Race Recap: St. Patty’s 4 Miler

Better late than never….

For those of you keeping track, no, this race was not actually on St. Patrick’s Day. It was, however, a perfect excuse for wearing an excessive amount of green all at the same time.

Like I wouldn’t normally. Right.

The day started out great. It was a nice morning, still a bit chilly, but not nearly as cold as it should be for early March. Only problem is, it didn’t stay that way. It kept getting colder. Guess it’s a good thing that I had recently gotten some Under Armour coldgear pants on clearance.

Race time was 6:00pm, and by then it was a lot more windy. And the wind was starting to screw with my costume.

Windy and Sunny = Awkward Pre Race Photo. But look who I dragged out with me again...

This race is put on by M3S, so of course had pretty good race support. As a 4 mile distant, there was only 1 water stop, which was fine for me, and I’m guessing most everyone else. The course went through the neighborhoods around Kinsale Golf Club, and theoretically past some links. Apparently I was way to “in the zone” to notice those. I just saw houses and people.

I am, in fact, the champion of goofy faces. Just ask the Hubby.

I think that the coolest thing about this race was the number of people who were just hanging out in their driveways to cheer runners on. Or just to gawk. Could’ve gone either way. This celebration is a big deal for them, and there were people out at almost every house. That was kinda cool.

Wanna know what was not cool?  Wearing pants that did not want to stay up. Pretty sure that falls under Big Girl Problems.  To much pooch in the front + too much junk in the trunk = a constant battle just to not moon pretty much everyone.  Between trying to keep my head bopper from being blown away and trying to not lose my drawers, it’s really a wonder that I was able to run at all. My apologies to anyone that was behind me.

But run I did. And even with  my pants falling down, still managed a kick-ass PR:

47:26 total time      11:52 average pace

Fact: Fairy wings make you run faster

More than 5 minutes faster than my last 4 miler. Boom.

Ah, sweet victory

The other promising thing about this race is that there was an after party, including a live band.  So after we finished our race, we got some food, got some beer, and waited.

And kept waiting.  Because the band didn’t actually start until 8:30pm.  Now this might not have been so bad, but there also wasn’t anywhere to sit.  There were only about half a dozen tables in the party tent, and they were all occupied by the fast people and their families.  I would have much rather they parked the Finish Line car outside and put up a few more tables.  So to summarize, ran a PR, tired, sweaty, with no where to sit, and still another half hour to wait.

I love me a live band, but we just couldn’t do it.  My shiny new PR would just have to be party enough.

Overall, a nice course, decent support, especially through the neighborhoods.  My biggest complaint would be the after party. It was just too long after the race had finished, coupled with nowhere to sit. If I lived closer, it would’ve been better to go home, change clothes, and then come back for the party. As it was, we were all just too tired of waiting.

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Return to Slackerville, New Year’s Style

Sorry for the horribly long delay. I’ve been desperately trying to get myself organized and not being terribly successful at it. Too many adjectives? I think not.

Let’s see, where did I leave off? Oh right, telling the New Year and it’s resolutions to suck it because I got a head start. Well, I didn’t quite hit the 5 pounds lost that I was hoping for, but I was still under where I started. (Note to self: do not drink an entire bottle of champagne by yourself the night before you’re going to weigh-in. It’s not going to turn out well)

Original weight -11/20- 221 pounds
Week 1-   11/27-   220.2 pounds
Week 2-   12/04-   222.8 pounds
Week 3-   12/11-   220 pounds
Week 4-   12/18-   219.2 pounds
Week 5-   12/24-   217.8 pounds
Week 6-    01/01/12- 218.6 pounds

Every little win helps. And since then, even though my workouts haven’t been what they should be, I’m down even more…

My best friend or that bitchy friend that lies to you and makes fun of you behind your back? Only time will tell...

I made the Hubby stand on it too, because I felt like it was lying to me. Although, I suppose if my scale is going to lie to me, at least it’s telling me happy lies. Hmmm, maybe it’s been talking to MapMyRun (which also frequently lies to me).

The Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge put on by Amanda at Run to the Finish finished up. My points weren’t great (finished with under 100), but the motivation to be able to add something each week (once I figured out when the weeks were. I’m such a dumb ass sometimes) kept me going. So a HUGE THANK YOU to Amanda for all of the time, money, effort, and encouragement that she put into setting this up. It was a wonderful experience and has enabled me to meet some new bloggers! Win-win. If you’re looking for continued motivation, go check out her site, she’s setting a 30-day challenge every month.

New Year’s Eve was spent by getting up early to run 14 miles with the girls. That’s right, I said 14 miles. Now there is no question in my mind that I can finish my half marathon in May.  My knees, unfortunately, weren’t quite so happy with that revelation.

Hubby takes his job as photographer very seriously. At least I got the ice bags first.

A bottle of champagne and some sleep later, I was at it again for M3S’s First on the First 5K. As always, they put on a wonderful race with a relatively gentle course that was well staffed with supportive volunteers. Extra bonus- a New Year’s Day feast-lunch! Yay for real food! Don’t get me wrong, I love me some bananas and bagels and chocolate milk, but I will never turn down pulled pork sandwiches. Yummy in my tummy. And Hubby was grateful for being fed too. It’s hard work being the photographer. Ask him, he’ll tell you.

Now, usually I go into each race with some sort of goal in mind.  For this one I had hoped to get under 40 minutes, which would be a full 2 minute improvement from my last 5K back in July.  Under normal circumstances I would consider this a perfectly reasonable goal, but I was a bit concerned with how tired my legs still felt from the 14 miles the previous day.  Apparently, I didn’t need to be concerned. Guess who picked up a new PR of 37:04! That’s right, this girl! What better way of feeling like you’re truly making progress than to set a reasonable goal, and then shatter it by a couple extra minutes! Next stop, sub-35.

Pre-Race shivers. Of the cold variety. No really, it was kinda cold that morning.

Barreling towards the finish line in triumph! Complete with Rock Hands! Aw, yea!

My goal for 2012? Coming up with as many goofy-ass picture poses as possible.

Strength training has been going alright, I’m still only getting in about twice a week. I’d really like that to be three times a week, and running 3-4 times a week. But now I also need to start working in some triathlon training and things are just getting complicated. These are things that I really want to do, but I don’t want to have to sacrifice having a life for all this training. I’m working out a training plan and a race schedule, and will hopefully get it posted here soon.

Anyone else out there training for more than one thing? Any tips on getting all of it in and not losing your mind?

2011- Year in Pictures

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My goodness, what a partial year of running it has been…. The Capital City Quarter Marathon with Mom. Where it all began. Redlegs Run 10K in Cincinnati, Ohio Cinco de Juilo Cuatro Miler- Not exactly my most favoritist… Birthday 10K (otherwise known as the Columbus Half Marathon 10K)- because what better way to celebrate your […]

Even when you’re on the Naughty List…

… Santa still dishes out some pretty cool stuff!  It’s also really nice feeling knowing that when you’re talking about running and gear and training, your family is actually listening.

The Hubby gets top marks this year with coming through with the one thing that I really wanted(but didn’t want to ask anyone for since it is more expensive) (and had been scoping out since Black Friday):

Hello beautiful... I'm pretty sure this is the fanciest thing I have ever owned...

I'm not sure what that says about me...

Although now that I think of it, since he is the Official Race Photographer, this may not really be for me…. hmmmm

Mom gets the ‘Best Present’ award for this beauty:

Hand-made customization. Complete with stolen facebook picture...

She personally made this (and my brother wants you to know that he drilled the holes). My answer for how to hang my medals was not going to be this cool.

I also got some excellent cold weather running gear, including a new head lamp!

New running shirts? Check. In green? Double check. We won't be too mean to the purple one.

