Running Recap 2013

Following suit with many of my fellow running bloggers, I’ve decided to write a review of my year in running!

Napa Valley Marathon

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On March 3, 2013 I officially became a marathon runner at the Napa Valley Marathon! I don’t know if I could be more happy with my choice of race-beautiful scenery, luxurious perks, awesome swag, and PERFECT weather!

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I was dehydrated, under-rested and under-fed (no dinner the night before-seriously, I was that nervous) so I was a little disappointed with my finish time of 4:52. However, the feeling of crossing that finish line was unforgettable. Now that I know what to expect-and have learned a few things about proper fueling and hydrating-I’m determined to be better prepared for my next marathon!

Oakland Running Festival

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After running the Napa Valley Marathon, I felt a sudden void-I had trained for so many months and suddenly I had no race to prep for. So, I found myself lining up for a half marathon on March 24, 2013 at the Oakland Running Festival. Under better conditions (and maybe for a more experienced runner) this would have been a reasonable decision. However, I was still recovering from the full marathon; I was tired, sore and underweight. The race itself was really enjoyable, but I ended up so dehydrated I almost threw up after crossing the finish!

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I have absolutely no clue what my finish time was-I never cared to check! I don’t regret running the ORF, but it probably wasn’t the smartest move. I went to work later that night with my head pounding and was forced to nurse a bottle of Pedialyte to re-hydrate. Lesson learned.

Running Blog

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On May 20, 2013 my blog was born! I love reading other running blogs for stories, advice and race reviews so I decided to start my own. I’ve never been comfortable with other people reading my writing, so this blog has been such a positive experience for me. I talk to runners from all over the world and it’s a place I feel free to talk endlessly on and on about running. Now on to more running…

The San Francisco Marathon

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For the second year in a row, I ran the first half of the San Francisco Marathon. I was well recovered from my full marathon/half marathon/March Madness and the training camp for this race was one of my strongest to date.

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Rich ran this race with me and it was welcome company. I really enjoy running races with my boyfriend, I feel like we push each other when the other is lagging. We finished in 2:09.

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I was also able to meet up with a friend that I met all the way back in junior high school, so that was a lot of fun as well!

Injury

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I was preparing for the Kauai Half Marathon and Portland Marathon when I suddenly developed severe shin pain on a 10 mile run. I had only just replace my running shoes a few weeks before, and I found myself with burning pain on the inside of my left shin. Fearing I had a stressΒ  fracture, I took 6 weeks off of running. When I was finally able to see a doctor, she was able to rule out a stress fracture and treated me for shin splints. I returned to running slowly and carefully, began foam rolling and icing after every run, and the pain never returned. I cancelled my plans to run Kauai and Portland, but I was eager to be ready for the Nike Women’s (half) Marathon in October.

Nike Women’s Marathon

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I was lucky enough to secure a spot via lottery in the half marathon at the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. I only had 7 weeks to train for this race, and decided I could walk half of it if need be. On October 20, 2013 I lined up with 30, 000 ladies (and a few gentlemen) for the best race of my short running career. I ended up PR’ing my half marathon with a finish time of 2:06, and had an amazing time doing it.

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A friend of mine from Arizona ran the race and we were able to celebrate together, making the day even more special!

Β The Berkeley Half Marathon

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My boyfriend wanted to run the Berkeley Half Marathon so I decided it was time to experience a race from the sidelines. Thus, on November 24, 2013 I watched my first race. I fully appreciate the support spectators give, and it was a lot of fun cheering everyone on!

I had intended on running my first trail race in December, but recovery from the NWM took longer than expected. I decided to scale back my training until I fully healed, and will save trail running for next year.

*****

A new year always signifies something great to me- a new calendar of changes, experiences, goals and accomplishments to achieve. I’ve already started planning my races for 2014, and I can’t wait to take on new challenges. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog, it’s been great sharing my experiences in running with you!

Happy New Year!

-J

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27 thoughts on “Running Recap 2013

  1. Even with your injury you did so much! What a great year. I’m very envious of the beautiful race courses you had, especially now as I watch the snow come down in St. Louis!

  2. How’d you solve your dehydration problems early in the year? Any running goals? What races have you lined up so far? Congrats on a very productive 2013!

    • Electrolytes! I was seriously lacking in salt and the like, so I started making sure to include it in my diet…and I will now drink Gatorade or at least coconut water during races. My biggest goal right now is to break 2 hours in the half marathon. My next half is on January 19, so we will see what happens! Thank you, and thanks for reading!

  3. Nice recap and sounds like some really fun races! Would love to hear what you did to solve your shin splint issues – I’ve also had stress fracture ruled out- but can’t seem to shake the pain. Foam roll the area? Ice before or after? Any other “magic” remedies? πŸ™‚

    • Hi!

      When I first realized I was injured, the first thing I did was take time off of running. I was worried I had a stress fracture, so I took a full 6 weeks off. That’s probably a lot of time off for shin splints, but it seemed to do the trick. Since returning to running, I foam roll before AND after running, and ice after almost every run. Recently, I’ve also made sure to warm up my muscles before stretching. Look up dynamic stretching, it’s so much better for athletes than static stretches. My doctor also measure my gait to make sure I’m wearing the right shoes. And I changed my shoes at 300 miles, I’ve run in worn down shoes before and it’s terrible. The combination of all of these changes I made to my routine have kept me injury free so far. Hope this helps some!

      Jamie

  4. This is a great post – the ups and the downs. Love your honesty. Know what you mean about when you complete a race and that void stares back at you. You think, what did I do with my life before all the training?! Hope you have a brilliant 2014, running and otherwise. Always enjoy reading your blog. You’ve also reminded me I need to get some new trainers. Running in worn down shoes is not good. I WILL invest!

    • Aw thank you! I’m feeling very positive about the year and looking forward to all that 2014 has to offer! New shoes are the one thing worth spending money on for sure. I was kind of putting it off, but was lucky and got a pair for Christmas πŸ˜‰

      Happy New Year to you, and happy running in 2014!

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