple of ice cream cookie sandwiches followed by many kisses. Everything you need to run your best!

healthy saladHealthy Salad

I attended the expo, which I was a little disappointed with, as the Rock-n-Roll Savannah ½ was in a warehouse and they filled it with various vendors. The NYC Half Expo only had about 15 – 20 vendors, but enough to make me happy. Oakley was there and noticed my exceptionally rare Half Wire Sunglasses and that was enough to put a smile on my face for the rest of the day. We also got some good pictures.

atlas sleepingThis guy wasn’t impressed either

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sign the wallSigning the Wall

what the wall saidRunning for Atlas and Gram (it’s her birthday)

Race Day

On the evening prior, I got a warm [lavender] bubble bath to keep my muscles warm and stretched. I woke up at 5 am and got dressed for the run. Many important decisions were made at this time: Do I wear red or white arm warmers? Do I wear the red/orange logo or the blue/purple? How do these tights make me look? What shirt will I wear over everything and donate during the race? After all that was decided, I drank a Starbucks cold coffee drink and started to jog the stairs.  I jogged down the stairs, went outside and checked the weather. It was 19 with cold 18 mph winds. I said no thanks, so I ran back upstairs and back down again. This helped me get a good sweat going and allowed my body to start waking up. After that, I got out The Stick and started working my hamstrings, lower legs and even my neck. During this time, I charged my phone as it was at 67% from the night before and you know what will happen if the music dies!!!

I started to then pack my accessories for the day:

  • Oakley half-wire sunglasses
  • (2) Vanilla GU energy gels
  • Garmin 620 watch
  • One blue rubber band for good luck
  • Saucony hat and gloves
  • Skullcandy headphones
  • Bose I-phone armband
  • 2 pieces of wild strawberry trident layer gum

I then found my way out of the building. I hailed a cab at 5:45 am and got one block and realized that I left my phone on the charger. Immediately, I told the driver to go back to my apt. I ran upstairs to get my phone as it patiently waited for me. He then drove me to the start of the race.

The runners in the first corral had one entrance while everyone else had a different entrance. Along Central Park South, there were around 20 UPS trucks to drop off your baggage for claim after the race. No spectators were allowed into the park at that time. All runners had their bibs checked prior to entry of the park. Then, you were ushered down the park road for about ¾ of a mile until you met a the mosh-pit of runners. You had to wait to be scanned like you were flying at an airport. They even gave you baskets for your metal objects into the machine. By far, this was a first for me, but after Boston, they obviously can’t take any chances.

scanThe Wait to be Scanned

After you were scanned, it was up to you to find your corral start. My bib was 6077, which meant I should have around 6,000 people that finish in front of me. My predicted time was 1:40, which had to be pre-selected and proved from a previous race upon submission. I found a bank of restrooms and helped release any nervous energy I had left in my body. Overall, the initial set up was well organized, considering that 21,000 people were running.

the half mile waitThe Half Mile Wait

As mentioned, my bib read 6077, so this meant that I was about ½ a mile from the start of the race. Yes, ½ a mile from the start. The race started with the pro wheelers (arm cyclists) and then they introduced each of the 12+ professional runners who were running. That’s the life, no number; they print your name on the bib. One day, I will create a bib that just has my name so I can feel better about myself. The entire public announcements were made (wireless throughout the park, I may add) and the national anthem was played. Everyone was ready to go – let’s rephrase that, everyone was freezing their spandex off and couldn’t wait to run. I found myself stuck between as many runners as possible to resist the wind that was surrounding us. Then, the gun went off, BANG…the emotions got hyped, the music turned on, and 8 minutes later, I reached the start of the race and started my Garmin.

The Race

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The course started on E 72nd and included an almost complete lap of the park. The hills of the North Woods were within the first 25 minutes of the race, so it separated the weak quickly. It then was led down 7th Ave through Times Square then it turned right and went to the Hudson River. Battling the wind along the Hudson, you continued throughout the Financial District, under a tunnel at Battery Park and finished on Wall Street. For the course map, click here.

