Race Recap: Tobacco Road Marathon

I can’t stop smiling.  This was the race of all races for me and I had no idea that I’d learn so much from training and running another marathon.  What started as Gasparilla training with a marathon kicker ended up being quite possibly one of my proudest moments as a runner!

Let me start at the beginning…

We arrived in Cary around 1:30pm and headed straight to the Expo to pick up our race packets.  The Expo was held in the Embassy Suites, the host hotel.  We grabbed our bibs and swag, which was a super nice tech tee and a sock hat for winter embroidered with the race logo.  I love when races hand out other fun goodies besides just a tee.  It was a smaller Expo but we took our time walking around, trying some delicious cinnamon bread samples from Great Harvest Bread Company and getting information and discounts for other events.  We stopped by the Race 13.1 booth to say hi since we’ll be pacing several of their races this year.  We each grabbed a really great long sleeve cotton tee with the race logo on it.  I like buying other race merchandise to wear every day.  tobaccoroadraceswag

We headed to eat lunch at Mellow Mushroom after and checked into our hotel a little before 4:30pm.  I was starting to feel a bit nervous as the hours ticked down.  We had a little of downtime before dinner so we decided to go shopping for just a bit.  It was the perfect diversion for me!  It kept my mind off of the race and it was a fairly entertaining trip looking through the racks at TJ Maxx.  Around 6:30pm, we tried a nearby Mexican restaurant which was really good and was exactly what we needed for a perfect pre-race meal.

Once back the hotel, we got our race outfits laid out, set alarms, put out our breakfast bars and pretty much hit the bed.  We had to be at the parking lot by 5:30am in order to ensure we would be parked near the start.  This meant we had a 3:30am wake-up call.  tobaccoroadoutfit

Race Day

Alarms went off right at 3:30am and I got up after hitting the snooze a few times.  We all got ready and were out the door by 5:10am.  It was a short drive to the start and we were in a huge line of traffic right at 5:30am.  This race offers a parking pass option for $10 and you are literally parked right at the start.  You can choose to park for free in a lot about 15 minutes from the start and ride a shuttle in.  We paid for the parking pass and luckily made it into the first lot, which is closest to the start and port-a-potties.  We were so happy!  The only part of this that kind of stinks is that we had an hour and a half to sit in the car.  We did hit the potties a few times and just rested in the warm car until 6:30am.

We hit the potties one last time, cutting it super close and we heard the National Anthem while in the potty.  It wasn’t the first race that happened.  I did the same thing in Wrightsville two years ago.  I thought I’d be stressed out heading towards the corrals but we just kind of weaved our way to the 4:45 pacer.  We stood there for just a bit when I heard my college friend, Mindy!!  She was running the full also and I was so happy to see her!!  We talked for just a bit then she headed back over to her running buddy as the gun went off.

We headed out the park, passing under a huge American Flag flying above us.  It was really cool!  We ran just 3/4 of mile making our way to the nearby road.  I was running on using my heart rate so I stayed just at 145.  The first 2-ish miles were pretty much rolling hills.  I pushed on the downhills and stayed conservative on the uphills.  My first few miles were really comfortable and we settled into a good pace as we hit the American Tobacco Trail.  We’d be on trails for the next 21 miles before coming back out to the road.

The first few miles on the trail were a slight downhill grade.  With each mile, we were getting faster and faster.  My heart rate was on target and I continued to keep that pace as long as it felt comfortable.  At this point, we were right around the 4:45 pace group and it was making me a bit buggy.  It was crowded right near him.  The three of us were talking about how fast we were going but we also knew that it was mostly downhill at the beginning.  It’s such a hard decision so early to either stay at a faster pace or to slow up a bit.  I felt good by mile 5 (9:57 pace) and made my way around the pace group to get a bit more room.  Christine and Cara stayed just a little bit behind me.  I told them I was staying at that pace.  I ran the next 7 miles at the same pace (ranging between 9:54-10:15).  The turn around was at mile 8.3 and I saw them just before mile 9.  We yelled out asking how we were feeling and everyone was doing well!  I also started taking walk breaks every 4 miles when I’d stop for Gatorade.  My heart rate was in check and just started going above 145 on uphills.

