Rock n Roll Phoenix Half Marathon Recap

I did it! After my sprained ankle and sickness I got very worried on how I would do at this race and although I wanted a good time, my main goal quickly switched to “just finish the damn thing!”

Saturday I woke up early (for this graveyarder) and went tot the expo. It was my friend’s first marathon so I kinda showed her the ropes. As far as expo’s go it wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worst I’ve been to. I was chatting with my mom, a non-runner, a few days before the race and was explaining to her the whole Rock n Roll deal. I likened it to the McDonald’s of races. All over the country and not the best quality but you know what you’re getting. I’m not the biggest fan. I liked the RnR Vegas only because running down the strip at night was so cool but I don’t think i’ll bother with another RnR.

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RACE DAY!

The half marathon started with the 10K and the gun didn’t go off till 7:50. It felt so late! But it was enough time to drive to our work where we hopped on the light rail instead of trying to find (and pay for) a parking space downtown. We dropped off our gear, went to the porta potties  and pinned our bibs and before I knew it the race began. I was in a different corral than my friend so I dropped her off and went to my station (corral 11). Right before I left her she asked if it was a big deal that she didn’t have that plastic band that was on her bib! uh oh! She left her timing chip in her gear bag! Well since this is her first race, she automatically PR’s right? She just kept her time on her phone.

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The course is not that beautiful and I never once thought about taking a picture while running. We just run down major city streets in Tempe/Scottsdale/Phoenix. My favorite part was either running by Hole in the Rock (mile 9??) and over the Mill Ave bridge across Tempe Town Lake.

I had a plan for this race and I think I followed it as well as I could! I stayed very positive and just kept repeating my mantras in my head. I made sure I started off slow and didn’t burn out like I did at Long Beach. And I was able to keep a pretty steady/ consistent pace.

The first part really zoomed by and I didn’t start to really get tired till mile 8. And that was only after I told myself “4 miles left… no wait. It’s 5. 5 miles left.” I can’t run and do simple math! Mile 9 went by pretty fast since you double back for most of it and I just kept trying to look for a) my friend and b) the 2:30 pacer. I always just wanted to stay in front of that 2:30 pacer!

By mile 10, I was tired and ready to be done but I pushed on. Then at mile 12 I really wanted to be done!! My plan was to run as fast as I could that last mile and turns out as fast as I could for the first half of it was walking. I picked it up though and once we got to the bridge and knew I had about 0.3 miles left I started to really give it my all. I turned the corner and saw the finish line but I was soooo tired and my legs/hips were done and I wanted to walk so badly but I knew I wouldn’t be proud walking over the finish line so I dug in and kept running. I finally finished at 2:27:19!

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Not the goal I had in my head when I signed up for this race, but after everything I am pretty darn proud of myself. It’s a faster time than my last 2 half marathons (Long Beach and Fontana)

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Overall, it was a pretty good day. The weather was perfect! There was a chance of rain but that held off but the air was still cold and crisp that made it nice to run in.

My friend finished 5 min faster than her goal time and did really well. She learned real quick how a race can take everything you got. But she’s already signed up for another half in March!

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The Phoenix Marathon is 5 weeks away and now for sure, I’m gonna drop down to the half. I don’t know if I’ll ever do a full again but I know I’m not there right now. I’m just going to keep training and go for a PR!

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12K of Christmas Recap: 2016 Edition a

Let’s start by reminding ourselves that the Phoenix Rock N Roll Half Marathon is about 1 month away! Yikes bikes…

I signed up ages ago to do the 12K of Christmas again this year but since the accident I’ve only ran once! I worked the night before and went back and forth over whether or not I wanted to actually run the darn thing. In the end, I decided to go but I dropped down to the 1/2 option- the 6K.

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I can’t say I was particularly thrilled to be there… haha! This was my selfie pre-race. I was TIRED! And I wore leggings which was not a smart move- it was hot! I think it was about 60 degrees. Hotter than I think we were all prepared for. It’s December after all. I planned for cold. It wasn’t cold.

