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Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Race Report

Rewind time to October 2017.  I just finished the Loony Challenge and completed the 10 mile portion of the race when I uttered the words “This is my last race ever”.  It wasn’t 2 hours later and my evil and awesome friends had different plans for me.  The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth was having an open registration for the first time ever!  Which meant no random lottery to select participants.  This race has historically been one of the hardest races I have tried to get into.  I have been rejected several times because my name was never randomly drawn.  As appealing as it was to jump on board, I still was not sold.  Meanwhile, my friends were all ready to hit the confirm payment button and they were bullying urging me to sign up with them.

I knew I would not have ample time to train.  Committing to extra scheduling during hockey season is just plain stupid.  Plus I really hate running on the snow and ice.  I also knew that this race would fill up in a matter of minutes so I had to make a quick decision.  Knowing myself, I would feel really bad if my friends were all doing the race and I wasn’t.  So I caved to my bully friends and signed up.

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Eight months later, I found myself toeing the line of the half marathon start.  I felt sick for what was about to happen.  I quite literally had to find my running shoes that had not been worn since October and I had to buy a new charger for my Garmin that was stashed in a drawer.  In other words, I did not run one single mile to prepare for this race.  It was going to be PAINFUL.  The gun went off and I started to move.

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Pre-Race Selfie with the crew and a photo bomber!

Miles 1-8:  I actually felt okay.  I ran the first half mile then when 2 minutes of running and one minute of walking…unless there was an uphill (there were a few) or if there was a water stop (lots of them too).  I even ran into a few people I knew on the course after my friends left me in the dust.

Miles 9-11:  My back and my legs started cramping.  My foot starting feeling pain and I cursed the fact I was wearing 3 year old shoes that died a long time ago.  I cursed myself for signing up.  I cursed myself for not training.  I really was praying for the race to be over.  I knew quitting wasn’t an option because I would never live it down from my husband.  I didn’t want to hear the words “I told you so” come out of his smug mouth.

Miles 12-13:  I was too far in to drop out even though I was completely over the run.  The route that I knew from past experience was redirected into the bowels of Duluth.  It was a steep downhill on concrete with a steep uphill to get out of it.  My finish line song came on prematurely and I chose to keep hitting the back button so I would have it handy when I crossed that finish line.  In case you are wondering, my finish line song is American Bad Ass by Kid Rock.

Final .1 Mile:  I truly gave it all I had.  I had nothing more and crossed the finish line on jelly legs, sore foot/ankle, and every muscle in my body screaming and seizing up on me.  I finished the race to the lyrics of American Badass “I know it stinks in here, because I’m the shit”.  I could not agree more!  The moment I stepped on the final timing sensor, I saw a text come through on my watch from my husband congratulating me.

Final time:  3:01:45.  Not my worst and it was far from my best.

What did I learn from this experience:

  •  You CAN run a half marathon with zero training.
  • I do NOT recommend running a half marathon with zero training.  Respect the distance, respect your body.
  • Marathon photographers really get flattering photos.  These photos are both horrifying and hilarious.

 

 

I would like to say this is my last race but it was so much miserable fun that I know I will do it again.  I will leave with my famous last words…

“Next time, I WILL train”

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June Goals

I have started 43 different blog posts since my last one in MARCH and have not finished ONE of them!!  I was hoping to have a little consistency with my writing but sometimes life and the real job that pays me tells me my priorities are a bit different.

I miss my blogging days when I used to write my blog titled Chubby Chicks Run Too. I really would like to get back into some consistency.  There is something about writing about your life and posting it for the world to read that keep things honest and provides a little accountability.  Even if no one reads it, my words are still out there!

In order to get back to the space of accountability and honesty, I have listed my June goals below.junegoals

Fitness:

I will go to my boot camp class 14 times.  The class count would be higher for the month but we are out of town several days in June.  This class is more than just a calorie burn, it is my 5:30AM therapy session with a great group of people.  Last month I needed to get into the habit of getting up at before the birds and while that part wasn’t fun, the interactions with this group was worth every minute.  We laugh, we bitch, we smack talk and then we go about our day while the world is still sleeping.  Getting up at this time is still very much a challenge for me because I never feel like I am getting enough sleep and I use it as an excuse not to go.