Hit my 300th mile of the year at mile 5

I continued on at the same pace range from mile 13-19 (9:34 at mile 16 to 10:42 at mile 13).  I passed the halfway point at 2:18 which shocked the heck out of me.  About that time, I realized that I made the decision somewhere in the last few miles to keep pushing.  This is the first marathon that I have run where I ran so evenly and ran at a pace that would have scared me in previous marathons for a fear of crapping out later in the higher miles.  I had my heart rate training on my side and I could tell that I wasn’t pushing to the point of exhaustion.  By mile 20, I had run a negative split.  I didn’t hit a HR over 155 until mile 21.

At mile 21.5 is where the real work started for me, there was stretch for 3 miles of a slow uphill grade, 150 feet over 3 miles.  It was relentless.  I was getting tired, but not exhausted.  I ran the first 2 miles of this section at a conservative pace, slowing down as my HR would come up.  By mile 23.5, I was having to mix in some walk breaks just to try to get my HR to come down, preserve my legs for the remaining 2 miles to the finish.  Mile 24 was my slowest of the day (12:02).  I regrouped once I was off of the trail and headed back on the road back to the finish.  I was also watching my time.  I somehow ended up really close to being able to PR this race?!  I had an idea that I was close just by overall pace, but I also knew that my mileage was off from the markers.  I was running long.tobaccoroadelevation I dug in the best I could for the last two miles, running .5, walking .1 and running the remaining .4.  It was a plan that worked for me and I was comfortable pushing myself.  I was so close, but right as the 26th mile clicked on my watch, I knew that I wouldn’t make it and it was okay.  I ran the next .5 of a mile (yes, my watch was off .3) at a 9:15 pace, finishing strong.  I ran through the finish line with the BIGGEST grin!  I missed a PR by 42 seconds and I wasn’t bummed.  I was super giddy.  The marathon didn’t scare me anymore!!

I finished with a 4:39:42.  My best is at Richmond with a 4:39:00.  It’s the second time now I’ve danced around 4:39.  Last year in Wrightsville, I finished in 4:39:13.  So if nothing else, I’m super consistent.  Ha!  Here’s the thing though, the other two times, I felt a lot worse coming through the finish line.  In Richmond, my hip was really messed up and in Wrightsville, I felt like someone beat me with a bat.  I felt pretty good and nothing hurt!

Once everyone finished, we headed to the after race party, which was dying down.  I have a huge pet peeve with races that shut down the after party long before the last runner comes through.  It’s not the first event where this has happened and I feel like every runner should have their moment in the sun and enjoy a really good post-race shindig.postracepic

We decided to head to one of our favorite burger chains, Big Daddy Burger Bar, for food and celebratory brews!  We all had just accomplished something huge and it was time to celebrate that!!  Both Cara and Christine had come out of marathon retirement and I’m just a nut who wanted to run another one.

PROS

The race was well organized and all of the water stops were fully stocked with water and Gatorade.  Several of the marathon water stops had snacks too, which although I didn’t eat anything, was a nice touch.  The volunteers were awesome!!  Because this race was on a trail, there was not as much crowd support, but the volunteers well made up for that.  It was also super nice to see our friend, A Co, out there along the course too!!  She rocks for coming out there and supporting us!  The parking pass is worth the $10.  Buy the parking pass. The tee and hat are nice!  The medal is awesome!! Thanks to the Race 13.1 guys for being out there at the post race party with chocolate milk.  It hit the spot!medalpictobaccoroad

CONS

The post race party was over by the time we got there.  It’s a shame really.  The half marathoners get all the fun and the marathoners get a few cold pieces of pizza and leftover beer.  It was really anti-climatic, but lucky for us, we made our own celebration!

