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Back on the wagon!

Posted: September 25, 2010 by piraterunner in 1/2 marathon, RACES, run

It’s been 19 days since my last run, and jeeze don’t it feel like i’m at AA or confessional or some shit like that. So yes I ran today, in this summer like condition. Not sure how many days we got left but I’m gonna enjoy the hell out of them. I also have to confess that I have not blogged about my fabulous half marathon run or my mini-piraterunner’s fabulous run! In case you didn’t know it, my daughter is an absolutely rock star when she runs. If you need proof well here it is…

As for my race other than having a little bit of a problem breathing (fabulous Anaheim air?) my body felt great, no pain. Lisa was a fabulous running partner, after mile 10 I did ask for her to bid me adieu. She was having a fabulous race and I felt like my breathing was holding her back. Strangely once she took off I started to breathe better so who knows maybe it was anxiety lol. My next race I have promised myself no camera. I am interested to see what my time would be if I didn’t stop like a paparazzi for every character, oh and Lisa and I stopped alot…

I have about 100 more pictures from the race but I think you get the point. Well I attempted to sign up for the Zoo race but it was already sold out boo!!!!!! I am seriously contemplating signing up for the Toronto Marathon or at least the half but Glen is going to Finger Lakes golfing that weekend. I just feel that I need SOMETHING to run for. Regardless, I am back on the wagon and intend to stay there!


Finally Plum Smuggler has Blogged About Race Day!

Posted: September 21, 2010 by Grape Ape in 1/2 marathon, RACES, run


I look all business in this photo.


Alright kids, I know you have been on the edge of your seats waiting to jump on my back and join me on the 1/2 marathon. Well, wait no longer because here we go!

As you all know already, we had to get up at Oh God:30 in the morning and find some level of motivation to be mobile with out the aid of coffee. And most of you know how that goes. So we drug our old butts out of bed and began to gear up like we were about to wage war on an unsuspecting course. And like a special ops team we decided to attack before the course had a chance to wake up. I know, we were really sneaky attacking before dawn. So with running clothes on, pockets lined with all the latest running aids like cliff blocks and power shots and ipods strapped to us like weapons we left the hotel to join a collection of almost 13,000 others.

The walk that should have felt long went by way too quick as we got to the area where everyone is separated into corrals. This is the point where the Bodnarchuks left us to get a head start on the race. Knowing that they would have a ten minute jump on me gave me goal #1, catch those two. So Lisa, Trish and I waiting for all of the groups ahead of us to go, the anticipation mounts and pushes all of the fluid in your body straight to your bladder making you have to pee at the most inopportune time. Slowly our group began to push toward the start and I gave Lisa that good bye hug and kiss and wish her and Trish the best of luck because I have a job to do and that is to crush this course. So through the starting gate I go with the intensity of a Marine running out of the back of a plane ready to ready to land in the middle of a war zone. I know, you are all wondering what it must be like to spend a day in my head. But now back to our journey together.

The first two miles were not the easiest because as I mentioned before, I had to pee and that feeling was not going away. Finally at mile 2 there was a washroom without a line so I bolted for it. Now feeling relieved I could get back to work. Now the first 5 miles proved to be a challenge because I was dodging other runners and trying to find my stride which was not easy on the narrow running path that made it’s way through Disney. Now out of the park I was able to open up the stride a bit and charge forward, after all Brad and Sarah were up there some where and I need to find them.

One of the best motivations I found along the way were all the cheerleaders lined up on the edges of the course outside the park. And if you have ever played a school sport you know if you see a line of cheerleaders and they are cheering for you, get your hand up and touch some palms. So that is what I did, I put the hand out. Come on girls you’re cheering for me, get those palms out here and if you’re literate read the name on my bib and yell something like; “Go Anthony!” I know, it should have said Tony. That would have been easier to shout, but we are moving on. Pumped up from the miles of high fives I am handing out like candy on Halloween, I kick it up a notch. As I run I continue to look at my watch at every mile to check my pace and try to improve it because goal #2 is to finish in about 2 hours. As I approached mile 6 I noticed the “Wall” Now if you have ever run you know what wall I am talking about. That time when you feel like you can’t continue. As dad taught me, there are two ways to handle the wall. The first way is to stop and look at the wall and ask yourself how you are going to make it over this wall. And the right way, put your head down and run through the wall because if you keep going the wall falls down and you can keep moving. While pushing through my wall I noticed two butts that looked very familiar. It’s Bodnarchuk butts! Suddenly my wall was hit with a grenade, bye bye wall hello Brad and Sarah. Goal #1, done. Now that was the motivation I need to dig deep and keep my stride. Oh, and more high fives from the cheerleaders. Clap my hand girls, I’m your favourite runner while I am with in arms reach and you are letting me know that.

