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So many half-marathons, so little time

First, a HUGE shout-out to Jill at Jogging Jeans for the fabulous dedication yesterday. Jill is one of my favorite bloggers. She is hilarious and lovingly irreverent, and definitely gets where I am coming from when it comes to running. I can’t imagine that anyone reading my blog wouldn’t have already visited hers, but if you haven’t, do it immediately. I am very excited to meet her in May at the Pittsburgh Half. You should come and join us!

OK, back to business…

While I was turning many shades of red and cultivating my moose-running skills in 2012, my running buddy, a.k.a. Hubby, a.k.a. Mr. I Finished 20 Minutes Ago, a.k.a. guest blogger extraordinaire, was running 21 half-marathons. That’s right, 21. He initially committed to 12 in 2012, but got so into it that he wound up switching the digits. I think that deserves a moment, don’t you?

It’s pretty good for someone who only started running (and exercising, for that matter) at the end of 2010, when he joined the Massachusetts National Guard and realized he literally needed to get up to speed for the physical fitness test. If he hadn’t caught the running bug, I never, ever would have accumulated so much Lululemon put a toe anywhere near a road race.

Did I mention how crazy/amazing I think 21 half-marathons is? (This is in addition to a bunch of other distances, including two full marathons. He ran 68 races overall last year.) To celebrate, here’s some bib action from ’12, but it’s clearly not all of them. (Who knows what happened to those.)

bibs

Bibapalooza!

For the record, here are the 2012 half-marathons. They are all amazing races, should you feel so inclined to partake in one or two – or 21 – in 2013. The ones that are asterisked he is either already registered to run again, or they’re in his plans. Those with a double asterisk I am “running” too.

Smuttynose Palooza Indoor Half-Marathon 2012 (sadly, this one is not being repeated)
*Half at the Hamptons
*Quincy Half Marathon
**NC Half Marathon at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Great Bay Half Marathon

*Lake George Half Marathon

Twin Lights Half Marathon
*Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon
*Boston Run to Remember Half Marathon
*Bands on the Run
**Mad Half Marathon
*Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon
The Building Center YuKanRun Triple Threat Series
**Sea Wheeze Lululemon Half Marathon
*Applecrest Half Marathon
Run to the Rock 1/2 Marathon

Oceans Run Half Marathon

Leaf Peepers Half-Marathon

*Anthem Richmond Half-Marathon

* Wolf Hollow Half Marathon

Santa Hustle

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52 Weeks, 52 Runs. No. 35: SeaWheeze recap, aka, does this half-marathon make my butt look big?

It took no less than Lululemon to get me to run my first half-marathon. I guess I was going to have to do one eventually, but I probably would have put it off a while longer had the prospect of running among the Lulu faithful in lovely Vancouver not presented itself.

I forgot, however, that the “Lulu faithful” means predominantly 20-somethings with perfect yoga bodies. And this event brought them all together. Way to make a girl feel as though she doesn’t work out enough. Even though I, um, don’t work out enough. (This fact presented itself at mile 10, but more on that soon.) Oh, and speaking of girls, there were six of us for every guy at the SeaWheeze. Somehow, I don’t think the boys were troubled by it …

SeaWheeze Lululemon Half-Marathon

There were no bibs to sully all the fancy run wear. Instead, we had wristbands and a timing chip for our shoes. The chip featured a picture of Chip Wilson, the founder of Lululemon. We’re convinced he founded the company for this very reason.

This run was two things. It was a brilliantly organized event (and I’m not saying that because I am currently overwhelmed by brightly colored stretchy fabric), and it was physically the toughest thing I have ever done. It was also the 35th run in my 52 Weeks, 52 Runs challenge. OK, I guess that’s three things.

I wasn’t really sure how to approach the race. If I had been more consistent in my training I probably would have had a sense of how fast I could go out and how my stamina would hold up. But I had never run longer than eight miles, so I pretty much had to wing it. Next time, I’ll be better prepared.

SeaWheeze Lululemon Half-Marathon

The start line was under a giant piece of watermelon. Sticky. How did I manage to capture two people not wearing Lululemon?

Thankfully, it started early (7.30), and Vancouver turned on a magnificent day for us. Sunny but not searing, with a lovely breeze along the water. After the past few months of insanely hot runs in New England, this was a rare treat. Or maybe I’m just – shock – getting used to it.

SeaWheeze Lululemon Half-Marathon

Lots of sea exposure.

When you’ve gotta go …

I began quite slowly, hovering around 12 minutes per mile. I figured if I could keep up that pace for the full 13.1, I’d be very happy. (I walked the Mad Half at a 13.50.) Then at mile three, semi-disaster! I had to, er, go. There was a line-up, and it cost me a good four minutes. Four minutes!

Once I recovered from this unsettling diversion and got back on track, I felt decent. I got through the first 10K in about 1.18. Not bad for me. There were unexpected hills though, so I walked a chunk of it. But at least I wasn’t bothered by the heat. (There’s a first time for everything.)

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I’m about to run the SeaWheeze half-marathon. No, really …

Don’t worry, it’s making me laugh too.

We arrived in Vancouver this morning for the SeaWheeze Lululemon half-marathon (my first half as a runner!) after a three-hour delay late last night in Boston followed by an early-morning delay in Toronto that involved us getting off one plane and on to another. Now I feel like I have jet lag, even though I don’t actually have jet lag. Not a good start.

