Why you should run Rhode Races Newport

Disclaimer: I’m promoting Rhode Race Newport 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!

  1. Newport, it’s amazing place to visit.  Beautiful ocean views, great restaurants and you can check out the Tennis Hall of Fame.  If you do sign up for the race, make sure to make a weekend of it so you check out this great place
  2. Daffadillion kicks off after the race, I mean, who doesn’t want to check out beautiful flowers and welcome spring to New England, cause man, we have missed it
  3. RI Brewers Guild will be sponsoring the beer tent, and will have local craft beers for you to try.  Something for everyone, which is way better then just one beer
  4. Newport Storm is hosting the bib pick up. MORE BEER
  5. Pieszoni’s is bringing the delicious pizza, and I love me some pizza after a run

Prices are going up on 3/1 so get over to http://runri.us/newport-race-info/ and sign up and use code BIBRAVE to save 10%.  Also, if you maybe plan on running some more of the Rhode Races, you can get a really really sweet medal 28055753_2037001923251592_4765998147771341997_n

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Updating on my goals

So to start, a reminder of what my goals for 2017 were/are:

1:  Run a 4:50 or better marathon at the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati.
I ran a 4:53:54 in Chicago, and while the Pig has hills, I think I can improve my time with better training and of course, I live in a valley full of hills, I can do this

2: Run a Sub 2 hour half
I don’t have the exact race picked out yet, but I am eyeing 2, and they are both in November so that will be my big fall goal

3: Run a sub hour 10k at the BAA 10k
This is in June and a very flat race, I was just a little over an hour this year so getting just under should be doable.

4: Run a 25 minute 5k at the PawSox 5k
I ran this in 27 minutes this year so I have to shave 2 minutes off, while this will be tough, I know if I do the speed work I can do it and hopefully that gets me to place in my age group.

now to update:

1: COMPLETED, I ran a 4:44:19 at the Flying Pig so I smashed my goal, and I enjoyed myself even though I thought I was going to die at many points during the race

2: On going, I have signed up for the race and booked the hotel, training starts at the end of July

3: The race is Sunday, I hoping to get it done, but if I can’t, I have another 10k, Beach to Beacon in August and I will try again there

4: I found the race for this, finally, The Smuttynose Rock Fest in Hampton Beach, NH.  should be a nice flat 5k to rock a PR and that is October 1st.

 

I also wanted to update the upcoming race list, just in case anyone wants to come and cheer me on

June 25 – BAA 10k – Boston, MA

July 15 – Run To Homebase – Boston, MA

July 22 – DMSE 5 and Dime – Andover, MA (you can run this too use code BIBRAVE2017 to save $5)

August 5 – Beach to Beacon – Cape Elizabeth, ME

September 9 – Craft Classic – Atlanta, GA

November 12 – Southern Fried Half – Outer Banks, NC

(these are the races I have bought and paid for, I have more coming, I just haven’t or can’t sign up for them yet)

I hope to see some on you out there, either cheering or running with me, and I hope you are all kicking but at your goals in 2017.goals

Flying Pig Marathon

WOW, that is how this will start, this was easily the hardest Marathon I have done, and yet, I set a new PR by 9 minutes, 4:44:46.  Let me tell you about it.

First off, just let me say how well run this race is, the expo was great, lots of great vendors and spaced out enough that people aren’t on top of each other (like Boston) Also, everything is super easy to get to, and there is TONS of parking in Downtown Cincinnati.  For race morning, they have so..many…portapotties, like so many.  There were barely any lines for any of them, it was fantastic and I can’t harp on this enough, in Chicago, the lines were so long I couldn’t go and ended up having to pee the entire marathon, not this one, got in and got out and into my corral with time to spare.  I met up with my pacers (the 4:30 group a mistake on my part) but they were super nice and were very positive.  I just should have set myself with the 4:45 pacers instead.  Once 6:30 hit, the first group was off and about 5 minutes later, my group was off, not much waiting and I appreciate that.

The race itself, hills, so many hills.  within the first 4 miles you run over 3 bridges as you run through Kentucky then back into Cincinnati over the Ohio River.  So, those are all hills, nothing too huge, but still, hills.  Then you head through downtown, then into a park (I don’t remember the name) some of the steepest hills I have ever run up, but when you get to the top, oh man, the view is gorgeous and you can see most of Cincinnati from there, stunning.  I was still keeping up with my 4:30 group, but this killed my legs, and at the next water stop, I lost them.  I was keeping up a 4:35 pace though and so kept going on my own, by mile 7 the half marathoners leave, so now I was pretty much entirely on my own, which is ok, I’m used to it.  But I thought the hills were done….NOPE.  Between miles 17 and 18, STEEP ASS HILL, and this is when my legs finally go, “hey, hey you, you went out WAY too fast, we are going to be led now and hurt and all that fun stuff, enjoy” so I slowed down, a lot.  By miles 21 and 22 I would have to take walking breaks and everything, I mean everything hurt.  Also, my sports bra decided to start stabbing me, which is cool (not).  I was run/walking for the rest of the race, and I could see the pace number getting higher on my watch and I started to get upset thinking I would not hit a PR, at that point Lars starting sending me messages through RaceJoy to pep me up, they mainly made me cry, but I needed those, god did I need them.  I got to mile 26 and walked up the hill (yes another one) then ran down and just keep running to the finish Swine (line) and discovered, I had set a new PR, and by a good amount.  I just wish I had started with a slower pace group, and maybe, the back end of it wouldn’t have been so much torture.

