Monday, December 10, 2012

GOTR 5K and a running break

Yesterday, I was supposed to be a buddy runner for the Girls on the Run 5K. Well, when we got there, I wasn't assigned a girl with whom to run, so I ended up just running with my cousin and her buddy. It was very inspirational to see so many girls running their first 5K. I wish there had been a program like that for me when I was younger. I hope their experience inspires them to keep running.

Okay, so the other part... I am able to stabilize my IT band and run without knee pain. That isn't a problem. I just need to continue to foam roll and stretch. However, my foot pain was getting better until I ran Saturday. I am going to take at least 3 days off of running, maybe 5. Hopefully, I will be able to get the pain in  my foot figured out before then. It feels like muscle and fiber pain on the top of my foot. I don't think it's a stress fracture, but I think I need some time off to see how it heals. I'm going to continue to ice and elevate it. I'm also going to wear my running shoes that are more stiff since it felt decent running the 5K yesterday.

If I don't blog again for a couple of weeks, I want to wish everyone a great holiday season!

Friday, December 7, 2012

My next adventures!

Sunday marks my last race of 2012. It isn't a real race for me. I'm a buddy runner for the Girls on the Run 5K to act as an encouraging running partner for a 3rd to 8th grade girl in one of her first races. The runners complete a 12-week program with a coach prior to the event. I'm excited, but I think these girls will make me look like a fat, lazy blob ;)

I'm planning for next year, too. I entered the lottery for the Cherry Blossom 10-miler in DC. If I don't get into that, I want to run the Iron Girl Half Marathon at the end of April. I know a bunch of people who are planning to run it, so that would be a lot of fun for me. Other than that, I am planning on running the Marine Corps Marathon 10K in the fall, but I haven't planned out the rest of my racing schedule. I would like to do at least one more half marathon in the fall, but am looking for suggestions :)

What's on your racing schedule for 2013?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Annapolis Half Marathon and Runniversary

I did it! I completed my first half marathon on December 1, 2012. This was coincidentally also my 1st "Runniversary." A year ago, I completed my first Couch to 5K workout and continued the program to completion. In the past year, I've run two 5Ks, Ragnar DC, the Marine Corps 10K, and the Annapolis Half Marathon. The only one that didn't get my nerves was the 10K.

So... Race report for my first half... I trained so hard for Ragnar and totally slacked off after it was done. I skipped 2 of my long training runs and I hurt my IT band. I felt really really unprepared. Two of my Ragnar teammates signed up to run with me. I was glad they did. Seriously, without Chris, I would have been walking at mile 4. I dunno why I thought that Annapolis would be flat.

First part of the race was around the Navy Stadium. The first water stop had a place for you to drop any extra clothes. They were going to bring them back to the start and donate whatever wasn't claimed. Then we ran through downtown Annapolis, past the Naval Academy, St. John's College and over the Navy Memorial Bridge. I swallowed my gum at the second water stop. Oops! It was so foggy that I couldn't really enjoy the sights. My cousin Jen had planned to take a picture of the Memorial. I wasn't with her at that point, but you couldn't even see it, so I doubt she was able to get one. I got a Gu at the turn-around and I really should have had another one.

I lost Chris at about 9 miles. I was sad to lose her and wasn't sure how I was going to make it back over the bridge without walking. I didn't. My calves started spasming. Right at that point, someone says hello to me. I turn around and it's my friend Meghan in her Sparkle Skirt. Running next to her got me through the next almost 2 miles until my calves spasmed again. After the last water stop, this woman who had been with me the entire time complained about the fog. Running with her got me through the last mile. My time was 2:19:10. Since my goal was to finish and aside from that I was hoping for under 2:45:00, I'm thrilled with my time. I have a shiny new medal for my bling wall, a nice running jacket from Born Fit, and a running cap (something I actually needed!)

The highlights of the race were a woman wearing a shirt that said "Will stop for morning sickness" and a couple dressed as a bride and groom with their bridesmaids and groomsmen crossing the finish line together.

I'm glad I did it. I have a decent PR for a first race. On to more racing!