#runthisyear half way point

I joined the #runthisyear 2014 challenge and I have a goal of running over 300 miles this year. As of this moment, I’m just over 160 miles. Yay!!!
I would like to thank my new protein powder for making me a faster runner, helping me recovering faster, and for pure bliss post run.
I’ve recently had to go up in sports bra size to accommodate my larger obliques so I can breathe and function better in the rib cage area. :/ Not sure how I feel about that.

Where are you on your 2014 goals?
What is new in your world that has helped your end game?

How the @thebirdtown 8K was inspirational

I heard about The Birdtown Half Marathon at the beginning of May, a little late in the year for me to comfortably sign up for a half marathon even though I knew I was capable of a successful race.
After looking at their website (thebirdtown.com), I learned they had two smaller distances I could run: an 8k and an 4k. These distances seemed very random to me, but didn’t put a second thought into it and I registered for the 8k.
An 8k is 4.97 miles, thank you Google.
About the race, from the website:
“This is the inaugural year of The Birdtown Half Marathon and we couldn’t be more excited! Our route will run the roads of Robbinsdale, MN through wooded parkways and around beautiful Minnesota lakes.”
The mayor of Robbinsdale made a promise that if 400 people registered for the race, he would run in a kilt. Not only did they hit that mark, they passed it and had to cap the number of runners to 650 and CLOSE registration for the 8k as it reached the 200 registration mark.
“Proceeds from The Birdtown Half Marathon will go to the Heart of Robbinsdale Community Foundation. Founded in 2007, the Heart of Robbinsdale Community Foundation was created with the mission of supporting and enriching the quality of life in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.”

The event was put together almost better than some of the BIG races I’ve participated in.
Check out these pre/post-race area maps:

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Those arrows are fantastic for someone like me!!
Here’s the photos I took during the race:
Not the greatest, and not that many, though.
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Starting area was next to this beautiful lake.
20140521-150131-54091167.jpgThe last stretch had a view of North Memorial Health Center, the main sponsor for this event, and where my grandma spent many years as a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room.
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It holds a few memories for me, visiting grandma at work, and eating lunch with her sometimes after my special doctor visits at the clinic across the street from the Hospital.
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I still have two pairs of her work scrub pants, they’re SO COMFORTABLE.
Back to the race…
It was a beautiful day: mostly sunny, temps expected to be in the 50s at the finish line, slight breeze. I made a rookie mistake of wearing my finisher shirt during the race, thinking it would keep the wind at bay, not knowing what it would actually help/hinder during my race since I didn’t even bother trying it on before hand.
There was a small issue with the chip time mats, so the start was delayed. I didn’t pay attention to the time that ticked by, I had my music on and zoned out to everything other than the morning run I was about to take on. I was feeling pretty stoked, after-all this was two days after my 12.2 HILLY run (that post here), and I had a deep tissue sports massage just the day before. I was expecting to be in some sort of pain, but I wasn’t. At all. It was a little odd, especially since the massage therapist told me to expect to be in pain and if I wasn’t in pain then I needed to come in every week to release the muscle tightness which we shall refer to as my entire back.
Once the timing system was working, we counted down from 10 and were off. I didn’t study the race route, I rarely do, so I just kept up with a few of the people in front of me. We shall refer to them as the only people in front of me, I was in the front part of the corral.
We followed a street through the cute part of Robbinsdale toward the bike path; along the way we had a few inclines, followed by some declines. I laughed to myself, probably out-loud, since I am once again running hills on a route I really should have looked into but didn’t.
We followed a sidewalk into the residential neighborhood, and there were spectators! After the residential neighborhood, we followed the Parkway to the finish line, and the last stretch had a wonderful decline.
The pace felt good throughout the race, I was struggling a little bit but just attributed that to my 12.2 miler 48 hours prior without even looking at what my current pace actually was. I just figured it was just going to be a difficult 10:00/mile pace for me to work through, and had to tell myself at least once during each mile that I could, and would, run this to the end.
This wasn’t a completely closed course, it was mostly monitored by course marshalls, and we stayed inside our orange cones. There were police officers at busy intersections to ensure safety, and some even cheered the runners on.
I will be running this event again.
The finisher shirt didn’t breathe as well as I would have liked it to, by the end of the race I was close to over heating. Thankfully I was well hydrated.
My results:
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WHAT?! Even though I heard the Nike+ Running app tell me I was doing pretty good for pace, I couldn’t believe it when I saw the time clock read in the 40s as I approached it! How inspiring I feel every time I think of that, and really believe I will speed up more often knowing how good I felt going that fast for that long!
By the mile:
1 mile 9’01″
2 mile 8’59″ (fastest)
3 mile 9’06″
4 mile 9’31″
I am amazed, ecstatic, inspired, motivated.

Have you had one of these races?
What was your mantra to get yourself through something that felt so difficult and ended up be so rewarding?

9 hour day, 12 mile run, hills, hills, hills

HAPPY THURSDAY!
I started a different shift at work Tuesday night, 10pm-7:30am. I will only work 4 of these each week, which means a 3 day weekend! Today is my Friday, so #allthesleep and #allthefood shall be mine.

After I got home from work this morning, I knew I needed to get in my 12 miler I had been planning on all week. After a little dazed meandering around the house, I got geared up, figured out where I was going to run, and headed out.

