Dallas Marathon race review

I’m finally getting this done. The last few weeks have been a blur. I really enjoyed my time off at Christmas and got stuff done at home. But got no blogging done at all.

Dallas Marathon

The Dallas Marathon was supposed to be my first full in December 2013. But a little ice storm kinda halted that plan, the race was cancelled 2 days before. The runners registered for that race were given a special discount price to register for 2014. So, the Dallas Marathon 2014 became marathon #2.

Training for this race was not as good as I had hoped. I missed some long runs and was just not emotionally in it. We had some loss in our family in the fall after moving in the summer. Things were crazy to say the least.

This was a large race, but very organized. I was impressed.

The expo was great, lots of vendors and lots of free goodies! Runners like that kind of thing.

Dallas expo

We grabbed our shirts and bibs and did a little shopping. I bought new sunglasses and a FlipBelt. I broke the cardinal rule of not wearing anything new on race day. I ran 26.5 miles in a new FlipBelt. It worked out though. I’ll get a review of that up soon!

This was my view the day before the race. My foot had started hurting just a little bit, so I thought maybe I’d try staying off of it.

feet up

The phantom foot pain was in my arch, it started 8 days before the race. I was supposed to run 9 miles, ended up with 4. I was hoping it was just a fluke. It didn’t hurt all that week then started the day before the race.

I laid all my clothes out the night before. I always do this to make sure I have everything. I ended up not wearing the compression socks in the race. My shoes are 1/2 size bigger than I normally get and these socks are thin. My shoes were a little too loose.

Dallas flat mama

When I bought these shoes I purposely bought a 1/2 size bigger because the last pair I bought seemed a little too tight. Now I’m afraid that’s what might be the cause of my foot pain.

Hubby drove me to the race, he dropped me off then he and Ally went to get breakfast. I met up with my group and we took pictures, stretched, used the facilities, twice. I’ve put a lot of miles on the road with these ladies, and about half of them are training to run their first full in New Orleans this month.

Dallas marathon group

This girl is one of my best running friends. She doesn’t let me quit, she also blames me for her speedy pace. I’ll take it.

Me and Alisha

I headed over to my corral to get in my spot, stretch a little more and clear my head.

corral A

The race started at 8:05AM. When I signed up for this race, I had a lofty goal and sometimes life happens and those goals change. I decided to start with the corral I had originally been placed in. I wanted to see what I could do. I started out great, felt good. I was confident I could PR. My foot wasn’t hurting at first.

I did not carry water in this race, I decided to fuel at the water stops instead. I prefer not to have the extra weight while racing. We ran through Highland Park and the fire department there had a huge flag hanging over the street, it was amazing. This is a great course, you see lots of Dallas. Most of it was familiar to me.

I saw John and Ally maybe about mile 4-5, can’t really remember. I handed them my sunglasses. I would not be needing them. The forecast was humid, warm-ish and rain. I was actually relieved at the light rain that came periodically. I was not ready for the downpour that would come later.

I hit a BIG wall at about mile 15. My splits clearly show I started out too fast (rookie mistake) and paid for it later on. I saw John and Ally at 15 and 17 since it was an out and back at White Rock Lake. I stopped at about 16 at the aid station to have my toe wrapped. I was starting to limp from my toes rubbing blisters on each other.

The pain in the arch of my foot came about mile 18 or so. I was pushing through, my pace was slowing, but I would rally from time to time. The course was fun, there were tons of people out cheering but it was rough. I’m not gonna lie.

I was walking a bit at 19 so I stopped to take a picture.

mile 19

My friend Lauren was meeting me at mile 20 to run with me. I have never been happier to see her in my whole life. I’ve only been running with her since summer. She’s my new hero! I was whiny, I was not a good running friend. It was starting to rain. I wanted to quit running all together. That whole wall at 20 that everyone jokes about, it’s real. It’s no joke. Looking back, if I hadn’t started out so fast I probably could’ve pushed through that a lot easier since I had a friend to run with.

