Post Race Sneak Peek

My Dad, Me, My Brother Michael

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, I had to be a real adult and go to work today so while I’m compressing in my cubicle, eating my entire lunch before 11am and wishing I was home blogging all about my first marathon experience – here is a picture of all of us after our first marathon. My Dad finished in 5:12, me in 4:49 and Michael (I am not even sure he actually trained for this) in 3:17 (????) (#crazykid).

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I Did It!

First marathon – 4:59:35. I ‘m already looking forward to beating that next year. Complete recap up tomorrow, but for now I plan on eating, hydrating, and not moving for 12 hours at least.

Great job to everyone else who ran! Especially all the Ragnar Girls that were there – you have no idea how much you all inspire me to keep working harder and getting faster. Thank you for all your encouragement!

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The Night Before: O2O

Excuse me while I freak the eff out. It’s the night before my first marathon, I’m sort of doubting myself, I keep thinking my knees hurt, and I’m worried about everything from Porta Potties to when to take gels to which socks to wear ( compression or no?).

But most of all

I’m really freaking excited.

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(Drinks weren’t consumed today – but I might be thinking about one of those bad boys as soon as I hit that finish line).

I can’t wait to post an update tomorrow, but in the meantime – good luck to everyone else running O2O (sarah, nicole, madison, cha cha who is running as the volunteer 4:25 pacer)!!

Marathon #1 – Let’s Do This.

 

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Nice to See You Again

I should just change my middle name from Lynne to Slacker. Or Procrastinator. Or maybe I should just stop immediately logging on to Pinterest every time I turn on my computer and actually blog for once. I can’t help it though. How can I resist pinning wonderful pieces of magic like this:

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Or this:

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Or, better yet, THIS:

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Luckily, I also like to do this almost as much as I love sweets.

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And I’ve been doing a good amount of running in preparation for this:

In just under 3 weeks I’ll be taking on my first 26.2. I feel like I should be more nervous than I am right now, but I’m sure the nerves will sink in sometime the weekend before while I’m relaxing by a pool in Vegas during taper week and mentally freaking out that I should be running instead.

On Saturday I ran my longest run to date – 15.5 miles:

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My plan was to run 18 miles and I honestly could have done 2.5 more but our town is deceivingly small and I needed to run the same loop twice to get in the mileage. Little did I know there would be a massive street fair happening halfway through my second loop. The good news was I was able to pick up free water and a free berry smoothie for some refueling, but it also made it difficult to keep running so I cut it a little short. I probably got in the last 2.5 walking around the mall later anyways.

I held a steady 10:41 pace through the 15.5 which is actually less than the 11:10 pace that my training plan had me running. I even ran the first 13.1 in 2:17 – a minute faster than my first half and 2 minutes faster than the Agoura Half!

Today’s plan is 4-5 miles with Jason after work. Running with him has been great because it forces me to keep a pace around 8:50-9:10. Running with him has also been terrible because it forces me to keep a pace around 8:50-9:10. Seriously. 1 or 2 or even 3 miles at that is fine, but when I start hitting that 5+ mile range I basically feel like my legs are going to fall off. It really is great though because it takes all the mental work away from me and I just follow him and try to catch up. I can already tell I’m getting stronger and faster and maybe if he really gets into running with me there will be a sub-2 half in our future.

Well I’m off to another day of listening to “90s Hits of the Summer” Pandora while sadly staring out the office window at the hills blocking my view of the beach I’d rather be at today. Seriously, Summer at my job is torture. We’re not even 20 minutes down the road to Malibu and nothing makes me happier than lounging at the beach with a good Young Adult Fiction book and Venti Iced Green Tea. Boo to being responsible.

Anyone else racing Ojai2Ocean?

I know this girl, this girl and this girl will be there looking to score some big PRs so send them some good luck vibes!

Any tips/advice/warnings for my first marathon?

Got any fun vacations planned?

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I Guess it’s Time for a Real Recap

I’ve been slacking in the blogging/Ragnar recapping department this week so I figured it was finally time for me to get on that. All the fun pictures and excitement from last weekend can be found here, but now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty and not-always-pretty details (I’m so clever, huh?).

