Left Over 4 Miler Race Recap

21 May

Today I ran the Left Over 4 Miler race back in my home town, this race fit perfectly in my marathon training (I was scheduled for 4 this Sat anyways).  Before we get down how the race actually went let me explain how this unique race works.

The Left Over Run essentially is as it’s name implies, the bibs,  t-shirts, medals, and age group awards were all left over from previous races that were put on.  As a runner you don’t know what you are going to get!  Even the mile markers were left over from a previous race (Gulf Coast Half)

I ended up with a Cobia 5k shirt, Cobia 5k bib, Gulf Coast Half-Marathon medal (initially I had a tri medal but this guy asked if I would switch with him as he already had that medal) and a Crawfish 5k age group award ( more on that in a bit!).


Cobia Bib & Shirt, Gulf Coast 1/2 Medal, Crawfish 5k award, and my new favorite pair of shorts

I thought that this idea was really unique and a great way for organizers to “offload” some of their surplus without wasting it.

Starting with packet pickup, I’ve determined 2 things, either I shouldn’t be allowed to pick up my packet (most of the local ones I’ve had to get someone else to grab it for me as I was out of town, but now that I’ve moved back its a different story), OR these packet pickups shouldn’t be at the local running store (granted I could have done race day pickup).  I went in with the sole intention of ONLY getting my bib and t-shirt. What did I walk out with? A new pair of shoes and a pair of Donna Jo fitwear shorts (which I absolutely love might I add), and I had to stop myself from getting more gear.  Now I was going to be on the hunt for a new pair of shoes soon as I’m ramping into marathon training and my old pair definitely weren’t going to last the rest of the season, however with some recent medical expenses it wasn’t really the best time to be purchasing a pair.    That being said I’m excited to rotating these babies into my training!

Flash forward to this morning: I got up fed the pup, ate a banana, strapped on my gear and drove over to the beach for the run.  99.9% of the time I never wear the race day shirt to the actual race but given the uniqueness of the race I felt it appropriate.  I decided to run the race sans music partially because I just wanted to try and enjoy the race and partially because somehow my latest pump me up running music (Andy Mineo, Lecrae, KB, & Trip Lee currently) somehow was removed from my phone between my house and the beach (how in the world???).

Since I was only scheduled for 4 miles I thought that I would push myself, run hard and up my intervals so that when I cut back to my normal pace/intervals for longer runs I would be a little more conditioned (plus race day running always brings out a little more). Lately I’ve been oscillating between a 3/1 run/walk interval to a 5/1 interval, but today I upped it to a 6:30/1.  I had tried on a training run the other day to do an 8/1 but the heat was too much so I figured 6:30 would be a good compromise.

The start was neat as the starting arch had the logo’s of all the previous races/future races in the season (they even had someone walking around in a turkey suit from the turkey trot and crawfish from the crawfish 5k, unfortunately I didn’t snag a picture), and we had a 1 minute delay called the iHate(can’t remember his name but it was a local lawyer who had sponsored the race) delay. After the delay there was what sounded like a mini cannon and then we were off!


All of the logos for the past/future races, how am I so close to the start?


It was interesting for me because I’ve never really considered myself a fast runner, lately though I have been making great strides and PR’ing in my last few races and running at a pace I couldn’t image in the past.  At the start of the race it was surreal as I managed to keep the front of the packers in my sight until the first curve in the road.  Prior to my first walk break I somehow found myself as the 4th female in the race (2nd and 3rd were literally just steps in front of me), this was a position that I have never been in so it spurred me on, as was seen with my first mile which was a sub 8 minute mile!

The benefit to this race was that since it was on the beach it made for a fast and flat course, the negative it was hot!!! I think I was sweating just standing there before the start of the race. It was also an out and back (with a block turnaround) which was also helpful for shorter races as I could more easily tell where I was/how much I had left to go (yes I had my Garmin but seeing it there vs mentally/actually seeing the course is a bit different). I think being so close to the front of the pack (and my one of my fastest runs ever) spurred me on because with the exception of the first one I cut about 10-15 seconds from my walk breaks and went ahead and ran.

