Sunday, March 27, 2016

Marathon Training ~ Week ONE ~ "Come along for the Ride"

July 16, 2016 I will run my tenth marathon, The Oregon Marathon! This will be my fourth attempt for a Boston Qualifying (BQ) time. 

For my age/gender, I need to run at 3:45 marathon.  I really would like to get a sub 3:40 to make sure I get into Boston, should I qualify! So my goal pace is about 8:20 minute miles for 26.2 miles. This is a doable goal, I just haven't got there quite yet!

I have never blogged much about my training, goals and dreams in too much detail.  I typically only talk about this stuff while out on a long run with my group of weekend runners. Then, blog about the race after all that training is over.  
This time, I decided to bring my readers/followers along for the ride!  I would love to get some accountability from my readers/followers.  I will simply post how my week went and how I'm feeling. You guys (my readers) are keeping me accountable, simply by being on-line.  So many of you have came to me at races or found me on facebook and told me you're actually read my blog.  So, hear we go, please come along with me.  I will do the work, and you can watch.  Along the way, I hope we can meet up for a race or training run.

Darcy, who inspired me to run my first marathon in 2010
I am a 39 year old female who started running in October 2008.  I did run in high school but found a new love for running in 2008,
 shortly after moving to Dallas Oregon. After I meet Darcy, who was training for her first marathon, I was  inspired to run my first  marathon in 2010.  Now, 8.5 years later, I find myself not just wanting a marathon, I want a BQ.

In the last few years of training I've seen improvements every year.  I've come to the conclusions that I am lacking in two areas. My diet, not to be confused with "a diet." Simply "diet" the kind of food I eat!  I will make this very clear, I do not believe in diets! Also, core work/cross training.  
I am really good at getting my weekly miles in.  In fact, I am often ending my week, wishing for one more run!  I feel free when I run.  I feel alive and well! Because I like to run so much, it's hard for me to want to be in the gym.  I am well aware of the foods I need to eat, and what I should stay away from.  With some simple weekly planning, this is doable.  I have already started eating better and have seen some extra unwanted weight come off. 
I believe if I get my core into better shape, it will help considerably with my last six to ten miles of the marathon, plus, it's just good for the body in general.  I started going to R.I.P.P.E.D classes about five weeks ago and I am loving it!  My classes are in Independence Oregon at Fitness with Studio Fuego.  If you are local and ever want to join me, I almost always take a friend or two, it's fun!
Every week, I will post my workout schedule and any thoughts about my week (good/and or bad). I may post a new recipe or two as I find new yummy healthy foods to try. I will post random stories about my journey and other stuff as I think of it.
I invite you to comment and share your journey with me as well.  It's amazing how we can do more as a group than alone!
So, lets do this.....

Run with me March 28th to April 3rd. First full week of Uberthons The Oregon Marathon training! Whoohoo, can you meet up for a run or two? 

Monday, 5:30 am, 60 min run
Monday 6:15 pm, RIPPED class with Olivia (if back from my son's tennis match, a big maybe). Fitness w?Studio Fuego
Tuesday 5:00 am, 50 min. run
Wednesday 5:00 am, 50 min. run
Thursday 7:00 pm, class with Olivia at Fitness w/Studio Fuego
Friday 5:00 am, 50 min. run
Saturday 7:30 am group run in Dallas. 12-14 miles.

 Let me know if you can meet up and I'll send you meeting places and more details (all in Dallas this week).

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Corvallis Half Marathon Race Preview 2016

 Corvallis Half ~ Race Preview

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Saturday April 16th 5k 
Sunday April 17th half marathon

Course description: The 5k "One of the flattest around, you can expect a PR"
The half marathon is described as "scenic" "mostly flat with two gradual climbs and two gradual descents. The course is on paved roads, bike paths and sidewalks."
Check out more details about the course HERE!

Packet Pick up for 5k ~ Samaritan Athletic Medicine, 845 SW 30th St, Corvallis, OR from 9:00 am to 10:20 pm

Half Marathon ~ Health and Wellness Expo at Gill Coliseum
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 

The Expo will also be open on Sunday from 7:30 am - 1:00.  Be sure and stop by. 

Register Online HERE
5k $35.00
Half Marathon $75.00
Both $85.00

ALL net race proceeds are given to charity!   This is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club. Funds go to Linn Benton Food Share, Corvallis Public School Foundation, OSU Foundation Track & Field Foundation and many more. Check out more about where the funds go HERE! 

One thing to note that's different this year.  We can't finish on the 50 yard line this year due to stadium renovations. The finish line will be moved to Ralph Mill Lane between Reser Stadium and Gill Coliseum. Check out the course maps HERE! 

Finish with the wellness expo and the beer garden, all just steps away from your finish after Sunday's half marathon.

