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Shape Up RI Half Marathon Race Recap by Kelli
May 2, 2010, 8:02 pm
Filed under: Half Marathon, Kelli, Races

Hi bloggies!  I hope you had a wonderful Sunday!  Mine was VERY active, to say the least!  This morning I ran the Shape Up RI Half Marathon in Providence, RI.  Its feels crazy to say, but 13.1 miles flew by and I felt great the whole time.  I tried GU for fuel during this race and it worked really well!  Here is a race recap for you…

The day started at 4:30 AM when my alarm went off.  Boo early wake up.  But yay for an early race the cool weather before the sun came out!  I took a quick shower and had a breakfast of a whole wheat bagel, peanut butter, and a banana.  Stephen and I left our apartment at 5:30 and headed for Providence.  It was about an hour and 45 minute drive to the race, and the husband was nice enough to drive me!

Here I am standing in front of the Providence Place Mall.  Seriously, this is the biggest mall I have ever been in!  Huge JCrew, I almost had a clothes-gasm the first time I was in it!

Stretching it out

At the start line ready to go!

The race started and went a little something like this…

Mile 1: 10:49.  Felt great!!  I love race starts!

Mile 2: 11:24.  Slowed myself down a bit, trying not to overdo it from the excitement!

Mile 3: 11:21.  Fell into a nice pace between 11-11:30 minute miles.  Feeling good!

Mile 4: 11:24.  First GU packet consumed at the water stop.  Gagged a bit, but I was pleasantly surprised at how fast it worked and how effective they really are.  This was a point where we were running through a nice park that had a separate walking path.  I saw a woman walking who was almost bald.  Her shirt said “I Beat Cancer.  What have you done this year?” I then realized her hair must have been growing back from chemo treatments.  It was a really powerful message and carried me through the next few miles!

Mile 5: 11:29.  Tick tock on the clock but the party don’t stop… Loving the Kesha album that was playing on my ipod!

Mile 6:11:02.  Hit a great stride/second wind.  Jammin out and talking to all the people around me.  We were going by some beautiful old New England housed at this point too.  A lot of people were out in their yards cheering us on!

Mile 7: 11:04.  Still feeling great, but I could start to see a hill up ahead…

Mile 8: 11:29.  HILL!!!

Mile 9: 11:22.  Recovering from the mile 8 massive hill.  I also consumed my second GU packet at this point and started to feel great again

Mile 10: 11:10.  Your love is my drug… Seriously download this album if you are a runner.  The beat is awesome.

Mile 11: 11:41.  Not sure what happened.  I was chatting with someone, and when I looked at my watch I was surprised at my slower pace.  Oh well!  I made a new friend!

Mile 12: 11:20.  Starting to feel some cramps in my knees.  I took a bag of sport beans from an aid station.

Mile 13: 11:21.  Still so choked up.The last half mile going into the finish line was along the water and was dedicated to Team In Training.  There were posters with survivors pictures, and pictures that were in memory of someone who had passed away from cancer.  I got REALLY choked up at one point and thought I was going to burst into tears.  It really hit me at this point WHY I’m raising money for Team In Training.

Mile 13.1: 1 minute 4 second.

Total Duration: 13.1 Miles.  2 : 28 : 04.  Great race!

Coming down the shoot!

Baby William came to watch me run!

Fueling Up For a Run by Katie
May 2, 2010, 2:52 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Katie, Nutrition, Run, Team in Training

For once, I was prepared for my long run!  Yesterday I bought a water bottle belt with one big bottle and a pocket for snacks.  The water bottle was a good size and the pocket can fit about 4-5 gels and my key.


When my alarm went off I still felt really tired but as usual, the thought of running by myself versus with a group got me up and at ‘em. I had a thick slice of Great Harvest with PB and J and organized my stuff.


So you’ll never believe it but continuous fueling and hydrating really improve my running.  It’s been a struggle through the season to find something that works for me.  I tried 4 different brands of gel and 3 types of gummies, all of which caused digestive grossness. Running is hard enough; a churning stomach is no help.

I finally found the Honey Stinger’s gummies to be okay.  At least, they caused the least amount of stomach aching.  This weekend, I tried the Honey Stinger’s gel, which is basically watered down honey. I prefer the gel stuff to the chews because it is one big gulp and done.  Holding the gummies + chewing while breathing + holding my pace is too much to do at once.



What is your fuel of choice?

Google helped me learn that as a starting point, about 30 g of carbs every 30-40 minutes after the first hour is an average energy intake during long distance running.    I had one Stinger gel at ~5 miles and one at ~9 miles.  I could totally tell when the first one kicked in and made sure to take the next one before I needed it.

I’m going to venture a guess and say that staying hydrated on the run also helped. I used a half tablet of nuun electrolytes since hydration doesn’t just mean water but balanced electrolytes (salt, potassium, etc).  These tablets don’t have added sugar like Gatorade which was fine since I was getting enough from the gel.  The reason for using half a tablet was to prevent stomach cramping from too many electrolytes (Stinger has some electrolytes).  Once it’s hotter outside and I’m dripping sweat, this will be even more important.


Not like it’s rocket science, or something I’d never heard before but seriously- WHAT a difference!  Between the stomach aches and my long-distance sports inexperience, I was all confused about what to eat and when so I went with way too little.  Once you figure out what works for you, it can make all the difference in the world.

How much of a difference you ask?  Enough to run my best long run yet!  Obviously some of this is from training but I’ve never been able to keep such a steady- and fast (for me)- pace.

  • 1st 6.5 miles:  9:23/mile pace @ even splits
  • 2nd 6.5 miles: 9:09/mile pace, negative splits each mile

I’ve never felt better after a long run- I didn’t even nap yesterday!  The 18 mile run really broke me down.  But the last two weeks have helped build me back up and restore my confidence a bit.  I think it was a good lesson in treating my body well and respecting the distance.  Intuitive eating and eating for fuel has taken on so much more meaning with training, but that’s a whole different post!

What has running (or whatever your exercise of choice is) taught you?

Race Day by Kelli
May 2, 2010, 5:06 am
Filed under: Kelli

“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.”

-John Bingham

Running the “Shape Up RI” Half Marathon today in Providence!!  I’ll be back for a recap later!