2016 Thanksgiving Day Race Recap

At the end of October I got back into my running routine after two months off. Due to my “condition” I was slower and would occasionally get round ligament pain. I managed a few runs and then took another 1.5 week break due to feeling depressed about the election and a TERRIBLE migraine.

My husband had been getting excited about Cincinnati’s Thanksgiving Day Race – an over century long annual Cincinnati tradition. Around 13,000 people run/walk the race each year and it takes place in downtown Cincinnati.

On the evening he was registering, at the last minute, I asked him to sign me up. Until then the longest I had run had been 4 miles, but 1/3 of the race was walkers, so I figured I could take my time completing the 10k distance.

The weekend after he registered I did a 5 mile indoor track run and felt confident that I would finish upright and smiling.

The morning of the race was chilly and wet – once we arrived at the starting area – the rain started to let up. The husband and I got into our respective pace groups and we were on our way.

I kept 15:30 intervals – because I wanted to take it easy and try to minimize any pain. I really enjoyed the course. Like the Flying Pig 10k it went through downtown Cincinnati and Kentucky.

There were a few serious hills and I simply walked the uphills – at this point in my state of fitness and my other current state – I really did not want to over exert myself.

What I really loved about the race was the large attendance and family vibe. There were lots of families running and walking together, and there were a lot of strollers on the course and it got me excited that one day we could make this an annual family tradition.

I finished in 1:35, with a 15:25 pace. My slowest race thus far, but I’m darn proud I’m able to complete a 10k at 6 months pregnant.

We will definitely do this race again – I think a Thanksgiving Day run is such a fun way to get pumped for the holiday – looking forward to next year!!

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2016 Flying Pig 10k recap

A few days after we arrived in Cincinnati, OH, I registered for the Flying Pig 10k. Cincinnati’s Flying Pig Marathon is considered by many to be a “must do”. The race weekend consists of a one mile, 5k, 10k, half and full (the half and full are held at the same time – so one must pick either option). While I would have loved to have done the half or the full – the past month has not allowed me to consistently train for running a distance longer than 5 miles – so I felt that the 10k would be the best choice.

I went to the expo the day before the race to pick up my bib and it was super fun – it was similar to a RunDisney expo in size and vendors, but a lot more manageable in terms of crowds. What I love about “the Pig” is the hometown pride – this is truly Cincinnati’s race – and it made me super happy to be a part of the community.

On race morning – I got up early and drove myself downtown. I gave myself a generous amount of time to drive and find parking – I arrived at the start area close to an hour before the start time. It was drizzling a little – but the rain let up by the time the race began.

The corrals AKA “pig pens” were all released at once. The course crossed into Kentucky so this was the first race where I ran through TWO states – pretty cool. There wasn’t any on-course entertainment – but there was a sufficient amount of aid stations. I crossed the finish in 1:18:24 with a pace of 12:38 – not a PR but I’m happy with my time.

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I quickly grabbed a bottle of water and some complimentary snacks and hopped in my car and drove home. As I walked to my car it started to rain again, and continued throughout the day – I lucked out! I’m still anticipating a soggy, wet, race in the future – but today was not that day.

This race was a great scenic tour of my new hometown AND a great introduction into Cincinnati’s running community.

2015 Big Gay 10K Recap

I had heard about this race last year, but I think it fell on a weekend I already had something to do.

Anyways….after the Dumbo Double Dare – I went on the website and checked the date and lo and behold: no conflict.

I registered and marked my calendar. I picked up my bib two days before the race – after reading the race instructions – I realized that the finish line would close 90 minutes after the race start.

I was a little nervous about this. My average 10k pace for the most part, has always ended in a time less than 90 minutes – usually ranging from 80-85 minutes. However, one never knows how they feel on a race day, and I could very well have over a 15 minute per mile pace.

Knowing this information – I resolved to try my very best and push myself for this 10k. A great thing about attending a smaller race, is that everyone starts at the same time (unlike other races where the corrals are released in waves) – so I had the full 90 minutes to run the race.

This race was at Golden Gate Park. It was a race themed to the gay community here in SF – produced by the SF Aids Foundation. An absolutely wonderful cause. The spirit of the race was fun – many people wore tutus, tiaras, costumes. I did not dress festive enough, although I was pretty pumped about my new multicolored print hat.

I ran the first mile and a half – and started incorporating 30:30 Galloway intervals after that. It got pretty hot out there – but the race had a lot of great support – encouraging spectators and 4-5 water stops along the course.

I finished in 1:13:22 – with a pace of 11:50 per mile. A PR for my 10k, and my fastest race pace yet.

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After the race I grabbed some water, took a post race photo, and grabbed an uber home.

That’s what I love about local races – the normalcy of the remainder of the race day. You get up early, rock a race, come home and get back to normal. No traveling, no touring. There’s some beauty in that.

2015 Dumbo Double Dare Recap – A weekend full of 19.3 miles and more – Part 3

After the half, my husband and I took a nap and headed to the parks later that afternoon.

