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SD Rock n Roll Marathon Recap

In January of 2008, I decided it was time to make a change. It was time to take better care of the only body I will ever get by eating healthier & exercising.

I have yet to look back.

The past three and a half years have been amazing. Life is amazing. There’s nothing that can stop you from living the life you want!

On August 9th, 2008 I completed my first sprint triathlon.

On March 14th, 2009 I completed my first 10k race.

On October 10th, 2009 I completed my first Olympic distance triathlon.

On January 24th, 2010 I completed my first Half Marathon.

And on June 5th, 2011 I completed my first Marathon!

Sunday I ran 26.2 miles. I ran 26.2 miles in 4 hrs and 16 minutes.

Ever since my taper began I had butterflies in my stomach. I was prepared for the race but had to wait for my body to be ready. Those two weeks were killer but I listened to the more experienced ones and did what I was told. I rested up, ate lots of carbohydrates and just waited.

Finally, race weekend was here. The weekend was ALL ABOUT the Marathon. I ate and slept marathon. I don’t think I did anything that wasn’t going to help me prepare for Sunday!

Saturday we went to the expo at the Convention Center. It was HUGE. It took us a good two hours to get our bibs & walk through all the sponsor booths.

We ate all the samples we could & just enjoyed being there.

Saturday’s weather was beautiful! All I wanted to do was soak up the sun, maybe have a cold cocktail and relax. Unfortunately, this was not in the cards for us. I had more important things to worry about..

We went to Isabel’s Cantina for lunch in Pacific Beach. I ordered the special breakfast sandwich with bacon, chorizo, avocado, and lots of other yummy stuff on it.

After lunch it was time to prep & drink lots of fluids.
*I made a snack cooler for Todd to carry around just in case.
*I made an iEatNeat t-shirt to wear during the race!
*I updated my music on my ipod.
*I got all my gear together for the race & for pre & post
race festivities.

Once I was all ready it was time to head down south for my typical pre-race meal. Todd & I picked up Missi & went to Bronx Pizza for the first time.

I drank a 22oz bottle of Racer 5… out of a paper bag..

..& ate two large slices of pizza

This has been my typical pre-race meal and I think it’s been good for me.  One of these times I may try to go without it. Maybe I will have a better race!?

Todd & I slept at Missi’s house to give us an extra half hour of sleep. That being said, my alarm was set for 3:30am and I was in bed by 10pm. Race morning was there before we knew it.  I had my typical toast with PB & Banana and some more fluids.

Pre-race logistics were a little stressful. With lots of traffic & long lines for the porta-potties (45 min. maybe??), we barely made it to the start line!

Pre race porty-potty line shot with the iphone..

And a group shot in line..

Before I knew it, we were off! I was now running 26.2 miles.. like it or not!

The first 7 miles or so were scenic. We ran through Balboa Park, Hillcrest, the Gaslamp District, through Petco Park and down by SD Bay on Harbor Drive.

We then made it back to the entrance of 163 freeway via Broadway I think. The freeway was a little surreal but the slant of the road was not fun on my legs. They did not like the long incline from miles 6-10 either.

We exited the freeway at about mile 11 or so on Friars Road. Friars had a good amount of spectators & took us down to Morena Blvd area. I found Todd somewhere just before mile 14. He rode the beach cruiser beside me for as long as he could until he was kicked off the course. I liked having him there just in case. The Morena Blvd. portion of the course was boring. We ran back and forth along that road for too long.

At about mile 16 I started hurting which was way too early when I had 10 miles left! My stomach was in knots and stayed that way. I need to figure out how to prevent that! I stopped a couple times to take a couple deep breaths and handed Todd my water belt which helped. It relieved some pressure for a bit. I also stopped to use the porta-potty at maybe mile 17 or 18. That is where I lost Todd and was on my own until mile 21ish.

Entering De Anza Cove I saw Danielle & Steamer, gave her a hug & continued on. I ate a Gu Roctane Gel at mile 20 from an aid station and filled my mini water bottle from their cups of water. By this point I was definitely slowing. My music was beginning to stress me out because it seemed real loud. Todd helped me to get my music to a lower volume and I slowly trucked along.

The last 6 miles were not enjoyable. I walked through aid stations and even a little extra on Fiesta Island. Too much noise bothered me (cheerleaders on the course) and nothing was making it easier! Even the otter pops made me feel a little sick!

The home stretch..

Needless to say, I finished! My official time was 4 hrs 16 min & 37 seconds. Below is my garmin time which was about 4 minutes short. The garmin stops when I stop so it’s a little off.