My other con is the use of the words “flat” in the course description.  This race is not flat.  Not at all.  There was 941ft gained over the marathon.  Sure there were no rolling hills along the trail, but there were plenty of sections of climbing.  We knew it wasn’t “flat” when we signed up so I’m not complaining, just not sure that’s a word I’d use to describe the course accurately.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on what I learned!  I’m so excited to share my thoughts with you.

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Weekly Rundown

Another week of training done.  We started training for Gasparilla and Tobacco Road Marathon 14 weeks and all that hard work and training comes down to this week.

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Monday – This was the most beautiful sunny day!!  I had intended to run just three but once I got going, I added another mile.  I didn’t run with my HR monitor.  I was so excited about the weather, I totally forgot to grab it.  I ran a bit faster than my intended HR would allow, but it felt good.marathontrainingrun

Tuesday- 1 mile indoor.  As lovely as yesterday was, today was the complete opposite!

Wednesday – Cara and I met to run on another sunny day!  Mother Nature was acting all kind of crazy this week.  70’s one day and 30’s the next, back and forth.  We ran a really solid 4 miler and ran an accidental progression.

Thursday – 1 mile indoors.  Thursday was brutal…cold, rainy and bitter.

Friday- 1 mile indoors

Saturday – Christine, Cara and I ran our last long run, 10 miles! We ran a doozy of a route.  I have no one to blame, but myself.  I mapped it. It started out easy enough with most of our early miles flat to downhill, then around mile 4, that all changed and we climbed and climbed.  We did really well and hung in there.  A great last run to end on before the marathon!  lastlongtrainingrun

Sunday – One mile…I thought maybe I’d want to run more since the weather was so pretty.  But my early morning coffee and blogging time was more what I wanted.  Rest and relaxation is key at this point!

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Weekly Fitness Plan

Race week is here again!!  By this time next weekend, I’ll be getting ready to run my 6th marathon, Tobacco Road Marathon.  I’m so excited about it!

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Monday – 3 miles

Tuesday – 1 miles

Wednesday – 3 miles

Thursday – 1 mile

Friday – 1 mile

Saturday – 1 mile

Sunday – Tobacco Road Marathon, 26.2!! 🙂

Total mileage: 36 miles

Weekly focus: Hydration and eating well!  I’m really focusing on doing what I need to do as far as eating well and staying hydrated this week.

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday

It’s Thursday so that only means one thing….

Thinking-Out-LoudSo this week’s been our first week back since all our snow and they are calling for an icy start on Friday.  NOOOOO! After yesterday’s 70+ degree day, it’s so hard to believe that today is going to be so nasty and cold.  I’m over this mess. I’m fairly certain that by mid-July we’ll all be wishing for colder temps. We always wish for things we don’t have!  I just want to wear tank tops and skirts.  I want to feel that warm sun!  Spring, please hurry up!winter

Speaking for Spring, I also have a birthday this month.  The big 4-1!  I was just thinking in the shower (I do all my best thinking in there!) about how awesome this past year has been.  40 was awesome!!  I still think about all the things that I’ve done this year and the experiences I’ve had.  I’m so thankful and blessed to have been able to do it all!  I really achieved some awesome things which have only inspired me to continue to do more.  I want more.  I deserve more.40

Speaking of more, there will be more pacing in my life!!  Unfortunately due to a course problem, the City of the Arts half has been canceled.  It’s an absolute shame!  Some really good people worked really hard to put together a great race and there just wasn’t a way to pull it off.  Between construction and less than willing locations, it’s been postponed until 2016.  That means no pacing.

BUT

I check my inbox yesterday and there is an email about pacing opportunities for upcoming Race 13.1 events.  They have added a ton of races this year and they need pacers for just about all of them.  I quickly looked through the list and saw that Race 13.1 Evans GA needed a slew of them.  I texted some friends and we all jumped on the opportunity immediately.  I’ll be pacing the 2:15 group and Cara and Christine are teamed up to pace 2:30.  And the exciting part of all this, I add another state!!!  Right now I’ve run halfs/fulls in NC, SC, VA, MD, DC, and FL.  This will give me GA. 🙂  Not only will I have another state, but by pacing Evans, I will have three Race 13.1 races so I’ll earn the special X3 medal!!  It’s all about the bling!!1424205358_EvansMedal_Final

Only 10 more days and I will run my 6th marathon.  I’m super excited and a bit nervous (but more good nervous vs bad nervous).  I’m looking forward to crossing another finish line and spending some time with great friends.  It’s a win in my book already!

