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Training: A Weekend of Racing

Training: A Weekend of Racing

Last week was a good week of running.  While not everything went as planned, I did leave the week feeling satisfied.  I saw so many family and friends which always beats running anyway.

Monday: Easy 60 minutes
Tuesday: 8X400 followed by 8x200s (6:00 min)
Wednesday: Easy 60 minutes+massage
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Easy 60 minutes
Saturday: Adrenaline 5k (18:29) total miles 9
Sunday: Shamrock 13.1 (1:23.21) total miles 15

Thoughts:

8X400 (400 jog in the middle) followed by 8X200 (200 jog in the middle)

The average pace of the workout was around 6 mins.  I’ve done much faster, and I was hoping to feel better.  It was snowing (as many of my workouts have been lately) but my body did not feel great either.  I was happy to be done with the workout.

Adrenaline Run (18:29) 6:00, 6:10, 5:47

After realizing I would need to be in town until Saturday, I decided I would run the Adrenaline Run. It’s sponsored and put on by my work and I’ve always wanted to run.  A few weeks ago, I thought it would be a great way to test my fitness since I would need to be in town anyway. I could leave for Shamrock afterward.  The race didn’t go as I hoped and while it is a fast time for me,  it wasn’t what I wanted. I had a chaotic few days beforehand between life as well as work.  I know I’m in “better shape” than 18:29 and hopefully it will come sooner.

Shamrock Half Marathon (1:23.21)

After the Adrenaline Run, I drove down to Va (about 300 miles) to run one of my favorite races of the year.  I didn’t have a plan for the race other than to have fun.  After a chaotic week, 5k, and driving, making a goal was hard. My primary goal was to have fun and run a healthy race.  I walked around before but didn’t do any extra warm up. I just started at a 6:30 pace and ran by feel.  Slowly I progressed and ran a negative split half which I was pleased about.

In all, it wasn’t the week I thought it would be.  I had hoped to have a fast 5k and see where the half went, but still a great weekend.  The Shamrock half is my third fast ever and the 2nd fastest in the last 2 years, so there are no complaints about that.  I had a great weekend with so many family and friends.

Posts of the week:
Not Every Run is Fun
Hiking the Mesquite Trail (Phoenix)
Dixie Mine Trail

Questions for you:
Have you done back to back races?
How far do your parents live from you?

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Four Years of Shamrockin’

With one of my favorite road races coming up this weekend, I thought it would be fun to look back at my last four years of running of the Yuengling Shamrock half marathon.

Throwback Thursday or Thinking Out Loud?

Either theme works I guess.

I’ve run the Shamrock half marathon four years in a row. This year will be fifth Shamrock and 29th (?) half marathon.Shamrock half marathon VA beach

2012: 1:33.30 (recap here)

At the time, this was also my half marathon PR.  It was my fourth half, and I ran it while on college Spring Break.  I don’t remember a lot about this race except my brother ran the race the year before in a time of 1:33.31.  Granted he didn’t train, and I did, but it was sibling rivalry at its best.  It was my fourth half marathon at the time, and I was running it after taking four months off of running for swim team.

2013: 1:25.14 (recap here)

2013 remains my fastest time on the course.  While it was windy, I surprised myself.  I trained hard through the Upstate NY winter.  I didn’t race much (because racing in -20 stinks).  At the time it was a half marathon PR, although it was short lived because I Pred again a month later at the Nike Women’s half).

This was my favorite year, not because I Pred but because I got to watch dad finish his full marathon as well.

This photos reminds me it was very cold and windy

This photo reminds me it was cold and windy

2014: 1:25.29 (recap here)

2014 was a letdown race.  After my course PR the year before, I expected to PR again.  Looking back, I should have known I was not ready to PR.  I wasn’t in the same physical shape, and I also had a lot going on that weekend.

We had a huge Oiselle meetup, and I didn’t eat my usual evening race food (Similar to last week when I ate Octopus.  I swear it doesn’t happen often).  I felt lethargic and run down during the race.  In fact, it’s one of the few goal races I failed my nutrition goals. I put socializing first but honestly I had a great time with the team.  Even though I didn’t run to my full potential that day it was still a great event.  I went to PR at the April Fools half marathon two weeks later.

But I did get this sweet photo...

But I did get this sweet photo…

2015: 1:33.04 (recap here)

Last year I raced injured.  To be honest, it was dumb and set my injury recovery back more.  I ran the half at roughly the same pace as the first half of the Phoenix full marathon.  I had more important things to worry about that weekend like my final touches on our wedding and hanging out with both sides of my family.shamrock 3

One of my closest friends Kris ran the half as a tempo.  She ran an entire mile with me, and it was the closest glimpse to elite running as I’ll get.  Not sure if there is a reality TV show called “Running with the Stars” but sign me up.  (Kris is running the full this year…so missed opportunity).

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2016: ?!

Will I run a 1:25?
Will I run a 1:33?
Will I break this strange pattern? 

