Empire State 1/2 Marathon

So I have been on vacation and I took a little break from blogging.

Went hiking at Taughannock Falls near Ithica

Went hiking at Taughannock Falls near Ithica

Last Sunday I ran the Empire State Half marathon.  It was my first race in New York State and the first race I have run with family.  I left for my trip over a week before the race, so as I looked ahead at the weather I had to bring a variety of running gear because it’s October and the weather can change quickly.  Guess the time to wear tanks and skirts is over for a while!  As I checked the weather all week it was supposed to rain on Sunday morning, I was not happy, it was also super windy most of the week so that didn’t make me happy either.  I only ran once the week before the race and it was ok, but not as long of a run as I should have done.  My endurance has been really low latly, I am taking it easy so my leg heals, which means less running, so I knew this race would not be my best, it was also my first race since my DNF 3 weeks before.  My nerves were high and I hoped I would do well.

not sure what to wear... time for the cold weather running gear!

not sure what to wear… time for the cold weather running gear!

RUN!!!!

RUN!!!!

The expo was small, just a few vendors set up, I grabbed our packets, walked around for a min and headed out.  This was a smaller race, less than 2,000 people.  It also was a half marathon, a full marathon and a marathon relay.  The race was along Onondaga Lake, and started in an area of Syracuse that I had been to a lot.

Expo, small but very fast packet pickup

Expo, small but very fast packet pickup

We got to the race site just less than an hour before the race, we went early to get parking, my cousin had done the race before so she knew the ins and outs of where to park which was perfect.  We waited until 30 min before the race to get out of the car, it was a chilly 40 degrees with 15 mile an hour winds, the temp wasn’t bad, but the wind sucked.

Jen and I freezing before the race

Jen and I freezing before the race

The race started and I felt pretty good, way better than I did when I started my race three weeks ago.  I held back my pace and fought the wind but I felt good.  The first couple miles were pretty boring, but as soon as I got onto the Onondaga parkway, the scenery was beautiful, the lake was to my left and the path was very wide and pretty.  They are also starting to set up all of the holiday decorations so there was a lot to look at, the holiday light displays went on for over 2 miles.  Just before I hit mile 6 I saw my cousin Jen, she had already turned around and was looking strong, I was smiling and felt really good.  I was on pace to finish in 2:15ish or less, if only I could keep the pace from the first half of the race for the whole race.  I was fine until about mile 8, then I began walk running and my lack of training really set in.  but I still felt great, just a little sore, my leg wasn’t bothering my too much and I knew if I fought the wind I would make it back feeling strong.

not too bad of a race photo

not too bad of a race photo

As I got closer to the finish I couldn’t believe that my 11th half marathon was almost done, I really set a lofty goal of 13 half marathons in 1 year and still have 2 more in the next 3 weeks to complete, but what a sense of accomplishment this will be.  I rounded a couple of corners and then I saw my family, My cousin Scott and Jen were there with their sons Adam and Jonathan cheering me on, it was so nice to have familiar faces at the end of the race.  Just wish it had been a bit warmer at the end, we left pretty quickly.

almost to the finish

almost to the finish

I did it!

I did it!

Pretty medal

Pretty medal

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Longest run in ages!

So with the quad pain nagging me all summer, the DNF a few weeks ago and wanting to be able to run all the races I’m signed up for. I’ve been taking it easy and working with my ciropractor 3 times a week, and doing short runs. Today’s run was my longest in weeks, I ran 4 miles but I stopped a couple times for pictures and to enjoy the scenery. My company has it’s own park/rec center and there is a really nice 2 mile trail around the park, I did 2 laps today and I felt good throughout the run.

About 1.5 miles into lap 1, I sometimes see deer here

About 1.5 miles into lap 1, I sometimes see deer here

Sporting some Ragnar gear

Sporting some Ragnar gear

0.3 miles into lap 2, pretty colors

0.3 miles into lap 2, pretty colors

2.5 miles into my run

2.5 miles into my run

I look silly but I so wanted a pic of me laying on the ground

I look silly but I so wanted a pic of me laying on the ground

3 miles into my run (same view at mile 1)

3 miles into my run (same view at mile 1)

Yeah 4 mile run!

