Guest Blogger Post:
“See Jane Cook, See Jane Run”
Hello Fit Chickies!! I’m Jane, host of “See Jane Cook, See Jane Run”. I live in the Midwest, have a degree in Food Science and am working on earning my degree in Dietetics, I own my own meal planning service, Everyday Epicurean LLC, and in my spare time I like to ride horses!
I’ve always run in some sense, but mostly
short distances. In May, I ran my first
half marathon and although it was a rough run, I decided to try my luck at
another one! So, since I'm in the middle
of a righteous runner's high (and a developing dehydration headache) I thought
I'd sit down and write about my most recent half marathon experience, this
morning's Lady Speed Stick Women's Half Marathon :)
Heeeeeeere we go :-)
After my Med City Half Marathon experience, I signed up for this half a mere three months after it. I promised myself that I'd be better this time around - train consistently and perhaps even get in a 12 mile run before the big day.
I did my share of cross training, horseback riding, teaching spin, Zumba, core work and personal training work. I figured that stacking my workouts - having workouts be 2+ hours just to get my body used to the idea of keeping it in working mode longer. I had incorporated more squats and lunges along with more weight training instead of just straight cardio.
So how'd it go? Let's discuss:
The race started at 7am and my friend Sarah and I were off!
Mile 1: 12:30
Mile 2: 24:50
Mile 3: 36:00
Mile 6: 1:01:00
Mile 10: 2:04:00
Mile 13.1: 2:40:00 (give or take a minute or two)
I felt incredibly strong in the first five miles. Sarah and I kept pace with each other incredibly well and, paired with high fives at each mile marker, we kept each other motivated. It was around mile 5 that I took a quick walk break during one of the many (many....) hills on the course and started to fall behind Sarah. It's okay though, because once I was on my own, I was able to take walk breaks when I needed them. Around mile 8, I did something I had never done before in any of the races I'd run before - I GU-ed.
They had a GU station along with water and I figured "What the hell?" GU is an energy gel that's packed with carbohydrates, electrolytes, amino acids and caffeine (according to their site ). What do I think? I grabbed a Strawberry Banana and gobbled it down. Tasted like Strawberry Banana goop. I slopped it down with a cup of water and on I went. I found myself getting into this self-deprecating cycle where I'd get into a good groove, I would think to myself, "Man I'm doing really well, I feel like I'm really strong on this leg of the run" (because self-affirmations are awesome) and then I'd hit this mental wall and I'd have to take a walk break.
Even without any mental blocks, I still rocked out the race and it garnered delightful results! My time chip recorded my race time as 2:37:47. I had to do a quick double take because in May, a mere three months before, my race chip read 2:52:46. Now, for you math aficionados out there, this is a full FIFTEEN minute difference between my two races. This made me be a really happy camper.
But what other things did I do to make this the best one so far this year?? Let's see...
-At the fitness expo that was held the day before, Sarah and I both got headbands with sassy sayings on them. Turns out we were not the only ones - on race day we saw a TON of these and I think they kind of rock :)
I just love how snarky my headband is. I keep saying “Suck it up, cupcake” to everyone now…
-I Gu-ed - see the next note
-I didn't wear a hydration belt - this was definitely a bad idea. The humidity was just a little too annoying for my taste, even without any real blazing sun time. This would definitely be something I change for a future race. It also would help if I Gu-ed again - that concentrated amount of nutrients are hard to gage down without any extra water
-I did a LOT more cross-training this time around. I found my legs lasting a LOT longer than the last race, and I just felt overall stronger.
-During the last half marathon, my calves KILLED me. I wear Merrell Pace Gloves, a minimalist type shoe, and I got really bad foot pain during the last five miles of the race, which then turned out to be tendonitis. This time around, I got and wore a compression calf "guard" or sleeve the whole race. This worked phenomenally! I only wore one, and my feet and calves feel amazing. I'll be wearing them for the next few days to help with muscle recovery.
-I got fitted (like actually fitted by a boutique) for a bra, and I bought a new sports bra - this will be an entirely separate post because there is a LOT of stuff I need to talk about
-I forgot my cycling skirt so I ended up having my running capris - didn't mind too much but I will say one thing - chafing is just very uncomfortable.
Anyways, I think my runner's high is waning and here comes the runner's hangover - stiff muscles and needing to sit in the tub :-)
Med City Half Marathon - final time 2:52:46
Lady Speed Stick Women's Half Marathon - final time 2:37:47
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Brooklyn Fit Chick