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After meeting up with the rest of Van 2 around 7AM, we headed to the first major exchange to await Madison. It was already really warm out when Ashley headed out for her first leg – 8.8 miles. She wasn’t feeling great thanks to the heat, but she knocked out that leg like a total Rockstar before handing off to Linzay.

Linzay was a total champ, covering one of the hilliest legs of the race and it was just about noon when she handed off to me in Corona. By the time I took off on my first leg of 4.9 miles, it was close to 90*. In any other situation, 4.9 miles would be a breeze that I could easily knock out at a 9:30-9:45 pace, but this was far from my normal comfort zone of running in 60-70* weather.

I immediately felt the effects of the heat combined with my lack of actually fueling for this run. I guess half a Krispy Kreme donut and a banana don’t exactly work as well as my normal PB-Toast breakfast. But it was tasty.  My first leg ended up being a sad, slow 11:55 pace for 4.9 miles. I was taking in lots of Nuun but it was so hard to keep drinking as my bottle was downright hot, and hot Strawberry Lemonade doesn’t taste fantastic when you’re running in 90* temps. I felt dizzy and my face was cold which I knew was not a good sign. I also felt SO defeated because I know I am so much better than such a slow (for me) pace. It didn’t help that I got stuck at two horrible stoplights, including one that was almost 4 minutes! The other runners and I were sharing water and spray bottles and it was so great how everyone was working to lift each other’s spirits. I ended up running the last mile and a half with a girl in a tie-dye shirt from Chino Hills but I totally forgot to get her name. She was so nice for sharing her water though!

I initially thought I ‘d be running my second leg around midnight, but because of Satan’s Death Legs from Hell (aka all the legs through the boiling hot Inland Empire) we ended up a couple hours behind and I set off for leg 2 at 2:00AM all decked out in my stylish reflective vest, headlamp, reflective BIC Band, some killer knuckle lights (which really made the run way more fun) and about 30 glow sticks.

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This leg went MUCH better. Let me just tell you that running through San Marcos at 2:00AM while strange dogs are barking in the yards around you keeps you VERY motivated to stay as close as possible to the person in front of you.

3.8 miles in 36 minutes. Much more my style.

Luckily, after Elisabeth finished her 2nd leg we had a few hours to get a little sleep. Ashley and Phil live just a couple miles from the final major exchange so they were amazing and let all of us crash their apartment and get a couple hours of rest before we had to be up and running at 8AM. They also let us all use the shower which felt AMAZING after running and sweating and sitting in a van all day. Best shower ever.

I set out for my final leg of 11.1 miles at noon on Saturday and that’s where things went all kinds of wrong. The first 4 miles were ok. I had to stop to pee and my legs were sore and my body felt exhausted but I held a steady 10:30 pace despite the stop and the headwind for the first 3 miles. At mile 5 I saw my team waiting for me, but little did I know I also had the biggest beast of a hill ahead as well. Sharon was amazing and paced me up half the hill and basically talked me down from the “I hate this and I hate myself for doing this” ledge. If it weren’t for her I probably would still be curled up in the fetal position at the bottom of that mountain.

The second half of the hill was… interesting… Basically this was my view for half a mile:

Those would be Ragnar temporary tattoos on his cheeks. Yep. Half a mile. Uphill. Staring at THAT.

I finally made it to the glorious downhill and I was tired but trucking along just fine. I did start to notice that I hadn’t seen any Ragnar signs in a while but I was following closely behind Man-Thong and tons of other runners so I really didn’t think too much of it.

Around miles 8 is where the fun really started. A bunch of runners I had been following about 1/4 a mile behind all of a sudden came running back toward the rest of us yelling that we’d gone over 2 miles out the wrong way. Commence mental breakdown. I was so sore and so tired and so beat up over that damn hill that I just couldn’t hold myself together. I called my team practically in hysterics and told them what happened. Luckily, they swung by and picked me up, fed me some water and goldfish, and got me back to the road where I should have been.

