HOB Fun Run Recap

91/94 would be a pretty good test grade, right?  It’s less awesome however when it is your race standing.  But let’s backup.

I worked the packet pickup- late registration table for the race on Saturday.  It went really smooth, mostly pickups for the 10k.  It seemed like most of the 5k runners were going to pick up on race day.  It also looked like there were more runners this year.   It’s kind of cool watching things go up from the other side.  And seriously how cute is this?

Diaper Dash Time

Diaper Dash Time

Race day dawned gray and early.   Gray–clouds and fog–bringing humidity.   Ugh.  I honestly can’t think of the last time this race didn’t happen in perfect sunshine.  I used my inhaler and told myself not to think about it.    I was the only one of my group running the 10k so it was just me and my nerves at the starting line.    Knowing so many people at this race always stresses me out, and that was before I saw the Aggie’s show up.

The Aggies are a run club based in northern California and they have some serious talent.    They show up en masse, all in black and just run.   They usually do multiple loops of the course outside of the races.  They have zero body fat and hardly ever look winded.  This course is flat and fast and used to be a USATF certified race.   There used to be 2 10k’s and 5k’s, one for the Open/Masters runners and one for the rest of us.   Even without the certification and extra races, the HOB fun run stills does one rare thing for small races- cash.  Prize money is rewarded to the top finishers.  Spoiler alert- Aggie’s won both races.  Seriously fast and intimidating.IMG_6477

Then it was go time and we were off!  My only goal for the 10K was to run a solid race.  I wanted to maintain a 10:00 pace.  I set my Garmin for intervals- 6:30 run and :30 walk.   I felt pretty good in mile 1 so I was hopeful for the next 5.     Mile 2 I was hit with the worst side stitch ever.  I don’t get side stitches, I think I have had maybe 3 in 5 years of running.  Those 3 were all up under my right ribcage, this one was low on my right side.  It hurt so damn bad I briefly wondered if that was what an appendix bursting felt like.  I am used to stomach pain but this hurt.  What gives?

The pain finally eased as I hit mile 3.  Before I could breathe a sigh of relief, I noticed that breathing was getting harder.   Oh come on!   Out came the inhaler again and the rest of the race was walking interspersed with bits of running.   I was lapped by the lead runners (Aggies!!) on my first lap.  Ouch.  I kind of wanted to hitch on a ride on the police motorcycle leading them.  As I kept trucking I decided that my new realistic goal was to just not be last, I thought I might be able to pull that off.  91 out of 94- not last!  Time- 1:08:03.

doesn't everyone do this?

doesn’t everyone do this?

I crossed the finish line as a pale, shaky mess.  My inhaler helps loosen my chest but my heart was racing and I could not stop shaking.   I drank some gatorade and grabbed my bib for the 5k.   This pissed off my mother.   She wanted me to quit but I know that standing still and sitting make the shakiness worse.   The more I think about it, the more anxious I get and that just makes it worse.  Walking helps so I figured I would walk it out in the 5k.    R hadn’t been feeling well so I figured we could walk it together.  I had trouble getting the new bib on but managed just before the whistle.

C and I

C and I

I’m not completely crazy, a little over a mile in I felt a little better.  We just kept walking.    From mile 2.5 on, other racers are coming back on the other side of the road.  R and I got to wave to C and her husband as they ran by, they broke 30!   Right behind them was T and her husband.  She roped him into running it at the last-minute and it was their first race.  They rocked it, finishing under 30 too!   I was able to take action shots of them running.  :)  It was R’s first race as well and I felt bad for slowing her down but it was fun walking it together.   Then we crossed the finish line and we were done!    Time- 42:37.

R and I

R and I

Other than the requisite lingering tightness in my chest, I felt better.  The walking did help.  We hung and chatted a bit and took a bunch of pictures.  T and R really had fun so hopefully I can get them to run more races with me in the future.  Insert evil genius laugh.  :)  I was also looking for my mother; turns out she was so mad at me that she walked home.    Oops.

