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Traveling ALL DAY. I’m still not home, I’m sitting in my sister’s basement in Manhattan… KS that is. The Little Apple, not the Big Apple.

So as most of you know, I have this crazy cyber-stalkish thing going on with my favorite blogger, SkinnyRunner.

Yep, no denying it. I think she’s smart and quirky and I love to read her posts. It’s like an addiction or something.

A few days ago, I got mentioned! YAY! Okay, well I sent in a few pics of me and Mirda from San Diego. She posted it. I felt special.

So HELLO to my new viewers, y’all are at home here.

In honor of SR and my sis, who I’ve spent the past week with & who is running her first half in the fall, I am going to reblog part of her advice from Feb of 2012 about running your first race. I love it, it’s GREAT stuff. It helped me get through my first marathon! Enjoy!

“So let’s dive in first with running tips; you’ve probably heard of these before, but I steal all my information from others so get used to it.

*Don’t try anything new on race day.  Nothing new: no new shoes, new food, new outfit, new pace, nothing new.

There will inevitably be someone who’s all “I did everything new on race day and still PR’ed.”  Great, good for you.  You want a cookie?

If you’re a new runner, there’s no upside in risking a blister, an upset stomach, or some nice chafing.  Why risk it?

Use a (training) long run as a dress rehearsal and treat it like the race: run your race pace, eat your pre-race breakfast, take in your race fuel, etc so you have a feel for how race day will be.

A gear tip: set out all your gear the night before, from shoes all the way up to headgear.  Plug in your electronics nearby your pile of stuff so in the early morning head fog, you won’t forget anything because it’s all together.

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(There’s a good checklist on that site too of all marathon gear you might need)

*Start the race at the pace you trained at, not your I’m geeked up and superstoked pace

Everyone does this – we get excited, nervous, full of energy and rip off the line running way too fast, but for first time racers, the faster you start, the slower you’re gonna finish.  Take it easy the first couple miles and then put the hammer down and finish strong.

*Take in fuel whether that’s energy drinks, gels, bites, etc

If you’re running 13 miles, I think you should be taking in calories somehow.  This goes back to doing your dress rehearsal run – figure out in training what type of fuel works best for you.  Some people have iron stomachs and could eat a traffic cone while others can only do one specific brand of energy drink.  Know what works for you.

Now, onto racing etiquette and courtesy:

*Start in the right corral according to the time you are going to run: not your wishful thinking time but a realistic time.

A huge complaint of pretty much all racers is when people don’t start in the correct corral because it makes everyone’s start more chaotic and less efficient.

For example, if this is your first race and you’ve been training to run a 2:00 half, then get in the 2 hr. corral even if you see some 1:50 people that you could beat or you feel really good that day.  Get in the corral that correlates with the pace you’ve trained at.

Whatever you do, don’t hop in the front corrals because you think it’s advantageous to start earlier.  not at all.  Almost all races have chip timing so your time doesn’t start until you cross the start line.

All that happens when you start too fast is that you get passed by a bunch of people (demoralizing) or you start off way too fast and then blow up at the finish.

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So pick a corral that’s realistic for you.  You don’t win a race in the first mile; it’s the last ones that are important.  And you can always speed up after the first few miles.

*If you need to stop, walk, stretch, whatever, move over to the side of the course, preferably the right side. 

Don’t ever just stop in the middle of the road -you could get hurt, someone could hit you from behind, etc.  Think of cars driving: if the one in front of you stops suddenly, there’s gonna be a wreck.  So gently move over to the side when you need to stop.  And it’s ok to stop and walk!

*When going through aid stations, you don’t have to grab the first cup.

In big races, there are tons of volunteers handing out cups every 2ish miles so don’t swerve over to grab the first cup you see; go on a little bit where it’s less crowded.  It’s less energy you’re having to expend and lessens the risk of colliding with someone.

*After you drink, look around before tossing the cup. 

It’s usually best to toss it to the side of the road and not just drop it at your feet.  If you see trash cans, try to aim for those. A drinking tip:pinch the cup together to make a little spout which makes it easier to gulp down.

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*If you have to hawk a loogie, look behind you before you do.  Move over to the side if need be.

*Thank the volunteers.

They’re out there just as long as you are but not getting any glory or endorphin high so try to smile or say thank you when can.

*At the finish, move on through it.