Lauren ran as far as she could, right about mile 25.5 and turned around and ran back 6 miles to her car, in the rain. What a trooper. The rest of the girls were waiting at about mile 25.something. Alisha got me as far as she could, one of the girls got this picture. I am seriously telling Alisha I am never, ever, ever running a full marathon again. Like, I may never run again at all. HAHA. She just told me to run.

We kinda look like rock stars here.

Dallas mile 26

It rained off and on the last 5-6 miles. Then it poured. I retrieved my medal and gear check bag in the pouring rain. Now I’m getting cold. Thankfully the Dallas convention center has covered roads all around it. Everyone was hiding under there. I called John and he was able to find me pretty quick. I changed clothes in the car. Something I never thought I’d do, but I was cold and wet. We got lunch and headed home. I did get a 9 minute PR, I’ll take it.

We got our 2013 medals after completing the 2014 race.

Dallas marathon medals

Marathons are no joke. You don’t go into them lightly. Most people can’t just get out and run 26.2 miles without months of training. It’s a hard race, even if your only goal is to cross the finish line standing up. I don’t walk away from a full marathon feeling good. I feel defeated. It’s weird, I wish I could explain it.

This is a good race, it’s not as flat as I’ve been led to believe. Chances are I’d run the half again. Not sure about the full.

Happy running!

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

2014: My year in racing {link-up}

Thanks to Montana over at Pretty Lil Mudder for hosting this link up!

  2014- My year in racing

Here is my run down of racing this year!

  • Most Scenic Course: Dallas Marathon, this course went all over Dallas. There was always something to see. Lots of pretty houses, Greenville Avenue, White Rock Lake, Highland Park Fire Station had a flag flying over the street, it was amazing to see! I’ll get the re-cap up soon.
  • Best Expo: Dallas Marathon. Lots of exhibitors, lots of freebies plus I found a great pair of Sunglasses and snagged a FlipBelt.

Dallas expo

  • Best Post-Race Food & Beverages: Cowtown. They had the usual but also had soup and ice cream.
  • Best Swag: Cowtown. I got 3 shirts and 2 medals for 2 days of running.
  • Most Unique Medal: Cowtown. It’s a 3 year series, all buckles.
  • Favorite Race Shirt: DRC Half (Dallas Running Club). It’s long sleeve, tech and bright pink.
  • Favorite Overall Race: I guess DRC Half. As far as races go, they were all well run, good courses, but DRC now holds my PR. It was during a rough time and I needed that race and needed to know that I could do it.
  • Best Course Support (aid stations, volunteers, people cheering you on, etc): Dallas Marathon
  • Race You Are Most Proud of Yourself for Completing: Patriot Half, I fought real hard to just finish this one. Set out to make this my first 1:50 half but it became about finishing on my feet. That was a rough day. You can find the recap here.
I had a lot of races this year, lots of goals. Some of them a little lofty (ie. marathon goal). It’s ok to have lofty goals, but I also needed a realistic goal. I accomplished a lot this year, had some set backs, but am pushing through.

New Orleans Rock N Roll is January 26, 2015. It will be my first race of 2015. Other than that I don’t have much I’m registered for. I need to make some decisions about what to run next year.

Be sure and check out the other bloggers list, you might find your next race!

Jeanette: Fit In Louisville (http://www.fitinlouisville.blogspot.com)
Amy: Running Escapades (http://runningescapades.com)
Melanie: Runner Girl in a Rocking World (http://runnergirlinarockingworld.com)
Erika: MCMMamaRuns (http://mcmmamaruns.com)
Krystal: The Runner Within (http://therunnerwithin.com)
Tamsyn: Fat Girl to Ironman (http://fatgirltoironman.co.uk)
Erin: Love for Running (http://loveforrunning.com)
Sammy: Peace Love & Ice Cream (http://peaceandloveandicecream.com)
Kelly: Miles to Go (http://miles-to-go.org)
Sue: This Mama Runs for Cupcakes (http://thismamarunsforcupcakes.com)
Lara: Uptite Mamas (http://uptitemamas.com)
Kristin: Kristin’s 5k (http://www.kristins5k.blogspot.com)
Montana: Pretty Lil Mudder (http://prettylilmudder.com)

You can link up your racing recap for the year until Sunday!

 

Happy running!