Throughout the race I started fishing, picking out a runner in front of me and would slowly reel them in and telling myself that I had to pass them before my next walk break came up, one by one I started picking off runners.  Coming down to the last 1/2-1/3 mile there were 2 girls up ahead of me, not quite in grasp but not terribly far, when I reached about 1/4 of a mile left in the race thats when I kicked it in to gear. I’ve been working on speed work lately and by golly I think it has begun to pay off as boy do I have a kick.  Literally one second before crossing the finish line I managed to catch up and pass one of the girls.

I thankfully grabbed my medal and quickly guzzled down a bottle of water and then 2 more glasses at the post race party.  The end result? My average pace ended up being 8:07! I was the 20th finisher overall, 4th female (only 5 seconds behind 3rd) and ultimately placed 1st in my age group!!!!!!! What? How did that even happen?

Technically I was 2nd in my age group but the overall female winner happened to be in my age group so I got bumped up🙂 , ironically her name was also Holly (no e) and has the same last initial as me, so looking at the results you have Holly K & Holley K.IMG_1897

The post race party was great (can you really beat anything on the beach?) with live music, jambalaya, bananas and bagels, employees where it was held were also walking around with glasses of water and passing out jambalaya to runners.

Overall I really enjoyed the race (I always love running locally run ones), from the boy scouts at the water stop to the mystery of what swag you would get.  The only complaint I have about the race is that it was hot, it the race was bumped up even just an hour (it started at 8) it would have been much better.

I know this was probably a bit of a bore and long, and an obnoxious amount of () but I’m working to get back into the groove of things. Another PR is officially in the books (not hard when its your first 4 mile race) on to the next one!

My name is Holley and I by some miracle placed 1st in my age group today.


Braids, Shades,  &  Race Days (did I mention I love these shorts?!)


Santa Hustle Race Recap: When Plan B should have been Plan A.

30 Dec

Hey There!

Well once again its been awhile…. Obviously my resolution to be more consistent in blogging backfired in the reverse and I haven’t done a new in literally a year.  But there is always next year right? Time to focus get on point and finally say enough enough.  More on that another day today is time for another race recap.

Earlier in December I ran the Santa Hustle 1/2 Marathon in Sevierville, TN with one of my best friends. As I mentioned on facebook:

“When plan B is a road trip to Tennessee with one of your best friends to run a 1/2 marathon where they give you a Santa beard/hat and candy on the run (and helping said friend set a new PR) you wonder why it wasn’t plan A to begin with!”

So lets get this first part of out of the way. Why was this totally awesome race plan B? Well Plan A was actually to go to my companies Christmas cocktail party with dinner, dancing and the like with my boyfriend.  Can you guess what happened next? We broke up. While I could have easily gone to the Christmas on my own, I knew that I would have so much more fun road tripping with my bestie on a semi-last minute decision to run a 1/2 marathon (1/2 #6 for me!).

And boy was I not dissapointed. The weekend started with me driving to Auburn watching my friend graduate with her Masters in Math. She is actually going for her phD but officially received her masters (1/2 way there!!!).  After eating lunch with her family and fiance we were on the 5hr drive to Tennessee!

Filled with talking, laughter, and music we rolled into Olive Garden in Knoxville for some Carbs before finally making it to Sevierville (which I still can’t pronounce at all) for the night.

Our hotel was only about 1/2 mile from the race which was perfect and easy to get to as we had to wait for packet pickup in the morning.

Originally we were worried that it was going to be hot for the race (according to the weather) especially for a “Christmas” themed race. Thankfully it was actually pretty foggy and cool for the race (and the fogged cleared in time for our drive back!).

Sunday morning I throw on some KT Tape, chomp down on my trusty Luna bar and I am ready to go.

