Running Maps, As Art!

I came across this link on my facebook last night, and had to share it!

Nathan Yau compiled data from the app, Runkeeper, and made maps of the popular running routes in 22 different cities around the world!

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New York City!

My old running route in Brooklyn isn’t represented… Probably because it was WAY too hilly!  On the New York map, you can very clearly see that one of the most popular routes is the NYC Marathon!  I’d be very curious to see if that’s the same with the other cities that I’m less familiar with.

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London!

Have I ever mentioned that my favorite city in the world is London? I don’t think I’ll ever run a Marathon, but if I do, you’d better believe it would be in London. Right now, I just dream of doing a big lap around Hyde Park and running along the Thames! Both look to be popular routes!

I wonder if I can get any of these framed…They’d look great in a home gym!

To see all of the maps, click here!

Do you/ have you run along any of these routes?
Where is your dream run located?

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The Detroit International Half Marathon Race Recap

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This past weekend, I finally attempted a half marathon. How did it go? Not as well as I had hoped. In fact, nowhere near as well as I had hoped. I’m having a real hard time being proud that I crossed the finish line and can only see/feel the frustration of the process of getting there. I’m working on changing my perspective right now, but it’s difficult.
Here’s how the weekend went:

Saturday-
My parents, The BF, The BF’s Sister (Nicole), and their Mom, all hopped in the car bright and early and went to check out the expo! It was easy to get to, as the Cobo Center is pretty much right off the highway. When we got in, there was a very long line already formed to get in! We had about a 10-15 minute wait and they let us in at 10:00am. We all Bee-lined it to the back where they were handing out Bibs, shirts, and bags. We jumped in a very short line and I got all my stuff quick and easy. I just had to flash the volunteer my passport and let them know if I’ve had any radiation treatment recently. Then Nicole stepped up to get hers. They pulled out a sheet of paper instead of her bib and she had to report to the back corner for her stuff. Border patrol had a random group of bibs that they were checking separately. She said that the process was exactly the same as what they asked me and had to report back to the table to get her shirt and bag.

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After that was all settled we took to wandering around to see what was there. A lot of the booths had been at previous expos that I’ve attended, so it was fairly easy to skip those. I had a few purchase goals (a Run Detroit Shirt and a 13.1 sticker), I got those and I also got some sparkly Shwings  for my shoes! My parents were also awesome and got me a purple and coral New Balance Raptor Jacket with the race logo on it.  There was a really great selection of race gear there and it took a while to make a decision! When we were done we shot off on the People Mover to Greektown for Lunch at Redsmoke BBQ! YUM! The rest of the day was spent resting and preparing for the next morning!

Sunday-
Bright and early wake up call at 3:15am.  We got down to the city very easily and parked quickly and hopped on the people mover to the Fort/Cass stop.
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 It felt like forever and we took some pictures to kill time and tried to shake off any nerves that we had.
At about 6:40 we went out to get in our corral and nervously waited. We were in the back and people were excited and taking pictures.

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Some dude almost jumped on my toes multiple times and kicked me in the shins…but besides that, it was a cheerful and antsy time. They started to let the corrals go one by one with a blow of an air horn and we slowly moved up, stepping over mounds of warm clothes that people shed before they took off.  There was a large screen counting down every group as they moved up. That was nice because I would have gotten lost as to who was next and would have been taken off guard!

The first 5k was great. The sun was rising and everyone was pumped. The view wasn’t awesome on this part, until you got close enough to the bridge. I thought it was really cool seeing people up on the bridge running from down on the ground! The hill to get up to the bridge was a bit tough, but nothing awful. We made it to the middle of the bridge and everyone was excited and the trucks crossing on the other side were blowing their horns and they were yelling out their windows to everyone. It was a really unique experience.