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At the starting line! The race is for a really good cause- all for animal adoption and care and they let dogs run the race too. Plus there’s a costume contest so people were dressed as Santa, Elves, Gingerbread men. Along the course they had carolers and bands playing Christmas music.

I did run the entire 6K (which is just about 3.7 miles) and felt good. I maybe could have done the whole thing but I think it was best not to push it. Still earned my bling!

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How am I gonna run this plus another 10 miles on top of this in 4 weeks?!? I just keep telling myself, I’ve ran 13 miles SO many times, obviously I CAN. But the accident really set me back. It may not be my P.R.

I also have a full marathon in February. These are NOT pieces of cake like I can pretend halfs are. I am seriously considering dropping down to the 1/2 but we will see how the Jan Rock n Roll half goes and go from there!

 

Long Beach Half Marathon Recap

Whew, what a weekend!

I woke up in the middle of the night Saturday to go to CA and drove straight to the expo! (almost 7 hours) I got there earlier than I intended (I originally thought I was going to take the 91 ((yes I’m a Californian. I talk about traffic/freeways)) but just cannot stand driving through Corona. It makes me absolutely crazy. So I took the 60 and just came down the 710. Milage wise, yes it’s longer but it was so much smoother of a ride without that traffic!) so I had some time to kill.

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lunch
turkey & roasted red pepper wrap- my fav lunch!

Since I had my lunch all packed and with me, and since the next stop on my travel itinerary would take a couple hours with no eating allowed, I grabbed my lunch box and had a picnic at the pier. I listened to my audio book and people watched and walked around a bit.

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In case you didn’t know, I’m LDS.So I was able to run down to the Newport Temple! Beautiful! I love visiting new temples.

It was an early night back at the hotel and ate my packed (and approved) salmon dinner. I unpacked all my race gear and realized I FORGOT my running capris!! I texted my sister and debated running out to walmart or old navy for a replacement but luckily, I packed and extra pair of workout shorts (I planned to drive home in them on Monday) and lanacane. My sis offered the pants she brought but said they some times slide down- I did not want to deal with that so I braved the race in my shorts.

Sunday morning my brother woke me up saying he was there to pick me up. WHAT? Oops. I threw on my clothes, grabbed my shoes, breakfast, etc and hopped in the car. I’m beyond thankful my brother and sister came to get me and to support my race.

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It was a bit of a frantic start but also kind of nice that I didn’t have time to dwell on what I was about to do!

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The race itself? Well I wish I’d done better! Final time was 2:29. I started out way to fast. Around mile 4, I saw the 2:10 pacer creeping up from behind me. At first I was so excited I was on track for a 2:10 finish but quickly realized I wasn’t ready to do a 2:10 half and new I wasted too much energy in the first 1/3 of the run.

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course
Not the long stretch I was talking about…

I started to slow down. Then around mile 7, I turned the corner to see a looooong stretch of runners in front of me and couldn’t help but think “I have to run alll that?!?!?” Running is SO SO SO mental. I tried really hard to put all those negative thoughts from my mind. I tried to smile as I ran. I listened to good tunes. But it was really hard mentally more than anything! Especially when the 2:15, 2:20, 2:25 pacers past me and I couldn’t keep up. Such a bummer. (My shorts also slowed me down, since I did stop a couple times to apply lanacane. I’d rather be slow than chafed!)

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It was a very pretty course, though! I definitely would recommend it. I really liked it. It was hotter than I’d like, but not as hot as last year!! finisher-2

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In the end, I’m proud of myself. I sprinted the final 0.1 of the race and felt better than my last half (the Fontana half in June) but I did feel like I was going to puke at the finish line. My brother (not a runner) asked why I do this when it makes me puke. My sister (a runner) answered for me “it goes away.” Haha. Love my sister.

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I had a very lazy night Sunday night, indulging in the marshmallows I’ve been saving just for this!

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I got back home Monday and was reunited with my very favorite thing!