The 2016 Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon is now in the books, and what a great race it was! It marked my 13th 13.1-mile race and was also my debut as a pacer. As I shared before, I was very nervous but at the same time really excited to be the 2:30 pacer. It was my first time having this responsibility and I wasn’t sure what to expect.
The 2nd Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5k is in less than a week, which means that most runners should’ve been training for a while now.
When I’m training for a half or full marathon I usually run 4 times a week: a couple of easy/recovery runs, a speed/tempo run and a long run. I also like adding some yoga and cross-training in the mix to avoid injuries and strengthen different muscles.
I’m so excited that Spring is almost here, and that means that race season is about to start! After running 2 marathons in less than 3 weeks last Fall I’ve taken a break from running but now I’m ready to get back into it and it feels GOOD.
Honestly I haven’t planned my racing schedule for the year yet but the only certain thing in my future is that I’m participating in the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K. Last year I set my half marathon PR on this beautiful race with a time of 1:40:29, which I know it’ll be really hard to beat, especially after taking off over 2 months from running.
The inaugural Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K weekend quickly arrived and what a blast we had!
I’ve enjoyed every single part of the event from the moment I got involved with it. New Balance, one of the main sponsors, had an awesome presence throughout the whole process and treated us, ambassadors, like queens (yes, this means we got all sort of awesome gear!)
At the beginning of the year I went to Palmetto Bluff, SC to work with Bobby for a few hours. From the moment we drove into the neighborhood I was in love. Everything is so beautiful and green. There are lakes, beautiful homes, running trails, endless biking routes, a hotel and restaurants… “Why don’t we move here?” I asked. Yes, that’s how much I like it.
After admiring how beautiful that place is I remembered that there’s a half marathon there and I realized right away that I wanted to run it. The whole thing is that I’m training for an Ironman 70.3 so most of my weekends are dedicated to biking. I was already doing the Tybee Island Half Marathon and I’m doing the Publix Savannah Women’s Half so that’s two weekends where I’m not biking as much as I should.
Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the Publix Savannah Women’s Half & 5K giveaway for a $25 Publix gift card!
It was so much fun to read everyone’s pre-workout meals… I’ve got some new ideas from the comments you left on my previous post so thanks for the inspiration!
Everything you eat 24 hours before your race is extremely important because it could set you up for success or it could ruin your whole race.
As a long distance runner what I eat the night before a big race is crucial for fueling my body because this is one of the last chances I get to give it the right nutrients to perform at its best.
I just realized that my Sunday’s weekly mileage motivational posts have become more of like a Monday or Tuesday post… Sorry about that but apparently there’s always something going on around here on the weekends and now I finally got the chance to seat in front of my computer to share with you a little bit about last week.
Come see me tomorrow at the Smart Women Luncheon & Expo held at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. I’ll be at the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K!
Sometimes things don’t go as we planned them… A perfect example? I just realized I would not be able to run the Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon this weekend! I signed up for it after my not-so-great experience at the Proud to Run 10K to use it as a benchmark for a half I want to run in the fall and also to force myself to start running longer.