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2011 Go! St. Louis – Half Marathon – 1:41:10

One word for this race: WARM!!!

Races lately haven’t been going my way and today was no exception. We woke up to it being 74 degrees at 6am, not even close to ideal for racing. We met up with Drew and got to the start area with no problem. We ran into Brian, who recognized us from the blog at the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon last week. It’s amazing how in a sea of people you can run into someone you know. After a warm up we fought the crowds to get to the start line. A woman I met at the IWU track meet was there and we said hi and we chatted for a bit after the race. She is super fast and so nice.

I was so happy that I had finally a good week of no stomach issues. I felt great and I was excited to run so I went out in hopes of a PR when I should have adjusted my expectations to meet the hot conditions and just stuck to marathon pace the whole way. Within 5 Miles of running in the baking sun, I wilted and my pace backed off turning it into just a training run in terrible heat. I was burning up hot so badly that by Mile 8  I was getting three cups of water at the water stops. I was well hydrated for this race, but the heat was way too killer and sapped my energy.

I’m not excited about my time, but I wasn’t upset like the last race. Our last race was perfect conditions and I physically couldn’t perform. This race was awful conditions and I couldn’t perform, so I’m forced to accept it as another run. Between winds, stomach issues, and heat, I can tell you that I’m ready to have a good race. It’s been so long that I’ve raced well that I’m forgetting what that feels like. At this point it feels like I just  run around and take what comes that day. I guess it’s forcing me to enjoy fitness for fitness sake and just appreciate what I can do. At the core of it all I love running and no matter how crappy the race is for me I will keep going, even if it’s a slower pace than I want. I will never stop doing what I love.

Something cool that was at the end of the race was a Michelob Ultra tent with touch screens where you could login to your facebook account, take a picture right there and upload it, too cool! Here is our goofy pic as we tried to figure out this thing.

Drew had a melty race as well, but now he has his second half marathon down.

Here is a picture of the medal.

My time was 1:41:10. Rob came in at 1:35:33!



7:44 Pace

F 30-34: 11/1,201

F: 49/7,086

Overall: 340/11,534

Afterward it was on to some Pappy’s Smokehouse!! 😀

After some rest and shopping I hit the hotel gym for a light recovery workout on the bike. I suck at self-portraits. 🙂 It felt good to just pedal lightly and shake out the day’s race.




Saturday (4/2):

13.1 Miles Race (Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon, bad stomach, had to stop, 1:40:15, 7:36 Pace, 2nd AG)

Sunday (4/3):

17 Miles Long (Treadmill, Boston Marathon Course, -3% – +6% Incline, 2:08:07, 7:33 Pace)

7.9 Miles Bike (P3, L4, 30:00, 15.8 mph)

Monday (4/4):

6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, Boston Marathon Course, -3% – +4% Incline, 51:27, 8:35 Pace)

7.7 Miles Bike (P5, L5, 30:00, 15.4 mph)

Tuesday (4/5):


Wednesday (4/6):

7.5 Miles Easy (RTW Group Run, Lake Bloomington, 1:18:06, 10:23 Pace)

Thursday (4/7):

8 Miles General Aerobic (Treadmill, Boston Marathon Course, -3% – +3.5% Incline, 1:03:42, 7:58 Pace)

Friday (4/8):

4.1 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 34:45, 8:29 Pace)

45 Mins Yoga

Saturday (4/9):

4.1 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 34:23, 8:24 Pace)

2.75 Miles Easy (Gateway Arch, 26:18, 9:34 Pace)

Today we headed to St. Louis to run the Go! St. Louis Half Marathon. Coco enjoyed the ride in the new car.

We met up with Drew and his friend Tony to get our Expo on.

There was a small Brooks trailer outside of the Expo, and we got Drew’s picture with the infamous Walk on Water Jesus Lizard.

The Go! St. Louis shirts are bright green this year!

We sported these on an easy run by the Gateway Arch after dinner. Now off to rest up for the race!