Summary 04:12:49 26.35 09:35
1 00:09:16 1.00 09:16
2 00:09:10 1.00 09:10
3 00:09:02 1.00 09:02
4 00:08:49 1.00 08:49
5 00:08:45 1.00 08:45
6 00:09:05 1.00 09:05
7 00:09:14 1.00 09:14
8 00:09:26 1.00 09:26
9 00:09:27 1.00 09:27
10 00:09:40 1.00 09:40
11 00:08:45 1.00 08:45
12 00:09:17 1.00 09:17
13 00:09:09 1.00 09:09
14 00:09:09 1.00 09:09
15 00:09:29 1.00 09:29
16 00:09:56 1.00 09:56
17 00:09:20 1.00 09:20
18 00:09:40 1.00 09:40
19 00:10:07 1.00 10:07
20 00:09:53 1.00 09:53
21 00:10:14 1.00 10:14
22 00:10:07 1.00 10:07
23 00:09:46 1.00 09:46
24 00:10:14 1.00 10:14
25 00:11:41 1.00 11:41
26 00:10:38 1.00 10:38
27 00:03:16 0.35 09:18

With a time of 4:16:37 my real pace was 9:47 (If I did my math correctly).  I can honestly say I am happy with that.  There are many parts of me that wished I was faster or wished those last miles felt better but honestly, I am happy.  That was not easy.  Those last miles are a challenge I’ve never came across before (in exercise or life).

After about an hour of recovering, I was ready to tackle those last miles again.  Well, not really.. but in my head I felt I could do them better the second time!  I think this feeling is the appeal to this whole marathon thing.  I can do better.. I know I can.. even though I hated every second of those last miles..

After wandering around aimlessly trying to find Todd & Leslie, we made it to the beer garden & sat on the ground for a good hour.  It was not easy getting up! I drank a Miller 64 Lemonade beer which was a good gimmick on their part.  Take a light beer that has no flavor and add lemonade to it.  Now it tastes good.  The problem with light beers is in order to remove calories, you are also removing alcohol.  This beer was 2.something% alcohol.  Not worth it to me.. even with the lemonade flavor.

Congrats to Leslie for setting a PR on the half with a speedy time of 1:39:48! Yay Leslie!

We celebrated post race with a BBQ put on by some amazing friends.

This burger was amazing!!

And so were the tequila shots!

Here I am with the other first time marathon finishers!  Great job Michelle & Brett!

I have to give a shout out to my number 1 fan!  Thanks Todd! You’re the best! 🙂

What an amazing experience!  Here I come Nike Women’s Marathon!!



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Birthday Girl!!

Was planning on a long run this morning, but the distance was up in the air.  My plan was to see what everyone else was running.

Summary 02:25:47 15.21 09:35
1 00:09:40 1.00 09:40
2 00:09:41 1.00 09:41
3 00:09:55 1.00 09:55
4 00:09:43 1.00 09:43
5 00:09:04 1.00 09:04
6 00:09:01 1.00 09:01
7 00:08:53 1.00 08:53
8 00:09:52 1.00 09:52
9 00:09:58 1.00 09:58
10 00:09:42 1.00 09:42
11 00:09:41 1.00 09:41
12 00:09:38 1.00 09:38
13 00:09:32 1.00 09:32
14 00:09:47 1.00 09:47
15 00:09:38 1.00 09:38
16 00:01:55 0.21 09:13

So I ended up running over 15 miles! That is the farthest I’ve ran to date.  My calves, achilles & groin were not liking me but we did it together!  I’m happy I did it, but I’m also happy it’s over!

Now it is time to celebrate.  Today is Leslie’s birthday so we have a fun busy day ahead of us!

Happy Birthday Leslie!  I hope today is awesome!

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It’s official!

Tonight at VAVI’s Running Club orientation I signed the papers & paid the dues!  I am running a marathon on June 5th! I am running a marathon on June 5th! It’s not sinking in yet.. maybe if I just say it a few more times.. I am running a marathon on June 5th! aahh  It’s going to be a busy Winter/Spring!  It seems I like it like that.  Lots to look forward to!

Now for some food..

Eating out at lunch during the work week can get expensive!  I know a sandwich, chips and a drink can run you around $10 near my work!  That’s $50/week!  I like to try and come up with recipes that are easy, healthy & delicious to keep our lunches exciting & cheap!  I think this entire recipe probably costs less than $10! I would much rather spend that money elsewhere than on my daily lunch! Agree?

This week I made a basic lentil soup but added some wheat berries to change the texture a bit & threw in some green lentils because I wanted to use them up!

