Monday, September 28, 2015

Looking for Something New??

Still looking for an awesome Fall distance race?? Well let me help you out......

Brickhouse Betweenathon 19.65 mi race on Sunday, October 25, 2015

This is the 2nd year for the Brickhouse Betweenathon but its the first year that I am on the race committee!! Yay me :) 

What in the heck is a Betweenathon?? Let me tell you! My great friends, who host a VERY successful 5k, was training for a Marathon and thought to themselves "Everyone has 5k's , 10k's, half's etc. what is something different?" And ta-da the Brickhouse Betweenathon was born!

So if your looking for a different race distance, a new race in general, a race to complete your 50 states LOOK NO FARTHER!! If you can't make it this year be sure and put us on your calendar for next year!! And be sure to 'Like' our Facebook Page for current updates and such.

What is your Favorite thing about Finish Lines? Besides the fact you have reached it, What is something you look forward to receiving at the Finish? Food, Beverages etc...

Run Happy ;)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Why is it That???

So the R'n'R VA Beach Half was a total bust for me and totally did not turn out the way I wanted it to. I was almost frightened at the thought of doing another long run for marathon training but I know they have to be done, unless I had some sort of super human powers and didn't have to train for things and could still perform well....yeah that's NOT me! Two weekends ago (9/13) I set out for a 12 miler and ALONE I haven't and don't usually run alone very much at all but I was sorta wanting this just in case I sucked and wanted to quit I could have my own pitty party. Well what do you know?? I had a decent not awesome but a decent 12 miler (2:10)! Minus the 4 bathroom stops I made....stupid stomach!!  And I walked less than a mile overall out of the entire run that is a HUGE accomplishment for me!

This past weekend I did 14 miles(2:38). Let's just say I completed it I probably wouldn't even call it decent just completed. Thankfully I had my Best Friend and running buddy Sherry P with me for 10 miles. I didn't run near as well as the previous week and had lots more times of walking but I didn't give up even when she parted ways with me still have 4 more miles to go and wanted to go home like she was doing I hung in there and finished it out! I really expected my pace to be way off from the previous week but surprisingly overall it was about 15 seconds slower.

Why is it That???

 How in the world can I run 12 and 14 miles in less time that it took for the VA Beach Half?? I will never know other than the fact that I totally didn't feel good the entire time I was there. Slowly but surely I think I can feel progress being made I just gotta hang in there!

Don't you hate the days when you feel so sleepy, drained and just plum worn out and yawn all day long??? That is me today! Is it time for bed yet??

When Marathon training, what is the longest long run you try and get done? 18, 20, 22 or more?
I prefer to get at least one 22 miler if not two but I may not even get one this time around, it kinda has me worried/scared but I already know with my foot issue its not going to be a very good marathon anyway!

Run Happy ;)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

My 1st R'nR- Virginia Beach Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon

I have been wanting to do a Rock'n'Roll series race for a long time now so I jumped at the chance to do this one! (The REAL reason I did this race in the next VA Beach post :) And I am in training for another R'n'R the Savannah Marathon so this fell right in place with my training! And who doesn't LOVE a #Roadtrip?? Well this road trip wiped me out and was not good to my sinuses....I was sick the whole time I was there and couldn't enjoy anything at all! I was so disappointed and hated that I kept my mom from enjoying anything as well since I spent the entire time in bed in the hotel. We got stuck in traffic and missed most of the expo and by that time I was really not feeling well so we pretty much got my number a pair of compression sleeves and left!

Although I hadn't done a long run for 2 weeks prior to race day I was very hopeful on a decent finishing time for this half 
A. 2:10 B. 2:15 C. Finish

All week leading up to the race doing the daily race weather check there was very little chance of rain, woke up that morning to cloudy skies, extremely humid & warm and what do ya know SPRINKLES! While waiting in the coral to start it poured down rain...Oh yay....NOT! I had already used the port a potty twice while waiting but I really had to go again I was just hoping I would sweat it out as I went.  Of course this was a crowded event with close to 10,000 runners and I started in the back so I spent at least a mile weaving through people which used up lots of energy so I tried taking it slower and easy. Finally close to mile 3 the crowd was starting to spread out I had seen a couple of potties already but they had large lines so I keep looking. I thought it was really hard finding them as they were tucked in behind buildings or trees but I found one right at mile 3 with no line!! Came out started running again looked up saw a sign that said 5k split ahead half marathon keep straight and what do I do? Of course I took the turn for the 5k and had to back track about 50 steps!

Have I mentioned I wasn't feeling well the entire time I was there?? Well I couldn't eat the night before either so I had no food energy in me. I held in until about mile 4½ - 5 then I started going down hill from there! I got dizzy and light headed like I wanted to pass out and/or throw up not that I was running fast but I started walking hoping to rebuild some strength. From miles 5 -9 I would run/walk (mostly walk) until I reached the .70 mark and would run the entire .30 to the next mile marker. I had hoped to do that until the end except around mile 7 my good ole' plantar fascitis foot started acting up something terrible! WHY NOW?? It started hurting so bad I didn't really know what I wanted to do more Cry or just quit??!! Well quitting is not an option in my book unless its something major wrong so I just kept on pouting and walking and barley running I just so wanted to be DONE!! I pretty much stayed in the same group of people I think we was all feeling the same way, although oddly enough I didn't talk with anyone! Another sign I wasn't feeling well as I always make a new friend out on the course??!!

