Category Archives: half marathon

Phoenix Marathon Recap

On the weekend Chad and I ran the Phoenix Half Marathon, it marked my 10th and Chad’s 4th half marathon. It was a about a year ago that at 8 months pregnant I signed us up on whim. But I knew I needed motivation at that point to start running post-partum. From the very start I had a goal in mind but honestly deep down I felt that goal was pretty far fetched since it was almost 3 minutes off my PR from 2010, since then life has changed a little 😉

My goal was to run the race in 1:45. So in the fall I started to research training plans to learn more about training in general so that this goal became more attainable. I also knew that running more than 3 days a week was not going to happen 90% of the time so I needed flexibility. I came across the 80/20 Training and instantly knew it would be the key to running a 1:45 half. Disclaimer – I modified the half plan in the book to work for me and then stuck to that plan 80% of the time, I rarely ran more than 3 days a week (4 max) and my max weekly mileage was maybe 34km.

Now onto the RACE!! I absolutely love big races, the energy of them are just amazing. With over 10,000 runners this was fairly large but so well planned. The day before the race we went to the race expo which was at a Mariott conference centre.

I probably could have parked walked in, got my stuff and got back to car in 15 minutes if I wanted to – WIN! We looked around at the expo, grabbed some samples, then got our shirts and headed out. I am not one to stick around expos too long. Oh the shirts – women had tanks! Something I will actually wear versus a t-shirt. Only downside is the XS is still massive on me but still a great tank for sure.

Race Day

So I never looked until a week before the race where the race start was – haha. Turns out it was an 1+ hour drive to the start and the last bus from the parking area was at 5am which meant a 3am wake up call. I broke this to Chad only days before 😉

Despite an early wake up and drive went well until we went to merge off the interstate and the traffic was backed up, so what should have taken 5 minutes it took us 30 minutes. Luckily we had a ton of time still. We parked then ran over to where to half marathon buses were. Everything was very well signed so it was almost impossible to get confused.

I made a slight error when I only wore a tank top and shorts and brought nothing to wear beforehand thinking it is a race in sunny Phoenix! ha. I should have known better than the dessert gets darn cold at night until the sun comes up. Luckily they had a ton of heaters which we huddled by until 10 minutes before the race.

Once we made our way to the start it was very weird since the race had thousands of runners but there was nobody at the start line! Everyone was by the heaters.

It was not until they gave a one minute warning that people finally filled the shoot. I was shocked the start was self seeded but also really liked it. We started near the front since we could and that way there would be less dodging of people that way too. The fireworks went off and away we went!

I was FREEZING COLD you guys. My hands were numb and turning red from the cold for the first 5km. Since it was still dark out I figured once the sun came up I would warm right up.

Chad and I agreed to run together but he had to keep my pace 😉 I figured out approximate paces and times to meet my goal and after the first 5km I was feeling more confident since we were running a 4:45min/km (5min/km was to meet our goal). I made sure I was sipping water throughout the race regardless of if I was thirsty and taking sport (jelly) beans every 15 minutes as well.

At 10km I planned to slow down if needed but felt great still so kept my pace at 4:50 and told myself I could do that to 15km and then re-evaluate again. Around 13km I started to doubt that I could hold that pace much longer and nudged Chad to see how he was. He felt good so I knew I had to keep going. By 15km I felt good again and at that point I was really excited as a calculated our finish time if we could maintain that speed. At that point I knew there was no slowing down and found some good songs to keep me going and just did not think about much else.

The last 2km I stopped checking my pace and just ran hard. I felt great crossing the finish line and told Chad after I had more kms in me 😉 I really think it came down to the weather. It was the perfect running temperate once the sun came up and the sun was never in our face running – for me this makes me feel almost sick sometimes!

I had started my watch a bit late so was not sure our time but the clock when we crossed the finish was 1:43:14 so I knew we were sub 1:43!!!!

Here are my stats:

How on earth we ran a faster second half of the race baffles me still!

We grabbed our medals then headed over to take some photos:

Then to the food – I expected the usual, fruit, water, bagels and cookies but was blown away at all the free options. Our restaurant was giving out free french toast – brilliant! We grabbed some other things then sat down to eat. It was so good I did not remember a photo until it was all gone!

The race start and finish was at different points which I really liked since you did not have that mental mid way turn around and then we ended right where we had parked to catch the bus to the start – so smart! We had a 2 minute walk to our car, changed and headed back home.

In all honesty never did I think I would beat my goal by over 2 minutes and my previous PR by 5 minutes. And now I am ready to push myself a bit harder – who knows one day maybe I will run a sub 1:40!

Lindsey

 

2016 Race Calendar

How is it already time to talk about spring and summer races?! I love every race season and typically my goal is one race a month. This is for a few reasons, training time, money – races are $$$, and scheduling – I like my weekends free in the warm months!

I will talk more about training in April since I do need to make a few training plans but for now I am sharing what I am currently registered to run.

May 2016 – Only Women’s Fitness Fun Run – 5km 

Not really a run since I will not even be cleared TO run but it is the thirds year my Mom and I have done this run. It will be Avery’s second year doing her 100m diaper dash.

