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Overly Ambitious – My Wonder Woman 10k Race Report

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the DC Wonder Woman Race Series as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

Marathon training has taken a toll on my body, which is expected. I typically get fatigued after multiple 16+ mile long runs and this was right around the same time I got fatigued while training for the Chicago marathon.

Last week, I logged 27.5 miles out of my expected 38 miles. I logged 15 miles Tuesday through Thursday and rested Friday and Saturday, hoping my legs would be rested enough for the 10k. Spoiler alert: They weren’t. My PR attempt was simply just that. An attempt. Mentally, I set out to PR, but physically, my body had called it quits.

Below is my race report.

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Packet Pick up – Easy peasy. Drove down to SDCCU stadium, parked for free, and grabbed my bib with no wait. In addition to the race entry, the registration also came with a Wonder Woman racing tee, two Wonder Woman sweat cuffs, and a tote bag. The expo was small, but it was also packed with photo opportunities. If you love taking selfies, this is probably the race to do it at. 🙂 Side note: They also have FREE RACE PHOTOS.

Race day – Since this race was more of a fun run, this race started at 9 am. This was very bad for me as I run very warm. I do well in very cold weather and just get destroyed when the sun comes out. 😦 I got to the race about an hour early and was able to park very easily for free at the stadium. Almost everyone was dressed up as Wonder Woman and there was even an occasional Batman or two.IMG_1843

I even saw a mom who dressed up her four kids as various super heroes. Her cape read Super “Exhausted” Mom. 🙂IMG_1132

The course itself is not a very scenic route as it’s only a 5k/10k. We ran around the stadium and out for a bit and there were two out and backs for the 10k. The course is not flat and actually had a surprising amount of hills considering how short the course was. My biggest mistake, as always, was starting out too fast. I was ready to PR and starting running too fast and gassed out a mile in. My calves started cramping, the bottom of my feet started tingling, and I started getting shin splints. I started run walking about 1.5 mile in and the experience was all very humbling. I have run marathons and yet, even a 10k can still destroy my self confidence. At mile 3 and 4, I had to stop to stretch because my calves wouldn’t loosen up. At mile 4, I ended up needing Race Guards to spray BioFreeze and thankfully that helped and I was able to speed up a bit at mile 5 and 6. Both the 5kers and 10ker finish inside the stadium where you take a lap around stadium before crossing the finish line. Honestly, this would have been much more awesome had they differentiated the two distances. I had to weave in and out to avoid running into the 5kers who were walking towards the finish line.

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Post – race party: I do have to give it to the organizers of the race. They definitely know how to throw a fun run post race party. They gave out donuts, ice cream, and bananas and of course, had a really fun band playing in the festival. And of course, everyone had to retake their photos with their medals. 🙂

I finished the race in 57:01, which I of course added it to my Athlinks profile.  It is not one of my best times, but I’m still happy with it. I finished and got myself a nice shiny medal and some really nice race photos. 🙂 Next up will be Honolulu on Dec 9th. OMG, I can’t believe it’s in 3 weeks!

Question for you: Have you ever had a humbling race? If so, which one and why?

If you’re interested in running the Wonder Woman race series, there is still a virtual run going on from now until the end of November. Use code “WWBIBRAVE” for 10% off. You’ll get the swag and the medal sent to you so you and friends can run and complete it on your own time. 

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Posted in Discount Codes, Running, Training

WonderWoman Wednesday – The WonderWoman Race Series

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the DC Wonder Woman Race Series as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

With the Rock N Roll Las Vegas Half out of the way, my eyes are set on possibly PRing at the Wonder Woman 10k this weekend in San Diego. And I say possibly because I don’t want to get too cocky. I’m super guilty of trash talking during board games and I’ve definitely been burned. LOL.