Yeah 4 mile run!

lets hope I’ll be ready for my half in just over a week! I feel pretty lucky that I have such a pretty place to run. I live about 2 miles from this park, if there wasn’t so much traffic I’d run to the park, but I’d rather drive over and be safe.

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Planning for Ragnar 2014

This is getting real

This week I started putting my Ragnar Chicago team together, this will be my first time captaining a team, and my 3rd year running the Madison to Chicago Ragnar.  Even though the race is 8 months away, I am super excited about it.  My excitement is also at a high because I got my Ragnar Ambassador gear this week.  Can’t wait to wear it at a race, I’m thinking I’ll wear it at the Haunted Hustle Half in a few weeks, I might bring it to Syracuse, NY with me, but if anyone asks me about Ragnar while I’m out there, I won’t have any info for them, maybe I’ll have to add Ragnar Adirondacks to my list for next year!

The box is here, Zeke is checking it out!

The box is here, Zeke is checking it out!

lots of goodies!

lots of goodies!

frisbes, and more goodies to unbox!

frisbes, and more goodies to unbox!

New Ambassador Gear!!!

New Ambassador Gear!!!

more ambassador gear

more ambassador gear

Lots of goodies!

Lots of goodies!

So far a majority of my team from this year is committed to next year plus a couple new faces, can’t wait to introduce them to the world of Ragnar, it’s like no race I’ve ever run and the memories from the two I have ran will stick with me forever.

Ragnar Tatoos, fun!

Ragnar Tatoos, fun!

Ragnar ambassador tatoos!

Ragnar ambassador tatoos!

Madison to Chicago posters

Madison to Chicago posters

This is from one of the Ragnar Ambassadors that I think is great, a 12 person team is a big commitment and as a captain you have to set a few ground rules, this has everything laid out perfectly.

Captain Policy:

1. Your registration fee is your commitment. If you have not paid the registration fee you are not committed and do not have a slot.

2. You understand that running a 200 mile relay is a TEAM commitment. It is not an individual commitment. There are 11 other people who are counting on your participation physically, mentally and economically. Your non-participation will have a negative impact on all of those aspects of your fellow team mates experience. They may have to run YOUR miles, pick up YOUR shared expense and deal with the mental gymnastics of running with a reduced team.

3. You agree that in the event that you cannot participate, regardless of reason, you will:
A) Not receive a refund of race fees unless a PAID replacement can be found to take your slot. [Sometimes the only way to find a replacement runner for the benefit of the team is to have that runner participate non-paid — in which case you will not be refunded]
B)In the event that your slot cannot be filled, you agree to pay the lesser of the divided group expenses (van/gas/hotels) that you would have otherwise been responsible for or $100.
C) You understand that refunds and reconciliation will occur after the race has concluded.

4. As a participant you agree that:
A) You agree to pay your pro-rata share of team expenses (van/gas/hotels)
B)In the event that another member of the team cannot participate, you agree to pay your pro-rata share of team expenses (van/gas/hotels) (I.e. Total divided by remaining runners) minus any contribution by the non-replaced team member — if it can be collected from them.

5. You agree that your captain is awesome! And is putting in an amazing amount of time and effort to make the race amazing. You acknowledge that your captain is not a bank and that the team as a whole will work together to make sure the captain is not left economically “holding the bag” as a reward for all their hard work.

6. You agree to have a blast!

Ragnar 2013 = SUPER FUN!!!

Ragnar 2013 = SUPER FUN!!!

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Zucchini lasagna

I’ve made this recipe a few times, it’s so delisious and easy to make.

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2009/02/zucchini-lasagna.html

This is the recipe I mostly follow. I add a bag of baby spinach to the sauce and I use a package of sweet Italian turkey sausage in the sauce. I also used homemade sauce this time.

