6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Last Run and Mistakes

Since Tomorrow is High Five Friday....I am CRAMMING in a lot into this post. So settle in with a snack and beverage enjoy.. LOL

LAST RUN:
Stats 10/28:
Time- 30:04
4.01- Miles
7:29- Pace
Cold run near work trying for race pace.

The LAST RUN in my Half Marathon training plan is in the books. I have loosely followed the plan (skipped a few speed days oops) yesterday called for 30 minute Tempo Run, which I interpreted as 30 minutes getting my body comfortable with race pace.
Thought I should wear my Halloween colored outfit... CHEESE!! It was COLD, I could see my breath the entire run. I opted to run along the road to avoid Garmin Gremlins, I wanted to know my pace. Kerrie and I realized that we work 1.3 miles away from each other, CRAZY, so I headed on a running tour to find her office. To sum up the run in one word... AWESOME!! 7:31, 7:30, 7:32, and 7:24 for an overall 7.29 pace!! Seriously I felt amazing and it was a huge boost for my confidence on race day. Granted it was 4 miles and I will have to add 9.1 at that pace...I feel STRONG and ready..


MISTAKES:

As I approach the last run I am officially registered for I can't help thinking about the MISTAKES that I have made in each of my runs during my SHORT running career (Can I call it a career?). Sooooo in an attempt to help other Rookies out there I will admit my MISTAKES and hopefully help you all from suffering the same Miss-steps.

1. Do not overdress.If you do overdress do not put your race number on the outer layer.

2. Don't Forget the Batteries!! In your Camera, Garmin, Ipod, etc. On Marathon day I brought our nice big camera, but alas the battery was plugged into the wall.

3. Use the Honey Bucket (Portable Toilet) as many times as you need to and be PATIENT in the line.

4. Do not let someone jockeying for position take you out of your run. Try to get away from anyone who takes away from the JOY of the race.

5. Do not go out too fast!!!! Trying to recover from a side ache is not fun.

6. Gu when you need to Gu. Have a nutrition and water plan in your mind which you have practiced. In a LONG race you can easily get disoriented and forget.

7. Drop your arms, relax your breathing, and look COOL in your Finish Line photo. (T-Rex with the tongue hanging out is not a good look, trust me)

8. Prepare for Wet shoes in some races and plan accordingly. Having your cheering section on stand by with a fresh pair of shoes and socks may save you from BLISTERS. (FYI wet is not always caused by rain...YUCK)

9. Do not let negative thoughts slow your stride. Have something to focus on that will make you smile. When Polly Pesimism comes to visit you will need a catch phrase to keep her away. Lately I have heard the words "Make it work" from Project runway in my head.. Mainly because the idea of TIm Gun Running makes me laugh. Can you imagine his outfit and perfect posture..

10. NEVER wear gear you have not run in to RACE... OK I have not done this one...but truly test your gear before you run even a 5K. Your clothing, gear and accessories can make all the difference. Hmmmm..Giraffe costume? We will see what I end up doing on Saturday. I want to keep the hat on as long as I can.

***I know none of these are not Yoda inspired or life changing. I am NOT a research and post kind of gal, I am a MOM who has time to post what I know. And what I know comes from experiences. Please don't make the same MISTAKES!! and send me SPEEDY vibes I am going to need it to cut nearly a minute off the pace that my legs like to run..

  • I love Julia's topic for TIART today...will be posting my 3 Wishes soon.

34 comments:

Amanda said...

Great reminders, and congrats on finishing up your training plan. Woo hoo!!!

shellyrm said...

Thanks for the reminders. Even seasoned runners make rookie mistakes.

Strong legs (not 'good luck' you've trained you won't be needing luck)and have fun! Looking forward to your post-race wrap up.

Nicole said...

Great race day reminders! I'm sad to say that I've made most of those mistakes myself, too! What's your GU plan for the half? I struggle with that one.

Genesis said...

thank you for the great advice. i ran last night and it wasnt so bad, although im probably jinxing myself and will have frigid temps from now on...but hey i have my hand and foot warmers thanks t you :)

love the outfit :)

Morgan said...

Excellent list!!!! Good job sharing those gems, the newbie's will thank you for it! I wish I had found a list like this about a year ago...

Anna said...

