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Hobble Creek 1/2 Marathon

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Location:

Kowloon Tong,Hong Kong

Member Since:

Jul 02, 2007

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Olympic Trials Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

Unaided:

5K - 17:11 (track Pre-kids and at BYU) (1998)

10K - 35:48 (track Pre-kids and at BYU) (1998)

10K - 35:34 (road - Shek Mun 10k 12/12)

1/2 Marathon 1:19:44 (UNICEF HM 11/12)

Marathon 2:47:08 (ING Hartford Connecticut 10/10)

Aided:

St. George Marathon 2:50:40 (10/08)

1/2 marathon - Hobble Creek 1:17:14 (8/08)

10K - Deseret News 10K - 35:02 (7/08)

Short-Term Running Goals:

PR 1/2 marathon AGAIN


Long-Term Running Goals:

Break 2:46 in Boston!

Personal:

I used to run for BYU, but only after trying out three times and finally walking on, so I was never a star. However, it was wonderful to run with great people and under Coach Shane. When you run with fast people, you can't help to improve! I graduated BYU in 1998, and didn't run a race until 2002, after having my second child. My hiatus and other crazy life commitments have made my competitive running suffer, but the last couple of years I have tried to get back into it the best I can. I have been married since 1996, to Paul Lowry, who is a runner himself. I have three boys (my three rascals), ages 12, 10, and 8.

After a great 2008 season, I was injured and eventually diagnosed and cross-diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis, a type of arthritis disease, which precludes running for all but the most stubborn.  So I am on medications, trying to stay healthy, and seeing my PT often.  And running!  Now beating the streets in Hong Kong.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
NB RC900 Black/yellow Lifetime Miles: 183.31
NB RC1300 Red/Black Lifetime Miles: 195.31
2012 MTR Lifetime Miles: 4035.70
890 Blue Lifetime Miles: 310.55
NB RC 1600 Lifetime Miles: 96.76
RC 1400 Lifetime Miles: 90.60
NB 890 Baby Blue Lifetime Miles: 233.26
NB 890 Electric Blue Lifetime Miles: 319.67
NB 890 Tokyo Turquoise Lifetime Miles: 163.54
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
53.511.0016.100.500.000.0011.0671.11
Night Sleep Time: 38.50Nap Time: 1.75Total Sleep Time: 40.25Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
11.010.000.000.000.000.000.0011.01

I had great sleep Saturday night and a great Sunday nap and paid for it with horrible sleep last night.  I ended up on the couch watching the Olympics after midnight. 

I ran 11.01 at 8:08 ave pace in Salem/Payson, with four miles on the canal trail.  I felt slow at the beginning but warmed up just fine.  Not much soreness from Saturday's workout.  Some tenderness in one knee, hamstring still tight but not sore. 

 

 weight 122

Shoe totals: Red sox: 50, Brooks Defyance (Blue): 412.10, Asics Stratus 2.1 (Purple) 59

Night Sleep Time: 5.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.50Weight: 0.00
Comments(5)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
7.801.003.000.000.000.000.0011.80

Kids started coughing yesterday, and this morning I woke up with a little bit of a sore throat.

AM: 8.18 total. On my own for speed. I hate to do speed alone. I was going to do 3x2miles at threshold with 2 min rest, but between my little sore throat and my slow warm up I decided to cut it to 2x2 miles. I ran just over 2 miles then started into the workout at the mile 3 marker of the Speedy Spaniard, toward the rodeo complex.

1 - 11:55 (5:53, 6:01) Toward the end of the first mile, it looked like I was headed for 6:26 by my garmin and I was going to throw in the towel, but by the road markers it was 5:53, so I kept going.

2 - 12:33 (6:08, 6:25) Reversed directions to make it slightly uphill and into the wind (especially the second mile) So the first mile was about the same effort as the first two. Mile 4 was just a stinker and I obviously did poorly, so I'll count it as marathon pace.

Overall I am not displeased since I was considering bagging the whole workout in the first mile. I tend to not do the best workouts inside the week of a race, so I'm just keeping consistent on that front :)

I have been taking Zicam to try to not get a full-fledged cold.

weight 123

ice bath.

PM: I did a run in Orem with no watch and no idea how long the run was. I was praying it would be at least 3 miles, and it was 3.62 when I mapped it on the course tool. Then I went to Josse's house all sweaty so she could give me a sports massage. She worked me over real good :) Thanks Josse!

My husband and kids are no longer going to St. George so that turns St. George into a PAR-TAY! (Well a party for masochists).

Shoe totals: Red sox: 50, Brooks Defyance (Blue): 415.72, Asics Stratus 2.1 (Purple) 59

Night Sleep Time: 6.75Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.75Weight: 0.00
Comments(7)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
11.060.000.000.000.000.0011.0611.06

11.06 on my own this morning 7:52 ave pace.

I locked myself out of my car, but thankfully TylerS ran by where I had parked as I finished up my run, so he ran home and got his truck and drove me home. Thanks Tyler. I think I may have left my key out there during one of my two bathroom breaks this morning. I have to go investigate. That should be fun.

While I waited for him I did a good stretch session and abs, but then I was also starving by the time I got home--so hungry! And our milk went bad even though it wasn't supposed to expire for another three days, so I can't have cereal. I guess I'll have to suffer through some eggs and toast this morning. If I were Phelps I'd eat some hashbrowns. I saw him eating hashbrowns on tv and haven't forgiven him yet :)

weight 121

Heavenly PM nap.  Strengthening exercises in the evening.

