August 26, 2012

Shawntel Jones 5K results and a Nuun winner

Dang, this day was jam packed with awesome. Sit back, grab your carbs, and get ready for an overshare.

First off, we have a winner, winner!



Cathryn at My Heart's Content won the Lemon-Lime and Tri-Berry Nuun. If you haven't visited her blog yet, you gotta get on that. I can hear her British accent when she writes, and I freaking love that! Here she is with her cute little boy after the San Fransisco Half Marathon. She's so tiny that her body disappeared under the blanket and it looks like she and her son are conjoined twins.

My Heart's Content

Email me at yomommaruns at gmail.com with your mailing address so that I can send you your Nuun.

Plus, I learned a new trick for Nuun. Because I liked Tri-Berry better than Lemon-Lime, I tried mixing half a tablet of each in one bottle. I liked that much better than the plain Lemon-Lime. Happy times.

And just to make sure I give every flavor a fair shot, I picked up some Strawberry Lemonade today at Fleet Feet. Fingers crossed that it's a love.


So just to recap today's running plan: 10 miles, 5K race (yikes!), 6.9 = 20 miles total.

When I met my Birmingham Track Club long run group at 5:30 a.m., this cab driver was trying to solicit some business from us by calling out from his window for customers. From a distance we probably looked like drunken, into-the-wee-hour-of-the-morning partiers. But as he got closer, I would think that the extreme reflective gear and fuel belts would have tipped him off that we were out at 5:30 on purpose and not just stumbling around needing a cab.


This all went down right before someone else threw a beer can at us before they got in their car to drive off. Trail running was looking good right about then. Drunk drivers usually steer clear of nature trails. Right?

Mekelle, my big bro, and I ran the first 10 miles with a great pace between 8:30 and 9 min. miles, but I don't know the exact numbers because my amazingly lame-o Garmin decided to lose all of my data when it died after I completed my 20 miles today. Has that ever happened to you? It's amazingly annoying. But to distract from my Garmin rage, here's a picture from our run. We finally remembered to take a picture! Usually we are too delirious to remember anything other than our foot shuffles.



Then it was off to the races, the Shawntel Jones 5K. Before it started, I was thinking that maybe I could pull off about 24 minutes on the hilly course, so I was excited to finish at about 22:50. Official results are not up yet. I'll post more race details later so that you don't have to spend 100 more hours reading this one single post.


Then I took off to finish up my mileage. It was slow going after the race. My pace was between 8:50 and 9:30, but I came back to the high school track to finish up the last mile, which I managed to pull off in 7:40. I was happy to know that there was a little juice left in the tank, but mainly I think my legs loved the spongy track and zero hills. Hills, I love to hate you.

What is the perfect ending to an almost perfect pieced-together 20 miler? An ice bath and microwave cheeseburger combo. Yes, I did eat those burgers in the ice bath. I accidentally got lost in blog reading (on my phone) and cheeseburger eating and stayed in the ice bath for 30 minutes, twice as long as my normal. So somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes, your feet turn numb. Walking is so awkward with numb feet.


But I didn't have to walk far to get to the after-run party that my daughter planned for me. Including treats aplenty.


So the verdict on running a race in the middle of a long run is that it won't make finishing the miles impossible, but you won't get your best performance for the long run or the race. But if it's a race that you are excited about or it's for a good cause (which this one was), go for it.

What do you do to make your ice bath time go faster? Play cards? Make friendship bracelets? 

21 comments:

  1. Awesome, awesome, awesome! :) great job on all 3 runs with a kick ass total of 20! :)) I'm too much of a wuss to do the ice bath, lol.

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  2. Wow, awesome 5K time after just finishing off 16K! <-----that's 10 miles to you Americans! Ha. I usually use the lake for an ice bath but when I have to do it in the tub I read blogs and stuff on my phone.

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    1. I love your conversions! And it always takes me a minute to convert anything other than 5k and 10k. Trail races around here seem to be more keen on measuring in kilometers. Just something interesting I've noticed, and it keeps the old noggin working.

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  3. Wow wow wow I won!!! I've never been this excited at 7am before. Thanks for the blog plug too and for picking a decent photo!!!! I'll send you my address later!

    Congrats on the 20 miles...I ran 12 yesterday and couldn't have run any further at all...you 20 milers are incredible. And I've NEVER had an ice bath...I tend to climb into the hot tub instead.

    YIPPPEEEE again.

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    1. Congrats!

      I went straight from ice to a hot shower. It reminds me of a Russian bath house when I do that. Surely a whole massive nation can't be wrong.

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  4. Congrats on the 5k and long run combo :) I Love the Strawberry Lemonade Nuun...it's what I had during my 5k this morning

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    1. My fingers are super duper crossed that I like it!

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  5. Look at you racking up all those miles and kicking serious ass on a 5k! Wow. You're amazing!! I've never taken an ice bath but I have found I like hot water on my legs after a long run.

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  6. Congratulations on your race time and the long run!

    What a sweet girl to assemble those treats. Kids are awesome.

    I'm trying to wrap my mind around the idea of spending 30 minutes in an ice bath.

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    1. I'm already mourning the fact that my daughter will move out in 9 more years.

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  7. Awesome. I saw the ice in the tub and it made me think about how I used to be able to just sit in cold water but now I have to add ice to the bath because its not cold enough without it. Wow ice baths really work!! Erica
    ericasrunningjourney.blogspot.com

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    1. It's amazing how we build a tolerance for the cold. Hard to do here in the southland!

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  8. Your day sounds like a total win. Great pace for double-digit miles, better-than-expected finish in a tough, Summer 5k, and extra tubtime. I'm extremely happy/jealous about all of this. (90/10)
    My children generally ask when I'll be done hobbling down the stairs, after a long run, to make their lunch. Your daughter sounds like a treasure.
    Congratulations on the whole day. Enjoy your well-deserved rest.

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    1. My three boys are happy to make requests when I'm curled up in a ball on the ground (from pain). :)

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  9. Loved this post. Love that you did a 5k in the midddle of your long run. lol. your too funny and brave. love your microwave cheesburgers in the bath tub too. I don't like the lime flavored Nuun either. it's too salty or something:( I have a race this weekend I think, can't wait, it's been too long! Great time in the 5K BTW!!

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  10. I have cut the ice bath out of my recovery routine. I think I am a non-responder. It did nothing for me in terms of helping my recovery when I was in marathon training last year. But when I was doing the ice thing, music got me through it. Put on the headphones and tune out the pain. After about 5 min, everything is numb and it's all to tha good.

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    1. Funny, I just read an article about not icing today. You should check it out: http://www.mobilitywod.com/2012/08/people-weve-got-to-stop-icing-we-were-wrong-sooo-wrong.html

      Basically it says that icing stops our body's natural response to injury, which isn't good. I still love icing, but it was some good food for thought.

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  11. Awesome job! You rock speedy lady! I usually catch up on blogs, play solitaire on my phone, or tweet while I am in the ice bath. The first minute is torture, but after that I don't feel anything:)

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  12. Oh, the dreaded ice bath! I usually read a trashy magazine (the only time I allow myself to!) to get me through. Although this time of year I pretend that my pool is an ice bath and do some recovery time in there. Not quite as cold as an ice bath, but much more enjoyable and I think it helps just as much.

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