Half Marathon:

I will complete the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon despite not running a single mile since the last October.  I have this really bad practice of signing up for long races and then never training for them.  I always finish and it is always painful.  The sad part is that I never learn my lesson and do it again with the intent to train but the cycle continues.  I am not proud of my finishing times but I am proud of my mental resolve to get me though.   I am going conquer the course by running the first mile if I can (slowly) then transition to a run/walk interval that has not been determined yet.

Gluten Free:

This should be a no brainer for me since I am allergic to wheat and my doctor told me “Do NOT eat Gluten”.  I don’t have a problem with this plan until someone brings donuts or I am confronted with a juicy burger on a soft real bun or I am really craving a cold beer on a hot day.  They are my kryptonite and I have zero self control despite the painful and sometimes embarrassing consequences.  My plan is to just not eat it.

So there they are, my goals for June out in the in the world and my first blog post in a very long time.

 

 

 

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Weekend Wrap-Up

It was a pretty chill weekend in our house.  It was one of those weekends rarely comes around where there isn’t much on the calendar.  Friday night, I got my hair cut.  Saturday, my daughter had hockey practice.  Sunday, I didn’t get out of my sweat pants.  It was the perfect weekend to attack my very long and neglected to-do list. What I should have done and what I actually did were on opposite ends of the spectrum.  While I wasn’t a complete sloth, my to-do list was still pretty neglected.

 

I did take manage to take advantage of a nice MN Spring day and go for a run with my daughter.  I am using the term run very loosely.  It was more of a 3 mile walk with 5 bursts of running.  Let me define “bursts of running”, it was a minute or two of slow, pain full running.  It was tough.  This body has gotten big over the last few years and moving it requires a lot of effort.  I survived but it kicked my butt.  Evidently, I am too slow for my daughter.  She took off without me.

I have some big plans this spring and summer that is going to require me to dust off the running shoes.  My motivation is starting to come back as the snow goes away.  I may have to keep bringing my daughter because she was a good coach.

One thing I didn’t do and I am now regretting it is playing hockey.  Our team won the state championship!!!  I marked myself as unavailable since we had kid commitments.  But when the calendar cleared, I never changed to be available as I thought it might be nice not to be over-scheduled.  I think I still made the right choice, but I sure missed playing and so wish I could have celebrated with the team.  I vowed that next year I will be a full-time player again.

Even though I didn’t get much done it was still I good weekend chill.  I am not sure when I’ll get the opportunity to laze around again for awhile!

 

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My Hockey

My kids aren’t the only ones that get to have fun on the ice, I also play ice hockey on a women’s team.  This is my 3rd season with a team of awesome ladies and we play for WHAM (Fun fact:  The Women’s Hockey Association of Minnesota is the largest women’s hockey only league in the World!).  I did not grow up playing and started in my 40’s with some girlfriends doing an into to hockey class.  What looked like a midlife crisis in the in making actually turned into a fun hobby.

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The unfortunate part of playing adult hockey and having 3 kids that also play makes my hockey schedule last in the pecking order.  This year, I played more as a sub and jumped in when I had the opportunity (which was almost never).  I was finally able to hit the ice a couple time in the past week after not lacing up the skates since October.  It was fantastic and I was reminded how much I love playing.  I didn’t realize I missed it so much!

A Few Thoughts…

  1.  I am WICKED out of shape!  The huffing, the puffing, and the sweating…and that was just putting my gear on.  The skating is no joke!  It looks easy but it is some “gargle your heart” cardio.  I just about cried when I played a game with only 9 skaters.  The every other shift business just about killed me.
  2. I look like a big red Grimace in my hockey gear.  GAH!  Hockey gear is not supposed to be slimming but I still don’t want to look like a house.
  3. I am not as fast as I think I am.  I was catching wind and my jersey was fluttering as I glided on the ice.  I felt pretty speedy!  My daughter captured a few videos of me skating and I thought they were in slow motion.  Nope.  Just my normal skating.  It is a humbling sport.
  4. Getting a goal is one of the best feelings ever!  I don’t get goals often, but when I do, I so wish I could do the celly on one knee like the pros!  I don’t do it because I would not be able to get back up.IMG_5382.jpg

     

    The regular season is coming to a close just as I am able to start playing.  Go figure.  Thankfully, there will be a spring league where I can get in a few games!