Then the bridge started to head downhill into Canada. This is where my trouble started. I tweaked my knee just right, so that it started to do the thing where it hurts…. I had it taped up with KT tape, but I must have applied it wrong or it just wasn’t working this time because it just kept getting worse. It was difficult to run, but I still could at little spurts at a time, but by the time I had gotten to the tunnel…I couldn’t run AT ALL. I felt like I’d fall over if I did. I ended up walking

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through most of the tunnel  and what I had in my head as a fun and exciting moment of seeing my family again, turned out to be a really not so great moment in my life. They were just past mile 9 and  I was so frustrated and in so much pain, I just wanted to stop. But my dad walked a little bit with me and got me moving again. I spent the rest of the race walking as fast as I could stand. I stopped a few times to see if stretching would help a bit, but it was a no-go. I was tripping a bit on the bricks and pavement because I couldn’t lift my feet enough at some points. By then, my hip injury had joined the party and my IT band was also not happy.

I kept the BF updated via text, just in case something happened, they would have some idea where I was on the course. I feel like I speed walked most of the last two miles. As soon as I got back into the city area and knew it was almost over.

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I made a deal with myself that I wasn’t going to walk across the finish line…I couldn’t do that after all the work I put in this year…so I kept pushing until I hit the last .10 miles of the course and made myself run. There are just so words to describe how much that hurt, but I had to. There was no way around it in my head. I couldn’t disappoint myself that much.
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The minute I crossed that line I was so relieved, but I still had to keep moving to find my group. The volunteers were great, but didn’t quite explain that people had to keep moving forward to get out. So I was pretty confused as to where to go. If I didn’t have my phone, I wouldn’t have known what was going on.

The course itself was really cool and I honestly wish I could have enjoyed the whole thing way more. I was really looking forward to the tunnel, and though I felt like it was a bit hard to breathe, it would have been pretty cool to run through! It seemed like everyone else there was having a great time accomplishing their goals and that definitely helped me keep going.

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And a sense of accomplishment…even if it was a bit disappointing. It’s hard for me at the moment to be happy with how things turned out, but I said that my C goal was to finish…and even if I did walk most of it, I got a fairly decent time for my first half.

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It’s hard for me to say at this point what my race schedule will look like next year. I was thinking I’d just do a few longer distance races…but I have to work out these injuries before I try again. I really don’t want to walk the next. For now, my eyes are set on the 5k I have in a few weeks and then a 10k and maybe if I feel well enough, I’ll do the Christmas story race. But until then, it’s rest, ice, icy hot, knee braces, and easy runs.

How did your first half marathon go?
What was your worst race you’ve ever run?
Any words of wisdom?

Weekly Workout Diary!

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It’s not on my list, but it’s on everyone else’s, right??

Another week, down! That means in 48 hours from now, I will have run my 1st half marathon! Eep! So let’s go over this week and we’ll look ahead to next week and pee our pants!

Saturday-  Rest day

Sunday-  Rest day, but walked a lot on a nature trail…probably more than a half mile total… Should have turned my Nike App on! haha

Monday-  1.38 miles to ease my way back into activity. I managed this one after work before it got dark…and it actually felt pretty decent.
Run Summary- “Getting back on track! Quick warm up run!”

Tuesday-  3.76 miles in the early hours. Had to get used to running in the cold pretty quickly. Had to remember how to breathe!
Run Summary- “A little bit of pain on the last mile, but nothing crazy. Good run!”

Wednesday-  Lots of stretching and foam rolling… The big blue foam cylinder has become my BFF this past week… Though it’s now the official frenemy of my IT bands! I did however get as much sleep as I could this morning because it is my last “sleep late” morning until next week!

Thursday-  Another early run. 2.51 miles. I may have attempted more if I had a bit more time (used it all stretching and rolling) and didn’t eat so close to my run (My stomach gave some serious thought to jumping ship). But I think this was a good amount to do for the day.
Run Summary- “Just a quick and easy run! Rest before the race… Commence!”

Friday- Early shift at work, so no runs…lots of rest and hydration. Also I will try my hardest to stretch a foam roll before bed tonight!