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Marathon Monday: training update

SIX MORE DAYS!! And there’s no ice in the forecast, so I’m getting excited!

marathon training

Sunday: Gym day, elliptical, abs, upper body weights, sauna

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 5 miles

Wednesday: Gym day, legs, abs, sauna and elliptical

Thursday: 5 miles, all hills, uphill both ways. :)

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 4 miles

Saturday was supposed to be 9 miles, but I got 2 miles in and my foot had been hurting with every step. I decided it wasn’t worth the risk so I turned around. It seems fine today, going to try running tomorrow. I wore shoes on Friday with no support or cushion at all, so I’m hoping that’s the culprit. It’s happened before.

This week is all about eating good, drinking lots of water and resting. I’ll get some miles in, but nothing crazy.

The group I run with had our Christmas party last night, it was so fun. We exchange gifts, I got a new water bottle and some gels and chews. We had so much food, you can tell we are runners. It also looks like we haven’t eaten in a month.  Every counter space in my kitchen was covered in food.

Food

This is my friend Summer, she blogs at Cut the Grain.

Me and Summer

Ally rode in the Christmas parade this weekend on the 4-H float. I didn’t get any Christmas shopping done this weekend, we had 3 parties to go to. This was a whirlwind weekend. Next weekend I have nothing to do but run 26.2 miles!

In case you missed it last week, I updated my marathon playlist!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Are you done shopping?

Any races left for the month?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon playlist

With the Dallas Marathon 10 days away, it’s time to update the playlist and get my iPod ready to go!

Marathon playlist

I have lots of different music and this is just a sampling of some of my current favorites. Some are new and some are just “new to me”.  I don’t normally listen to music when I run, unless I’m alone. But I always have it when I race, since I usually don’t have a race partner. Mostly with just one ear bud in. But I have a feeling about mile 22 I’ll have both in, blasted as loud as I can stand it.

Playlist

Do you have any suggestions?

What’s in your playlist?

Do you even listen to music when you race?

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Marathon Monday: training update + Nuun review

The Dallas Marathon is in 2 weeks! It’s taper time! I cannot believe it is already here. It’s been a rough training season, but I think I am finally ready.

marathon training

Training last week:

Monday: Light gym workout, stretching, abs, 10 minutes on the elliptical and sauna

Tuesday: Track workout, 8×300 with 200 recovery, 2 mile warm up, 2 mile cool down

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 15 miles

Friday: Shopping (this would be cross training!)

Saturday: 4 miles

Sunday: Gym day, elliptical, abs, upper body weights and sauna

I’ve been using Nuun to hydrate for a few years now. I’ve used it exclusively this training season to see if it that alone will keep my dehydration headaches away. Between water and Nuun tabs it’s been a pretty good season.  Nuun sent me these 3 flavors to start with and I’ve already gone through them and purchased more.

I received free product to try. I was asked to write a review. All opinions are my own. 

Nuun tabs

I really like the Lemonade and the Lemon Lime. I do mix up my Nuun the night before, it helps get the fizzies out and gets it good and cold for the next morning. I suggest leaving the top open though. The tab has sugar-free electrolytes that dissolve in water. The tube makes it easy to throw in a gym bag. You can also break them in half for smaller bottles. I will throw a few in a baggy to carry on race day.

Nuun hydration

I grabbed this Nuun energy recently but haven’t tried it yet. I’ll get on that so I can let you know if I like it too!

Nuun Energy

Nuun Hydration has a Cyber Monday sale with 30% today! There’s free shipping and $20 four-packs. Grab a friend or 3 and share a pack to get started.

On Thanksgiving morning my group ran their long run so we wouldn’t have to over the weekend. We all definitely earned our turkey that day! I also earned a shirt and medal for a virtual Turkey Trot with through our running club. Last years shirt is one of my favorite long sleeve t-shirts.

Turkey trot

I did a little Black Friday shopping again this year. It’s a shop til ya drop day for me and my friend Alisha. I snagged an early present for my family, the Nutri Bullet. I love it!

NutriBullet

And my new MRTT tank and car magnet came in, so exciting!

MRTT shirt

Did you race this weekend?

Any big races coming up?

Happy running!

