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race recap: Des Moines Marathon

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I'm super late in posting this. My tardiness speaks to my level of exhaustedness (is that a word?) and evidence that I ran my buns off, resulting in a 13 minute PR.



It was pretty cold that morning and when I got to the starting corral, they were all but empty. I went to stretch and warm up inside a nearby building where other runners were waiting, thinking that I could just hop into the corral right before the start. I ended up waiting a bit too long and the corrals were packed by the time I got out there. I actually ended up standing outside of the corral and had to make my way up to the 3:30 group over the first two miles.

The half marathoners started with us so it was pretty crowded until mile 3 where they split off from us. The course for us heading straight up a long, gradual hill where I just concentrated on maintaining an even effort and didn't worry so much about pace.

In my original race plan, I had wanted to stay with the 3:30 group until 13.1, then pick it up f…

A Marathon Weekend

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If you've been living under a rock, you might not know that this past weekend was the 29th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. It's called "The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America" and this weekend, it definitely lived up to it's name.


Runners had near perfect conditions for the 26.2: a crisp 38 degrees at the start, little wind, and sunny skies. It was the perfect day for a PR, and many did, like our Sergio Reyes, the men's winner, Buzunesh Deba, the women's champ (who also rocked Grandma's Marathon earlier in June), and blogger friend Matt.

But me, I just worked it.

My view for the day was the finish line, as I was stationed in the Media Tent a mere twenty feet from it. Talk about guts and glory. It's amazing. I think the best part was when Sergio finished and hugged his wife of four months.

Anything you saw on Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter was from the Media Committee in the Media Tent. They did an awesome job and made my job of writi…

Obsessed

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I have recently become obsessed with a few food items at Trader Joe's.


Nothing But... Banana, Flattened

 I've been trying to cut out as much processed food as possible so I was thrilled when I read the ingredients list and only saw "Bananas." What?! No sugar, no weird preserving chemicals? Sold.

Same goes for Just Mango Slices. No false advertising here, it really is just dried mango. And it's so flipping good I can't describe it. Not eating the entire pack of Just Mango Slices in one sitting is more challenging than a 20 mile long run with a hangover. I should know, I've done both.





And sweet sin, I've saved the best for last. This has changed my life:
















Yes, it's soy. And yes, it's delicious. I put a little in a cup with some peanut butter and it's like heaven. I literally bury it in the back of my freezer to prevent eating more, which works all the time, 50% of the time.

In running news, just finished my last hard training week. I ran 30…

Got Excuses?

Wow.

Run. Work. Repeat.

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I'm still here. I've been incredibly busy these past six weeks (new job, new apt, lots o' running) and haven't had much time to blog. AND I also don't have Internet in my apartment. I'm currently "stealing" it from the Starbucks across the street.

Rather than bore you with paragraphs about what I've been up to, I'll let some pictures do the talking.

Over the past six weeks I've...

Moved.
I don't have a picture to illustrate this because I was too busy moving to care about taking pictures so use your imagination.Sorry to let you down right off the bat.

Ran (and won!) another 5k.



















Met someone.



















Fine, not really. (I should note that this photo was taken after I spent several hours at a wedding reception and then had some beverages to celebrate my aforementioned victory. Benefit of living in a small town #278: News travels fast that you won a road race and people like to buy you drinks. Le Sueur, represent!)



Been treated for possible Lyme Dise…

Miley Cyrus doesn't run hill repeats...

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... so what exactly is her song "The Climb" about?

Last night was a hill repeat night. I ran a hill that is about a half-mile in length and varies in degrees of steepness, sort of leveling out and climbing again a few times. Here are some photos to better explain it.

Bottom of the hill. Notice the red trailer...

At the red trailer, still going up.

Yes, still climbing.

Leveling out for a bit. Notice green garbage can.

Starting to climb again. Closer to green garbage can.

Scarlett the dog demonstrating the steepness.

Leveling out again with final climb ahead. This was my favorite part!

Top of the hill. 
I decided to run it both ways five times with a two minute break after each uphill portion. Here's how it went down (and up).