Avery and I at last year’s race:

avery and i

June 2016 – Troubled Monk Run – 10km

This is about one month after I am cleared to run so 10km might be ambitious but it is going to be a fun run so I am not worried about it. Chad, a bunch of friends, co-workers are running it too and it includes beer after!

July 2016 – Lacombe Half Marathon – 10km

Registration has not opened up yet but I am going to sign up for this race and attempt a 10km PR 🙂

Avery and I before last year’s race, I finished in 50:43.

lacombe

August 2016 –Mud Hero

This is always a fun race, I run it with friends (Chad is too fast for me at this one!) and have a great time. Spoiler alert – I am also an Ambassador for it this year!

mud hero

September 2016 – Canmore Half Marathon – Half Marathon

My first half of 2016!! And probably my only! I wanted to run a half but also did not want to be too consumed with it after having baby so the timing for a fall half seemed perfect. It will be a little get away for our family as well.

Lindsey

 

Races – Bucket List

As I sit here 34 weeks pregnant all I can think of is running. I mean, I am “running” these days but as you can all imagine it is not a true run. To say I am ready to be running again is an understatement, but sadly that is about 2.5 months away due to my c-section recovery time. But in the mean time I can still talk and dream about running and races 🙂

In no specific order here is my race bucket list:

1 – Disneyland Half Marathon AGAIN. We ran this race in 2011 and hands down it was the best experience ever, worth every penny. I had planned to run it this year but with the dollar not being great I cannot justify the exchange. But we both have agreed we will be back to run it again.

Disneyland Marathon

2 – Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon. I have heard only great things about this race and course. I was SO close to registering for it a couple years ago but other plans got in the way. We love Victoria, and being that it is in Canada I am hoping I can get to this race within the next two years.

3 – Phoenix Marathon. For years we made an annual trip to Arizona since my in-laws are snow-birds but the last two years life has got in the way so we have not made it south. We love going down there and have a ton of family so it is only fitting I make this race happen. Our plan is to go next year and this race is at the end of February when we usually travel there so maybe this will be my 2017 race!

Last Phoenix trip, Avery was only 3,5 months old!

phoenix

4 – TCS New York City Marathon. Probably the longest shot of them all, between the distance to NYC, the cost and ability to get a spot in this race but it is a still on my list. I think the experience alone would make it amazing and NYC is pretty awesome too 😉

5- Rock n Roll Marathon Series. No specific location but these races look like a blast! I am all about the experience when travelling for a race and keeping it fun. I think I could even convince Chad to do one of these with me!

Lindsey

What is on your race bucket list?

 

2016: Talking Goals

So I am not one for setting goals for myself often these days. I find it just adds to my (crazy) type A personality 😉 Anyways, being that 2016 is a big year for us I wanted to take some time to write down a few goals of mine for the year.

1 – Be realistic. Two kids will be a big deal (for us). I feel like my entry into motherhood with Avery went almost too easy and well hauling around one kid is peanuts compared to two. I need to remind myself of this after baby #2 comes so that I am not so hard on myself. I will do the same thing I did after Avery and had one small “to do” a day, from a simple walk to the park or organizing a closet it helped me feel productive.

2 – Give both kids individual attention. Chad and I have talked a lot about this, and want to make sure both kids get their one on one attention with us both. It could be just Avery and I going grocery shopping, just one on one time to help the transition for us all. Same goes with Baby C, I want to be able to take some classes with her just like I did with Avery so I will need to figure out how that can work for us.

3 – Get out of the house daily. I think on my year off with Avery we stayed home for a total of two days, and that was because we had no car and it was a blizzard outside! Welcoming Baby C in the spring will be nice since to go for a walk or getting out of the house will be much easier. I go stir crazy VERY easy so this is a must for me.

4 – Run a half marathon. I almost said two, but looked at goal #1 😉 I am aiming for a fall race since that gives me a solid three months of training. Running is my “thing” and I know I am a better mother/wife/friend/person when it is in my life so this goal is very important to me.

5 – Monthly (out of the house) dates with Chad. We have slacked on these lately. They maybe happen every other month or monthly but involve other people, Christmas parties, parties etc. But I want us to recommit to the one on one monthly dates again. This is especially important after we welcome Baby C into our lives.

There they are! They are not in any order of importance and all hold equal for me, like I said looking into this year we have a lot of big changes headed our way!

Lindsey

 

Workout Wednesday

For the first time in 6 months I am not training for a race, and to be honest I am feeling lost when it comes to working out already. But at the same time I was SO done with long runs and need to tone up. Proof of this is after my half on Saturday my obliques were the sorest part of my body!

I am also heading back to work in 6 weeks and know I will have to workout before work in the morning so want my workouts to be short and sweet. And even right now, Avery’s nap are just over an hour, so a 30 minute workout is ideal for me. Saying that here are my workouts for the week:

Sunday – REST

Monday – Yoga Inferno – Workout 2

Tuesday – Focus T25 Alpha Cardio

Wednesday – 6km treadmill run

Thursday – REST

Friday – 5km treadmill run & weights circuit

Saturday – REST

I really enjoyed this race season, adding two more halfs to my list and do plan to do another half next year (or maybe two) but want to try at least one new race…but nothing too far!

Lindsey

Race ideas?