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2013 IL Marathon Weekend – 8.5 Months Pregnant

This weekend was the IL Marathon events in Champaign, IL. This event has evolved and improved over the years.

For my past reports on this race you can view those here:

2012 – IL Marathon – 3:46:03

2012 – IL Marathon – 5K – 23:32

2010 – IL Marathon – 3:25:05

2010 – IL Marathon Expo

2009 – IL Half Marathon – 1:57:19

2009 – IL Marathon Expo

Over the years the IL Marathon has added a 5K option on Friday night. If you complete the 5K and then one of the other races Saturday (10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon) you get either a Mini-I Challenge, Half I-Challenge, or Full I-Challenge medal as well.

This year being 8.5 months pregnant I would be tentatively participating by walking the 5K and 10K if I was feeling up to it. Last year we ran the 5K at an easy pace before our marathons. This time Rob would be walking with me. The 5K has 6,000 participants and is very crowded. It’s a relaxed environment and it appears that running strollers may be allowed to (always check first though). It’s a great way to get into running if you haven’t raced a 5K before because it’s a casual environment. If you are a seasoned racer, just expect for this to be more about a casual pre-event to Saturday.

The 5K started at 7:30pm and I wish I would have brought my jelly ring that has lights in it. This would be a good race to bust out any glow necklaces, etc.

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Rob and I walked with a little running mixed in. It was awesome to have so many people cheering “Go pregnant lady!” and “Go Mama!”.

I have to say being pregnant and staying active has really changed my outlook on running. I used to focus more on my running times and the race aspect of it all. Being forced to slow down has allowed me to enjoy the environment and appreciate the running community in a way I hadn’t before. Seeing so many different people: ages, weight, health conditions toughing it out. I always enjoyed seeing people out working hard, but now I was witnessing it mid-race and it is awesome! I said to Rob, “this confirms for me there will NEVER be an excuse or reason to not be out running a race”. Okay the only reason would be a doctor saying ‘no’, but that would be the only reason. The people around us were doing it and it reaffirmed for me that this is something I want to do forever.

We finished in 44:22 (14:17 pace).

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2013 IL Marathon 5K Medal

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Saturday morning was perfect race weather: low 50s, no wind (later it got up to 8mph), a little overcast. We were up at 3:30am and got on the road about 4:30am. We were parked and settled before 5:30am and got to catch up with some of our friends that were also running.

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Rob in corral A. The marathon and half marathon started at 7:00am with the 10K starting at 7:40am.

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I got to walk with my friend Jaime. Rob and I both had our phones in case anything came up with me and the baby. Jaime and I walked very casually and time flew as we just girl talked the whole way. Again, I got lots of encouragement from people along the way for being out active while being pregnant. We decided to count how many people said something along the way and I think we came up with 22 compliments. 🙂

I was expecting to need to stop a few times for the bathroom, but actually I felt fine and made it the whole way without any pit stops. The funniest thing that happened on our walk was that about .5 mile to the finish. This older lady in the run/walk lit up a cigarette and was smoking while walking! We couldn’t believe it! Then she started to pick up her pace and I was like “oh hell no, we have to pass this lady”. So we picked up our pace and ran into the finish to get away from this lady and also because it’s fun to run into the finish of Memorial Stadium on the 50 yard line.

All done 1:44:05 (16:45 pace). Me with my 10K medal and Mini-I Challenge medal.

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Rob texted me while running the marathon, which I immediately knew if he is texting, it’s not going well for him. He had leg cramping earlier into the race and was just toughing it out to finish. He finished in 4:07:38 (9:27 pace) and got his 11th marathon completed.

Rob with his Full Marathon medal and Full I-Challenge medal.

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A successful IL Marathon weekend for us. We got out there and are keeping active!

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2013 IL Marathon Mini-I Challenge, 10K, and 5K medals.

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Me with my medals.

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We all hope that those of you that were out at the IL Marathon weekend had a great time!


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2012 IL Marathon – 3:46:03

Race takeaway: I am a Marathon Maniac!

Race morning we were up at 4am and awoke to thunderstorms. They were expected to be over by the start of the race. The race would be cooler, 45-ish degrees with wind in 18mph range. I didn’t get a picture before the race, but I wore Swiftwick black long calf compression socks, black Nike tempo shorts, adidas Adios II in red, adidas black longsleeved shirt with thumbholes (love this shirt), and adidas Boston Marathon singlet in the “Core Energy” color, and sparkling red headband.

We were dressed and ready to go with no problem, except we were out of coffee?! Grrrr!!! That meant an unplanned stop at Starbucks, adding 20-30 minutes onto our drive with the going through town and getting coffee. I’m an advocate for get there early and wait out the race. I would rather have time to wait around than stress about parking, bathroom lines, etc. Plus we had our friends, Lisa and Chris’ race packets so I was stressed about finding them and getting them their bibs.