Set 1:
Down- 3:12
Up- 3:19

Set 2:
Down- 3:04
Up- 3:22

Set 3:
Down- 3:18
Up-3:15

Set 4:
Down- 2:59
Up- 3:16

Set 5:
Down- 3:25
Up- 3:11
1 mile cooldown wog (walk/jog) with the dog

Total workout stats:
5.52 miles; 48:07; 8:43 average pace

As you can plain…

XT Monday

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I've been pushing pretty hard these past few weeks in my training. I was gearing up for the Twin Cities Marathon in October but now that I'm working for TCM, I can't run it. Any suggestions on what to run instead? I'm thinking either Whistlestop, Richmond, or Outer Banks.

Anyway, Monday is my cross-training and only non-running day of the week. Since I don't have my gym membership yet, I haven't been doing a whole lot and basically have been taking Monday's off. However, this week I'm housesitting for my aunt and uncle who have a dog and a pool! So tonight when I got home from work, I took the dog for a leisurely 45 minute walk and snapped a shot of this:


It's slightly hard to see (okay, almost impossible) but there is a deer on the tracks.
After our little walk, the dog and I went swimming. Rather, I ran laps in the shallow end of the pool while she would jump in after a frisbee. This was the first time I have ever done any pool running and it hurt …

Song of the Day

Today I had a 10 mile run to do after work. I checked the weather right at 5pm and it said the current temp for Minneapolis was 93 degrees but with the humidity, it "feels like" 103.

Guess who ran anyway?

Granted it was around the lakes and I literally stopped at every drinking fountain. AND I jumped in Lake Calhoun after.

10.01 miles; 1:26:48: 8:41 average pace

I'd like to dedicate this song to July 14, 2010.



Bonus question: Guess who can't wait for their gym membership to get activated so she can run inside?

Coolest. Job. Ever.

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I am happy to announce that I have secured a full time job! The best part is, it has the makings of being the coolest job ever. I will be a Communication Specialist for Twin Cities in Motion (TCM), the nonprofit that puts on the Twin Cities Marathon as well as a slew of other running events in the Twin Cities.
I officially start on Monday so I am in the midst of trying to find an apartment and a new work wardrobe (my 40 mile weeks have made my clothes too big). Exciting and busy times!

Almost Famous

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This article (and photo) was in the Henderson Independent...


Andrew Gerdts was the overall champion at the Sauerkraut Days 5k. Hannah Schroeder won the women's division and set a course record. (Photo by James Brenno)

Records set at 4th annual Sauerkraut 5k Run

For the second year in a row a course record was set at the annual Sauerkraut Days 5k. This year, however, it wasn’t the men’s course record that fell. Instead, Hannah Schroeder of Le Sueur won the women’s division and set the women’s course record at 20:48, nearly two minutes faster than the previous record of 22:23 set by Jamie Bachaus back in 2007.

But Schroeder, who finished 16th overall, wasn’t the only one to best that record in the women’s division. Parry Larson finished the course with a time of 21:05 and took 18th place overall and Jessica Eibs finished at 21:52 and took 20th.

Overall, soon-to-be LS-H senior Andrew Gerdts defended his title and course record as Gerdts was the overall champion with a time of 17:44. G…

Henderson Sauerkraut Days 5k race recap

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Remember this post about my goals? Goal number two was to place in a race and guess what? I DID!
The course for this run was essentially two loops around the lower portion of Henderson, meaning it was relatively flat. There were maybe 50 or so runners and another 50 walkers/mom's with strollers. I lined up a few rows behind the starting line (all the boys) and tried to size up my competition for the girls. There were some girls that looked pretty fast (long, lean, young) and I was watching them warm up, envisioning myself getting dominated.
To start the race, there was no gun, no horn, just some guy yelling "GO!" And off we went. My first mile was definitely too fast but I wanted to keep an eye on the girls that took off out of the gate. Soon enough they burned out and I passed them, trying to keep my pace as even as possible. It was extra incentive being the female front runner to keep my pace up. I didn't want to get passed by another girl or anyone. And I didn&…

Grandma's Marathon Race Recap

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What: Grandma's Marathon
Where: Duluth, MN
When: Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Expo
I know that some people aren't huge fans of the expo but I love them! Free food. Free gifts. What more can you ask for? It's also a great place to pick up some fun running stuff, like this shirt by Sistas Shirts.


I thought it was pretty applicable.

