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2016 - list of races to do

The new year is almost here and I thought I'd get my list of races on here. I'm a solo runner now (Matt and his freakishly long legs are too fast for me now) so this is all on me to stick with it and not give up. Who are we kidding ... I'll give up ... but the point is, I hope I will get back on the bandwagon and keep trying even after I get frustrated or not be able to get out and run. There's only so much of the treadmill I can handle ...

January - no race scheduled. With the crazy weather we've been having, no telling what it'll be like outside anyway!

February - trying a new race this year up in Indianapolis on the 27th. It's a 4 or 8 mile run/walk benefiting the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and it's only the 2nd year for it. Matt and I are signed up for the 8 mile. Starts at the City Market downtown -- hope it's fun! We opted to do this one instead of the 1st leg of the Triple Crown. Reason? $25 for a 5k with thousands of runners vs. $25 for mor…

Indianapolis Monumental

This is my race. This is the one I want to continue doing each year and is the one that started my running journey.

March 2012 - my dad died in his sleep. It was a heart attack, but he was also going to be getting a stent put in for dialysis that next week and he was having anxiety over that. He was retired military but was not an active person. I never considered him overweight - but with his health problems (diabetes, being on oxygen, sleep apnea, heart problems, cancer survivor, kidney problems, and fully recovered from a stroke that wasn't a stroke the year before) he had slowed down considerably from his already inactive lifestyle. He was 76 years old.

Summer and November 2012 - friends from high school were going to be running the half-marathon in Indianapolis that November and invited me to join them. I agreed but kept procrastinating on registering and starting some sort of training (had zero, basically). It was a week or so before when I finally decided to register but wa…

Playing catch-up on this rainy day ...

Well ... yeah. Anyway, been running, been racing, haven't been training as I'd hoped. Rather than post on each race after the Barnyard Dash, just going to do a quick-ish recap of the last 5 months.

July:
Two years ago, the four of us ran the Independence Day run in New Albany - it started at the Amphitheater, ran to 'midtown' and then back. We skipped last year (not sure why) but decided to try it again this year. With the 4th being on a Saturday, the Farmer's Market was in full swing so they started and ended the race in the middle of the Farmer's Market! Not what I was hoping to see. The main point was to get the kids out and running. I don't remember my time but it wasn't very good, I know. We'll probably do this one again but only when the Farmer's Market isn't open ... too much of a crowd for me and very few encouraging spectators, if you know what I mean.

August:
No race. Hotter than anything so I didn't do much running outside eit…

Barnyard Dash 10k in the rain

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So ... since the Kentucky Derby Festival Half Marathon on April 25, I've run a total of 19 miles. That's less than 10 miles per month. And I found out the hard way that having a race on the calendar is about the only thing that will keep me motivated to get out there and run. 
In checking the www.pacersandracers.com site's race calendar, I found the Barnyard Dash that would be up in Starlight. It's not flat country up there but it's a race and is reasonably priced ($20 for the 10k run or 5k walk and comes with a tech t-shirt). And Matt agreed once again to run with me. Sucker. 
So here's the morning photo on the drive to Starlight ... 
Thank you to Tropical Storm Bill for the rain ... no, really. Because if it hadn't been raining, it would have been humid and hot and full of misery. As it was, it was a rainy race and partially full of misery due to the hills and not knowing where the water stops were going to be. And of course, not being prepared. At all. 
It w…

Big Four Walking Bridge -- my lifeline

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Flashback to May 20, 2014 -- the Big Four pedestrian bridge opened. Correction: the INDIANA side opened on 5/20/14 ... the KENTUCKY side had been opened for more than a year by that point and was getting quite a bit of traffic. In my lunch-hour walks along the river, I would look up and see multitudes (a few) walking on the bridge from the KY side and look out over the Indiana folks. I always imagined a tour guide standing up at the 'end' where it was barricaded before getting to the Indiana ramp -- "And below, we have the Hoosiers in the native habitat. Please do not feed them."

Since the Indiana side actually opened after I was on my lunchtime walk, and I had an appointment the next day, I wasn't able to walk the bridge until 5/22/14 ... exactly a year ago today! Call me crazy but I get emotional over the dumbest things. And apparently, walking up the ramp of a bridge that I watched being built for months is one of those things. I remember just getting teary-ey…

PACT

So about 2 years ago ... maybe 3? ... I joined GymPACT which essentially pays me to work out. It's not a get-rich-quick scheme, by any means. I think the average payout was about 20 cents each time I went to the Y or worked out at home that I said I would (at least 3x/week but no more than once per day). I don't even know if the 20 cents (rough estimate) was what was motivating me as much as the threat of losing money if I didn't exercise ... to the tune of $5 each time.

It used to be that you had to have a smartphone to participate in PACT but with all the activity trackers, non-smartphone users can participate now. Plus, they've added two new pacts to participate in -- food tracking and fruits/vegetables. The food tracking is done on MyFitnessPal (also no need for a smartphone) and the fruits/veggies are tracked by photos uploaded through the app (so yes, smartphone needed). The reason for these pacts are to learn how to track your food choices and increase the numbe…

Kentucky Derby Festival Half-Marathon

Well ... first race done in the rain! And with a cold-bordering on bronchitis! And a PR! Boo-ya!

