Mainly Marathons Appalachian Series - South CarolinaMarch 27, 20222:47:45 What I wore: hat, tank top, long sleeve quarter zip, capris, and Altra Rivera Location: Seneca, SC (State #41!) Let's just start out with the truth - this race was the hardest of the races and pretty much sucked. I chose to do the early start again because if I didn't there would be no shower at the end. As it turns out, it was a good thing. It was chillier than the previous races and I had some chafing from my skirt from the previous day, so I wore capris instead of a skirt. Upon arrival at the start, we were told that the course was shortened due to construction. On a "loop" course, that just means that you'll be running more laps. But the bad news was that … [Read more...]
Half Marathon #84: Appalachian Series – Georgia
Mainly Marathons Appalachian Series - AlabamaMarch 26, 20222:41:09 What I wore: hat, tank top, a Skirt Sports Lotta Breeze Skirt, compression socks, and Altra Rivera Location: Macon, GA (State #40!) After the race in Alabama, I decided that taking the early start in Georgia made sense. Beer Geek could drop me off and go back to the hotel and then he would not have to wait as long for me to finish when he was done with his 10K. We started off in the dark, which made it hard to tell exactly what the topography was, but it was cool and quiet and a nice first lap. It was 6 laps again and an out and back on a paved surface with plenty of shade. I ended up loving this course and on my second to the last loop, I ran the back half … [Read more...]
Coffee with a side of rain
Apparently I only write coffee posts when I'm in Michigan. I guess my body is hard wired to wake up early, but the college kid has no interest in an early wakeup call. I'd run, but it's raining and I did not bring the right running clothes, so here I sit. I'm joining Deb and Coco for another coffee kick off. I'm actually hoping to join one or both for in person coffee soon now that outdoor weather is returning to the area. If we were having coffee, I'd tell you that I had the most AMAZING experience volunteering at the Boston Marathon. I've known for a long time that I will never qualify to run, so I set my sights on getting a chance to volunteer. It was everything I hoped for and more, from running into Brian Beckstead (one of the … [Read more...]
Half Marathon #83:Appalachian Series – Alabama
Mainly Marathons Appalachian Series - AlabamaMarch 25, 20222:38:10 Temp: high 40s-low 50s What I wore: hat, tank top, a Skirt Sports Hover Skirt, compression socks, and Altra Rivera Location: Eufaula, AL I've been wanting to run this race for several years, but it used to be a fall series and fall was just too crazy of a time for me to be away from home. Plus, that's hurricane season and all the races seemed to have wicked weather. During the pandemic, Mainly Marathons decided to move this race to the spring and it happened to fall squarely between the boys' spring breaks. Beer Geek and I flew down to Atlanta and drove from there. It was nice to get out for our first kid free vacation since we went to Bermuda in 2020. The … [Read more...]
Hotel Coffee is better than no coffee…
Brrr! March came in like a lamb in Virginia with some warm weather, but I'm up in Michigan getting the kid for spring break and it's definitely not warm here. I'm currently sitting in my hotel room waiting for classes to be over so we can head home, so I figured I'd join Deb and Coco for some coffee talk. If we were having coffee, I'd tell you that I flew for the third time since early 2020 yesterday. My first trip was to Cape Cod to put on the ZOOMA race. Yesterday's trip went so much better! Everything was on time and all the details went super smooth. I'm really hoping that this means airlines are getting their feet back under them. If we were having coffee, I'd tell you that I made a tactical error choosing my hotel for last … [Read more...]
Training for Back to Back to Back Half Marathons
It's been a long time since I got serious about a training plan and even longer since I prioritized my running goals. From work to kids to Covid, I kept finding excuses to not actually put in the training. I did a decent job of training for the MCM 50k in 2019, but that was pretty much my last organized plan. Last week went pretty close to what I planned... Monday - HIIT bike rideTuesday - easy runWednesday - this was supposed to be speedwork, but I was feeling "meh" so I hit the bike for an easy spinThursday - speedwork + full body weightsFriday - easy 5 miles + armsSaturday - 7 mile "long" runSunday - easy 5 miles + leg day I've written a plan that gets me up to 3 10 mile runs in the last week, so I should be good to go for … [Read more...]
