Sunday, October 26, 2014

Empire State Marathon Relay Recap

Empire State Marathon Relay was last weekend. The course was changed about a month before the race to allow for a faster, flatter race showcasing the new Trail along Onondaga Lake.

I was the Second relayer on our team. I was to go out on Hayes road, back into the park and then to the new section and exchange.

The day started out with my usual breakfast before a race. Protein, Applesauce and Banana. I chugged some water, Grabbed my gels and was out the door.

I didn't like that our bus was supposed to leave as soon as the Marathon started. I didn't want to be waiting out in the cold for a hour waiting for my teammate to arrive to the exchange. To my surprise the bus stayed and kept us warm!!

I got out and did the usual pre race things, chugged a gel and went for a mile warm up. When I came back, the lead people were running by already. Great timing as my teammate was about 5 min off the lead person!

I grabbed our wrist bracelet and hung on for dear life trying to keep my cadence fast and my heart rate in check. My heart rate monitor started falling. It was driving me crazy but tried to focus on my running and form. Mile 1 ticked off at 7 min/mile! I passed one of the lead runners and kept going. Everyone was shouting I was 4th, then 3rd female. How amazing?! I had to tell everyone I was just a relay runner. But the rush was phenominal! I need to continue to get faster so I can cont to feel the rush!!

The next miles ticked off around 7:15-7:30 and I was comfortable with that. By mile 5 I started feeling a twinge in the back of my leg. I kept pushing through it knowing I only had a few miles left before the exchange point. I was ever so relieved to give my wrist band to my next teammate.

I then took her car to meet at exchange #3. Heated seats are awesome! Next car I buy this will be a must!

I met our teammate and we wished her luck to bring us home, jumped in the car and met her at the finish line to run in.

It was cold waiting. It was 40 degrees, overcast and windy. Brrr...

We saw our last runner running in and ran the chute together

Our time: 3:25:11

FIRST FEMALE TEAM!!! 3rd overall team! I know to some having a relay is not much of a big deal but when we can pull together and make a awesome team, that is when we are rewarded. I heart my team!! :-)

Don't we look mighty cold?!!! Finish line photo

Cross out child Abuse 2014

Trying to do something new definitely has its obstacles!! Like the Sand pit above! This was after about 4 times already going through it. Hit a rut and went down. I never have felt so much pain and happiness as I have on a cross bike. Luckily I escaped this race with just minor Bruises.

Cat 4 race:
Did well the first lap. Then It all went downhill from there. I hit a off camber uphill turn and fell, I never could clip in after hitting the barriers. Damn this shit is tough! I use my breaks a lot and am still learning how to be more fierce. Time and practice will be the only saving grace for this type of Racing! I came in 5/9 females! Only 1 min off the lead person! Not too shabby!!

Open racing:
A harder field but was just using this as practice. Fell a whole bunch of times! Had a bad sport in the bunch racing with us. There has to be one rotten egg in the bunch!
3/3 people!! Ha ha! I actually won money and donated it back to the County to help raise awareness about Child abuse.

Happy Training!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cyclocross. All the cool kids are doing it!

The last month I decided to give another sport a try. Cyclocross!! Cyclocross is a very specific type of bike racing. For the most part, the course is off-road but there are sometimes portions of pavement included in the course. You can expect to encounter grass, dirt, mud, gravel, sand, and a whole slew of other assortments and combinations.

Why did I decide to do it?? Because of course all the cool kids are doing it! My honey is loving it and I decided what better way to share some time together?? By killing myself, I mean, Having fun with my partner and best friend!

I've done a few races just weeks after owning my own bike. I think I got the hang of it somewhat. I am not that graceful, nor can I really "jump" or remount or whatever you want to call it back on my bike.

My honey looks way more professional than I do
So this weekend I will be going up to Oswego, NY to do the Cross out Child Abuse race. I felt daring enough to do 2 races tomorrow!

We will see how it goes!

T minus 27 Days until Ironman Training begins!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ride for Missing Children. Please help out!!!

The last few weeks I have been ordered to wind down and relax as I have been feeling a little hamstring tightness.

Nothing but easy stuff going on here.