Let’s move forward a bit, you have all heard about the places we ran through and past so nothing new there, it was awesome. I will take you to mile 12. Before running to mile marker 12 I felt like I could do this all day. But right after passing that marker it felt like I was pushing a truck the rest of the way. For that last mile I pushed as hard as I could but I felt like I was running in quick sand. I dug deep and listened to the version of my dad that lives in my head scream motivational words like, “Go! Pick your F***ing feet up and finish this!” So through the finish I went. Final time 2:06:03. Goal #2, close enough.


The Man, the Myth, the Legend


Well, it felt great to do this with such a great group and I hope we can all keep this up. I know Sarah has a race in mind for her, and I have something in mind as well. So to all of you keep up the running and I will blog some motivation on occasion.


After the race enjoying the accomplishment together.


Race Day!!!

Posted: September 15, 2010 by sarahbod in 1/2 marathon, RACES, travel

We were up at 4am….yes, I got up and out of bed at 4am! My father-in-law would be so proud! By 4:15 both Brad and I were munching on Cliff bars and bananas….it’s really hard to eat that early in the morning!  We had to be in or corrals by 5:15am so we rounded up the pirates and made our way to start line in Downtown Disney.

Notice it's still dark out!

We said our good-byes and good lucks before heading to our different corrals. I was super nervous and a little cold. Both Brad and I had to pee the entire time we were waiting for the run to start. That may be too much information but it taught me that I will never drink as much water as I did before a run again.  We didn’t even make it to mile 1 before we both decided to run into a hotel and use their facilities.

Super nervous?? or contemplating peeing in my running shorts??

After our little detour we were on our way and feeling good! The first 4 miles took us through both California Adventure and Disneyland. It was perfect as the surroundings were a great distraction. Brad stayed with me the entire run which was such a great motivator for me. I know that I held him back but am proud to say we ran the entire 21km…together!  I made sure I had water at each hydration station and powerade at every other, I think. The route was so great and there was motivation around every corner. Whether it was a cheerleading squad, a marching band, the Honda Centre or even a run through Angel’s stadim.

Saw us running on the jumbotron...thank god I don't run like Vada from My Girl!!!

I have to admit…I was hurting the last mile and a half. My lower back and butt were killing me. Had it not been for Brad cheering me on I am sure I would have walked the last mile. I ended up taking out my earphones and just listened to the cheering spectators for the last mile. As per my Dad’s recommendation, I kept picturing us all after the race, eating bananas and celebrating our accomplishment! It was so great crossing the finish line and I am so proud of all the piraterunners!

I'm sure we are all leaning on each other in this photo...ouch.

Overall, the run was a great experience. I loved sharing the day with people I love. The aches and pain were so worth it as I actually….wait for it…..enjoyed the run. I would even do another one and am considering registering for the fall classic 1/2 marathon here in Vancouver. I plan to train harder for this because of course I now have a personal best to beat! Both Brad and I have decided to start a bit smaller and have registered for the annual 10km Turkey Trot. It takes place on Thanksgiving Monday and the route is actually one I ran regularly during my training. So, I guess not only do I plan on continuing to run but also blog. As I’ve said from the beginning … it keeps me honest and motivated.  I also can’t wait to hear about the others experiences and future plans for running. I know Trish is planning a 10Km run in Toronto soon too!  Mostly I’m looking forward to the piraterunners next adventure….I may just have one in mind.;)


We did it!!!!

Posted: September 8, 2010 by sarahbod in 1/2 marathon, mini pirates, RACES, travel

I’m so happy to announce that the piraterunners have completed their first 1/2 marathon together as a team. It was such an amazing day. The weather was perfect and the energy was electric. I’m so proud of each one of us! Our official times are as follows:

Tony (Plum smuggler) Welch – 2 hrs 06 min

Brad and Sarah Bodnarchuk (Yes, my amazing husband ran with me the entire time!) – 2 hrs 30 min

Lisa (Lola) Welch – 2 hrs 45 min

Trish (“the pirate runner”) Ideias – 2 hrs 55 min

I can’t forget to mention that both Kayson and Stella completed their first 100m race and Deacon, his first diaper dash.

Deacon, resting up for the big race.

Well, he slept through it but recieved an A for effort.

Stella, super excited about her medal!!

