I am a quirky, fun loving, sarcastic, beer drinking, weekend karaoke star. Married to Mr. W and mother to two teen daughters. I love glitter, sparkle and llamas. I have a special place in my heart for Run D.M.C. I call the great Pacific Northwest my home. Embracing life as it comes my way. Trying my best to say yes to life, pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone and challenging myself physically. My blog is a place for me to be creative and unload. Hope you enjoy reading! It's Tricky....
Ardor Adventures: Ambassador 2017
My friend Ed Cortas, the man behind Ardor Adventures on the Central Oregon Coast is in the process of selecting ambassadors for 2017. I am excited to be named an Ardor Adventures ambassador for 2017 to help Ed grow his races and connect local runners. If you are interested in learning more about Ardor Adventures please visit the website and like Ardor Adventures on Facebook. Ardor Adventures already has races planned for 2017. My goal in the new year is to be more active on my blog, writing about training, races and life in general.
The next upcoming race is Arctic Circle Turkey Trot November 24th at 8:30am at Port of Newport South Beach Marina. There is a 15k, 10k, 5k and a 1 mile kids run. Proceeds of this event will go to support two local elementary schools in Newport, Oregon.
Today brings me to the conclusion of my week long race review. This is the most I've ever blogged in a week! I know it's long. I want to record everything so I don't forget.
I have so many great photos from my race that I want to share. This is one of my favorites that Brandie took as I am crossing the finish line. I am saving my money and not purchasing the overpriced Ironman race photos.
As I was crossing the finish line I made a conscious effort to take in the moment. Hearing Mike Reilly announce, "Mary Williams you are an Ironman" was a moment that I'll never forget. I had visualized this moment in my mind many times. Watching the video even now three weeks later, makes me cry.
As soon as I crossed the finish line a wonderful volunteer, named Jill placed my medal around my neck and gave me my finisher t-shirt and hat. She was so kind and attentive making sure that I was okay. She reminded me of my friend Alycia. I had my picture taken and was asked if …
I had ambitious plans to write throughout the past year as I trained for my first Ironman. Obviously that did not happen. In the upcoming week I am excited to share with you my race experience on completing my first Ironman race in Tempe, Arizona which happened on November 19th. As soon as I paid for my race I begin the search for a training plan. I ordered, Be Iron Fit: Time Efficient Training Secrets for Ultimate Fitness by Don & Melanie Fink. The book has three different training plans: Just Finish, Intermediate, and Competitive. I used the competitive plan, a 30 week plan broke up into three phases: base, build and peak. The money I saved in not having a coach I used for chiropractic, acupuncture and naturopathic care which I added into my weekly and monthly training plan. My thought with going with the competitive plan was if I can hit most of my training then I would be prepared enough to cross the finish line. I went into Ironman training with a good base from the previous…
Let's just say that I had an amazing run! Running is my favorite part of triathlon, I knew that once I was on the run, I would be an Ironman. The run course was two 13 mile loops, along Tempe Town Lake.
In my research I knew that my first six miles were going to be my fastest. I knew that I could easily do 8:20-8:40 pace those first 5-6 miles but I had never ran a marathon before so I knew that I had to slow my pace down. My plan was to run my first six miles at 10:00 pace then miles 6-26 try to say at a 11:20 pace. If anything I have learned since my very first triathlon three years ago is how much of this sport is mental. I had paced the Newport Marathon in June. I paced the second half of the marathon~11:20 group. It was slow and easy for me. Going into this part of the race I knew that after swimming and biking a 11:20 pace was going to be about perfect and totally doable for me. If I was slower, so be it. Remember, under 17 hours, happy and not end up in the medical tent.…