Race 13.1 Richmond – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Memphis-MEDAL1Well, another half marathon is done.  Race 13.1 Richmond was held on Saturday at the Richmond International Speedway.  First of all, before I get started – I just want to say that I absolutely love the Race 13.1 series.  They usually have their act together and put on a great race.  I’ve done several of their races over the last few years – and I’ve enjoyed them all!

That is the one of the “good” parts of my story.  These guys are great, well-organized and are obviously runners themselves.

I’d been watching the weather all week.  It looked like it was going to be 100% chance of rain. But, we all know that the weather forecasts have been wrong in the past – and I’m sure will be into the future.  This time, they were spot on.  Race morning was about 55 degrees, rainy (downpours at times and windy).  Dressed in a singlet, my arm sleeves (which worked perfectly for the conditions), shorts and cap.  I ended up being spot on with what I wore for the day.

Weather – “bad” part of my story.

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We were staying about 10 minutes away from the track and got there about 45 minutes before race start.  That is about the time that I like to arrive at a race.  Enough time to get in line for the bathroom, come out, get in line again and then head to the start.

When we crossed the track I saw people heading toward the infield bathroom facility.  Passed several women who said that the women’s bathroom was locked.  Men’s was open – women’s not. WTF????  The only bathroom for women was at another part of the infield with (yes you are going to read this correctly) 2 stalls!  We are already wet and cold and now we are waiting in a horrendous line for the bathroom.  Needless to say, there were a lot of unhappy women!

Yes, that was one of the “ugly” parts of my story.

Another “good” part was Hubby and I taking pictures around the track before the race started.  We took pictures in Victory Circle and of different parts of the track.  You don’t always get to be on the infield of a NASCAR track!

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The race started on time with a lap around the track.  It also finished with 2 laps around the track. That was a lot of fun!  Yes, another “good” part of the story!

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After our first lap around the track, we headed down through the tunnel away from the track. Remember I mentioned that it had been raining hard and pretty steadily – also, remember that I just said “down” through the tunnel?  Well, we had to run through almost ankle deep water. Loverly, the first few miles and my shoes are soaked.  Oh, well, after your shoes are thoroughly soaked – you don’t mind the puddles anymore.  And, yes, there were many spots along the course that the water was that deep.  A couple of us were laughing about the great workout that we were getting with our shoes weighing 10 pounds each!  :-)

And, you’re right – an “ugly” part of my story!

I did, however, enjoy the race course,  After several miles, we headed away from the track and through some neighborhoods.  The weather kept people from coming out, I’m sure, so it was really quiet at times.  Speaking of quiet, around 10 miles we ran through a cemetery.  Not just a small cemetery – a huge one.  For a mile or so.  Weird – but, it was kind of nice and peaceful through there – even with the rain!

Volunteers at the Race 13.1 series of races are usually great.  And, for the most part, they were on this day.  However, you knew that was coming, at around 7 miles I took a gel as we were coming to a water stop.  A early 20’s guy had a cup that he was extending to me.  I asked if it was water – he said, no lie, “close enough”.  It was Gatorade.  I handed it back to his with a killer look and said – nope, not close enough.

Yes, an “ugly”.  Both him and me.

As I said, the race ended with 2 laps around the track.  I really did enjoy running the track.  I know that we weren’t quite as fast as the stock cars that go around there – but, they also don’t run in the rain.  I guess that makes us tougher!  :-)

Best things – no one passed me the last laps of the track, just getting it over with and THE BEST – Hubby was waiting with a Pepsi for me as I crossed the line!  Yep, I earned that one!

And, we all earned our medals!

 

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Overall, I really did enjoy the course – and am looking forward to doing it again next year – hopefully in better weather!

Yes, it was The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.  But, mostly – it was The Good!

 

I’m SO Confused!

Tomorrow Hubby and I are heading out of town for a half marathon.  And, it looks like I will be packing running clothes for a week.  Let me tell you why. First of all, it’s May.  It’s supposed to be warm.  Running when it’s warm is SO easy to dress for and to pack for.  You take a pair of shorts, a singlet, a cap, sunglasses, shoes, socks and you’re ready to go.  That’s another reason why I love Summer running.  No decisions.  You don’t have to think about how long you’ll be running to gauge what to wear and how to layer.  No math…..let’s see it’s 40 degrees….dress like it’s 10 degrees warmer ……..but, it’s cloudy…….so……..   You know what I mean. Anyway, the temperature at race time is supposed to be 50 degrees.  Normally, that’s pretty good for a longer road race.  HOWEVER, there’s 100% chance of rain … {Continue Reading… }

Pre-Long Run/Race Eating – Back To Old School

Last year, many of you remember that I was moaning about the end of my favorite flavor (and only flavor that I eat) PowerBar – my beloved Banana!  I had eaten them for years (and I mean a lot of years) before my long runs and before races. All of a sudden, there I was trying to find a replacement for pre-run nutrition.  I spent several weeks purchasing and trying out different things.  Nothing that I tried seemed to work – or tasted as good as my Banana PowerBars.  Maybe I was being a little hard-headed – but, oh, well….. Anyway, one day I was thinking about it – again.  And, then a super brilliant thought popped into my head.  Go back to being old school.  I’m old school with my running in so many ways – why not with my pre-run snack. So, I went out and bought a … {Continue Reading… }

