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Space Coast Marathon & HM (for Hubby)

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This week Mr. Docket ran his first Half Marathon, not only breaking all expectations on it, but also PRing on Thursday at the Miami Turkey Trot 10K.  I paced hubby on the 10K and treated it as an easy/recovery run for me.  I did the Space Coast Marathon today and had a great time too.  More details below.
Short: Miami Turkey Trot 10K - 1:11:06, 7+ minute PR for hubby Space Coast Half Marathon - 2:39:XX - 30 minutes below what we were expecting him to do. Space Coast Marathon - 5:10:XX - My fastest in the last month and I have run 5 marathons in 34 days, so awesome.
Long Version: Miami Turkey Trot 10K The cold front arrived in Florida solely for 2-4 hours.  It was a cold 55F at the start of the race, 60F at the finish.  LOL.  Notwithstanding it was that warm, I saw people dressed with long sleeve JACKETS, HATS, TIGHTS, and GLOVES.  Da fuck?
Our plan was to run at hubby's pace and using his strategy of 1 mile run, 0.10 walk.  After Mile 2, I noticed he was doing my easy pace on the ru…

R.A.G. 26.2 & Fort Myers Beach Marathon RRs: When You are Searching for 3 Maniac Stars, Go For 4!!!!!

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This weekend I finished my first double weekend, two marathons within the span of 2 days (really, in 24 hours counting finish 1 with start 2 or thereabouts).  This was both easier and tougher than I expected.  I did both of them strongly, although slower than I could attempt on a multiple marathon schedule, as you can imagine.
After the Chicago DNF, I only had MCM, NYCM, Ft. Myers, Space Coast and WPB, to finish my 12 in 2013 after Space Coast and getting my 3 stars.  Only, LOL.  But when I DNFd Chicago, I was bummed.  I knew it was the right choice but my PR attempt for this season was over until I could figure out the pain source AND it would be certainly impossible to do with this schedule.  Then, I got an email from one of the local event organizations.  A marathon in Sarasota.  I looked at the date and said, oh, too bad, I'm doing Ft. Myers that day.  Wait, it is the day before!!!! Hmmmm.  And my mind started convincing me of attempting a double to get 4 stars instead of 3. …

Dash to the Finish 5K and NY City Marathon Race Reports

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So, I signed up for the NYCM lottery for my third time, thinking I would never get in with a lot of people left out in 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy. This was my third try at NYCM and the second time I got in.  Both times I've gotten in have been in years I really didn't want to get selected, so, I've come to a decision that in order to get into NY, you really must be meh about it.
Once I got in and was $270 or whatever poorer, I told hubby we had to go, right?  Since he does not want me to do any more big races unless they have a HM with it, I looked for a race and we found the Dash to the Finish 5K, and I registered both of us.  That mollified him a little.  Still, he said, NO MORE MCM OR NYCM.  Sure.  Except I signed up to get a free guaranteed entry to be announced tomorrow.  I have come to the conclusion that since I don't really expect to win, I will probably win it.  Stay tuned.
We arrived to NY on Thursday night, after 10pm.  Took a shuttle to Grand Central and …

Damaris' Marine Corps Marathon & Richard's MCM 10K Race Reports

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This weekend, I ran my 18th marathon, the 8th one for the year in my quest for another star on the Marathon Maniacs club.  This was planned as a fun run and it was that, especially after the Chicago DNF.  I considered earlier in the week to go for a PR but due to my lingering issues (explained in the Chicago DNF RR), I decided just to have fun and if I felt I could push, to do so, but not to concentrate on it at this time.
Mr. Docket is training for his first HM and we have done most of his runs together.  In preparation for his HM, I registered him for the MCM 10K as a training run and a test of his progress.  That was before he got a bad case of shin splints after his test 5K in July.  He had his ups and downs during the Summer but he is up to 8 miles now with his first 9 miler in just a few days.  So, the 10K would be a nice fun run for him as well.
Since we are taking a few days off for the NYCM this weekend, we arrived in DC late Friday and left right after the marathon.  As soo…

Chicago Marathon DNF RR (Updating Prior Post)

I did not write an RR immediately after Chicago because I was not sure what to say. I didn't know the cause of my issue and I didn't have anything to say except to say I was disappointed but that I knew it was the right decision to make. Now that I have more answers, I can write this and confirm that the DNF was the right choice at the time.

This was to be my goal race for the Fall and it would be my only chance of a PR, especially since I have 5 more marathons before the year ends and multiple marathons and PRs are sometimes impossible to do at the same time. My coach prepared a great training plan and since my asthma has been going great all year, he went crazy and did a very challenging plan. I gotta say that he knows me better than anyone and I loved every minute of the plan. This time around, I peaked at 75 miles, with a plan average of 56mpw. 90% of my LRs were paced runs with fast miles. I ended up missing two long runs (made it to 14 miles and 12 miles on each i…

2013 Chicago Marathon: The Marathon that Was Not Meant To Be

Yesterday, I DNFd the Chicago Marathon at Mile 11.  It was one of those days where nothing goes right, everything goes wrong, and you either stop and live to fight another day or push through and get injured.  I know I chose well and lived to fight another day.
I don't know what happened, except to say that by Mile 3, I started having more than usual psoas and ITB soreness, which turned to pain by Mile 8.  During those 5 miles, I debated whether to start walking and call it an easy marathon or just stop.  After noticing I was not having fun, I couldn't hit my pace, and I was in pain, I decided to stop.  I came to a full stop, got my iPhone out and called my husband to arrange a pick up place.  He thought I was kidding.
I understand why he would.  I've done 17 marathons, one after having an anaphylactic asthma attack at mile 9 and finishing the next 17 miles at a walk.  I've done marathons where everything has gone wrong and where everything goes right.  But I've n…

A Look at the First Half of 2013

I am very sorry I have not posted in quite some time, but life is sometimes too busy to engage in certain pleasures.  I cannot believe half of 2013 is gone already!  And what a half it has been!
If you remember, I ended 2012 by running a 5K and having an asthma attack.  That day I made a goal of making 2013 an attack and albuterol free year, and the asthma has been so much better this year, I made 7 months albuterol free...and counting.
This year has been surprising in more ways than one.  My husband surprised me with his desire to run again and he even ran two 5Ks, one in San Francisco and one in Weston.  He has been sidelined with shin splints but the fact is that he cannot wait to get back into it and that makes me very happy.
Like I said, my asthma is much better this year and my races and training have gone well.  I was able to finish 7 marathons in the first half of 2013, including one that was almost a PR and a full PR one.  All without a peep from the asthma.  I also ran seve…

Weston 4th of July 5K RR

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Today, Mr. Docket and I ran the Weston 4th of July 5K in Weston, FL.  It was a nice and sunny, but hot and humid day, we had tons of fun, one ran her strongest 5K in the Summer, and the other one PRd.
Training: This is Week 1 of marathon training for me.  I am training for Chicago and my coach created an awesome training plan for me.  I gotta be honest that when I read the plan, I skipped a heart beat and I gulped.  It will be challenging nonetheless but I'm up for it.  Having said that, the weather down here has been horrible.  Not the heat as much as the humidity.  I don't think I have run in anything less than 75 dewpoint at all and one of the runs was in 78 dewpoint.  All of my runs this week have been slow and painful.  But who cares about speed if you can perform on race day, right?  Which is why today's race was very important.
We had a nice dinner and some drinks, went to bed at 11am and woke up at 5:30am.  Or at least that's his story.  I went to bed at 11am, …