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First half-marathon ever :)  The Holiday Half. I'm thinking it will be my only.  My IT bands really just don't like going that far.  Right around 8 miles they started becoming an actual problem and I had to walk and stretch just to keep my legs moving the last three miles.  I started out with a great 10min/mile pace and lost it in the last three miles.  Bummer.  There was a very nice lady on the course who gave me a couple of chocolate covered espresso beans.  Dear gods those were good right then.  A fellow was pointing at me and yelling to the people on the side of the road that it was my first long race.  I got several woohoos out of it :)  And yet another woman engaged me in conversation about our shirts.  All very nice distractions.

The wind was strong!  I spent all night praying for no rain and forgot to ask for no wind.  I think the wind kept the rain at bay, which was nice, but running uphill into the wind is not overly fun.  Getting blown sideways from the gusts was a little fun :)  Perfect temperature as long as the icy winds weren't blowing.  And here's a thing,  when I got home and removed my shoes, I noticed that one of my toes was bleeding.  Totally had no idea.

MWH and Chin Chin were there with signs that said, "The Babe With The Power"..."Pixie Power".  Awesome. 

Tonight we will be having red velvet pancakes in celebration of this accomplishment.

Aside from the pain, all good :)
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As you may know, I ran a 5k (3.2 miles) not too long ago and finished in less than 30 minutes, which is what I wanted to do.  Some time after that I was asked by one of my clients if I wanted to run in a marathon relay.  My first question was,"How long is the shortest leg?"  Six miles.  Well that is only twice as long as I have ever run in my life!  The obvious answer was, "Sure, I'll do it."  

Then I was talking to the one trainer at the gym who actually runs marathons and she suggested that I sign up for a 10k (6.2 miles) before the marathon relay so that I would know how the distance feels.  Good idea.  So I signed up.

In the meantime, the person who asked me if I wanted to run in the relay decided that she didn't want to do it anymore.  Well crap.  Fine, but I am still signed up for the 10k.  I already paid for it, you see.  Can't back out now even though the only reason to run it was to prepare for the relay that I will no longer be running.  And I still haven't run six miles all at once.  Looking back at my training log, the longest distance I have run is 4.5 miles.  The longest distance I have run outside is still 3.2 miles.

The race was this morning in Columbia.  I finished the race in 1 hour and two minutes.  I was shooting for less than 1 hour and 10 minutes because I had no idea what the course ws like and I haven't really been training.  There were hills.  Several hills.  In fact, it seemed as though there was more up than down in the course, but Bart assures me that this is not possible since the start and finsh lines were in the same place.  I am still suspicious, though.  One hill was about 800 meters long around mile 4.  I walked the last 150-200 meters because my hips were having none of it.  I think I walked a total of three times because my hips were not happy.  All that having been said, I finished in a respectable time and I seem to be less sore than after the 5k.  We'll see what tomorrow holds in the delayed onset muscle soreness arena.

I don't think I am ever going to do this again.  And no more saying yes when clients ask me if I want to run anywhere.  I am 0 for 2 at that game.

I must give a hearty thank you to [info]jpenamelist and 

[profile] callmetc for allowing us the use of their guest bedroom, the entertainment and the chocolate.  Really, thank you.


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or, Why My Quads Still Hurt

On Sunday I ran my first ever 5k, the Shamrock Run in the Inner Harbor.  I was pretty excited about the whole thing and pretty out of my element.  I do not own a pair of running shoes...or pants...or a properly fitting baseball cap, which is apparently the thing to wear while one is running.   My lack of proper gear aside, I did almost exactly how I wanted to do.  

I wanted to finish in under 30 minutes.  My time, 29 minutes and 10 seconds.
I wanted to not be dead.  Still here.
I wanted to finish in the top third.  I made the top half.

My stat line:
1629  74/250      32:13    29:10   9:23 

I was the 1629th finisher (out of 3321).  Number 74 of 250 in my age range.  From the time the gun when off to the time I crossed the finish line, 32 minutes and 13 seconds had elapsed.  From the time I crossed the start line to the time I crossed the finish line, 29 minutes and 10 seconds had elapsed.  I averaged 9 minute and 23 second miles.

I may never do this again, but I did it once and that is more than I could have said on Saturday.


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