Tucson Half Marathon

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This past Sunday, I won the Tucson Half Marathon in 1:15:47- 5:47 per mile pace. Results Here My goal was 5:45 pace to break the 1:15 barrier but it just wasn’t in the cards for me. It is a net downhill course- so much so that it does not count as an Olympic Trials Qualifying course- so it was definitely in my ability to break 1:15. But oh well, on to the next one. I am very excited about where my fitness is and I can’t wait to run 1:14:xx in Houston next month. I have been super relaxed about racing lately and I have been having so much fun! I must say I am pretty proud of myself for shaking the pre-race anxiety.

Ricardo (yellow), Brett, and I around mile 8. Ricardo was beginning to make his move and leave us in his dust.

Ricardo (yellow), Brett, and I around mile 8. Ricardo was beginning to make his move and leave us in his dust.

Thanks Shan for the video!

I thought I would include my pre-race nutrition plan in this post. I have used this for my last 3 races and have felt great with absolutely *no* stomach problems, which is pretty much unheard of for me…until now. I should add that for the Tucson Half Marathon, and at Big Sur Half Marathon last month, I started my cycle race morning! Ahhh! Weird right? Osmo science definitely works as I didn’t feel sluggish, tired, or have stomach cramping per usual when my cycle starts. Take a look at this short video to learn about the benefits of Osmo and how it works!

Saturday:

6 mile shakeout run

B- Green drink (cukes, romaine, green apple, lemon, ginger in the juicer) Coffee, English Muffin w/ Earth Balance and Blackberry Jam, 1 serving Osmo Active Hydration.

L- 2 packets oatmeal with maple syrup, banana, peanut butter, 1 serving Osmo Active Hydration.

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S- Cliff bar, Osmo Active Hydration

D- Bread, side salad, and pasta with olive oil and veggies at Italian Restaurant with friends.

Before Bed- 1 serving Osmo Pre-Load

Sunday- Race Day:

4:00am- wake up, get ready, 1 serving Osmo Active Hydration, 1 black coffee

6:00am- 1 serving Osmo Pre-Load, warm-up

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7:00am- Race- I took a few sips of water during the race, but that’s it.

Pretty simple! Osmo works so well for my sensitive stomach and if you have GI issues while running, I encourage you to give it a try!

Me, Coach John, training partners Ricardo and Brett, and SDP teamie Tere.

Me, Coach John, training partners Ricardo and Brett, and SDP teamie Tere.

Shannon and I. She and Mike drove down so early and stood in the cold! Love them.

Shannon and I. She and Mike drove down so early and stood in the cold! Love them.

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Best race support ever. XO

SDP teamie Christina, Me, and DK

SDP teamie Christina, Me, and DK

Thursday I leave for Bend, Oregon to run the US Club Cross Country Championships. I am looking forward to running in the cold, snow, and mud! Then it is nose to the grindstone with lots of mileage and tough workouts before the USA Half Marathon Championships. 100+ mile weeks over the Holidays=more consumption of cookies and holiday treats. Score.

Run Happy friends!

 

5 Comments

  1. Yay Ariana!! What a great finish time! You’ll nail it in Houston. Have a wonderful holiday season consuming all of the cookies and cupcakes you could dream of! 🙂

  2. Awesome race, you look fierce too! 🙂 I want to try this Osmo stuff. You will definitely break 1:15 in Houston and it will be sweet! Happy Holidays!

  3. Great race Ariana! I’m sure the win helped offset the time- while 1:15:47 is a kick ass time, I know it’s all relative and I know what it’s like to not hit your target… it sucks, haha. Just more motivation to rock it in Houston! Seems like you are living the dream girl and I’m loving following your progress! You look so strong in that video! Super good luck in Houston 🙂

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