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As I’ve probably mentioned in every post this week…The Detroit International Half marathon is happening this weekend! I will be running into Canada over a bridge and back to the US through a tunnel (I know I will have a strong urge to sing “Under the Sea” while I’m doing it…)!  It’s exciting but a bit nerve wracking because it’s 3.1 more miles more than I’ve ever run. I struggled a bit with the last 2 miles in August when I ran the Crim, so I’m a bit nervous about the last bit. But hopefully I can work it out.
My goals for this race are: A) 2:20:00 ish finish b) 2:30:00 ish finish and C) Cross the finish line and don’t die.  2:20:00 would require me to finish with the same pace I had in the Crim… 2:30:00 allows for a little wiggle room with that pace and of course, my ultimate goal in any race is to not be dead. So hopefully I can AT LEAST accomplish that!

I’ll let you know on Monday how it went (full recap, probably Tuesday)…if there’s a post. I’m most likely still alive! Have a great weekend!

Do you have any exciting plans this weekend?

Weekly Workout Diary!

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Hello and Happy Friday!

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Maybe I should just wear this?

This post comes to you from the depths of my freaking out about my first half marathon that is happening in 16 days. 16 DAYS! My parents are flying in from New York, and my Boyfriend’s sister is coming all the way from Florida to run it with (at the same time as?) me! I have the full long weekend all mapped out and now I’m just trying to put together my outfit. It’s hard this time of year to know just what exactly you should wear because it’ll probably start out cold…but then be warmer, but did I mention that this was an international race to Canada? So there will be bridges and tunnels to traverse so it’ll be cold and then probably hot! AND WHAT IF IT RAINS?! AHH! I’ve been looking through pictures of last year’s race to see if I can get some idea of what to wear. Right now I’m thinking t-shirt with a long sleeve layer on top. I can always tie it around my waist and re-attach my bib to the tee. or the tank…will it be warm enough for a tank?? I can also look into some cheap gloves and a hat for the starting line…

See what I mean? FREAKING. OUT.

ANYWAY…I think I’m kind of proud of my workouts this week to be honest. Didn’t end the way I wanted it to…but I still tried.

Saturday- Rest day…Had to rest up for the Race…

Sunday-  Ran the Brooksie Way 10k! You can see how that went HERE
Run Summary-  “If I wasn’t going downhill, I was going uphill. That was not a fun Sunday morning.”

Monday- Rest day…I needed it after all those hills!!

Tuesday- Normally I wouldn’t have run because things were still kind of hurting, but I figured it might be better if I took myself out on a shorter run to get things moving again. I did an easy 1.5 mi. Everything hurt.
Run Summary- “Gotta keep my legs moving..Even if they don’t want to!”

Wednesday- Went out for a full run and wasn’t in the darkness for long, so that was fun! I ended up running 6.4 miles and was quite happy with how it felt. That short run the day before probably helped me immensely! Might have to make that a habit!
Run Summary- “Did that better than expected!”

Thursday- Crazy busy rest day

Friday- The forecast was rain, so I got up bright and early to get myself to the gym. My goal was 8 miles. I’ve done 7 on a treadmill before so I wasn’t worried… Turns out though…not running on one for 4 months, you kinda forget how. I got my pacing all wrong and wore myself out like crazy. Just over halfway through I had to get a circuit training recruiter off my back:

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GUY: (Climbs on treadmill next to me to get my attention) HEY THERE! We are going to start our circuit class soon! Wanna join us!?
ME: (running and sweating profusely) No thanks! I have to get this run in!
GUY: Well, we have some cardio in it!
ME: NO THANKS. I’m training for a half marathon. (Read:GO AWAY!)
GUY: Ohhh… (Walks away)

 

Really. Don’t bother me. Plus there were a lot of different news shows on the TVs talking about a lot of different things…It was all a little much for someone used to running on empty streets in the early hours of the morning! I got to about 5 miles and just felt spent. I tweaked my hip injury while running errands last night so that was kind of painful and I was dripping sweat and exhausted, so I stopped just past 6. Kind of annoyed about it all…but I’m not gonna push it. I know I can do 10 miles, so at the very least I’ll walk the last 3.1 if it comes to it.

Now it’s time to relax for a day or two… take care of these aches and pains!

How was your workout week?

Any suggestions to ease my mind on the half marathon wardrobe front??

Have a good weekend!