Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Race Recap: Route 66 Marathon - DNF

Race: Route 66 Marathon
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Date: Sunday, November 24, 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013: Travel/Expo Day

Better late than never!! Well, as I had alluded to in this post, I had just gotten out of my walking book after a stress fracture in my left ankle about a week prior to this race. I had done no training of any sort and just thought since I was in town anyway (my husband was doing the half marathon) that I'd just go ahead and try to get as far as I could. I mean after all the running adage goes: Dead Last Finish/Dead F$@#ing Last > Did Not Finish > Did Not I figured starting was at least better than not doing so.

We left home really early Saturday morning to do the 7 hour drive to Tulsa. It had snowed in the days previous and since I was driving I wasn't sure if we'd make it to the expo in time or not because I don't do well with snow. As it was the drive was relatively clear and we arrived at the convention center without any problems. The expo was a typical race expo, nothing I needed to take pictures of but i did meet up with an online friend and fellow Half Fanatic, Deanna, and her family/friend for our first face to face meeting.

The silly things online friends do when they first meet! ;)

After we met up with Deanna and chatted awhile we finished walking around the expo and then proceeded to check into our hotel across the street. The weather was still pretty brutally cold and the thought kept running through my mind if I really, really wanted to try to do the race or not. I could really opt to stay in the room nice and warm the next morning while the hubs did his race and just meet him at the finish line later, but no I talked myself into at least trying.

That night we joined the 50 States Half Marathon Club for dinner at a nearby grill. I'm a new member of the club and it was the first time I had met almost any of the members. Luckily, a couple of my room mates from Center of the Nation were also club members so I did know at least 2 people there.

50 States Half Marathon Club pre-race dinner.
Sunday, November 24, 2012: Race Day

We woke up to a brutal 14°F, breezy day. I had questions early on as to whether I'd be able to tolerate the cold and finish or if my ankle would hold up for the race. Still, I got ready and bundled up in layers to head to the start...

As we headed into Maniac/Fanatic Corner, a special area set aside for members of the Marathon Maniacs and/or Half Fanatics to meet at the starting area I met up with a couple of running friends from online and previous races...

Dee Dee and I
Theresa and I
We also took the group MM/HF photo. I believe there were a few hundred of us there!

I'm about 1/3 of the way from the left near the middle in a yellow visor, next to the hubs with a blue knit cap. The funny thing is that there is a lady, Gwen, 3 people over to my left who I knew from online and was trying to meet and we never saw each other this whole weekend.
As the race started I knew within a half mile that I was already in trouble. I had planned to walk the marathon but tried to do some light jogging off and on. Within the first half mile my ankle was already hurting, but I kept on going sometimes limping and braving the cold and the wind. By the time I hit mile 7 or so I was sweating and because my windbreaker had no ventilation I had beads of condensation inside the jacket that were literally freezing due to the cold temperature. By the time I hit mile 10 I knew I was done. I could try to push on to the half marathon point or just call it quits. By this time both my ankles were hurting and I could barely keep from a pronounced limp. Just before mile 11 was a relay exchange point with a shuttle that would bring runners to the finish area. I decided to bail at this point. This would be my third DNF for a full this year (MAD Marathon in Idaho at 20 miles due to medical issues and the Turtle Marathon in New Mexico at mile 1 due to illness). Believe me, as cold and as miserable as I was I really didn't care. 

I made my way back to the hotel via two shuttle buses and warmed up. The hubs was already there but hadn't stopped by Maniac/Fanatic Corner to pick up his special Half Fanatic finishers medal so we cleaned up and packed and I drove him back to the finish so that he could get his medal. 

Hubs medal.
We ate a late lunch at the Spaghetti Warehouse which is right down by the finish area and headed home on clear roads. All in all I can't complain because even though I didn't come home with a medal, I did give it my best effort and doing ~11 miles with no training and just out of a walking boot is still a good accomplishment on a personal level.

What I liked about this race:
Maniacs/Fanatics Corner and the specialized medals were a bonus...I'll have to come back and finish it next time to get these medals. The course, at least what I saw of it, was nice and not too hilly.

What I did not like about this race:
The COLD!! Fourteen degrees is just too cold for me. I need to do this race when there's a hot spell but that's hard to determine in November in Oklahoma. Past races I've seen people dressed for at least cool if not warm weather, this year's race certainly was out of the norm, I think.