We decided to start a tradition when it comes to our post-Disneyland race meal. Last year we ate at Cafe Orleans and indulged in a Three Cheese Monte Cristo Sandwich with a side of Pommes Frites. We repeated the occasion. It was Pure. Fried. Heaven.

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We spent the rest of the day and night exploring both parks. A priority for our parks visit was to experience both World of Color at California Adventure and the new Paint the Night Parade at Disneyland.

Our first event was World of Color and it was pretty moving for me, but I do have one complaint. As soon as the show started 95% of the park guests took out their smart phones and held them up to video tape. Obstructing nearly everyone’s view. Your shoddy videotape of the show, which you will probably never watch, should not take priority over the people who prefer to experience the show in real time with their own eyes.

After World of Color, we headed over to Disneyland and got a prime viewing location for the parade. I can not begin to put into words how beautiful the Paint the Night parade is. For me, it was almost worth the price of admission.

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Once both parks closed, we walked over to the Disneyland hotel to go to Trader Sams. I had heard so much about this bar from various Disney-philes on social media. However, our idea to go to the bar was not an original one as the bar had reached capacity and it was approximately a 30-45 minute wait to get inside. At that point it was past midnight and we were pretty tired, so we decided to head back to the hotel.

In conclusion – It was an amazing trip – filled with quality time together and with our friend, a few fun surprises, and a great race experience.

A few weeks after the race, I was on vacation in Florida and I visited Fit2Run and finally got a gait analysis and got measured for insoles. I bought my first pair of personally selected running shoes. My previous entry level Asics Gel Contends (three different pairs) carried me through my races for the past two years, but I have more goals on the horizon, and I need to be better equipped.

I’m a proud owner of Hoka One One Cliftons.

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The Dumbo Double Dare really was a kick in the butt to help me think about my next running ventures.

The Monday after the race, I registered for a 10k taking place in a little over a week – and I registered for my third and final half of 2015.

Running 19.3 miles in two days gave me the crazy idea that I could run 26.2 in one day – and it is on that idea where I am harvesting my 2016 goal of doing the 26.2 – the MARATHON. I am eyeing an early May race, which gives me seven months to train.

The Dumbo Double Dare was my first multi-race challenge – and it definitely was a challenge. Now that I conquered it – I am ready for the new challenges that lay ahead.

2015 Dumbo Double Dare Recap – A weekend full of 19.3 miles and more – Part 1

Eight months ago, I anxiously sat by my computer, refreshing the page waiting to register for the Dumbo Double Dare.

Once registered – a few running events happened in the following eight months. I ran my second half marathon that gave me a proof of time to be placed in an earlier corral, and my husband and I ran a 12k and a 5k.

The few weeks prior to the challenge were super busy. I was flying out every week, sometimes twice a week for work and personal travel. I drank Emergen-c, regularly took zinc, made sure to get a lot of sleep, and made hand sanitizer my BFF.

My husband and I arrived an hour before the expo closed on Friday night to pick up our bibs and shirts. I was pretty anxious and excited and got around 3.5 hours of sleep the night before the 10k.

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My husband and I were in Corral C for the 10k. I continuously ran the first two miles outside of the park and started 30:30 intervals once inside the parks – which were the final 4 miles. I REALLY enjoyed both courses for the race – but what was great about the 10k, was that the majority of it took place inside the parks. I took the pace pretty easy and really savored the moments on resort property. The idea was to enjoy the parks for the 10k race, and to continuously run through them for the half – and to do 30:30 intervals the remainder of the half while the race weaved through the city of Anaheim.

I finished the 10k in 1:21:48 with an average pace of 13:10 per mile.

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After the race, my husband and I showered, and met our friend Heather – who lives in the OC who was going to be running the half with us – for breakfast. We walked with her to the expo and perused the booths.

At the ProCompression booth, I got to meet Andrea Barber aka Kimmy Gibbler from Full House and the new Netflix series Fuller House. She is an avid runner and is pretty active on social media. I grew up watching Full House – I have seen every episode – so it was super cool meeting her. She was nice and personable and even took the time to chat with me and my husband and pose for a picture.

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After the expo, we went to our friend’s apartment complex to relax by the pool. We went to a local sports bar for pizza and to watch the Wisconsin vs Alabama game.

My husband and I got to our hotel room around 8pm, and fought hard to stay up until 10, but lost the battle at 9:28pm.

Part 2 to follow….

Summer Check In

It’s been a while since I’ve wrote here – so here’s what’s going on:

My next race(s) on the books is  the Dumbo Double Dare taking place at the end of September (10k and Half over a weekend). The races are in Disneyland and I am running it with my husband. We are making it a race-cation. Training for the half and 10k are on track – my goal for the Double Dare is to finish with a grin on my face!

I’m looking forward to the Disneyland 60th nighttime events – specifically the Paint the Night Parade and World of Color. I have a feeling there might be a few emotional tears streaming down my face.

I’m still on the fence about doing another local race.

I signed myself and my mom up for the Princess 5k taking place this February in Walt Disney World. This is my mom’s first RunDisney event and I am so excited for her. We’ve already booked a hotel on property – the weekend is going to be a blast.