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Emerald City Half Marathon Recap. My first half marathon! Woo Hoo

As far as training for The Emerald City Half Marathon went it started steady and dwindled quickly. The humidity was pretty strong for my first year as a runner in training. I was really bummed out when I was training for the race. At first I was pretty hard on myself, why was I so much faster in February, March etc. I didn’t take into account the heat/humidity and sweltering sun. Luckily I am a member of the Columbus chapter of Ohio Moms Run This Town (a group of women only runners in C-Bus that run together, share advice, triumphs and tribulations) a few of the ladies had mentioned (right around the time that I was having a self declaration pity party for worlds slowest runner) that the humidity slows everyone down. Phew! Okay I won’t quit 😉

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Life was busy being life and throwing hurdles in my fitness regimen. So I didn’t train nearly as much as I should have. I got a solid 10 miles in before the race, which was the longest mileage that I had achieved prior to the half. I wanted to do better and questioned going through with the half, but I was determined to accomplish my goal. Especially before my baby arrives! My wife Kari is pregnant with our son who is due in mid-October.

I was super thankful to receive this package from Clif Bar to review while training. Thanks Clif for the blogportunity (just made that up), my first gifted blog review! Virgin territories all over the place in this post.

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The MoJo bars were delicious for a quick snack and flavorful without being too sweet. The protein recovery drink mix was tasty and not chalky like a lot of other unnamed mixes. The orange mango flavor hit the spot! The electrolyte hydration mixes were great too. I like that they are individually wrapped single servings. I normally use Ultima replenisher for my electrolyte fix after a run, but I have a big jug of that so these little on-the-go sizes are fun. I have already been training with Clif Bloks, I can totally feel them enhance my performance. Matter of fact I can’t say enough good things about the Bloks! They have a huge variety of flavors. Some carry a higher dose of caffeine (love) or a higher dose of sodium for the long runs and hot days. I take them mostly at the half way point in any run above 4 miles. It gives me an energy boost to finish strong. For more on Clif products: http://clifbar.com/find-your-favorite

The night before the race I was a bit of a nervous wreck, but my plan was to finish, no PR, no unattainable expectations – just finish. I set up all of my gear, got the directions and was toting a positive attitude. Sleeping the night before a race, well that’s another story. Just sing 99 bottles of beer on the wall that’s all the advice I got for you there 🙂

Morning of, traffic was heavier than I anticipated, which had me freaking a bit. When it was all said and done I had a moment to use the porta pottie and get in line before the gun went off.

The race began, I had my playlist titled Beast Mode (of course) shuffling through what I believe to be the best run-hard hits and I felt good. It was supposed to be dangerously humid but the race gods made an exception for the 12,000 peeps that took part. I wasn’t going too fast and kept in line with the pacers (always thank them and wave) that were set to finish at 2:30. I went strong for 10 miles, the other runners kept me going as well as the gorgeous Dublin scenery. After that I kinda felt like I wanted to chat with someone and little things started to bother me. Prime examples, the chick who’s music was playing out loud for everyone to hear (Back Street Boys, not for running, thanks) and the lady who was sway running in front of me, making it impossible to pass her. The guy who kept spitting with poor aim and the chatty friends who would not let up for air. I lowered my music to see if there was an opportunity to talk with anyone around me but just got bothered by the whole situation. By mile 12 I was tired and a ball of sweaty wet grouchiness. *The last 7 miles or so were through the park trail so there was a lack of visual support, except for the amazing water and Gatorade volunteers (again always thank them).* The last quarter of a mile of the race helped with sign holders and high fivers. I powered through and finished strong.

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My mom and wife above  meeting me at the finish line!

Overall I was totally thrilled with the fact that I set out a goal and competed it. The run was beautiful! But I became aware of the fact that I’m a city runner. I prefer tall buildings and large crowds waiving signs and fist pumping, like I experienced when running the Cap City Quarter Marathon.

Is a full marathon next for me? Not just yet, but maybe one day! In the meantime I will continue to run and build stamina and strength as well as improve my speed.

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More race recaps to come in the future.

The Arnold Classic Experience By: Jenn

Every year in the beginning of March, the largest multi-sport event in the nation is held in my fine city of Columbus, Ohio (614) BABY!

The event, (for the weekend) is home to 18,000 athletes and more than 175,000 fitness enthusiasts! There are 700 booths chock full of protein shakes, energy drinks and fitness gadgets to help every tan, tank wearing, gym loving attendee open their wallet with a smile. I know I did 😉 And if your a fan of a good swag bag, this is where it’s at. Check out all of the goodies I scored

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Matt and I headed over to the convention center after the Survival Race. We were a little tired but this event is worth it! It rates 1st place for people watching and if you are interested in learning about the new products emerging in the fitness scene, you will see it here.

We couldn’t help but to stop at the big Arnold cut-out courtesy of Homage and snap a pic.

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Speaking of Homage they had one of the hottest booths at The Arnold! Their kitschy tees were loved by all and the booth was swamped! Arnold Classic gear is still available at their website http://www.homage.com/collections/arnold-classic

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We got the pleasure to witness a fantastically odd experience, in which very large muscled men tried to get a very heavy weight (at least that’s what I think it was) out of a box. I’m not sure what the the lbs. of the weight was but those boys had a hell of a time trying to grab it! None were successful, at least while we watched.

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We got to meet some folks with AMAZING bodies! Talk about a motivating experience!

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There were quite a bit of characters as well! Ummmm…

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We met Chuck Zito the actor from the HBO series OZ and Sons of Anarchy. He is also a boxer, martial artist, stuntman and a really nice guy!

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Matt and I purchased some clothing from the Monsta booth. We both really like our picks. I have worn my shirt during a few different workouts.. It’s quite comfy and is versatile for everything. http://www.monstaclothing.com/

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It was a fun action packed day. I left with one of my favorite protein bars to date as well: Clif Builder’s Mint Chocolate Bar. Sooo good! The guys that worked the Clif booth were super nice and we ended up chatting about fitness for a while. I didn’t know there were so many different varieties of Clif Bloks, which is what I use on my long runs. My grocery store only carries 2 varieties, black cherry and strawberry. Both are tasty, but I would love to “spice” it up a bit. I will keep a look out for additional flavors! Any C-Bus residents that may know of a store that carries more options, let a girl know.

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Another fun year at Arnold Classic! Will you be there next year?