The CIM does not provide a post-marathon “all-you-can-eat” buffet. Start your nutrition replenishment here, but finish it at a local restaurant or in the comfort of your own home. Be kind to the runners finishing after you: they have been on the course longer and are likely to be much hungrier than you!
Congrats to CIM for at least pointing out that there is such a thing as take what you need. Take one banana, not 10 bananas! I read a race recap from the Nike Women’s Marathon last week and it said that although she finished in 4 hours, there were NO BANANAS left. I have been in that position before and it is horrible. Please, please, please take what you need and do not horde food at the end of a race.
It turns out that I tore my calf muscle three weeks ago. Three of the men that I run with are doctors, two are sports medicine docs. Not only are they sports med docs, they are Ironmen. One of them was the medical director for Ironman California for a few years (just found that out this morning). I had not seen the sports docs for a few weeks and finally saw one of them this morning. He diagnosed my calf as a torn muscle. Luckily, I have been playing it safe for the past three weeks. The tightness that I have felt on my runs is my muscle telling me that it is healing. I am VERY GLAD that I listened to my body and did not do a long run last weekend. In fact, I decided not to do a brick session either. The doc said I am fine to work out but if I feel any pain, stop. He said that I should take it slow on my long run this weekend and not attempt a PR at CIM in December. We shall see. I am going to take it one run at a time. There is a lot of time between now and December 4.
My husband is not happy to hear that I ran Nike with a torn muscle but I have to say I feel badass. I am thrilled with my 2:05!
Workout this morning: 7 miles tempo. Slowed a bit after calf tightened but still finished strong.
I just registered for a free bike maintenance class at REI! It is time to get over my fear of changing a tire.
On the subject of REI, did you know that if you purchase six food items (gels, nuun, bars, whatever, even the big bags of HAMMER product) you get 20%? This is not a sale, this is EVERYDAY! I loaded up on gels and edurolytes. I ended up paying 79 cents per gel. WHOO HOOO!!!
Last night I took a walk down memory lane in the form of watching Pearl Jam 20. I ended up discussing early shows with my husband and looking up setlists online to see if my memory served me correctly. Yes, I did see them play Daughter in 1992 at Bridge School Benefit. Yes, I know that this dates me.
I did not expect such nostalgia to keep me up late last night but it did. Instead of 18 today, I plan to run 10-12 later this afternoon then finish up the mileage before spin tomorrow morning. Brick training ftw! I have a 20 miler planned next Saturday so I will do my virtual Soaring Wings then. I am okay with that. I am not ashamed to say that I still love Pearl Jam and Eddie Veder. Swoon…
My right calf has been giving me issues for the past few weeks. A member of my running group, who happens to be a doctor, suggested compression socks. I have tried compression pants but not taken the plunge to buy socks. Now is the time. Of course I want the bright pink CEP socks but I am not sure that is the best brand. I am looking for something that works. Any brand suggestions tumblrville?
In the meantime, I am running 18 tomorrow morning. The first 13.1 will be my Soaring Wings virtual half. I hope that if I take it easy my calf will be fine. Thankfully, I completed a double spin this morning with no issues.
Facts first: 2011 is my fourth time running Nike Women’s, tying the LA Marathon for most times run. I have run the half three times and last year ran the full marathon (you can read about it here) . I much prefer the San Francisco Marathon course to the Nike Women’s course. That said, Nike hands out Tiffany necklaces at the end of this race and I cannot resist the little blue box. I think that even the little blue box may keep me from coming back any time soon but we shall see how I feel in April when it is time to register again.
The 2011 race was the first year that Nike recycled the same theme from the year before - I run to be. While I loved last year’s theme and girl power images, it was strange to see the same images this year. There were slight changes but overall, the same theme. I thought that was very odd.
My biggest issue every year is the crowds at the start. There are no corrals at this race which I find strange since there are 26,000 people. They let walkers start the course early (although I cannot find this is written anywhere but I see them out there and know that they are not walking a 5 minute mile). Every year, I find myself behind a group of women walking 5 abreast. I do not mind walkers but that said, there is a runner’s ettiqutte. Stay to the right or to the left but do not block the whole street. There are some people that are running the race.
I spent the first 5-6 miles weaving in and out of people. At that point, my calf started to feel tight and I worried about it cramping like it had a few weeks earlier. I pulled back the pace a bit and decided to save it for the marathon in December.
At the 10K point, there was a sign for free Nike sports bras (you were supposed to “exchange your bra” - why would anyone do that in the middle of the race? People were just grabbing them of the table and running off). I could not help but stop to see if I could grab one. Unfortunately, they were out of my size so I continued on.
Giving my mom a high five at mile 8.
I did enjoy the music on the course: Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5. Fun songs that kept it interesting.