I’m also really excited about the Nathan fuel belt! As my runs have been getting longer I’ve been in need of more water and some snacks-on-the-go. This will be perfect!

Yea, sure you're just checking out the fuel belt... likely story...

Exercise-wise, last week it just didn’t happen. I was getting sick, I was constantly tired, and there were just a ton of things that had to get done before the holiday. I only racked up a measly 2 points for the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge, but my weight was still down for the week, so I’ll count it as a win. Sometimes you just need a break.

Original weight -11/20- 221 pounds
Week 1-   11/27-   220.2 pounds
Week 2-   12/04-   222.8 pounds
Week 3-   12/11-   220 pounds
Week 4-   12/18-   219.2 pounds
Week 5-   12/24-   217.8 pounds

If I can keep it together for one more week, I may be able to pull out a full 5 pound weight loss in 6 weeks. Not record setting to be sure, but still notable progress and I’ll take it.

I hope you all had an equally Merry Christmas, and have an even better Happy New Year! I’ll be starting my New Year off right by running the First on the First 5K, put on by my favorite race organizers M3S.

What will you be doing on New Year’s Day?

Yay for Halloween!

I love Halloween. Everything about it. Decorating, candy, costumes, haunted houses, scary movies. All of it. This is absolutely my favorite time of year. I love Halloween way more than Christmas.

Sadly, I’ve not been able to celebrate it as much as I would like. My work schedule has been less than flexible the last several years (working 2 jobs will do that), with a lot of weekends and late nights. I can’t remember the last Halloween party I’ve been to, for the last 2 years I haven’t put out a single decoration, and I’ve lost my pumpkins to the squirrels because I didn’t around to carving them (although 1 year they sort of carved it for me). This year, I’m not doing a whole lot better.  The pumpkin is still waiting to be carved, and the decorations are still inside the house. But they are pretty good decorations, if I do say so myself…

It doesn't get much cooler than skull flowers and vultures...

... except maybe for a light up spider! And for the record, this is the closest that I will get to liking spiders

The best news is that I will be attending a Halloween party this year! And by party, I mean a 3 mile run (in my costume) followed by a party courtesy of M3S and their Dead Celebrity run. I even have the Hubby dressing up, and he doesn’t enjoy anywhere near quite as much as I do. And it’s also Highball Halloween in the Short North, which is always a good time, so we may wander down there as well.

There’s another run on satuday night, the Fright Night 5K in Gahanna that I would sort of like to do. According to the race info, it’s a 5K that runs through a haunted course. Sounds like it’s totally my kind of thing! Problem bring, the Ohio State football game is an evening game that night, and starts at the same time as the race. Which has created a couple of logistical issues.

1. No race photographer. He will be sitting in front of the TV watching the game, and cannot be convinced to do otherwise.

2. OSU football is kind of a big deal for almost everyone here in central Ohio, which means that I can’t find anyone to run with me.

Bummer.

But to make me feel better, I’ve put together a list of 61minutes of Halloween joy for your listening pleasure. Enjoy! (in no particular order)

Michael Jackson “Thriller”    5:58
Bobby Pickett  “Monster Mash”   3:00
Warren Zevon  “Werewolves of London”   3:27
Nightmare before Christmas  “This is Halloween”   3:16
Sheb Wooley   “Purple People Eater”   2:11
Charlie Daniels   “Devil went down to Georgia”   3:37
Ray Parker Jr   “Ghostbusters Theme”   4:04
The Sweet  “Ballroom Blitz”    4:06
Rockwell  “Somebody’s Watching me”    4:00
Rocky Horror Picture Show  “Time Warp”  4:00
The Clovers  “Love Potion #9”  2:02
Duran Duran “Hungry like the Wolf”   3:41
Mitch Ryder  “Devil with a Blue Dress”   3:01
Oingo Boingo  “Dead Man’s Party”   6:23
DJ Jazzy Jeff/Fresh Prince “A Nightmare on My Street”  4:16
Rhianna “Disturbia”   3:58