I was worried about this one. Now that it's over, I'm not sure why because it was a really good course and well-organized. I think it was because of the rain and my cold and not completing the training as much as I had planned. But we survived and both of us ended with a PR!

Thoughts on this one --
I liked the corrals. We started in D corral -- I guess they assign corrals based on what time we put down when we registered. Which is funny because we totally had to guess on our finish time since we registered for this race the night before we ran our first half-marathon in Indianapolis. Their expo had a discount code for the KDF race which expired on Oct. 31 (that night) so we registered and guessed at a finish time. I *think* I put 2:30 as our estimated finish time but I could be wrong. The thing is, we were passing walkers who had bibs labelled with the H and G corrals and this was …

Papa John's 10 Miler

This one was rough. Not sure why but it didn't go as well as the 5k and 10k from prior weeks. Maybe because we got there a little late ... or rather we got there on time but we ended up standing in the porta-potty line for almost 10 minutes at the start. Good thing this is chip-timed because by the time we were both done and got to the start line, it had started about 8 minutes before and we were having to weave through walkers to find a good pace.

I knew a little more of what to expect with this one and was pretty much dreading the entire portion of Iroquois Park/Mountain. I think I'm going to have to work on hills before next year's race. That's all there is to it.

Ran a large portion of this one with Matt. I don't know if I was slowing him down or encouraging him to run more but it was nice to be with him and chat along the way while we ran and walked (mostly ran).

No PR on this race. This year's result was 1:59:20 compared to last year's result of 1:56:…

Rodes City 10k run - done!

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Packet pickup - smooth sailing until I get my number. I mean, really??

I mean - what to do? Answer: this ...

The 1/2 was because I'm training (somewhat) for the Kentucky Derby Festival half marathon ... But still. Just didn't want that number hanging over my head or tied to me. It's not like anyone could even see the number. It was pretty cool that morning so I wore my jacket for the start of the race and tied around my waist/over the number when I got too warm. 
Thoughts on this race ..  Better prepared this year but I think they changed the course just a little - have to check to verify. 
I highly recommend men and women ask friends to do a gear check with them before a race. Am I wearing too many items? Do the running tights work for me or against me? Examples: I was behind one woman whose rights were just "busy" and they were holding in some jiggly legs -- absolutely nothing wrong there and I applaud her for running! But it was like her legs were some psyched…

Anthem 5k - rocked that race!

So Saturday was the first leg of the Triple Crown of Running, which is part of the Kentucky Derby Festival but doesn't include the KDF Marathon/Mini-Marathon. Since Matt and I are registered for the Half (the "mini"), I've been trying to stick with the training program we signed up with that's sponsored by Norton Health. I've missed many runs and might not have been able to do the full amount suggested for each day ... but it's been motivating to get out there and get the runs in or head to the Y to run on the treadmill there. I don't like running on the tready at home any longer -- too many distractions.

So we're at the day of the race and I'm remembering my very first 5k in November of 2012. Scared to death, worried I was going to pass out along the way, really just wanted to finish and didn't have a goal time in mind. I think I did it in about 40 minutes. I didn't even keep the medal they handed out but donated it to Medals for Mett…

On starting a streak ...

I'm no good at New Year's Resolutions and committing to something day in and day out is a joke for me. However, I would like to put out here that I am starting a run-streak, as of yesterday. And considering I'm the only one who reads this now, I'll only be letting myself down. :)

Yesterday was cold. Too cold to go out for a walk at lunch so I had plans to go to the YMCA. But life got in the way ... Matt couldn't pick up the kittens from the vet (spayed) so I needed to get them. That meant I couldn't stop off at GFS and Old Navy on the way home for coffee supplies and a winter coat for Allie and then head to the Y before or after supper. That's all OK ... I can roll with the punches. Still had plans to just get the kittens and then go to the Y. Until I get home and find out Allie was feeling sick. Again, roll with the punches. So Will goes with me to get the kittens, on the way home I find out Allie isn't just feeling sick, she's getting sick (luckil…

I just want to get outside!

I love winter - really I do. Or I used to. That was before running.

We have the first leg of the Triple Crown coming up this weekend ... it's 'just' a 5k, but I'm looking forward to it because it means I get to run outside again. We also have a massive winter storm coming our way starting this morning with rain-rain-rain that will go all day-day-day. Tomorrow will switch over to snow (with possible sleet or freezing rain in the middle). Depending on which weather-guy/gal you choose to listen to, it could be up to 16 inches of snow on Wednesday afternoon/evening. I choose to think they are hyping it up for no good reason and that we'll just get rain that will wash away all the snow and ice that's leftover from the last and only winter storm we've had this year. I do NOT want to think about 16 inches of snow on Wednesday, plummeting temperatures on Thursday, and then trying to run a 5k on snow or ice covered streets on Saturday morning at 8 a.m.

Nope nope nop…