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Race Recap ~ Mustache Dace 2015

Mustache Dache

 

OK, so if you read my recap from last year I said I wouldn’t run this race again because of THE hill.

Do you want to hear about the hill?

The course is a 3.1 mile loop with over 400 feet (435 ft gain, to be exact) of elevation gain in the first 1.7 miles (aprox.).  That is about a 5% pitch for this race. When I ran the Wine Country Half Marathon there was only 328 foot elevation gain over the whole 13.1 miles.  The last hill though, that one was the killer.  At mile 0.91 were were at an elevation of 372 ft; at mile 1.73 we were at 660 ft.  That is 288 ft in less than a mile!

Yep, you read that right.

But the race is fun. The costumes are fun. The atmosphere is fun. I just couldn’t help but register again.  I called my friends and convinced them it would be a good idea to race it again too.  This year I also wanted Ian to enjoy the fun.  So I signed him up for the kids 1k race.  Because of when I signed up we also got a special ‘party pack.’ Ian rocked his and Sid stole mine.

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MSS_MD2015_SidSwag

The plan was to have my husband come and wait with Ian while I ran the 5k. Then Ian and I would do his race and we would all hang out together after.

Best laid plans…right?

So Hubby ended up having to work that day and while my mom was able to keep Sid, she couldn’t come out to the race.  Some of the races put on by Energy Events had a Kids Zone where they had paid child care for runners, but this race didn’t have that option.

It’s ok, I thought, I’ll just push Ian in the stroller. I’ve done it before, I can do it again.

(uh…remember THE hill!)

I came to terms with the fact that I will be walking up the first 1.5 miles of hill and that this will be no 35 min 5k.  My stroller is not a fancy jogging stroller, it is not even a good jogging stroller, but it is a stroller I bought used so that when I needed to I could run if I only had one kid.  It is a heavy stroller, and my kids are now heavy, well heavy for me.  Instead of me running slowly up this horrific hill, I will be walking slowly up this horrific hill while pushing 60 pounds of stroller + 5 year-old.

OK. OK. No big deal, I will just push the stroller, I’m not the only one who has to do this.

It had been raining, no pouring all week and the forecast called for inches of rain that Saturday. I was going to feel real bad for Ian if it rained on him the whole time.  I packed blankets, made him snacks packed us all up and dropped Sid off at my moms.  A couple of times on the way to the race our car got hit by rain but I didn’t use my wipers, so it wouldn’t last.

We got to Big Al’s, the race location, got the stroller all set up and Ian changed out of his jammies.  Ian asked if the cobwebs on the stroller’s wheels would be wiped off during the race.  Turns out, I haven’t used the stroller in a while and the two back tires were both flat.  One more than the other.  Also, the stroller has a fixed front wheel, but the alignment is off.  So it is extremely difficult to make small turns and it pulls to the left.  Oh well, we gotta roll with the punches.

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Ian getting ready for the race, not really ready for pictures

We meet up with our friends and enjoyed the fun atmosphere until the race started.  I tried to take some pictures with Ian, but he wasn’t quite in the mood.  We hit the lucky streak with the weather and while it was a little windy there was no rain! And to be honest, that was just fine.  It was time to get in the staring line and my Super Fast Friend head out to the front of the line while I stayed in the back with my stroller.  Out other two friends, The Couple, hung out with me till the race started, but I knew I’d be making this slow hike without them.

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Since the start is flat and the first hill isn’t that bad, I started at a slow jog off to the side, allowing runners to fly by me.  When we got to the hills I slowed down to a walk, I tried to walk fast, but that stroller was heavy!  I would run on the short downhills and any flats between the hills, but never uphill.  I just couldn’t do it.

 

I would show him the views from the top of the hill and he’d say ‘yep, ok, let’s go.’

up the hill

up the first hill

The course wove mostly through residential areas where there was not a lot of high traffic and in one spot I was outside the cones.  Ian was concerned, but with me pushing uphill and the fixed front wheel of the misaligned stroller, it was too hard to steer back to the right.  I told him he had to get out and walk for me to get back on course.  So he walked for a little bit up that hill, on the sidewalk.

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He’d do quick little runs, so I’d have to run to catch up with him. After about a quarter of a mile he got back in the stroller.  When we got to the biggest, steepest hill I made him get out and walk after we were about half way.  He walked to the top, which was about the 1.5 or 1.7 mile spot and the start of the downhill portion of the race.

start of the downhill

start of the downhill

He had to take a water break at the aid station.  Because sitting in a stroller (with your own snacks and drinks available to you) is such thirsty work!