I started well and maintained my composure. Most amateurs start the race too quickly and considering that I’ve done that before in my short 3 race career, I knew that was going to be tough. I battled the hills well with a good mix of songs and the energy on 7th Ave through Times Square was unmatched from any race or event that I’ve participated in. Large screens on buildings were video casting the race, but in the ‘moment’ I wasn’t able to find myself. At that time, I was running in the high 6s with high euphoric feelings. I then turned to the dreaded Westside Highway (along the Hudson River). The wind alternated between being in your face, to the majority of your side, to even a small stint behind you. That was the toughest 5 mile stretch I’ve ever faced. I had to gather my mental strength and focus on the music, the road (for potholes) and my pace. I was discouraged that during this moment, my pace dropped a few seconds every mile. I was holding 7:10 and it gradually decreased until 7:25 by mile 5. The energy was sparse during this trek, as the highway is difficult to get to. When I saw the new Freedom Tower, I knew I was getting close. The race finished by going through a tunnel at Battery Park that was approxmitely ½ a mile long. It was poorly lit and with sunglasses on, I could barely see any runners around me. This was mile 12, so we all were running about as fast as our legs would allow. After you left the tunnel, there was a hill (“really”) <- and other words were mumbled, before I saw the best sign of the course: 800m. I gave my last kick, past the 400m sign and a quick turn to see the finish. I had lost some composure on the last mile, so I didn’t have the last kick that I had hoped for. I kept my head down and finished strong.

The Finish

After I finished, I stopped my Garmin. The time matched the watch, but didn’t seem right. I was immediate given an amazing medal and package for recovery. I got my picture taken and checked my phone and got a couple texts from my wife, who was (by miracle) at the finish. I was then ushered to walk 10+ blocks to a secure finish location. Those that had checked bags were able to pick up along the way. This walk of fame or shame for some was completely secure from any communication from any spectators. There was a 10 foot fence with the race logos on it that prohibited anyone from seeing you. After 10 blocks, I found my wife and baby boy in the freezing cold in a coffee shop and we reconvened and found the local train home. The look from the commuters when 500+ got onto our train, wrapped in emergency blankets from the race and the smell of ‘success’ was priceless. Oh, how I love New York!

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app picNYC Half APP Runner Tracker and Finish

me First Name Sex/
Age
Bib Team City State Country Overall
Place
Gender
Place
Age
Place
Net
Time
5K
Split
10K
Split
15K
Split
20K
Split
Pace
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Mile
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Time
AG
Gender
Place
AG % Race-Day
Photos
Andrews David M32 6077 WSY New York NY USA 2714 2123 522 1:41:05 0:24:21 0:47:58 1:11:41 1:35:56 07:43 1:41:04 3052 58.60 % Photo

Web Finish

garminGarmin Finish; A Little Off with a 7:16 Pace and 13.9 Mile Finish

So many of you are waiting with anticipation, thinking “will this book ever end?” Wait a minute, I have yet to tell you how I finished. Well, I was hoping that when I got to this part of the post, I would announce that I got my goal time of 1:39, but that wasn’t the case. I finished 1:41:05 with a pace of 7:43. While that’s a new PR for me (previous 1:42), I’m not really happy. The new Garmin said I ran 13.9 miles and a pace of 7:16. Runners rely on technology to keep track of their pace and distance so they can push their bodies to the limit. Unfortunately, the technology was off, allowing me to be deceived and not run my best. But you only compete with yourself and I didn’t come through when I needed it.

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nyc half metalSuccess Metal

blanketFinished on Wall Street

emergency jacketsSea of Finishers on the Walk of Fame or Shame

Overall, this was an amazing race. Never have I been exposed to a race of this size, organization and beautiful course (yes, concrete can be beautiful). I would highly recommend this race to anyone, if you’re interested. I’m hoping my beautiful wife gets in next year and I can go support her get a new PR!

Post Blog

On a sweeter note, Momofuku now makes a “Hangover Cronut” … I saw this on the Seamless delivery chart this week. Even if I’m not hungover, I want this!

Also, this was my post race celebration meal…yes, we went back.post race snack

The Give Away

Lastly, I swindled the NYC Half Expo staff to give me an extra participant tech shirt. Don’t ask how I got it. But, I want to give it away. It’s a unisex, size youth XL. I think this equates to an Adult Small. If you want it, make sure you comment and reference your favorite running signs. If you’ve never run a race before, google “race signs, marathon signs, or creative road race signs” and let me know which is your favorite. The best one will be given this one-of-a-kind tech shirt!

