OBX Half! Best Race EVER!

I’m late getting this review up but for historical sake, I have to publish.

On November the 8th I ran my very best half marathon ever!  2:06:48!

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Outer Banks Marathon was my very first marathon back in 2010 and I’ve also done the Flying Pirate there in 2012.  The Flying Pirate course follows the 1st half of the full marathon.  The OBX Half is the 2nd half of the full marathon.

When I went into this race, I didn’t have any goals other than having fun.  I’ve had a good year and I had actually taken a little time off from so much running since my 50 miler I did back in September.  I still ran during the week.  I just didn’t make all my weekend long runs.

It was a cold, windy morning and I hung around with Ron as we waited for the race to start.  He was in one of the corrals near the back and even though I knew we wouldn’t stay together, I didn’t want to stand all alone in one of the corrals closer to the front.

When we took off, I kissed Ron goodbye and made our plan of where to meet up at the finish.  During races lately, I have started running without my phone and I love it.  I actually have also stopped carrying water and GUs.  Most of the races I go to have really good water and aid stations and I’m not as afraid of different GUs as I once was.  My stomach, (knock on wood) has been behaving.

I was careful in the beginning to not weave in and out of runners when we took off.  It was my choice to start out near the back and I didn’t want to be discourteous.   When my Garmin buzzed and it showed a sub 10:00 mile I could not believe it.  I was being careful and had no idea I was running at a good clip for me.

After miles 2-4 also showed sub 10:00 miles, I really began to question what in the world was going on.  Then after mile 5 I was floored.  I hit a sub 9:00 mile.  I never do this in races.  At that point I decided to give it my all and see if I could come in under my previous PR of 2:12. I started praying for a 2:11.

I felt great the whole way except towards the end my feet (bunions) started hurting. I didn’t care. I kept thinking of that running slogan, “Your feet are hurting because your kicking so much Assphalt.” There’s a  bridge at mile 10.5 and it was a beast but not terrible. I had 2 miles of 10:15s right around that.

The only thing that I can think of is that these results are due to my CrossFit trainer, Liz Brozowski.  The week prior to this half I went to CF 4 times.  I’m usually a 3x a week CF girl but my coach has just opened a new Box and I’ve been trying to go more.

From mile 6 on, my mantra was, “This is easier than burpees. This is easier than walk the floors. This is easier than slam balls. This is easier than wall balls.” I heard Liz’s words in my head, “You’ve got this Melissa.”

This race has renewed my belief that I can BQ someday. 5 years ago I ran my first full marathon. I’m not the same person I was before running. I am so grateful to God for this hobby. Thanks to all my running and CF buddies. Thank you to my family. My cup runneth over!

For a race review here are my opinions:

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I’ve sworn off racing so much for now.  I love it and we have a ball but it can get expensive.  My husband’s really good friend has been encouraging us to run the Chattanooga Marathon in March of 2016.  I guess we’ll do that but hold me to it – not many more at all next year.

A few of my running friends and I have joined a new running club at LifeTime Fitness.  We run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and have been learning more about hill repeats and fartleks.  Coach Jennifer is the bomb!  I’m hoping this 16 week class will help me come in under 4:30 in Chattanooga!  A 4:30 is a huge goal for me but I’m up for it!  Wish me luck.

I wish for you one and all the merriest of a Christmas and the happiest of a New Year!

Happy Running!

 

 

CrossFit Fuel

I’ve been going to CF again and this time around things are so much different.  The classes are small and our coach gives us so much personal attention.  I love it!  Last week I was sooooo sore but I kept at it and by the weekend I was all better.  I got in 3 runs and 3 CF workouts for the week.

Tonight was CF again for me and since Ron was on vacation, he almost had dinner ready when I got in.  I was able to snap these shots as he was putting the finishing touches on the meal.

The star of the show was his homemade tortillas.  He has only been making them for a little while and I think he’s got the technique down.  He gave me one hot of the griddle as soon as I walked in and it was to die for.