We made good time, but got hung up in traffic bottleneck to park. We were finally parked and able to hand off race packets by 6:15am. The race starts at 7am, that was WAY too close for me. That meant hustling to the bathroom in Assembly Hall. As expected the ladies line was long and there was virtually no line for the dudes bathroom. So I bravely announced my presence, hid my eyes and went to the men’s room. One other brave lady went with me. The guys paid us no mind and we were in and out super fast. Rob and I then quickly headed towards the start line and they began the national anthem. We’ve NEVER cut a race this close. We said our goodbyes got in our corrals (Rob A, me B), double knotted my laces and we were off!

So I had many thoughts regarding how to run this marathon being my first time running marathons 13 days apart. My legs felt good, but I had no idea how I would manage through the miles to come.

My first goal was to Marathon Maniac no matter what. Which just meant finish any pace or any way possible. In the back of my mind was a BQ. Sub 3:40 was in my mind, but getting a BQ doesn’t guarantee Boston Marathon entry. The registration process can be crazy. People who BQ close to the qualifying time have been shut out of entry due to high demand so I didn’t want to put too much pressure on it. Instead I decide to run conservative and just see how I felt and if BQ happened, it happened.

Again this is all an experiment of one. I’m sure everyone would have their own approach to the situation. I wanted to see for me personally how running in an 8 min or sub-8 felt. I was at the half in 1:46 and had felt good. For the first half I had no kinks or pain, but then around mile 14 it’s like my energy was gone. I wasn’t hurting, just felt like I couldn’t move faster so I just was like “Okay, I’m getting that Maniac no matter what” and I just focused on keeping my effort up as much as I could. Around mile 18 my glutes and hips got tight, but I was able to keep moving forward. I was actually surprised by my time because based on how I was feeling I was suspecting to finish more around 3:55-ish.

When I came across the finish line I saw Rob waiting for me and I burst into tears of joy. I finished in 3:46 I told Rob “Last year I said I would do this race after Boston and I did it! I’m so proud!” Rob was also happy with his marathon, his second fastest time of 3:30. He was very happy with his time considering he hasn’t had the training time like past marathons.

I was really sore right afterward in the hips, but we managed to hobble our way back to the car to drive home. We had to hurry and get ready to leave for a wedding out of town. We were in such a rush I didn’t get one picture before or after the race, boo! Luckily we made it to the wedding in time and got to hang out with our friends.

Blurry pics from my phone of us at the wedding.


Us with Drew (who was the Best Man).

And finally I got a picture of me with all three medals.

Marathon #9 complete!

Marathon Maniac – Bronze Level complete!

Stats:

3:46:03

8:38 Pace

2010 – IL Marathon


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2012 IL Marathon – 5K – 23:32

Today after work Rob and I had to get to Champaign, IL to go to the IL Marathon expo and run the 5K. Tomorrow morning is the marathon so this was a first. When to eat the night before a marathon when you have a 5K at 6:45pm and then won’t be back home until 8:30-ish.

That resulted in Noodles & Company side salad with fat free dressing and regular buttered noodles at 3:00pm. I have no idea if this is the right route, but we usually eat at 4:30-ish the night before a marathon so we will try this and have a light post-5K snack.

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We were down to the expo in more than enough time to pick up bibs and shirts.

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I managed to spend a couple bucks on headbands at the expo. Then we headed back to the car to wait. I used the time to take pics of our running shirts.
The 5K shirt. General guy’s fit for this one.

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The women’s cut marathon shirt.

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We made our way to the start line in plenty of time. There were approximately 5,000 5Kers registered.

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Other than a delayed start so cops could tow a car on the course the start was smooth. The race course is relatively flat and has minimal turns. We ran easy paced. Just before the finish we saw Ryan and Melisa! We always seem to find them at events without even trying, is like a mini-tradition to spot them. 🙂 Then into the stadium to finish Rob and I hold hands. 🙂


All done!

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After the race we got to chat with Ryan and Melisa for a bit. Then we ran into Erin and Mike (who won tonight’s 5K!) so we caught up with them quickly and then got on the road.
The medal was really nice, the middle “I” spins.

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Now off to get rest!
Stats:
23:32
7:35 Pace
F 35-39: 4/?


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She’s a Maniac

Last weekend resulted in two days of sick with sinus junk and fever, not a fun way to spend the weekend. I got in miles when my head would stop pounding, but it was unpleasant. I did get in 8 that felt good Monday and my quad pain seems to have faded. Tuesday at Team Steam my legs felt very stale. Our workout was 3-6 x 1000M with 90 sec recoveries in a marked area within a cemetary. I’m new to doing marked speed work outside of a track, but it was nice to have scenery. The pace was supposed to be 5K Pace or faster, but with my recovery from Boston I just put in the effort I could to make it through 3 and then did 1 loop at an easier pace.

I forgot to mention that I’ve changed my hair color to blonde. I’ve been brunette for 2 years so it felt like time to switch it up.

I meant to have Rob take my picture before work, but forgot so this creepy Starbucks bathroom pic will have to do instead.

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Thursday night Team Steam workout was awesome! We did hill ladders up the big Steamboat Classic hill in Glenn Oak Park. They had cones set up going up the hill. You started at the first cone ran up two cones and came back down the hill one cone, then up two more cones, back down one cone until you made it to the top. From the top you ran back down to the start. Then you could repeat the workout as many times as you wanted. I did two rounds on my own and the last one with Jamie. It was such a fun workout and I hope we get to do it again!