Runfessions of a Really Cold Runner
This month has both been about a million years long AND flown by at the same time. I really meant to write more often this month (and actually wrote some posts in my head, which I had not done in a long time), but I never seemed to find time to write. But I have some Runfessions to get out there, so I'm hooking up with Marcia to bare my sole. I runfess that even though we are just turning the Omicron corner here, I'm making plans to travel to some races. Right now we are planning to drive, but I'm hopeful that things will change enough that I'm comfortable flying. I have another Mainly Marathons series in mind - the Appalachian Series. But I runfess that I've BTDT on the 7 races in 7 days thing, so I'm only planning to do the three … [Read more...]
Kicking off the year with coffee!
I can't believe we are a week into the new year already. Last week was a minute and a million years long at the same time. I'm still not hanging out with people in person, so I'm joining Deb and Coco for virtual coffee again. My thoughts on when I might have coffee WITH someone again below... If we were having coffee, I'd tell you that the reason last week seemed so long is that we were trying to get back to work while one kid was still home from college and the other had an ENTIRE week off for snow. Or 4 of the days anyways. The fifth day off was because there were too many teachers out. If we were having coffee, I'd tell you that the college kid is home for one more week because school went online. Meanwhile, the other kid … [Read more...]
Wrapping up 2021: a roller coaster year
It's hard to believe that it's been 2 years since Covid became a virus "of interest". It was a few more weeks before we started hearing about it and a little over two months before the US shutdown, but the growth had already begun. 2020 went from a year with amazing plans to a year of just trying to make things work in a heartbeat. 2021 has been a different sort of challenge - if 2020 was locked in an escape room trying to get out, 2021 was more like riding a roller coaster. At one point, things seemed to be returning to normal, but then Delta. And then we seemed to be getting that under control with vaccines and boosters and then Omicron. In some ways, the ups and downs have been harder than the consistent down that was 2020, but there … [Read more...]
Half Marathon #82: Probility Ann Arbor Half Marathon
Probility Ann Arbor Half MarathonOctober 24, 20212:34:56 Temp: high 30s What I wore: hat, tank top, quarter zip, a Skirt Sports Lotta Breeze Skirt, compression socks, and Altra Rivera Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan When I decided that I wanted to visit my son at college this fall, it occurred to me that I could finally get back out for a live race! Conveniently, the Probility Ann Arbor race fell the same weekend as his fall break, so I jumped on the opportunity! Because the race was about an hour away, I opted to do morning of packet pickup. I missed out on the expo, but honestly, I don't need any more stuff from a race! Driving over race morning was easy (although foggy as all heck) and packet pickup went super smoothly. … [Read more...]
More coffee, please!
Apparently my blog has been reduced to a coffee break. Oh well, that's where I am in life right now and I'm just going to own it. I'm joining Deb and Coco for another virtual coffee. Someday I'll get to have coffee with friends again. If we were having coffee, I'd tell you that I have a crazy busy fall ahead. In some ways, it feels almost like we are back to normal, but the receipts for new masks in my email inbox pretty much show that to be a lie. I am looking forward to my first (and maybe only) in person race this fall. I'll be running the 46th Marine Corps Marathon. You can still sign up to join me if you'd like. Heck, you can even sign up to do the races virtually and earn the trifecta coin. I am slower than molasses these days … [Read more...]
Where has the summer gone?
I can't believe that the last time I wrote a post was in late May. My older kid was home, having survived a semester away at school but taking online classes, but the younger one was still in the final (painful) weeks of online school. I honestly don't think I'd given that much as a parent since my kids were newborns. Not surprisingly, when something had to fall off my plate, this blog was it. As we head back towards another school year and a life still heavily influenced by Covid, I make no promises that I won't fall silent again. (But follow me on Instagram - I do manage to post there regularly!) Today I'm joining Deb and Coco (who both are local to me but I haven't seen in person since before the pandemic!) for some virtual … [Read more...]
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