2015 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 231.38
(Run/Walked = 161.13, Biked = 68.3, Elliptical = 1.95)

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Monday, June 22, 2015

2015 New Year's Day 5K

On the morning of January 1st I headed over to the ramadas by the Phoenix Zoo for the 2015 New Year's Day 5K.  This was the sixth time I've participated in this event.  Since I was in Florida for the previous two years I was excited to see if the event had grown, the course has changed, or if I'd still enjoy the event.

It was a chilly morning, around 36 degrees.  Thankfully I was dressed for the weather as I had a little time to stand around before the race started.  I got my bib and t-shirt and then just walked around for a little bit to stay warm.

This is a small race.  There are no corrals, there is no hype, it's just the energy of the runners as they get ready to go.  As I stood there watching people start gathering around the start, I was trying to decide what I wanted out of this race.  Did I want to do intervals, did I want to walk, should I run?  Honestly, I couldn't make a decision.  I decided to wing it and just see what happened.

The announcer started us off and away we went.  I started off at a light jog.  I was feeling good, my left heel wasn't bothering me, so I decided to see how long I could keep up a light jog.  

I felt like I was creeping, but I felt good so as I hit mile one I kept running...then came the turn around and I was still running...mile two and still running...mile three and still running...all the way to the finish.

The time on the clock is just over 40 minutes.  That can't be right, I felt so slow.  After I walked around for a little bit I decided to check my Garmin.  What a surprise it was to see that I really did finish in a decent time - 40:21 and I ran the whole time.

What a great way to start the new year.  If you're ever around the Phoenix area on New Year's this is a great little race to get your year off to a good start!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

2014 Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon

I would love to tell you all about this course, but I can't. Honestly, it just blew me away...no seriously, it was so windy that I was completely messed up the whole time. After being soaked in Florida the week before we came out to California and stepped in to blow dryer. The mile markers were blown over - that really messed with me as I was inconsistent with my fueling and it took a toll on me as I was never sure where I was in the course. The wind was so bad that you'd be running and literally get pushed over to the side. Then there was the blowing dirt and sand that pelted you like it was coming from a sand blaster and man did it hurt. We can't forget that the course was full of runners in costumes and a lot of those costumes had capes and those capes were whipping around and hitting everyone they went by.

I have to say that of the Disneyland courses - this was by far my least favorite. If the conditions would have been better, I might have enjoyed it more, but I just didn't like the route we took. I thought there were more narrow areas in this course than there should have been and it made for some really crowded spots. We were by the dry river bed a lot of the time which didn't help with the blowing wind conditions, but I also just found it a little bit boring.

There was one cool stretch full of cosplayers all decked out in their super hero finest and some of them were pretty amazing. I wanted to take pictures, but with the wind it was enough for me to concentrate on trying to not fall over.

One other cool area as long line of service members cheering the runners on - it was really inspiring to see them all out there. This was also right after the water stop that was completely torn down because it blew over in the wind...but it wasn't the first water stop on the course that was having trouble with the wind.

There was a spot for Avengers at the finish line, but there weren't any out when I came through which was sort of a letdown.

I still wouldn't hesitate to do the race again and now that they have the 10K and Infinity Challenge I have a feeling the races will be better this year as they have had more time to plan and get feedback from the first year.

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2014 Avengers Half Bib
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Official Event Guide
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Participant Long Sleeve Tech Shirt
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Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend t-shirt
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Car Magnet
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Commemorative Necklace
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Commemorative Pin
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Commemorative Medal Pin
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Bondi Band
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Coast to Coast Wristband
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Took this after the 5K and I'm glad I did because most of it was taken down due to the wind by the time I was done with the Half
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The mostly empty corrals
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The corral has filled up behind me...it's hard to see how many people because they stretched back behind me as far as I could see
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Walking to the start line
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Rudy and the sign language interpreter
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Rudy on the big screen
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Start Sign
I make no guarantees that these pictures are in the order the course was run, but they should be close.
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Cars Land in the pre-dawn
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Walking along California Adventure and the sun is just rising behind us
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This picture cracks me up - it seriously looks like I stopped and stood still for this photo, but I promise I was walking along
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I have no idea if I saw any of these guys out there, but it was a highlight photo so I figured I'd include it for your viewing pleasure
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I look like I'm about to die, but I don't think I felt that way until much later in the race
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Look at the pretty castle back there
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The castle is all decked out for the holidays
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The end is near
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Got to love it when people rock their costumes!
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For those of you that aren't familiar with the back of the pack - here's the kind of crowding that can occur and this is at the finish line
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It's all about the bling
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And more bling - and I don't mean my hair tiara. If you didn't believe me about the wind, I think this picture describes it really well. In fact, when I was done all of the official finisher photo backdrops had been taken down. As I was walking out, the stage area had been torn down, the awards ceremony was cancelled and they moved the family reunion area because of the wind. It was a crazy weather day for sure, but I was glad to be done.
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2014 Inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Medal
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Close up of the medal
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The lanyard
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2014 Coast to Coast Medal
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Close up of Coast to Coast Medal
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Coast to Coast Lanyard

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