We get there early to pick up our packets which was a relatively easy process, they scanned your confirmation ticket with an Ipad, scan a bib and then you go to another table to pick up your shirt, beard and hat.

I was pleasantly surprised with the long sleeve 1/2 zip tech shirt. It was super comfortable, and as a plus it was unisex drifit and fit great. Sometimes when races have women’s dri-fit the shirts are waaaaaay too small, and sometimes when it is unisex its waaaaay to big, but this one just like goldilocks fit just right!

We took a quick pic with our santa beard and hat and then quickly shed them for the race.

At the start line they had an inflatable snowman and santa and alot of runners decked out in holiday gear. (This race was a goldmine if you participated in #RunChatHunt this year).

I won’t get into the gritty details of the race itself (as I am obviously out of blogging practice) but I will give you some of the highlights:

  • The race itself was one big out and back down the main road in Sevierville, going just into Pigeon Forge before turning back in. It wasn’t the most terribly scenic of routes but the fog lifted near the turn around so you could see some of the mountains.
  • The police/traffic personal for the race were great. All were friendly and generally seemed happy to be there.
  • There were a few slight hills but as Elizabeth and I decided from the start to run the race together I think our constant talking and cracking up defintely distracted from them as I hardly felt them at all.
  • For a Christmas themed race with promise of “Candy” and “Christmas music” there was a little lacking on both.  Both the candy stations (cookies and mini-m&ms) were fairly close together within the first 1.5-2 miles of the race. While I know some of this was probably for the 5k runners I think some of it should have been spread out for through the rest of the 1/2 marathon so you didn’t get it right at the front and at the end.
    • Same for Christmas music there wasn’t really as much Christmas music as I was expecting along the race.


      Candy! I think we were the only ones to grab any the first go round. Pardon our random faces it was while running.

  • The medals were fun! A 3-D spinning snowflake definitely added a little sparkle to the end of the race.


    Our fun medals!

  • While this was my slowest 1/2 yet it was defintely the most fun I’ve had on a run.  Elizabeth and I ran together the entire way and she had about a 10 minute PR on her 2nd 1/2!!!

Post race we ran back to the hotel to shower and then drove back to Auburn. I immediately had to drive another 1.5 hours back home and went straight to my Sunday Schools game night.  I think they may stop inviting me because I’ve won every game night we have had so far…😉

Looking back I don’t even know why this race was plan B to begin with. It most definitely should have been my plan A++. It was a blast and I can’t wait for the next one.

My name is Holley and I am getting back into the swing of things (for real this time).

New Years Resolutions: Part 2

22 Jan

As promised via Resolution #7 before I go to bed on Friday 1/23 here is the second 1/2 of my New Years Resolutions.So here we have Resolutions 8-15.

8. Be a “better Christian”

My faith is something that is important to me, however lately I’ve been in a bit of a dry spell. I don’t read the bible as often as i should or spend enough time in Prayer or quiet time. No Christian is perfect by any stretch of the imagination. But this year I want to dedicate more time and work on becoming more “Christ-like”. I need to rely on God and his strength more than my own. Spend more time in deep prayer, dig deeper into the word.

9. Go on more “adventures”

To me adventure is a very abstract word. In college my adventures would range from anything from a swing dancing class to a movie/potluck dinner. Nothing is to big or too small as long as you are having fun, trying something new, or really just getting out there. Post college I have had a few adventures, the Zoo, my racecation to Indy, but I want to have more. “Adventures” are about enjoying life to the fullest. While I may currently live in a very small town there is bound to be new secrets to unravel or history to visit.

10.  Not worry as much

This one kinda goes with adventures, and living life to the fullest. I am a worrier. I worry about money (even though I currently live well within my means and don’t blow my budget), the future (once again money, but how much money will I need/when can I open my own business, buying a house one day, etc). I worry about what people think, I try to please everyone. So this year I’m going to work on that. Who knows what that will bring this year? Sometimes you just have to put yourself out there and take a leap of faith. I’m a very risk-adverse type of person, which I know holds me back on occasions on things I truly want to do.

