Alamo 13.1 Half 2016 Race Recap

Race date: March 20, 2016

Another great race in the books!

The Expo was on Saturday. Unfortunately, it was planned around the same time as the HEB Big League Weekend event at the Alamodome, which was just down the street from packet pick up at the La Quinta. Traffic was a nightmare, and we were one of the last ones to make it next door into the Rivercenter parking garage (big mistake!). The Expo was straight to the point, and we were in and out within 10 minutes. I didn’t stop to check out the vendors, and the packet pick up line for the half was short. We weren’t so fortunate when it came to leaving the parking garage. The line was backed up multiple levels, because there was stop traffic outside the garage.

 

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RNRSA 2015 Half Marathon Race Day Recap

Finished my third half marathon on Sunday!! I honestly had so much fun. It’s going to be a tough one to top!

 

The weekend started off with the Health & Fitness Expo on Friday when I went to go pick up my packet at the Convention Center. I never really stick around for long, just picked up my number, gear bag, t-shirt and whatever free goodies I could gather. Tried some Kombucha soda, the rootbeer was delicious! Won a water bottle, and got soo many lightly salted snap peas. I also happened to watch a Q&A with Meb Keflezighi, and took a photo with him after!! (yes, J believes I’m becoming a total running nerd, which I took as a compliment!) Meb is definitely an inspiration, and so personable! I have no idea how he does it after meeting so many people.

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6 Stages of Missing a Long Run

Hello all! So remember a week ago I mentioned that my training was going good “so far”? Well, I must have knocked on some pseudo-wood, and instead of waking up early this morning to hit the trail…I woke up and sulked on the couch.

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4 weeks and counting until RNRSA 2015!

 

I am 4 weeks away from running my 3rd half marathon, so I figured I’d give a little update. Overall, my training has been going pretty well ::knock on wood::. But…attempting to hit a 4-runs-a-week training program this year didn’t work out. Instead, I’m running 3x a week with some scattered yoga, pilates, stretch routines, strengthening and cross training. I also recently switched my long runs to align with race day, but my next goal is to actually wake up at race time. I’ll start tapering in about 2 weeks. Some of my most recent challenges include rainy weather (flooded trails), and limited access to a treadmill. Good news is my gym should be re-opening again soon, and at least I’ll have it there for backup.

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Where did the weekend go??

Hey there! Happy weekend, or at least what’s left of it! Yesterday, I finished up my first week of training. One of the reasons I started earlier this year, was so I could get used to keeping a schedule. This week was proof that a couple of trial weeks were definitely necessary! I missed a 2 mile run and xtraining, but I will try again next week. I’m fully aware that life happens, so I’m not too hard on myself. Here’s a quick summary of my first week of half-marathon training!

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Running season!

 

Although I try to make every season running season, I don’t kick it up a notch until training. Another year has passed, and tomorrow my half-marathon 16-week program begins! I’m starting a little earlier to spread out my milage, and hopefully avoid injury. I’ve put together a plan that works for me inspired from different sources (Hal Higdon, POPSUGAR fitness, halfmarathons.net). This isn’t set in stone; now with a full-time job, I’ll have to make adjustments on the weekends I work and flex days. Join along these next few months for updates on my training!

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15 Tips For Outdoor Running Safety

Unfortunately, we live in a world where a solitary pastime can be controlled by fear. With the many dangers that loom around every curve, I’ve decided to compile a list of proactive steps we can take to become defensive runners and continue to stay healthy on the road/trail.

 

1. Keep a family member/friend in the loop: Let them know exactly where you’re going, and what time you plan on starting/finishing.

2. Take your phone: Just in case of an emergency, or unexpected injury. Once, my hip gave out on a long run, and I was 6 mi. away from my car! Fortunately, I was able to call for someone to pick me up at the nearest trailhead.
3. Personal ID: ID bracelet, emergency contact numbers, blood type, allergies, etc.
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Winter Miles Challenge 2014

So I’ve realized that the best way to set running goals is to act on my emotions. At least that’s how I ended up running my first half marathon! Now, for my first running goal of 2014…On a whim I’ve decided to participate in the 2014 Winter Miles Challenge by Jess (Brought to my attention by Lisa at Chasin’ Bunnies). The free challenge begins on January 6, 2014. It is exactly what I need to continue to make running progress and to stay motivated when I start my last semester of PT school. I’ve decided to choose the Intermediate level- 20 miles each week. I was barely running a little over 20 miles a week towards the end of my training, so I definitely think this will be a challenge.

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::Cricket:: ::Cricket::

So I’m ashamed to admit that my running mileage has dropped SIGNIFICANTLY since the half marathon. Suddenly a week of rest and light work turned into almost a month! No use in making excuses (Like.. it’s too cold, tired from work, not feeling well etc. etc.). Now that clinicals are over, I have PLENTY of time to make room for a run. Today I ran 5 miles at UTSA’s indoor track. One lap = 1/6 of mile! Oh my! I prefer less loops, buuut at least it was better than a treadmill…I think. The run felt good. Of course I never regret a run once I actually go out and do it. I just need to remember that feeling to get me up and going!

Anyway, I’m starting to think of goals for 2014, and I’m thinking that signing up for plenty of races is in order. I really think it will keep me on track, so I continue to progress. So far I’m pretty sure they will be local, since school will still be in session in the Spring and hopefully new job in the Summer/Fall. =) Many things to look forward to (I sense a list coming in the near future!) Well that’s all for now folks. This upcoming week’s weather is high in 60°s and low in 30°s/40°s. I guess it’s better than just staying in the 30°s like last week. I know this is NOTHING compared to other frigid places, but I am a Texas gal so I might freeze!! This article pretty much sums it up. 🙂 [10 Reasons Texans Hate Cold Weather]

 

Have you ever “fallen off the wagon”? What do you do to get back on track with your running/workouts?