At this point the hardest part was steering the stroller.  While running downhill he kept telling me to ‘go! go! go!’ which didn’t necessarily mean go faster, it just meant don’t stop. Thanks kid.

I kept teasing him that I was going to just let go of the stroller and would meet him at the bottom, or that I would hop in and we would both ride down.

The last mile was pretty quick, as it was mostly downhill with some flat areas and at this point I could run them.  However I am still not that fast while pushing that damn stroller, but at least I wasn’t walking.  The very last portion of the race, before you get back to the parking lot and the finish line, goes along a running path with a little playground.  Ian wanted to stop and play, but I said no way, or we would be there all day.  I did let him get out and climb on the statues for a minute, then told him we had a race to finish!

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A lot of times in order to turn a corner I would have to pop the front wheel up and this is how I came around the corner to the finish line. With the stroller doing a wheelie!

Pictures from Game Face Photo (free from the race!)

Pictures from GameFace Media (free from the race!)

 

I crossed the finish line in 48 minutes, pretty slow for a 5k, by my standards, but good under the circumstances.  We had sometime to kill before his race started, but I didn’t want my free beer yet, cause I still had to run with him for his 1k.  I tried to get him to take a picture with me and my friends in the PEMCO insurance booth, but he still wasn’t having it.

PEMCO Picture

As we go to the starting line for his race he is not feeling it. He hadn’t eaten any of his food, and now he is tired and hungry. Perfect mix for a race.

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At least his age group goes first.  His race distance is 1k (0.6 miles) and is a loop that goes out and along the running path behind the restaurant.  We walk/run for the first half and then he is on my back.  I give him a piggie back ride up until we get back to the parking lot and tell him he has to run through the finish line.

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picture taken by Energy Events, and it is my FAV!

At the finish line the racers and our friends are standing there giving high-fives to the kids as they run past.  The little kids loved it!

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He crossed the finish line and got a medal just like mine, with a spinning mustache.

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We promptly meet up with my friends went inside the restaurant to warm-up get food and our free booze.

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Will I do this race again next year?  Who knows….It is still fun, even the horrible hill. OK maybe not the hill, but the whole event is fun.

 

To recap on the history of this event (also found on my race recap last year)

The Mustache Dache takes place in November (mostly), because it is also Movember.

 But what is Movemeber you might ask?  Don’t worry, I’ll tell you.

About a decade ago some Bros in Australia decided to challenge other men to a Mo* contest.

*A MO is a mustache, short for the English spelling of Moustache.

The Bros decided that during the month of November they would grow their mustaches for a cause, after some research they decide their cause would be prostate and testicular cancer, as well as depression.  After a couple of years donating their proceeds to local charities they ended up creating a charitable organization of their own.

Fast Forward to now:  Movember is a world-wide charity raising money and bringing awareness for men’s health.  You can go to the Movember website and donate, or participate in the Mo growing contest during the month of November.  You can also find tons of information on men’s health issues and look at pictures of men with awesome Mos.  You can also read the whole story behind the campaign.

Us women have October as breast cancer awareness month, and the men now have Movember because these guys wanted to change the face of men’s health.

picture from race site, click image for link

Last year the race was put together as one of the ways to raise money for the above mentioned charity.  It is a fun 5k, there are lots of costumes, booze, fun prizes, kids race, humor, awareness and mustaches everywhere; the real ones and fake.  This race is held in various location across the country.  It is a fun good time.

This year the Mustache Dache race is  partnered with the charity Zero, to help end prostate cancer.  Not sure why the change, but either way the money is going to help men’s health.

 

Just. Keep. Running.

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Want to find out what is on my race calendar?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

This year my running club and I will be participating in the Hood to Coast Relay Race as a fundraising team. We will be raising money for Providence Cancer Center to help #FINISHCANCER. Click on the picture below (or here) to donate today.

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Running Log ~ Race Recap

Mustache Dache

Before we talk about my experience with the race, let’s talk about the name of the race and the what the race is fundraising for.

The Mustache Dache takes place in November (mostly), because it is also Movember.

 But what is Movemeber you might ask?  Don’t worry, I’ll tell you.

About a decade ago some Bros in Australia decided to challenge other men to a Mo* contest.

*A MO is a mustache, short for the English spelling of Moustache.

