Bob Potts Marathon Recap

Colby and I went to pick up our race packets Saturday for the Bob Potts Marathon and I was crazy excited to see I was getting a PINK race shirt!!!  This was a very small marathon (500 people) and there was also a 5k.  The race packet pick up was so easy and it was a nice change from the crazy expo at Pittsburgh last year.  The race director is a teacher at one of our school buildings, so we know him and it was nice to see lots of familiar faces helping out with the race.

I got up at 4am to start eating breakfast (PB bagel, banana and a little cereal).  It was only about a 20 minute drive to get to the race, so we didn’t leave until 5:45 because the race started at 6:30.  I FORGOT MY GARMIN but thankfully realized about 2 minutes into our drive so we quick turned around so I could get it.  I would have been so upset to not have my Garmin!  When we got to the race everything went so quick and I wish we would have gotten there earlier.  We went to wait in the potty line near the start and I realized it wasn’t moving and it was almost race time. I needed to find my friend Amy because we were running together! I went over to the race start and started to panic.  I couldn’t find her anywhere and Colby’s family and my family were looking through the crowd.  About 2 minutes to the start I found her and was close to crying!  I couldn’t have survived without her!!

The first few miles went by fast and it was so nice seeing friends and family.  I even knew a lot of the people running the water stations.  Around mile 8 my hips started aching (not good that early) and my stomach was feeling crazy.  My goal was to take a vanilla GU every 4 miles (about 40 minutes) and by mile 12 my stomach was aching and I couldn’t get down a third GU.  I was drinking my usual lemon-lime gatorade, but it was really starting to heat up outside.  After getting a new gatorade from Amy’s daughter at the 13 mile turn around, I tried to keep drinking but it was painful.  Between miles 13-15 I tried to take the third GU but only got about half of it down and that was it for me.  2 1/2 GUs for a marathon was not going to be enough but my stomach was in knots.  I gave up on Gatorade around mile 15 and started taking water from each water station.

I think it was mile 17 when we stopped for a potty break and my parents were there.  I talked to them a bit and told them it wasn’t going as well as my marathon last year and that it was going to take me longer.  After that, I could barely run more than half a mile at a time.  Poor Amy stuck by me as my body started to fail.  Every mile after that I tried to walk the water station and run to the next but almost always fell short.  My run slowed down to about a 10:50 pace shuffle and I kept thinking my stomach would just feel better if I could throw up.  I knew that would be horrible because I would be so dehydrated and it was at least 80 degrees.  Amy stuck by me and after lots of tears we saw the end coming up.  After running 25 miles on a trail, we had to run up a road and go up a small hill to get to the college stadium track.  Half a loop to the finish…

Looking good eh?  Don’t worry, I’m totally faking it and trying to pull myself together…

We planned on getting a great photo hand in hand at the end as the professional photographer was right at the finish.  Little did I know that I could feel the gatorade that I had stopped drinking over 2 hours ago start to rise :(

No picture of it yet posted on the official website, but I’m sure it is there.  I puked green gatorade everywhere just past the finish line like 4 times.  Since the finish was at a stadium everyone was there…friends, family, students, everyone.  One of my other teacher friends was the announcer and announced every single finisher’s name as they got to the track.  At least he didn’t comment on my grand finale!  Colby thought I would be really upset, but I couldn’t stop laughing.  Running a 5 hour marathon was something I never want to do again.  If my stomach could have held up and I could have gotten the GU’s down I think it would have been a great race. I still had a good time and I feel more proud of finishing this marathon than last year’s.  This year was just so much harder between my stomach and the hot weather.  The volunteers surrounded me in a second after I got sick and made sure I was okay.  I felt 100x better after getting that gatorade out of my stomach, sat down for a bit in the shade and had a 7up.

Amy… my rock!

Amy and her husband and me and Colby.  Don’t we look so cute?? We match!

Colby has been battling horrible IT knee pain for the past few weeks and was in a lot of pain yesterday.  He finished around 3:30 (official times haven’t been posted yet and there was no chip timing) and was very happy with his time.  We both did a lot of walking yesterday, but I guess that can be expected from a hot marathon day!

Today, I am in crazy pain.  So much sorer this year than last year (last year’s marathon was 4:28 and that extra half hour was tough).  I’m kinda over battling stomach issues this year and trying to get calories in during long runs.  I definitely think I will take a break from marathons and go back to halfs for awhile.  My legs are achy today but my back and stomach are the worst.  My back is insanely sore and my stomach is still upset.  Hoping it relaxes a bit so I can get through the week!  I’m sure I will have more pictures to post as my Dad sends them to me and the professional ones are posted.  Do you think they will post my puking pictures???  :)

Marathon Tomorrow!!

I run the Bob Potts Marathon tomorrow!! Woo hoo!  I’ve been training for this marathon for the past 18 weeks and tomorrow is finally the big day!  The race is an out and back on a trail trail and finishes at a college stadium.  I really hope everything goes well and my friend Amy and I finish together!! It is supposed to be HOT HOT HOT, so I am trying to get my race day outfit together.  I ordered this tank top a few weeks ago for the race…

Brooks Glycerin tank – I already have this one in a black and white print but I wanted to order it in a bigger size so it was a bit longer.  I ran in it last weekend and really liked it.  I love that it has a zipper pocket in the back.

Some things I’m loving this week:


shrimp risotto

Mini bagels!

