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2015 Race Plans (Tuesdays on the Run)

13 Jan

On Tuesdays I am joining a link up with MCM Mamma Runs, Run the Great Wide Somewhere and My No Guilt Life. You can find out more about the link up here.

This weeks topic: 2015 Race Plans!

I’ve never been one to majorly plan out my races for the year all at once. I tend to sign up for a few and then do some research, and then sign up for a few more as I feel like it. So here’s what my race calendar looks like right now, but I’m sure it will change as things get more solidified.

January & February

  • Nothing…. Pennsylvania and the east is cold this time of year!

March

  • My husband and I go to Florida every year so I always look for a 5k or 10k that I can run one morning while we are there.  So I may end up running something, or I may not.
  • I may also run a local 5k towards the end of March or beginning of April.

April

  • Hershey 10k (4/11) – Maybe. I have a hotel room booked but am still on the fence about doing the actual race and will probably wait until February to register.  I do really enjoy this race though.
  • Asbury Park Half Marathon (4/18) – This will be my first New Jersey race!

May

  • Pittsburgh Half Marathon (5/3) – I love this race, so I always sign up when registration first opens! This will be my fourth year running it. 🙂 Race recaps: 2012, 2013, 2014.

June, July, August, September, October

  • Yet to be scheduled, but there will probably be a 5k in July and there is always potential for a Color Run or Mud Run during the summer months.
  • In September or October it would be nice to do a half marathon or two.

November

  • Rock n’ Roll Savannah Half Marathon (11/7) & Rock n’ Roll Savannah 5k (11/8) – I am so excited to travel to Savannah, GA for this race! My dad and I try to do a destination race every year and for 2015 this is what we picked! I’m also excited about a Half/5k Double weekend, and checking another state off the list!
  • I’ll probably run a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning – I love getting in a run before a day of relaxation and food!

December

  • I always end up running a local New Years Eve 5k so there is a high chance this will happen again.

So that’s my year in racing, so far!

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And so it begins… racing in 2014

21 Feb

Hi hi. Here I am. haha. I’m coming down a bit of an emotional high – I have been planning the hubby’s surprise 30th birthday party for months, and 2 weeks ago it finally happened, without a hitch. WHEW. It was fun and all, but now I am just glad it is over. 😉 It’s so hard planning a surprise for someone that you are so close to!

Meanwhile, I have started training for my first half of 2014 – in Pittsburgh at the beginning of May. I have done this race in both 2012 and 2013, and I love it so much that I will be returning for my third year! After Pittsburgh I have the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill 5k & Half planned (in June), then another half in July. Then, for the fall I have… gulp… signed up for my second full marathon!

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Yep, that is happening. After running the Wineglass Half this past year I am convinced that Wineglass will be the perfect venue for my first “real” full marathon. Yes, I completed the Goofy Challenge in 2013 and that was technically my first marathon, but I am looking forward to “only” training for a marathon and focusing more on a specific finish time – instead of merely hoping to finish.

As I slowly pieced my 2014 races together I realized that basically, once I start formally training for Pittsburgh, I will more or less be building mileage until the Marathon in October. Last week was the kick off to lots and lots of training! I am hoping to avoid burn out with cut back weeks, races and lots of cross training.

This is starting to get a bit long so I will share what the past two weeks of training have been like tomorrow.

Here’s to the Pittsburgh Half, and ultimately the Wineglass Full Marathon!

Top Women’s Racing Getaways (Guest Post)

11 Mar

While I’m away for the week I wanted to share some great posts by some of my Sweat Pink sisters. I hope you find their posts as interesting as I did! This post is by Megan, who blogs at #runmeganrun.

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Hello everyone! I am super excited to be guest posting here! I normally blog at #runmeganrun, but love any opportunity to collaborate with some other Sweat Pink ladies. Becca gave me the opportunity to blog on just about any topic I’d like. With an upcoming girls’ weekend race at the end of April (you’ll read more about that in a minute), I’ve got race-cations on my mind and thought I’d have some fun with y’all and this post.

