Nick

Kara

11.21.2010

Feeling inspired

 2:06:xx

Today was the Philly marathon and half. Going to the expo and thinking about the weekend, I really wished I was in top shape to do the marathon. I was excited about this morning!

I kind of went into it with my goals A:PR (sub 1:53), B: under 2 hours C: beat time from September 2:07:xx.  My entry was a comp from the organizers since I write running articles and promote the event (btw - would love for you to subscribe to my articles and leave comments!) so I went into it knowing I was planning on taking pictures and videos so that I could write a good article. I wasn't racing it.  The last 2 days I didn't run. I felt like I was just falling apart not doing any exercise for 2 days and I kind of didn't care?!?!

Yesterday I bought Clif Vanilla Shot gel and Margarita Shot Blocks. I probably should have looked up the benefit of extra sodium? What is it?  It says on the package it helps with cramping so I thought that would be helpful.

For breakfast I had a Smores Z bar, cup of coffee and toast w/ PB. Kara was up from 3-4:15 last night. She's been sleeping the night for almost 2 months and this always happens the night before a race. I am BEAT at this point.  Before the start I ate one block. Starting out, I felt GREAT. I had lots of energy. AFter a mile, I was running 9:30. I was kind of PO'ed that I wasn't running faster but it didn't get me down. I was "reporting."  My pace continued along in the mid 9s. I knew I could go faster but I felt good so I just kept on running.  I had another shot block after about 40 minutes and a third towards the end.  My stomach wasn't right all morning but I was running fine. At mile 8, I had the Vanilla Clif gel. It was AMAZING. I have to try it when I am not mid race, but holy moly, I was in love. It tasted like homemade vanilla icing. LOVE!
I felt good until about 11 miles and my stomach was just a mess, legs tired. I still wanted to be there enjoying it and did, and made it through.

I finished in 2:06:xx which is TOTALLY disappointing - I definitely thought I could go under 2, but I don't care all that much. I didn't train hard for it but still, I feel like I should ne able to knock out a sub 2 hour half w/o hard training. The last 2 weeks haven't been my strongest running weeks. We'll see if I give myself more time if I can get my mojo and speed back!

I would say things that worked:
not running the last two days - my legs felt rested.
Coffee definitely gave me a boost. I felt so good!

Things that didn't work:
Got there too late (6:20 for a 7 start) and used port-a-potty then ran to my corral last minute
Whatever I ate yesterday - I had stomach issues for about 4 hours after finishing. Mess!

I watched the winners finish the marathon and the 3:20/3:30 runners and was so inspired just watching. I want to get in top shape again and do a marathon under 4 and get my real half marathon time when I'm in shape. I'll come up with a schedule of a few key races and hopefully get back on my horse.

Now I need to know how moms get motivated to do their best and find the time. My drive has definitely decreased. I was so strong going into Boston a couple months after Nick was born, then I burnt out, then I got pregnant with Kara and here I am: BLAHhhhhhh.  I'm not sure what my plan should be for the next couple of months but I don't want to just sit around and be fat and lazy. Lucky for the Bootie Buster challenge I will be somewhat motivated?

I took Recovery e21 (thanks Mama Simmons) and I'll let you know what I think of it this week!
I got to meet the winner, 25 year old Dan from MA. Nice guy!

No kids/family today - I was a loner! Fun morning :)


12 comments:

  1. but you did beat your time though :-) maybe your body wasn't used to the coffee? did you start drinking it regularly before the race?

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  2. You beat goal C! Be proud girlie - don't beat yourself up! You'll find your drive, I think it's just this time of year that can weigh us all down! Congrats!

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  3. Not bad at all I'd say, especially since you were taking pictures and what not along the way!

    Congrats!

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  4. Nice job! Congrats on the half!

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  5. You're way too hard on yourself! You did great and you have a wee little one. You'll be back where you want before you know it!

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  6. The fact that you were out there, pretty much says it all - you're stronger and more amazing than you think. Part of the reason I ran the Rock'n'roll was b/c I just don't fare well in the cold weather. You did really well (how many other people in Phila were in bed snoozing this morning . .hmmm? :)

    And given how much cross training you've been doing lately, I think the motivation is just with the running. You have two kids under 3 and that's a huge hurdle to overcome in organizing your workout schedules too. I have some friends in the same situation who barely have time to do one or two things a week. Be proud and know that you're finding your way back . . just taking a different route :) Did you sign up for the tri you were talking about? Maybe that will help w/ motivation?

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  7. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. I wish I could like gels and other supplements as much as you do. I have to force them all down.

    As for motivation, for me, it's just that feeling of going fast. I love pushing myself to get faster and faster. Maybe I will feel different after we have #2, but after Zach, just the thought of going fast was enough to get me motivated.

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  8. nice job girlfriend! you kicked booty!!! <3

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  9. You ARE hard on yourself- I think ther is a snow balls chance in hell of you becoming 'fat and lazy'! You beat goal C! It is HAAAARD getting in the workouts with babba and you have 2 babbas - i can't even fathom it. I find that my body still gets tired after training (I've had good workouts this week but last night I was gubbed) and my friend reminded me that our physiology is all still returning to normal for at least 9 months post partum so energies can be low.It all takes time. It's frustrating as hell but keep it steady and you'll get there - it should be all about the aerobic base at mo'.

    Yeah the coffee could have done the tum if you're not used to it.

    Recover (and I mean recover) well,

    Kaz.

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  10. I'm not sure how I'd handle 2 kids so close together in age. It's a major circus getting it all done with just one. You're doing an awesome job.

    Philly is one of my favorite marathons. I'm glad you enjoyed your day!

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  11. Congratulations! You did GREAT!

    It's tough to get motivated w/the little ones. Just take it day by day. You're doing great and inspiring others -- be proud!

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  12. Way to go! I think the little ones can BE the motivation. I just think about how I want to be a good example for them, and also how I want to be the healthiest I can be to keep up with them :-)

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