SeaWheeze Lululemon Half

Goodie bag.

Still, nothing like lovely, temperate (wooo) Vancouver and a Lululemon-themed race expo to cheer you up. I’m partially convinced that now the Lulu overlords have cleverly gathered all the fanatics in one place, they are going to round us up and transport us to a remote Canadian compound where we will be forced to power small countries by running on treadmills and performing hot yoga all day long.

Heaven help the person who shows up tomorrow not wearing Lululemon.

… and they were never heard from again …

Anyway, today we picked up our wristbands (instead of bibs), and lined up to get into the expo so we could buy stuff and line up some more to pay for it. We had received our training shorts in the mail a few months back – which of course I used many, many times* – so there wasn’t a SeaWheeze branded T-shirt. That made me a bit sad. I clearly don’t need a T-shirt, but still, sad.

We did, however, each get a pair of flip-flops by Native Shoes that are very cool.

SeaWheeze Lululemon Half flip-flops

Fish-flops!

The Lulus have clearly put a lot into this event. There was yoga going on outside the convention center, folks giving runners massages, and a dude giving a talk on race nutrition. Tomorrow, we’ll be fed brunch, and then entertained by fun., the band that’s so trendy it needs a period after its name and doesn’t believe in capital letters.

SeaWheeze

Getting ready for hot yoga.

SeaWheeze

Massages, and whale watching.

However, there is one thing hanging over all this festiveness.

It’s my fault, but I’m really not ready for this.

So with that in mind, my goals are simple: finish, and run as often as I can. If I do both of those things, I’ll be thrilled.

Wish me luck!

* May not have used them many, many times.

I see wheezing in my future: Training update #1

My apologies for the blog-silence this week. I had to jump on a plane back to Australia for family reasons, which has thrown everything off. I’d like to think I’m going to do some half-marathon training while I am here, but seeing as I am in the early throes of jet-lag hell, I don’t know how that’s going to go.

But I did manage to do a decent amount of activity the week before last, so I’ll just pretend for the moment that I’m (kind of, sort of, who am I kidding) on track for the Lululemon SeaWheeze Half. I’ll post about last weekend’s 5K tomorrow. I promise.

Tackle box training update (June 4-11):

Monday: Power yoga Two-hour ballet class.
Tuesday:
Tempo Run: 1 mile warm up/ 2 miles tempo/ 1 mile cool down
Nothing. Oh wait, I guess the technical term is “rest.”
Wednesday
: Rest or flow yoga Nothing. So tired from yesterday’s rest that I needed more.
Thursday:
Easy run 2.5 miles Strength and stride class at the YMCA. Nothing easy about it.
Friday:
Rest.
Saturday:
Long run 5 miles Rest.
Sunday: 
Yin yoga or optional run Halfway 5K in Canton, MA (great fun), plus 6 x 60-second hill intervals (torture).
Monday: Tempo Run: 1 mile warm up/ 2 miles tempo/ 1 mile cool down 2.5-mile run plus 2-mile jog/walk.

As you can see, the schedule has already been tossed out the window. But my goal is to focus on the cumulative effort. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Time to tackle a half

Those fabulous folks who have been following me on my running adventure will likely have noted two things: I am extremely slack when it comes to training; and I heart Lululemon (in my defense, I was a very early adopter: Toronto, 1999).

Though I’d probably be content to just run 5Ks and 10Ks for the rest of my life, I figured if I’m going to really challenge myself, I have to at least try a half-marathon. (Although, even as I type this, it sounds completely absurd.)

What better race for me to attempt, then, than the SeaWheeze Lululemon Half-Marathon in Vancouver (August 11). It’s hosted by my favorite ubiquitous sportswear company and it has wheeze in the title. Appropriate, no? I get the feeling that the half-marathon part of this half-marathon may come second to the general Lululemon-ness of the event. But that’s completely fine with me.

SeaWheeze Lululemon Half

Click if you fancy reading the words.

Yes, there will be training

I’m not foolish enough to attempt to “run” a half without putting in the miles beforehand, so I am going to try to follow the Tackle Box program Lulu designed. I am already a few weeks behind, but I hope when I cobble together the bits and pieces I do throughout the week, I can almost arrive at a full week of training.

To help runners with their motivation, Lululemon sent out shorts to everyone who registered early.

SeaWheeze Lululemon Half shorts

Spotty!

I guess there has been some Twitter-verse moaning about these spotty duds, but I think they’re cute as hell, even if they leave little to the imagination (hence the moaning, I suppose).

Anyway, I’m inspired to at least obtain a body that would rock a pair of shorts like this. And the polka dots make me happy.

Here’s a PDF of the Tackle Box Training Program. I’m going to try to report back every once in a while on my progress. This plan is heavy on the yoga, which I don’t do. I’ve substituted with a weekly ballet class, and weights/strength training. My days won’t match up to the schedule, but I’m hoping my activities will get me to an appropriate level of preparedness. (I’ll be happy if I can run three-quarters of the race.) Wish me luck!

June 4-10 (week 3)

Monday: Power yoga

Tuesday: Tempo Run: 1 mile warm up/ 2 miles tempo/ 1 mile cool down

Wednesday: Rest or flow yoga

Thursday: Easy run 2.5 miles

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Long run 5 miles

Sunday: Yin Yoga or optional run (40 minutes)