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2011 Hoover Dam Half Marathon

Race Name: Hoover Dam Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & 10K

Date: October 29, 2011

Distance: Half Marathon

Footwear: Merrell Trail Glove

Time: 1:56:44

After logging a 20-mile run the previous Saturday, followed up by logging 20 more miles this week leading into today’s run, I am AMAZED at the time I was able to pull off today. I might be in a little better shape than I thought I was. Also, woohoo for PRs! Beat my previous half marathon from  Surf City in February by 30 seconds, even with 1400 feet of elevation gain!

The Race

I decided to run this race as part of my Calico Racing Half Slam, an extra award for completing four or more half marathons within a calendar year with Calico Racing. A friend of mine, Charlene, and I decided to run together and pace each other with the goal of her first sub-2:00 half marathon and my second. We figured out what our average mile split needed to be, subtracted a little time for error, and set my Garmin 405c to track us based on those calculations.

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By on November 2, 2011 in Race Reports, Trail Running

2011 Chicago Marathon

Race Name: Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Date: October 9, 2011

Distance: Marathon

Footwear: Inov-8 f-lite 195

Time: 5:35:18

I left Las Vegas as a “runner” and returned home as a marathoner, having completed the Chicago Marathon.

A good friend of mine, Ryan (different than the Ryan that posts here), with whom I talk running quite a bit, lives in Northwest Indiana. We decided that we each wanted to run a marathon so I told him that if he wanted to run one I would fly out and run the Chicago Marathon with him. Go big or go home, right? It was supposed to be his first full marathon and my second, but an IT-band injury in February of 2011 disrupted my training enough to prevent me from sticking to my original plan. As a result it was a first for both of us, which worked out for the best.

Thanks to another IT-band injury in the other knee (did I didn’t really know what I was doing as far as training went?), my plans for a fast marathon were altered, and I focused my training for the 2011 Las Vegas Marathon in December, with the Chicago Marathon being a “fun run” with no time goal in the middle of my training. To add to the disruption of the IT-band injury, I welcomed my second child into our family in July, a mere three months before my first marathon. Nothing like waking up six times in a night to help you amp up your mileage  and feel rested. There was also another, very personal family tragedy that I won’t talk about here, but it both hurt my training and propelled me to new levels of mental strength and determination at the same time.

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By on October 12, 2011 in Race Reports