Getting Ready…

Friday Workout: 2 miles (18:45)

Saturday: off!

I decided to run 2 “easy” miles after school on Friday.  I ended up going way too fast but figure it can’t hurt too much.  Maybe because I got sick again this week!  :(  Colby is too.  I have this sinus cold thing going on and I am not feeling well today.  I’ve been taking Sudafed all day and I’ll take my NyQuil tonight and go to bed early.  Hopefully I will forget about being sick for two hours tomorrow while I race!

Colby and I carbed it up Friday night Olive Garden style and I ate my favorite minestrone soup and mushroom ravioli.

Today we drove to Hershey to pick up our race packets. There are going to be 5,000 runners tomorrow morning for the Hershey Half Marathon and we were lucky enough to pick everything up today so we don’t have to get there at 5am.  Hershey is just under an hour drive for us and I have been to HersheyPark a ton of times growing up.  The race website has a video that takes you through the actual course. Looks fairly flat with a few short rolling hills at the end going towards the stadium.

We went to the stadium for packet pick up today and it was really windy! The vendors were trying to keep their stuff from flying away and we basically got our stuff and got out of there.  Since we were at Hershey, we had to go to our favorite free ride…

Hershey’s Chocolate World.  (Singing dairy cow in the picture)  This is a free ride that takes you through the process of making chocolate.  It is indoors and air conditioned, so people always go through this ride during the summer when they are hot at the amusement park.  You always get free chocolate at the end.

Wind-blown and trying not to look sick on our chocolate ride.

The race packet didn’t have too much. A few coupons and a recovery drink. I liked the “13.1” sticker they gave us because of the Hershey kiss.  The race shirt is a short sleeved tech shirt that I didn’t try on yet.  I usually hate how the tech shirts look on me, but this one looks like it might be okay.  I might wear it after the race after I shower. We got free tickets for the park and my Mom and her friend that lives in Hershey are going to the race to watch and probably go to the park after we are finished.

Layed out most of my race gear for tomorrow morning. We are going to wake up at 5am and leave around 6.  I decided to go with my favorite Brooks tank and matching shorts that I wore for the Pittsburgh Marathon last spring.  The tank has a huge zipper pocket in the back and I’m going to put my iPhone in a ziplock and put it in the pocket.  Then I can take pictures before the race starts and call if I can’t find Colby or my Mom at the end.  I also decided to go with the CEP compression sleeves.  Not that I really need them for a 1/2 marathon, but I really needed some pink with my outfit and it might be kinda cold tomorrow.  Wearing a green/pink BIC band too.

Going to update my iPod, finish grad work and go to bed early tonight. I have a project due every Sunday night and I am so ready for a break! This is my second to last week of this course, then I get a break until January. I can’t wait. I might actually be able to blog on a regular basis and start sleeping again!!

Photoshoot

What? You don’t ask your Dad to take pictures of you “running” with your hair curled and smiling? Oh, I guess that’s just me…

I’ve been trying to cut back on the sugar lately, but then I found these.  Sunny Seeds are seriously addicting and I’ve gone through 3 containers in the past 2 weeks. They sit next to my computer and I can’t help but eat them when I blog! Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories allowed me to write a blog post for her about my new obsession, and I wanted to get some action shots! My Dad and I dropped my Mom off at the airport this morning and I asked if he would take “a few” pictures of me running outside.  Mom gets to go to Canada this week!

Here are a few action shots for your amusement…

Thought my arms looked nice in this pic, but my hair is all over the place!

It’s difficult getting a good picture while trying to run across the street, smile and look at a camera without running into a car!

You don’t prepare for a run by curling your hair and getting a headshot? :) I ordered the skirt that goes with this Brooks tank last week on sale and free shipping online. It should come this week, but I’m scared to wear it! I’m hoping I fall in love with it and can wear it to races and hopefully pass a few boys!

My BIC Bands came in the mail a few days ago!! I love the “skinny minnie” size, which is the smallest out of all the sizes and I’ve almost completely worn out my black sparkle, so I ordered two new ones! This one is pink with green outline.

LOVE this one! Green sparkle! I just wish I could get a PINK skinny minnie sparkle band! Wouldn’t that be perfect??

