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Monday, July 08, 2013

Some last minute 4th of July planning had my family running a 4 mile race. My dad has done the race many times before. He emailed us about a tough course, no medals or T-shirts and a "minimal fee." Well, what the heck does that mean? We have to double race prices because DH and I usually both want to run. We've reached our race budget for the year. But it was a holiday and my dad and sister were going to run, so I figured it would be worth the cost.

50 cents!! Best deal ever. Two ladies sat at a table with a coffee can that you threw your money in. Minimal fee indeed!

The race was in a little, hilly 100+ year old neighborhood in St. Paul. 2 mile loop.
My goals were:
1. run. Don't walk.
2. Negative split.

There were 200 runners and the guy in charge said it was the biggest crowd they'd ever had. DH had the kids in the jogger. My mom was going to stand on a corner near the start so he could hand off the kids after the first loop. Within the first 2 blocks he zipped past me. I was entertained by all the old house on the course and easily found a groove. I love when you can find a breathing rhythm. I stuck with it even on the hills. I didn't have a watch, music or running app on and there weren't any mile markers. True naked running. I loved it. There was a long gradual hill to climb at the end of the loop. I was happy to see 16:34 on the clock. I was shocked to see my mom with no kids. "He still has them?!!" I yelled and my mom laughed. I cannot imagine pushing the jogger on those hills. whoa.

The 2nd loop was easier because I knew what was coming. When to push, what I had to save some energy for. I was focused and kept thinking "negative split, negative split." And I did it! Ran across at 32:22
1st loop pace 8:17
2nd loop pace 7:54
average 8:06
I feel super good about that. Good marathon training run! And a highlight was meeting Carrie Tollefson after the race. She's an Olympian and I've watched her show a few times.
She ran with her husband and my DH ended up running with them. They were very nice and we talked for awhile while our kids played on the playground after the race. I was a little star struck and she was just so normal.

Then we went out to eat. My dad loves the play by play of a race even more than I do. DH said he kept the kids with him because DD was coaching him along. "Dad, go faster. Dad, why are those runners passing you? Dad, you need to win." Ha! Running motivation comes in many forms.

We're working on our family of 4 picture skills.

And now we're at the start of week 4 of marathon training. 12 mile long run. My mom volunteered to watch the kids so DH and I could both run with my dad's group. They run the 6 mile River Road loop. DH always works Saturdays so this was a big deal for us. We figured we'd do it twice. Sounds easy enough, right?

And the first loop was. Especially since my sister showed up and we were wearing matching lulu skirts. You'll get a lot of fun comments from other runners when you look like this:

I wish we could've run the loop alone first and then met the group. But getting the kids up at 5:30 and expecting my mom to deal with crabby kids isn't really fair. So as demoralizing as it was to watch the group walk to their cars and talk about meeting at the coffee shop, I knew we had to power on. Believe me, I came up with lots of reasons why 6 miles would be enough. It's hot. It's humid. I raced on Thursday. Iced coffee is delicious. I can run 12 next week instead of dipping down to 9. 6 miles is plenty.

NOOOOO! You are training for a marathon. This is only week 4. You do not get to mess with the plan already. You're half way done. Run 6 flippin miles. Go.

And that really is what I say to DH, definitely more for me than for him. But it helps to say it out loud. And he was fabulous. We walked a lot more than I would normally like. But the humidity was killer. I was basically taking baths in the drinking fountains.

And then we saw Carrie, the Olympian! And she remembered us and it was cute and uplifting and awesome for about 5.4 seconds. And then I wanted to cry again. It was one of those runs where you tell yourself: Just get to that tree. OK, run to the lamp post. You can walk at the garbage can. And on and on.

It worked. We did it. It wasn't pretty, but I sure feel good about it now. And like HONEYBADGER told me; it will make my Fall running better. And if marathon day is hot & humid, I know I can handle it.
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    Such a fun blog! Kudos to DH for running with the stroller. The hardest 10k in the area is at the park where I run regularly and it has made me fairly good at hills. Last year, I was cruising up the toughest hill, passing everyone. Then a dude pushing a stroller with two kids rolled past me like I was standing still and he wasn't even huffing. Crazy fit! You and your sister are so cute with your twinkie skirts.
    2937 days ago
    Great family bonding
    2938 days ago
    Lots of great things to comment on, but I want to give kudos to your Mom who supports your running.
    Many of my mother's generation believed women would hurt themselves by running and she would often pass on the warnings to me.
    2938 days ago
    Oh my. You & your DH never cease to amaze me. I even had to tell my DH the highlights of your blog. Good golly! You guys are BUTT KICKERS. And your kids are going to be the same way. Just wait & see, LOL.

    NOW, let's talk about how cute you guys are. You & the sister in those cute skirts & your daughter with her coaching. Oh my.

    2938 days ago
    So much greatness. I love your stories!
    2938 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13962463
    You are adorable in that family picture - and rowr, your DH is cute too!
    Your stick-to-it-tiveness never ceases to inspire me. I thought of you on my run too - and it was the run from heck! But you know what? I was overdue for a double digit run. And I wanted it to be over but even with taking showers at most water fountains and having to walk, we did it. I think running a ten minute pace in your weather would be manageable but running faster paces whether it's 7:30 (for you) or 9:00 (for me) is the real challenge. And the only thing that got me through it was thinking "oh, I guess this has to be hard. And you know what? Every other runner out there is having a hard time too. Hard is okay."
    If you want to run with the group, keep running with your group (unlike you, I haven't embraced the group love yet but I'm going back next week). You might have to add slower jog intervals (I know that blows) or try salt tablets and icky electrolyte loading before hand but I am hoping our bodies will adapt.
    Just know, I am out there running through the humidity with you, cursing our addiction to marathons. :D emoticon
    2938 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/8/2013 6:06:25 PM
    Did the winner get the jar of coins? That sounds so fun. I do like my shirts and medals, but I also like simple and old-fashioned. It sounds like a nice change of pace. Great job on meeting your goals, by the way!
    Good for you for sticking with your plan. Blowing it early on is never, ever a good idea. It's too easy to get sidetracked in the opposite direction.
    I'm thinking about how you were a littlestar struck by the Olympian. I'd probably be a little awestruck by YOU! Someday I'm going to drive over there and find out. :)
    2938 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Great pics! Glad you and your family could share this special time as you made some memories that will last a lifetime.
    2938 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5893253
    Great pictures, awesome spirit! I love the lulu skirts and your daughter's coaching skills!
    You're an adorable family!
    2938 days ago
    Great time! Congrats. What a great cheering section you husband had!

    I play a lot of head games with myself when I run like "just get to that tree", "keep running till you get to the intersection, you'll get to stop for traffic", "just give it one more minute, you can do anything for a minute."

    Even when it's an ugly run, it is SO worth it when you're done!

    You keep me motivated!

    2938 days ago
    $0.50!?!?!? That is super cheap race! emoticon for getting out there even when you were not expecting to. Awesome job on the times too!

    And the matching skirts with your sis....too cute!
    2938 days ago
    Love this! Your DH is great for pushing the kids around again, but who can blame them when he had his own cheering section with him the whole time!

    Congrats on finishing your 12 mile run - I am sure it was daunting but so rewarding at the end! And how awesome to meet and then spend time with an Olympian! woot woot!!
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