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Winter Storm Warning

As I scroll through my Facebook and Instagram accounts I see some of my friends frolicking in the sun and surf getting away from our tundra.  I see other friends that live in the South wearing shorts and flip flops.  I am sending these people a silent salute with my middle figure because I we are getting dumped on with snow today.

It is still very much Winter here in Minnesota.  We are predicted to accumulate 5-7″.  It is not big storm, but enough to make things good and messy.  At least the temps tend to be a bit warmer this time of year so the kids can go out and play in it.

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Warmer or not, I am over Winter.  The Holidays are done, hockey seasons are coming to an end, and the Spring collections are out in the stores.  In this neck of the woods, we are still bundled up in our parkas stomping around in our heavy boots (and will be for at least another month).   I really yearn for green grass and leaves on the trees.  It seems like a long, long way away.

I do have to say I am pretty impressed that I am prepared for this line of weather.  I hit up the stores last night to get my winter storm essentials.  I got there before the crazy rush and got just left with the important things (booze, TP, and snacks).   I have a set Winter Storm Checklist that I follow in case of inclement weather to ensure we ride out the conditions with some level of comfort.  One can never be too prepared.

Carly’s Winter Storm Checklist

  • Beer, wine, liquor, and assorted drink mixers  (a MUST for being stuck inside, and yes it is NUMERO UNO on the list)
  • Ice for cocktails
  • Snowstorm Nutrition:  Doritos, Top the Tater, and Pizza Rolls
  • Cookies or Other Baked Treats
  • Vat of hot soup or chili (Comfort food)
  • Coffee and Toilet Paper (Staples that keep us from killing each other)
  • Netflix (binge worthy series)
  • Snowblower, Shovel, and Car Scraper Brushes
  • Gas for Snowblower
  • Child Labor to Dig out Driveway for Quick Exit to Hockey Practice
  • Hot Chocolate (for the kids and maybe my homemade Irish Crème)

I am not sure if am bummed out or excited that the snow is hitting us on weekend versus a weekday.  There is something fun about the anticipation of a snow day where school is called off.  Since I don’t see a snowmageddon in the forecast, our normal activities are in still on.  My daughter and I both have hockey games tonight.  We could get a foot of snow and hockey still would not be canceled.  Hockey never gets canceled as ice time is precious.  After the games, I plan on putting on cozy PJs, having a delicious Dirty Martini, and watching one of the many shows I have in my Netflix’s queue.  I am going to chose to enjoy it.

If we have to get the snow, lets make it really worth our time by getting a couple of feet of snow and set some records. Go big or go home is my motto.

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Welcome to Running on Ice

Welcome to Running on Ice!  I am Carly and this is my little sliver of the internet.   I will share my thoughts on being chronically over-scheduled with the daily demands of  family, career, and extra-curricular activities.  I am on a quest to get fit, learn to play hockey, and find my long-lost running legs all while trying to tame life’s relentless chaos.

A bit about me,  I am married to my college sweetheart and we reside in Minnesota (State of Hockey!).  We have 3 children; Two teen boys (15 and 13) and one tween girl (10).  Most of my time is spent working as an IT professional and being an unpaid Uber driver to my children.  We are a hockey obsessed family that spends the majority of our time in a cold ice arena.  We play, we watch, and we volunteer.  It is a rare day without this crazy sport in our house!

This blog is my version of a reality show as there is never a dull moment and always a funny story to be told.  This blog will my thoughts and ramblings on trying to stay sane while “having it all”.  The staying sane part is kind of like RUNNING ON ICE.