Recovery Run and Saturday Silliness

Published July 26, 2014 by shanisko

We celebrated the little one’s second birthday yesterday! Yay for cake! And messes!

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I know I’ve been posting a lot on Facebook lately, sorry I’m excited with life.

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Last night I got an email saying the Fruit Way Half Marathon was cancelled due to lack of participants. Sad.  I was hoping to hit Half Fanatics by the end of August.  That is still going to happen.  I found another half in Draper called Porter’s Half Marathon and was so happy when I found out my friend Amy wanted to join me from Fort Lauderdale.  Plans are made and she will be running with me.  So excited!

Post Marathon Recovery – A little soreness in the muscles still but I have been stretching, foam rolling, and golf balling.  As a former massage therapist I cannot stress the importance of small tools for trigger points.

Recovery Run today – I pushed myself a little on the run intervals, after my slowness during the Half I felt like I needed to prove to myself that I can run fast when I need to…and I did.  Still slow because of the walk intervals but I didn’t have anything set for this run.  I ran when I felt like it and walked when I felt like it for 3.1 miles.  It felt really good.

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I completed putting together my handmade medal rack and hung it in the bedroom, not sure the hubby likes it but too bad…unless he can get me a better one it’s going to stay.  Ha.

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After naptime I desperately needed some caffeine.  So I loaded up the kiddo, the dog and off we went.  I decided to get Lilly her afternoon snack.  Her first Strawberries and Cream, which she loved.

We’re home chilling out now after talking to the ants in the front yard.  Watching Monsters University for about the 800th time.  Toddlers.  Repetition.  You get it.

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Handcart Half Marathon Recap and Advice Request

Published July 25, 2014 by shanisko

Yesterday marked my first official half marathon.  I have completed a virtual half marathon with US Road Running in June in order to make sure I was prepared for the one where I’m racing with other people.   Things didn’t go quite as I expected and I’m not sure what happened to make it so, but please join me for the recap.

July 24th is the day Utah became a state, so it’s a state holiday, and it seemed like the Handcart Half Marathon would be a good test for myself.  It has a decent route that runs for a good portion along a beautiful trail parallel to Legacy Highway, an environmental area filled with water birds and dragonflies (dragonflies are very important to my family, we consider them to be symbols of my grandmother and I had a few show up just when I needed a little extra push).

I was up at 3:30 AM to prepare, fuel and drive to Bountiful.

I enjoyed my usual long run breakfast of a banana and a bagel with peanut butter.  A very small cup of coffee and water.


I headed out around 4:30 for the half hour drive to the South Davis Recreation Center (hosts for the half).  I was there early for packet pick up and to relax for a little while before the event started.  I picked up my bib #24, my shirt, and the other swag for the race and returned to my car to prepare my belt and water bottle.


Around 6:00 I went to the start to watch the early option races (for people who thought they would take over 4 hours to finish) head out.  I sat around on the benches, talked to a few folks and enjoyed a brief sprinkle of rain.  It was very, very hot.  86′ at 6:00 AM, so the cold rain was welcome.


At 6:30 they lined us up and set us off with a fire from a cannon.


See me (in the center area with a blue Team Run Disney shirt)


My start out goal was to stay somewhere between the 2:30 and 2:45 Pacer…which I did for about half of the race.

I started out too fast and I decided to change my intervals…which I think was my first mistake.  Thinking this was a race I upped my intervals from 30:30 to 1:30/:30.  That was a bad idea I think.  All of my long runs had been with the 30:30 and I’d done well.  I think my brain was in an “I have to compete” mode instead of a “I just need to finish mode.”

We were off through the streets of Bountiful and headed west toward the Legacy Trail.


I was great until about mile 5 when I realized the 1:30/:30 interval was going to be too much for me.  I had to stop my Garmin and reset the intervals to 30:30.  Which helped significantly on the mental realm.

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But by mile 8 I was seriously hurting after a big hill.


Something was wrong with my feet, a soreness which I have never experienced on any of my long runs before.  All of my long runs before I felt good, I felt like I could finish strong, something was definitely not going right with this run.

I knew my feet pain was affecting my stride and form, I felt myself leaning forward more then I should have toward the end and I just wanted to stop.  I wanted to be done, I was close to crying my feet were in such bad shape.  But I didn’t.  I reached the 10 mile mark and the adorable boys there (kids) were so cute and cheered me on as I filled my water bottle back up to the top (did I mention it was hot?).