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He was making Heather Crosby’s Kale, Green Apple and Red Potato Quesadillas with Balsamic Reduction. We have been getting her meal plans lately. The one that he was making was very similar to this one.

Check out her site for the some awesome recipes.

Ron was so funny and he didn’t want to “waste” his balsamic vinegar so he refused to make the balsamic reduction.  We had this glaze on hand and he decided to use it.

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Here’s how it looked as he constructed the masterpiece.

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That was Granny Smith apple slices, roasted red potatoes, sautéed onions, and cheese.
We did use actual cheese but Heather’s cashew cheese is awesome. We were just out of cashews and had this cheese on hand.
We shared the first quesadilla. It was really good but something was missing!

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The KALE! Ron forgot the kale.
On the 2nd quesadilla, he put it in and it made a big difference. So much more flavorful!

Go make a quesadilla and don’t forget your Kale!  🙂

Hope you are finding time for fitness during the holidays.  As my friend Roni says, its all about WYCWYC (What you can, when you can)

3 Shower Day

Today was a work day and it began as any other one does.  I slept until the last possible minute doing sit-ups in bed as I hit my snooze over and over again.

I got up and showered, packed my bag and lunch, and headed out the door.

I missed my run yesterday and I was determined to get in a quick 3 miler today even though I knew I had my Cross Fit class tonight too.

I didn’t get running until 1:30 this afternoon and by that time it was a whopping 93 degrees outside.  Adding the normal 10-15 degrees to give you an idea of how it will feel once you start moving, I knew I was in trouble.  I’m not sure what 103-108 feels like but I can tell you that today was a doozy.  I had a good run, I just had to keep it really slow and steady.

After a quick cold shower, I was back at my desk and happily working away.

Tonight  I attended my 3rd CrossFit class.  Since I am new to CrossFit, my box (CF word for gym), requires that I complete the Foundations series before I start going to the normal open classes.

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What a night it was!  You know the song, Roxanne, by The Police?  Well for our warm-up, we had to do jumping jacks to that song.  And….whenever we heard the word Roxanne, we had to do a burpee.  Man o man!  Do you know how many times Sting says Roxanne in that song!?  I was exhausted 3 minutes into my class.  It was so much fun though.  I’ve been singing Roxanne all night and I even taught Mason how to do a burpee when I got home.  Fun times!

Next we learned a lot and focused on the overhead squats.  I’m only using a pvc pole right now and it is hard.  I can’t imagine what it is going to feel like once I start adding weight.

For our WOD (Workout of the Day) we only did 7 minutes. 7 little minutes!  7 amazingly hard minutes!

We started with throwing a 14 lb. ball high up on the wall.  We would squat down and then throw it and it had to make it over the green line.  They guys had a heavier ball and a higher mark on the wall.  Then you had to catch that same 14 lb. ball and squat again and throw again for 7 times.  Friends, my ball never made it to the green line so technically, all my throws were no reps.  It was so hard!

Then we had to do 7 pull-ups and then 7 knee-ups.  Then back to the ball throws and kept repeating it all until the 7 minutes were up.

For my pull-ups, our coach guided me to use a strong rubber band to help me get my chin up and over the bar.  When I first got the band on my foot, I was like wow!  This is easy!  Then I quickly realized, even with the band, pull-ups are killer!

The knee ups were supposed to be toe touches but all I had to do was hang on the bar and bring my knee up parallel to the ground.  Again….Killer!

When I got home and was getting out of my car, I reached over to get my purse and I could barely pick it up.  (And it’s a small purse.)

I am loving CF so much and I especially love my CF!  When I first walked in on June 1, the first thing I noticed was my favorite verse hanging on the wall.

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I knew right then and there this was going to be a fun adventure!

I’ve stayed up way too late but I’m off to get my 3rd shower of the day and then it’s sandman time for me.

Happy almost weekend everyone!