Who's running a race that's NOT Chicago this weekend?
  • Pam & I are running the Montgomery Half Marathon
  • Aimee is running her first half.
  • Amanda also has a half this weekend.

Who else is racing this weekend?

While we may not be a part of the Tumblr invasion of the Windy City, but we could perhaps think of ourselves as satellite units.

Good luck to all runners everywhere.

RunningAhead.com @arestlessmind @running-uphills

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arestlessmind replied to your post: 1500 Miles and Counting for 2012…

Where are your graphs from? So pretty! And great job on the miles!

running-uphills replied to your post: 1500 Miles and Counting for 2012…

Congratulations! What program are you using in the screen shots?

I track all of my run data on RunningAhead.com - It will integrate with most GPS devices, and is WAY better than Garmin Connect (and anything else I’ve tried out there for that matter). I was introduced to it about 2 years ago by John from our group (now my coach). It is a free site, and I highly recommend checking it out if you’ve never seen it. Here are some of the things I really like about the site:

  • Customizable dashboard (mine is pretty intense)
  • Customizable categories
  • Robust custom reporting and graphs
  • Ability to track equipment usage (such as shoe mileage)
  • Automatically track race PRs
  • Can record LOTS of data for each workout
  • Can track non-running workouts
  • Ability to setup groups with private message boards, leader boards, etc.
  • Ability to export all data
  • Import data from Garmin devices, Nike+, text files, etc.
  • Etc, Etc

We have about 10 members of our running group that use the site, and it is pretty cool that we can all keep up with each other. 

Day 1

Is off to a good start. Ran three miles this morning and had scrambled eggs/egg whites with avocado for breakfast. I also put some unsweetened almond milk in my coffee, which is controversial in the paleo world but I see it is an okay thing. If you would like to see what I eat during this thirty day challenge, follow me on myfitnesspal, username: rebjeans. Have a good morning everyone!

To rebeccaruns, lizz2love, and arestlessmind…I am excited to start this challenge with you. Let me know how you are all doing and share recipes!

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So, I ran a half marathon on Saturday after running only 7 times in the month before it.  I had no real goal, but I really wanted an average pace under 10:00/mi.

This was the forecast for race time as of Friday night:

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I was thrilled because I knew that would definitely help me out.

We put our jackets on Saturday, walked out the door, and went right back in and took them off. It was much warmer than I expected. And super foggy (=humid). My car said 69o. Our house in only a bit over a mile from the Montgomery Biscuits (yes, that is the name of our minor league team…) baseball stadium, where the race would end and Jeremy would wait for me, but a lot of roads were blocked off, so we weren’t able to get to the parking lots that were supposed to be open. This set us back a few minutes, so I called Pam to let her know I was walking towards the start but that I was leaving my phone with Jeremy.

I dropped my phone in the diaper bag, kissed Jeremy & Ryland for luck, and took off at a speed walk to make sure I’d have time to go to the bathroom before the starting announcements at 6:45.  I got to the line just in time, took a place a ways back from the line, and started scanning the crowd for Pam. I found her!

And the race began…

Miles 0-1.5: I ran with Pam, just below a 10:00 pace. This is the section that was almost entirely uphill. Half the elevation gain of the entire race was in the first 2.5 mi.

Miles 1.5-6.5: I felt good during this time. I kept a pretty conservative pace since I didn’t know how well I’d do when the humidity got to me or how much it would warm up if the sun broke through the fog. 

Miles 6.5-10: I had to poop and had just passed a port-a-let. I frantically looked for another (I thought there would be more along the course), but to no avail. I often have to go during runs, but in my 14 years of running, I’ve never had to go during a race.

At the turnaround just after mile 7, a guy started singing “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.” I briefly joined in, but couldn’t do the fast part. I said I had the song on my Ipod, but it died. He said he had it on his, but he lost his headphones. Then he said he had to slow down, but for me to finish it out for him. Once I pulled ahead, he noticed my socks and yelled out, “Nice socks!”  Soon after this I saw Pam heading toward the turnaround.

