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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Brewers Mini – my first DNF

This is the hardest post I’ve ever written.

Yesterday was my very first DNF, it was the hardest decision I have had to make, but it was the right one. I want to be able to run for a long time and it’s better to take care of my body rather than push it beyond its limits.

Pre race, the start/finish line...I only crossed it once

Pre race, the start/finish line…I only crossed it once

The Brewers Mini was my 10th out of 13 half marathons for the year, I was really looking forward to this race, I did the race last year and had an ok time, the weather sucked last year but was perfect this year. This year I also knew lots and lots of people running, but all week I had doubts as to if I would even run. So when race day came I almost didn’t even go. I knew my leg was not 100%, and I knew I could push through but did I want to! would it be fun… The big answer was no. So race morning I got up, got ready and headed to Miller Park. I felt pretty good but my confidence was at an all time low. Mentally my head was not in this one. So I figured just take it one mile at a time and see how I felt. The first mile was tough, my leg hurt and pain shot up to my butt. I kept going, I would run/walk but I could feel my leg hurting. I met up with Tricia and thought maybe if I stayed by her I could do it, slow my pace and just finish, but as aid tent #2 got closer, I decided to call it. Time to take myself out so I don’t get injured worse.

Tricia and I before the race

Tricia and I before the race

Then the fun began, I watched all these runners pass by us and all I wanted to do was start up again, but I knew I shouldn’t. I was so ready to cry, I never give up on things like this. My emotions were all over the place, I was mad at myself and disappointed at the same time. I had to keep telling myself that it was ok and I made the right decision. The med tent put us on a bus, we were at mile 2.6, and we come to find out that the bus is following the end of the race, so we got off and headed back to the race start. It was me and 3 other people. As we got to mile 2, I spotted a police car and asked the officer for a ride. This was my first trip ever in a police car, he took us all back to right near the finish line. We walked back, then snuck into the finish chute to get water and snacks. I got my medal, but there was no way that I would wear it. It will hang with all the others as a reminder that you must listen to your body and do what’s right. I should have pulled myself out last weekend at The Biggest Loser race but I didn’t.

So now I have 3 weeks until my next scheduled race. I am seeing my chiropractor 3 times a week for the next few months so hopefully that helps. Going to try to do small 2 mile training runs later this week, just to get my body back to running. I’ll stop if I feel pain, but I need to do something otherwise mentally I am going to feel more defeated than I do.

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Biggest Loser Racine – half #2 for the weekend!

Still can’t believe that I ran 2 half marathons in 2 days!

The Biggest Loser 1/2 marathon Racine, I was doing this race because most of the course is right where I normally run, I love the Racine lakefront so when I’m training I drive the 2 miles to the lake often to run, North Beach is where I first started running, it has hills and great views, so when I found out there was going to be a race there I was in. I had done the biggest loser 10k last year and the race was very well put together and this year didn’t disappoint.

My friend Frank, Liz and Jerad were also running the race so I knew I’d have some familiar faces at the end of the race. It was perfect race weather, a bit cool so the ideal running temp. I knew it would warm up as the race got going and it turned out to be a perfect race day. But not the perfect race for me, I was sore, hurt and not sure I even wanted to start the race.

Before the race

Before the race

Getting ready to start, Dan and Jackie Evans from Biggest Loser season 5

Getting ready to start, Dan and Jackie Evans from Biggest Loser season 5

Once I got going I just wanted to quit, my legs felt like tree trunks and it took everything not to lay on the ground and give up, but anyone that knows me knows that I never give up, I hide my pain and I keep going and keep going I did.

Mile 1 sucked, mile 2 sucked by mile 3 I was feeling good, I was walk running but I felt good. By mile 5 I wanted to quit again, but I knew I could do it but I wanted to be done. At mile 6.2 I saw my mom, she finally made it to one of my races. She was right by DP Wiggly and as I got up the hill and saw her I was so surprised and I was in pain… But I was almost halfway done, I knew I could do it and see my mom at the finish, just run walk and I could make it… And I did… Mile by mile I trucked on.

At mile 6.2 when I saw my mom.

At mile 6.2 when I saw my mom.

Around mile 10.5 I met a guy from Chicago that was doing his very first half, his wife was also doing it and she talked him into it. We talked and ran walked for almost 2 miles before I decided to run the last part of the race, so I ran down gateway hill, along Pershing park and behind festival hall where I got another surprise, one of my favorite running partners was at the end of the path, two left turns and I was done. It always gives me a rush to see people you know out on the course and a familiar face was just what I needed. I pushed on and finished, saw my mom then found my friends. Never again will I run 2 halfs in 1 weekend when I’m fighting an injury.