I want to tell you that this was the best race and I loved it but honestly it was just okay. Maybe it was because I just spent 12.5 hours watching the Ironman World Championships which blew my mind? I am not sure. I am glad that I ran the race and do not regret it. The best part was chatting up the fire fighters at the end. :)
My lulu shirt matches the tiffany box and I did not even plan that!
I had hoped to finish under 2 hours but finished in 2:05 (a new PR for this course). I will take it!
This morning the trail was pitch black and dense fog made visibility very poor. I wore my headlamp but it did little given the fog. It was as though the light from my headlamp was refracting back to my face. I felt a bit disoriented. It is not fun to navigate uphill avoiding rocks when you cannot see. I almost turned around but did not want my group to worry about me. I kept at it and finally it hit me to take the headlamp off an hold it at hip level. Much better! I could see the trail and no longer felt like I was lost in fog. Completed 7 miles on the trails in the pitch black darkness. Fall is definitely upon us.
Since I cannot join the fitblr crew for the actual race, I decided to support the cause and run the virtual half this weekend as part of my planned 18 miler. I just received my registration confirmation. GAME ON!
My Nike Women’s Half recap is coming soon (likely tomorrow). I am still working on the Kona Spectator recap as well. My camera died so it may be a few more days until I get the pictures figured out.
This race feels like it came out of nowhere. I have been in vacation mode for the past 9 days. Tomorrow after the race I will head back to LA and vacation will offically end. Maybe vacation ends tonight before the race? Either way, a race never feels like vacation. I can tell you that I am very happy that I am not running the full tomorrow. If you are a long time reader of this blog, you may recall that last year I ran the full in the rain. I much prefer to run the half of this girl power race. Everyone gets the same reward at the end, a Tiffany necklace from a handsome firefighter dressed in a tuxedo.
My plan is to go out and run the best I can. I love running in San Francisco. Nothing beats the city by the bay….
If you want to be inspired, come to Kona during the weeks surrounding Ironman. I leave the Big Island this afternoon with a fire in my belly. This has been such an amazing week. I wish I could stay longer but alas I have a race to run this weekend in San Francisco.
Full Ironman spectating recap when I return to LA next week. I got some great pics of the pros during the race.
I had an unbelievable day spectating the Ironman World Championships. The energy was like nothing else. Congrats to my friend Reilly for finishing with a new PR of 10:29. Congrats to No Excuses Sharon for competing with a broken elbow. We saw her around 6:20PM coming up Palini Dr 10 miles into the marathon as the sun was about to set. She looked strong and finished in 14:43:36. Overall, 12.5 of spectating, so much fun it felt like no time at all. I am ready to get up tomorrow and go for a run!!!!!
Just saw fellow LA Legger, Sharon McNary, who made it out of the water well below the cutoff. She is competing with a BROKEN ELBOW!!!! No excuses!!!!! Looked strong at the beginning of the bike. GO SHARON!!!!
Thankfully I am less than 24 hours away from leaving for Kona. In the meantime, my right calf is inflamed. I am not sure how else to describe it. I was 1.5 miles into a 7 miler yesterday morning when my right calf cramped so badly I could not go on. This was the first time that had ever happened to me. I stopped to walk. I tried to start running again and the pain worsened. I hobbled 1.5 miles back to my car. Last night, I tried running again but it did not feel right. I went to spin instead and that seemed okay. I could not go full out on the sprints but I did not feel any pain. I have been rolling and stretching in the hopes to run trails tomorrow morning. I would like to put in 10 miles before I leave tomorrow. Maybe I will just have to wait and run in the heat of Kona. There are worse things… :)
Two years ago this morning, I woke up around 5:45 and stumbled into a 6:30 spin class taught by Reilly. Little did I know that that class would send me down a path that would change my life. I was inspired that morning, inspired to be better and to follow my heart. I began going to class twice a week and slowly my body began to change. I craved the work. I added more classes and built to 5+ classes a week (in addition to running). I worked up to a double spin. I could not get enough. Something happened to me in those classes that I did not get anywhere else. After a few months, Reilly announced that he was going to travel abroad for a while and I was DEVASTATED. I thought that my life was going to fall apart without his classes (it sounds overly dramatic, but you can I ask him, I was beyond nervous that I could not keep it up without him). I am pretty sure that my friends and family thought I was crazy. He left to travel and I cried. What was I going to do??? I kept going. I went to another instructor while he was gone and although it was not the same, I kept at the work. He came back a few months later and I picked up right where we had left off. Even today, I do not like going to other instructors. Rei’s classes kick me into a gear that is hard to mimic anywhere else.
My life has completely changed in the past two years and many of those changes can be traced back to that first early morning class. It seems appropriate that this week, exactly two years later, I will travel to Kona to cheer for Reilly as he accomplishes one of his dreams, competing in the Ironman World Championship. I love him like a family member and am proud of what he has been able to accomplish since I have known him.
Thank you for everything Rei. Pick a fight with the Queen K and take it down! You can do it!