Details for the WonderWoman Race

Date: Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Distances: 5k/10k

Time: 9 am

Location: SDCCU

Price:

  • $59 for 5K
  • $79 for 10K

Discount code: WWBIBRAVE for 10% off any DC Wonder Woman Race (including the virtual run)

What you get: AWESOME Wonder Woman Swag. No joke. You get a Wonder Woman race tank (for women) or race tee (for men), some wrist cuffs (because you have to have those Wonder Woman bracelets),a tote bag, a medal, and FREE RACE PHOTOS. Yes, you read that right. You get free race photos. Hooray!

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Throwback photo to when I ran the Dopey in a Wonder Woman costume. LOL

The nice thing about this race is that they also have a virtual run option (from now until Nov 30th) if you are unable to make it down to one of their races. So you could grab a couple of pals and virtually run the race and still receive all of the swag.

I would have liked my legs to get a little more rest in between races, but since I took a bit of a hiatus for racing, I’m just happy to be racing again. My legs took a rest on Monday and on Tuesday, I was back at it logging in the miles for Honolulu. Can’t stop. Won’t stop, right?

I am going to try and PR the 10k since it’s been years since I actually raced one so hopefully I’ve improved since then. LOL. Wish me luck!

Question for you: Have you ever participated in a themed race? Or a virtual run? And if so, what race? 

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Taper Tuesdays – RnRVegas Edition

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the RockNRoll Vegas Half as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

It’s Tuesday so today I figured I’d talk about my tapering process or lack thereof for the Rock N Roll Vegas half marathon. LOL

As you know from my previous post, my long run scheduled for this week is a 20 miler. I also happen to have my Rock N Roll Vegas half marathon this weekend sooooo what am I planning to do?

Well, I’m glad you ask. I have been thinking about it for a few weeks and I have decided that I am not going to taper for this half, but rather treat it like a normal marathon training week. This means that I will not be decreasing my mileage at all during the week and that I will be incorporating my half marathon into my 20 mile long run. I will be cheating a little bit since it won’t be 20 miles in one go. I intend to run 6.9 miles the morning of the race and run the last 13.1 in the evening during the race. I am pretty sure that my legs are going to hate me during the race, but I figured that getting in that 20 mile long run is more important to me than attempting a course PR, but who knows? Maybe the excitement from the race will increase my adrenaline and I’ll PR anyway. LOL.

The reason for not tapering is simply because I don’t think I’ve been training for speed the past few months. It is possible that I could muster the strength to beat my course PR of 2:00:30, but I don’t think the likelihood is high. I also live in a fairly humid city and racing in the desert is very different and breathing is a bit challenging for me.

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From last year’s Rock N Roll Vegas

Despite not actually “racing” this race, I am still pretty excited for this upcoming weekend. It’s been a while since I last ran a half marathon and I look forward to meeting up with people I haven’t seen in over a year and catching up.

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From the WeRunSocial meetup 2017

Question for you: Any recommendations as to what to do in Vegas while I’m there? I don’t gamble or drink so it rules out of a lot of things, but if there’s something you think I should see/do, please let me know. Also, if you’re running Rock N Roll Vegas and would like to meet up, let me know! 

If you’re a last minute planner and want to race Rock N Roll Vegas, use code “BRPVegas10” for $10 off their half/full marathon and “BRPVegas5” for $5 off their 5k/10k. 🙂

Posted in Marathon Mondays, Running, Thoughts, Training

Marathon Mondays – The Trials and Tribulations of Marathon Training

Why hello there readers! I am done with another week of Honolulu marathon training meaning that I am 12 weeks into my 18 week training program. That means I have 6 more weeks before conquering the Honolulu marathon. Eek.

Am I totally stoked to be running the Honolulu marathon? Hell yes. Am I excited to be putting in 6 more weeks of marathon training? Nope. LOL. Don’t get me wrong, there are lot of joys in marathon training, but there are also sacrifices that must be made during the training season.

This week, I want to talk a little bit about the ups and downs of marathon training.