Night Sleep Time: 6.25Nap Time: 1.75Total Sleep Time: 8.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(3)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
10.600.000.000.500.000.000.0011.10

I ran alone again, this time without music.  From Salem around the SF riverbottoms loop.  8 strides in the middle.  The wind was strong this morning by the SF canyon.  My legs felt great at the beginning of the run but kind of sore by the end.  I still have just a trace of sore throat, so I am still taking Zicam and trying to get more sleep.

Shoe totals: Red sox: 50, Brooks Defyance (Blue): 426.82, Asics Stratus 2.1 (Purple) 59

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(5)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.040.000.000.000.000.000.008.04

Easy run, ave pace 8:15.  Some Metallica, Linkin Park and Gwen, and NPR of course :)  Nice mix eh?

excited/nervous for tomorrow.

weight 124

 

Shoe totals: Red sox: 50, Brooks Defyance (Blue): 426.82, Asics Stratus 2.1 (Purple) 67

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(3)
Race: Hobble Creek 1/2 Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:17:14, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.000.0013.100.000.000.000.0018.10

Bad night sleep. Lots of dreams and sleeplessness at 2am.

On to the race: We got to the buses at 5:45. Marcie and Jody were there and Paul and I rode up the same bus as them so we could chat on the way up. Jody, Marcie and I run the .75 miles up to the starting line to warm up, and we joined Josse there. There were lots of bloggers at the race (some even with purple ponytails!).

We contemplate waiting in line for toilets but the stench downwind from them was bad, so I hit the bushes twice while warming up.

At the start line Dustin made up the contingency of bloggers who could beat me today. It sounded like we might be able to run together. Marie Glahn (a Sojourner I met at the Provo 1/2) showed an interest in tagging along with me so I invite her to start with me. I am not aware of any female competitors (there was a registration list and I checked for any potential female competitors) but anyone could pop up. My plan is to run 5:40's for the first 15k then just try to hang below 6:00 for the next couple of miles and be as close to 6:00 for the last mile. This is a downhill course, the fastest in Utah, and I thought it would be about 2 minutes faster than the Provo 1/2 (not 4 minutes as predicted by the predictor). I was hoping to break 1:16, but would be happy with 1:16:40, but turns out I have to be content with 1:17:14.

I took splits from the road markers since I knew the GPS watch would be useless.

1 - 5:48, downhill, The race start was a siren (like a police siren), very confusing if you ask me. Very quickly Mike Vick takes off and then its Dustin and I leading the rest of the runners. We are perplexed why there aren't some inexperienced young ones popping out a 5:00 or some fast runners ahead (besides Mike, of course). I am concerned that maybe we are going too fast since Marie Glahn didn't go with us (she said she wanted to start at 5:30), but Dustin got a little ahead by the one mile mark and the mile was 5:48. Turns out Dustin was right on pace and I was behind goal.

2 - 5:33, downhill, I catch up to Dustin and we run together (very nice)

3 - 5:53, downhill with some rollers, Dustin pulls away at about 2.75 (why did I let him, not like my pace was hard), water stop at mile 3 made his small lead a little harder to bridge

4 - 5:26, much better, still downhill

5 - 5:45, downhill

6 - 5:59, downhill, no! too slow, have been running behind Dustin since 2.75, trying to bridge the gap, I noticed he is not running tangents too well so I try to use that to my advantage, gu at 6 miles, water stop at 6.5

7 - 5:54, thrilled with this split because this mile is tough, two uphill sections, but overall the mile is still downhill

8-9 11:24 for the two miles (missed the mile 8 marker because there was a water station there), getting hot!, rolling downhill, but the uphill sections make it hard to keep my rhythm

10 - 6:10, this mile is so stinky, it is the same place where I didn't do well with James last Saturday, thankfully there were some spectators so I couldn't totally dog it

11 - 6:02, I wanted this mile to be below 6:00 so bad, but I was close, I passed Dustin at 10.5 as we went up a hill that lasted only .2 but seems so nasty at this point in the race,

12 - 6:19, wheels wobbling, just get me to the finish line

13 - I have to get a 5:59 by my watch to be sub 1:17, so I try to be close, but only manage a 6:09 or so (I didn't lap for the 13 mile mark, too close to the finish). I didn't kick at the end as much as I should have :(

Overall, I wish I could have been 1:16:40 or faster, but it was a great workout, and I think my effort never slacked off too much (some weakness in mile 12 but not too long of a weak point). I just kept telling myself to keep up the effort, to turn over those tired legs. I think this race is great preparation for St. G because it pounds your legs then you get flat at the end and you have to find a way to keep with it.

I won the race by about 3 minutes, and posted a time comparable to some elite ladies who have gone to OTQ, so I can't complain.

After the race I met several bloggers I haven't met face to face. Most notably 1) Marion-self proclaimed peanut gallery of the blog, who is way cuter in person than even her picture on her blog, it is awesome when people's personality are as sweet and cute as their outside. She is perfect! and 2) Brent finally! He congratulated me but I didn't know who he was at all, so I asked his name and it was B of BS Rools! And I met Sylvie too.

I won a bouquet of flowers, a $150 gc to Runners Corner (everything is way overpriced there, so this is worth maybe 4 pieces of clothing on sale), a pair of shoes and a plaque (not bad!, much better than the Provo River 1/2). It was quite a festive atmosphere, especially as I get to know more and more runners in the community.

Lots of bloggers posted PR's and great performances. I can't wait to read some race reports (sorry mine is so long).

Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(31)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
53.511.0016.100.500.000.0011.0671.11
Night Sleep Time: 38.50Nap Time: 1.75Total Sleep Time: 40.25Weight: 0.00
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