Who knows…It’s been two months since my PR at the Carlsbad half.  I’ve been training consistently with no major set backs, and Shamrock is a faster course.

However, it’s forecasted to pour rain.  You can’t control the weather so we will see how it goes.  40 degrees and pouring rain aren’t ideal for racing or for my hair (hashtag knot city).  My goal is to have fun, race as hard as I can for the day and to see as many of my friends as possible.

Shamrock is one of my favorite races and a race I recommend to anyone.  The course is flat, and crowd supported, plus the after party can’t be beaten.  Logistics wise, it’s one of the biggest races I run that you can find a hotel close to the start (or finish).

It was fun to look back and see my racing the last few years there.  I can’t wait to make it 5 in a row.  I think Shamrock is the only race I’ve been able to run that long straight (knock on wood).

Questions for you:
What is your favorite race? (Let me know if you are running this year)
Do you have any St. Patricks Day Plans? 

Shamrock Half Marathon (1:33.06) 

Running the Shamrock half marathon this year was not one of my better ideas.

I was running three weeks post marathon.
I am working to recover from my bum butt injury.  While my hip and butt are improving, I’m not completely healed.
I knew it wasn’t a smart idea but Shamrock is one of my favorite races.  I didn’t originally travel to Virginia to race Shamrock.  I was in town taking care of wedding things.  I planned to run the race until it hurt too much.  Then I would stop.  Since obviously I finished the race my pain never got out of control.  (ETA: My bum butt was sore the next day though). 
Anyways, we got to the race at 5:45.  Shamrock is tricky because you never know exactly how parking will work out.  My dad, T and his dad, ended up having plenty of time before the race. I am always arriving late so it was a nice change.  We walked and headed to the start.  None of us warmed up and we all stood around chatting.  I never got to make a final bathroom stop because the line was so long (probably close to half an hour) but I figured I could just go at one of the porta potties on course if needed.
At the start I met up with Kris L and Rochelle.  We briefly chatted and by the time I knew it…it was time to go!
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T and I ran the first mile together.  We found ourselves with the 1:35 pacers.  Funny enough, the 1:35 pacers were the same 1:45 pacers at the Harbor Lights Half Marathon.  So my two experiences running with pacers…were with the same pacers.
By mile 2, T had dropped me and I found myself hanging out with the 1:35 pace group.  We talked about random life events, life and New Jersey.
Honestly the next five miles flew by and by the time I knew it, we were at the halfway point.  The pain in my piriformis felt exactly the same as when I started the race.  It was no better or no worse.  It was just a literal pain in the butt.  My bum butt wasn’t causing me too much harm so I just continued.
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The first half of the race averaged a 7:11 pace.  I felt more out of shape than anything (but that didn’t really stop me talking).  I can tell I haven’t raced fast in a while. I decided if I was still feeling good by mile 10, I would attempt to push the pace.
Around mile 9, the famous Kris L strolled by us.  She made us look like we were all standing still.  We chatted for a few minutes and then she continued to run fast and drop us.  The pacers and I laughed for a while and said we felt famous for the few minutes she ran by.  It’s not every day that such a stellar runner runs by you during a race.
By mile 10, I determined I was feeling decent enough to push the pace…so I did. Mile 10 I ran in 6:55.  I didn’t feel great but I also didn’t feel awful either.  I felt the same as if I was running a 7:10 pace so I just rolled with it.
At mile 11, there was beer!  When I ran with the 1:45 pacers at Harbor Lights, they encouraged me to take a Bakers Crust Pie.  This time for 1:35, they encouraged me to take a cup of beer…so I thought…eh why not. I have no regrets.
Mile 12 was a 6:52 mile.  Another person in the pace group and I ran the last mile together until he sprinted to the finish.   We ran mile 13 at 6:41.  I felt more strong during the last few miles then the first few.  My piriformis felt the same as when I started the race.  So my bum butt had no change in injury status,
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This is a prouder race photo I’ve had.

I finished the half in 1:33.06, which is about 10 minutes slower than my PR.  I’m not upset because I know I’m not at a PR fitness level right now.  I’m still recovering from my bum butt issue as well as recovering from a marathon.  It;s not a great time for me but it was a fun time.  I have no regrets running the race.
As I always say, Shamrock is one of the best races I’ve done.  The crowd, the cheering, and the race organization cannot be beat.  It’s a race that I would always recommend.  If you are ever looking for a well put together goal race (8k, half or full) Shamrock is one I highly recommend.
T and I post race.

T and I post race.

Questions for you:
Did you race a St. Patricks Day race?
Have you ever run a race that you felt better at the end versus beginning? 

Final Shamrock Thoughts

Since I am an avid promoter of Shamrock and J&A races I had to dedicate one last post to this race.  I know a lot of people don’t want to race it because of cost but for everything you receive with the race it is truly one of the best values.