Today I need to finish my grad work and run tonight  (since I missed the cooler weather this morning because I left at 6 to take Mom to the airport). I should probably stop posting pictures of myself so you don’t get sick of me!! :)

Last Day at the Beach

Workout: 4 mile run: 36 min, 14 sec (9:03 pace)

mile 1- 9:17, mile 2-9:04, mile 3-9:03, (took a quick walk break) then mile 4-8:48 :)

 

 

I was VERY happy with my run this morning! Colby was nice enough to run with me again and I really pushed myself at the end. The treadmill is definitely helping me hold a faster pace outside and I am going to keep using it to help my speed. It wasn’t as sunny this morning, but it was still crazy humid. I am hoping to keep this up and hopefully hold this pace for a 5 miler. I know this might not seem that great to many of you, but for me it is really great! I was stuck in such a “pace rut” during the marathon training and after that I need to shock my system. It hasn’t been my goal for a long time to change my pace because I stuck with 9:40-9:50 for the marathon and trained at that pace for nearly all of my runs.

 

Really sweaty and proud of my run this morning :) Wearing my super soft 26.2 t shirt from the Pittsburgh Marathon Expo!

Today was our last day at the beach! I am not looking forward to cleaning and packing tonight. The weather was perfect today!! We got out there a little earlier today so it wasn’t so hot and we could have stayed out all day.  I felt the sun getting to my skin and knew it was time to go inside!

My pink chair in the middle of the uncrowded beach today

Happy on the beach :) My BIC band got quite the workout this week! I wore it almost everyday at the beach and when I ran!

Pittsburgh Marathon

On Sunday May 15th, I ran the Pittsburgh Marathon (my first full marathon) and had a fantastic experience! Colby and I drove to Pittsburgh Saturday morning and stayed at the Omni William Penn Hotel. We stayed at this hotel last year when he ran the full and I ran the half marathon. We had just met a few months before that and somehow he talked me into the half marathon. I absolutely loved it and have since run two other half marathons. Over the summer, I started thinking about full marathons and signed up for Pittsburgh so that I would have to train for it over the winter. I compulsively followed Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 Marathon Training Schedule and it was completely worth it!

A few weeks before the marathon, I had to answer a few serious questions. What will I wear?! Do I carry a water bottle with water or gatorade? Do I carry my iphone? How will I wear my hair?!?!

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Please excuse my messy closet and the fact that my head is cut off… but doesn’t my hair look good??

I decided on new Brooks shorts and tank that were SO comfortable! Worth the investment and the tank had a back zip pocket that fit my 900 gu’s for the race. Although I wish I could leave my hair down and curled, up it went into a ponytail with a black sparkle BIC band. I love these things and they never slide off my head when I run. I used a SPIbelt to hold my iphone for the race in case I couldn’t find Colby at the end. I should have used it to take more pictures at the beginning of the race, but I was trying not to throw up from nerves because 22,000 runners were around me. Hopefully I get better at this picture taking thing!

The expo was nice on Saturday and it was easy to get to our bibs, race bags and t shirts. Since I am obsessed with compression, I bought new bright pink compression sleeves from C.E.P. and wore them for the race. I know you shouldn’t wear new stuff for races, but I couldn’t help myself! Colby told me that 26.2 Apparel was going to be at one of the booths and I made sure we got to them. I ran over to the stand and met Mark and told him my obsession with reading running blogs. If SkinnyRunner has a 26.2 running outfit, shouldn’t I?! I picked up the pink tshirt and fell in love with how soft it is!

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Colby and I tried to get some sleep Saturday night and woke up at 4:15 am Sunday morning. We ate our bananas, cereal, overnight oats and more while watching race updates on the local news. I was also happy that one of my friends from my college music department was going to be running the half and we were going to try to meet up at the corral placements. We ended up running the first 9 miles together! It was awesome to have a friend that runs my pace to start with and it definitely kept me calm.
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This is the bridge you cross around mile 25.5 to get to the finish near PNC park.
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I took this around 6 am near the start of the race. Colby had to walk to corral A and I had to go back to E……
My goal for my first marathon was 4 and 1/2 hours and I came in at 4 hrs 28 min and 35 sec! Colby was a beast and finished at 3 hrs 12 min and 31 sec. He is so amazing :) He had to wait around for me at the end for over an hour and was sooooo happy to see me! Now I just have to decide what marathon to sign up for next……….