Marathon training is no joke. It’s not something that you can easily do and for those who say otherwise, they’re lying. LOL. Marathon training requires time, A LOT of it. I have given up lots of Friday nights binge watching Big Bang Theory in order to go running early Saturday mornings. I know. I lead a very exciting night life. LOL. I have also given up a lot of sleeping in on Saturday mornings because I know that if I miss my group run, the possibility of me running later goes from 100% to 0%. IMG_0369

In addition to time, you are putting your body through a TON of stress. I have experienced lower back pain, knee pain, and lost more toenails than I care to admit due to marathon training. I mean, the lower back pain was probably just me getting older, but the knee pain and the toenails were definitely attributed to marathon training. In all honesty, I don’t mind losing the toenails as much. It’s kind of a source of pride for me nowadays. I’m a runner and that’s the type of thing that can happen. LOL. I also find it really funny when non-runners are grossed out by it.

So why do I run or put myself through it? Maybe I’m a masochist. I’m actually not sure. LOL. But I do know that I love running. I love pushing myself to what I believe are my limits and then  breaking them. I love finishing a 10 mile run Saturday morning when my non-runner friends are just waking up. I love the camaraderie that comes along with running with friends. You’d be surprised how much you and friends can talk about on a 3 hour long run. LOL. You also suffer and bond together. 😛 Last, but not least, runners are kind of cool. 🙂

The reason I wanted to discuss the ups and downs of marathon training is because of something that happened this past week. On Saturday, my boyfriend jumped off a curb while running and sprained his ankle. We were starting our 12 mile run and within 5 minutes of running, he landed on his ankle wrong and it swelled up A LOT. It’s too early to tell, but there is a possibility that he won’t be able to run the marathon with me. 😦 I’m hoping that it will heal up quickly and he can resume training, but if he can’t run it, it’s still a-okay. 🙂 I will just run it solo and he can watch or sleep in while I run 26.2 miles. LOL.

And just to keep consistent with all of my other marathon mondays, a recap of my training below. I unfortunately have not been doing as much cross training, but I did do a short trail run on Thursday and climbed up a crazy mountain that was only 0.1 miles in length, but had a 275 feet gain. I also got a laser engraved pumpkin from the trail run, which was AWESOME. I was short 2.3 miles in my training plan, but considering I have another 18 miler coming up next week, I’m going to take all the rest I can get. 🙂

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Week 12 Honolulu Marathon Training

(Planned miles) Actual miles

Monday (4 miles) 6 miles

Tuesday (Rest) Rest

Wednesday (8 miles) 5 miles

Thursday (6 miles) 1.58 miles Trail

Friday (Rest) 3 miles

Saturday (12 miles) 12 miles

Sunday (Rest) Rest

Question for you: What ups and downs of training have you experienced? 

Posted in Marathon Mondays, Running, Thoughts, Training

Marathon Mondays – Fatigue Setting In

Okay, so this post isn’t technically on a Monday, but you’ll have to forgive me. Life happened and I just kind of forgot to write.

Week 6 Honolulu Marathon Training

(Planned miles) Actual miles

Monday (4 miles) 6 miles – A sort of strong 6 miles run with Milestone Running. I ran 4 miles strong, stopped to sit down and take a photo, and pulled a hamstring. -_- Sigh. Some cursing ensued and then I hobbled/ran the last two miles back.

Tuesday (Rest) 6 sets of 10 kettle bell swings, 10 kettle bell levers, 10 inverted rows, and 10 incline push ups – Hello full body workout! This was a “as many reps as you can in 18 minutes.” Turns out, I can do 6 reps. It’s not very fast, but I was also trying to not kill my back with the kettle bells.

Wednesday (7 miles) 8 miles – Achieved the mileage in 2 runs. I ran 3 miles on my lunch break and an additional 5 miles with Fleet Feet San Diego. The latter run unfortunately wasn’t very good. I started out strong, but it was too fast. By the time I hit 4 miles, I was burning out and praying that I’d have a reason to stop and rest for a bit before running again. LOL. Luckily, I did run into someone so I got a breathing break.

By this day, I could feel that my body wasn’t dealing with the running very well. I was trying to go too fast and too hard. Then, that night, I experienced a really bad Charlie horse, one where I was sore for 24 hours even after thorough stretching and foam rolling.