Diaper Dash Time

The kids half mile race was up after the 5K.  As time was getting closer to start, more kids were coming to the start/ finish area. The DJ changed to Gangham Style and 90% of the kids started busting a move.  It both hilarious and adorable at the same time.  Some of those kids had moves!   I actually headed out before the race began, I felt better but I knew I needed rest.  No pancake breakfast for me!

Neither race went how I had hoped but I had a fun morning.  Friends really can turn around a rough morning.  Especially when we are all wearing the same shirt.  :)  I was also able to catch up with another SLO ambassador who ran the race as well.   This is still one of my favorite races.     Next year I will conquer the Fun Run… and have fun.  :)  But T?  No tutus.

I’ll leave with my new medal model- Kimi-IMG_6534

Forget-me-what?

Now, I normally pride myself on freakish memory.  Particularly for numbers and things like that, sometimes I scare people.    This week though, my memory has checked out.    On Tuesday I was all set to run after work.  I felt like I needed a run, the morning had been a little odd.  I often take my clothes into work to change but leave my shoes in the car.  This sometimes means I walk to my car in running clothes and flats or heels.    I changed and walked to my car.  When I went to throw my gym bag on the floor of the passenger seat, I notice something missing. forgot shoes

I forgot my damn shoes.  Seriously.    As I drove back to town, I was irritated and debating what to do.   I could go home and get my shoes but I knew that once I was home, I was less likely to get back and run.    I keep a box of shoes in my trunk with a pair of flip-flops, some flats, a pair of heels and 2 old pairs of running shoes.  I like to be prepared.  :)   So I decided to try running in one of those pairs.   I put on my old Wave Riders and set out.   I kept it slow and easy because I wasn’t sure how the shoes were going to feel.  No lies, my feet were angry, it’s time to retire those shoes completely, they cannot be run anymore.  I took a complete break at mile 3 to try to calm my feet down.  Once again, I looked up and NikeC was coming my way.  We chatted for a bit before I ran on and back to my car.    If it wasn’t for my shoes making my feet angry, I would say that it was a pretty good run.    9-25Instead of passing each other, NikeC and I decided to just run together tonight.  I made sure to pack my shoes; in fact, I packed both my current Wave Riders and Sayonaras.    :)  But I forgot my Garmin and a decent sports bra.  Ugh!!!  I had one in my bag as a backup but I wasn’t sure how it would be for 5 miles.   We ran one of her usual routes.  Right away I just felt tired.   I was having troubles catching my breath- stupid humidity!  I felt bad, we would run and then I would have to take a walking break.   Granted, neither of us are used to running and talking so that was probably hindering us as well.  :)    It may have been slower than planned but it was still a good run.  Plus being able to watch the sun set from different angles was cool.    My Nike+ app has been crashing but it said that we did 4.87 miles while hers was closer to 5.   I choose to go with the 5.  :)   I missed my Garmin.sunsetAs of right now, I am signed up for the 10K on Sunday.    This may well be my last chance to run a 10K until next year.  10K’s are sparse around here.  I hoping that one will pop up around Thanksgiving but no luck yet- all 5K’s and half marathons.    When it comes to the 5K- well I am also signed up for that.  I have yet to decide if I am running it.   I will figure that out as it gets closer.   Actually right now I am more concerned about chafing.  I am wearing a team tank for the first time on race day, yikes!  I can’t test it out because I won’t even get it until Saturday.    My arms are very particular about what kind shirts they lake.   Which is why I have the same tank in 11 different colors.   Fingers crossed!

Happy Friday!!

Ever forget your shoes? Or something else equally important?

Who is racing this weekend?

How is Fall treating you so far?

A Little Predicament

My next race is now less than 5 days away.    It’s actually the very first race I ran and one of my favorite races- the HOB Fun Run.  Also a little nerve wracking because it’s one race where I see a lot of people I know.   Performance anxiety!!  This will be my fifth year running it.   The first 3 years I ran the 5k and last year I was a little crazy.   I ran the 10k… and then the 5k.  The 10k was a PR (55:57) at the time and the 5k was run with C and her husband.

