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Remix: Half marathon #2 (for real this time)

Posted Feb 04 2011 12:29pm

Hey all! Happy Friday to you! I hope you’ve had a great week and are feeling ready for some weekend fun. This week has just zoomed by for me, and I am really excited about everything I have planned for the next three days. I am also exhausted today! I haven’t mentioned it anywhere except my fitness log , but I’ve been doing Masters swimming on Friday mornings at my gym. Masters is awesome–it’s a coached 70-minute workout filled with fun things like interval training, sprints, and drills. Waking up at 4:45 to be at Masters by 5:30, however, is not awesome, and I tend to feel pretty beat by Friday afternoon. I have a date with ABC.com and People magazine after work today, so I’m pretty psyched!

I’m also very excited to run my second half marathon on Sunday! I’m running the Kaiser Permanente Half , which is right here in San Francisco. I was originally supposed to run my second half marathon back in November, but I seriously bruised a rib playing soccer two days before the race and was unable to run. I felt well-trained for the one in November and ready to go, so I was totally bummed when I had to miss the race.

My rib healed, and I got back into running quickly after the injury. Almost immediately after I missed the race in November, I signed up for the Kaiser Half with some friends. During my time of frustration and pain, it was great to have a goal to look forward to in a few months. As soon as I could run comfortably and consistently again, I got back on my training plan (Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Half Marathon Plan). I’ve been working hard since then to be in the best shape I can be to run a successful, fun race on Sunday.

Back in November, I wrote about my hopes and goals for my second half marathon . They included: have fun, pace myself, fuel myself properly, keep one eye on the clock, and get some sweet action shots. Those are definitely still my goals for Sunday. Most importantly, I want to have a great time running this race! I know the course extremely well because I run it all the time, and my family, friends, and J will all be there to support me and cheer me on. I am looking forward to having a great time running through San Francisco with thousands of other people!

In terms of pacing myself, I feel so much more well-prepared and comfortable with my pacing now than I did in October and November. Before my first half marathon , my longest training run was 9 miles. I knew I could run longer distances comfortably, but I had no idea how to pace myself. This time around, I’ve been building up my longer distances consistently, and last weekend I ran a full half marathon as a training run. I know what pace feels comfortable and sustainable for my long runs–8:30/miles–from experience, and I plan to keep this pace on Sunday. I will not start out faster than 8:30! If I’m feeling strong at the end, I can pick up my pace in the last few miles, but I need to run at least the first ten at an 8:30/pace. With that goal in mind, my ideal finishing time will be between 1:50 and 1:55. I don’t want to be too rigid with myself–this is only my second half marathon anyway!–but I think that is an attainable, realistic goal for me.

I have also learned how to fuel myself properly on my long runs through experience. Back in October, I had only a small sip of water and a few Sports Beans during my entire race. As a result, I was incredibly sick and dehydrated afterwards. This time around, I know what works for me in terms of fueling. I plan to take a Gu (Vanilla Bean flavored!) at mile seven on Sunday. I will carry my hydration belt and make sure that I am drinking water every mile. I do not want to get sick or dehydrated this time around!

My beloved hydration belt!

(That blouse may or may not be my running attire of choice on Sunday.)

Of course, I will do my best to take some awesome action shots. That one’s a given.

To prepare for my half this week, I stuck with good ol’ Hal’s plan and ran on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I did some lifting on Monday and swam today, and I will rest and stretch tomorrow. I’ve been trying to get more sleep (even though I already sleep 8-9 hours a night!) and I’ve been hydrating like crazy with water and Vitamin Water Zero (I love the orange Rise and Lemonade flavors!). I haven’t really had too much of an appetite in the last week, but I’ve still been trying to eat slightly more carbs than usual to prepare for Sunday. As a gluten-free athlete, my options for carbs are a little bit limited, but my gluten-free carbs of choice are sweet potatoes, oatmeal, and starchy root vegetables like parsnips.

I can’t wait for Sunday! I’ll write either on Sunday or Monday with a full recap of my half marathon. If you have any last-minute tips or suggestions I would love to hear them!

Enjoy your weekend!


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