March 11, 2017, my friends and I ventured out at o’dark thirty to drive across the state to Louisville, Kentucky. We decided to save money on a hotel and make a day trip to get some miles in together. Oh, and of course, getting some bling never hurts!
Around the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas, I always start to look ahead to the next year’s race calendar. Many big races will have special pricing around January 1, so I have to be ready to map out which races I want to do, keeping in mind my quota for the year that my husband and I have agreed upon ahead of time.
This year, with ultra marathon training, my training partners, Cassie and Jennifer and I were looking to see how we could get a few new races in, with little cost and add some medals to our collections along the way. So, around the beginning of the year, one of us mentioned this little St. Patty’s Day race in Louisville. The price was right, the mileage fell nicely into the training plan, so we registered.
I had been playing around with fuel and how to set myself up for races during the training season, but this 2.5-hour drive pre-race was messing with my normal routine. I was hungry when I got up, so I made sure I had some coffee and Shakeology on hand. Both of these things would fill my stomach, but also keep me alert on the drive. But, as it turned out, the coffee would dehydrate me, and I learned a lesson on that one.
As we arrived, we found the grassy parking area and stayed in the nice warm car for a while. It was around 27 degrees, but felt even colder. We ventured out to get our packets picked up and then back to the car we went for another 20 minutes. The race was well-planned, with music blaring and easy packet pick-up stations. Plenty of porta-potties were lined up, and an inflatable backdrop for post-race pictures. The race director stayed on the microphone and entertained as much as he directed.
My previous half marathon was on December 3, 2016, where I finally hit my sub-2-hour personal record. (You can read about that race here.) With the way my training had been going, I was shooting to beat that 1:57:53 time at this St. Patty’s race...just to see if I could. Cassie had a PR goal of 1:53. The gun went off and there we went!
I was able to keep up with Jennifer and Cassie for about the first 3-4 miles, and then I knew they would pull ahead. I’m used to that, and it’s okay. Also, during those first 3 miles, I was a little concerned because I couldn’t feel my feet! It was so cold that I was worried I might roll a foot/ankle and get injured, but by Mile 4 I finally regained feeling again. The beginning miles had some rolling hills and one area that descended for a while. All I could think about was the fact that if this course was an out-and-back, we would have to go UP that incline closer to the end of the race! Turned out, it WAS an out-and-back, with the turnaround at mile 6. When I had reached Mile 5, I noticed the lead man was already heading back! He was SO FAST.
My pace was good and on target for a sub-2 half, so I was simply enjoying the beautiful paved trail through the park. The scenery is very nice and the race was well-organized all the way around. There were only a few water stops, but it was okay. By the turnaround, I still felt good about my run. By Mile 7-8, I started to get a few cramps in my sides and I knew it was the coffee from earlier. I just was not well-enough hydrated. Mile 9 was a water stop and I was very grateful to chug a little cup of orange Gatorade. I normally never drink that stuff, but it tasted amazing at that point! I was calculating at Mile 10, but I also knew that incline was about to come up. As it turned out, the uphill was not as steep as I thought and I was able to make it up in a pretty good time. I also knew there was a fairly steep downhill around Mile 11-11.5 to make up for the climb.
All along the course, I knew it was running long. That was frustrating. It was about .10 off from my Garmin, so I was wondering if the finish line would be as well. As I got to Mile 12, I knew it would be really close to my PR time. I would definitely sub-2 again, but as I got closer, I saw my PR slip away. I sprinted the last .30-.40, knowing the course was long. I came in at 1:58:13. Disappointed. The course was 13.23 miles, and I felt sure I could have PR-ed with a 13.1 course. I’m terribly hard on myself.
The fact is, as this was an inaugural race, the course was brand new to us all. The director did a great job with a small half marathon, and the path was beautiful, volunteers were great, and overall, we had a wonderful time. Cassie DID hit her 1:53 PR goal and Jennifer came in just before her.
I’m so grateful to have new race experiences, road trips, and fun with friends. St. Patty’s Day Half Marathon was a great event, with awesome long-sleeve zip-up tech shirts and decent medals. I would recommend this race to anyone who is in the Louisville area, or just wants a nice March race to start their spring season. Thank you for a great day!
Oh, friends, spring is upon us!!!! That means, warmer weather, shedding the winter layers, and realizing, "OH MY GOODNESS! I'm NOT READY for SUMMER!" Yup. Been there.
It's easy to hide behind baggy sweatshirts and jeans in the winter, but when the weather breaks, we seem to find that long-lost friend, called "Motivation." More sunshine, more walks outside, more fresh air and new resolve to get healthy. Am I right?
I have met a lot of people who come around to their health and fitness goals right about this time of year. They believe they can do it on their own. And maybe they are right. BUT--in my experience, people STILL fall off that wagon, no matter the weather, because they never had TRUE accountability in the first place. Maybe there was a healthy meal plan created. Maybe they get in 10,000 steps each day, but how about someone COACHING them? What about SUPPORT from like-minded people, right through an app? What about when you get BUSY again, with spring activities, spring break, vacation planning, or just BUSY with life? What then?
I have been coaching for quite some time, and there are a few KEY FACTORS to SUCCESS with my clients:
I LOVE coming alongside my friends and filling them up with encouragement every day through the group. I love leading in a step-by-step format, so that those who need me to hold their hand will have that level of support. And I love bringing HOPE through God's word and a variety of devotional messages each day.
But...and yes, there is a "but"...
If you want RESULTS, you MUST do the WORK.
I can't sugar-coat it (no pun intended): The ones who get results SHOW UP.
It's time to get serious, my friends. The clock is ticking on your goals. What will YOU accomplish this year? This month? This week? In the "Fight for It" challenge, we will break it down into weekly, and even daily goals. We will celebrate victories, large and small. We will support one another in love, but I refuse to let you hide. This group is not for someone who is kinda wanting to maybe make some changes. This is for those who are 100% committed to HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHANGES.
Lifestyle changes take time. This will be STEP 1. For 35 days, we will walk together through a prep week to get you ready, and four weeks of the "challenge." The challenge will include:
The only reason people do NOT get results is because they do not stick with the plan. Not YOU! Not this time! COMMITMENT means sticking with it LONG after you FEEL like doing it. These first 35 days will get you set up to succeed long-term, but my support does not end there. You will then have the option of joining a GRADUATE group when you rock "Fight for It!"
There is no getting around it. Real results take real work. My 30 and 60-day results from Core De Force required STICKING to the meal plan, as much as I wanted to eat the whole pizza or all the tacos. I COMMITTED to following the workout calendar, exactly as it was laid out. I NEVER missed a day of Shakeology, in fact, I have been going strong with drinking it daily for over 20 months now! I also checked into my challenge group, logging my workouts and Shakeology, cheering on other challengers, and receiving encouragement in return. I also read through two books during that time. It's not HARD, it just takes daily DOING. YOU can do this, too!
How do you join in this challenge group?
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What is the cost?
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Repeat after me...
I AM WORTH IT.
You are! You are WORTH investing time, energy, and some money. YOU have been created by God to do GREAT things!!! Are you letting FEAR get in the way of COMMITTING to a healthier life? Have you been playing around, but not FULLY fighting for the health YOU DESERVE? Have you tried everything out there, but keep coming back to food for comfort, or making excuses to not exercise daily? Have you ever TRULY committed to a program for 30 days? Have you ever had a COACH to mentor you 1:1? You know, someone to tell you to dump hot sauce on those candy eggs and throw that temptation away!!!! ;) It's TIME.
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