I think that look says it all!

Finally I was reaching the last mile, oh my goodness that was the longest mile ever! I had hopes of at least slowly jogging the entire thing but that thought went really quick. There was 2 different blow up things to go under that I kept having wishful thoughts it was the finish then I finally saw my Mom and knew it was finally the end! Except when I saw her I really did want to cry?? After crossing through the finish I hobbled straight to the medic tent to have my foot looked at and get some ice for it. I told the nurse lady "I think my foot may be swollen, to me I think I can see it through my shoe it looks twice as big as my other foot?" The look on her face said it all but she replied with "Oh my goodness! Yes it IS!" So she wrapped it up with ice I sat there for a few minutes several other runners was coming into the tent and it was getting crowded, so I just got up and hobbled off to find my Mom. 

Listening to the Hubs not fussing at me LOL!

By the time I made it back to her she had already called and told all of my friends and husband that I was hurt and didn't look to great coming in! She even told the Hubs not to fuss at me cause I really looked miserable. Thankfully he listened but did fuss a little at me, he's just worried about my foot issue :)

Even after a terrible in my book race I could still Smile a little :)
So needless to say this was by far my worst half marathon finishing time EVER of  2:49:08 but I am thrilled that I was able to finish! And finally complete a R'n'R race!!

What was your worst race and Why??

Run Happy ;)

Pictures belong to The Picture Lady so please don't steal them!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

And Just Like that......A Whole Week Goes By

I have tried getting my Virginia Beach post up for well a week now but as you can see it hasn't happened yet. So hopefully this will be 2 Posts Tuesday!!

Sinuses are AWFUL! If you don't have problems with them or live in an area that they are bad be EXTREMELY HAPPY I have been battling them off and on pretty much all summer long! This has been the worst year in a long time for me!

Anyone have a Dell Laptop and upgrade to the Windows 10 yet? The husband and I both did ours the other day and now we can not connect to the Internet?? Another reason I haven't been able to finish the VA Beach post...GRRR!! Now to just figure out how to take it back off and get the crazy laptop working again!

Ok off to hopefully finish the other post now!

Windows 10 advice anyone??

Run Happy ;)

Friday, September 4, 2015

Pigskin Classic Twilight 5k & 12Miles that wasn't

Ugghh I am so tired of having sinus headaches I think I have had them off and on all summer long we have had a fairly wet summer. Last Friday (Aug 28) I had an awful one at work and so could not wait to get home and lay down for a little while. Well that turned into several hours, I think I was asleep by 6:15pm. Around midnight my husband came in and touched my arm I opened one eye to look at him and he said "I just wanted to make sure you was still breathing" bless his heart he sounded worried about me :) then I rolled over and went back to sleep. I just didn't feel well at all!

Saturday morning I got up feeling a little better but really stiff from laying in bed for so long so I went out and walked 3 miles around my neighborhood. The dreaded headache started coming back and I had the Pigskin Classic Twilight 5k to go to at 8:30pm so I tried to take it easy all day but I didn't really eat very much as I had no appetite.

Time to go to the race and what do ya know my headache is back. I knew it wasn't going to be a good race for me at all and tried to just go ahead and accept that fact. Standing at the starting line I was chatting away telling everyone how I didn't feel well and such, they shoot the gun say go and what??? I completely forgot to turn on my Garmin I never thought about it ~ yep I didn't feel well. My first mile was a struggle to me although somehow I pulled it off in 9:00 but after that I was just DONE! It was very humid, my head hurt, my side started to hurt and I felt like I was going to vomit I just wanted to be done. The last 2 miles I did a lot of run/walk and even walked with 200 yards of the finish line the nice gentleman behind asked me if I was ok. .After I finished I went to the side away from everyone because I just knew for sure I was going to be sick (thankfully I wasn't) then I went and sat in my car for a while until I thought it was time for awards. One of my running friends asked what my time was (30:23) she said "dang that's slow for you" ummm gee thanks but yeah have I told you a billion times yet how I don't feel well??!! Again somehow I was lucky enough to be 2nd in my age group!

The next morning I was suppose to do 12 miles. I was also suppose to do it last weekend and didn't make it. I was determined to get it done but once I started running I felt awful I was walking less than a mile in. I told myself to get to 3 miles and see how I felt then, I actually was feeling a little better but by 3½ I was ready to give it up again but I forced myself to get to at least 6 miles even though the last 1½ was walking!  The longer I have been running I have learned to take each day as it comes and if it is too much of a struggle just don't do it there will be another day :)

This afternoon I am heading to Virginia Beach for the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon!!! This is my first ever R'n'R race and I am super excited!!

What are YOU running this weekend? Just training? Or a Race??
Tell me all about it :)

Run Happy ;)