Friday, March 21, 2014

Race Prep – Alamo 13.1

Tomorrow Robert and I are heading to San Antonio for a couple of different reasons. Reason number one is that my brother is currently located there for his Army medic training, so I get to visit with him all day Saturday! Reason number two is that I will be running a half marathon on Sunday – the Alamo 13.1!

On Saturday I am going to the Army base with my brother to see if I can find an Army tech shirt to wear for the race. I will be running for all our amazing military service members out there, past and present, as a way of thanks. Even more specifically though, I am running for my brother – he has dedicated so much to the Army and will be deploying to South Korea in May. To me, he is a model of true selflessness. HOOAH!

The Course

The race course is an ‘out and back’ and looks like it is going to be gorgeous. It doesn’t seem like it elevates too drastically either (always a plus!). I plan to do the very best I can and if that means a PR, then of course I will be thrilled! If not, that is alright too (I mean, I did just run a marathon a few weeks ago haha) – running 13.1 miles is still a great accomplishment!

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Weather

Currently the weather is looking unpredictable… it may or may not rain. I really hope it stays away during the race. I have run a half marathon in the rain before and was fine, but I can’t say that the thought of running another one in completely soaked socks and shoes sounds appealing. I need to keep my track record going of never having a blister! *knock on wood*

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Strategy

My strategy for the race is really the same as it usually is – I have been steadily loading up on carbohydrates throughout the week. My pre-race breakfast will be a Clif bar and banana, and I plan on taking a Honey Stinger gel every 4 miles or so, while alternating between water and electrolytes throughout the race. Physically, I am prepared. Mentally, I know that my motivation will be fueled by the reason for each step I take that day – I am ready, and excited!

QOTD: Have you ever ran a race in non-ideal weather?

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  1. Sounds like a great weekend! Have fun visiting and racing!

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  2. Have a great weekend and many thanks to your brother for his service. I hope you have a fantastic race too!

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    1. Thank you! And I will pass along your thanks to my brother :)

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  3. Another race - you are rocking it!!! I hope you get an Army shirt to run in! GO BROTHER! Glad you get to see him AND get in a race too. That's a great weekend!
    I've ran in sporadic rain one year... just thankful I had on a baseball cap & arm sleeves.

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    1. Yeah I signed up for this one a long time ago even before I knew I was going to run the full lol! Turns out it was perfectly timed since I get to go see my brother!

      Hats definitely help a lot when running in the rain!

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  4. AHHHH! I love this! I'm so in next year!, Good luck!! Thank you to your brother for his service <3 and thank you for the support too. Army sisters have to stick together <3 It's a pretty proud feeling huh!

    He's going to love South Korea, my mother in law was born there. Dpes he know which part he's going to?

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    1. Thank you Meg! I will pass along your thanks to my brother :) #ProudArmySistersUnite!

      I can't remember the specific base off the top of my head, but I believe it's pretty close to Seoul!

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  5. Good luck Lauren!! I hope the rain holds off for you!

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    1. Thanks Courtney! The rain did hold off - not one drop during the race!

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  6. Have fun running and seeing your brother! You must be so excited to see him again!
    I ran a 10k in super cold (at least for me) foggy weather. I knew I was underdressed when I realized I was the only woman who didn't have long sleeves on. Only woman- I kid you not. But... that's when I also got my 10k PR! :)

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    1. Very excited! I get to see him one more time in Dallas in early May then he's off to South Korea for an entire year. So crazy!

      That is awesome you earned a PR in bad weather!

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  7. So excited for you to see your brother. I know how special it is to see a sibling that you don't get to see often. Please tell him Thank You for his service from all of us! Good luck in your half marathon. I haven't yet ran a race in yucky conditions yet ( unless you call 94 degrees Yucky). That race last year in VA was one of the worst i've done! Anyway, best of luck and have fun!

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    1. I let him know you said thank you for his service! :0)

      I would definitely call 94 degrees yucky, especially if humidity was there too lol!

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  8. Have fun! San Antonio is such a gorgeous city. Can't wait to hear about the run!

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    1. Thanks! The course definitely had some very gorgeous scenic parts, but then also quite a bit of dirty construction spots too. I described it to my husband as the race of 'extremes' because you were either looking at something very gorgeous or something very ugly haha!

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  9. I hope the race went well today and you got that PR!!
    I've lucked out and have never had really bad weather for a race. Of course there was the humidity at Princess the last 2 years, but I can deal with that a lot better then rain!

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    1. Thanks Summer! I did get a PR - I'll be recapping the race this upcoming week! I agree, humidity > rain..running in Houston kind of gets me used to running in the humidity. BTW, have y'all moved to the Houston area yet?

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  10. I can't wait to read your race recap, I hope you had a great race and of course, visit with your brother!

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    1. Thanks!! Visiting with my brother was fantastic, and the race went amazing as well!

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