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Weekly Rundown and Fitness Plan

With all my Gasparilla posts, I thought it’d be best to combine my weekly rundown with this week’s Fitness Plan.  The snow messed up a lot of my running plans last week, but it looks like we might be in the clear this week.  Fingers crossed!weeklyrundown

Monday – Christine and I got a mile in before we started our 10+ road trip home.  I was glad because it was really late by the time we made it back.

Tuesday – One mile.  Woke up to a surprise dusting of snow.  I was thankful for the day off work.  Ran loops around my house.

Wednesday – An impending snow was coming in over night, so I was able to squeeze in 4 miles.

Thursday – Snow and more snow!  I ran outside for one mile.snowrunFriday – More of the same, one indoor mile

Saturday – We actually planned to run long on Sunday, but we saw freezing rain in the forecast so we switched it up.  We had 13 miles, dodging piles of snow.  We actually ran a pretty good route and finished up the extra .1 to make a true half.  We celebrated my day 669 of my run streak with a half marathon!  I mean, why not?!longrunsnowSunday – Freezing rain and ice…one indoor mile and PiYo Lower Body workout (my new DVDs finally came and they work!)

Total miles: 22.2 miles

Now for this week’s fitness plan…

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Monday – Well considering this might be the nicest day of the week, I’m making it count.  I ran 4 miles this afternoon.  It was awesome!!  I went from being bundled up on Saturday to wearing a tank top and capris.  March weather in NC is crazy!

Tuesday – Long work day for me so a mile and maybe PiYo, if I feel up to it.

Wednesday – Looks like a warm (mid 60’s) though rainy kind of day, hoping to get 3 miles in.

Thursday – There’s a icy, freezing rain thing that might come through…playing this one by ear.  Might be a one mile day. PiYO something for sure!

Friday – One mile and PiYo

Saturday – 10 miles, last long run before Tobacco Road!

Sunday – One mile, though maybe 3 if time permits and I’m short miles for the week.

Weekly Focus:  Food and portion size

I’m a wee bit out of control lately and I am being way more conscious of what I’m eating this week.  With our vacation, I ate a lot and I can tell.  Time to reel it back in.

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Weekly Rundown

Another successful week!!  Each week we continue to gain miles on our weekends and we just keep meeting those goals.  It seemed so scary when we first started this, really unsure of what it would be like to run so many high mileage runs back to back, but honestly, it’s the way to go!  Depending on how this works, this may be the way to go for my future marathon trainings.

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Monday has become my “rest” day.  I run my one mile and spend the rest of the time recovering from the weekend’s runs.

Tuesday – I had a meeting at school so I met Christine and Cara over at our local Fleet Feet to join up with Kay for her weekly running group. It was my first night time run in ages and I enjoyed it a lot!  I got 4 miles in a bit faster and over heart rate.  I was really good the first 1.5 miles, but I wanted to get in 4 miles so I picked up the pace to get back to meet up with everyone.

Wednesday – Cara and I caught up for our weekly run.  We decided to loop the parks which is something we’ve not done in a while.  We got in 4 miles and felt great!

Thursday – I got a mile in before yoga class.  I finally went to class this week.  It was exactly what I needed.  I left with no soreness from the week’s runs, feeling really relaxed and had a great amount of good stretching.

