Ironman 70.3 Eagleman

On Sunday, Colby and I drove to Cambridge, MD for his half Ironman called the Eagleman.  Colby loves triathlons and has done a full Ironman (Lake Placid 2010).  The Eagleman 70.3 consists of: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 run.  He started training around January for this race and has been consistent with his training.  Good thing I like to workout and trained for a half-marathon this past spring, because he was always working out in the morning and evening.

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We checked into our hotel Saturday morning, and drove to the expo in the afternoon.  We didn’t know, but Andy Potts was there for a meet and greet!  He is a pro triathlete and won the race on Sunday.

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After the expo, the boys had to get their bikes into the transition area.  Amy‘s husband Matt raced too so I was super lucky to have Amy with me all weekend to walk around and worry with while the guys raced!

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There was a lot of rain leading up to the race, so it was crazy muddy!  I got a ride around so I didn’t have to mess up my TOMS :)

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On Sunday, we got to the race very early.  Matt’s swim wave was at 8:00 and Colby’s was at 8:30.  Colby was worried that he was the second to last swim wave because we knew it was going to get hot later in the day.

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At the finish line!  You can see Amy cheering Colby on in the Tiffany blue/green shirt… she bought it for the Nike Half and thought it was too green! :)  I wanted to make sure to get a good picture of him at the finish, so he didn’t really see me until I took the picture.

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As you can see, he had a GREAT race!! His goal was 5 hours and he was thrilled to go under 5!  I checked my phone compulsively during the race, but some of the half way marks didn’t show up.  He was so fast on his bike, I missed him at transition 2!  The weather did get really hot and sunny later in the day.  He said the run was really difficult because of the heat.  He was a little sore after the race, but was able to run 3 miles with me yesterday morning.  I can’t believe how his legs are in such great shape!  He was curious as to why his swim time was a few minutes slower than expected, but after looking up the pro’s times, they were slower too.  He thought it must have been a little longer than 1.2. Oh well, he still went under 5 hours!

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At dinner that night… he has given up drinking soda since January so he was very happy to have cherry coke Sunday night!  He deserved it :)

10K PR

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Don’t get too excited… it was my first 10K race!  I’ve just never done a 10k race before and I knew this one would be very flat.  It was on the rail trail I ran last Spring’s marathon on and I was very familiar with the path :)

I was scheduled to run 8 miles this weekend, so Amy and I ran 2 after the race was over.  I was so tired I could barely do two 10 minute miles.

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My legs are SO SORE today! I don’t even know why… I didn’t even run that hard but WOW my legs are just trashed.  I took a nap yesterday and today I was so tired.

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I went to my favorite restaurant with my BF Anne last night.  I changed it up and went for the “chop” salad with blue cheese, apples, cranberries, candied nuts and blue cheese dressing.  I loved it and it was huge.

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I also had mushroom ravioli and I was stuffed.  I had this a few weeks ago and it was slightly different with ratatouille on the ravioli and I think I liked that a little better.  This was still really good.

I’m hoping to get myself to do a little yoga tonight to loosen up my robot legs.  Hoping to get all my runs and Les Mills workouts in this week!

Surprise 8K Race

Amy asked me if I wanted to run an 8K race that was held this morning.  Our local Road Runners has a “Winter Series” and has races in the area during November-March.  There are 5K, 8K, 10K, 15K, 5 miler and 10 miler distances and they are known for being brutally cold!  You pay $25 once and are able to run all 8 races with the same bib, if you want.  Amy has been doing them with her daughter and husband this year.  I didn’t really have an excuse NOT to do the race… the weather was cold, but the roads are completely clear.

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So, I ran it and I was pretty happy with my results! I had absolutely no expectations because I have been doing a lot of treadmill running lately and I am still getting back into the swing of things.  I know my speed will get better in the next few months, but I have been feeling really slow lately.  It is tough taking months off!

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I thought I could stay with Amy for a little bit, but she is just so fast! I tried to slow it down after I knew I pushed my first mile a little too hard and ended up staying right around a 9:30-something pace.  I was fine with that and I was determined not to take any walking breaks! I was even happier when I was able to pick it up a tiny bit at the end.  I was really tired!  I was surprised when I saw my distance was 5.09 and Amy’s Garmin said the same thing.  I thought an 8K was supposed to be 4.97?? I wish the race was just called a 5 miler, but oh well!

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I wore my new tights from Road Runner Sports and they were perfect! I also wore my new insoles but in my old Brooks shoes.  My tights stayed in place the entire time, have a nice zipper pocket in the back and covered my ankles.  I was cold when I started the race, but comfortable after a mile or so.  It was about 25 degrees.

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I did a little side braid to keep my short ponytail in place and it worked.  I wore multiple shades of pink today too.  Yes, my Christmas tree is still up.  I have no plans of taking it down this weekend.

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Good race for everyone! Amy rocked it in 43- something! :)

More Races

Tuesday Workouts: 3.25 miles (3 mile run in 28:40)… ?

 

I really need to update my Garmin!  I didn’t get home from work until almost 6 and decided to do a quick 3 miler around the neighborhood.  I started in the spot that must get no satellites for my Garmin and my first mile was really off.  I know this particular route very well and know exactly where my Garmin should beep for 1 mile.  It didn’t beep for another 30 seconds and I knew I was running faster than a 9:43 pace.

 

I’m signing up for the Nittany Valley Half-Marathon on December 4th.  I did this race last year and it is tough! Just take a look at the hill descriptions above that are on the website.  I feel really motivated after the great 5 mile race from this past weekend and would like to do another 1/2 marathon to get rid of the bad feelings from the Hershey 1/2.

 

This is the plan I came up with to get me ready for this next half marathon.  This is my last week with a Wednesday marching band rehearsal at night, so if I don’t get that run in I will be okay.  Also… I FINISHED MY GRAD CLASS SUNDAY NIGHT!!  I am so happy to get a break until the middle of January! The 5k race during week 6 is the local Turkey Trot I will run Thanksgiving morning.  Colby also asked me to run another 5k race that will be the weekend before that. Three races in two weeks :) I haven’t ran a 5k since May 2010 and I am really looking forward to pushing myself.

Are you running any races in November/December? Are you looking forward to cold weather running? I am!! I actually love running when it is cold!