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon Monday: training update

I know you all haven’t heard much from me lately. My family has had some heartache these last 2 months and I just haven’t been blogging. I have been running, with the exception of one week off. I’m still training for my upcoming races, but I’m unsure about setting goals for them just yet. Part of me is just plain scared to.

Here’s what you may have missed:

It is just under 3 weeks until the Dallas Marathon, that’s #2 of 3 coming up quick!

marathon training

Training last week:

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track, 2 mile warm up, 6×400 (1:47-1:53) with 400 recovery,1 mile cool down

Wednesday: Gym day, light weights, elliptical, stretching and sauna

Thursday: 8 miles, 8:53 pace

Friday: 5 miles, 10:06 pace

Saturday: 20 miles, 9:38 pace

Sunday: Rest and recover!

Saturday’s 20 miler was tough. I started out feeling great and then about mile 17 I was done. My legs were so mad at me. I know marathon training is about training your legs to run when they are tired, but I think the 3 days in a row caught up to me. By Saturday night everything hurt, but miraculously Sunday I was pretty much back to normal.

I’ve been using Nuun Hydration before and during my run and also started using Advocare Rehydrate Gels. I do not like the consistency or taste of Gu or the other products out there. I’m really liking the Advocare version, it’s just the packaging is a little big.

20 miles is no easy feat. I enjoyed breakfast afterward with my training partner and friend. We might have had a mimosa as well.

mimosa

For the life of me I cannot figure out why we didn’t remember to take a picture at the lake. It was so pretty that morning.

me and alisha after 20

It was Alish’a longest distance so naturally I had to try something new that day as well, guacamole. Yep, I’m the weird one that doesn’t eat avocados or guacamole. It wasn’t too bad, the salt covered chips probably helped too. I might be convinced to try it again.

We are finally settling into the new house, got a few more things done this weekend. There is still a lot to do and now it’s almost time to get the Christmas stuff out! I do not decorate for Christmas until Thanksgiving is over, usually sometime that Friday after, then it gets put back up usually by New Year’s Eve.

Do you eat guacamole?

When do you decorate for Christmas?

Happy running!

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon Monday: training update

This last week wasn’t quite what I had hoped it would be. Life has been crazy, my family is going through a rough October. I was supposed to run a half marathon Saturday but opted not to. I was emotionally and physically exhausted. By the time I was home Friday night, nothing was ready to go for race day. My mind and heart just weren’t in it. Sometimes that’s how life goes.

We had a good weekend though. Ally’s softball team played in a tournament, they had 5 games Saturday then went back Sunday morning. It was single elimination Sunday so after losing the first game they were done. I was sad for them, they played great, but I was happy to have my Sunday back!

She was not happy about the 5:30AM alarm two days in a row. I got to sleep in so I was happy.

Softball tourney

After softball was over Sunday we headed to Cracker Barrel for a late breakfast. I love looking through the store there. This giant size Snickers bar was quite tempting. You can’t quite see how big it is in the picture, but it says “slice n share” on it. And there was a huge Hershey’s bar under it.

Snickers

Since we were near the Asics outlet store I had to stop and get shoes. I will need a new pair soon anyway. I decided to try the Asics Gel Evate. I have been in the Cumulus for a while and these are in the same class, but have a little more cushioning in the toe.

asics gel evate

7 weeks to go until the Dallas Marathon! The weeks are flying by!

marathon training

Training last week:

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track workout, 6×800 with 400 recovery, 2 mile warm up

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 3 miles plus the gym

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Unplanned rest day, was supposed to be a half race.

Sunday: Rest day

I’m thinking about signing up for a half this coming weekend since I still want that PR. I need 18 miles though so trying to figure out how to add the extra 5. I don’t want to run before the race so maybe after I can do a 5 mile recovery run or maybe run 5 on Saturday. I have never split a long run like that, but I’ve read people do it.

I had a lot of friends that raced this last weekend and hit PR’s and milestones, I’m so proud of them!

Did you race this weekend?

Get a long run in?

Have you ever split a long run over 2 days?