Throwback to my very first race

Throwback to my very first race

Originally my plan was to warm up for a mile, run the 10k, run the 5k.  That would bring me to 10 miles and I was going to treat that as the last double digit run before the City to the Sea half.   This year with my lovely GI issues (and no City to the Sea), I am torn on what to run.   I want to be just as crazy as I was last year.  Question is can I reign myself in, take it easy and still have fun?  The way I see it I have three options-

A- Run the 10k-easy, spectate the 5k
B- Skip the 10k, run the 5k-moderatly
C- Run both and practice pacing and breathing

Thing is, the 10k has an unofficial time limit of 1:15:00.   Both races have a loop course, the 5k is one loop and the 10k is two loops.    The 5k starts at 9:15 and the 10k at 8:00.   If I take it easy on the 10k, I am hoping that would be around 1:01-1:03 ish.   Which would give me 10 minutes to stretch and hydrate.   I know I can finish the miles, the question is how well and will it be fun.   I have friends running the 5k as well.  If I run with C and her husband, it’ll be around a 30 minute 5k- last year was 30:22- assuming I can stay with them.  I also have one friend running a little slower than that, and a couple more that will be run/ walking with a stroller.  So I have plenty of people to run the 5k with no matter the pace.

Mom and I between races last year

Mom and I between races last year

I am working the late registration/ packet pick up table on Saturday so I have until then to decide.   So help me out!

What are your thoughts?

Ever run a race 5 years in a row?

Ever run back to back races?

Almost there…

Friday was just as crazy as the rest of the week had been but it was ok, I had cookie Friday to get me through it.  :)  Plus for once, I had plans after work, girls night!  I met ML and A for dinner and a movie after work.    Dinner was at a pub like restaurant, where I took no pictures.  Oops!  The burger was so good I was too busy eating it and catching up with them.   Then it was on the movies, we saw Maze Runner.  It was good and they did a decent job of sticking to the book.  Granted I read it years ago, but they hit all the points I remembered.  I also indulged in movie popcorn, maybe too much, but it was so worth it.

Saturday morning started with work.  While I love that the weather is finally below triple digits, I could do with out the fog increase that has accompanied the cooler weather, particularly on my commute.   At one point, I could barely see 2 car lengths ahead of me.  Ugh.  After work, I decided to use Saturday as a rest day and just ran some errands.   My legs are a little tired from the extra 6 hours or so of standing per day but it’s still awesome.  I decided that it had been too long since I had rearranged the bedroom furniture so that was how I spent my Saturday evening.

She sure thought it was fun

She sure thought it was fun

With my new plan to step back on running, I am aiming for 3 days a week, 15-20 miles.   This week I had hoped for 15, a 3, a 5 and a 7 mile run.  Instead it was 3.5, 4.5 and 4.3.    I started the second set of medication that my doctor prescribed last night and woke with a pounding headache.  I don’t have time for that!  I had plans to go toSLO with my mom and get some shopping done plus that 7 mile run.

Purty, right?

Purty, right?

We were heading to SLO because back in July, I bought her a pair of running shoes at The Running Warehouse.  They were supposed to be a very early Christmas present but after a month, she decided that she hated them because the tongue never stayed in place.   So that was the first stop of the morning.   Probably should have checked the times because they didn’t open until 10.  Oops.  I told her that she had to do all the talking.  :)  Luckily the service was great as usual.   She didn’t have a second choice, so I took partial store credit and picked up a new pair of Wave Rider’s with the other part.   The new version comes out in a month so this way I have a back up when I need a new pair.  Plus who knows if I will like the new version.  I hated the Wave Inspire update.

And then I sat down.

And then I sat down.

