It has been awhile since I posted and this is mostly so I can keep slight track of what I’ve been doing (I was much better about blogging and keeping a nice spreadsheet of my meets/times before—I’ll need to get back on that for 2015).
OSU 4 Miler Sept. 21 2014: Lordy, this race was difficult. Not because of the distance or weather but because I did it with one of my students. She was not used to running and it became more of a Fartlek training where she would sprint as hard as she could for about 20 seconds then come to a dead stop, wait until she felt completely normal and then sprint has hard as she could for another 20 seconds—we did this for all 4 miles and it took us nearly an hour to finish. I think I have felt less tired after Olympic distance triathlons then I did after this race.
Broke Man’s 1/2 Marathon October 5th: I loved this race! It was a no-thrills race–I think it was a $10 entry, and I took it easy. I did it with my friends Jessica B. and Sandra E. I walked a lot of it, enjoying the day and did it in about 3 hours (there was no timing).
Buckeye Barbell Club Push-Pull competition October 26th: This was my first power-lifting competition and was lots of fun! I had great encouragement from strangers and friends, Amber, John, Norm, and Suzanne. I had no idea how much I could actually lift and had never practiced. My buddy John didn’t tell me what he put down on my third deadlift and just told me to get out there and try…and I lifted it…later finding out it was 185lbs. I’d like to lift 200+ by the end of 2014. Video (elenamary deadlift) was taken by Amber doing the 185 deadlift. Warning I say a vulgarity.
Amish 1/2 Marathon November 29th: By the time I finished the race I hadn’t slept in 30+ hours, I had driven to the race straight from work and only when I arrived there did I realize I also hadn’t eaten since the previous day. I remembered I had a slice of Hounddogs Pizza (i should get them to sponsor me) in my gym bag. I stood surrounded by competitors waiting for the race to begin while eating my slice. There were tons of hills, I was exhausted and hallucinated an ocean. I had hoped to finish at about 2 hours…I finished in 2:53.