PicturePhoto Cred: Honolulu Marathon
You guys! It's finally here! The Honolulu Marathon is just a few days away! I can't believe that we signed up for this race in April and now race week is upon us! To say that I'm excited is a huge understatement! 

To add to the excitement, as part of a new project I'm taking on as part of my BibRave Ambassadorship, I got a fancy new GoPro camera in the mail today! I'll be able to share more on that later but I'm super excited it got here just in time to go to Hawaii with  me! 

My Race Plan

PicturePhoto Cred: Honolulu Marathon
Let's be real clear right off the bat people. This race will be warm.  I've said it 100 times already, I am not a hot weather runner. I've been stalking my weather app on my phone and watching the temps in Honolulu for a while now. It. Will. Be. Hot. 

The race starts at 5:00am and we'll be running almost 2 hours before the sun comes up so that is on our side. The course description, according to the website, says "The terrain is level except for short uphill grades around Diamond Head."  So that sounds promising to me.

The Hubbo and I have the plan to run the whole race together. We haven't done that in a while so that will be nice. We also realize that we ran a marathon 3 weeks ago so we plan to take this one at a much more relaxed pace. In fact, being as the Honolulu Marathon has no time limit and race walkers are very welcome, we plan to do a run/walk/run strategy for the whole race. We haven't figured out the exact intervals yet, but we just want to sit back and enjoy the race and the beautiful scenery! So this will definitely NOT be a PR race for us, but we plan to have a good time! 

Packing For A Race and Vacation 3,819 Miles Away

According to Google the distance from Tulsa, OK to Honolulu, HI is 3,819 miles. That is a very long way to go if you forget something! Here's my plan. I will pack all my my race day needs in my carry on. If something happens and my bags get lost, at least I won't to have to buy all new running gear at the Expo. So anything and everything I need for the race will be carried on. The rest of my belongings will be packed in my regular suitcase. 
I may toss a few other important things in  my carry on bag like my swimming stuff and flip flops. That's pretty much all I need the rest of the week, right?

Confession: I'm an over-packer y'all!
It's true! Every. Single. Time. 

If you don't believe me, look at this picture. This is my living room the day before my first out-of-town race.  From the looks of this picture it appears that I would have been gone several days or at least traveled a great distance. Do you want to know where I went for my first out of town race? To Oklahoma City. A measly little 1.5 hours away from Tulsa and for only 1 night! 

The struggle is real y'all! 

You can't see it very well, but in that blue bag on the left side of the picture is my toaster and a loaf of bread. Yes. A freaking toaster!!!! 
Don't worry, since we are flying I won't be packing my toaster this time. But no promises that I won't pack far more outfits than I can possibly wear while we are there! I mean c'mon. You never really know what you are going to do until you are there and you may need 2 outfits a day, right? Ladies back me up on this!

Fun Facts About The Honolulu Marathon

Picture2013 Finisher Medal Photo Cred: Honolulu Marathon
  • The race starts at 5:00 am
  • The race is kicked of by a Fireworks display!
  • It is the 3rd largest race in the US
  • Over 30,000 runners participate each year
  • There is no registration cut-off
  • There is no time limit
  • This race is only a full marathon or 10K race day walk
  • The Elite 1st place winner gets $40,000!
  • The men's course record is 2:11:12 set in 2004 by a Kenyan
  • The women's course record is 2:27:19 set in 2006 by a Russian

Question! What is your favorite Racation destination you've been to or want to go to?

We all know that I'm Not That Kind Of Runner who freaks out over the idea of taking an extra rest day. In fact, extra rest days are welcome to show up at the RunGingerRun house anytime they want! 

Right now I'm tapering for my next marathon. Before you roll your eyes about this being a post about a runner going crazy on the taper. It's not. It's, in fact, the opposite. I'm not going crazy that I'm running less. I'm enjoying it a little too much! Now that the long runs are all in the books, I'm ready to fully relax. I want to let go of my diet and eat pizza and have Dr. Pepper (my weakness) for dinner every night! But I know if I start doing that a few days away from my next marathon, the Route 66, it certainly won't help me get the shiny new PR I've been dreaming about for over 18 months! 

The Hubbo and I managed to run our scheduled 3 times this week and our 4th run of the week is tomorrow morning. While I'm looking forward to our last 8 mile run with our training group, the 3 runs we had this week were brutal! Not only did the weather here in Oklahoma snap from 70* on Monday to the low to mid 30s Tuesday and the rest of the week, but it also gets dark at 5:00pm now and even our 4 mile tempo runs felt hard.  

Anyway, I'm worried that with this attitude of extreme desire to be completely lazy that I will hurt my chances of a PR at the Route 66 Marathon. 

A good omen though is that the extended forecast for the weather are looking good, so I'm excited about that! Temps in the low 40s and climbing to the mid 50s throughout the day. Perfect running weather for this Ginger! 

I'm glad the weather is looking good because I have a very ambitious goal laid out for myself. My previous marathon PR is here at Route 66 doing the extra .3 mile Center of the Universe Detour in a time of 5:16. This year I want to do the same distance, 26.5 miles, in:
A: Finish close to 4:45 
B: Finish under 5 Hours
C: Just PR 
D: Just finish! 

I know that seems like a lofty goal for myself and I agree. But there are a few factors that make me think I can come close to my "A" goal.
1. I've never ran a marathon pain free from Plantar Fasciitus and this will be my first attempt.
2. I've been training with a running group and based on our paces 4:45 should be attainable.
3. I'm going to sign up for a pace group at the Expo to avoid going out too fast in the first half.

In other news, Bart Yasso is coming to the Expo at Route 66 and I totally want to meet him and get a picture with him. I tweeted him and told him my plan and he agreed so if I get arrested on stalking charges someone come bail me out and be sure to have Twitter pulled up! :) 

I'm just curious, am I alone here? Have you ever hit the taper and then lost all motivation to keep up your training for your race? 

PictureSpeed Work + August Heat = 1 Tired Ginger!
Hi Running Buddies!

How has your summer been? Or really, where did the summer go? It's hard to believe that it's already mid August and I'm already starting week 7 of my marathon training program today. It's been a while since I've posted a training update and last week was a really good week so I wanted to share it with you.

Monday - 30 Minute Boot Camp Class + 5 Mile Run
Tuesday - 30 Minute Boot Camp Class + 4 Mile Run
Wednesday - 30 Minute Boot Camp Class 
Thursday - 3.5 Mile Run - Hills
Friday - Rest Day
Saturday - 12.3 Mile Run @Base Pace
Sunday - Rest Day

Summary: I ran about 25 miles and was able to cross train 3 times last week and have 2 full rest days. You all know how I feel about rest days! :) If you don't, you can read it here.

Goals for this week: Be better about foam rolling and trigger point ball massage/rolling for my feet, calf muscles, as well as my IT band and start breaking in my next pair of running shoes. 
I'm really focusing hard on not going back to the chiropractor unless I just absolutely have to!
I'd rather save my cash to spend when we are in Hawaii for the Honolulu Marathon!

Thanks to my pals at Bibrave.com you can save some cash (save 15%) on an entry fee to the Honolulu Marathon to by using this code: Bibrave15
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Question! How many days a week do your cross train? How many days a week do you run?