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Race Plans

16 Jan

I was putting off the scheduling of my big races for 2011 because of the uncertainty of the late spring and summer. I was talking to my best friend in Colorado, Cakie, yesterday and she asked me to run her first half marathon with her! It’s the Rock ‘n Roll Denver Half which I’ve been dying to do for years now 🙂 There are 2 major issues with this race: 1. High Altitude and 2-I’ll need to be training in Texas in August and September… HOT! Nevertheless, it’s not for me, it’s for her! And she promised to walk if I start dying of high altitude sickness hehe.

So, that spurred me into action. I’ve decided on the following:

(*=maybe)

1. Super Sunday 10K* – Feb 6 – Boston, MA

2. Ocean Drive 10 mi – Mar 27 – Cape May, NJ

3. Cambridge 5 mi* – April 6 – Cambridge, MA

4. NJ 1/2 Marathon – May 1 – Long Branch, NJ

I’m excited!!

Other than chatting with my BFF yesterday, I spent the morning sipping Starbucks and doing Spanish homework in the Student Center by Sean. I hit up the gym for a treadmill/track run of 5 miles, and then relaxed the afternoon away! It was a pretty great day.

Friday night at the Senior Blacktie event was pretty fun! I don’t know why, but our friend kept wanting to hang out in this little back room where there were only a few of her friends. My favorite part was being out in the crowd and seeing people from class! It made Olga and I want to spend more time this semester with different people they we WANT to see! I also think we’re going to incorporate more movie nights into the equation.

*I don’t have pictures yet but I will post them when I do!

Last night was low key. After tacos with Sean, Olga, Matt, and I went over to his place to hang out. We were going to go to the bar but it ended up being late when we were ready to go. I always have fun just hanging out with my friends! We watched “Valentine’s Day” – and now that I’m thinking of it, that counts as Movie Night #1 of the Semester!

I plan to get some work done and then go to work to train a client later. Looking for to…

JETS and GOLDEN GLOBES!

See ya!

-Jul

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2010 Running Reflection

8 Jan

Miles by Month

In 2010 I ran 8 races!

  1. March: Ocean Drive 10 mile race – with: Dad – 1:37:17 (9:44)
  2. April: Jersey Shore Marathon Relay – with: Dad, Kait, Chris – ran approx 6 mile and 1.5 mile legs
  3. May: Rumson Mother’s Day 5 Mile – with: Dad, Mike (Kiera Mom Tom and Billy did the walk) – PR! 42:21 (8:29)
  4. June: Avon 5K – with Sean – very hot and slow! 27:50 (8:59)
  5. August: Sea Girt 5k – with Dad – 26:36 (8:35)
  6. October: Boston Half Marathon – alone – PR! 2:00:51 (9:14)
  7. November: Born to Run 5 mile – with Dad, Jill – 43:12 (8:39)
  8. December: Jingle Bell 5k – with Olga – PR! – 26:00 (8:23)

What a FUN racing year! I ran the fastest races to date and with a lot of different people! I really do love running and racing and I hope to get faster in 2011! My final milage was 675 miles. I’d really like to hit 700 this year but with all of the travelling and moving I have NO clue what May through December will look like! Another fall 1/2 marathon would be fun though 🙂 Dad and I are running the Ocean Drive again- which I’m really excited about! I definitely want to run that one faster than last year!

Looking forward to another healthy and happy running year!

-Jul

 

Boston Half Marathon 10-10-10

13 Oct

I did it!

Time: 2:00:51

I truly had such a great time! I want to remember everything, so here goes…

I had a big bowl of whole wheat rotini with roasted veggies and pasta sauce for dinner at home. Afterwards I went over to Sean’s place where he had a cookie and a hot chocolate waiting for me 🙂 I hung out with Sean and Jer for a little while and then headed home around 10:30. I got everything ready and was in bed by around 11. I slept pretty well but I was definitely tired when my alarm went off at 6:10!

I had prepped my coffee the night before, so I just turned the coffee maker on and got dressed while it was brewing. I made my breakfast (2 slices ww bread with PB, Jelly, and a banana) and was eating my breakfast and drinking coffee by 6:20. I took my time reading a magazine and then sipping water. Right on cue, I headed to the bathroom 🙂 and then finished getting ready to go! I left the apartment by 7:15 and headed to Ruggles where I waited for the T with a bunch of other runners! We all got out at Forrest Hills and took the free shuttles waiting to take us to the starting line. It was a very smooth arrival!

The porta-potties were where things got dicey… The lines were SO LONG. I waited for about 25 minutes and then rushed over the Baggage Check (which was also mobbed with people!). Luckily, the volunteers just started taking bags and told us to head to the starting line. It was a close call, but I made it to the start with about 5 minutes to spare!

The weather was PERFECT. It was about 50 degrees and sunny at the start. I was definitely cold in only my shorts and t-shirt but 2 short miles in when I was warmed up, I was glad not to have my long-sleeve shirt! (I put my sweatpants and l/s in the bag I checked before the start).

The course was gorgeous! The start took us downhill for a while so it was hard to gauge my pace. Coupled with the crowd and the nerves, I had no idea whether I was starting out too fast or too slow! I ended up hitting the 1-mile mark at around 9:10.

One of the highlights was seeing Sean, Olga, and Matt at the around the 4.5 miles turnaround!! I was SO happy to see them!! They were tired, cold, and not feeling so hot so I know what a big deal it was for them!

For most of the way I felt like I was cruising! I ate raisins/Craisins and drank water around mile 4, took Gatorade at mile 6, had more raisins at mile 8, and more Gatorade at 9. I also drank water at every stop until mile 11.

The course is pretty cruel after 9! You head pretty much straight up hill and then turnaround and run the rolling hills back to around 11.5. You continue uphill around the Franklin Park Zoo and then finally turn onto a flat and head toward the stadium where the race ends on a track. It was pretty awesome finishing on the track because they don’t make you run that far, and I had a little kick left! I sprinted the last <200 in and finished before the clock hit 2:01!!

After the finish you grab your medal and then walk through the refreshment area to the shirts and baggage claim. The after-finish area is really well organized! I grabbed a few waters, a banana, bagel, some powerbars and granola. I took a mini PB&J burrito that Boloco was handing out (which I ate on the bus, and it was AMAZING) and drank a mini smoothie that B.Good was handing out. It was perfect 🙂

Sean was waiting for me after I got my stuff and snapped some finishers pictures!

After a pretty easy trip back via shuttle and T, I took an ice bath, showered, changed (into my new shirt!) and made a quick protein shake. I rushed over to church for 12:30 and made it on time! I’m really glad I went too.

Sean met me afterwards promptly at 1:30 and we went to Thornton’s for my post-race lunch! I had the Felix which was turkey, avocado, tomato on an english muffin topped with a poached egg. (I got the hollandaise on the side and didn’t end up liking it). I also got a slightly lame serving of too greasy fries. It was a great post-race meal, nutrient-wise 🙂

The rest of the day was spent working on my accounting assignment, napping, and basking in my glory!

Can’t wait for the next race 😉

-Jul