It's also a great opportunity to learn about new organizations. Before I left for Duluth, I saw on the Grandma's Marathon Facebook page that Medals 4 Mettle would be at the expo. This organization collects medals from races and gives them to people fighting serious illnesses or that have debilitating handicaps. Their mission is really personal to me because of what my family experienced with Joel so I donated all of my medals from past races.

The highlight of the expo by far was hearing Kara Goucher speak. She is my favorite runner and I've been following her for quite a while. She was just as down to earth as I had hoped and so insp…

Second Day Sore

Here's to wishing every set of stairs was an escalator....




Full Grandma's Marathon race report coming soon.

Goals and stuff

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Just in case you thought I do all of this without rhyme or reason, here are some running/fitness goals I've set for myself for the summer. Sharing them makes me accountable and accountability is good. You can all shame me mercilessly if I don't reach them.
1. PR in Grandma's Marathon:  Ultimately I'd like to run anything under 3:50 (but secretly am wishing for something under 3:45). I finished the Twin Cities Marathon last year with a time of 3:55:46.


2. Place in a race: Small towns, here I come! Here's the thing that makes this one completely doable: A week after Grandma's, there is a local 5k race for Henderson's annual Sauerkraut Days where the female course record is 22:23. A few weeks ago I ran a 5k route during a training run in 22:43. How awesome would it be to not only win the race (for girls) but hold the female course record?! I think I have this one in the bag as long as 1. The marathon doesn't kill me; 2. The fast girls don't show up; 3.…

Busy like a bee

I have been away from my computer for like a week as I was up in the Twin Cities enjoying a little lake action over the weekend, going to a concert at First Ave on Sunday night, and had my first day at my new job on Tuesday! I'm only working part time but I feel like it's a good spot to be for now and it's at a local running store so my job mostly consists of talking about running all day. Love it.

Grandma's Marathon in 9 days. Tapering and feeling good, albeit a little tired.

And this has nothing to do with running but it makes me fall even more in love with MN.


Happy running.

Ode to Running

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It was National Running Day today! Hooray! I ran a six mile tempo run in honor of this special day. During it, I began to think of the reasons why I love running so much. Here's what I could come up with:

1. You don't need much to do it. A decent pair of shoes and a sports bra to hold the girls and you're set.

2. The running community is not pretentious. Everyone is welcome. All ages, all abilities. It's like we exist to encourage each other. What other sport do "elites" run with people dressed as hot dogs? (If you haven't witnessed this, check out a 5k race!)

3. You compete against yourself. There's no team to fall back on. Just you.  Since I am not Kara Goucher or Kenyan, I have very little chance of actually winning a race but I constantly work to improve my previous times.

4. It's a great stress buster. I can go out for a run after a horrible day and come back feeling like it was nothing.

5. Running makes my legs and butt look amazing.

6. I …

Running the Recovery Road

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I've been a bit lax on the posting and really have no excuse so my apologies if there is any one out there that looks forward to my musings.
First, I'm happy to report that Juli finished the Fargo Marathon in 4:22:23 so thank you to any of you that sent her good vibes. I spoke with her shortly after she finished and she said that she enjoyed herself and the crowd support was great. She hasn't even sworn off running another marathon but will probably need some coaxing. Actually, she recently told me she is considering doing a figure competition (what?!) so I think her energy might be focused on getting her body to look like this:

It is a little known fact that when female figure competitors stop their strict exercise, diet, hairspray and tanning regimen, they begin to look more like this:

But anyway, more power to her, I guess. I'll stick with running.
On that note, I am happy to report that I am nearing 100% again with the hip/ass pain having subsided. I dropped my mile…

Go, Juli, Go!

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My sister Juli is running the Fargo Marathon today. This is her first marathon. She has a goal of finishing under 4:20. Here we are after a 20-miler a few weeks ago.


Please send good thoughts/vibes/prayers her way!
Good luck, Juli!

Random Wednesday

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I picked up some new shorts yesterday and this Nike Dri-Fit top:


There was some debate among the store associates if it was a cupcake or muffin. I'd like to think it's a cupcake but a muffin does make more sense (as in "muffin top").
It's kinda cute, kinda random, and it was on sale. Plus, it's hard to take yourself too seriously with a legged pastry on your chest.