11. Write a book

Ever since I was little I’ve wanted to be an author. I even started (didn’t get too far) writing a book/short stories beginning back in middle school. This year I am finally going to do it. Does it have to be published? No. Does it have to be good? No. It just has to be done. Maybe I will pick back up on that book from middle school, or come up with something completely different. Who knows? Either way by the end of the year I will have write a book.

12. Finish that quilt I started years ago

In relation to the book writing i once started making a quilt with my grandmother. It never got finished. I have many a project that I’ve started and not completed because I have been too busy or have been doing 18 million projects all at once. My dad actually told me the other day that I was so involved with stuff in highschool (studying, school, sports, drama club, etc) that my parent’s almost thought they would have to “punish” (not the right terminology here) me to get me to slow down and take a break.  So that king sized quilt with the 5 million pieces I need to cut, sew and iron, it’s getting done.

13. Read More

As mentioned in the past I used to love to read. But lately I have been just too busy to read. So I am setting a goal to read 25 books this year. Really if I had the time I could read faaaar more than that. But setting a number should help me focus down and actually get some reading done. My only problem is I can’t read too much at night before bed. I have an addictive personality and like with many things when it comes to reading ones I start it is hard for me to stop (even if it isn’t that great of a book). A few weeks ago I was reading (one of the not so great books) before bed, 5-6 hours later it was 3am and I finally put it down, and only then because I finished it…. So here is furthering the imagination! One thing I also want to work on is reading different genres than I normally do, to further stretch my mind and knowledge even further.

14. Become more organized

I wouldn’t say that I’m a slob by any means. I’m really good at keeping common areas cleans. However, being closed (or open) doors, my room is a bit of a different story. I’m also a bit of a pack rat. So this year I’m going to work on streamlining my belongings and keeping everything clean and organized. Looking at the disaster of a room as I type this is slightly cringe worthy initself. I’ve got some work to do on that front for sure.

15.  Better my cake/dessert decoration skills

One of my dreams is to own my own bakery one day. I’ve got the skills for the actual desserts (at least I hope I do), but one thing that I know needs some work is my decoration skills, because some things need to look pretty too. So this year will be the year of decoration. Cookies, cakes, etc. I’m going to work on expanding my skills as a dessert person. I’ve always wanted to try to making Sugar Flowers, this year will be a perfect opportunity to learn how to do so!

So there you have it all 15 of my Resolutions for 2015.

Sorry if these were a little clipped/disjointed, some were more specific others very general. I wanted to make sure it all got out there and didn’t bore you too much. Now that I’ve got my resolutions out there for all to hold me acocuntable, what are your New Year’s resolutions? How are they going so far? How can I help hold you accountable for them?

My name is Holley and I’ve set a ridiculous number of resoultions this year.

New Years Resolutions Part 1:

21 Jan

So they say it takes 21 days to create a habit, so I figured that before publishing my New Years Resolutions I would wait 21 days to decide if I still wanted to make them. Seems fair enough right? I figure I would change it up from the norm to give it a little bit of thought as to what my resolutions are.  Some I’m already slightly behind on, some I haven’t started yet, some are more like a one time goal, many are fitness related, some are not, some I will definitely keep/make, others are more of nebulous big hairy goal that may or may not happen. Confusing enough already?

So I decided that for 2015 I was going to have 15 Resolutions. Yes you read that right 15. Apparently “they say” that its best (and you are more likely to keep them) if you only have 1-2 resolutions, but scratch what “they” say. So without further ado here are the first 7 of my resolutions (in no particular order).

