Thursday, November 27, 2014

Kirkwood/Webster Turkey Day Run

Not too much to say about this race except I did better than I did back in 2012! Last year, I choose to do the downtown Hungry Turkey, but I like this race because there is a 6 mile option. This year's time was 57:26, and in 2012 I ran it in 58:36.

It was chilly at the start, with a wind index of 21 deg. Brrr.

The 3 mile race started at 7:30, and the 6 mile race started at 8:10. As I was hanging around in the cold I was questioning why I do this to myself... why didn't I just sign up for the 3 mile race so I could get it done sooner? Anyways, the temperature was perfect for running. I just hate the waiting part.

I'm really proud that I ran the entire race and every dang hill. I had to walk a bit back in 2012, but this year I sucked it up and just powered through. I still can't believe I ran a marathon a little over a month ago. I feel so weak.

Obligatory shitty race photo.

Monday, November 3, 2014

St. Louis Half Marathon

I've been wanting to do this race for a while, but I'm not a huge fan of cold weather running. I checked the forecast a week before the race, and the weather looked perfect. Low 40s, high 50s. So then I decided to sign up and give it a go.

Mr. Simon and I before race.
Since the Chicago Marathon, I haven't been running all that much (was that already 3 weeks ago??). I figured since I just did 26.2 miles, I could easily do 13.1. And I did do it... but it wasn't all that easy. The weather was in the low 30s, which was fine. I just don't like running in 10 degree weather. I overdressed like I always do. I had on three layers, and took off the first layer just after the first mile. I felt great after taking off that first layer. It was windy, so I didn't feel too warm.

I've ran this course many times... Clayton to Forest Park and back. I knew it was going to be hilly. I appreciated the hills in the beginning, but by mile 12, I was sick of the hills. I was just so tired!! I started out fast, hoping for a PR. But I dropped back around mile 8. I think that was about the time I had an energy drink, and it just killed my tummy. Also, I was playing tag with this one guy, but he reeked of cologne so I found that highly annoying. What is the point of wearing cologne while running??? Please don't do it.

Felt like shit, and looked like it too.
Anyways, 2014 isn't going to be the year of the PR.