Friday – One mile

Saturday – The tale of three runs!  Christine and I met early to run some miles before Carole, Cara and Henry met up with us.  We ran just at 4.5 miles.  We caught up with everyone and all ran 4 mile loop. Christine and I went to a get together for Declare It Day for just a bit.  Each February, Fellow Flowers celebrates setting goals and several of my friends were hosting a DID party.  We stayed for some snacks, some quick pics and the door prizes before we headed out again to meet the rest of the running group.  We ran back out to meet them and finished up the rest of our miles.  11 miles done!2015-02-07 15.43.14

Sunday – We ran the Massacre Marathon relay as 2 people teams to get our miles in for the weekend.  We had several other friends on teams so it was a lot of fun!!  And talk about amazing weather, the high was in the mid-60’s.  We’ve never had that kind of weather for this event before!!  Totally lucked out!  15 miles done.

I’ll be posting a race recap so check that out soon!

Total miles: 37 miles

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Weekly Fitness Plan – The Taper Edition

I have been waiting 10 weeks to write those words…Taper!  It can only mean one thing, we’ve completed 10 weeks of back to back runs and it’s time to put all our hard work to practice in Tampa!  One week to go!!

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Monday – 1 mile and whatever PiYo workout that decides to work

Tuesday – Long run part one, 6 miles.  I’ll run a few before hand and meet Cara for the rest.

Wednesday – Long run part two, 7 miles.  I’ll do a repeat and run a few and meet Cara for the rest.

Thursday – 1 mile and yoga

Friday – 1 mile and plenty of walking around NYC

Saturday – 1 mile and plenty of walking around NYC

Sunday – I’m hoping to maybe get a 3 mile run in when we get back into town.

Total miles: 20 miles

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Weekly Rundown

Another successful week of training!  We continue to keep setting the bar high and we’re meeting each time.  Our confidence is building and we are getting stronger each week.  I love seeing the progress our Gasparilla group!  We got this!

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Monday – This week has been another dreary and cold week.  I just don’t have it in me to bundle up to head outside for just one mile so I’ve been doing them indoors.  Monday was no different.  One indoor mile

Tuesday – I completed my second MAF test and saw some great results!  I gained 40 seconds on the 3 miles.  Faster pace but my HR stays at the same level.  All this training is working and I’m excited to see what the next test shows.  I got in 4 miles, one warm-up and 3 for the test.

Wednesday – One indoor mile I had hoped to do more, but with a late day at school, I couldn’t get any more in.

Thursday – I had another busy day at school, but I brought my running clothes and made it a point to get a run in.  If I had 40 minutes, I was going to run.  I got in a 5K in between school and volunteering to sell tickets for our home wrestling match.  I was thrilled!  Avg HR 137

Friday – Another indoor mile at school during planning

Saturday – I forgot my watch for this one and ran “unplugged” for our 11 miler.  It was a blessing in disguise!  I was thrilled when Christine told me we were at mile 7.  The miles flew by and I felt great the whole time.  Unfortunately, my heart rate monitor was acting crazy!  It would go from 133 to 210 back to 135.  It was driving me crazy.  I turned it off and just ran using Christine and Cara’s HR.  Having done this for so long, I can tell when I’m “high” even before my HR beeps anyways. Another great thing about running on HR, we all know the HR difference between each other and we’re within 10 beats of each other.

Sunday – We ran a local race route for our 14 miler this morning.  It’s a hillier course with overall elevation gain of 634. We hadn’t run it in awhile so it was something different.  I felt super when I first started, ran really evenly paced.  About mile 8, the hills were starting to beat me down.  I slowed my pace back a bit and felt a little better, but I was still having to talk myself into not walking.  I kind of ran and walked on and off through mile 10-11.  We finally hit the downhill section and I started feeling better again.  I stopped at mile 11.5 and had to really get myself together.  The other girls were feeling the same way I was and we just sucked it up and headed back through the last part of the run and the start of the mostly uphill climb to the end.  By this point, my HR was not cooperating and I could barely make it up any of the hills.  I walked a few and then just did the best I could, knowing my HR was above where it should be.  Overall, I was only over my HR by 10 minutes of the 2:30+ I was out there.  So, I didn’t totally blow it as bad as I thought!  Avg HR 137cannonballelevation

Total Weekly Mileage: 35.12 miles

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Weekly Fitness Plan – Gasparilla Week 9

We made some changes to our training plan and we’re holding off our back down for a few more weeks.  Originally we did the plan, gaining miles working towards Tobacco Road Marathon, but we really want to have a taper the weekend before Gasparilla.  We want to go into race weekend rested.