1. Run 2015km in 2015 

This is one of the goals that I ama slightly already behind on and is one of the big hairy goals that I set big to hopefully  help me work on my fitness (cue Fergie singing in the background).  2015km is 1252 miles!!! I honestly don’t know how much I ran in 2014 but it was definitely nowhere near that. Keeping a better track of my miles in itself will be a victory here. Its been alot harder to run since moving over the summer and starting a real job, I miss the free time and flexibility of college life. My running game has honestly been poor as of late and I hope this challenge, group community will help me get it back into shape, even if i don’t make the miles.

I know I’ve gushed about the wonderful running community and their great support of all runners. This is a challenge once again put on by this wonderful group. Run this year is a year-long running challenge. Some people are running 2015 miles for 2015 other 2015km and others setting their own goal. The support and accountability are what I am really looking forward to with this group.

Check out their site http://runthisyear.com/ for more information. Or follow the hashtag #runthisyear on different social media sites to keep up with everyone!

2. Run my second marathon! 

2014 saw me running my first ever marathon RNR NOLA (it’s almost my 1 year anniversary of running it!!) and 1/2 marathon #2. I already have 1/2 #3 signed up for in March (although my current poor running could be interesting for this) and potential others in the works. The next step which would require huuuuge commitment is another full marathon.

My goal is the Marine Corps Marathon in D.C. in October. I’ve never been to D.C. before and a little runcation could be just what the doctor ordered. (For 1/2 #2 I took a racecation to Indianapolis and it was awesome). This year though that race is moving to a lottery system so if I don’t get into that one my backup race is The Pensacola marathon. I ran the 1/2 as 1/2 #1 so it would really be bringing my racing full circle.

3.  Complete an unassited pull-up/chin up

I’ve never done much weight training at all but recently I thought it may be a good cross training to add in (since my beloved kickboxing classes are currently not an option). This for me would be a huge accomplishment to even complete one unassisted pull-up/chin up. I’ve currently been using the assisted machine at the gym (where you increase the weight to counteract your body weight) The more weight you put on it the easier it is for you to do said exercise (pull-up, chin up, dips, etc).

I started off with 100lbs weight on it. Today I was able to do chin ups with only 80 pounds on it! Originally it was just going to be pull-up but then I realized what I was actually doing was chin-ups so I slightly modified this resolution.

4.  Get Fit /Lose Weight

Most people have this on their resolutions list did you think I would be much different? I have an obvious goal weight in mind however I’m going to try to focus on fit and feel than actual lbs.

5. Pay off my student loans

This is another big hairy audacious goal primarily made to keep me motivated. While I was blessed to not have to take any student loans out for undergrad. My time in grad school (out-of-state) unfortunately did not afford that luxury. I was able to qualify for in state tuition and had a graduate assistantship that help to defray some costs but graduating in 2015 with two masters also left me with 5 digits in student loans. Typically student loan repayment plans are set for about 10 years. I however am stubborn and do not want to pay the interest that accrues during that time and hope to pay it off in a total of 1.5 years. (crazy I know)  I’m fairly good at managing my money. I have a loose budget that I keep and currently pay way more than my required payment each month so I’m looking good to either pay it off or have a huge amount paid off by the end of the year. I was able to pay off a good chunk last year, however with plans for a possible racecation and other things that may come up it would be pretty tight to pay it off this year.

6. Spend less time with technology

This one may seem to counteract the next resolution a bit but thinking more about it, it doesnt. Lately I have found myself a little too technology obsessed. First this I do in the morning I check my phone. Before I go to bed I’m on my phone. I’m on the same sites just refreshing them for ages on it. Lunch break? I’m on my phone. It needs to stop. So my goal here is to reduce my dependency on technology. Granted some of it I may replace and be okay with. For example. If I am on my kindle reading a book that will be okay because I will be reading and not aimlessly looking at a screen for the next like or comment. I will spend more time outdoors (when it’s light out, thanks time change…), playing with the dog, doing puzzles, etc. Things I used to do all the time but haven’t in ages because I have my face glued to a screen. Measuring this will be hard and I may have to work on it some but it will happen.