Are you a football fan? The OSU Beavers football team is hosting their Spring game on that Saturday after the 5k.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Uberthons Luckython 2016 Race Review

Saturday March 12th was my 4th time running Uberthons Luckython.  I have always ran the 5k, but I ran the 10k this year.  I've been running since Oct 2008 and had yet to run an official 10k!

Races:  5k, 10k, 15k, 15k Relay, and Kidathon

Place:  The Reserve Vineards and Golf Club in Aloha, OR

Times:  5k 8:00 am and 9:00 am start
5k, 10k, 15k and 15k relay, 9:00 am start
Kidathon 10:00 am start

My fully loaded potato.

All finishers received an awesome Luckython Belt-buckle Medal and a trip through the Potato Bar.
There were plenty of tables and chairs under the large tent for finishers to eat and find out race results.  The three tall heaters where a plus on this windy wet morning. 

I arrived early Saturday to help with a few things. Many volunteers were already there setting up.  It was wet and windy but there was a nice set up inside the tent! I helped with selling Uberthons gear!  They have some awesome shirts, a jacket, scarves, hats and athletic socks you can purchase at any Uberthons race.

I got to lead the walkers and runners in a few pre-race stretching.  This ended up being a lot of fun!  It was chilly, so moving around to get warmed up felt really good. The 8:00 walker/runners took off and then we got the 9:00 walker/runners checked in and ready to go!

9:00 am was when my race stated (the 10k).  I always like to come up with some sort of goal pace/time.  Today I just thought 48:00 minutes because that's what my Hood to Coast Captain threw out as a guess for my time.  This just happens to be Uberthons Alan!  The 10k was two large loops around the paved golf course (south side).  I wore my rain jacket because I was so cold at the starting line.  After mile one, I knew that wearing the jacket was a very bad idea!  There was a few small rolling hills during the first mile, then it started to even out.  At mile two, I took my race bib off so I could remove my jacket and gloves.  I know better than to overdress for a
race, so I was very irritated at myself!  
As I came around to the finish line for the 5k, I handed off my jacket and gloves to a lady who was helping out, giving runners directions.  She gladly took my stuff and pointed me in the right direction.  Doing the loop again.  I felt much better without my jacket and gloves but had dropped my safety pins.  I had to carry my bib but I didn't mind.  Was glad to have that jacket off!  Now, the temperature felt perfect for racing.
It was about 42-44 degrees, with some wind and rain.  There were some puddles out on the course, but it wasn't that bad.  I dipped down into the rollers a second time and knew I only had about two miles left.  I was feeling pretty good with my pace.  
As I came around for that last mile, I was pretty sure I was in second place for female finishers but there was a lady not too far behind me.  
I tried to keep my pace steady, to keep her from getting any closer. I ran through that finish line with a time of exactly 48:00 minutes. I couldn't believe it!  It was my exact goal time! 
I went to the tent to eat and potato and be with some friends.
My husband lead the kids race at 10:00.  It was raining even harder at this time, but the kids didn't seem to mind!
Uberthon's Darwin was back at the tent giving out age group winner medals and making announcements on upcoming Uberthons events!

There are LOTS of fun Uberthons races already planned for 2016.  Check them out HERE!  I would love to meet you! 

“This was my very first Uberthons race. I thought it was extremely well put on and I loved that it wasn’t too crowded. Everyone was very friendly and I love the medal/belt buckle, such a cool idea! The baked potato bar was a great touch as it warmed our bellies after racing across the finish line in the cold, rainy weather. Overall, I was very happy I attended and I am already putting several more Uberthons races on my calendar in the near future. My daughter is hoping to join me as well!”  ~Kristi Clack (1st time running an Uberthons event)

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Uberthons  Luckython Giveaway going on right now! A winner will be chosen on Wednesday March 9th for the March 12th Race!  Don't miss out! Enter to WIN and share today!
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Friday, March 4, 2016

Uberthons Gear at Luckyton 2016

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Mo and Alan, showing off their UBERTHONS Jackets!
If you're looking for a fun race, join me for Uberthon's Luckython on Saturday March 12th.  Uberthons offers a 5k, 10k, 15k, 15k relay, kids mile and kidathon.  Read more about it here! 

Darwin, sporting a UBERTHONS Scarf!
Look at this UBERTHONS shirt!

Find me and say hello! Would love to meet you!

I'll be at the gear table with all kinds of fun stuff for you to purchase. Fun items like Team Shirts, Other Uberthons shirts, Jackets, Athletic Socks, Hats and Scarves!  Come see me when you get to the race!  I would LOVE to meet you!

More awesome UBERshirts to choose from!

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Athelete IQ Review for Road Runner Sports ShoeDog

Check out my lasted Review over at Athlete IQ HERE!

Also, find out where you get get a free Shoe Dog experience! Make sure your running or walking shoes are the correct fit for you! 

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