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Running Log ~ Feb 20th

I finally got a long in this past weekend.

My cousin is running a half marathon the same weekend I am running my 15k.  So she needs to get her miles in and start tapering off to be ready for her half.  I on the other hand really only need to prepare to do 10 miles in a couple of weeks.

Since I haven’t ran more than 4 miles in a while, I took it slow and I only ran 9 miles instead of 10.  I also had to do some walking in there, and the rest of the ladies sometimes stopped and waited for me to catch up (even though I told them not to).  For the long runs, it’s not about the time, it’s just about the distance.

love the long run

 

When we got to the 4 mile mark I knew I didn’t want to run all 10 miles, cause we still had to go back to where we started.  I told them to go ahead and we would meet up on their way back.  I walked a little and ran a little till 4.5 miles, then I turned around and headed back, I stopped a couple of times to wait for them, but got cold and board so I kept moving.  They caught up to me and passed me on the return, but I was ok with that.

I like the group run, but I like the solo runs even more.  This worked out nice because I get the fun of a group run after and during pit stops, but I can kind of run by myself (with them all in front of me).  A little of both worlds.

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Lately I have been running while at work, taking a break to get 3 miles on the hill done.  I realized I don’t like running at night anymore, I am just too tired.  And if I am being honest, that is really the time that I get all my crafting done.  I can’t function in the morning, so if I do try to run I am super slow.  It is really great to run in the middle of the day, and it is a nice break from work.  I also enjoy it because the weather here has been so nice, if I waited till the boys went to bed I’d have to go to they gym and I wouldn’t get to run outside.

My cousin wants to do 11 miles this weekend….

 

 

Just. Keep. Running.

Just a reminder that with my running I am raising money for St. Jude’s Hospital, click on the picture below to donate.

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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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Racing Bib and Medal Display

Who know that almost one year ago I would run my first race and become an addict?

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After running the Shamrock run last March I knew that I would continue to race as long as I can, as many races I could.  Last year I was able to participate in five races.  Two of those races included finisher medals.

I was a loss for what to do with the bibs and medals from the races.  I am kind of sentimentalist so I knew I wanted to keep them, but how do I display them?

I figured I wanted a sign with an encouraging phrase on it and hooks to hang everything.  I also wanted to incorporate the distances I ran and one that I will run.  I found a blank wood sign at the craft store for less than $5.  I picked up the hooks at my one-stop-shopping store for a couple bucks, including the back brackets for hanging.  Because of the size of the sign I decided to attach the medal hook to the back and purchased a hook specially designed for that.  The paper and vinyl I already had.

I first painted the wood, but didn’t like that look, so I covered it with scrapbook paper using Mod Podge.

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After determining the size of the area I had to work with I went to my Silhouette Studio to design my sign.  I used the distance (in miles) of a 5k, 10k, half marathon and full marathon (which I plan on running this year).  I used the quote “Take in the fact that you just did that”  I really liked the quote because it reminds me that every race, every run is an accomplishment.

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I planned on using white vinyl for the numbers, because I wanted them in the background and not over powering the sign.

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After cutting out the vinyl and taking the backing off the numbers I realized my vinyl was clear, not white.  I am not even sure where I got clear vinyl….

I thought it would be ok, and that the clear vinyl would make subtle.  It was, too much so.  If I looked at the right angle I could see the shiny numbers but I needed them to stand out a little more.

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I took my white chalk pen and went around the numbers, it gave them more depth and I was now able to see them.  I actually like it better than if I used white vinyl because it is visible but subtle.  I went over the whole thing with a coat of Mod Podge to protect the paper.

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At first I thought I would position the bib hooks so they would hang flat, one hook in each corner of the bib.  But I realized that even with only my five bibs there was a size difference, so that wouldn’t work and I decided I would just hang them by one corner.  This also allows for another hook if I need it.

 

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I attached the hanging brackets and medal hook to the back, with screws.

Side note: I had to use one hanging bracket on each corner because the sign weight was uneven with the weight of the medals.  If I put one bracket in the middle it would tip towards the medal side.