Getting the zucchini ready

Getting the zucchini ready

Start of the sauce

Start of the sauce

The sauce looks and tastes really good

The sauce looks and tastes really good

All grilled and ready to go into the lasagna.

All grilled and ready to go into the lasagna.

Looking good

Looking good

I made aide enough to freeze 7 servings for lunches or dinners this fall/winter.

All ready for the freezer

All ready for the freezer

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Pea soup fog

Getting back to running slowly, trying to take my time and do as few miles at a time as I can.  Last night I wasn’t sure if I was going to run today or not. I have 2 weeks until my next half. So I set my alarm and figured that I’d make up my mind in the morning, it was supposed to rain so that was going to be my excuse not to run. But my alarm went off and there was no rain, just fog as thick as pea soup.  So I got up, got my gear and headed to Kenosha to meet up with the KRC.

Foggy morning

Foggy morning

The best part of a Saturday morning run with the KRC is you never know how many propel may or may not be there, today was a pretty big group, lots of members of the club are doing chicago marathon and some are doing lakefront marathon so it was nice to see a big group out. I decide on a low milage run, just 2 miles, no need to push it.

Hard to tell Lake Michigan is really out there.

Hard to tell Lake Michigan is really out there.

Not too bad for a Saturday morning

Not too bad for a Saturday morning

After running we all meet back up at Common Grounds for conversation, coffee and snacks. Today I went for a chocolate milk and a danish, another member of the club bought my stuff, such an awesom and unexpected gesture.  Love this group.  Liz and I hit up the Harborside Farmers Market after.  Perfect morning and way to start a Saturday.

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Back at it

So today I decided to go for a run, a short, easy run. I choose one of my favorite paths, my company has its own rec center and park.  Normally the trail is empty, but my company also has a private school, so there was a cross country meet on part of the path, I ran against the high schoolers so I could see them coming and so they wouldn’t sneak up on me. They were only on one mile of the two mile path.

Love this path, pretty fall day

Love this path, pretty fall day

I felt pretty good during my run, I had to keep slowing down so that was hard.  My chiropractor was 100% behind me going for a short run tonight and recommended going for one tomorrow or Saturday too.  He told me to stop running if I had pain, my quad felt great so I was pretty happy.

Almost 2 miles!

Almost 2 miles!

Felt so good to be running again.

Felt so good to be running again.

hopefully I’m on my way to being ready for my half in 2 weeks!

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What to do on non run days!

I’ve had a lot of no run days, giving my body a chance to heal.

Well it’s been a week of wishing I could run and doing things to get my body back to where it should be so I can run my next race in just over 2 weeks. So excited for my first race in Syracuse, NY the Empire State Half.

I started seeing a chiropractor last week and after 1 alignment I felt a lot better, but not 100%, from now until Christmas I’ll be seeing the chiropractor 3 times a week (except for a couple weeks when I’m out of town) so far so good, I have been twice this week and each time I feel better. I get an alignment every time and I have a few exercises that I do in the office. I’m going to try running again later this week I’m missing it and need to work my way back to running so I can finish off my races for the year!

Pic of my chiropractors office from their website.

Pic of my chiropractors office from their website.

I went for a long lakefront walk tonight, I love living by Lake Michigan. It’s so pretty and calming. Weather was perfect today, several sailboats were out on the water, I walked for about 4 miles and even though I wanted to run, this was really nice.

Perfect views during my walk

Perfect views during my walk

Sporting some Ragnar gear! The water is so blue.

Sporting some Ragnar gear! The water is so blue.

One of my favorite places to run, so peaceful.

One of my favorite places to run, so peaceful.

The next picture is the lakefront in the morning, I love to run as the sun comes up.

Early morning sunrise, taken at major exchange 24 of Ragnar Chicago, or one of my favorite places to run, Pershing Park.

Early morning sunrise, taken at major exchange 24 of Ragnar Chicago, or one of my favorite places to run, Pershing Park.

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