I have been doing a little dabbling into other sports, but that will be my next topic.

Today I want to spend some time on the ride I will be doing on September 26 2014. The Ride for Missing Children.

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE SYRACUSE RIDE FOR MISSING CHILDREN? Sponsored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York (NCMEC/NY), the Syracuse Ride for Missing Children is a 100-mile ride made by bicycle riders or "Friends of Missing Children" that raises funds to support prevention education programs and to remember all missing children. More than 2,000 children are reported missing in the United States each day*, some in our own community. For most families, this is only a brief scare as the child turns up in a few minutes or hours. But for some, the nightmare of a missing child becomes a grim reality. NCMEC's mission is to help recover missing children, protect all children from sexual exploitation, and assist in the prevention of these crimes.

With that being said. I am raising money and awareness for this great cause.

With the local news capturing the stories about the 2 Amish girls, Heidi Allen, Etc. Why not help the Nation Center and Donate to such a great cause? If you have children, Grandchildren, Neices, Sisters, Cousins, I beg you to help a great charity. I have donated myself. If anything happened to my children, I would hope that with the funds available the right resources will be there to help find my children.

If you would like to donate, Please click on the link above, On the left Click DONATE NOW and put my last name in there MULLALLY.

Thanks in advance to all that contribute!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tromptown Half Marathon Review

A night 13.1 mile run with a few of your close friends? Why not?

I signed up for the Tromptown Race a few weeks ago as it was a relatively cheap half marathon. For $15.00 you get to run 13.1 on the most scenic roads, with water stops. Why wouldn't you?

"Tromptown is a loop course beginning and finishing in a small country village. A scenic run, taking in rural sights and smells. As you approach the halfway point you are running along side of the DeRuyter Lake (Tioughnioga Reservoir). You cross the dam at the end of the lake at about 7 miles and start your journey back towards the village and the fairgrounds. The course is undulating with the elevation at the dam the same as at the village four corners and the fairground, about 1280 feet. The course starts just before the cemetery, heads north toward the school and by the fairgrounds and through the village four corners. It then turns westerly and eventually northerly through the shelter of one of the hills for about 4 miles. This will be a welcome relief if it is a warm and humid evening. The return begins as you turn off the dam and progress along the East Lake Road. You will leave the lake at about the 10 mile point and return to the village on Middle Lake Road. The finish, friends and family await you at the Firemen's Fair."

I met my Friend MR at her house to take the hour long drive to the venue. We had a lot of catching up since we haven't seen each other that much since D was born.

We ended up chatting so much we missed our exit off the highway!

We arrive within 20 minutes of the starting time. Enough to grab our bib and take a quick pit stop.

I met up with some of my running group friends for an evening of fun.

Going into the race I had told myself this will be a training run. Just for fun. No pressure. Well, that shit went out the window as soon as I lined up to the start. I was situated in the back of the crowd. When we all started running a fire lit inside me and I wanted to see how long I could hold a good pace for.

The weather was Ideal Conditions. Nice 70s with a breeze. Perfect. It did help the race started at 5:45pm as well.

The first few miles ticked by at a 8 min pace. I thought, wow I could keep this pace. Feels like a good effort, but not that I am pushing into the red zone.

I managed to meet up with some of my faster running friends around mile 5. Which I was totally stoked about

I kept trailing along, keeping them in my site as long as I could. I managed until about mile 7.

After that, My legs started to feel dead, My left hip was hurting for some odd strange reason and my leg turnover sucked!

I tried to focus on nutrition and just keep pushing through

Mile 9-11 Was when 4-5 people passed me, which I was not happy About.

I sucked it up and tried to reel in the guy ahead of me, then the girl, then the other girl. Even with a Left foot that was curling/cramping up in my shoe!

I ran past the last girl into the finish shoot, glad to be done with this race. I was a salty mess even though I had 1 gel at the beginning of the race, 2 gels in the race and my hydration. My stomach felt very sloshy the last 4 miles and I knew I couldn't take any more hydration in.

