Monday, June 3, 2013

5 days and counting...

until the next half marathon.
If my adding skills and memory are correct, this should be number 11. 
4 of those being post PR.

It's actually quite an interesting thing to mull over, that PR. It's been almost 2 years since and I've never really come close to meeting that same standard, unless you count 2+ minutes slower "close".
I don't, so yea.

At this point it's actually kind of an odd thing that I even still like the distance. I've had more strike outs,  surrenders, and vomit filled mornings trying to cover this distance than I'd care to remember. Maybe that's part of it, and my memory just blacks out the extreme weather conditions and sickness that always seems to come hand and hand with this race. 

When I initially committed to this race, I had hopes that maybe if I could get things together a bit that I could put an end to that "no PR streak". But, things change and really I haven't done the work needed to earn that PR so I've decided to instead just keep the bar low. Maybe I'll come close, and maybe not. 

In the past few weeks, workouts haven't exactly been easy.

It's been a pain trying to figure out how to appropriately fit them into my schedule,
I've been having a hell of a time adjusting to the weather,
and I just haven't had the focus.

The humidity seems to be kicking my butt lately. I'm a rather salty sweater, and it seems as if I loose almost all of my electrolytes on a hot sticky day within the first few minutes I'm out. Maybe I'm just sweating out all the potato chips I eat, or maybe my body just doesn't efficiently hold on to things and operate properly when in extreme conditions. Thinking it's the latter of the two, which would explain a lot. Personally I feel like I do so much better in the winter than the summer months, but that honestly could all be in my head.


Minerals in your blood and other body fluids that carry an electric charge. It is important for the balance of electrolytes in your body to be maintained, because they affect the amount of water in your body, blood pH, muscle action, and other important processes. Electrolytes exist in the blood as acids, bases, and salts (such as sodium, calcium, potassium, chlorine, magnesium, and bicarbonate) and can be measured by laboratory studies of the blood serum.
(via webmd)

Still haven't quite figured out that secret fueling brew for race day and longer workouts as the tummy seems to get a bit upset easily. But, this all kind of makes sense when I really sit down to think about how uncontrolled and erratic my body and mind have felt during my past few half marys. I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually.

Well my heart is beating hard
And I'm off with a shot at the start
And my legs tremble from strain
But by the finish line I am drained

Who knows what #11 will hold, but at least this time I've got the company of a great friend to keep me going and a pressure free attitude.

Time for version 2 of Kara & Shalane.


  1. Have a great race! I do terribly in the heat and humidity. I'm a very salty sweater and by the end of my workout my face will be covered in sweat. My stomach can't handle a bunch of extras in the summer either. If you figure out what works for you please share :)

    1. I will! Haven't yet tried salt tablets, but that is where I'm going next I think. Can handle most anything pre and post, just not during. So frustrating.

  2. I will be there on Saturday morning trying to figure out how to not vomit along with you, although I tend to want to vomit near the end of my races! I find about half of my races don't go as planned, which makes me really appreciate the other half that go as planned (or better). You are due for your half streak to change. :-) Here's hoping for at least some slightly cool temps at the start. BTW, Your windy run this past weekend will make you stronger for whatever comes along on Saturday! See you Saturday.

  3. Have a fun race on Saturday! Ugh. I hear you on feeling like you do better in the winter. Summer just sucks it out of me. And I feel odd that I prefer the cold, because everyone else whines about it. LOL!

  4. Unlike the 13.1 race two years ago, you're going to have great weather for a PR Britt! I think we're all having a tough time acclimating to the heat whenever it decides to randomly show up. Maybe it will be easier when it's consistently warm? Who knows in Chi! I have to start using Hammer Endurolytes on my runs again. They might be easier on your stomach? Good luck this weekend!

  5. You are well ahead of me in terms of most running things, but this seemed like a decent article to maybe help with your fueling brew:

    good luck with your race coming up!!

  6. I know this will sound crazy, but my friend's husband uses chicken noodle soup when he is doing an ironman, maybe that would be a good choice of salt? You would need someone on the course to hand a small cup of it to you.

    1. OH and I wanted to thank you so much for this evening. We had fun, V wants to cancel roller skating on Thursday to come to the run on Thursday.

  7. Have a blast this weekend! I hope to be at the turn around cheering for you :)

    I use "salt stick" on those steamy sweaty runs and they seem to help with feeling funky & are easy on the tummy (for me atleast)

    I love that "middle distance runner" song :)