Overall, other then the hills, this race is great.  So many aid stations, and tons of food options throughout the race, they also give out wet towels at mile 23.  The crowds are awesome and there is music at almost every mile.  I loved this race and I loved that I did so well, and it being hard was just another lesson to learn.

Now onto some time off, this next week is strictly yoga, and then back to walking and some strength training.  Then adding running back along with boot camp, I want to get myself in better shape to start prepping for Sub 2 hour half training in July.  But don’t worry, I have races to do all summer.

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Me with an actual “Flying” Pig 

Tracking Me on Race Day

So the Flying Pig Marathon is a week away, very excited to get out to Cincinnati and run.  Feeling good and ready to go, hopefully all goes well.

I know not everyone can get out to Cinci to watch, so if you want to track me there are 2 ways.  First is through the RaceJoy app, you can find the Flying Pig Marathon, then search for me by name.  I do have the app on my phone and will be running with my phone.

The other is the Flying Pig App, look for me by name and there you go.

Also, if you maybe want to run the race, you can still sign up, use code PIG2017BR  to get $10 off any of the races.

Thanks to all who keep track of me, on this blog, or through twitter or FB, I appreciate it and hope to get some cheers from all of you on race day.

Updating the goals

So far 2017 is going well, running is going great, life, overall, is great.  The new apartment is amazing and having a porch is the best, so excited to start using it.  I have some big things coming up in May, Marathon #5, going to see Metallica for the first time since 2004, and oh yeah, 2 new tattoos (pumped) so you will hear about all those things soon, but I noticed I need to update some of my goals, I like to be accountable to them, and telling the world about them helps with that, so without further ado…here are the updates.

Sub 2 hour half:  Still doing this, I just finally picked the race, it is the Southern Fried Half Marathon, and it is on November 12th.  Training for this will begin at the end of July, so I will have some time off after my marathon.

Run a 25 minute 5k:  Still want to do this, but I have to change the race.  The PawSox 5k got moved to May (no email about it, they are terrible about advertising it) so I must pick a new 5k to try at.  I am thinking one the weekend of 9/30 – 10/1, so if you know of a cool flat 5k that weekend let me know.

Also, non goal news, I am doing my first BibRave Pro race or races, I am running the 5 and Dime at the DMSE Sports Classic in Andover, MA.  It means I run a 5k and 10k in the same day, first time ever running 2 races in 1 day, should be fun and I will be doing some promo blogs for it.  So be on the look out for those, and if you want to run the race, or races too (they also have a half) then use the code BIBRAVE2017 and you $5 off any race.

That’s all for now, hope everyone is kicking butt with their 2017 goals, keep up the great work.

Flying Pig

Hey everyone, so if you follow me anywhere, you know I am running the Flying Pig Marathon NEXT MONTH (holy crap it really is next month).  I wanted to let you all know about a cool offer, first off, if you sign up for any of the races before midnight tonight you can get your name on your bib (totally helpful with strangers yelling at you) also, prices go up tonight, another thing that could help with the price, you code PIG2017BR and you can save 10 bucks, come on, who doesn’t want to save 10 bucks.  There are more races then just the marathon, so if you aren’t quite at marathon running yet, you can sign up for a the 5k, 10k or half.  Come on and join me in Ohio.

We all fall down

***WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES*** (ok maybe not graphic but injury based, if you’re squeamish look away)

So, into the 3rd week of marathon training and today I had my first tempo run, 1 mile warm up, 3 miles of speed work (between 9:30 and 10 min mile) then 1 mile cool down.  Fairly straight forward and I have done this before.  Got up at the usual time, got ready, then headed out the door, 17 degrees this morning, fun times.  Warmed up, then walked out to the road and headed out.  1st mile was fine, got warmed up (well as warm as you get at 17 degrees) then the speed started, first mile of it was tough as it was mostly uphill, but I got it done and average 9:36 pace WOOT, running downhill on mile 2 going at a great clip, sticking to the sidewalks of course cause safety, but oh Waltham and your love of trees.  Yup, I hit a root, face planted, well, knee planted, fell so hard I knocked my sneaker off.

