Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mississippi Blues Marathon Race Report

Mississippi Blues Marathon race was my first time in Mississippi. I decided on this race because it was a chance to spend time with my friend Rich who I know from New Hampshire. He now lives in Clinton, just a few minutes outside Jackson.

It was an uneventful flight to Dallas then to Jackson and Rich picked me up at the small airport. We spent the first night catching up over an amazing meal concocted by Rich, who while not a professional chef, might as well be. (He’s a web programmer by day)

On Friday we traveled to Vicksburg and a tour of artist galleries, museums and a view of the Mississippi River. My favorite was the HC Porter Gallery. Lunch at Rusty's and Fried Green Tomatoes:

This is me writing my Yelp review prior to eating fried green tomatoes
Then to packet pick up in Jackson.

Love to learn - the history of Mississippi is so interesting. I got a chance to learn all about the Blues. 
The goodie back contained a vest, a harmonica, and a CD of blues music. All awesome. 

At 5:00 we went to Rich’s favorite restaurant, La Finestra. I had an awesome lamb-pasta meal with a glass of wine. Yum!

The next morning it was easy to park close to the start and we walked over to the crowd. It was cold!!!! in the 20s with a bit of wind.

It was a hilly course although none of the hills were very steep or long. However, there was just a lot of them. The course winds around the city into neighborhoods and back through the heart of the city. There were some beautiful homes and a few spectators came out to cheer on runners.
The aid stations were great and volunteers were friendly and encouraging. I saw a lot of Marathon Maniacs.

The finisher medal was ginormous with beautiful blue glass-shaped guitar.

I ended up wearing my Thermoball jacket the entire time. I wasn't cold, but never really warm. The wind picked up at different times during the race and was glad for a hat, gloves, and jacket.
I ate 3 gels, a bar, and Shot Blocks. Lots of water and Gatorade.
The finish line food was great: Little Caesar’s Pizza and Chocolate Milk.

The best part of the entire race weekend was hanging out with my friend Rich and seeing Mississippi. Then he hosted a post-marathon party at his house with his family. Rich made an excellent meal of Mexican food and I drank a lot of beer. Ha.
Abita Beer
We played games and chilled out while recovering from the 26.2 miles race.

On Sunday Rich and I drove north to the Mississippi Craft Center to view local artists wares. After a leisurely stroll around the Ridgeland Reservoir and a southern-style lunch at Cock on the Rock we drove back to Clinton via the Natchez Trace highway and through downtown Jackson.

Once back at Rich’s house in Clinton we chatted for a bit then when I asked him to check the status of the flight, he yelled from the office to the living room “It’s canceled.”
90% of the time Rich is not serious and since I was having such a laid-back, no stress or anxiety weekend, I didn’t even think I’d have a hard time getting home. He was serious. The last flight out of Jackson was canceled. 

Panic set in. I called the airline and booked the earliest flight I could get - the next day leaving at 11:00 arriving in Tucson at 4:15.

The next day I got to the airport and was able to get on an earlier flight that was “booked” yesterday. I texted Rich to say I’m on the plane but fear that someone is going to come on and tell me to get off. That was a mistake because two minutes later the agent that earlier let me on the flight came on the plane and I heard him say, "she’s going to have to get off" and he couldn’t remember her name. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, I just stared at the floor. Heart racing. Luckily, it was someone else and she got off the plane.

Once in Dallas I ran to the early flight to Tucson that was boarding. After a lengthy discussion with the agent and waiting until the very last minute, he let me on and I got to Tucson at 2pm.

A stressful end to a relaxing Marathon weekend in Jackson and now, one week later, I'm ready for the next one: a drive to Huntington Beach, CA for the Surf CityMarathon on Feb. 1. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Cold Days in Tucson - Sponsors I Love - Making Plans

Today the temperature will not get warmer than 51 degrees. Ouch
I have to admit I’m not used to this weather since moving to Tucson almost three years ago. I had to cancel my 70 mile planned bike ride and hope to reschedule for tomorrow when the temperature is expect to be at least 60.
Today, I'm reflecting on and analyzing the last 10 years of my endurance and triathlon training life, I feel lucky that I get to train (bike) during the winter now. All summer and fall I was couldn't wait for winter, but now that it is here it’s too cold. Last winter we had two cold days and complained it wasn't a real winter. Two winters ago, my first in Tucson, was just like this winter and it was a shock to my system. 