Thursday (5 miles) 5 miles – Without a run group to meet up with and the fact that my calves were still really sore, I just dragged myself to the gym and ran an easy 5 miles on the treadmill.

Friday (Rest) 5 burpees followed by 5 back squats every minute on the minute – When my trainer put the schedule on the board, I thought, “Oh awesome. I’ll have a lot of rest time in between each set. I can knock out the burpees and squats in a few seconds. No problem.” Oh how naive I was. I maybe had 10 – 15 seconds to catch my breath and after the workout, I could barely feel my arms. I hate burpees. LOL.

Saturday (12 miles) 9 miles – Lululemon was celebrating 20 years of being open and in honor of their 10th year in San Diego, they hosted a little fun run relay. A team of 4 would cover about 20ish miles from Carlsbad to San Diego. 🙂 Registration included a Lululemon racer tank and a post finish brunch with mimosas. 🙂 I love their gear and at $45 a person, I figured why not. I was the last leg, which was about 4.5 miles. Since I needed a longer run, I decided to park at the finish and run to the start and then run back to the finish giving me 9 miles. What I didn’t anticipate though was the elevation going up to the start. LOL. IMG_9454

My relay team did end up getting first place so I guess I didn’t slow my team down too much. 🙂

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Sunday (Rest) Yoga – Every Sunday at Balboa park, there is a yoga meet up group. Everyone brings their own yoga mat and does yoga on the lawn. This was my first meet up and it was much harder doing yoga on an uneven surface. I think I’ll keep it in rotation for my workouts to mix things up a bit. 🙂

Total mileage: 28 miles/28 miles

So I hit my weekly mileage, but at the cost of some aches and pains. I also didn’t really have a real rest day, which I think my body really needed. This week, I will be focusing more on listening to my body and do easier runs. Wish me luck!

Question for you: Do you get Charlie horses? How do you get them to go away quickly? I tried holding onto the muscle that was spasming, but it didn’t help and it was extremely painful. 😦 

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Marathon Mondays – Cut back week

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Honolulu Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

Marathon training has kind of all been a blur to me the past few weeks. There are weeks where I feel phenomenal and there are weeks where I’m thinking to myself, holy crap why am I doing this to myself? Of course, the latter feeling goes away pretty quickly after I finish the training run and I find myself wanting to pursue an ultra. -_- C’est la vie. Hah.

The Aftershokz 26.2 experience training plan called for a cutback week this week. This is a week where you cut back on the mileage to allow your body to recover. I was more than happy to oblige. Here’s how the week went.

Week 4 Honolulu Marathon Training

(Planned miles) Actual miles

Monday (4 miles) 5 miles – This run was bittersweet. The local running shoe store that I had run with for the past year and a half closed down its doors this past week and Monday was my last run with the store. It was kind of a last hurrah before the store closed and so a lot of people who had run with the store in the past few years came out. I even heard that some people left work early to make it to the run. The experience was quite touching. The store had a really strong meaning to me and I was happy that it meant a lot to others as well. 🙂

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A new running shoe store called Milestone running will be taking its place and it seems that a lot of the same people will still be there so I am looking forward to seeing what the staff at Milestone Running will bring. It’s kind of amusing though because I had actually purchased my first real running shoes at Milestone’s 1st location so it’s kind of come full circle. 🙂

Tuesday (Rest) 1 mile warm up with 3 sets/15 reps of squats with kettlebells, pull ups, and V sit ups – I guess that I can’t just lift weights without a warm up. LOL. My trainer made me jog a mile before some weight work. It was nothing too intense, but I was sore the next day.

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Wednesday (5 miles) 4 miles – On Tuesday, I spoke with some running friends who were asking me to do an ultra with them next year. They didn’t have a specific ultra in mind, but they just wanted to run it past me. I, of course, in the heat of the moment, said “I’m down.” LOL.