By this point I was verging on tears. I really felt like I’d let them down and I felt HORRIBLE. But they put me backed together and Ashley was the sweetest thing ever and busted out the final 3 miles with me. She pushed bums out of the way, yelled at moms with strollers to move, and pretty much paved the way for me to survive those last few miles. Champ.

13.13 miles – 10:45 pace. Eh.

I was so relieved to hand the wristband off to Erica at that point. She rocked her final leg and Elisabeth held strong to bring us home to the finish line. It was such an amazing feeling to be done! Driving home was exhausting but coming home to my sweet boyfriend with champagne and flowers was so worth it. I definitely broke down a couple times during the week (after plugging in my Garmin and seeing some pretty dismal numbers), but I wouldn’t trade the experience for ANYTHING. We all ran in the heat, we all hit horrible hills and we all had to pull through and tough it out. I am so inspired by the performance of my teammates and I’m working even harder to become a stronger runner so that one day when I do another Ragnar I can feel as proud of all my legs as I did of my 2nd leg this time.

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Seriously how cute are we? That’s after 41 hours awake and only 3 hours asleep BTW.

So in an effort to become a stronger, faster runner I’ve recruited a new running buddy that pushes me a little more:

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We had 2 great runs last week and I think if I keep running with him I can be busting out some consistent sub-9 paces on the reg Winking smile

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No more double-digit mile paces for this girl. Time to get fast. Pinky-proms.

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The Best 203.5 Miles Ever

Holy smokes. I can’t even begin to describe how incredible-amazing-fun-awesome-exhausting-exhilarating-rewarding this weekend was. Ragnar was without a doubt the best experience of my runlife so far.

Since words really can’t do it justice I am just going to let the pictures speak for themselves right now and I’ll get some real recaps up soon. Enjoy!

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So Much Cooler Online – Van 2 (That’s the molecular formula for caffeine!)

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So much tweeting took place this weekend!

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This may be one of the only times you will see 6 girls fit all their weekend outfits into just 6 backpacks.

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Some love for our sponsors – Nuun kept us hydrated in the 110* heat index through the IE and PROCompression and Aspaeris seriously saved our butts (and legs, calves and hips). Huge thanks to BIC Bands for keeping our hair in check, and Running Skirts and Run Pretty Far for keeping us looking cute even when we were sweaty, tired and hadn’t showered in 2 days.

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Cheering on the runners while Ashley takes on her first 8.8 mile leg in the INSANE heat. This was only 10AM and already over 80*!

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Ashley downing the water we brought her – she was a champ on this leg! She was feeling sick from the heat and still managed to bust her butt and run hard.

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Sharon, Me, Ashley, Linzay and Elisabeth posing and looking purdy in our Run Pretty Far tanks while Erica tackles her first leg.

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One of the many odd signs in Corona.

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Just a little foam-rolling and thunder-sticking out on the sidewalk. NBD.

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Rocking my reflective safety vest and BIC Band (and a few – or 20 – glow bracelets) for my night leg. I ran 3.8 miles in 36 minutes at 2:00AM! (in my exhaustion-induced haze I accidentally wrote 4.8 miles – um I wish! Maybe one day I’ll run that fast!)

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#SMCOL Van 2 with our driver/map-reader/hydration-expert – Ashley’s BF Phil.

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Porto lines! A kind lady shared some TP with me and Linzay because they were all out by 8AM on Saturday.

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A seagull with a whole bagel in his mouth.

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Ready to run our final legs of the race after being up for more than 24 hours.

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Our home for 35 hours of running.

I cannot say it enough – this experience was INCREDIBLE. I wish I had more pictures of the girls in Van 1 but I was lucky I could even find my camera half the time in the van – let alone remember to bring it to the major exchanges where we saw them. I’ll link to everyone’s blog again at the end of the post so you can read their recaps and see their pictures. Our team came in 16th out of 35 finishing teams in our division with a total time of just 35 hours 6 minutes and 22 seconds (10:21 average pace). Our ULTRA Team came in first! They ran the whole thing (just the 6 of them) in just around 29 hours – these girls are MACHINES!