Top 5 Running Women’s Getaways

 It’s no surprise that with each and upcoming race or race series, they’re catering more and more to the ideas of girls’ getaway weekends. With nearly 1,200 half-marathons in the United States alone, the number of people who’ve finished a half-marathon (13.1 miles) has more than tripled since 2000, and a whopping 59 percent of finishers are women!

With that great statistic behind us, I present to you the Top 5 Running Women’s Getaways – opportunities for you and your BRF (best running friends) to get away from the hubby, kids, the dog, that job, and just life in general to have an all-out great time… and maybe set some PRs while you’re at it! These are really in no particular order, just five outstanding races and series that provide you the opportunity to escape from it all.

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Zooma Race Series

Zooma was literally created with women in mind: “ZOOMA is unique among other women’s races in that it is literally “run by women” (pun intended!)  ZOOMA’s founder and executive director is a woman, mother, and runner, and the staff are all women.” While the race is open to men, it’s still a sea of mostly female runners at each start line, ranging from locations like Florida to Cape Cod and Texas to the Great Lakes. You can find a race pretty much near you, guaranteed (okay, or at least worth the travel)! Zooma races are often hosted at a super nice hotel (usually adjoined with a spa or resort of some kind), so you know you can convince your BRFs for a spa day post-race.

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Barefoot Wine is also one of Zooma’s national sponsors, along with Muscle Milk Light and HonesTea. I’m all about the wine here, so a glass of post-race wine? I’m all yours. You also get a super sweet necklace for finishing a Zooma race, and they recently introduced the PR medal – PR at any of their races, and you get to earn this baby!

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Divas Half Marathon Series

In case it’s not obvious yet, I’m a sucker for all things “girly” – wine, necklaces, the glitz and the glam. So yes, I’m that girl that gets sucked in by a super fun, glittery medal. The Divas Half Marathon series does not disappoint in that arena. With a number of race locations to choose from on both sides of the country and Puerto Rico, you can truly make this a get-away-from-it-all kinda weekend. Along the course, in addition to the normal water stops, there’s also boa and tiara stops, so you can pick up a little glam along the way, all in time for the most spectacular photo finish! What more could you want than to run with a hot pink feathered boa? Not much.

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Check out Divas for a girls’ weekend that is pinked out in every way possible and enjoy a little glitz of your own.

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Destination Race Series

I like wine. You know that by now. What better than a race (or two, or five) that are all based around wine? Destination Races produces the Wine Country Half Marathon Series that includes Santa Barbara, Virginia, Oregon, and British Columbia, Canada, and provide the perfect scenery, beverages (post-race merlot, anyone?) and environment for a wine-tasting and running sort of weekend. My two loves, combined.

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Make it an ultimate girls weekend with an extended stay in wine country, schedule some tours and wine tasting, and throw a race into the mix. Perfection, I’d say. I’m looking forward to doing one of these sometime, but get on your registration quickly – they sell out fast!

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Nike Women’s Marathon

With two race weekends now offered each year (San Francisco marathon and half in the fall, DC in the spring), there’s a few opportunities to make it to Nike’s Women’s Races. However, it’s tricky – the race is only open via a lottery system, and nobody quite knows the rhyme or reason to how to get in. Rumor has it that if you sign up with a group, you’re more like to get in as a group that an individual – all the better reason to get your girlfriends to sign up with you! The best reason to make this a girls’ getaway weekend? Ogle over that post-race bling:

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Yes, I am pointing out those two pieces of bling: those oh-so-pretty Tiffany’s blue boxes and the equally as pretty firefighters dressed in tuxedos. What better way to end a girls’ race than with some fabulously dressed men? Count me in! I get to run the inaugural DC race at the end of April, and I could not be more excited to run DC with some of my best girlfriends and get that bling at the end!

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Ragnar Relay Series

Of the races I’ve mentioned so far, Ragnar is the only one I’ve completed (Nike DC shortly!), but I can’t stop talking about it every chance I get. Mention a relay of any kind, and I’ll pipe up with my almost-31-hour running adventure through backwoods Maryland and into DC last October. Never heard of Ragnar? For shame! Kidding. But really, Ragnar is a relay adventure unlike any other – teams of six (ultra) or twelve (regular) crammed into one (or two) vans for a 200-ish mile journey through any of their sixteen locations (ranging from Southern California to Florida Keys, Niagara Falls area to Chicago). And lots of shenanigans along the way. Want to get to know some running friends better, and make them your ultimate BRFs? Ragnar is your chance to do that – there is no conversation off-limits in a Ragnar van (I mean that whole-heartedly).