Time: 1:53:01
5/12 in AG 30-34
25/95 Females
92/200 Participants

I was told the Medals would go 5 deep in AG. I was happy that I would finally get a medal in a all out running race! Come to find out it was based on a percentage of how many people were in the age group so they only went 3 deep in mine. WTF?!! I was a little upset, but can't with the price I paid for the entry. I sucked it up.

On the drive home, I started to feel HORRIBLE. I had MR pull into the McDonalds so that I could vomit and all that good stuff. Same thing happened when I went home. I think the Gels didn't sit right, night race, not well rested had a lot to do with this!!

Onto the next race, Tour De Loop!!! So Excited!!!!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Swimming thoughts

Yesterday I had a 2K swim. I looked at my planned workout with confusion. What the heck is a 2K swim? Endurance swim? How fast do I need to go? How many miles is that?

Then it dawned on me...oh...a 2000 Yard Swim!! Genius I am these days!

I Thought this will be easy. Nice long strokes, think about pulling that hand back through the full stroke.

Got it.

Heres how the swim went:

0-200yds:  Wow I feel like I'm Flying! I'm going to rock this Swim

200-400yds.: Pull, pull, pull

400-600 yds: Is the lifeguard judging my stroke?? Aw, who cares anyways.

600-800 yds: Gosh I feel dead.. Just keep swimming..

800-1000yds: I wonder if I can grab the line at Lake Placid and never have to sight!

1000-1200 yds: Ok Start kicking or you are going to sink!!! Ok, Why do My legs feel like weights?!

1200-1400yds: Let me look at my Garmin. I must be almost done...What?? Ok, keep swimming

1400-1600 yds: I am swimming pretty smooth. no one else in the pool, the Lifeguard is staring at me! Why is he getting off his chair? I am not drowning!! Do I look like I am?!!

1600-1800 yds: " Honestly, I wanna see you be brave!!" (Songs starting to drift into mind)

1800-2000yds: I wonder if work is going to be busy today. Maybe not, its going to be a beautiful day. Who really wants to go to the doctors on a Saturday anyways??

2050yds: Oh!! I'm Done!!! Wooo hooo!! I can totally Survive Lake Placid!! ;-)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Hot and Humid with a touch of weirdness.

Today was supposed to be a long run from my house, meet my friend at the parkway, run home.

Well, lets just say someone forgot to set their alarm right.

I woke up to 2 text messages from my friend, KM. "You did say 6 right?" OMFG!! Yes I did!

Well lets just throw that plan out the window and come up with Plan B!

I met her at the parkway about 20 min after I rummaged through the house trying to find what I needed. And why didn't I get it out the night before?! We won't even go there

There is something you need to know about my friend. She is like 80 Feet tall 5'11 and can talk while running a 7:30 min mile like nobody's business. I have tried to slow her down multiple times in our runs together but it never happens! Ha ha!

So out we went for at least an hour together. Chat chat chat, feel like shit, hot and muggy, chat some more, chug on water, gel, Feel like shit, hot and muggy. Get the picture on how the run went?

Needless to say we managed 7.2 miles in that hour time. In 94% Humidity! Ouch!

I came home to my honey. He told me to go out and do more of what I could before he left me had to go to work and leave out of town for the next 2 days. Gosh I am such a lucky woman!!!!

So off I went for another 4 miles. And crappy I felt. I started out fine, but 2 miles in I swear I had this out of body experience and felt like I was there running but couldn't feel my legs or arms doing the work. Does that sound crazy?! I looked at my pacing. Still was 8 min/mi so I wasn't backing off. I kept looking forward and just concentrating on the feeling of foot fall. I was worried and wondering why I felt so light as air! Is this the runners high everyone talks about? Have I really not experienced it before and this is what it feels like?! I kept pushing on. Stopped and walked a minute and kept on thinking, I don't feel bad, pacing is ok, but what the hell?!

I decided to keep trucking on focusing on form. Then like a light switch, I could feel everything again.


Maybe it was hydration, maybe I was low on glucose. No idea!

Anyone have any thoughts on this?!

I managed a little over 11 miles in 1:32!!!

On to run the treadmill when little DD goes to bed for a quick nap for another 3. The marathon is going to be terrible if I don't start getting more mileage in!!

Happy Training!!!!