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I was going to put it in the living room, but decided the wall above my dresser was a better choice.

MSS_Racing Bib Display

 

So now when I get up in the morning I get to see it.

 

MSS_Racing Bib Display

 

It will also be easy to add my new bibs after each race.

 

MSS_Racing Bib Display

 

Of course I am hoping that I will fill it up and need to make another one!

 

 

Just. Keep. Running.

Just a reminder that with my running I am raising money for St. Jude’s Hospital, click on the picture below to donate.

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Be a HERO by clicking picture and donating today.

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 ~ Jan 29th

OK, so I haven’t been writing much on my running since I posted about doing the Hot Buttered Run way back in November.  That is because, I haven’t done much running.

My running tappered off in December for two reasons.  One: Christmas, I hand-made about 100 Christmas cards to send out, plus other hand-made gifts and crafty things.  So the time when I would normally be running I was crafting instead.  I was OK with that, I knew I wanted to get these items done and I didn’t want to give up time with my family.  Two: a sinus infection.  I started getting really bad headaches, like knock me out headaches.  So when I would run the increase blood flow would cause tremendous pressure in my head, resulting in bad headaches.  A week or so ago I finally went to the doctor and found out I had a bad infection in my left sinus.

I have run a few times, for short durations with mixed results.  Sometimes my head would get worse, sometimes it would stay the same.  What I did do though, was start walking.  My work place is linked to another building via a sky bridge, that building is linked to two others via different sky bridges.  So I can get a two-mile walk in during lunch with out going outside in the not so pleasant weather.

While walking has kept me active I am yearning for a run, a long run.  (I am hoping to this weekend, 10 miles on Sunday!)

love the long run

I have a race coming up in March, so I need to get some distance in before then.  It also has a nasty hill, so I need to get some training in on hills too.  I just can’t seem to set the incline on the treadmill when running, I always feel like I’m gonna fall off.

Last weekend we had unseasonably warm weather so my mom and I took the boys for 1.6 mile walk to a park.  We had lunch and the kids played for a few hours.  I can’t wait for spring.  With the nice weather on Monday I thought I would go for a run at work, brought all my gear but my sports bra.

OK, next try Tuesday, I mapped out a 2 mile run on the trail and road around my work.  I started out and it was colder than the day before and there was a slight mist.  I didn’t mind at first but then my hands started to freeze.  I thought the trail would be ok, since it hadn’t rained in a while, but I had never been on that trail.

Idownhillt wasn’t fine.  It was steep, narrow, muddy and slick.  There were tons of switch backs where I had to slow way down so I didn’t fall.  There were steep slippery slopes I had to walk up.  I took a wrong turn and ended up adding two miles to my run.  So while I felt great that I went out, it was not an enjoyable run.  There were a few times it was nice, but over all not my best.

New plan: run on the road at work only.  Part of the March race, the part with the hill, is basically at my work, so I can get some good training in.  I will vary a two-five mile run during the day, depending on how much time I have.  That way I know I won’t get lost.

Just. Keep. Running.

Just a reminder that with my running I am raising money for St. Jude’s Hospital, click on the picture below to donate.

Click to Donate now

Be a HERO by clicking picture and donating today.

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 Dec 17th ~ Race Recap

12k Vancouver WA

This post has been a long time coming.  The race was actually Thanksgiving weekend, but I just haven’t had a chance to tell you about it.

I really wanted to do a Christmas themed run this year.  After looking into the ones that were available I decided on the Hot Buttered Run.  It sound fun and Christmasey and there was Hot Buttered Rum at the end.  What could be better.

The race offered two distances; a 5K and a 12k (7.28 miles).  I picked the 12k race.  The course was mostly flat and wound through downtown Vancouver, WA and through Fort Vancouver.  This also put us in the industrial district for a couple of miles, which wouldn’t have been bad except the smell coming from one of the plants.  It was either tires or asphalt, think burning rubber.  Not the best thing to inhale while running.