7. Be more consistent at blogging

If you haven’t noticed my blogging as been pretty poor as of late and I am to fix this.  While all my other goals/resolutions are more so in a random order this one was a little more purposeful. I can’t just keep tweeting or saying “look out for this blog post tomorrow” and not blog. It isn’t fair for my readers, it isn’t fair to me. And I lose trust with y’all when I don’t follow through. So while I haven’t thought of a punishment yet this is a two-part resolution.

a. If I say (whether by a previous post, or social media) that I am going to get a post upload by X date/time. Then          goodness gracious I will get that post up by said time.

b. To further encourage blog writing I will post at a minimum once a week. While not an extravagant amount (and hopefully it should be more than this) this at least holds me accountable as to what I need to do.

Ending with Resolution 7. I will have Part 2 of this post up before I go to bed on Friday with the remaining Resolutions.

My name is Holley and I’m not fully sure what I’ve gotten myself into this year.

An Unconquered Spirit

20 Nov

First off I’m once again delaying my late recap of my 1/2 because I feel that this post is far more important.

So that everyone is on the same footing in regards to what this post is about:

Early this morning 11/20/2014 12:30 a.m. a gunman opened fire on the Florida State University campus. Ultimately the shooter was killed by Police, after he refused to corporate and 3 FSU students were injured. As of this post 2 remain in the hospital, one in critical condition and one in good condition.   The shooter has been identified as lawyer and 2005 alumna of FSU. No clear motive has been determined.

In 2007 I was a junior in high-school when the Virginia Tech shootings took place. In addition to my prayers for the victims and families of the victims I thought “That could never happen here”.

In 2010 I was a sophomore at FSU when the University of Alabama – Huntsville shootings took place. In addition to my prayers for the victims and families of the victims I thought “That could never happen here”.

In 2012 I was in my first year of grad school at Auburn University when the Sandy Hook shootings took place. In addition to my prayers for the victims and families of the victims I thought “That could never happen here”.

In 2014 That happened here.

While I physically wasn’t in Tallahassee and wasn’t among the 300+ students who were studying for finals in Strozier (the library affectionately known as Club Stroz) who had to go through something that no one should ever have to go through, my heart breaks for my Seminole family.

The dorm I lived in freshman year is steps from the library. Many of my classes were in the buildings surrounding the library. Landis Green in front of the library is where many a game of ultimate frisbee, capture the flag and kickball were played, as well as many a book read.

I saw the news of the shooting this morning, and honestly thought it was an ill tasted joke, but as I scrolled down my Facebook news feed, post after post confirmed the reality, and the ugly truth began to set in.  That happened. And it happened at my beloved school. The reality is that something of this nature can happen anywhere, as been seen through tragic events throughout the years in places that were deemed safe. However one still asks: how did that happen here?

FSU is more than a school. It is a home. It is a family. It goes beyond the textbooks and student loans, beyond the football and the rivalries. There are no better words to describe FSU than FSU.

I sit here in my room with my FSU Campus rec t-shirt and FSU shorts and my FSU blanket honestly not know really what I should type, but knowing that something should be typed.

It is time likes these that one thinks of the things that truly matter. The petty argument you had with your brother no longer holds any weight. The 1 point that you need to take your grade point average from a B to an A is no longer worth arguing with your professor about. It is faith and unity that will get the student body and extended family to get past this.

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” ~Colossians 3:13-14

One of the icons at FSU is the Unconquered statue and it’s meaning is even more fitting today as it has been in the past.  An inscription on the statue states “This statue does not depict any particular person or event. Rather, it symbolically portrays the unconquered spirit of the Seminole people of the 19th century and the timeless legacy of that spirit that continues to burn bright into the future.”

The legacy of that spirit that continues to burn bright into the future. The Spirit of FSU will continue to burn bright in spite of this tragedy. Today we are all FSU, we are all unconquered, we are all going to get through this.