Lentil & Wheat Berry Soup

1 cup red lentils
1/2 cup green lentils (split pea?)
1/2 cup wheat berries
2 carrots chopped
2 stalks of celery chopped
1/2 onion chopped
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp bay leaves
2 ham hocks (optional for flavoring)
8 cups water
salt & pepper to taste

Throw it all in the crockpot & cook on low for 8 hours!

I used an immersion blender to puree it but you can use a blender if you don’t have one or you can leave it as is.

It’s totally a personal preference thing!  Season as desired and enjoy!  Don’t forget the bread & siracha!

Now where were those running shoes? …


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Carlsbad 1/2 Marathon Race Report

Wow! That was so much harder than I anticipated! I initially did the math by dividing 120 minutes by 13.1 miles & came at 9.16 which for weeks I thought meant I needed to keep a pace of 9:16 mins/mile to keep under 2 hours.  Boy was I wrong, I don’t know what I was thinking & yes I am an engineer! haha

Anyways, I did it!  I had to pick up my pace for the last like 4 miles in order to do it, but I pushed and I succeeded.  It was awesome & really hard!  Here’s my stats:

Summary 01:59:45 13.19 09:04
1 00:10:09 1.00 10:09
2 00:09:11 1.00 09:11
3 00:09:13 1.00 09:13
4 00:09:04 1.00 09:04
5 00:09:24 1.00 09:24
6 00:09:05 1.00 09:05
7 00:09:23 1.00 09:23
8 00:09:10 1.00 09:10
9 00:09:09 1.00 09:09
10 00:08:51 1.00 08:51
11 00:08:39 1.00 08:39
12 00:08:35 1.00 08:35
13 00:08:19 1.00 08:19
14 00:01:24 0.19 07:21

We started near the back of Wave 3 and there were tons of people. The announcer said multiple times that there were 10,000 people running the 1/2 marathon! Mile one was very difficult to get moving because of the crowd which meant we had to make up that time elsewhere during our run.

I remember looking at my garmin at mile 10 & realizing I had to run 3.1 miles and had a time on my watch of 1:33.  That meant I needed to keep of pace of 8:42 (if I’m doing my math right) for the rest of the race.  That is pretty fast for me!

Official results were:

Overall: 2135 out of 7018
Women: 878 out of 4324
F 25-29: 162 out of 777
Age/Grade: 55.00% Place: 2000
Finish: 1:59:43 Pace: 9:08
Tag Time: 1:59:43
Gun Time: 2:06:39

Pretty close to my garmin’s results, the extra distance on my garmin probably came from not cutting the course right. I can’t believe there were 777 other women in my age group, it seems like a lot but then again I guess there were 10,000 runners!

Look at my ugly face coming in to the finish line!

Congrats to Missi who finished her 1st Marathon in 3:53:31!  She killed it!

My VAVI runners! Everyone PRed!

Post run celebration took place at Pizza Port where we had some more pizza & beer.  I think I’m sick of pizza for a bit!  We watched the Green Bay/Chicago game & had great plans for the next game but came home & passed out.. I guess that’s acceptable.

Now off to find some more food & probably call it an earlyish night!

“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.”
-PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian


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Pre-Race Festivities

Today we went the race expo to pick up our bibs & do a little shopping!

Cool huh!?

I am number 6838 in Wave #4

We played with the holographic bracelets from Power Balance. It might be all in your head but as long as you believe it, it should help! It was fun & Missi is going to try one out tomorrow in her FULL Marathon!  Good Luck Missi!

For lunch we went to Naked Cafe.  Awesome restaurant with good wholesome food!

We split the Plate of Prosperity & the Buff Breakfast Burritos.  I would highly recommend the plate of prosperity but the burritos were just ok.

Now for some inspiration..

Dinner consisted of a little of this..

and some of this..

All in moderation of course!

So excited & nervous at the same time!

Clothes are laid out with race number secured to shirt, spibelt ready to hold gels & chapstick. Water bottles filled & some warm clothes ready for the morning!

Alarm is set for 5am..

G’night all!

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Taper Week

I am officially in taper mode for my race on Sunday.  The ‘taper period’ for a half marathon is shorter & less drastic than if I were tapering for a full marathon.  Never the less, I am running less mileage & and at a lower intensity.  I am also eating more carbohydrates to store some fuel for Sunday.  This week turned out to be the perfect time to make 4 sourdough baguettes!

My training this week consisted of two 5 mile runs & one 3 mile run.  The stats are as follows.