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Monday – Mondays are now my recovery days, one mile

Tuesday – I’m leaving this one open.  I have an after school meeting and I’ll have to run later.  I’m hoping to catch up with some friends for a run.

Wednesday – Cara and I are going to meet to run a few miles.  I’m going for 4 miles

Thursday –  I have to sell tickets for the wrestling match after school so I’ll at least get a mile in, maybe more.

Friday – 1 mile

Saturday – 11 miler

Sunday – 14 miles

I also ordered PiYo dvd set and it should be here this week.  I’m super excited to try it!

Weekly Focus: Hydration

I really did a great last week with drinking a good amount of water.  I could tell by Saturday’s long run that I had done well! I just purchased 3 cases of Essentia water so I’m prepared! 🙂

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Weekly Rundown

Well, this week was filled with running and more running!  I bumped up a lot of miles from last week and that worried me just a little bit, but with support of friends, we knocked all those miles out.  This week wasn’t without some lessons and discoveries too.  Running is always a learning experience for me!

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Monday – 1 mile and BodyPump  Here was my first lesson of the week:  If I do BP after one long run, no problem!  After two, not good.  I should have been kinder to my body and my legs.  I was still feeling fatigued in my legs by the weekend.  I’m going to have to do no weights on legs until after Gasparilla or find alternative classes.

Tuesday – 1 mile and week 2 of Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred.  Lesson number two:  Should have stretched vs doing the video.

Wednesday – We ended up with a day off school due to ice so that meant I had time to catch up friends to get in some weekday miles!  Cara was running her long run, so she ran some miles ahead and I caught up with her for the last 5.  Amy and Sarah joined us too!  It was great to catch up with them.  Avg HR 120

Thursday – Cara and I met to get 3 miles in.  We ran really well and accidentally ran a negative split run, which as you know with HR training, rarely happens!  Avg HR 129

Friday – One mile indoors Lesson number three:  That bottle of Essentia water I didn’t finish throughout the day.  I always make an effort to finish a 1.5 liter of Essentia before my long runs.  I only got 1/4 of the way through it.  Not good!

Saturday – 10 miles around Salem Lake  It was really chilly at the start of the run.  We had several friends out there with us, running various distances.  Some friends were new to the trail!  We decided to run out 5 miles and back.  I felt pretty good running and we kept up a great pace, rarely having to walk.  By the time, we turned around, I started feeling a bit achy.  It was mostly around my upper back and neck.  I think it’s because my running form was awful as I became fatigued.  I tried several times to straighten back up.  Avg HR 130

Saturday post run – After debating our upcoming long runs, we decided to register for the Massacre Marathon Relay.  We have 13 + 3 miles that Sunday and by running the race, we’ll have a hoodie and a medal now!  It kind of was a no-brainer!  Now, we’ll spend our morning running loops around Country Park.  I’m pretty excited about it! Christine and I are on a two person team: Slow & Low Rock and Run.

Sunday – 11 miles on a hillier than I thought course  We started out well, most of the first part of our run was downhill, but by mile 6.5, we started climbing!  We had some reprieve here and there.  I started feeling achy again, almost like I was getting the flu.  Avg HR 130  I know it’s because I did not properly eat or refuel Saturday.  I didn’t finish all my water.  I had no appetite most of the day. Lesson number four: Eat and drink…good stuff on Saturdays.  I’ll never keep making it through these double runs if I don’t take the time to get in food and water.

We did end Sunday with brunch at the Mad Hatter, my first time there.  I was impressed!  I ordered Huevos Rancheros and a carafe of Bloody Marys.  Something about a Bloody Mary after a run, just hits the spot!

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