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Fort 4 Fitness Half Marathon


runDeannarun

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Hello all!  It's been a very long time since I posted and since this is all new, thought I'd jump on the band wagon and share my latest race.

I haven't blooped for such a long time because I never felt like I had anything interesting to say.  My running in the past year has been pretty mundane (at least compared to a lot of you).  I became a "Mimi" last February to twin boys!  They are my first grandchildren and they have changed my life and my priorities for sure.  Running use to be such an important part of my life - not that it still isn't but it's definitely down on my list.  In March I started watching the twins 4 days a week when my daughter went back to work.  Needless to say, it is exhausting. It pushed my running to 4:30 - 5:00 a.m. and they are mostly all junk miles. I'm just always tired.  I haven't done any speed work or hill work at all this year.  Therefore, I haven't really had much desire to race even though I'm on a local team and have to race a few races a year. 😬

Yes this is a race report if you're still reading this 😀  We have a hometown Half Marathon every September and it draws approximately 8 thousand between a Marathon, Half, 10K and 4 mile run.  I was very worried about the half because I hadn't run 13 miles since last November when I ran the Indianapolis Monumental Half!  I'm telling you - little training going on here.  My goal was to break 2 hours.

I lined up with the 1:55 pace group and just decided to run my own race and decide how I was feeling as I went.  The first few miles seemed so easy - I was in shock. I took a gu at mile 5 and thought just continue the ride until I can't.  At mile 9.5 came an uphill and I sure realized right away I had no training in hills.  I had to walk up part of it.  Also, my stomach was churning and I knew I needed a gu but didn't want to chance it with my stomach. Well, I walked 6 more times between miles 10 and 12 so the gu was needed. I hit the wall for sure. I ran the last mile just praying to get done.  I finished in 1:53:21!!  Not a PR but much better than I had thought would happen.  I was so excited and realize that I still have it in me.  

I have a 10K in 3 weeks. That is my hardest racing distance.  I never know how to pace myself for it.  Guess I'll try to be smart and just hang on like usual the last 2 miles.  I'm also running the Fort Worth Half Marathon in November.  Hoping to not lose the fitness I have and try to have another decent race.  (I also haven't been to the gym for any strength training since the twins were born - definitely shows).  My new life - I love it!  

So great reading everyone's reports and catching up!  You are all so inspiring to me. 

Love this new format!!  Thanks Dave 😊

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1:53 is a good time to brag about, well I would anyway.

And junk miles are still better than spending time in a rocking chair, unless your spending time rocking the twins.:)

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Look at you, running like a boss on No training!  Watching two babies has to be exhausting. I've heard the best part about being a grandparent is that you get to give them back and get a good night of sleep!  Congratulastions!

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I'm not sure there is such a thing as junk miles. All runs are good runs. Good job with the half, and enjoy grandmotherhood!

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Thanks, Deanna. Make sure you give plenty of love to our new host, Cliff. He's the brains behind this operation.

Doubt I could pull off a sub-1:55 half right now, so seems to me you're doing fine, grammy.

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Sub-1:55 ain't too shabby for a woman that's "not running" very much :P.  Congrats on becoming a Mimi.  I'm impressed that you're helping out raising the grandkids!  Stay strong.

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Wow, walked a bunch of times on no training and still managed a 1:53?? Holy smokes that's impressive. Congratulations on the grandsons, that's so exciting!

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1:53 is pretty awesome, especially with minimal training.  Having twin boys myself though, I am sure you don't sit down much!  Wait until they start walking - plenty of cardio to be had chasing after them!!

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Glad to hear your grandsons are doing so well. I can't imagine how exhausting that must be. But wow - you really killed that half. Congrats.

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Nice to see you're still kicking butt out there, Mimi! Good luck on that 10K. I've got one tomorrow and I agree, it is hard to find the right pace. I usually act like it's a 5K and then suffer greatly for 4 miles.

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Sounds like you have twin full-time jobs! As the boys get a little older, they may love to go on stroller runs with you :)

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JFR, Mimi!  Just wait till those boys brag about their kick-ass mimi who races in school.  Or when they want to join you for a run.  Or their first kids race. ^_^

Those early mornings will be worth it.  

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