From that point on I just focused on each interval of 3o seconds and didn’t take any more pictures.  I had to keep telling myself, just get through the next 30 seconds.  And honestly after mile 10, I started walking much more then running.  At mile 12 I must have got a second wind, topped off my water, and started trusting the intervals again. I passed a few people, which shocked me and finished the last curve with a run over the finish line.  I was just so happy to be done I couldn’t help but smile.  And I got a little emotional as the volunteers gave me my medal.  I’d done it. I hurt like hell, I wanted to stop, but I kept going.


I grabbed a bagel and refilled my water bottle, sent some pics to my husband and mom, Instagram and headed over to the pancake breakfast which I devoured.  I was starving and the pancakes, eggs, ham and OJ hit the spot.


Later I enjoyed my beer.


I have 2 more half marathons lined up for August, with a week rest between them.  I’m worried about both of them and need to rethink what I did before and during this race to make sure I’m ready for these.  One is completely downhill and does have a set time in which you have to reach the mouth of the canyon or be picked up (because they are closing the road).

I would appreciate any advice from other runners on how to reflect on this race and figure out what happened to my feet.

These are unofficial results, I’m a  little confused as Map My Run had different results. 228 out of 242 runners.  I’m a little concerned over the distance too, I know I did a little bit of weaving but that seems like a lot of extra mileage to me.


All I keep telling myself is that I finished, I pushed through some pain and discomfort to get to the end.  That in and of itself is a major accomplishment.

Sarah Hanisko

Event: Half Marathon
Bib #: 24    Gender: F    Age: 35    Location: Ogden, UT

Clock Time: 03:06:04.233
Chip Time: 03:05:32.248
Pace: 14:09/mile
Overall: 228 / 242
Gender: 134 / 146
Age Group:
Start Time: 6:36 AM

Shut up and go

Published July 23, 2014 by shanisko

Remember yesterday I didn’t want to run. Well I did. I just shut up and went. I still didn’t enjoy it. Between the stroller and the pulling Golden my left heel and right forearm hurt. I think I’m heel striking when I push the stroller.

But I did it.


Later, after little one woke up from her nap we went and spent her birthday money.

She had good taste:


I knew I wanted to get her a Big Wheel. She had three options: Doc McStuffins, Princesses or Pirates. She chose Pirates. Which left enough to also get that singing Olaf which I just caught Lucian trying to sneak away with.

I also made a stop for these:


I will be wearing them with my running shoes today in the hopes they help with my heel pain. Half Marathon tomorrow and I don’t want to be hurting before I start.

You can follow me on twitter @therealsarah or on Instagram @ luvslikepi for live updates during tomorrow’s race.

Last Run before I Half

Published July 22, 2014 by shanisko

Today I’m supposed to do my last short, shake out run before my half on Thursday. Only problem.  I really don’t feel like going today.  There’s a part of me that wants to save everything for Thursday.  It’s a short run, 2 miles, really, but the thought of dragging out the jogging stroller, fighting that damn front tire that has issues (still) and keeping the crazy golden in check just makes me want to save my energy for Thursday.  I know I’ll be mad at myself if I don’t go for this short run.  I know, I know, just shut up and do it.

Do you struggle with motivation for shake out runs before a big race?

Weekend Review

Published July 21, 2014 by shanisko

It was a quiet weekend.

Saturday we attempted to go to the Irish Music Festival in Ogden. I was not impressed. They weren’t allowing chairs, coolers, or re entry. None of those things are good with a 2 year old. Music also started 30 mins late and no vendors were ready. Did I mention it was hot? It just wasn’t a good situation. The little one hot overheated and I decided to leave after she got some dancing in:


I tested out the tutu.

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I reminded myself….



We played and I took a few moments to myself.

Plans: rest for the Half on Thursday. I taped up my heel last night because I’m having some fatty heel pad pain. I went to long with bad shoes.

Dissertation: yesterday I managed to prep two appendices which added some heft to my pages but I still have a long way to go. Analysis and Discussion/Synthesis are on the to do list this week.

Stay tuned for some product reviews and a race recap this week.

Tutu Test Run

Published July 20, 2014 by shanisko

Tested out the Mickey themed tutu this morning. Short run. It worked relatively well other than bunching up in the crotch area. Good think I wear capris…that would have been some nasty chafing.

Do you tutu?




Handcart Half Playlist

Published July 19, 2014 by shanisko

I’m a bit addicted to music and my preferences are highly, highly eclectic.  I listen to almost anything and some weird stuff at that.

I’ve put together a 2 hour 45 minute playlist for the Handcart Half Marathon.  My goal is to finish in 2:45 or less.  My first half distance was about 2:46.

See the list here. Handcart Half Playlist

Do you have to listen to music when you run or do you prefer silence?  What are some of your running playlist favorites?


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