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon Monday: training update

8 weeks and counting! I’m starting to feel a little more confident about my next full, but still doubting my sanity at about mile 17 of 20. My friend and I decided sane people don’t run 20 miles. Sane people are at home drinking coffee, reading the paper, doing normal things. Of course I remember how much I like to eat then remembered why I run!

marathon training

Training this week:

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 5 miles, average pace 8:55

Wednesday: 3 miles, average pace 9:06, followed by upper body weights at the gym

Thursday: 8 miles, average pace 9:12

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Rest day

Sunday: 20 miles

I didn’t upload my watch from yesterday yet, I think we averaged about 9:25 per mile. We did stop for a short break at mile 9 and took a few short walk breaks.

I haven’t run 20 miles since February. It wasn’t as bad as I was afraid it would be, but miles 14-17 weren’t easy and 19 was the longest mile of my life! Grabbed some breakfast tacos after. I should have taken a picture of the tacos, they are huge and I probably could have eaten 6 of them!

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The weather was perfect Sunday morning, the lake was beautiful. There were so many people out running and biking. It’s a 9 mile loop so we went twice then hit one of the paths for a mile out and back. It’s a nice change of scenery to run different routes.

I have the Michelob Ultra 13.1 half this coming Saturday. I’m going for a PR. They changed the route since last year, it has a lot less turns that it did.

Did you run this weekend?

Anyone race?

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon Monday: training update

This is the 2nd Monday in a row we’ve woken up to storms. Lots of wind and heavy rain. We need the rain here badly, our lakes are drying up. It’s not a good sight.

When we moved someone told me it would take a year to get the everything settled, I didn’t believe them at first. Right now it feels like it will take longer. I’m slowly getting projects done. I painted some of the pieces of my bedroom set. It was sticky for about a week so I added a coat of Minwax clear coat and it seemed worse. But 24 hours later it was good. Apparently I didn’t know that here in Texas when it’s humid (300 days of the year) paint takes days and days to dry.

I am ready for the cooler weather though, I love to make stews and soups when it’s cold. I may even play around with some of my favorite recipes and see if I can make them a little less calorie-rich. Remember the pumpkin protein muffins I found last year? They are delicious and I’m ready to try those again.  The recipe is Jennifer’s at The Fit Fork

marathon training

9 weeks until the Dallas Marathon!

Sunday: 17 miles, average pace 9:34. Normally I run long runs on Saturday, but had to switch last weekend.

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 7 miles total, track workout, 12×400 with 400 recovery, average pace 9:01

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 5 miles, 8:46 pace

Friday: 2.65 miles, with a few hills, average pace 8:54

Saturday: 14.75 miles, average pace 9:45

It was a high mileage week with long runs Sunday and Saturday. The week before looked like a low mileage week. My first 20 miler since February is coming next weekend. I’ve run several more 15 milers this round, I’m hoping that will make me feel more prepared for the 2 full marathons this winter.

Did you run long this weekend?

Anyone race?

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Marathon Monday: training update #3

It’s a rainy Monday morning here. I got woken up about 5AM to some crazy lightning, thunder and then a hail and rain storm. We need the rain badly, but I can do without the hail hitting the house and cars. Oh, how I love to sleep in on days like this too!

marathon training

Less than 3 weeks until my next half.

10 weeks until the Dallas Marathon!

Training last week:

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track workout, 3×1 mile repeats, with 800 recovery, 2 mile warm-up, 1 mile cool down

Wednesday: 3 miles and then hit the gym for abs, stretching and the sauna

Thursday: 6 miles

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Sort of a rest day. My daughter and friends were running a 5k/10k so I got about a mile in, but mostly it was cheering.

Sunday: 17 miles

We had a busy weekend. It was Ally’s birthday. We had her party at a skating rink. Had some delicious cookies and cupcakes. (eeek) They were so good and yes, I had more than my fair share. Sweets don’t tempt me unless they are in front of me. Out of sight is way better for me!

Ally 13th

She took 1st place in her age group in the 5k, with almost a 1 minute PR.

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We had great weather this weekend, the mornings are cooler. I love being able to run and breathe. This week the afternoons are going to warm back up, but I think we get to keep our cool mornings.

Did you run this weekend? Anyone race?

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1