Wednesday (2/2):

15 Miles Hills (Treadmill, 1%-5% Incline, 2:08:39, 8:35 Pace)

Thursday (2/3):


Friday (2/4):

4 Miles Easy (Treamdill, 1% Incline, 32:00, 8:00 Pace)

45 Mins Yoga

Weight Lifting

Bike 12.9 Miles Easy (Bike, P1, L4, 45:00, 17.2 mph)

7 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 57:12, 8:11 Pace)

Saturday (2/5):

12 Miles Lactate Threshold (4 Warm Up, 6 @ 15K-HMGP, 2 Cool Down, Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:31:02, 7:36 Pace)

7 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:00:53, 8:42 Pace)

Wednesday was a great hill workout, 15 miles with the incline from 1-5% incline. While jamming out to tunes, I upped the incline .5% incline after each song and then went back down. That took up the first hour and then I went back up the hill upping the .5% incline after every two songs.

Spring is almost here and that means getting some races in before the Boston Marathon. Before Boston I will be doing a couple of 5Ks and three half marathons. I have a specific intention for each of the half marathons (each of them are two weeks apart).

Frostbite Classic – This will be the first of the three half marathons. I’ve never done this course. It has some rolling hills and I hope that it will help wake my legs up for racing and get some hill work at the same time.

Lincoln Presidential – Another new course for me. It should be a relatively flat course. I hope to use this one as speedwork.

Go! St. Louis – This course I’ve done twice before. It has hills and will make for a good workout. Boston will be a week after this race, so I plan to keep this one more marathon pace.

Today I had an amazing LT workout and then we went out to lunch, Barnes and Noble, and did some leisurely shopping and then watched a movie. Rob outdid himself and even made us bread, it was delish!! He made a 10 grain bread. I think he enjoyed the process which means he’s interested in trying more, yay!

Then I did 7 miles easy and chilled with my running books. 🙂


Plans in the Making


Thursday (12/30): 14 Miles Med-Long (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:55:42, 8:16 Pace)

Friday (12/31): 12 Miles Med-Long w/ 2 @ MGP (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:34:19, 7:52 Pace)

Saturday (1/1): 9 Miles Recovery (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:16:03, 8:27 Pace)

Sunday (1/2): 16 Miles Long (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 2:07:48, 8:00 Pace)

This week is a new weekly mileage record high with 70 Miles.

For my long run today I ate a Vanilla Orange Carboom! at mile 10 and it was not delicious. I was expecting a taste similar to a dreamcicle, but it tasted more like medicine. I will stick to the yummy Apple Cinnamon flavor next time.

Rob and I have been making plans for our 2011 adventures, which includes getting some races on the books. We are now planning to race Go! St. Louis Half Marathon in April.

It’s nice to start getting some races registered and on the books. More to come as more race registrations become available.


2010 Go! St. Louis Half Marathon – 1:36:50

About ready to go, just need a ponytail.

This race logistically is so easy. The event starts just a couple blocks from our hotel. It was 51 degrees and a light breeze. This course was not flat. I’m looking forward to IL Marathon for less incline. The course loops around Budweiser Brewery and the smell of hops was very nice.

Coming back the crowds are so nice and encouraging. They were shouting out our names since they are printed on our bibs, which is a lot of fun. I got a lot of women shouting at me “cute shoes!” throughout the course and the guys around me would look at me funny, but I would shout back “thanks!!”. Got to love the pink Lunaracers! 😀 At one point these ladies around mile 8 shouted “cute shoes” and the guy next to me said “I doubt they were talking to me.” and I said, “Hard to say, you may want to consider some pink shoes though to make certain”. 🙂

Up next was the run by Pappy’s Smokehouse and it smelled amazing because they were smoking up the meat. It’s a very delicious and brutal smell when there is a race to finish first. I thought “I will be back Pappy’s!!”.

Just before Mile 10 I got to see Rob on the turn around and shout “Go Baby! Shake ‘N Bake!”. 🙂

I felt great the whole race and that I’m getting stronger with my pacing even with the hills.

Rob and I both PRed!

Rob finished in 1:33:58!! 

I was 1:36:50 which was 7th in my Age Group!

My previous HM time was 1:51:51 so this is a great sign that things are progressing!

Medal up close.

Now it’s time to get cleaned up to have some Pappy’s Smokehouse and fill up on an insane amount of BBQ! I’ll update this post with more pictures soon. Thanks for all the well wishes!



7:24 Pace

F 30-34: 7/1,122

F: 42/6,820

Overall: 247/10,703