Almost the end of the race! Friends on the race course totally makes my day, thank Andy for the photo.

Almost the end of the race! Friends on the race course totally makes my day, thank Andy for the photo.

Post race with Fank and Liz, pic with Biggest Loser contestants Jeff and Francelina from season 14

Post race with Frank and Liz, pic with Biggest Loser contestants Jeff and Francelina from season 14

Mom and I after the race!

Mom and I after the race!

With Andy, my broken running friend, can't wait till we can run together again.

With Andy, my broken running friend, can’t wait till we can run together again.

This was not my perfect race and I am happy I didn’t just give up, but it took everything in me not to quit.  I really hope I can make it through the Brewers Mini in just a few days, lots of rest and recovery this week and a trip to the chiropractor to see if that helps me at all… 9 of 13 done!

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A year of way too many races!

So where am I in my running plan?

I have 9 of my 13 half marathons done. So that means just 4 more to go! The goal of 13, 13.1’s in 2013 is a super crazy goal but as I get closer to the end I am glad that I took on the challenge, it really made me push myself and totally took me out of my comfort zone. My times are not where I want them to be, but I guess that’s what happens when you have no time to train, due to injury recovery and trying to be healthy for each race. There have been times when I want to give up and quit but I know it’s not in my nature, no matter how much a race sucks, I suck it up, smile and remember my goal is to finish.

9 done, 4 more to go!

9 done, 4 more to go!

I have set a goal for next year. Less races, more training, more Ragnar and setting a half marathon PR (my goal is a 1:59:59 half, I know I have it in me, so I’m determined to do it)

Here is what I have left for half marathons:

10. Brewers Mini – September 28
11. Empire State 1/2 (in Syracuse NY) – October 20
12. Haunted Hustle Madison- October 27
13. Disney Wine & Dine – November 10

I also have a 5K and 10K left to do this year, then I’m taking a little time off before I sign up for anything!

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Women Rock Chicago – half #1 for the weekend

This weekend was Women Rock Chicago and Biggest Loser Racine, 2 half marathons in 2 days, yup, I’m CRAZY!

Women Rock Chicago

This was a race that I was really looking forward to, it was an all women’s half, 10k and 5k. I also got free entry into the race due to all the volunteer hours I had done with Team Ortho, they have a program where you earn bones to go towards gear or race entries, so I had to do the race since I got free entry! Only problem was I had already signed up for a race on Sunday, the Biggest Loser Half. So I decided to give it a go and do 2 halves in one weekend. My goal was to take Women Rock slow and tried not to overdue it so I still had something left in the tank for Sunday. Jenna and I headed down nice and early, the weather was perfect for a half marathon. The course started out like most of the Team Ortho races, it’s on the Chicago lakefront trails which is nice but also a bit congested. Turns out there was another race group out there at the same time, but we made due. Just before mile 4 the 10k came into our route and it was super congested and sucked as we tried to run around the Shedd Aquarium, the path was not very wide and the walkers had no race etiquette at all, so hard to keep moving and get around them. This happened 2 more times, there also were not enough water stops on the course. I did get to talk to Zach the race director after and told him my observations. Post race I also ran into Debbie who I had met at the Chicago Women’s half, so fun to see people you know at races. We headed off to the after party for champagne and hot men!

Jenna and I before the race.

Jenna and I before the race.

Ran into Lisa, Em and Karen before the race too (stole the pic from Lisa's fb page!)

Ran into Lisa, Em and Karen before the race too (stole the pic from Lisa’s fb page!)

start line

start line

heading south along the path, such a pretty day.

heading south along the path, such a pretty day.

We did it!  Debbie, Jenna and I at the post race party.

We did it! Debbie, Jenna and I at the post race party.

Post Race party

Post Race party

all the fun stuff I got at the race

all the fun stuff I got at the race

On the way back to Wisconsin we stopped at my favorite bagel place, my dad had been taking us there as long as I can remember and to me they are the best bagels in the world.

Best bagels ever (thanks Frank for the pic!)

Best bagels ever (thanks Frank for the pic!)

Then Frank and I hit the expo for the biggest loser 1/2.

Photo opp at the expo

Photo opp at the expo

Another t-shirt for the pile!

Another t-shirt for the pile!

I’ll post about Sunday’s race later this week!

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