This past weekend was the annual Rock and Roll Arizona Marathon Weekend and this was my third year participating since moving to Arizona 2.5 years ago. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE this race – the course is just so so pretty, flat and fast! It’s an amazing experience and a destination race for sure if you love to travel because there is no better time to visit Arizona than the winters!
Goals for the Race
To be honest I had put it out there to a few people that my goal was to break 1:40 at the RnRAz and since Jennifer (@JBirdRuns) was coming to town I knew it would be a possibility because she is FAST and could pace me and run amazingly on a flat course since she is used to the San Fran hills. However, life if full on unexpected twists and turns and I ended up with this horrible cold that still lingered until race day so I had to alter my goals. I was unsure if I was even going to be able to run the race let alone break 1:40. So I decided my new goal was to try my best and push my hardest and to enjoy every minute of getting to run with Jennifer and see where that brings me…
Pre-Race and Girls Weekend Activities
Jennifer flew in from San Fransisco around 8:45 PM on Friday and priorities we headed straight for FROYO! We had froyo and stayed up late talking (11:15 PM – YOLO haha – we are grandmas this was a big deal).
Froyo at Yogurtology (Mine Left, Jennifer Right)
Saturday we slept in until around 8:00 and then got dressed and ready (in lulu of course) and headed to the Expo. It was so much fun to have someone to expo with who loves it just as much as you – I mean the hubs is usually a good sport but he is more like these people are crazy. We walked down every isle and visited every booth with the custom RnRAz Lululemon booth being our favorite and highlight!
Lululemon RnRAz Expo Booth – Signs were at mile 6.5
Mandatory Bib Shot
Gotta represent with my Procompression Family
After we left the expo we headed to the Lululemon outlet (it’s like 1 of 6 in the world I think – lucky me – I will be sad to leave Arizona in July). We both did amazing and scored some AMAZING DEALS. After we headed to True Food Kitchen where we enjoyed brunch and then stopped by the Lululemon at Scottsdale Quarter and then headed back home to get matching throw away sweats at Walmart and get ready for dinner.
Lunch at True Food Kitchen Scottsdale
Walmart Matching throw away sweaters
I always know Jennifer loves to have a spaghetti and meatballs for every pre-race meal. So I mean I couldn’t let her down so we went to our local favorite italian restaurant Babbo for dinner with my husband. Jennifer got spaghetti and meatballs (of course), I got my usual chicken with roasted veggies and a side of pasta (which ended up being a full size adult dish and I took the rest of it home for my husband’s Sunday dinner), and my husband got a giant calzone! Additionally, Jennifer and I split a glass of wine which was so cute and the perfect amount to make a girls weekend complete – lululemon, racing, froyo, wine, and numerous food porns – doesn’t get much better than that ladies and gents! 😉
Once we got home from dinner we got all our pre-race stuff laid out and ready and then headed to bed for our 5 a.m. wake up call for “RACE DAY”!
Kindal (LEFT): Shoes: Saucony – Top: Lululemon Amala Tank – Shorts: Lululemon speed shorts – Socks: Procompression – Watch: TomTom Cardio Multisport – Gels: Honey Stinger – Headband: Sweaty Bands // Jennifer (Right): Shoes: Saucony – Socks: Stance – Top: Nike – Shorts: lululemon speed shorts – Watch: Garmin Forerunner 225 – Gels: Gu Salted Caramel – Hat: Nutzo
Race day started bright and early at 5 A.M. I had a Thomas Maple French Toast English Muffin (seasonal item – and my favorite flavor by far) with cream cheese and coffee for breakfast as we drove the 45 minute drive to Tempe for the race start. Once we got there parking was easy and we went to potty break #1 and bag check. After I sipped on Powerade Zero with BCAAs until the start with some photo ops and 2 more potty breaks before eating a mini vanilla PowerCrunch bar before the gun at 7:50 AM and we were in corral 2 so we started about 2 minutes behind the wheelchairs which was awesome!
I knew from the beginning of this race it was going to be a hard one for me and I was going to have to work if I wanted a PR. My nose was snotting (I carried half a box of tissues in my shirt), my lungs were wheezing, but my heart was in it – no way was I giving up with Jennifer flying here to run with me and pace me – she is just the best. I kept hoping for 1:40 but I knew the further we got along the less likely I was going to reach that goal. I honestly don’t think I have every worked as hard in a race as I did this past Sunday – I definitely kept asking myself “How Bad Do you want it?” and telling myself “You Can Do Hard Things”!!! But the course was beautiful, weather perfection, and the company I just couldn’t ask for a better friend and cheerleader! I didn’t make it sub 1:40 but Jennifer ensured I had a PR and pulled across the finish line at 1:41:41 a 3 minute PR from my Half in December and a 15 minute PR from RnRAz 2015! I was so thrilled but worried because I could not catch my breath for like 10 minutes after the race and thought I might pass out or vomit but after the 10 minutes passed and I got my inhaler all things came through and we were off to photo ops – the important stuff!
Splits from Jennifer’s watch because I was dumb dumb and forgot mine! 😦
I got TWO MEDALS – Rock and Roll Half and Desert Double Down for completing Vegas and Arizona in one calendar year! 🙂 🙂 🙂
One Year Transformation
2015 my comeback year! ❤
Post Race Thoughts/Reflections
I am so glad I did not give up on myself during this race despite wanting to and that Jennifer did not let me. I realized that I need to learn to dig deep and get comfortable being uncomfortable because I seldom ever do that when really reflecting on past race experiences and during my training. I tend to just give in or give up when it gets way out of my comfort zone or when I believe I can’t do it. But this race I didn’t give up or give in and it reminds me that I can do hard things and push my limits if I just realize that pain is temporary and push through. So my New Year’s resolution for this racing season of 2016 is to work to comfortable being uncomfortable! Also just wanted to thank Jennifer for all she did for me in this race – cheerleader, supporter, bestie, it all – she was amazing and sacrificed her own PR for me to have mine and for that I will be forever grateful for her and our amazing friendship! ❤
p.s. you can check out Jennifer’s recap of the weekend HERE.
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❤ Kindal (RunningWithStrength)