I took the time to ask each of my fellow piraterunners the following questions. Just to get their final thoughts on the run.

1. Who or what was your inspiration during the run?

Tony: My Dad.      Lisa: Other runners who were running in memory of someone.

Brad: My cousin Luke.    Trish: My husband and daughter.   Sarah: My husband

and his amazing cousin Luke.

2. What song “pumped” you up the most during the run?

Tony: Not afraid-Eminem.   Lisa: Soul sister-Train   Brad: Cochise-Audioslave

Trish: Bamboo Banger-MIA   Sarah: Brooklyn we go hard-JayZ

3. What mile did you think…”I don’t know if I’ll make it?”

Tony: 10. When my knee gave out.   Lisa: 12. So close, yet so far away!

Brad: 8. Blister was really hurting.   Trish: Always knew I would. 😉

Sarah: 12. So close, yet so far. Body was hurting!!

4.What was your first thought after crossing the finish?

Tony: Thank God!! What’s my time?    Lisa: Hallelujah!!!   Brad: I need food!!!

Trish: Thank God I’m done!!!   Sarah: Thank you God!!! Where’s the bananas??

5. Which body part hurt the most after the run?

Tony: Right knee.   Lisa: Crotch pain, like pregnancy.   Brad: Knees.

Trish: Legs hurt the most. Felt better running than walking.

Sarah: My hips, lower back, butt, knees…..

Congrats again to all the piraterunners. Even the mini ones. Can’t wait to read all of your individual blogs and see more pics. Now back to my glass of wine.  SB

Ready or not, here we come!!!

Posted: September 2, 2010 by Grape Ape in 1/2 marathon, L.A., RACES

Alright, only a few days left and I am feeling as far from ready as could be. A month ago I was ready to kill this run but I may have taken a couple wrong turns in my traing which lead me to trying to run on a knee that is only about 80%. Oh well, if Terry Fox could do it on one leg I can do this with a sore knee. My concern isn’t finishing the race, it is just about being faster than a sumo wrestler on a ricksha. Well to all you pirates and all you runners but mostly just those pirate runners, it has been fun to have people to virtually train with and I am excited and can’t wait. I will leave you with one last add for your playlist, enjoy. Slum Smuggler out.

Packing sucks…

Posted: September 1, 2010 by piraterunner in 1/2 marathon, L.A., RACES, travel

Well since Glen is bringing his golf clubs and I am bringing Stella’s bigass stroller that leaves us with with one suitcase 50lbs cause the items listed above count as a piece each, then we each get a carry-on. WHY DO WE NEED SO MUCH STUFF!!!!!!! seriously stressing over packing. on the bright side i did just book this lovely hotel for our stay in San Diego Miss Stella is gonna love those water slides!!!!! (okay me too a little bit) Talk about leaving things to the last minute. Oohh, they also sell smores kits to make around the fire! Two more sleeps till we are off! Want to thank all of the fabulous pirate runner’s for all their hard work, this weekend is going to be  AMAZING!!!!!! Also want to wish Sarah and Brad an early Happy First Anniversary!!!!!!! Aren’t they beautiful!!!! Happy Running can’t wait to see you all!!!!!!!

5 more sleeps!!!

Posted: August 31, 2010 by sarahbod in 1/2 marathon, Music, RACES, running articles

Are you ready piraterunners??!??! I am not! I’m nervous and actually feel as though I was more ready for the run a month ago then I am right now!! I’ve been online checking some last minute prepping reccomendations. Here are few I found:

Race Morning
Set your alarm to wake up early so you have plenty of time before the race. You need to be awake and alert. It is also important to get your body functioning and have a bowel movement to get rid of last night’s final carbohydrates. Sometimes drinking 1-2 cups of water or coffee will assist in this process.

Really?? Wake up early!!? Isn’t our race at 6am?? Alert?? It takes me hours to become “alert” after waking up, let alone waking up at the crack of dawn! Will it even be light out?? Also, bowel movement? Coffee? Seriously, I don’t even speak a word until I’ve been awake for at least an hour.  This is going to be interesting!

Getting Ready

Preventing chafing over the marathon distance is important. Vaseline or other athletic skin lubricant can be put wherever 2 body surfaces will rub together or where the edge or seam on clothing will rub on the skin. Also, to prevent the infamous “black toe” and other foot problems , shoes should have at least a thumb’s width of length beyond your longest toe when standing.

Wow, chafing? black toe? Running is certainly not glamorous! (but I know someone that is!)

The article continues with several more “preparations” but I just couldn’t bring myself to read them. Ready or not….here we come!!!! SB