It is hard to believe but this could have been much worse. God had his hand of protection of the hundreds of students studying merely feet away. I thank God for his mercy and his grace, for the quick response of the FSU and Tallahassee police and for countless things I just cannot seem to put into words.

I realize this post isn’t very eloquent. This post isn’t very put together. This post isn’t what I initially set out to write, I wanted to write so much more, to encourage others, to share my prayers for those on and near campus, but those words did not want to come out and for that I am sorry. This post is what came out.

 We are FSU and we are a Spirit that is not afraid.

Little tall brother

8 Nov

So today I was definitely going to write a race recap from last weeks 1/2 but more important things press on.

Today is my brother’s 22nd birthday! I may no longer be taller than him but he is still my little brother!image image

Happy Birthday Casey! Here’s to many more birthdays to come!

My name is Holley and today is not my day, it’s my brothers!

How Not to Train for a 1/2 Marathon

5 Nov

Hey there! Let’s skip past the un-pleasantries and excuses as to why it has been a millennium since my last post and get right too it.

From the title you can probably surmise 2 things:

  1. I recently ran a ½ marathon
  2. I failed in my training for said marathon

If you deduced the above then *ding* *ding**ding* we have a winner! I indeed did run a ½ marathon (the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon this past Sat. race recap should be up on Friday) and I wouldn’t exactly recommend my training to anyone.  Now before we go too far I will let you know that my race actually went extremely well and I am really happy with it (but if you take away the 4ish points below at least my time may have been much better).

Without further ado:

  1. Train hardly at all

Yes I know this one is fairly obvious. If you don’t train how do you expect to finish the race (or at enjoy it). I did start out with a training plan. I was going to use the same Galloway training plan that I had previously done for my last ½ last year. But inevitably I seemed to find excuse after excuse.

I just graduated. I just moved to a new town. I just started my first salaried job. Its summer and hot here. I don’t have my tried and true running group to hold me accountable. I don’t know where to run here. There isn’t a running group here…”

And onward the excuses roll. Granted I did work out. I was fairly consistent in playing wallyball once a week (its like volleyball in a racquetball court) and then ultimate Frisbee once a week. I would then supplement that with an occasional run and gym work out (and recently have gotten back into doing Zumba 1-2 times a week).

But in all honesty, with the exception of Ultimate I hardly ran. And then when I did run I somehow hurt myself stupidly which took time to heal and ment I couldn’t run.  It also probably wasn’t the smartest to get my wisdom teeth out in the midst of the “injuries” and training, while this didn’t take much out of my training it did take out some.

Before race day I may and I stress may have ran 4 miles once. I went several times out for long runs and would ultimate convince myself to turn in at 3 miles.  Basically it was a failure. This alone would have rightfully been enough to give in on the race (boy am I glad I didn’t though). And I was ready to fully accept the ½ no matter how hard and horrible it may turn out (hint it didn’t turn out bad at all) as my punishment for lack of training.

Basically train for a race. Among many things it helps to prevent potential injuries.

  1. Wipe out on a run and bust your knees wide open

So one day I was going out for a planned 6-8 mile run because I knew with my lack of training (see #1) that I really needed to go on a long run. I woke up one Sat morning and it was prefect out. Temperatures were mild and there was a nice breeze (previous weeks it had been so hot that if you didn’t get up super early then it would be too hot for a run). I had planned a 4 mile loop that started downtown and looped around the local (albeit small) university that I would run1.25-2 times back to my car.

I parked my car, started my garmin and was off for my run. Right at 2 miles in (and remember to miles from my car) when a song came on my phone that I really got into. For a split second I stopped paying attention to where I was going, and in that split second I found myself wiped out on the sidewalk.  Yes. I had tripped on the uneven sidewalk. Looking back that particular piece of sidewalk was so uneven, that with my low stride that even if I was paying 100% attention then I would have at least stumbled on the sidewalk.