The newbies DO thank you for it .. at least this one does! ;)
You'll do awesome this weekend, can't wait to read about it!

Janice {Run Far} said...

good luck, all though I don't think you need my luck wishes, you are a speedy girl. I am sure you will do fine. Can't wait to hear all about it. I wish I were running a half on Halloween. Jealous.

Lisa said...

Thanks for this. I can vouch for number one. It sucks having to wear a sweatshirt around your waist and trying not to cover up your bib.

Good luck this weekend. You'll do great. And my God woman, you are freakin' fast!

Steel Springs said...

Great advice! I'll keep it in mind. I love #7 - T-Rex is not a good look. Good luck with your race! You'll look great and run fast!

Velma said...

I love the orange. I need to be more matchy matchy :)

Shannon said...

Great post - I almost spit out my drink when I read about T-Rex with his tongue hanging out - because I tend to be T-Rex with my arms held higher up than they should be. I've been trying to work on that, but it still happens. :)

Faith Ann said...

Good luck in your race tomorrow!!

I've definitely over-dressed... and I've also left the card for my camera at home (the battery was all set though!).

Rookie on the Run said...

GREAT tips! My biggest *fixable* mistake was probably wearing my hydration belt during the marathon... ARGH! If the darn thing weren't so expensive, I would have chucked it to the side of the road.

You are one speedy lady! No pressure, but I predict you will place in the top ten (at least) for your race. :) I can't wait to read how it goes... giraffe head and all.

Zoƫ said...

Great tips! Good luck with the race!! :)

(Oh, and I just realized that you were at the Run Wild event on 9/19! So was I! I did the 8K though, but it was a fun/rainy course. Very cool)

Marlene said...

Love the Halloween look! :)

Ahhh, mistakes. We all make them and I have made many of those myself.

AWESOME job on the tempo run. You are strong!

Melissa said...

Great reminders.
GOOD LUCK on your race!!!!!

Alisa said...

GOOD LUCK lady! I hope you give yourself a high five tomorrow!

I need to work on tempo runs more, I know they help with speed.

I made the mistake of running in stuff I'd never worn only once. Once was all it took =).

busyrunningmama said...

SPEEDY VIBES, SPEEDY VIBES, SPEEDY VIBES!!!!

I don't think you need any vibes because you are gonna rock it!! Good Luck and my fingers will be crossed and I will be thinking about you!!!!!

TMB said...

don't go out too fast should be tattooed on my forehead. I always say I will start conservatively, but never actually do it. You'd think I would have learned after 20 races or so ... Good Luck!

Sarah Jane said...

Wonderful consolidation of tips to keep in mind! I never thought of the wet shoes one!! Hm... I LOVE your bright orange, lady!!

Lacey Nicole said...

great mistakes list!!! all things to think about.

speedy run!!!!!!!!!!1 love getting down and dirty in the 7's :) feels fast cuz it is fast and TOTAL confidence boost= YES :)

go time :)

untpawgal02 said...

Great race day reminders! I agree you should only what you train in and with!

Britt said...

Great list! I think those are SO important to think about before a race. RELAX! You'll do so awesome!
You have NOTHING to worry about.

I love your Halloween outfit! :)

Kelly said...

Those are awesome reminders. When I have done my very few races I have used advice like this more than any crazy research advice!

Cassie said...

I can relate to the dead ipod. Mine died last weekend before my 5k. Normally I would have psyched myself out about it (even with that distance), but this time I took a deep breath and said "no biggie" and had a great race!

Jenn said...

Good Luck! I'm predicting a big PR!!

Rio Runs said...

Wow- those are fast miles! Good luck on your race...you sound READY!

Kerrie T. said...

I almost died when I read the T-rex tip. Too funny! These are great Yoda-esque tips, are they not?

Sending speedy thoughts for your race!

PS: Thanks for the link love. :)

Jo Lynn said...

You just keep getting faster and faster. DAYUM!!!!
I have those black/orange/white Nike shorts and the orange shirt! LOL I never thought of it as Halloween colors, more like SF Giants colors to me. ;)

Kelly said...

Speedy vibes sent!!

unathleticrunner said...

Great post!

Lisa said...

great list!

I Run for Fun said...

Wow! That's a strong run. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

That's a great list.

Suzy said...

Have a great race tomorrow! I can't wait to hear all about it.