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But it’s worth it. The camaraderie, the accomplishment, the exhaustion and the free pizza at the end are all worth it. You’ll truly come home with some of the best running stories of your life, stories on the road you never want to talk of again, and some of the best new running friends ever. Not sold? Check out my experience from Ragnar DC and think about it – I promise, it doesn’t disappoint.

Are there any other races you would consider ideal for a girls’ getaway weekend? Have you done any of the above races and made them a girls’ weekend?


Feel free to drop by my normal home at #runmeganrun or tweet me! Thanks for reading!

Megan

Recovery

24 Jan

Good morning!

Thanks so much for all the sweet compliments on my race reports. I am so proud of myself (and my hubby and my dad) for completing it. That feeling of accomplishment is something that I think I’ll carry with me for years and years.

After being sidelined over the weekend, I started feeling much better on Monday. I did a quick 20 minute brisk walk on the treadmill Monday morning, but then my body screamed to stop, so I did. It exhausted me. I guess I wasn’t quite over being sick yet. Tuesday I hit up Zumba, yesterday I had kickboxing and today I’m going to a lunch time quick yoga class. Getting back into the cross training feels good. But I haven’t been able to wake up early to run for the life of me. My body is just craving sleep right now, and honestly I don’t really feel like pushing myself through a run yet. I hope this is all normal after running a big race? I’m going to try to get back into running this weekend and next week, but at least I’m sweating some now, even if I’m not running. I also have a massage scheduled for Sunday – I can’t wait!!! 🙂

Mentally, I definitely went through a few days of feeling directionless after the race. I keep thinking about what I was going to do next, and if I could do something this year to “top” the Goofy Challenge. But then I realized I don’t need to “top” it. I don’t even need to run another marathon this year. I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing this year, but I definitely go back and forth. I do have a few Halfs planned, but those don’t feel like “enough” now. Which is weird. Maybe I need to focus on improving my speed? I don’t know.

This is all normal…right? 🙂

 

Changing running fuel

23 Apr

Gooooood morning.

I woke up to snow this morning. snow?!WTF?! It’s freaking late April Mother Nature. and it’s snowing. it’s not accumulating, but still.

moving on…

I ran a ton this weekend. it felt good. but it feels even better to be tapering!

Saturday I ran 9.5 miles. I was supposed to do 10 but for some reason it ended up a little short, whoops.

Sunday I did a 5k. 37:12 was my final time, which I’ll take. My legs were tired, and I really tried to book it. Not a PR by any stretch but the best time in a while, a day after a 9.5 mile run, so I’ll take it. Total mileage for the weekend was just shy of a half marathon, which I’m pretty confident is good prep for the Pittsburgh Half in two weeks!

The hubby and I did a bit of online shopping this weekend, for house stuff and running stuff. I got a pair of compression shorts, ordered some Gus for my upcoming races, and ordered a pair of running shoes since the model I’m currently wearing are on super sale because of the newer model coming out. I’m so psyched to get it all and I will definitely be sharing them as I receive them. Lots of packages coming to our house this week! 🙂

Speaking of Gus. Until this training cycle, I’ve been using Clif Shots (the gels) for my running fuel during long runs. I had the opportunity to try some Gus, so I went for it, and I love love love the Vanilla flavor. Unfortunately I ran out a few days ago (thus the online order for a box of them) but I had a few Clif Shots left over and decided to take them on my long run on Saturday. what a mistake. The texture made me want to hurl as soon as I ate them. Luckily I didn’t, but I was shocked how much my palette/texture preference has changed. Go figure!

In other random news, I registered for the Philly Color Run. I’m going to do it with a few friends and it should be a blast! Between the Warrior Dash and the Color Run I think I’ve about hit my quota of unique-for-fun races for the year. 🙂

Anyhow, I hope your week is off to a good start – snow or no snow!