ouch right, right.  I also cut my right foot and scraped up my left elbow, BUT I DIDN’T BREAK ANYTHING, and that is all that matters.  I stood up, caught my breath, felt around to make sure I was not broken, and continued on with my run.  Mile 2 ended with a 9:56 pace, not a negative split there but yeah, I fell.  Mile 3 ended with a 9:28, so even sore with ripped pants and bleeding, I got faster, I did my cool down, came home, stretched, rolled then showered and whined the whole time cause those cuts sting like a mofo.  Thankfully tomorrow is a strength training day so I can avoid touching my knees to anything at all costs, cause shit they hurt.  Well, we all fall down at some point, dust yourself off, get up and keep going

Getting back into it

So, after I did the Frosty Half marathon, I took some time off from running.  My hip was really bothering me and it was affecting my back as well, I would sit for a bit and then not be able to stand up straight and have to hobble walk, not pleasant.  I also took off from boot camp and basically stuck to doing yoga and adding in some elliptical just to get some cardio.  Overall I was feeling better, and ready to run again starting on January 1st, then we moved, and that whole running on January 1st thing ended, quickly.  I could barely walk after we were done moving never mind run, so didn’t go race and held off starting again until the 2nd, hoping I would feel better.  Well I did, so I got in 3 miles that day, and since then I have been back to my running 4 days, cross training 2 and 1 day of rest, which I now use for yoga, since I realized I need more stretching in my life, to hopefully prevent the hip thing from coming back.  I ran my last non preplanned run today, 6 miles and felt great, still feeling great.  Monday, marathon training begins again, this time, for the Flying Pig Marathon.  Very excited to get back to it and hopefully improve my speed, I have a goal of finishing in 4:50 or better so speed work will be important.  But I am refreshed, ready to go , and excited to get back to training and racing.  Hope to see some of you out there this year, next up, Cowtown Half Marathon in Ft Worth, TX.

It’s GOAL TIME

You knew this was coming, 2016 is almost done, 2017 is just around the corner, time to set some goals.  This year, I have learned to not only set times, but set goal races so let’s get to it shall we.

1:  Run a 4:50 or better marathon at the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati.
I ran a 4:53:54 in Chicago, and while the Pig has hills, I think I can improve my time with better training and of course, I live in a valley full of hills, I can do this

2: Run a Sub 2 hour half
I don’t have the exact race picked out yet, but I am eyeing 2, and they are both in November so that will be my big fall goal

3: Run a sub hour 10k at the BAA 10k
This is in June and a very flat race, I was just a little over an hour this year so getting just under should be doable.

4: Run a 25 minute 5k at the PawSox 5k
I ran this in 27 minutes this year so I have to shave 2 minutes off, while this will be tough, I know if I do the speed work I can do it and hopefully that gets me to place in my age group.

For some overall stuff, I need to add yoga into my training to keep myself stretched out and injury free, also take some more time off after the marathon to properly heal up.  I do want to try and run a race each month and so far have January, February, May and June booked.  And then of course is the big goal, the run a race in every state goal.  I checked off Illinois, Florida and New York in 2016, so far in 2017 I have Ohio and Texas planned, hope to maybe get 2 more states in.  Hell in 2016 I got a country (UK) in,, maybe I could trek up to Canada and run a race there, that would be cool

What are your goals this year?  What amazing things are you planning for 2017? maps

Updating 2016 Goals

So How did I do…..let’s take a look

1.  Run 2 marathons:  Well I already have one booked, BOSTON, now sure what my fall one will be.  I am going to try for Chicago but if I can’t get in there I am considering one in Virginia or NC.  I also hope to improve on times cause that is why I race, to keep improving.

Well, I did run 2 marathons, Boston and Chicago, and while I did not improve my time in Boston, I did in Chicago with a new PR of 4:54

2. Place in my age group in a 5k:  This means coming in 1st or 2nd in my age group in a 5k.  I won’t be running a lot of these this year, hard to fit them in with Marathon training but I know there will be some and I can now, very easily run a 9:30 minute mile in these so I should be able to improve on that and maybe get a trophy, that would be cool.

This did not happen =( but I did set 2 new 5k PRs this year, so there is that

3. Run a Sub 2 hour half:  My last half, Narragansett, I was able to run in 2:12, shaving 12 minutes off my time should be doable, I already have signed up for 2 halves next year, one in January and one is March, I hope to run at least 3 more so I have plenty of tries, I know this one will be tough but with training I should be able to do it.

NOPE, and I wasn’t able to run a half in January cause well, I broke my arm, and then I just didn’t run as many of them. So this just didn’t happen

4. Clean up my eating:  This is my last goal, and while I do eat healthy still I have slacked a bit.  I need to be a little more strict with myself, but I have done this before and I can do it again thanks to MFP.

I did work on this, though this month I am taking a break from it to enjoy all the yummy holiday treats.

So overall, not the best, but not the worst.  I got a lot of things thrown at me that I wasn’t expecting, soon I will do a post on my 2017 goals and hopefully not break anything so I can complete them all.