There’s going to be hundreds of people sprinting in hard behind you so grab your medal, water and space blanket and keep on walking a little further until you’re out of the crowd.  Then stretch out, sit down, get something in your system without being run over by other runners.

To sum it up, it’s important to start in the correct corral and then while racing, think of what you’d want the runner in front of you to do.  Would you want them to suddenly swerve right in front of you, toss their gel wrapper right over their shoulder, stop right in the middle and tie their shoe?”

Now back to me.

I love y’all, you’re fantastic. I plan on a 5:30am run, I have some errands to do (like applying for a job in the fall.. yay college!) in the morning and getting some awesome stuff ready for fundraising for TNT! Then when I get home it’s CrossFit time. No days off! … Well.. Today doesn’t count.

Run on.

“Deck of Death Pleasure”

We paired up and had a deck of cards per pair. Whatever suit you had, that was the workout you did and the number of the card was how many reps. We took turns on each workout, but ran and did double-unders together!

Spades:Wall Balls

Hearts:HR Push-ups

Clubs:Box Jumps

Diamonds:Toes to Bar

Jokers:10 Double-Unders

Aces:200m Run

Face Cards = 10 Reps

 

My partner was Paige and we finished the deck in 24:30! Paige got a nice mix of the different workouts, I pretty much had all of the toes to bar… the one movement I dread.

 

So coming off of all of this talk about toes to bar, it’s time to talk about things I suck at!

We all have our strengths and weaknesses, so maybe one day when I need a pick-me-up I will talk about things I’m good at. But today I’m pretty okay with making fun of myself. So here we go.

 

  1. I suck at anything having to deal with sports. I have ZERO hand eye coordination, so if you are throwing something at me to catch or asking me to dodge something… No. Just no. Most of the time when people throw things at me, they go WAY over my head to where I would have no shot at catching it anyways.
  2. I suck at pull ups or climbing rope. I have to use a band to get through workouts involving pull ups. Most of the time I’m not even tall enough to reach the bar. Now rope climbs… Well I can get up the rope like once. Okay… that was a lie. Halfway. So I have to do the modified version where you lay on the ground and only use your arms to pull you up and back down. Weak arms fo lifeee.
  3. I suck at drinking liquids/ eating. Sometimes I always wind up with my food/drink somewhere on my pants or shirt. Like today after the workout, I basically poured my entire cup of water down my right side. Awesome. Or during supper I miss my mouth… Like every night.
  4. I suck at swimming. I can float/wade really well, so you don’t have to worry about me drowning. But ACTUAL swimming… Hah. Okay here’s the deal. I HAVE to plug my nose. I do NOT understand how people can keep water out of their noses. It’s like my nose is a vacuum that sucks in as much water as possible when I dive or do flips underwater. So that’s probably one of the main reasons why I can’t swim like a normal person. I’m just awful at it.
  5. I suck at running 5k’s. I have one today, but let me tell you. They hurt me. It’s just you have to keep a fairly fast pace through ALL of it since it’s so short. I’m not a fast person. I’m SLOW. That’s why I became a distance runner. Cause really it matters about how many miles rather than how fast (to me at least.) It’s more of game with me. But 5k’s… It’s like boom you start and then boom you’re done within 30 minutes or less.
  6. I suck at remembering things. That’s why when you see my planner throughout the school year, it is jam packed with what time I need to be where, days I have tests, future plans, reminders to myself of what I need to do later… etc. If I didn’t write things down, I would be a lost little puppy, wandering about.
  7. I suck at English/ Reading. Okay, this topic is kind of controversial since what I do with my free time is write, but when you look at my ACT scores, these are my two LOWEST subjects. They seriously brought my score down. When it comes to reading, I’m slow. I take my time to dissect almost every single word. It takes me FOREVER to get through a book. I know people who can just run their finger down a page and understand everything that that certain page was about. I’m so jealous.
  8. I suck at walking up stairs. I trip almost every single time I go up stairs. So when I remember that I suck at it while going up a flight, I basically have to do high-knees to make sure my feet get on that step.
  9. I suck at being consistent – on some things. I can be on time consistently, but my schedule every day is never consistent. At our CrossFit gym , there are 4-5 separate classes you can go to. I change up whatever class I go to ALL the time. I tried a morning class once, but I suck at waking up as well, so that stopped after one time.
  10. I suck at cleaning my room. I go through periods where I don’t clean my room. I just throw crap everywhere thinking, “I’ll clean it up tomorrow.” But it gets to the point where it STRESSES me out. I won’t even go in my room unless it is to sleep. When it gets to be that point, I usually get the urge to clean at about 10pm. Awesome.