Today, I will run and I will swim. Swimming outside at this temperature is really enjoyable because the water is much warmer than the air; getting out of the water and getting to the locker room shower is not enjoyable.

This new year is starting off pretty well in terms of triathlon and running despite the cold weather. I feel fortunate to be a part of the Triple Threat Triathlon team

My teammates live all over the country and they inspire me every day. We are an interesting mix of men and women: some super techie data nerds, laid back super athletes, intense, caring, moms, dads, who all love triathlon. We get to try new gear and nutrition, and give our 5 cents to other triathletes who read our blogs and social media posts. Fun times, for sure.
Our team has great sponsors such as Hammer, Under Armour, Rudy Project

TruSox, Roka, and TorHans

Awesome companies with great products for triathletes and endurance athletes.

From a running perspectives, I am thrilled to be accepted to the Pearl Izumi Champions team for running. I love their brand and can’t wait to represent them.

I am a North Face Local writing about my hiking and trail running adventures in Tucson. I love their products and enjoy writing about them while exploring the Tucson desert.

Let the New Year begin. I have so much to accomplish this year. 
On New Years Day I PR'd my 5K run, now I want to get faster and stronger at the marathon and Ironman distances.

I usually have my entire race schedule planned out by now but right now I just have until August 2015 planned. 

Who knows what crazy adventures will happen after that: Leadville, other marathons in the US, trail running, another Ironman. 

I feel blessed to have this great life, my health, my friends and family. Thanks for reading. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015 Race Schedule

Race Schedule:
Jan 2015 – Mississippi Blues Marathon
Feb 2015 Surf City Marathon & Blood, Sweat, and Beers Trail Marathon
March 2015 – Rim to Rim – Grand Canyons
May – Ironman Texas
August – Mountain Main Half Ironman distance triathlon

That’s the plan so far. I have a feeling 2015 is going to be a great year.

2014 Swim, Bike, Run Total Mileage - 2015 Goals

2014 Totals:
Run – 996
Bike – 2,441
Swim -  51

I didn’t quite meet my goals for 2014 so I will try again in 2015.

2015 Goals

Run: 1,500
Bike: 5,000
Swim: 75

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Coffee & Wine

This feels like my life most days:

Right now I'm filled with coffee and ready to head off for a run.
I'm sure later this afternoon after my bike ride, I will be drinking a glass of wine and be thinking "chin up."

Monday, December 29, 2014

December Training and New Gear

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

It’s been a good couple of weeks. My workplace closes the week of Christmas so I get an extra week of time off to train. The weather leading up to the holiday was rainy and cold. Christmas Day was cold but I was able to run and later bike outside.

This coming week isn't look too well.

Total training hours this past week: 12 hours. Yesterday, I biked 60 miles with my friend Missy on the Santa Cruz bike path. 

Today, I had my first long swim in a really long time: 2,500 years in just over an hour. 

I’m excited to have new gear. I love my Suunto Ambit3 which is so easy to download data. 

A new Rudy Project Wingspan aero helmet that I will review tomorrow:

I am now in full-on Ironman Texas training.

I’ll be compiling on January 1 my total miles for 2014 including swimming, biking, and running this year; similar to last year. I am pretty sure I didn't meet the distance goals but will try again in 2015.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Turkey Trot PR, Topo MT, RWRunStreak Day 1

Happy Thanksgiving! 

It was a PR at my 3rd running of the Reid Park 5K Turkey Trot in Tucson organized by Southern Arizona Road Runners.
I crossed the finish line at 28:00 but the chip time is better. 

I started with my friends Vanessa and Kassandra. It was a good morning to run. 

As promised in my gear review of the Topo MT shoe, I raced in the shoe and loved it. I definitely agree with my assessment that this shoe is perfect for a shorter, fast distance. 

Today was Day 1 of the #RWRunStreak, running every day until New Year's Day. 

Now I'm off to bike as part of the Under Armour Winter Challenge, and put in a 45 minute bike outside workout. 

Then it's eat turkey time. Happy Holidays.