Race Recap

#TallahasseeMarathon 2015 Recap

Third time taking on the Tallahassee Marathon (second time taking on the full) and I have yet to show up feeling 100%.  I tapered the best I could considering having run New Orleans just two weeks before.

EXPO

The Tallahassee Marathon is a smaller race that brings out about 850 half marathoners and less than 350 marathoners. Hal Higdon was the guest speaker at the EXPO and I believe runners from all around Tallahassee came to the Expo to hear him speak. With two little girls in tow and standing room only to hear Hal Higdon speak, I decided to listen for just a few minutes. There were a few more vendors at the Expo this year and it was great to see and talk to some running buddies I hadn’t seen since last year’s marathon.

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#RnRNOLA 2015 New Orleans Marathon Recap

I am so grateful for mother-in-law for accompanying me on this trip, for taking great care of me and my girls and making wonderful memories. It would not have been possible without her.

I am so, so, so very glad I decided to a Rock ‘n’ Roll event and it only took me two years of talking about it before I actually did one.

I picked the Rock ‘n’ New Orleans Marathon (#RnRNOLA) for a few reasons. It was close to home (5 hrs driving distance), it was in January, the city is amazing, flat, and full of history, and most importantly it was the week before my birthday. Yes, it is one of my birthday presents to myself.

The trip ended up being a girls trip: my mother-in-law, two munchkins, and me! The Thursday before the trip I had all the symptoms of catching the cold that was making it’s way through my house; no wonder my taper week felt terrible. Continue reading

IRONMAN 70.3 Austin, Texas Race Recap

IRONMAN would find the only hills in Texas!

Results

Age Group: 56/121 , Gender: 334, Overall: 1,413/2,634
Swim – 46:48, Pace: 2.25/100m (Age group: 68/121, Gender: 414, Overall:  1,548/2,634)
T1: 5:33
Bike – 3:13:18, Pace: 17.38 mph (Age group: 42/121, Gender: 241, Overall: 1,215/2634)
T2: 4:11
Run – 2:53:24, Pace: 13:14 (Age group: 56/121, Gender: 334, Overall: 1,413/2,634)

Overall: 7:03:14

IRONMAN 70.3 Austin, TX was my first IRONMAN trademarked event. I have completed an event earlier this Spring at this distance.

Tri Bike, Training & Taper

I used an 18 week Half Ironman – Intermediate  plan by tri-newbies, which I had used for my previous race. The plan recommends three workouts per discipline each week, which ramps up to four workouts each week per discipline when you get closer to the race date. Due to life, work, mommyhood, and such, I rarely completed all the weekly workouts. Knowing that my knees and IT band needed a little extra frequency, I decided to amp up the running at the end of the plan so that I would peak at a 14 mile long run prior to race day. Continue reading

Run 2 Remember 10k Recap

Moultrie Run Finish

OFFICIAL FINISH TIME: 52:41

PLACE: 9/17, 1st overall female

Last minute decision = First place finish… imagine that… 

On Thursday, I was asked if I was interested in racing the Run 2 Remember on Saturday, August 2, 2014. I said “sure,” and was thinking in the back of my mind, “sure, you won’t remember you asked me.” Knowing I had a long bike ride the day before, I wasn’t thinking about running a hard race the next day…. However, a 5:30 am Saturday morning test message reminded me that this race thing was happening. I spent the next 20 minutes fumbling in the dark for running clothes, shoes, hat, sunglasses, iPod, Flipbelt, food, and car keys. Continue reading