Running Tips – When To Ice And When To Use Heat On Running Injuries

  You’ve been out for a run and something just doesn’t feel right. You don’t want to get an injury that will keep you off the roads – so you want to take care of this as soon as you get it. But, should you ice the injury or use heat on it?  Here are tips for knowing which to do. Basically running injuries will break down into two categories – acute or chronic. Acute injuries are those that have just happened – within 72 hours. During this time period, the injured area will be inflamed. Chronic injuries are those ongoing and still giving you a little problem after 4-5 days – but usually there is no inflammation. During the acute stage of your running injury is when you want to ice. Icing the area will help numb the pain and will help with decreasing the swelling as ice constricts blood … {Continue Reading… }

Be Your Own Runner

I’ve been toying with writing about this subject for awhile – and know that I’m going to rile up some people – but, there’s some things that I want to address. I follow several running groups on Facebook – and I love the community and reading about everyone’s accomplishments.  However, sometimes I see some things that worry me.  So many runners out there are always looking for something different than what they are currently doing. Here’s what I mean.  A runner is happily running along in their certain pair of shoes.  Someone posts how marvelous their shoes performed on their run that day.  Suddenly runner #1 has to try those shoes – which may or may not be right for them.  Word of advice here – go to a good running store and get fitted by a professional.  Runner’s feet are like snowflakes – no two are the same.  So, … {Continue Reading… }

Review Of Jabees Beating Bluetooth Ear Buds

Yesterday, on my 12-miler, I tried something that I’ve never done before.  I didn’t take my beloved ipod shuffle on my run, but used my phone for music with wireless ear buds.  No, I haven’t crossed over to the dark side of taking my phone on every run – let me explain!   Last year, after I scared Hubby with my chest issues (see http://www.thestreakingrunner.com/glad-know-whats-wrong/ for explanation), he made me promise to take my phone with me whenever I was out for more than 90 minutes.  I tried to make my case that I had my RoadId on and if something happened – I wouldn’t be able to use my phone anyway.  (He loves that I wear my RoadId on every run!)  Anyway, I caved because I figured that if I was out for over 90 minutes, I’d want water, so I could just wear my CamelBak and tuck my phone in it. … {Continue Reading… }

Glad To Know What’s Been Wrong With Me!

The last few weeks have been challenging – to say the least.  We hired a new General Manager at the DQ to hopefully take some of the burden off of Hubby and me.  Well, after 3 days – he stopped showing up.  Just as well, he didn’t want to listen as I was training him and could only talk about all the things that we do wrong.  Hmmm, we’ve been in business there for over 16 years – we must be doing something right. Anyway, in addition to that, my chest problems started resurfacing again.  Remember, my problem when I was to run the Outer Banks Marathon in November?  Here’s a reminder:  http://www.thestreakingrunner.com/back-on-track-today-well-actually-the-roads/ In January, my doctor and I decided that I was overly stressed (go figure) and put me on some medication.  Up until last week, it worked. Last Monday night, I started getting that pressure again in my … {Continue Reading… }

Interviews With Awesome Runners – Melissa Trapani

It’s time for another interview with an awesome runner!  Today, we learn a little more about Melissa Trapani.  She’s a physical therapist.  I wish she lived closer – I’d become a client! Here’s Melissa! ———————————————————————————————————————————- I am 36 years old. I have an Associates for Science in Criminal Justice. I am certified to practice in massage therapy. My specialty is sports massage. I am looking forward to continue my education for my license to practice all forms of massage.. But become completely specialized in sports and debilitating alignments. I have a huge passions and calling with nature and have severe empathic abilities. So I first initially ran for 3 years then had a work related back injury that took me down from everything for 6 years. Devastating to say the least. After that 6 years enough was enough and have been back up and running as of this September will … {Continue Reading… }

Why You’ll Never See Me Running On The Trails

Yes, you read that right.  I know that is blasphemy to some runners – but, it’s the way that I feel. And, it’s not a knee jerk reaction to the time that I tried to run a trail (OK, maybe it is!).  In case you missed that – you need to read this post:  http://www.thestreakingrunner.com/thinking/ That run was not a pleasant experience for me.  But, hear me out and understand where I’m coming from. First of all, I don’t need tree roots and rocks to make me trip and fall.  I can trip and fall where there is absolutely nothing to cause it.  Which brings me to another post where I talk about my fall and the first stitches that I ever got in my life.  Another humorous story (well, now it is) can be found here:  http://www.thestreakingrunner.com/running-tips-my-first-running-injury/ So, you can see that I really don’t need the added pressure … {Continue Reading… }

Heading Back To The Roads From The Treadmill

Ah, yes…..March is here!  And, that means that Spring and warmer weather can’t be too far behind!  I will be so happy to see the warmer weather! Many runners take to the treadmills during the winter months for their runs.  Now, it’s time to get those runs back outside.  BUT, there’s a right way to do it.  Just hitting the roads doing the same kind of workouts that you were doing on the treadmill can cause problems.  You want to make sure that you start heading outside slowly. When you go back to running on the roads – it will be a little rougher on your joints.  This is because the treadmill is a much more forgiving surface than asphalt.  (A reason to hit the treadmill if you are recovering from something).  And, you will be working harder for your runs since you don’t have the belt of the treadmill … {Continue Reading… }