September, after finishing IM Wisconsin, I decided that I needed a goal. I needed to have a race goal…If I don’t have race goals, I become lazy during the winter time and I get out of shape fairly quickly. In fact, since 2005, I haven’t done much training in the winter months. I really hate the winter….It is just so hard to get motivated when it’s cold. I really pay for it January 1st. While it takes me no time at all to get out of shape, it takes me a long time to get back into shape. I don’t seem to mind getting out of shape, however, getting back into shape really sucks. So this year, I decided that I need to start training again in November, which is a full two months earlier than last year. I had a full 7 weeks off from any formal training after Wisconsin. And I really enjoyed being in Hawaii with ML in October, exercising only when I wanted to. However, my drop dead date was November 1st. I’ve been doing pretty well with the help of Super Cliff. Don’t get me wrong, some days it’s shitty out there and I don’t feel like doing anything. However, I seem to be a slave to the schedule. I love having a schedule. And I just do the workouts, even though I sometimes hate it.
**Sam has a famous Muhammad Ali quote on her fridge: “I hated every minute of training, but I said, Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” I just love this quote…It’s so true!

Way back in September, after hiring Super Coach, I signed up ML and I for a half marathon with the promise to ML that I wouldn’t back out. (Sometimes I back out of run races if I don’t feel ready or fast enough to compete…). Plus, the race cost is 70 dollars…OUCH! And there isn’t any prize money…
However, I stayed true to my promise, despite not feeling fit enough to race, however, ML backed out…hehe. He tested himself a few times while running with me during track sessions. And I have to admit, it was a good idea that he decided not to race. 13 miles is a distance that should be respected. And you have to train for it at least a few weeks in advance (even if you have a huge base) or you may risk getting injured…

Ok…So back to the race report…

ML and I arrived on time (YES!), 45 minutes before the 7am start. I got a nice warm-up in and I was lucky to release all of the crap in my body that had been pent up for two days…YIKES…Yes, i had another back up episode. I think I went three times in which it was full load. Ugh. In fact, I went again after the race. I was REALLY BACKED up…I hate it that I am this way…My farts were so toxic the day before…YIKES! Poor ML….
Ok…back to the race…
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Before the start of the race, ML tried to give me race instructions. As always, I ignored him. I knew what I was going to do. I knew what sort of fitness I was in and I planned on following my own race plan…just fucking run. I did my plan to a “t” and the race was pretty solid. Each mile was fairly consistent.

So yes,the race…let’s see….
Knowing where my fitness is, I thought that I would run a 1:21. I ended up running 1:22. I was happy with that. I was only a minute off of what I thought I was capable of doing at this point in my fitness. And, I ran solid. This is just where I am right now.

Cliff and I are in the midst figuring out my season right now. ML and I were hoping to race Pucon in January, but it may not be in the cards for us in 2009. After we figure out our winter training plans, the race plans will follow!

Ok…ML did some video of the race. Make sure you look at his blog in the next day or so to check it out. Parts of it are really funny;).