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12k course

Because of the distance and the small town, we had to run by the starting park twice.  Around mile 3 we run by the park, but that is ok, because the race just started and I was expecting to double back.  But then at the end, close to the 7 mile point we run along the park and you think you are going to take a left turn at the corner and cross the finish line.  WRONG!  You keep going, granted it is only about a 1/4 mile, but mentally it throws you.  The course took us down another block before turning left to come around the other side and up to cross the finish line.

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close up of mile 3 & 7

The day was beautiful and cold.  I mean cold.  OK, it wasn’t below zero or in the single digits but it was cold.  However the sun was shining and there were parts of the run that I actually felt warm.

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I-5 bridge and Fort Vancouver

Running through the fort with the sun on my face was glorious.  In fact it was so great I stopped to take a picture, which paused the Map My Run app and I lost about 3/10 of a mile.  Which means my split records are not really accurate.  My times were about ten and a half-minute miles to eleven and a half-minute miles.

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there was ice under the leaves on the path

There were less than 500 finishers with over 300 of them females.  I wanted my time to be under 90 minutes, and it was.  So I am happy about that.  I averaged an 11:18 min/mile officially running 1:25:50.  I am hoping that next year I will finish closer to an hour.  There was a few slippery spots of ice where it was better to walk than run and I stopped to take a few pictures.  I also took a walking break to have some Gu for refueling.

View at mile 6

View at mile 6

Then as soon as I was done I started to freeze! Did I mention how cold it was?

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Of course I made a shirt to wear for the race, but I had to put my coat back on, which covered it up, as soon as I was finished!

The other reason I picked this race was because of the Kids Kandy Kane Race and the fact that Santa would be there.  Ian has been talking about doing a race with me and I figured this would be a fun one for him to do.

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There was two divisions of kids races.  One was a fun run, for the kids under the age of 8, and was supposed to be a distance they could reasonably finish.  There was two waves, the first one was for kids ages 3-6 and running with a parent, the second was 7-8 with no parents.  So if  you had to run with a parent you went first.  The second kids race was a 1k (.62 miles) for kids older than 5 and could run without parents.  The other benefit of this race is they had a kid zone, a secure area where the kids could play while parents raced.  The thought was, Ian would go to the kid zone, I would run.  I would come get him, see Santa and do his race.

The kid zone had one of those bounce house things in it, and was under a covered area, with only one wall, and no patio heaters.

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Did I mention how cold it was?

The poor kids had to hang out in freezing weather while we ran.  I really felt bad at the end of my race.  Sure he had gloves, layers of clothes and a hat, but only one pair of socks.  Which would have been fine, but he had to take his shoes off to go in the bounce house.  (after we did his race he told me his feet hurt because they were laughing so hard)  The kid zone had hot chocolate and snacks, and he didn’t complain, I just wish I was faster.  I kept running and tried to run faster because I wanted to get Ian out of the kid zone as fast as I could.

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The line for the rum tent was so long, Ian couldn’t come in with me and I didn’t want to leave him in the play area any longer….so I didn’t get my Hot Buttered Rum.  But that’s okay, I got to hang with Ian until his race started.  He decided he didn’t want to go see Santa just yet.

The kids races couldn’t start until all the other runners crossed the finish line.  Then they packed us all back into the starting gate and organized us by waves while Santa walked around talking to the kids.  MSS_HBR09

For our wave, the first wave, they told us to just run around the park, which ended up being 0.45 miles.  The actual course was supposed to cut through the park, giving a 0.34 mile course.  But all the kids made it around the park, including Ian and me.

MSS_HBR kids course

When the kids crossed the finish line they were handed a medal from either Santa himself or an elf.

Ian with his new medal

Ian with his new medal and a super runny nose

Seriously, that made it all worth it.  Ian had a great time, loved his swag and loved the fact that he got a medal from Santa Claus.  Since the race area was at a park, there was a playground.  We went and played on the playground for a little bit then went to Starbucks for more hot chocolate and a cake pop & cookie for Ian.

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However we talked about his next race happening when it is warmer.

I do plan on doing this race again next year and hopefully Ian will too.  Although we might figure something else out, like having someone with us to hang with Ian, or bring him before it is his time to race.

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Our shirts

MSS_HBR swag

Ian’s Swag from the race

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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