Race Ramblings

So, my next 70.3 is next weekend.

This shouldn’t be a big deal, but as things usually go for me I developed a lovely stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of my right foot. Way to go, me. This has been sore for about three weeks now. I was contemplating not racing next weekend, but with some strength tape and the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) my foot is starting to feel better. However, there is a downside. I haven’t been able to run the past few weeks. This is going to make for a brutal run portion of the race. Please pray for me.

In other news, I’ve started planning my 2015 race schedule and it’s shaping up nicely. I’ve already got a few great races on there, including another 70.3 that I’m doing with a friend this time! This should be one fun year coming up. I’m super stoked to get settled in our new little area, and get to training on all the spectacular hills we have around us now.

I’ll be back in a week or so with a recap of Ironman 70.3 Austin!

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Women’s Running Series Half Marathon NASHVILLE Race Recap

Last weekend Women’s Running Magazine put on their last race (or last race for a while) in Nashville, TN. Let me begin by saying that the race directors have decided to cancel all future WRS races for the foreseeable future. More on that later.

The Expo

The expo was held at the Renaissance Nashville hotel that is attached to the old convention center in the heart of downtown where all the little restaurants and shops are. Easy access in and out of the hotel makes for a fast paced packet pickup. I walked right in and got my bib, tote bag, and shirt. The volunteers were nice. However, the expo was very, very small and I was underwhelmed. When the race was the Women’s Half Marathon, things were much bigger, and much better.

The Race

Logistics of this race were well planned out, and the course was beautiful. Other than the very smelly sewers in Nashville, the course was something to take in as it took you around the sights of Nashville. Some back roads are a part of the course that traverse through neighborhoods, but spectator support in those neighborhoods were awesome. Some small kids were out high-fiving the racers, some handing out water, and some even blaring music to help us racers get through to the next mile.

My own race was one of the worst I’ve ever experienced. I chafed so bad on my leg for the first time EVER, ending up bleeding the entire race. That was fun <- insert sarcasm here. My stinking IT band seized up, and my recently hurt knee flared up…this in turn made for my worst half time ever, and the worst race experience ever. Running this race made me realize why I love triathlon so much more.

Then, the finish line appeared. I scooted across, nursed my issues, got my medal (which was far better than the last WRS medal I got; it actually said half marathon on it this time), and then headed back to the hotel to shower and take a long awaited nap.

Overall

Overall, I would recommend this race because of the course, and the course only. I do certainly hope that if WRS brings back this series that many things will be improved. So, in the meantime, I would recommend the Rock n Roll marathon series if you’re wanting a nice course in Nashville, TN.

WRS did not give any sound reason why they were canceling their races, but I know many people who signed up for one of their FL races in November were not happy for the last minute cancellation; that made for many who already paid for the race, hotel, and flights upset. At least WRS is offering refunds for race registration or entry into any Rock n Roll series race. Hopefully WRS races will come back better in the future.

It’s been a while…

Sorry it’s been such a long time since I’ve posted. Many major life changes have been happening for the course of the past four months. My oh my, it’s been crazy but good.

Due to those life changes, I’ve taken a major hit on my training for Ironman 70.3. Austin is only a few short weeks away now and I’m totally freaking out. I finally found a pool to train in for the next three weeks and hopefully my swim endurance hasn’t suffered too much. But, the bike…well that’s a different story. I’m just praying I get through this one. Austin is purportedly easier than some races; the website says the elevation gain on the bike only totals something just over 800 ft. Not too shabby, I guess. Anything is better than the 4,000+ at St. George.

So, I may ask if you all pray for me. I just want to finish Austin. I don’t have a strict time goal, just anything under 7 hours (which I think is completely attainable) barring any major panic attacks this time.

See you all soon!