Van 1
Runner 1: Shannon@hungrygazelle
Runner 2: Becka @squirrelgirl44
Runner 3: Heather @hmgiraffy
Runner 4: Julie @julie16750
Runner 5: Sandy @bicbands
Runner 6: Madison @Borntorun77
Van 2
Runner 7: Ashley @prettyfittie
Runner 8: Linzay @brokerunner
Runner 9: Me! @GTR_Danica
Runner 10: Erica @cajun_runner
Runner 11: Sharon
Runner 12: Elisabeth@ewallerscott

Ultra
SkinnyRunner @skinnyrunnerSR
SarahOUAL @SarahOUaL
HauteRunningMama @hauterunningmama
Margot @FasterBunny
Chiara @lil_yogini
Pam

On another note – my good friend Andrew also ran with the team Zombiebait so I was able to hang out with his adorable girlfriend Carolyn and his cousin Lisa and see him cross the finish (another running addict was born).

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We were able to catch up a bit at the night exchange and snapped this picture as proof to our parents that we were still standing (my Mom was convinced I would be found curled up in the fetal position somewhere crying like a baby I think – Love you Mom!).

Sharon and I finally made it home around 11:30 on Saturday after 41 hours of being awake with only 3 hours of minimal sleep. I walked in the door to see this:

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Along with a flute of my favorite TJ’s almond champagne. Is my boyfriend the best or what?

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I love him so much! I’ve never been so happy to see him!

I’ll have some detailed recaps up soon for all of my legs and funny stories (spoiler alert – man running – in. a. thong.)

THANK YOU SMCOL FOR ONE OF THE BEST WEEKENDS EVER!!! I LOVE RUNNING! I am annoying Jason with all my I LOVE RUNNING RUNNING IS THE BEST RUN RUN RUN talk but it’s true. I love it!

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It’s Ragnar Time!!

After many, many months of planning, emails, facebook groups, sponsor-seeking and list-making – IT’S FINALLY RAGNAR RELAY WEEKEND!

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I spent the last 2 days packing and repacking until I finally felt satisfied that I had enough without having too much.

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My outfit for each leg (4.9 mi, 3.8 mi, 11.1 mi) is carefully stashed in a Ziploc bag so I can easily toss the sweaty clothes back in a bag and grab my whole next outfit out of a new bag without frantically having to search through the van for another sock or sports bra.

Tonight I’ll be roadtripping down to Orange County with our newest team member Sharon, who was a total lifesaver and joined when we had a last minute opening! And, in less than 24 hours, our So Much Cooler Online 12-man team will be off and running! The Ultra Team has a slightly later start so all of us in van 2 will be meeting up with them Friday morning to decorate the vans.

If anyone wants to follow along (and possibly win some cool giveaways along the route) follow us on Twitter:

#SMCOL

Or:

Van 1
Runner 1: Shannon@hungrygazelle
Runner 2: Becka @squirrelgirl44
Runner 3: Heather @hmgiraffy
Runner 4: Julie @julie16750
Runner 5: Sandy @bicbands
Runner 6: Madison @Borntorun77
Van 2
Runner 7: Ashley @prettyfittie
Runner 8: Linzay @brokerunner
Runner 9: Me! @GTR_Danica
Runner 10: Erica @cajun_runner
Runner 11: Sharon
Runner 12: Elisabeth @ewallerscott

Ultra
SkinnyRunner @skinnyrunnerSR
SarahOUAL @SarahOUaL
HauteRunningMama @hauterunningmama
Margot @FasterBunny
Chiara @lil_yogini
Pam

(Big thanks to Heather for putting together this Twitter list!)

Some more huge THANK YOUs to our sponsors for preventing us from becoming dehydrated or having to run naked:

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RunningSkirts
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BIC Bands

Run Pretty Far (Wait until you see the tanks we’ll be rocking – too cute!)
Hydrated by:
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Nuun
Compressed by:
Aspaeris Pivot Shorts
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Pro Compression Socks
And fueled by:
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GU

And a final GIGANTIC thanks to our 3 (male – poor boys) drivers and our AWESOME volunteers – you guys ROCK!

Holy crap this is really happening. 18 girls, 3 vans, 203.5 miles. This is going to be fun. Or crazy. Or insane. But probably all three.

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