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Not Just a Short Run!

Monday, March 29, 2010

As some of you may know, last summer BILLALEX70 and I met up with JAN_FRANDSEN (from Cleveland) and JOPAGH (from Pittsburgh) for some cycling in Mansfield, OH. We talked of doing something together again, only in Pittsburgh. After months of planning and organization, we ended up with 11 SP participating in an event in Pittsburgh, Just a Short Run. The event had run/walk 5k and 8.1 mile options, in addition to half marathon and 30K.

I was originally planning to run the 8.1 miles, but around the end of December I was running 6-7 miles and felt I had enough time to train for the half. With help from Jan and BOBBYD31, I created a plan, both fitness and nutrition, to get me to the finish line March 27. Along the way I joined a local (Columbus, OH) group called MiT (Marathoner in Training) that leads group runs on Saturday mornings, in addition to providing lots of great information. I do my long runs with the 10:30 pace group and love it!

So, Saturday morning arrives. The alarm on my Garmin went off at 5:00am. After sneaking into the bathroom I turn off the travel alarm (set for 5:05) and the cell phone alarm (set for 5:10). DH, kids and I were staying with a college friend of mine an hour north of the city; I am notorious for not sleeping well the night before events and missing alarms. I woke up every hour, but didn't miss the alarm! DH has been creating a tradition of getting up early with me and driving me to my meeting locations for big events. It’s nice that I don't have to add driving to my pre-event anxiety. We made it to the hotel where the other Ohio people were staying and Dennis was able to meet some more SP. After giving him my "stuff" and parting with my coat (did I mention it was really cold? 22 degrees!!), he headed back north to get the kids and their Uncle David.

Meanwhile, Jan, his wife Cathy, QUIDDITCHGRRL, LYNNANN43 and I piled into Bill's truck to drive to the start. Many thanks to Bob and his wife Anne (MIAMIA7) for "sharing" their parking space with us right across the street from the start! There we also met up with CALIDREAMER76 and PATRICLES43. Driving in we were afforded a view of "the hill." I also learned then that it was in Mile 1! Talk about a warm-up! But before we took off for the hill, we spent an hour trying to find/create any heat we could. Also participating were DJS-DEBBIE, PRETTYKITTY26 and ROSENJ1965.

My goal was to run 10:00/miles. I did, for the first mile. Lol I’m also notorious for pushing myself and when I saw the mile 2 split of 9:15 on my Garmin I knew I had better rein it in or I was going to be in trouble. So the splits were: 10:02, 9:15, 9:29, 9:44, 9:46, 9:40, 9:47, 9:36, 9:53, 9:48, 9:20, 9:50, and 8:53. Chip time was 2:07:10! Around mile 9 I could feel myself slowing and as I was thinking about how to counter that, I saw a gold van with Ohio plates coming down the street toward me. Just as I needed some motivation my family arrived! I was waving at them and they were waving back! That propelled me the last several miles to the last turn where I heard all of the SP who had already finished their races cheering me to the finish. When I crossed the line Dennis and the kids were there. Thomas ran up to me to give me a hug and Gregory wanted to see my medal! Lol Adelaide was unfazed by all of the commotion.

After everyone finished their respective races, we parted ways only to meet up again for lunch. As much as I love that my family was along to celebrate this milestone with me, I wish that I had had more time to talk with everyone else, get to know them, and their stories, better. While at lunch, we figured out that as a group, we have lost 1,000lbs! We also had many firsts and PR’s at the race. Anyone who has the opportunity to meet other SP should jump at the chance. You have nothing to lose, but many friends to gain.

This wouldn’t be complete without thanks to Bill and Bob for organizing things in their respective states. And to John, next time you will have to be there, too! Here’s to the OhPa crew for all of your many, many accomplishments
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    It was so nice meeting you today Ann. Who knew we were running in the same training group this whole winter session!

    Your first HM time was amazing! You will have many more great races in your future. Hopefully you will be running with us again this summer!

    3737 days ago
    Sounds like a great race - awesome time! emoticon
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  • GIGI1222
    WOW!!! What a great race. I can only hope to hold a 10 min pace. You are so lucky to have a running group to train with.
    3747 days ago
  • KIMIKO75
    Wow, what a great experience. Thank you for sharing this!
    3748 days ago
    I'm so glad you & your family made the drive to Pittsburgh! You're such an amazing inspiration to me since that was my first 5K:D

    Best of luck to you with all of your upcoming races!
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    3748 days ago
    I'd say that's a great recap. I didn't know that the family showed in time to cheer that last lap; how cool.

    If neither of us had taken that chance to meet we'd have missed out on some great times together. Our families have become more than just acquaintances, we've become extensions of family.

    Way to go on the half! You definitely earned your nickname on Saturday; the Terminator!
    3748 days ago
    Wow ANNE, thanks!!! Had to laugh as I recall lying awake night b4 every race n setting multiple alarms. Sounds like we're at a similar pace too so I'm very encouraged. You ran an AWESOME race!!!

    Met some of these incredible Sparkers myself at the Cinci convention and feel blessed to have them in my life daily on Spark n to have future gatherings to look forward to. Miami 2011; I'm SO in!

    3748 days ago
    WOW!! What a fabulous time! that is so fast!! When's your next race??? Congrats!
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  • SUGIRL06
    That is so awesome! Thanks for sharing!
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    Anne - sounds like a great race, with a fantastic time! I would say for your first race that you ROCKED IT!!!
    3748 days ago
    Anne3, You did awesome! even though we have only got aquainted on the RR thread. I can tell we will become great friends and get to run together sometime. Maybe Miami in 2011? I am going to try to make that event. You ran a good race and very consistent great job! I hope to be around the same time as you.

    I loved your blog and its great to meet with spark buddies. We have a great group here in the Portland, Oregon area. We recently ran a 10k together ther was 6 of us and I did blog about it a couple weeks ago. We have formed a spark HTC team and are going to run the relay as a complete spark team.

    We will have 12 spark runners 3 from california and 2 from Canada (Penny and Trish) and Nancy is coming from Texas. It will be a fun event. good luck to your future races and stay healthy!

    again great Job!

    3748 days ago
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    It was great meeting you!
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  • AMCG2002
    Oops! I just edited the blog with my time - chip time 2:07:10!! Sorry you're still not running. :-(
    3748 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    anne3 it was great to meet you finally! (and you family they are really wonderful, too funny when you said about DH is starting to get this spark thing) you ran a very good race saturday, what a way to start off the race season with a HM. thanks for coming to PA to run with us, it is always so much fun to make new spark friends. anne and i will have to make a trip to columbus this summer for a run.

    go Ohpa!!!!
    3748 days ago
    Thanks for the shout out. Sounds like you did great. What was your final time?

    I would not have been able to run, so spending the time with my son in Boston worked out well.

    Stay injury free, run smart and don't forget to taper, taper, taper. Have a great second half in Cinci.
    3748 days ago
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