The Bros decided that during the month of November they would grow their mustaches for a cause, after some research they decide their cause would be prostate and testicular cancer, as well as depression.  After a couple of years donating their proceeds to local charities they ended up creating a charitable organization of their own.

Fast Forward to now:  Movember is a world-wide charity raising money and bringing awareness for men’s health.  You can go to the Movember website and donate, or participate in the Mo growing contest during the month of November.  You can also find tons of information on men’s health issues and look at pictures of men with awesome Mos.  You can also read the whole story behind the campaign.

Us women have October as breast cancer awareness month, and the men now have Movember because these guys wanted to change the face of men’s health.

picture from race site, click image for link

Now that the history lesson is done we can talk about my race.  (OK, maybe not yet)  The race was put together as one of the ways to raise money for the above mentioned charity.  It is a fun 5k, there are lots of costumes, booze, fun prizes, kids race, humor, awareness and mustaches everywhere; the real ones and fake.  This race is held in various location across the country.  It is a fun good time.

MSS_Mustache Dache Team Pic

I thought ‘5k (3.1 miles), easy peasy’ I could do that in my sleep.  In fact I do that on multiple times a week.  I wanted to get my 5k time down to (and below) 3o minutes, giving me a 10 min/mile pace.  In my last treadmill work out prior to this race I ran a 10.07 min/mile 5k.  So, I was ready.

MSS_Mustache Dache

I read a race recap and looked at the course map, and so I knew there would a hill.  But I didn’t really comprehend what that meant.  The course is a 3.1 mile loop with over 400 feet (435 ft gain, to be exact) of elevation gain in the first 1.7 miles (aprox.).  That is about a 5% pitch for this race.  At times, I seriously thought I could reach forward and touch the road in front of me with my hand.  Remember when I was complaining about the hills in my Wine Country Half Marathon?  Well during that whole 13.1 mile race there was only a 328 foot elevation gain.

Yep, you read that right.

So I will confess that I did not run a 10 min/mile.  In fact, there was a great deal of times that I didn’t even run.  And I was questioning my ability to even walk up those ridiculous hills.  It wasn’t one big hill though.  The first 9/10th of a mile had ups and downs with a couple of flats.  After running too fast up the very first hill (I was running 8:30 min/mile) I realized I need to walk up the hills.  So I would walk up and run when it was flat or down.  You get caught up in the moment, everyone was running fast, I felt great, so I did too.  So the first mile I clocked in at about 11:30.

The last hill though, that one was the killer.  At mile 0.91 were were at an elevation of 372 ft; at mile 1.73 we were at 660 ft.  That is 288 ft in less than a mile! It was anything but ‘fun’! Oh and did I mention it was a balmy 30°F out that day too?  Have you ever had your lungs freeze while you were breathing?  The second mile took about 14 minutes.

But what goes up must come down.  I could have made up a bunch of time on the downhill but I didn’t want to lose control and fall.  Cause you know, I would be the one that rolled down the hill to the finish line.  So I ran and I tried to keep my pace to a manageable one, on both the down hill and the flat part.  I ended up completing third mile in about 9:30 minutes.

 

I had a chip time of 0:36:46, giving me a 11:50 min/mile pace.  I finished 360/827 overall and 119/321 for my age.  Pretty good under the circumstances.

These are the friends who did the race with me

These are the friends who did the race with me

Even with the deadly hill the atmosphere was fun and enjoyable.  Everyone was having a good time and wearing mustaches.

Finishers all got these awesome medals (which is also a bottle opener),

MSS_Mustache Dace Medal

a free beer and a free tequila drink;

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you also received a shirt with registration.

 

MSS_Mustache Dache Shirt

However, if the race is in the same local next year, I might have to pass.

 

 

Just. Keep. Running.

C25K interval information can be found here

Want to find out what races I’ll be doing next year?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

 

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Running Log ~ Oct. 9th

Speed Training

I hate the stroller.

Yep, that stroller I talked about before, the one that I was so excited to get.  Yeah, that one.  I hate it.

It is so heavy and hard to steer because it is misaligned.  It adds a minute or two to my pace and I can’t run as long with it.

Last Wednesday while Ian was in school I decided to take Sid for a run.  Not only was I slow by after two miles I had to stop.  I just didn’t want to push it anymore.  I was running in our neighborhood, so I went back to the house.  Parked him in the grass and did sprints up and down the street in front of our house.

I love that I have the freedom to still go for a run when I just have one kid, and I probably still will….but you bet your sweet ass I’m gonna bitch about it the whole time!

