Well, after running Mind the Ducks I've been asked, "what's next?" To be honest there are no races on my schedule until Goofy #12 in January. There are a few races on my radar but they will not be happening because they are trail races in the evenings. I love my bedtime snuggles way too much and don't give those up easily. I've considered another Ultra in the future (even as I sat in the soaker tub at my sisters!).
I'm going to enjoy the rest of this week off and maybe go out for an easy jog on Saturday. I'm looking forward to slowly building my miles back up and kind of just running what I feel on any given day for a month or two while adjusting to running with Critter in the stroller. In the upcoming week I am going to sit down and make a training plan for Goofy that will likely start in September or October.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Warning: This post is really long, kind of like how far I went. I remember a fellow MRTT momma talking about an Ultra where you run as many 1 mile laps as you can in 12 hours and thought, "that's nuts. I'd never do something like that and I don't want to." Well apparently having a kid has made me turn into a nut. I signed up for MTD. I would have an almost 10 month old the day of the race.
In the weeks leading up to the race I made a few lists of things I would like to have the day of the event as well as things I would need. I decided that if I had a large first aid kit then I wouldn't need it. That ended up true. I also packed a bunch of clothes in zip-top bags, labeled and in a clear plastic bin to make finding items easier.
Checking the weather leading up my amazing parents were at the park at about 5:15am setting up our team Happy Feet tent. Knowing that I would need to pump a few times during the race (and another momma on our team would as well) we scouted out our spot the day before--next to the bathroom so we could do a quick change of clothes or use the outlet in the bathroom for the pump. With the winds and rains in the forecast they secured a tarp over our tents (yes, we had 2--an open one and a "camping" one that we could use for changing, pumping, napping babies if the weather was good...). Being a "high maintenance" runner I did not want a camping chair to sit on for changing shoes because I hate getting out of those. My dad brought plastic patio chairs from the cottage (and the tent) for us to use. Did I mention how amazing my parents are?
When I arrived to North Ponds about 6:15 the tents were up and just needed the tarp over them. I set up my food/water and organized my gear in the camping tent before sitting down to pump. I finished pumping, walked out of the tent and over to the start line just as the race was beginning. Perfect timing.
I ran the first few miles with fellow MRTT momma Gretchen and chatted away with her. She made up the word "gooselings," about the baby geese. I was feeling pretty good and was coming off of some very fast races in the past month (PR at Flower City and a fast 19k at Seneca Falls) so my comfy pace was a little different than hers and we parted ways shortly after a snack break during mile 5. I knew I would need to make a conscious effort to eat something every 4-6 miles and drink something every lap or every other lap. My parents stayed with my daughter for the first 2 laps and left for their house to put her down for a nap.
I was running comfortable and in a fairly consistent zone with a few "hiccups" in my pace re-filling my bottles at my own aid station for the next few laps at a time. At about mile 18 I was feeling good but made the decision to stop and pump at mile 20. I grabbed my hand pump and walked the lap pumping so I would at least get some milage in. While finishing that lap my parents returned with my daughter who was more than ready for a bottle. Perfect timing! I changed my clothes since I didn't want to pull my sweaty shirt and sports bra back down. I request a peanut butter only sandwich at the aid station and they have it ready for me on the next lap. I also start eating the Weg-O's at this point every few laps.
My favorite is photo and words of "wisdom" come from my sister's facebook post that afternoon. "My sister looks like this after running 53.4 miles in a day. And that table of food was her fuel. Meanwhile I'm like "I just want ice cream for accomplishing nothing today"" Speaking of food I ended up eating circus peanuts, bacon, pizza, peanut butter sandwich, pringles, fruit snacks, chocolate milk, M&M's, almost 3 bottles of powerade watered down, GuBru, and a lot of water.
I said it would be a one and done for me with an Ultra but now I am already thinking of another one and have been amazed that I've felt worse for wear after a marathon than this. And if you are wondering about my training, my longest run going into this event was 16 miles but I was averaging 50 miles a week for almost 8 weeks prior.
Monday, May 16, 2016
The Right to Run 19k was held on a beautiful, sunny day on May 7 in Seneca Falls, NY. The race was a 19k (11.8 miles) as a nod to the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote. Of course, I decided weeks ago that I *must* run in a costume and waited until 2 nights before to basically start crafting.
The race started on a back country road. Runners parked in a field and there would be shuttles to the cars after the race. Of course my mom and dad came with me and took care of Critter while I ran so we cannot comment on how well this shuttle thing worked out.
|Go Mom-ma Go!|
It was a warm run with the sun out the entire time (beautiful day) but there was basically little to no shade on the course as the first half was on back country roads between farm fields. There was a slight breeze that was nice. If the weather was rainy or windy it would have been brutal. At about halfway we got to run along the lake for a bit and before heading into the town. There were quite a few girls at the water stops cheering for us (I am thinking a girls on the run group or girl scouts volunteering). They all loved my outfit and I slowed down so that I could hi-five all the hands that were out.
Friday, May 6, 2016
The day of the half marathon started with my parents picking up Critter and I at 6:15 in the morning. I had to wake Critter up (not the case any more as she now thinks 5am is wake up time...). We parked on the street and my parents got Critter into the stroller and her snow suit to help keep her warm as it was in the low 40's (ideal racing temps but not so much for hanging around). I sat in the car and pumped.
Around 7:00 we headed over to the War Memorial where they had the whole building for us to use. I hit up the bathroom and headed over to the start since it was just outside the doors of the building at 7:30. They had several different pacers and I started near the 1:40 pacer but when the race was about to begin all the pacers moved up and I was near the 1:50 people. Oh well, I was still near the front of the race and it would thin out fairly quickly since there were just over 3000 people.
I took the first few miles easy and kind of used them to warm up and settle into a pace. It was a great day for a race. I hit the 5k split in 23:46 (7:40 pace). Thanks to the timing mats on the course I have these stats since I never start a watch during the race and run based on how I feel. By about mile 3 I was caught up to the 1:45 pacer and began to push the pace a bit so that I could meet the goal I set for myself of 1:40. In all honesty I would be happy with anything under 2 hours but I have been running strong and wanted to see how much I could push myself and still be somewhat comfortable. I have other races coming up and need to stay healthy and recover quickly so I can keep training.
We hit a smooth/flat patch for a bit and I was cruising and catching up to the 1:40 pacer. I passed my mom, dad and Critter--tossing them my mittens. Not sure what the mile was for the next timing mat (probably 10k?) but I crossed it in 46:10 (7:14 pace). At this point the course gets "awful" in that you climb some serious hills. They are fairly gradual but there are several of them with fast downhills so it really takes some mental toughness as they fall right in the middle of the race and go for a few miles. Plus there is Mt. Hope cemetery with quite a few twists and turns for a mile plus. I had the 1:40 pacer in my sights and was close for 3 miles and passed him in the cemetery. Funny side note, I ran with my ipod and "Dig a Little Deeper" from Princess and the Frog was on as I ran through the cemetery. I found it funny.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
The weekend of the Flower City 1/2 marathon consists of a du-athlon and tri-athlon on Saturday and a half marathon and 5k on Sunday. The expo ran Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the option of packet pickup only on Sunday at the race venue. Being a small town the expo was quite large and very welcoming.