Then it was lunch and some more shopping.  I wanted to stop at Banana Republic, I have an interview on Tuesday, so I felt I needed a new dress.   My head was still pounding and I was beginning to wonder if I was going to get in any running.   Once home, I put my stuff away and then took a 25 minute power nap.    I had very little desire run at that point but my head felt a little better, so I headed out.  I kept it super easy and walked whenever I needed.   Considering how I felt for the most of the day, I’d say it was damn good run.  I even had the energy to take the last hill (slowly) and hit 4.3 miles instead of the other way, 3.8.   I’d call that a win. :)  So mileage for the week- 12.3.

How was your weekend?

Anyone else hoard shoes in advance?

Ever hated a shoe update?

A Little Running and a Little Tom

Seriously, where has this week gone?  Not that I am complaining that tomorrow is Friday but how is tomorrow Friday?    Yesterday felt like Monday all day long.   Nobody needs two Mondays in one week.

funny quote my week all mondays except friday and saturday

This week, yes. Thanks Pinterest

I still love my new desk even if it is taking me longer to adjust than I thought.  I make it to about 1 each day before I need to sit; but I have adjusted to the chair finally.  I almost fell off the dang thing on Monday.  Between the wheels and the higher height of the seat, I had a few rough moments.  My challenge gave my coworkers a good laugh though.  :)

Tuesday’s run was rough.  Just ugh.    Not sure if it was partly due to tired legs or what but lets just leave it at 3.5 miles done.    Wednesday turned into a rest day.  I was supposed to go to the gym but I just wasn’t feeling it and work ran later than planned so rest it was.   I switched back to heels as well that day and for some reason, standing seemed easier.  I am so odd.IMG_6403

Tonight I had no desire to run the lake path so I headed back to my town and hit up the river path.   My initial warm up walk extended itself because I was a little nervous to run.  My last 2 4 “easy” runs have been the opposite of easy and throw in the Ventura half and I was just afraid of another rough run.  I couldn’t even decide on how many miles to run.  The Slacker in me was saying that 3 would be fine, the moderately reformed Slacker was telling me to do 5.   That tiny bit of fear was telling me to walk the whole thing.IMG_6407

I still have the 8:30/1:00 intervals set up on my Garmin, so after walking the first 9:30 I decided to stick with that and started running.   I tried to focus on my breathing and take slow, deep breaths.  I wanted to see if it helped any.  My old rule of thumb for most runs was to never be huffing and puffing even if it meant I was slower.  It worked for me last year, so let’s try it again!  I noticed after a mile or so that my form was better than usual.  I felt like I was running tall and it felt good.  Not sure if it was an added bonus of standing more  or if it was the shoes.   I was wearing my Sayonaras and I try to pay a little more attention to my form in them since they are a very neutral shoe and I tend to over pronate on the right side.   I was also running with Tom Cruise hands.  Why??? Again, I am odd.

I walked the 1:00 interval in both miles 2 & 3, telling myself I would try to run all of 4.  Sounds like a little thing but I haven’t run a solid mile in well over a month.   While I succeeded, I don’t think it counts.  At 3.5 miles I have to cross a street to get back to the path.  I tried to run across quickly but somehow my pepper spray leaped out my belt and landed in the cross walk.  I got to the curb and somehow paused both my Garmin and Nike+ app while spinning around.  I must have looked funny because every car was stopped staring at me.  What do I do?  Leave it or bolt and get it? I waved one car on and hoped no one on the other side would run over it.  I then bolted out grabbed it and ran back.  Dang it, that messed with my breathing!  And I finally lost the Tom Cruise hands.  :)  I carried the pepper spray the rest of the way.  1/4 mile later, I saw NikeC running my way, so we stopped and chatted a bit.  So yes, I ran all of mile 4 but I had 2 breaks.   :(

Overall, this was the least stressful run I have had in over a month.  For once I didn’t feel horrible.   Now just to duplicate it and still take it easy.   Easy, peasy right?  Ha!

How has your week been?  Anyone else have an extra Monday?

Anyone racing this weekend?  Long running?

Ever Tom Cruise’d it up?