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So to recap my speed training last week; ran two miles with the stroller at a 11:52 min/mile pace.  I ran 3.14 miles at a 10:54 pace, and 3.20 miles at a 10:42 pace.  Those were on the treadmill and the distance includes my cool down time.

When I did the 3.14 miles I walked about 1/4 of a mile twice during the run.   But the last one, the 3.20 miles, I didn’t walk even a 1/4 of a mile once.  To me this shows that I am improving my lung function, which is making me stronger and faster.

And then there was last night.  Last night I ran the first mile at 10:42 then increased the speed for the second mile to 10:31.  For the 3rd mile I increased it again to a 10:21.  But at the almost 3/4 mark I increased it again and again at when I had 1/10th of a mile to go.  I was at just over 32 minutes when I hit 3 miles so I kept running till I got to 33 minutes, then started my cool down, for a full five minutes.  My total run was 3.30 miles, I had a technical issue during the first mile that set my time back by a minute, but other than that I didn’t walk at all.

 

I updated my iOS for my iPhone, recently and there is a new app that Apple installs with this update.  At first I was like “ugh! another Apple forced app that I don’t use but takes up space on my home screen!”

But then I opened it and found something I could use!  (no, this is not an endorsement, just my opinion)  It’s called Health, or referred to as Healthkit.

Some of you may already have known this, but I didn’t, the iPhone has a motion sensor (at least the 5 and higher does).  This means it has a pedometer capabilities.  Again, this may be old news to you, but not to me.  I have been wanting to record my steps as well as my miles running.  A GPS app, like Map My Run, won’t work inside my building where I work, especially in the stairwells.  Now I can!  This is exciting news to me, so I thought I’d share it.  I can also record the flights of stairs I take each day, and it connects to Map My Run so I don’t have to record my runs twice.  (It also works with Nike Fuel)

You can also record a bunch of other stuff, but the exciting thing for me is the pedometer function.  Plus it has been recording all month, I saw on Sunday I took over 9,000 steps!

24 Motivational Weight Loss and Fitness Quotes

 

 

Just. Keep. Running.

C25K interval information can be found here

A good article about getting faster can be found here

Want to find out what races I’ll be doing next year?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

 

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Running Log ~ Sept. 30th

Speed Training

After my half marathon I realized I need to work on my speed.

I haven’t really gotten below a 11:30 min/mile since I got sick in June and mostly I maintain a 12 min/mile.  I am OK with what I have been running, but I need to pick it up.  Now, I’m not looking to run a 6 min/mile (yet…) but training to run faster will help me in the long runs. (yep. pun intended. you’re welcome)

The major reason I want to increase my speed is to increase my VO2 max.  When I can increase the amount of oxygen uptake to my muscles, I can run longer.

Better than I was

Do I have a speed training plan?

Nope not yet.  I am looking into it, doing some research.  My cousin goes to a weekly running training group with a coach, but I don’t got time for that!  I will figure out a plan that works for me. Don’t worry, I’m sure I will tell you all about it.

Right now I am going to start small.  I have a goal for my 5k in November.  I am actually running two races in November, a  5k and a 12k.  I want to run the 5k in 30 minutes, that is a 10 min/mile.  I have six weeks to get there.

Yesterday I decided I had to get back to the treadmill.  I don’t have an awesome pace watch like a Garmin, and I can’t accurately judge my pace when road running.  Plus I find that I will push myself (pace wise) on a treadmill, because I have set the pace, and the belt is moving.

Last night I set my pace to just under 11 min/miles (5.5 mph treadmill setting) and ran for a mile.  I then walked, at semi-fast pace, for half a mile.  I picked up the pace and ran again for one mile only slightly faster, 10:46 min/mile (5.6 mph), then walked again for the last half mile.

With my warm up (which was a slow walk because I was looking for a show to watch) and my cool down, I ran a total of 3.14 miles in 42.28 minutes.  The cool down and warm up portions added up to about 6 of those minutes.  Next time I will keep better track of the actual times, so I know how long it really took me.

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This plan is all fine and good if I am only going to run 3 miles, but next year I want to run 26.2!  Which is why I am going to figure out a long-term speed plan, and incorporate it into my marathon training.

I will get faster. I will run longer. I will run.

 

 

Just. Keep. Running.

C25K interval information can be found here

Mommy Marathon Training Program information can be found here

Want to find out what races I’ll be doing next year?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

 

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