Now, most ultras are done on trail and I’m primarily a road runner. I mean, I can still count the number of times I’ve run on a trail with one hand. LOL. Fleet Feet San Diego must have read my mind or something because they had us run on trails this week.

Running trails is always an interesting experience. The terrain is a bit more uneven and there are a lot more ups and downs. On this particular trail, there was a portion where it was really rocky and I basically walked across the entire thing. Didn’t want to roll an ankle. I will probably keep trying to run more and more trails and maybe one day next year, I’ll be running an ultra or at least a trail race. 🙂

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Thursday (5 miles) 3.5ish to 4 miles – Treadmill dreadmill. I find it highly amusing how I’ve changed as a runner. I used to love running on treadmills. It was easier on my knees and I could watch Netflix when I did it. Now, I don’t like it as much. Running in one place for more than a mile makes me sad. LOL. Also, treadmill running isn’t terribly accurate. The treadmill said 3.5, while my Coros Pace watch said 4. The treadmill was probably right, but I had a weak moment and stopped because my watch said 4. LOL.

Friday (Rest) Rest – Hallelujah

Saturday (6 miles) 6 miles – Fleet Feet had their 2nd anniversary shindig with a 1, 2, 4, or 6 mile run. They had raffles, a snow cone maker, a waffle maker, breakfast burritos, and a lot of awesome vendors showcasing their cool new shoes. 🙂 I couldn’t resist a good party so I attended. I ran 6 miles, had a snow cone, an awesome waffle, and won a $50 gift card. Hooray!

Sunday (Rest) Rest – I try to do some active recovery on Sunday, but my feet just wasn’t having it so I rested.

This week was just okay in terms of training. My runs were somewhat difficult, but I’m trusting the process and this week will be better. In other news, I logged 93.7 miles for the month of August. 🙂

Question for you: How was your August? Do anything interesting? 

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Marathon Mondays – Week 1 of Training done!

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Honolulu Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

Holy moly is my body sore. I think I may have bitten off a little more than I can chew. LOL. Let’s recap how this past week of marathon training has gone, shall we?

(Planned miles) Actual miles

Monday (4 miles) 5 miles: I was supposed to log 4 miles, but because I normally run a bit shorter on Wednesdays, I upped the mileage here to 5. It helped a lot that I was at a group run and the friend I ran with was so in shape. LOL. It pushed me to keep going when inside, I was mentally finished. I had gone swimming the day before and it was my first time swimming in years soooooo there was a lot of soreness happening.

Tuesday (Rest) Rest: Tuesdays are normally my day for intervals, but with this plan, Tuesdays are rest days. I did in fact rest, but I’m not sure I will in the later weeks. It was incredibly difficult from running every Tuesday to not running. I was intending on filling up the rest of my Tuesdays with some short weightlifting sessions so we’ll see how that goes.

Wednesday (5 miles) 4.5 miles: Another group run and managed to push myself to 4.5 miles. A lot of walk breaks were taken during this run once I was running by myself. LOL.

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Thursday (5 miles) 2 miles: I had an extremely busy day at work and with the weight lifting plan I needed to do, I could only squeeze in 2 miles before speeding off to have dinner with friends.

Friday (Rest day) 2 miles: I felt pretty guilty about being behind by 3 miles already during the first week so I made a quick trip to the gym during my lunch break to squeeze in some extra miles.

Saturday (6 miles) 7 miles: Being only a mile behind in my plan, I decided to add it to my long run. It was extremely warm when I started in the morning so I made it a treadmill run.

Sunday (Rest) 1 mile swim: I figured that since I had access to a pool this past weekend that I should take advantage of it so I went out and swam a mile. 🙂 It was low impact and apart from inhaling a little pool water, the swim felt great.

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Total mileage (20 miles) 20 miles + 1 mile swim

Thoughts: I probably should not have squeezed in those extra miles on my actual rest days as I was exhausted by Sunday, but I’m happy I hit my target mileage. This next week will be 23 miles so wish me luck. 🙂

Question for you: Are any of you training for a marathon? Which one?