 

Well there is my short list of things I suck at!

I have a question, is anybody running the 5K this afternoon? If you haven’t heard about it, it starts at Cavalier Field with Registration starting at 3pm, the race starting at 4pm! It’s a color run, so wear crappy clothes. I have no idea of who is all going, so PLEASE someone show up so I can run with you. I need a running partner… 🙂

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Run on.

Happy leaving day!

Today we leave to stay the night in Wichita, because our flight leaves at 6am tomorrow. Hello morning.

So in order to leave, I had to pack.

So this is my packing process.

1. I stare at my empty bag and get on the computer until I have absolutely need to get packing.

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2. I organize all of my clothes by the following categories: Pants, Shorts, Tanks, Tops, Socks & Stuff.

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3. I pack all of my pants/ shorts.

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4. I pack my shirts/ tanks at the opposite end.

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5. I pack everything else in-between.

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6. I pack my shoes, makeup, hair stuff, and other toiletries. (I don’t pack anything on the outside pockets. I don’t trust them.)

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7. I pack my carry-on with coloring books, crayons, my running gear (water bottle & band), headphones, and anything else I may need!

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8. I put everything by the door just so my mom knows I’m waiting on her… 🙂

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Tips:

When you are packing a lot of clothes, ROLL your shirts/ pants. It creates more room to store more things!

If you don’t need to check a bag, pack everything in a carry-on with your toiletries in someone else’s bag.

If you know you will be going shopping, make sure you save some room in your bag.

Pack some things to do on the plane. I have the mind of a 5 year old, so I need coloring books to entertain me.

PACK SNACKS. 

 

Let’s do this!

Run on.

CrossFit Workout Yesterday:

Baseline Workout

500m Row, 40 Air Squats, 30 Sit Ups, 20 PushUps, 10 Pull Ups

Time : 5:56

WOD:

5 Rounds of 12 PushUps, 9 Hang Cleans, 12 Lateral Jumps

Time: 9:55

CrossFit Workout Today:

Max Out:

I did 5 Rope Climbs in 1 min, 55sec hold L-Sits

WOD:

12 min as many rounds as you could (I got through 5 rounds)

200m run, 4 pull ups, 6 Power Snatch, 8 Overhead Squat

As you may have noticed, I have started a new way of working out besides running. It is called CrossFit and I am in LOVE. It’s hard as heck, but I am already feeling better and seeing more muscle definition in my arms. Bomb.

CrossFit focuses on increasing 10 general physical skills. They are:


1. Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance – The ability of body systems to
gather, process, and deliver oxygen.
2. Stamina – The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and
utilize energy.
3. Strength – The ability of a muscular
unit, or combination of muscular units,
to apply force.
4. Flexibility – the ability to maximize
the range of motion at a given joint.
5. Power – The ability of a muscular
unit, or combination of muscular units,
to apply maximum force in minimum
time.
6. Speed – The ability to minimize the
time cycle of a repeated movement.
7. Coordination – The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.
8. Agility – The ability to minimize
transition time from one movement
pattern to another.
9. Balance – The ability to control the
placement of the bodies center of
gravity in relation to its support base.
10. Accuracy – The ability to control
movement in a given direction or at a
given intensity.

Like me, I’m not super strong or fast, so CrossFit will benefit me by helping me become a more well-rounded athlete by helping me in those areas.

What’s funny is that some CrossFitters aren’t too fond of long-distance runners, they think the body shouldn’t be forced to run for long amounts of time. But when I went tonight, I did fairly well. I was told that generally when marathoners go in to CrossFit, they do really well. Why? Because we da bomb. That’s why.

Speaking of marathons and awesomeness, I leave TOMORROW. Holy moly.

………

I’m sorry. I think I just had a mini heart attack!

We have about a day and a half to ourselves before the marathon. Of course, we are going to the beach. But is there anything else anybody recommends doing in San Diego? Let me know! I have never been to Cali. I’M PUMPED!

Wish me luck! I will be blogging from my phone when I can!

Run on.

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