Mile 10-10.75: This had the hardest part of the race: running over the interstate (the steepest hill). I had also gotten goosebumps by this point, but refused to be defeated by the hill and walk. Once it turned downhill, I swallowed my pride and walked.

Mile 10.75-10.95: Walking off the goosebumps. One runner who passed said, “Good job” to me. I told her I had to stop because I got goosebumps, and she said, “Me, too.” I didn’t let that cause me to start running again before I was able.

Miles 10.95-13.1: The goosebumps had started to fade, so I started running again.  I caught up to some who had passed me while walking. I was really feeling tired, but I started pushing harder than I had up to that point since I was so close the end. I finally saw a port-a-let at mile 11, but I wasn’t going to stop that close to the end.  The goosebumps came back, too, but I had less than 2 miles to go at that point, and there were plenty of people around, so I kept pushing. 

Finally we entered the stadium for the home stretch. I passed 4 or 5 more people, but couldn’t quite catch one lady who had been just in front of me the whole time except when I had to walk. She stretched out her arms to fly over the finish line as I tried desperately to catch her. My finish photo will not be cute this year.

And I made it. 2:09:51. 12:24 slower than last year, but still, I made it.

My splits:

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You can tell exactly when I was feeling good, when I had to go to the bathroom as thus slowed down, when I slowed even more for the hill and to walk, and how I pushed at the end. I forgot to stop my Garmin, so that’s why it’s a bit longer than the chip time.

Tumblr Tuesday:

To the complainer last week, Rincey has never been in my crushes, and Lori and Pam haven’t in quite some time. I just started following Kayla again this past week.

Oh, I’ll take “Talk to Me Tuesday” questions again, anon or not. 

I probably shouldn't run today

since my leg started hurting again yesterday.

(Thanks to those who replied when I asked about DUs)

@Steph- I’m definitely doing them wrong because I jump really high. I don’t have the wrist movement down. I don’t even know if my right wrist will even let me turn the rope fast enough. And I get exhausted after just a few jumps.

@K- I think I’ll try doing them either inside, if I can find a big enough space on the hardwood, or outside on my yoga mat.

Back to my leg…

It doesn’t hurt this morning, but it didn’t hurt yesterday morning and started later in the day even though I didn’t do anything that would cause it to hurt.

I need to let it get better.

Friday evening & Saturday Jeremy & I are hiking/ camping the southernmost portion of the Pinhoti trail. I’ve never been there, but I know there’s a lot more elevation than where we normally go.

Next Saturday is the 10k trail run with Pam.  Even if I have to take the next week & a half off from running and stick to walking & biking, I know I can run a 10k.

Then that next day is when I go to camp- a week of running around nearly all day long (except for the times spent eating, sleeping, worshiping, and a few other activities).

I really need my leg to not be hurting me.

So today I will ride the lame stationary bike to give myself 1 more day to heal, and we’ll see from there.

So how many Alabama fitblrs are there now?
  1. Pam
  2. Dani
  3. Manda
  4. Michael
  5. Me (of course)
  6. and now Jonathan
  7. ???

I thought there were some others…

Answer in the blank/ reblog/ whatever if you want to be added.

edit:

runningwithguts answered your question: So how many Alabama fitblrs are there now?

Don’t forget Brook! (activelybrook)

oh, yes, of course.

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kmeiselle answered your question: Good idea: Running a timed 5K to assess your…

If you’re not used to mid/fore-foot striking, it will take time for your calves to adjust, but they will be better off for it.

ok. That’s good to know. I think my calves may end up bigger than they were at my starting weight, but that’s ok, too.

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arestlessmind replied to your post: Good idea: Running a timed 5K to assess your…

Did you run in the rain yesterday? James and I ran in that same freezing rain and barely survived!

Yes! I had no idea it was going to be cold and rainy in the afternoon, so I didn’t have sufficient clothing packed. After I got going, everything was warm enough except my ears.

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