(I’m probably carbing up a bit much, but I like the excuse) I’ve been loving the white pasta a lot this week.

I’m loving my black sparkle TOMS and wore them almost every day to school this week. They are SO comfortable! When I first got them, they rubbed on the back of my heel a bit, so I wore socks with them in the winter.  I guess they just needed to stretch out a little, so they are perfect now and I really want a new summery lighter color.

Also loving the low mileage from this past week.  I ran 3.5 and 2.5 this week and loved taking it easy on the treadmill.  I really wanted to do some Yoga this week, but it always makes me sore when I’m not used to it so I avoided it.  I hope my legs feel fresh tomorrow!

Loving the great sleep I’ve been having over the past two weeks.  After my body calmed down after the 20 miler, I started sleeping again.  I was really having trouble staying asleep throughout the entire night when my mileage was higher, but it has been so much better the past two weeks.  I’m sure the marathon will upset my sleep patterns for the next few nights, but that’s okay.

Week 17

Tuesday: 4 miles on the TM

Thursday: 6 miles (1:01:36)

I ran 6 miles on Thursday with Amy in the park and walked the last half a mile back to her house.  Our pace was around 9:30-9:40 when we ran the first 5.5 miles and my legs really loosened up and felt good after a mile.  My legs were feeling pretty tired after my 12 miles last weekend, but I’m starting to feel good now.  Tomorrow I’m going to run my last long run of the training plan, only 8 miles! YAY!

Colby went to an Orioles game tonight in Baltimore with his brother (he is a Phillies fan and I am a Yankees fan).  I decided to get my favorite dinner tonight since I am on my own…

MMMMMmmmmm my favorite sushi. Jersey roll: shrimp tempura, cream cheese, avocado and fish roe. Tiger roll: fried shrimp, lettuce, and spicy mayo.

I got a pretty pink hanging plant for our front porch today :)

I had a concert this past week and I have a few more coming up.  I think I enjoy hearing my beginning musicians play at their first concert each year because they learn so much in a year.  Also, they are just pretty cute.  My students have four more concerts this month.

Speaking of concerts, back in March the music teachers in my department put on a concert.  We do this every year and get pretty excited about performing for our students and community.  Each year, we try to out do the previous year.  This year, I played a few pieces on trumpet and violin but learned a special percussion piece that was similar to “Stomp”.  I practiced for a few months memorizing the rhythms and it was so much fun! I’m third from the right side.

We submitted a video of this performance to a teacher talent contest and we are currently in the lead.  If we win, we can donate $1,000 to our music scholarship we offer to high school seniors going to college for music education.  The contest ends this Monday, and if you could just click here and vote for “Jon Moyer, School Stomp” it would truly be appreciated!!!!

Have a good weekend :)

Hungry All The Time

Tuesday: 2 mile walk and 20 minute YogaDownload video on YouTube

Wednesday: 6 miles (58:09)

I could not get myself to run yesterday.  I always take Monday off and I was just so exhausted after school yesterday, I just came home and sat on the couch.  I convinced myself I could just go for a walk and do some yoga to stretch out my legs and it would be okay.  I have not been following my training plan very well this spring, between the pulled calf muscle and just feeling too busy I haven’t been able to run as much as I should.  After I hurt my calf and took off a full week, I almost always took off one of my shorter mid-week runs each week.  I always did the mid-week long and the weekend long.  So, I would not suggest trying to train for a marathon this way, because it almost always ends in injury.  Luckily, the race is soon and I my legs are feeling pretty good.

I forgot to post this picture with my 20 mile post, but this was the food I packed to take with me to the rail trail for my 20 miles last Saturday.  I am loving the mini bagels with Peanut Butter and Co (best peanut butter ever… and now Target sells it!!!) and had one next to my bed to eat at 5:30 am Saturday morning before I went downstairs at 6am to try to eat some oatmeal.

Love my lemon-lime gatorade, vanilla GU, PB Luna protein bars and GOLDFISH CRACKERS. Yes, I’m still obsessed with them and I am currently out and very sad.  Those little fishies hold me over at school because… I AM HUNGRY ALL THE TIME.  It’s actually really annoying, but I feel like my appetite is starting to calm down.  I wasn’t that hungry Saturday after running the 20, but I was starving Sunday-Tuesday.  I seriously want to eat every hour.  I’m currently eating these…

I might as well just finish the bag tonight since I’m sad that I’m out of goldfish crackers.

 As I’ve mentioned before, I am completely in love with my Walmart compression socks.  Yes, I have the cute pink running compression sleeves but there is no stopping these tan babies.  They are awesome and super tight.  I went to Walmart Saturday night and spotted these gorgeous OPEN TOE socks!! I’ve been telling my friend Amy to buy them for the past 6 months and when I found these (across from the pharmacy), I had to take a picture to send to her.  Just look at that picture! A couple wearing those open toe tan beasts and they are playing footsies under a table?! Amy couldn’t resist and she bought her and her husband a pair.  She is obviously required to reenact this photo and send it to me so I can post :)

On a serious note, I have been having major sleep issues over the past month or so.  I can fall asleep, but I can’t stay asleep more than 4 hours.  I’m exhausted and I’m noticing a pattern where it is worse the day or two after a long run.  I’ve never had this happen before!  I’m hoping it goes away after the marathon, because I would love to sleep past 3 am.  Does anyone have trouble sleeping or staying asleep after long runs?