Would I do this race again:
Yes! I want one of those specialty medals!! lol! It's all about the bling!

Finish Time: DNF at about 11 miles.

New runDisney Race: The Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon

So, yesterday runDisney made the announcement that Disneyland would be hosting a new half marathon and 5K in November...The Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend. This race weekend will be November 14-16, 2014 with the 5K being run on Saturday morning and the half marathon on Sunday morning. Rumors had been spreading over the last couple of months of an Avengers and a Star Wars race being announced. This took care of one of them and now the wait for the Star Wars race continues.

I, myself, had made a rule that I would do no more than two runDisney races a year but you wouldn't believe how fast I caved and decided to run the Avengers race as well this year. I had already done TinkerBell HM last month and am registered for the Dumbo Double Dare (Disneyland HM and 10K in one weekend) in August. Aside from the fact that this will be my third runDisney race in a year I am already scheduled to run the Rock 'n Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon on the same afternoon (Sunday, November 16). So, what do I the crazy slow turtle or sloth runner do?? I decide that I'm going to do a double half marathon in one DAY. Not one weekend, but one day! What am I thinking?!?

My plan for this craziness involves flying down to LAX on the Friday before the Avengers race so I can go to the expo and cheer at the 5K. Then I'll run the Avengers race at 5:30am finishing around 9am or earlier, hop on a flight to Vegas, check into a hotel and then head over to the start of the RnR Las Vegas race. I know other people have done similar things and I'm willing to give this a go. In fact, I'm really rather excited to be doing it...a new challenge. I've done double halves in one weekend, even doing doubles back to back three weekends a month. Heck, I've even done 5 races in 5 days in 5 states. Should be no big deal right? It's like doing a marathon in 2 steps. LOL!

So, do you think I've gone over the deep end now? Are you planning to run either the Avengers or RnR Las Vegas? Or both?

Yes, I am still around...

Hi All! Nope, I haven't fallen off the edge of the Earth or anything, just haven't been in much of a writing mood as of late. Things happen, life gets in the way and yes, laziness and complacency do have an effect. Let me try to catch you up on a little of what's been going on...that is unless you follow me on Facebook then you know what has been happening these past 3 months.

After the Center of the Nation Series I ended up in that walking boot pictured in this post for just about 6 weeks with a stress fracture to my ankle. Needless to say there was little of anything going gym time, no elliptical time and definitely no run/walking. I gained around 20 pounds during that time and got pretty darned close to my lifetime max weight.

A week after getting the boot off I decided to try to complete the Route 66 Marathon (yes, the full 26.2 miles) but that wasn't going to happen between 14°F, wind, cold and ankle pain...but more in that when I catch up on my race blogs. The next race up was the Space Coast Marathon where I was initially going to do the full but ended up dropping back to the half. Again, another story for another race blog. Then last month I did my third TinkerBell Half Marathon during which my younger sister and I made a sister's weekend out of the trip...yes, another blog post. And finally, what will be my last blog post to catch up on would be my second Arizona Spartan Sprint which I did with my husband for his very first obstacle race. These posts will come along as I decide I want to write and start playing catch up. My goal is to have them done before my next race on March 23, my second Bataan Memorial Death March.

I've also started back to school just taking a couple of classes that interest me to make better use of my time. No degree planned, just things that interest me. Right now it's an online Kinesiology course and a Training Theory course mostly because at some point I want to begin a Galloway Program here in town and I feel the more informed I am the better.

I also became a Beachbody know Beachbody...they have infomercials for Focus T25, PX903, Brazil Butt Lift amongst other workout programs. I haven't been to active in doing this as of yet, but I do plan to jump full bore in soon after I get some things in life straight (read as not being lazy). But, if you do have anyquestions about Shakeology or any of the programs I can get you the answers.

Now, going back to the whole weight gain issue...I came to the realization of the Spartan Sprint as to how much more out of shape and overweight I had become since my injury so I started an accountability page on Facebook so if you want to follow me there you can check it out at Beth's Return to Fitness. Basically I fess up to what I've done or failed to do and report on how things are going fitness/healthwise for me.

Well, enough of this. Thanks for hanging around and I'll try to get back on the ball again real soon!