Run Austin: Fall Racing Plans

standard September 23, 2016 Leave a response

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WAYYY back in January of this year, I signed myself up for my next marathon. Before Austin. Because we had grand plans for 2016 training and racing. And because the price was crazy cheap. I thankfully had the foresight to purchase a refundable registration that I can cancel with a note from my OBGYN. Yet, I also already have my eyes on a fall or winter 2017 race, because, you know, annual marathon tradition and all. Plus, motivation.

In the meantime, I am focusing on staying moving forward as long as I can. Weeks 6-10 of pregnancy were horrible in terms of nausea. And for me, running only made it worse. Then, illness and a toe issue derailed me a few more weeks. Today, I managed a happy, slow, solid 4 mile trek, and am so grateful to be able to keep running, at least for the time being.

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On paper, Miami Marathon training starts next Thursday. And even though I am going to be canceling my registration (because Zika. And travel restrictions. Don’t worry. I was crazy enough to try to figure out how to still go for a while. Sometimes you just need friends to tell you you’re crazy), I am still determined to see how much of my training plan I can complete. Without goals, I do nothing. I need a game plan, even for the every day. So why not use the one I already made, with a few modifications? Here’s how it’s going to work.

  1. Walk. Yes, walk. Run/walk methods have been my friend ever since I first started running, and they work. This will force me to slow down, enjoy the process, prevent injury and issues.
  2. Decrease mileage. I can guarantee you I won’t be doing a 16 miler anytime soon.  By decreasing a few miles out of a training day, opting for a walk day instead of always running, or rethinking speed workouts, solid training can happen safely and happily.
  3. Rethink running. Some runs will turn into elliptical sessions at the gym. Some speed days will turn into cross training with strength and Pilates classes. But miles will be done. Activity will be completed. And we will both be healthy and happy.

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So what about racing? Yes, I’d LOVE to keep racing this fall as the weather cools down. I have refused to sign up for anything until the last minute in case I cannot complete the race. I’d rather pay more and know it’s feasible, than sign up in advance at a cheaper rate and feel pressure to run it even if it doesn’t feel right. Right now, I am looking at the Run Free Texas 80’s 8k, Run for the Water 10 mile (or 5k), and the annual Turkey Trot with my family.

None of this may work out the way I want it to. But having a plan gives me a focus, a start, a joy in continuing something I love despite limitations.

Anyone else running through a pregnancy? Would love to hear your stories and tips!

Run Austin: Statesman Cap 10k 2016

standard April 11, 2016 Leave a response

I had zero plans to run this race. I ran it last year. It’s crowded. It’s humid. It’s the same course that numerous other races include, at least in pieces, on their race courses. I was done racing. Ready for a break after Austin. Then about 20 different people convinced me to sign up. So I did a test hill run on Friday, deemed myself in shape enough to do it, and called it good enough to go.

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And yes, it was super crowded. And yes, I thought I was going to pass out from heat stroke until I got cup after cup of water to dump on my head. And thankfully, I knew exactly where the course curved, where the hills snuck up, where I could slow down and speed up accordingly. So we weaved in and out of walkers and strollers and costumes and cut tangents as best we could and tried to not get run over by other runners and danced and high-fived and sprinted to a long finish line. And then went home and ate brunch in my backyard and crashed. And it was good. Probably one of the best, most relaxing days I’ve had in a while. And yes, it included a 5:00 am wake up and 6 miles of sprinting hills. Call me crazy. But I love it. Thanks, Austin!

ADC 2015-16: Finished!

standard March 11, 2016 Leave a response

This racing season wiped me out. I knew attempting another round of the Distance Challenge on top of an internship and school and a new house would be an interesting challenge. But I also knew it would keep me going through the rough days and the hard cases and the long commutes.

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What I didn’t expect was the community. After years of running alone, I fell in love with running with friends. With allowing running to build friendships. With using running to help each other get through hard things. Real life is rough. It is joyful. We do it together and we come out of it stronger.

This season, 3 years later, I managed to finish the same number of miles a whole 2 hours faster. 6 races, 87 miles, and 14 hours landed me in 2nd place in my age group. Never ever in my life did I think I would run anything fast enough to get an award for it. Grateful for the women who pushed me. For the miles that changed me. And for the strength and ability to do it at all.

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ADC 2015-16:

  1. Run Free Texas 80s 8k
  2. Run for the Water 10 mi
  3. Decker Challenge 13.1
  4. Rogue Distance Festival 30k
  5. 3M Half Marathon
  6.  Austin Marathon