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Run for Smiles

atlas metal Success isn’t Measured in Time or Distance, it is Measured in Smiles! 🙂

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Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Races, Running | 5 comments

Color Me Rad 5K – Jacksonville, Fl {Giveaway}

Hi, friends!

If you live in Jacksonville, Florida I have something exciting coming at you today!

The super cool people behind the Color Me Rad races reached out me to a few weeks ago and asked if I would be interested in partnering with them to promote their 5Ks. I jumped at the opportunity because I got to experience the Color Me Rad race in Jacksonville last year and I thought it was such a cool event!

colormeradI didn’t get to run the race last year because I was pregnant and unfortunately my extreme nausea kept me on the sidelines with the spectators, but I had a blast cheering on Dave and some of our favorite friends from the YMCA. Dave and our friends signed up to run the race as a team and got the added fun of picking a team name.

Ladies and gents, allow me to introduce you to “50 Shades of Cray.”

IMG_1454Awesome team name, right? They are awesome people too.

Color Me Rad truly focuses on making running fun. Walkers, joggers and runners of all levels are welcome. The race isn’t meant to be crazy competitive. In fact, Dave said last year the course didn’t even have clocks. You don’t run for time. You don’t run for a PR. You don’t run to lose weight. To quote the people of Color Me Rad…

“Instead of running FROM something, get ready to run FOR something at this year’s Color Me Rad. Run for the hell of it.”

That may be my favorite quote ever about running. You run for FUN! When was the last time you did that? (*random tangent: Does anyone remember that episode of Friends where Phoebe and Rachel went running? That’s what I think of when I think of running for fun – Phoebe running like a crazy woman through Central Park.)

IMG_1456Oh, and of course you get color bombed in the process. According to the Color Me Rad’s website

“You’ll start off with a shirt as pure and white as your granddaddy’s dentures and throughout the run, we’ll coat your chaffing thighs with Color Bombs of blue, green, pink, purple, and yellow until you come out like a tie-dyed hippy on the other side. Each section of the run adds a new explosion of color to your clean, painter’s palate until you cross the finish line into a final blitzkrieg of color.”

Dave said that “50 Shades of Cray” spent the majority of last year’s race attempting to peg each other with color bombs. I watched them cross the finish line and they were all laughing hysterically. I’ve ran a lot of races and I’ve never seen people cross the finish line laughing. I think that is a sign of a good race, don’t you? Apparently Color Me Rad is so fun you don’t even realize you’re running a 5k. Sign me up! The Jacksonville course also took runners onto the Jacksonville Jaguar’s field, which Dave thought was incredibly neat. It isn’t every day you get to run on NFL turf.

Once the race is over, the scene turns into one big dance party. Color Me Rad had a DJ at the finish line last year and as a spectator of the race, I can tell you that a good time was had by all. We all left with a smile and some added color to our life.

colormerad2The color bombs are made from non-toxic and non-rash inducing colored cornstarch so it is a race that is safe for the whole family! In fact, Dave & I have plans to run a Color Me Rad race in NYC this summer and we will most likely be taking Atlas along for the fun.

And just in case I haven’t sold you on Color Me Rad yet, you should also know that a portion of the proceeds from each race goes to a local charity so you’re helping those in your community when you run for fun. 😉

And now, for my Jacksonville readers!

TWO (2) of you have the chance to win a FREE entry into this year’s Color Me Rad 5k on March 29th. This year’s race is supporting the Special Olympics & is guaranteed to raise your spirits, “even when zoloft & balloon animals can’t.”← direct quote from their website. Hilarious.

To enter, simply comment on this post telling me why you want to run Color Me Rad. For a DOUBLE entry, share this post via Facebook or Twitter and let me know in the comments section of this post that you passed along the love. 🙂

Two winners will be selected and announced on Friday.

How many of you have ran a Color Me Rad race before? Tell me about your experience! Be sure to check out Color Me Rad’s website to find a race location near you! 

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