And so we have reached the 5th month and I have ran my 5th race at the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon! It was a good race, except for the heat and the flu bug that I came down with the night before which kept me from getting a good nights sleep.
This being my 3rd Rite Aid Cleveland half, I was able to see an improvement in my time over the three years.
2010 I ran the race in 2:26:25
2011 I ran the race in 2:24:12
2012 I ran the race in 2:18:58 122 out of 305 (my age group)
Definetly an improvement, though I had hoped to do better. I think between the fever, sore throat and chest congestion, along with the high temps just really drained me quickly. Which concerns me for the upcoming race I have at the end of June? Is it going to be too hot? and how will I learn to cope with the hot weather? I'm hoping the bigger part of my slower race time was the onset of the flu that weakened my immunity.
We had a great time all weekend long! Spending Friday at the expo and lunch at 100th Bomb group with Chelsea, Kathy and Christy and then heading downtown by 3pm on Saturday to get checked into our hotel, which happened to be right next to the casino. Something I didn't even know at the time of booking the hotel.
We met some of the most amazing people at the pasta dinner, like one of our favorites.... Marathon Maniac Steve. Who was the sweetest, kindest, most inspiring runner I have ever met! He told us of his favorites of the almost 200 marathons he's completed, and here found us again when we were heading back to our hotel. I'm definetly looking up some of his favorites for next year, whatever my goals are...
And as usual, my gear of choice... Lululemon capri and top, Chica band, ifitness belt, a playlist made jut for Cleveland marathon and the only thing I wore differently... my Nike running shoes. I need new running shoes and I'm definetly going back to my Brooks!
Have you ever done something for a long time and not feel like there has been much improvement? Recently that's how I've been feeling with my running. I've been trying to increase my speed, which I realize now has improved dramatically, but sometimes looking back at where we were makes things a whole lot clearer.
This weekend I'm running the Rite Aid Cleveland half marathon. Number 5 in my 12 in 2012, and my friend Kathy is also running with me. She and I ran the Portage Lake half together, and she now has the race bug...
after Run to beach half
Since Kathy is running the half, she asked what my previous times were. While looking back in my running logs I couldn't find my times. Luckily you can find them on the site and this weekend after the race I will update all 3 years which I have ran this race. But for the last two, and my point... My time was only minutes apart from one year to the next, and I thought I haven't improved at all!
But what did catch my eye and showed my improvement was my tracking my speed, and I found this entry
June 04, 2010 ran 3 miles (interval run at 5.3 and 6.0, felt good!)
It made me realize how far I have come since today my interval training is at 6.5 and 8.0 and increasing...
So I will keep logging those miles and times and slowly watch my progression over time and no matter what time I complete a race in, I will be proud of each achievement!
This year I had planned to achieve many different goals, but somehow my running has been taking over the majority of my time, and right now, it feels good, I need it and I'm okay with it.
Reaching 400 miles run on May 7th was a positive to add to my achievements as well as the 5 miles that day being run in 41:03
Having a friend that runs is also motivation, especially when we challenge one another to do better! Recently I ran 5 miles in 42:02, which motivated Kathy to run it in 41:40, which then motivated me to push it and run it in my 41:03 time. Today I received a text from Kathy she ran the 5 in 37:30! I love it!
I've been told by Milt that I've inspired many to run in the gym, including him! Once you get a group of friends working towards the same goal, anything is possible!
The last race Kathy and I ran, Milt decided to cut some heads off pictures and make it like He, Dennis and Kristin had also done the same race! There is a sign under the picture in the gym congratulating them all on the race! Yep, we need some humor along with all these challenges!
Completed number four in my 12 for 2012 this past weekend in Kentucky! I was excited to see the city and had no expectations for the race, especially since I had just ran a half the weekend before!
After Chelsea finished her last exam, we headed out to Cincinnati to pick up Jill and her daughter. After a four hour drive to Cincinnati, we only had two hours until Kentucky!
Our first stop once arriving was to hit the expo. We always feel better once we've collected our bib and packet for race day. Now its time to eat, since the city seems so busy, we thought it best to head towards our hotel and find a restaurant nearby. Using my Urbanspoon app, we located several restaurants. Unfortunately we learned that you needed reservations...
We found restaurants, drove to them or called, only to find they too were busy or needed reservations. By this point we are all starved and cranky and trying to figure out just where we were going to find a pasta meal that would fill us up for race day? Finally BluRestaurant could squeeze us in, but we had to get there quickly. After driving in circles, we end up right back in the city where we had left some time earlier...
Finally, with a pasta meal in us, we were ready to get to our hotel for some much needed prep time and rest time.
This was the most unprepared I have ever been for a race! Thinking dinner wouldn't be an issue, not finding the start line the day before the race and having no idea where we were going to park were just a few of the things I never want overlook again...
Once we arrived at the start I still had the nervous feeling in my stomach like I usually do before a race. It was colder, but seeing the sun coming out convinced me to leave my coat at baggage check, and try and stay warm until the race began.
The race itself... amazing! I felt the best I ever have running, as each mile approached I thought "wow how did I get this far already?" Even having some left at the end to be able to sprint to the finish. Although it made me question did I keep too much in reserve during the race. After all I finished with an official time of 2:11:33 still shy from beating my PR of 2:11:25 yet coming in a few seconds sooner than my race from the weekend before of 2:11:38
Running through Churchhill downs was amazing, probably my favorite part of the run! There were many bands and drumlines that made the route entertaining as well. And I ran this entire race without my headphones. It was a nice change, to listen to those around me breathing, talking and sharing stories with others!
As always two of my race day requirements aided in my successful run... My ifitness belt and my Chica band! Finally, in the fourth month I am done with my 4th half marathon.... time to get back to the list and plan for what is next!