So back to it. I was on the sidewalk. I had scrapped up both of my knees fairly decently (they looked worse than they were) and both my hands and I was 2 miles from my car. I will spare you from pictures. I kept walking for a bit and tried to clean up my knees with my water bottle but that didn’t really work.  I kept walking for a bit and debated on continuing my run but looking at my knees they looked bad and probably would scare bystanders (if there were any, apparently no one is up on a sat morning in this place).

I was near one of my co-workers apts so I called him to see if I could come and clean up my knees (and perhaps get a ride back to my car). But he didn’t answer his phone…

After a short debate in what to do I remembered that about a ¼ of a mile away I passed a fire station.  Long story short I walked to the fire station, called them (they weren’t exactly open), got cleaned up some and then had to walk the 2 miles back to my car. I promptly treated myself to a pastry to-go from a local bakery before driving to CVS for supplies for my wounds.

After this I taped up my knees and they took a good while before I could even go out for another run. Since it was on the knee (and both of them to boot) they took a while to heal and at some points it was difficult to walk.

This injury alone took time and preparedness out of my already lacking training. So note to all. Pay attention to where you are running and don’t get too into your music, you never know when your knees and the sidewalk will decide to become best friends.

  1. Run barefoot over rocks and glass

Ready for another odd injury?

So as my dad likes to say little broken ear (the pup) gets a wild hair (or is it hare?) every once and awhile and decides that he just wants to run. Given that I now live in a town with no dog park for him to burn energy, and I currently don’t live in a place with a backyard I suppose it was bound to happen here eventually. My roommate (my aunt) came in to the apartment one day and suddenly the boy bolts between her legs out the door. At this point I should also mention that prior to this he had somehow gotten a hold of and eaten some of my running energy beans and was a little hyper.

Anyways, he bolts out the door and takes off in a sprint, with blinders on both his eyes and his ears (as if he was in his own little world). My Aunt and I take off after him trying everything to get him to stop and catch him. He is running straight towards the busy highway after dark. It is only by God’s grace that he decides to take a left by the mechanics shop instead of straight. Otherwise he might have more than just a broken ear L

Shortened story (because I know this post is getting a tad long and no pictures for the short attention span readers) we catch him, and he is in major trouble. In the process of chasing after him I was barefoot and was running ultimately was running over rocks and glass. Thankfully I didn’t cut my feet on the glass however I did deep bruise on my foot.

This was directly after the wisdom teeth removal and after my knees had finally healed.

Moral of the story have shoes at the ready because you never know when you are going to have to sprint out the door…or don’t let your dog get into your energy beans,  or five million other things.

  1. Stay out late the night before a race

One thing you don’t want to do before a race is stay out late the night before. You are already going to have to get up early, but you want as much (and consistent) sleep to be well rested before the big day.

Ordinarily this isn’t a problem for me. On a usual night I’m in bed by 9:45 at the absolutely latest and currently ranges between 8:45-9:30 (with an outlier Friday or Sat to maybe 10:30). I know I’ve become an old lady.

However the night before my race was not an ordinary day. First of all I flew up north to Indianapolis to visit one of my best friends from undergrad whom I had not seen in over a year, and secondly it was Halloween. Of course for Halloween we wanted to go out. We both had  costumes (I was the Tardis from Doctor Who, and she was The Queen of Hearts) and wanted to do something because it was Halloween.  After getting lost (given the wrong address) we finally made it to one of her co-worker’s brother’s house party.  We finally got back to her apartment and in bed at 1am.  A time that I haven’t seen in ages.

Did I have fun? Of course I did! But considering that we had to get up around 5:30 going to bed at 1:00 isn’t the smartest of choices.

13.1 miles is a feat and requires training (serious) and hopefully you didn’t/don’t commit some of the training faux paus (although #3 most likely won’t happen to you) that I committed.

My name is Holley and my ½ marathon training failed, but my race didn’t.