Thursday, October 25, 2012

Six Half Marathons in One Year

Last year on October 23, 2011 Mike and I became half marathoners.  We ran the inaugural Fall Foliage Half Marathon in Rhinebeck, New York and I finished in 2:18:56.  

 Me, Mike and his mom

Since that time I have become a lot smarter when it comes to my running.  To be honest I went into the race injured and I suffered from overuse injuries and peroneal tendonitis after it.  I DNF'd a 15K and I wasn't completely healed until December/January.  

I've learned how to take care of myself better (and I have the proper shoes now, Saucony)! This has allowed me to be able to run a lot more races (and just run, period) than I would have been able to previously.  

We've run four other half marathons since our first last October:

Polar Bear Series Half Marathon - 2:26:43 (March 18, 2012)
Skunk Cabbage Half Marathon - 2:07:00 (April 1, 2012)
Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon - 2:11:15 (July 22, 2012)
Turning Stone Races Half Marathon - 2:10:39 (August 26, 2012)

This weekend we are going to run our sixth half marathon in just one year (alright fine, one year and 4 days), the Cape Cod Half Marathon.  We get to run by this beauty:

Nobska Lighthouse

And we get to meet this beauty (and her husband):


I can't wait to meet Crystal and Joe! It is going to be so much fun and we already have plans to go out for dinner on Friday, and then of course run the half on Saturday. 

In terms of the race, I don't have very many plans or expectations.  I would LOVE to be able to beat my PR and to be honest I really want to run sub-2 but if that doesn't happen I won't be upset.  It has only been a month since Wineglass and two weeks since Reach the Beach, so I don't want to put too much pressure on myself.  

I can't wait to race and then sight-see, any guesses on what we want to go see?

Anyone else racing this weekend?

18 comments:

  1. Yay! Looks like a beautiful race:) I am racing my 6th half in 2012 this weekend. 2 were virtuals, does that count? Have fun!

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    1. That definitely counts!! Good luck this weekend!

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  2. Best of luck!! I am sure it will be an amazing time!!! Enjoy every second! Looking forward to the recap! Spa <3

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  3. Y'all are racing machines - can't wait to hear how it goes! Someday (hopefully soon) I'll be a multiple-half-marathoner too. Until then, I'll have to settle for my 10+k this weekend! Apparently it's more like an 11.5k...

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  4. Words can't explain how excited I am!!! I get to meet you and Mike. (and I don't know if you're prepared for how loud and nutty I am. Although I maybe on my best behavior....we'll see.) I'm happy to be running my 2nd half marathon. At the beginning of this year, I would have never guessed I would have ran ONE let alone TWO. I'm really starting to get pumped up. I just need to get through classes tonight and then put stress on the back burner so I can have a blast for Friday and Saturday.

    SO SO EXCITED!! I know I'm going to have butterflies tomorrow because of the race the next day and finally meeting y'all in person.

    You're totally going to rock this race. My only real goal is to try to beat my other half time. I'll be happy to beat it. I pray I beat it.We'll see. I haven't been as mentally focused this time around since I'm in school full time, but hopefully it will all come together on race day. EEEK!

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    1. Haha I love this! Longest comment EVER! I can't wait to see you tomorrow!

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  5. The Cape Cod course looks gorgeous! I've never been, but I've heard the area is absolutely beautiful. Have fun this weekend, Jamie, and have a great race!

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  6. I just ran my first 1/2 marathon this past weekend! I had the same tendonitis issue, did PT got orthodics, and love my Sauconys! I hope to have as much excitement and accomplishment as you in a year! Good luck in Cape Cod! Hope hurricane Sandy stays away!

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  7. So cool! 6 half marathons in a year (oh yeah, and four days lol!). And the cape cod one would be really cool. I just ran my first full marathon on Sunday, so still pretty pumped. SPA love!

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  8. Beautiful!!! Have a great time. Just relax and have fun!

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  9. Hmm... let me guess.. you want to see a couple of lighthouses!!! Good luck on your run! Will see you tonite!!

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  10. Good luck!! I can tell by your times that the sub-2 will happen for you eventually. You are smart not to put pressure on yourself. With such beautiful views, you are bound to have a great time.

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  11. Not racing this weekend, but your half looks absolutely stunning!

    I ran my first half marathon on January 29 of this year, and by the time 2012 is over (so ~11 months), I'll have done 6 as well. Stoked, and so proud of what I've accomplished this last year!

    Have a great race! :)

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  12. You guys are really packing in the races this fall! Have a great time meeting more bloggers and getting your 6th half done. Best of luck!

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  13. Good luck, looks like a great course! You guys have a packed race schedule! I'm running a 5mile race tomorrow :)

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  14. Congrats on such a successful year!

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  15. It was a treat to read your blog today! You've had a great year! Congrats on all of your successes!! Cheers!

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  16. I can't believe you've already done 6 half marathons this past year. This year really has flown by! Congratulations to both of you guys!

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