This weekend is theIL Marathon weekend! Rob and I will be running the 5K tonight for fun and then the marathon tomorrow morning. This will only be 12 days since Boston. My main goal is getting to become a Marathon Maniac! As Rob and I continue our running adventures I want to see how to multi-marathon close together and learn how to manage recovery.

So I will be posting all of the adventures this weekend and tweeting!!


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Exposition

Workouts:

Sunday (4/24):

10 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 1:21:58, 8:12 Pace)

P90X – Ab Ripper

12.7 Bike Easy (45:00, P2, L4, 16.93 mph)

Monday (4/25):

Rest

Tuesday (4/26):

Rest

Wednesday (4/27):

7.71 Miles General Aerobic (Lake Bloomington, 59:12, 7:41 Pace)

Thursday (4/28):

Rest

Friday (4/29):

45 Mins Yoga

Saturday (4/30):

4.71 Miles Easy (Treadmill, -3% – +3% Incline, 43:38, 9:16 Pace)

Sunday (5/1):

11 Miles Med-Long (‘Hood, 1:32:19, 8:24 Pace)

P90X – X Stretch

This week was nothing but hectic. Good thing it’s recovery time . Coming back from a week off from work meant I had a ton of email and assignments to follow up on. Not to mention an expo and a big presentation to come into work on Friday. I was constantly running around frantic. I did not get in enough workouts this week. Normally this would drive me nuts, but this week I just had to go with the time I did have.

Monday I helped out a Tri Expo for the Often Running store. Me and Mitch at the Expo.

The hardest day was Wednesday. It was the Ride the Wave group run night and I was 10 minutes late to the workout. I hate being late and trying to get to RTW right after work has been a bit of a challenge. We were supposed to run the outer loop of the lake so I headed out in the opposite direction, knowing I would catch up to them somewhere half way into their workout. I couldn’t wait to see them and hear about their races and tell them about Boston. But that never happened. I saw other running groups and got to wave to them, but I never ran into my crew. It was windy and cold and I ended up running the loop alone. It was frustrating since I was so excited to see them and I was having such a stressful week that I was left to think about all the other things I still needed to finish up. Turns out my group did the inner loop and since it is shorter they were long gone by the time I was back. I hope they had a good run and I’m bummed I couldn’t be there to hang out with them.

Thursday was an all day expo at work. It was a very productive and tiring at the same time. Me and Abby before the day got started.

That night we went out with our friends and Drew came in town for the weekend. This would be a big weekend for Rob and Drew, they would both be running IL Marathon on Saturday!

Friday I had to go into work for a big presentation and then it was off to the IL Marathon Expo and the 5K. Drew would be running the 5K the night before the marathon to earn the I-Challenge medal. Drew picking up his first marathon bib.

Rob and Drew with their marathon bibs.

Us chilling out before the 5K.

Drew getting into the running zone. 🙂

Drew all done with the 5K. He used it as some easy miles prior to the marathon.

After some coffee and Subway we headed home to get some sleep for the marathon the next morning!

We were up around 3:30am and the boys got ready, we hit the road just before 5am. We easily found parking like years past and got the guys to the bathroom a couple times and ready to race.

I was able to see them both off. A change they made to the race this year was letting the marathoners go 30 minutes before the half marathoners.

After they took off I walked about a mile to a Starbucks to wait for them where it would be about mile 13 on the course for them. I enjoyed a non-fat Misto and read Kara Goucher’s book while I waited for the lead guys to come by. Then I packed up my items to stand out and cheer. Being a Starbucks was perfect spectating location. I had yummy coffee, warm place to sit, free wifi, and a clean bathroom. When Rob came up I screamed “that’s my husband” and everyone cheered for him. He was on perfect pace and looked totally relaxed.

Later I got to see Drew and he too was doing great! This is his first marathon and he was purposely taking it easy, his goal was to get it completed and feel strong. He will be running his second marathon, Chicago Marathon, in October! Just to think that this time last year he was seriously training to run 5Ks, then by the fall was running 10Ks and by end of year he did his first half marathon and since has now completed two! We are so proud of him!

After seeing them both, I moved to the corner that was before mile 26 to see Rob in. The weather started out great, 45-50 degrees, overcast and a light breeze. However, three hours later the winds picked up significantly and the sun had come out. The runners that were coming in were muttering about the high winds they encountered. Our friend Abby had seen Rob had mile 19 and while he looked strong, his time had slowed. The winds were taking a toll.

I was excited that even with the winds, Rob’s pace would definitely get him a new PR! It was so great to see him and see that he was definitely more together and in his head than last year’s IL Marathon. He PRed with a 3:31:07!! I’m so proud and happy for him! This time last year he had terrible stomach issues and was a wreck afterwards. This year he was moving around well and completely fine stomach-wise! It was such a great race for him!

We got Rob food and changed and then waited for Drew’s finish.

Drew is now officially a marathoner! He finished in 5:09:03!

What a great weekend! That night we celebrated with dinner out and some dirty martinis. Sunday the guys went for a long walk and I did a run around the ‘hood.