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39th Annual Tallahassee Half Marathon Recap!

Pam & me pre-race

(Unofficial) FINISH TIME: 2:00:35 OFFICIAL FINISH TIME: 2:00:02

I love this race and will be doing it again next year if my schedule allows for it. Today was not my best run by any means. I started off too fast, as usual, but found my tempo around mile 3. I was having a dandy old-time until mile 5. That’s when my right IT band decided it wasn’t in the mood to run today. I changed my stride and concentrated on running easy and with a shorter pace. I also slowed down on turns to minimize the stress on my tendon. I felt pretty decent until mile 12. That’s when I hit the wall. I simply didn’t have any juice left in my body. Running through pain sucked the energy right out of my body. I thought I would be able to push it home on the last half mile, especially since the race finished on the FSU track, but I did not have it in me. So, I was passed by about 50 runners who were trying to beat the 2:00:00 mark and I scampered across the finish line right around 2:00:35 (official results pending). I train doing negative splits, and this was anything but a negative split.

All in all, I am happy with my time. The goal for this race was to finish and feel good. It is about 3 hours post race and my knee is hurting and my stomach is not happy. I am nauseous and have stomach cramps. That is my own fault since I decided to consume some pepperoni pizza as soon as I finished. I should have cooled off and then stuck to bananas and pb&j sandwiches. I’ve eaten some kids Pepto tablets and am starting to feel better already.

Per my Garmin, my performance by mile:

1 – 8:55

2 – 8:20

3 – 8:33

4 – 8:32

5 – 8:55

6 – 9:18

7 – 9:00

8 – 9:07

9 – 9:19

10 – 9:14

11 – 9:31

12 – 10:03

13 – 10:41

13.1 – 1:02 (10:13 pace)

Tallahassee Half-Marathon Race Playlist

I’ve always relied on a handy mix of songs to get me through a workout or a run. However, when I started running longer distances, I realized my playlists were often too short and started scouring blogs and iTunes to get ideas for new mixes. Here’s my playlist for Sunday’s Half Marathon; some songs are long time favorites, some make me smile and want to dance, and a few make me want to push through the 10 mile-wall I know I will hit. Enjoy!

1. Lose Yourself – Eminem
2. Crash – The Primitives
3. Move Your Feet – JUNIOR SENIOR
4. Runnin’ Down a Dream – Tom Petty
5. The Cause – NoFX
6. Some Nights – Fun.
7. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) – C+C Music Factory
8. Drunk Sincerity – Bad Religion
9. Chasing the Sun – The Wanted
10. Keep On Running – Dance Hall Crashers
11. The Zephyr Song – Red Hot Chili Peppers
12. Break Me Out – The Rescues
13. The Distance – Cake Fashion Nugget (Deluxe Version)
14. Little Lion Man –  Mumford & Sons
15. Just A Girl – No Doubt
16. Trees – Lovehammers & Marty Casey
17. Hazy Shade Of Winter (Purple Haze Mix) – The Bangles
18. I Ran (So Far Away) – A Flock of Seagulls I
19. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
20. Harder To Breathe – Maroon 5
21. Live And Let Dance – The Untouchables
22. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
23. The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
24. Come Join Us – Bad Religion
25. Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover – Sophie B. Hawkins
26. Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics
27. If You Don’t, Don’t – Jimmy Eat World
28. Take a Walk – Passion Pit
29. Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO
30. Special – Garbage
31. Dog Days Are Over- Florence + The Machine Lungs
32. Touching My Body – Danity Kane
33. Don’t Push – Sublime
34. Settle Down – No Doubt Settle Down
35. Ring Of Fire – Social Distortion
36. Dance Again (feat. Pitbull) – Jennifer Lopez

On the ?nth anniversary of my 30th Birthday, I resolve…

I am planner, a list maker, a list checker-offer, and a goal setter. Instead of creating New Year’s Resolutions, I make Birthday resolutions. Since my birthday falls on the last day of the first month of the year, I feel like it is kind of perfect day. While I have many goals of all different kinds that I normally keep to myself, I am going to share some of them here.

Check out my list:  http://wp.me/P32uES-3N

Tri Training…. First Brick of 2013

I got in a 1,250 yd swim in this morning. I built up to 2,500 yds in October and have been able to maintain easy swims of 1,600 -2,500 yds since October. Today was the first time I opted for a shorter swim and focused on some sprint work: Warmed up with a 250 easy free, then 500 pull buoy, and then concentrated on swimming easy for 25 yds, then sprinted for 25 yds. I did this for 500 yards and man could I feel it in my whole body.

Afterwards, I ran 3 miles, which was really supposed to be a 30 minute run or a 3 mile run, whichever came first. I ran 27:50 at an easy pace and my knee hasn’t bothered me at all (I ran 6 miles yesterday). I was doing swim/run or swim/bike bricks last year and would always get nauseaus during the run or bike. I started wearing ear plugs b/c that’s what someone told me to do, and it seemed to help. I did not wear ear plugs today and did great on the run (which I approached hesitantly). I am wondering if I was just way more fatigued from swimming before? Not real sure what the difference is now.

I am hoping to run 8 miles on Monday morning and then do a couple of short runs during the week in prepartion for next Sunday’s Half Marathon.