Friday, October 25, 2013

13.1 and 4 Weeks To Go!!

Four weeks out from race day and I am not where I want to be in training because of this pesky sprained ankle that won't go away .... BUT it's a lovely season for races, and I found a great trail half-marathon last weekend!  Trails seem to make the ankle happier.  And I need mileage.  And I run faster when there are other people around.  So I trekked to Maine for a foliage-friendly race that was great because it was also quite small (about 170 people total) and marked quite a few landmarks!

1) Longest distance run since the knee fiasco last December

2) Longest distance wearing the shoes that will be completing the Ice Marathon (which I don't wear regularly because I prefer minimalist ... but in Antarctica, I also prefer to not get frostbite)

3) First time winning my age group!  Huzzah trophy pint glass!

4) New half marathon PR!

It took about three miles for my ankle to loosen up so I could settle into a stride, and then I think I went through a bit of a runner's high adrenaline rush for a few miles.  I just went with it because it felt good.  And I did crash a bit later in the race, but by then I could count the remainder in familiar distances such as 5k, which mentally makes it easy to push the sore, tired muscles to keep going.  Even better, my ankle felt okay the next day!  Although my left hip was not happy at all, most likely because I was running slightly weird and compensating, but that was recovered after two days and I've run twice this week and no further issues.  So at least I know I'll be able to make it through half of the marathon?  Not reassuring, but better than where I was before the race.  :)  And at least I am confident that I'll be able to get in at least one 18 or 20 mile run before I go.  Less than a month, yikes yikes yikes!

Ice Marathon Factoids

This will be the ninth running of the Antarctic Ice Marathon.  Two women competed in the inaugural race.  One U.S. woman competed in the second.  No women in the third.  Three women (one from the U.S.) in the fourth.  Three women in the fifth.  Four women (two U.S. citizens) ran in the sixth.  Nine women in the seventh race, including one U.S. and one Canadian.  The eighth and most recent race had the largest field with 12 female competitors (4 U.S.).  Go girls of the ninth!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Like Photos?

I really have no excuse for why I was so far behind the curve with this one, since I love taking photos and I even sell some of mine on stock photography sites, but the situation has been rectified and you can now follow my adventures on Instagram!  From a dog's eye view, naturally.  The pup owns the account.  :)  So if you would like to see visual evidence of our continuing shenanigans, find @Mwenzie and follow her!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

GORUCK Nasty in Review

It had to happen eventually for a company that is built around bringing the Special Forces experience to the rest of the world!  GORUCK has joined the obstacle course race community with GORUCK Nasty, a race based on the course that Green Berets have to complete during their selection process.  Iteration 001 took place in September 2013 at Massanutten Ski Resort in Virginia.

Here's a breakdown of the obstacles, as best as I can remember since what I encountered was not the same as the map that was provided in the race packets.  (In fact I think several advertised obstacles were entirely removed from the actual race.)  Things also start to blur together by the end of 7 hours on the course.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Quebec City in 24 Hours

Quebec City is beautiful.  You really do feel like you're in an old European city, not only because of the architecture but also because of the language.  I was so happy to realize that I could really truly feel like I was in a foreign country just a few hours from home!  (Europeans probably laugh at this concept ... but it's a bit of a hike to get out of the country when you live in North America!)  I was also happy I had two French-speaking friends to help me out since French is one language with which I have zero background, and it made getting around easier since we hurdled the language barrier with no charades or bad attempts at accents or terrible pronounciation.

The main must-do in Quebec City is to tour Old Quebec.