Run To Feed The Hungry 2013

On Thanksgiving I ran The Run To Feed The Hungry. It was my second time doing this race, and my first time doing the 10k. I LOVE this race! I think it has one of the best courses in Sacramento – both the 5k and 10k. I finished in 52:39. I was trying to take it easy since I have been having knee pain (which is pretty much gone now). If I had really pushed myself I think I could have gotten to a 50 minute 10k, maybe even sub 50. There’s always next time!

Check out my race on Garmin Connect:

Run To Feed The Hungry 2013 by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

One of the reasons I love this course so much is all the supporters we get! People are up early and out there cheering on all us runners, its great 🙂 There were a few people who had mimosa stations! I would have stopped at one of them if I didn’t have to work after the race. Speaking of work, I have 2 clients (one chemo patient and the other a cute cat friend that I watch when his parents are out of town) that live along the course. It was great seeing them outside of work and having them cheer me on. I love watching races. I know some people think it is boring but I think everyone should try it at least once. It really makes a difference having people out there supporting & cheering you on even if they are complete strangers. I think that makes it even more special…and being a spectator/supporter is what got me into running.

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I’m ready, I’m ready!! (Does anyone know what show that is from?)

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20th Annual Run To Feed The Hungry!

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I ran into my friend Krysta. She is the one responsible for my ❤️ of running. Some day we will run a race together, but she was with her husband and baby for this one.

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This race is always such a huge deal in Sacramento, and I love it! As long as I am running I will be participating! It benefits the Sacramento Food Bank, if you’d like more info please check out their website Sacramento Food Bank.

California International Marathon…9 days away!!

R.I.C.E.

Yesterday I started my taper for the California International Marathon. The plan was to run an easy 12 miles. Unfortunately, I’ve been having a bit of knee pain and my run was cut to 4.36 miles. I know I’m supposed to taper, but damn! This is craziness! My knee started feeling sore late last week and over the weekend it progressed. It wasn’t super painful to the point of stopping but being as close to the CIM (18 days!!) as it is I am NOT going to risk an injury again! I have trained too hard and have put my heart into all my training for the past 5 1/2 months to F it up.

I guess R.I.C.E. it is 😦 Which means I am taking this entire week of off running. The funny – or stupid & frustrating – thing is, my knee feels great today and I am tempted to do my run tomorrow. But I won’t…gotta stay strong and just take this week off. This won’t be easy.

The good thing about my run yesterday was seeing the Salmon spawning! I ran along the American River and noticed birds everywhere. I couldn’t figure out what was going on until I saw all the Salmon! It was really amazing to see. I probably watched for about 15-20 minutes. Here are some pictures, although they don’t capture how cool it was to see in person.

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Vultures were everywhere!

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Okay…so no running this week, light on the cross training…and 18 more days until the California International Marathon! I’ll get over this little bump in the road and kill the CIM!!

Clarksburg County 20 Mile Race

Today was the second time I have run the Clarksburg County 20 Mile Race. Last year was a disaster. I wasn’t training properly or eating great. I was not stretching or rolling out my legs (I didn’t have the best boyfriend ever to massage my legsies ;))

In 2012 my finish was 3:50:08 pace 12:05 min/mile. This year my finish was 3:01:35 pace 9:04 min/mile. That ladies and gentlemen is what proper training will do. I finished about 49 minutes faster than last year and had a faster pace by 3 minutes! When I was done I said to my boyfriend “I did so good!” and almost wanted to cry – silly but true.

In the 2012 race at mile 14 I injured my knee. It was awful. It felt as if someone was stabbing my knee with a knife. I have to admit I was a bit nervous today knowing what happened last year. But I just kept an easy 9ish minute pace and did very well. Check out the difference on my Garmin Connect.

 Clarksburg Race from 2012:

Clarksburg County 20 Miler by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

 Clarksburg Race today:

Clarksburg County 20 Mile Race by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

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Picture with the course map. It was really funny cause I was waiting and waiting to take a picture by it but there were a lot of people around I felt silly. I finally did and then everyone started too. A guy told me “I’m so glad you did that, good idea.” Haha. Not as silly as I thought!

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Crossing the start with a big smile!

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Half way there!

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I did get a bit tired around mile 15. There were times when I wanted to walk but I knew that I couldn’t. I kept telling myself, “You only have 5 (4, 3…) miles left! You have come too far to walk!”. What was great about keeping a steady pace is that a lot of the people who passed me in the beginning I was passing in the end – and  passing fast. My last mile was an 8:30; so overall I think I did a damn good job pacing myself to be able to have such a strong finish.

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My boyfriend got this great shot of me crossing the finish & you can see my time on the left.

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Chewy – my support dog.

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I have been saying since the beginning of my training that this race is going to determine how well I do at the California International Marathon, and I couldn’t be happier with how well I did. I am so ready for the CIM!!

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US Half Marathon

Yesterday was the US Half Marathon – does anyone else get as sad as me when races are over? It already seems like ages ago that I ran that race…they come & go so quickly!

Here is the shirt from the race. My new favorite race shirt! How cool is the back??!

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So Sunday morning I had a 5:10am wake up call…but it wasn’t so bad since day light saving time ended & I got an extra hour of sleep. YES!

We parked at Ghirardelli Square and walked to the start line from there. This looked way cooler in person…it was still pretty dark out and the sign made everything glow.

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Headed to the start…I was very surprised at how little people there were. It was about 40 minutes before the race started. All I know is, the races in Sacramento are packed by that time. I think I heard there were 5,000 runners, but the results showed that 3,507 finished.

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I’m ready, I’m ready!!

IMG_7782   How great is this? They offered yoga before the race. It I had gotten there earlier I would have participated.

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First hill – of what I thought would be a flat course for San Francisco standards – I was wrong.

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For some silly reason I thought they would close the road down for us runners & we’d be running on the road across the bridge. Nope. It was still pretty amazing running across the bridge. It was VERY amazing!

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My official time was 1:54:27. It is my second best half marathon time yet. Considering it had some killer hills I think that is damn good. My next flat half marathon course I’m sure I can get to a 1:45:00 finish 🙂

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Overall, I have to say this is my favorite race so far. Amazing course in an amazing city. Great views, great weather. It wasn’t easy but I loved the challenge!

Check out the race on Garmin Connect:

US Half Marathon – San Francisco by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

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CIM Training Day: 146 of 182

36 days & 9 hours until the California International Marathon! Wow, I can’t believe it! Today was my 146th day of training. Good fartlek run today. I was unable to run yesterday (which was supposed to be my fartlek run) and today was supposed to be 5 miles. So I ran a 45 minute fartlek run and it was 5.34 miles…I got both taken care of. Kinda. In a cheating sort of way 😉

My view of the state capitol walking home from my run today. Unfortunately my iPhone doesn’t capture how cool my view really was.

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My run today. Notice my One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish pajamas in the background. You know you’re jealous.

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This Sunday  is my first of 3 races this month – best month ever! I’ll be running the US Half Marathon in San Fransisco. Speaking of San Francisco…I will be there for my 30th birthday next year.

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Yep…San Francisco Marathon will be on my 30th bday next year! What better way to celebrate no longer being in my 20’s??! It was an early Christmas gift from my boyfriend. He’s the best.

Check out my training run from this evening:

CIM Training Fartlek Run – 45 Min/5 Miles by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.