I chose a new location, since I didn’t want to do laps in my neighborhood. I chose a county park 10 minutes from my house, I knew I could get all of my miles in and the scenery would be rejuvinating. I am running 12 miles, and I don’t want to get bored with my surroundings, afterall.

I couldn’t find a map with mileage of the trails, so I just set my sights on a path a started running. I knew I’d have to swap out 2 water bottles between miles 4 and 6, so I kept that in mind while the miles went by. There were a few hills, but I took them with stride. I made a 4.1 mile loop back to the Jeep, swapped the bottles, made a stop at the nearby port-o-potty, and the headed down a new path.

I am usually a fan of hills, but there were so many Hills.

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One of the paths lead me to this swamp that had a set of docks strung together to make a bridge.
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This part was such a TOUGH effort for my legs, those docks were on floats!!

and then more HILLS.
This one had one of those yellow caution signs at the top because of the decline.
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I successfully kept up my pace, despite the pain shooting through my legs after the dock and hills. After 2 hours, 3 minutes, and 58 seconds, I completed 12.2 miles!!!
In my cooler that I had packed, was a shaker bottle of what I am going to call a “Super Protein Shake.” I drank it after I spent 5 minutes with my feet up the side of my Jeep.
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The shake was delicious, gave me the recovery fuel I needed, and didn’t have a bad belly side effect afterwards (I never realized until now that belly bloat after protein is NOT normal).

Tomorrow I’m going to get my first massage, ever. And it’s going to be a sports massage. Perfect planning this week.
HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY!

<3 Emily

Lifestyle Accountability – Podcast

I was very surprised, flattered, and honored, to be asked to participate in a podcast for ‘Lifestyle Accountability’. I had never participated in such a thing before! Adam Bate asked me because of my healthy lifestyle which I share on this blog. It is a “daily podcast where [they] inspire people to take action and make healthy changed to their lives by sharing the stories of others.”
Before responding to the request, I did some research and I was very pleased. So I agreed, nervously, to participate!
Find more about this amazing Podcast here.
Find the podcast which I was the guest here.
Let me know what you think!!

Get Lucky 7K

Get Lucky Twin Cities offers a half-marathon distance in addition to the 7k, but I’m not that in love with winter to prepare for a winter half-marathon. So I stick with the shorter distances when snow is still on the ground.
I competed a great ‘warm up’ run the day before, since I hadn’t run in over 2 weeks. I knew a 7k wouldn’t be a problem for me, but it’s always a good excuse to get in some miles.
Date: March 15, 2014
Scene: Saint Patrick’s Day decorations every where, green leggings on many, leprechaun costumes on even more. On the streets of Minneapolis, in the “Mill City” neighborhood (gorgeous!), one block from the Mississippi River. Traffic noises, thousands of runners, and an irish band.
Forecast was 30 degrees, slight wind, and sunshine.
This is an awesome forecast for a run in Minnesota during March (or any month November – March).
I was feeling great, energized, excited, and healthy.
This was my second time running this race, last year was my first time and I am happy to say it improved in a few important ways.
This year they had an indoor pre-race location, they had waves for start times, and the finish area was more organized. All of these amazing things kept us runners warm!
Here’s my mileage, for March. I’m quite happy with both (yes, only two) days that I ran, and my time for the 7k was awesome considering I was running just for fun and was not looking to PR!
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During the entire run I was feeling good, I dressed properly, fueled properly, and the sun felt SO GOOD on my face. I ran with some of my favorite people, which made it an even better day.
Because of the outside temperatures, I didn’t take any photos in fear of wrecking my phone. The course goes around the river, so the wind gets a bit chillier than running through the park or city. And I didn’t want to take of my gloves to operate the camera. BRRRR!

Afterwards we had lunch at a new restaurant, and then spent the afternoon watching TV show marathons in the warmth of the livingroom.

What about you?!
Did you run this event?!
Did you participate in a Saint Patrick’s Day event?

#RunThisYear update 4/29

Hello!
I think I’m getting over my cabin fever, the snow has finally melted (last week), and I’m getting more mileage in each week. The whole funk has passed, and now I’m ready to share some relatable, and more-like-babbling, posts!
Here’s a quick pic of my mileage as of late. Hopefully I will get in a run tomorrow, since the winter type weather is leaving us tomorrow morning. (UGH!!)
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I also want to share a finisher shirt I received in the mail for a challenge I’m completing in October. It’s for the Loony Challenge during the Medtronic Marathon weekend. It’s from Brooks, I’m stoked for all of it!
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Charity Miles + Webby Awards

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, I use an iPhone app (also available on Android) called Charity Miles that enables me to earn money for charity whenever I walk, run, or bike. The money comes from corporate sponsors, and if you haven’t downloaded it yet, please do. Because it’s AWESOME!

It’s so awesome, in fact, that they’ve been nominated for a Webby Award. This is a HUGE deal– it’s like the Oscars of the internet! And if they win, it will really help them get more sponsors to help all their great charity partners. So, even if you’re not inclined to use the app, you can still have a big impact by clicking here (http://bit.ly/CMilesWebby) and voting for them to win. Please do it now so that you don’t forget. It only takes a moment, and it means a lot to them– and to me too.

I’m a Charity Miles All-Star Veteran, I receive emails and kudos in return for all the miles I donate, and words of how awesome they are. Nothing more. You need to check them out and support them!

Thank you!!
-Emily