1st 5 mile run:

Summary 00:46:34 5.00 09:18
1 00:09:23 1.00 09:23
2 00:09:26 1.00 09:26
3 00:09:19 1.00 09:19
4 00:09:16 1.00 09:16
5 00:09:06 1.00 09:06
6 00:00:01 0.00 08:57

3 mile run:

Summary 00:26:38 3.00 08:53
1 00:08:58 1.00 08:58
2 00:08:45 1.00 08:45
3 00:08:54 1.00 08:55

2nd 5 mile run:

Summary 00:46:50 5.00 09:22
1 00:09:20 1.00 09:20
2 00:09:17 1.00 09:17
3 00:09:33 1.00 09:33
4 00:09:19 1.00 09:19
5 00:09:18 1.00 09:19

I probably should’ve ran a little slower in these runs to back off on intensity even more.  Now I just need to rest my legs.. I’ve been getting calf, shin, foot soreness the last day or so. I’ve heard about ‘fantom’ injuries before a race so that’s a possibility but as long as I stretch & ice them I think I’ll be fine.

I plan to go for a walk on Friday & Saturday to keep my legs moving.  I’m getting nervous! My main focus for this race is to not start out too fast!  I have this goal in mind that I think I can reach (if I have a great race & it may be pushing it a bit..), but if I start too fast, I will run out of steam!  A typical long run for me will start slow & end fast so that is what I need to focus on.  Can’t wait for pre & post race festivities!

On another note, recently I bought a tub of kalamata olives at Costco.  It was an impulse buy that I’ve snacked on for weeks & there’s barely a dent in the tub!  If there are any ideas out there for recipes I would greatly appreciate it. Here’s my first one:

Kalamata Olive Hummus
recipe came from here

10 -15 kalamata olives (pitted)
1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup yogurt
15 ounces garbanzo beans
salt to taste

I followed this recipe kind of. I used the juice from half a lemon, I used probably a little more than a can of garbanzo beans (I had some dried ones that I soaked overnight & then cooked), I kept adding olives until I liked it, the yogurt I measured for some reason, olive oil I added until I liked the consistency & I made my own tahini!

When I make hummus, I ALWAYS make myself sick from tasting as I go.  You would think I’d learn..  For some reason, I don’t follow measurements very well & I prefer to ‘wing it’.  I like to keep tasting it until I like it.  My stomach doesn’t like me right now, maybe I shouldn’t make hummus anymore! Can’t do that.. it’s sooo good!

Back to the tahini!  I made my own tahini!  I didn’t have any in the house and I didn’t want to go spend $5 on a little jar at the store (I made up that price.. no idea how much it really costs).

I looked it up online & tahini is just sesame seeds & olive oil! I took the sesame seeds I had, toasted them in the oven and blended them with as much olive oil as necessary to make a paste.  No need for it to be pouring consistency when I’m adding it to hummus. Easy & cheap!

Hummus tastes great & is good for you too with protein & good fats!

Tomorrow is Friday!!  hooray!

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are”  Marianne Williamson


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Ready or not, here I come!

Remember the funk I was in with my marathon training?  I think yoga was just what I needed! After that wonderful night of yoga, I’ve had two great runs!  On Thursday, I ran a wonderful lunchtime 6 miler where I probably should’ve worn sunscreen!  Yes, sunscreen in January! =)

I think this was the fastest I’ve ever ran 6 miles!

Summary 00:52:46 6.00 08:47
1 00:09:17 1.00 09:17
2 00:08:50 1.00 08:50
3 00:08:37 1.00 08:37
4 00:08:35 1.00 08:35
5 00:08:45 1.00 08:45
6 00:08:39 1.00 08:40


This morning I ran 9 with Vavi for our last long run before race day!  We ran it in Carlsbad on part of the course for next week.  It was a beautiful day in San Diego! Love the scenery, love the feeling when I’ve completed a run, why is it so hard to get out and just run!?  Here’s my run info for today:

Summary 01:23:28 9.00 09:16
1 00:09:40 1.00 09:40
2 00:09:18 1.00 09:18
3 00:09:37 1.00 09:37
4 00:09:22 1.00 09:22
5 00:09:15 1.00 09:15
6 00:09:16 1.00 09:16
7 00:09:17 1.00 09:17
8 00:09:11 1.00 09:11
9 00:08:29 1.00 08:28

It was hot this morning running, might need sunglasses or a hat next weekend!

Recently I’ve had this debate with myself.  On the settings of my garmin, I enabled the Auto-Pause feature meaning when I stop, say at a stop light or something, my time stops.  This is so that my running pace does not get messed up from ‘non-running’ parts of the run.  My issue is that during my long runs, there are water stops where I may stop to get water out of the jug or to eat my gels and this stopping time is not included in my run time.  Sometimes I think it should be because come race day, there is no Auto-Pause feature! Any thoughts on the issue?  Should I disable this feature?

Stay tuned for my first sourdough loaf that has been in the works for the past week now, starter and all…

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