8079. run flying pig
Today I did my first FitCamp workout of the week (4.2) and could still feel a little drag in the muscles. I thought about doing sprints on the treadmill at Bama, but didn't.
Today is a tempo day. At the time of this writing (8:20pm), I still haven't gone. It's not out of the question, but I'm not fully committed either. I did make up 4.1 this morning and got in a total of 18 30:30 sprints (10 outside with the class this morning, and 8 on the treadmill later). AND HIP EXERCISES!!! Feelin' pretty good about that.
If I don't go tonight, I'll do it tomorrow for sure.
Flying Pig Race Recap
When I originally looked at last weekend's race schedule online, the Nebraska race was at the top of my list. I still don't have that state, it'd be a quick overnight trip and about 8 hours of driving. When I mentioned to Chap that Cincy also had a race that weekend and maybe we could swing through Indy to surprise my mom for her birthday.....the decision was made. With very little logistical consideration. But hey, family is worth it!
Our logistical errors started Friday night when we drove west to Edmond to see kid 2 dance in her college end of the year show. I am all about supporting those kiddos for him, but it went against every savvy traveler bone in my body to drive, watch and drive 5 hours out of the way. We got back to Tulsa around 11, ordered a pizza to go and set off in the correct direction this time.
I wanted to make it all the way through overnight because we were losing an hour, and I wanted maximum time with my parents (or at least equal to the time we spent driving). Chap made the call and we stopped in Rolla for 3.5 hours of sleep, then I took over and drove us through to Effingham, IL (all familiar territory here - I drove that route dozens of times to and from Memphis).
We got to Indy a little after lunch and successfully (I think....moms are never truly surprised are they?) ambushed my mom in the kitchen. She showered and packed while Dad took our dog to the kennel and Chap took a nap. Then we were off to Cincy!
Expo is always the first stop, and the primary reason we didn't linger around Zionsville. We had to have our packets picked up by 6pm. On the scale of expo greatness, this one is an excellent! It was very organized, fun, lots of goodies and plenty of vendors still left even though we arrived so close to the end. Pigs were everywhere (in the form of balloons and art - no real pigs were sighted)! Our packets included a picnic blanket, commemorative poster, magnet and tons of free samples - one of the best I've ever (36 half marathons, 4 fulls - we counted on the drive!) received!
We spent most of dinner (I had a large kale salad with ranch dressing, bacon and tomatoes, and one slice of pizza) discussing the logistics of the morning. I needed to get 20 miles in and DID NOT want to do the bonus 7 after the run. I didn't want anyone waiting on me, and as evidenced by OKC half marathon, it just doesn't go well. The plan was for me to get up and do a 5k on the hotel treadmill, then get the other 4ish downtown before the race. It worked out really well that Chap lost his bib and so he was occupied searching for the registration tent while I got my bonus miles in. This put us in corral H to start, with the run/walkers. (Food that day: 1.5 hours before treadmill - 2 packets brownsugar oatmeal. 30 mins before downtown warmup - .5 stinger waffle and a banana? can't remember about the banana. coming into mile 4 of the race - 1 annie's gummy packet. 45 mins later - 1 annies gummy. 45 mins later - last annies gummy. Somewhere in there they had a hogs and kisses station and I took a chocolate kiss!)
Looking back, I'm glad we were in a slower paced group. Our first miles are in the high 9s and low 10s, which helped with my kick start out of the gate problem. It also helped that I already had 7 under my feet. Chap and I talked strategy at the start of the race and decided that neither one of us were racing and we would just take it as it came, but also stay together.
The first part of the course took us across the river (the Ohio River, thanks middle school regional geography!) into Kentucky for about 4 miles. This part was crowded and on small streets. I tried to stay patient as the run/walkers would raise their hand and say "walking!" the same instant they stopped running to start a walk. One extra second of warning would have been helpful. But I cheered them on and let that frustration pass...we were in their corral, I had to play by their rules.
By mile 6 we were on the big incline that I'd only heard about. It was steep and would go up, then flatten out. Go up, then flatten out. We didn't hesitate to stop for pictures overlooking the river and to take in the view! I swear we gained so much altitude it started to feel cooler in the air!
Somewhere between miles 9 and 10 we finally hit the downhills. Chap went on ahead of me, more confident in just letting his body go down the hill than I was of letting go. Some parts were steeper than others and hard on the knees but it was a nice reward for that 3 mile climb we'd just finished. Considering I had 16 miles under me already, I was feeling great! I told Chap I wanted to run ahead and then turn around to come back for him so I could practice some faster paces on tired legs. So I would run up a little, and turn around to meet him. Run up, turn around.
We stayed together for the last mile and pushed it to a sub 9 pace! The finish line area was great - the best post-race snacks and giveaways to match the best packet pickup! We wandered back to find my parents and stood around talking for a while, as runners do (kind of like golfers....we remember every mile, just like they remember every stroke). My dad's a runner, and my mom is a seasoned cheerleader so they both knew what to ask and told stories of incidents from the morning crowd (like a marathoner finishing before we did!).
I would highly recommend this race! It was very well organized, great volunteer support and a fun, challenging course. If it was closer, I'd go back!