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2/20/15 3:52 P

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Thank you, Kelly. I've been coaching for over 10 years, now, and love the camaraderie. Plus, that my daughter has been training with me for several years is also a source of great pride. She graduated from being my HM Walkers Assistant Coach to the HM Runners Assistant Coach, got her Personal Trainer certification from NASM, is in pre-med for sports medicine, and did her first triathlon last summer (I did not enter that race, I wanted it to be all about her).

No one would have mistaken me for an athlete when I was a kid ;)

Alysia :)

"Life is like a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death." Auntie Mame

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2/19/15 9:03 A

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Congrats! You're a machine!!! I think it's awesome that you're training other runners and walkers - especially while you're training and recovering and have other challenges going on. That's an impressive and generous commitment of your time. Get some rest and all the best on your upcoming events. I can't wait to hear more about them.

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2/18/15 3:23 P

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I did post some of this on my SP blog, too:
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It wasn't exactly the way I had originally planned to return to the marathon distance; then again, I hadn't planned to be injured, either, hah! Stuff happens...

To say that I do love the marathon would be half jokingly, but, I do love the Austin Marathon. It's tough (very hilly, unpredictable weather), spectator support tends to drop off after about 4 hours, a couple of segments of the route are so very boring (and hilly), and the finish line is always approached on a hill (go figure).

The Half Marathon gets the same first 10 miles of hills, and a nasty hill between mile 11-12 before the final short hill approach to the finish line. My daughter was much happier about doing only 13.1 miles to my 26.2. She had time to go back to our hotel (I always stay in town, saves a lot of hassling with traffic and parking), take a shower, rest a bit and grab my bag containing my flip flops and a dry light jacket to change into, before coming back to meet me at the marathon finish line with my hubby and her boyfriend.

I hit mile 24 at 6hrs; I knew at mile 19 that I was going to be 2 miles or 30 mins behind my plan. It was just a rough day and my hamstrings were screaming. This may sound odd, but, it's really a whole lot harder to walk the distance than to run it, because you're out there for so darned long. I joked with one of the spectators that the Elites wouldn't be able to last as long as I could.

My planned strategy:
1st 6 miles - walk, conserve energy
2nd 6 miles - start short run intervals: 2/:30 (walk 2 mins/run 30 secs)
3rd 6 miles - increase length of run intervals: 2/1 (bio break usually happens about now)
4th 6 miles - increase length of run intervals: 1/1
Final 2 miles - ease back into the mile long hill, finish strong on the final stretch

Well...my last half actually got slower because my legs just weren't happy. Yes, I had planned my refueling well, had enough electrolyte fluids, stayed hydrated, poured water over my head and neck at every water stop, stretched my hamstrings a couple of times...Stuff happens.

But, #8 is done. My end goal is to do 12. I have 3 destination marathons in mind to do before I'm either too old or just can't. I don't know that I'll ever be able to train to qualify for the Boston unless I stop coaching half marathon walkers (always a "good trick" to do that while personally training to run a marathon).

For now, I have to let my foot heal, my legs recover, and lose about 20#

Next up: I'm training to ride my bike 176 miles from Houston to Austin in the MS150...that's in April. I'd really and truly appreciate your helping me spread the word about this terrific event and how it supports a great cause:
main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/akor
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I'd be willing to wager that training for this ride will help me lose those 20#...and help me get ready for marathon #9...

Edited by: ACORALSEA at: 2/18/2015 (15:23)
Alysia :)

"Life is like a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death." Auntie Mame

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