The race directors actually won the road race director of the year award.  (It’s just that good). They truly take care of you and I cannot sing this race enough songs.  If you are in Hampton Roads at another time they also host smaller races that I’ve done (Wicked 10k, Surf and Santa 10 miler, Virginia is for Lovers 14k and the last I haven’t done in October Crawlin Crab 13.1).  Anyways if you are looking for a destination race, looking to race every state or want to come hang out with LOLZ, Shamrock is the race to do it.

This year we got all of the following from the race:

1.       A nice technical (fitted) t shirt
2.       Big medel
3.       Beach towel (every year they do something different…last year it was a fleece blanket)
4.       Post race food handed to you directly after you finished (water, pretzals, shamrock sugar cookie, bananas)
5.       A sweet hat
6.       Free Beer at the end in a huge warm tent. 
7.       The famous Murphy’s Irish Stew
8.       Huge crowd supported flat, fast race course

Shamrock has one of the best race “after parties” across the nation and certainly the best I’ve gone too.  I’ll honestly probably try and go back every single year (because it’s that good).  If you are looking for a flat, fast early spring hlaf marathon or marathon course…give Shamrock a thought.  (but give it a thought quickly because this year the 8k and half sold out!)

These are just my own personal opinions though and I’ll honestly never rave about Shamrock enough.   Thank you to Jerry and Amy for hosting such a fun and fantastic race.  I really hope to see more of you there next year.  So yes go sign up.  

Here are some more race reports from Shamrock.  I can’t get enough of race reports and finding new bloggers so I hope you don’t either! 

Oiselle Meet up Report 

Half Marathon:

LOLZ Race report 1:25.29

Kellie Race Report (1:35.56)

Danielle Race Report (1:41.39)

The Fit Petite (J&A Ambassador)

Kristy (J&A ambassador) 2:03.19

*I also love this post Kristy wrote about dedicated to her friends and family.  Truly lovely! (Kristy is one of the nicest, most genuine people you will meet or read her blog) 

 Dolphin Challenge (8k and half marathon)

Lauren Race Reports

Question for you: What is your favorite race? 

Shamrock Outside of Racing

I finally have a post to update you on exciting things going on in my life.  Honestly this will just serve as my life last week outside of the actual race.

I should do more traveling because it gives me more things to write about.  Anyways during the Shamrock marathon weekend I was able to see so many different people.  This includes meeting over 20 of my Oiselle teammates.  It was honestly both overwhelming and exciting.   I wish I had more time because there were a few more people I really wanted to see.  It just gives me a reason to go back and visit VA again soon.

Where to start? 

Lots of Oiselle teammates.  Look mom I have friends!

Lots of Oiselle teammates. Look mom I have friends!

Thanks to a good friend of mine and teammate Mollie, we had a huge meetup at Bravo for dinner the night before the race.  (The evening after the 8k).  It was so great to meet so many wonderful people and teammates.  I can’t sing each person enough songs.  (mostly because I can’t sing but each person/teammate is truly awesome).  While Oiselle athletes are scattered across the country it is truly amazing to gather us all up and realize how much we are different yet how much we have in common.

At dinner I also realized I should probably drink the West VA elite koolaid.  Those ladies are fast!

Also how awesome is it that we all finished within a minute of each other.  Finish line joy! 

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Outside of hanging out with several Oiselle teammates I spent a good amount of time with one of my best friends Theresa. I cannot believe we have been such good friends since I started lifeguarding my sophomore year of high school.  Those were the good times (or not).

TheresaandI

Anyways, we had lunch at No Frill Bar and Grill on Friday afternoon.  Then on Sunday (as I said yesterday) she basically saved my racing life.  I truly look forward to these moments that I get to come home and visit (and see her).

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At the expo I even got the pleasure to chat with the famous Bart Yasso.  He said something that really resonated with me.  “Runners often complain about the bad weather but don’t look at the good parts of it.  All we remember or talk about is the bad”.  For instance in a windy race we only focus on the headwind but normally there is a tailwind too.  I am really trying to be conscious about this.  It was such an honor to be able to chat for a while.  He probably thought I was the worlds biggest goober fan.

Mr. Yasso himself!

Mr. Yasso himself!

I wish I had gotten to see a lot more people but time truly got away from me.  My cell phone decided to do an update that crashed it and deleted half my text messeges, 90% of photos and random apps.  I had to redownload twitter!  (It might have saved me a solid 1 MG of data.).

The worst part of my phone problem was it deleted a photo of Andrew and I.  Andrew is one of the fastest and nicest runners in VA Beach.  He is truly awesome and works so hard.  He had an amazing weekend and PRed in the half (1:19) after doing the 8k the day before.  He is such an inspiration to me.  Of course my phone deleted this important photo.  Next time I’ll take 10 and get a fancy phone that uploads them immediately after it takes them. 

With everything else, I also got some good time with my parents too.  I love just relaxing and hanging out with my parents too.  As I grow older I appreciate my time with my parents more and more.  Seeing my dad immediately post race was one of the best feelings in the world.  I was so glad he came and saw me raise the roof right to the finish line.

Questions for you:

Do you travel often?

Tell me about some of your best friends.

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