HOB Fun Run-Race Recap

Race day!!!!  However, I was so comfy this morning; I had a very hard time getting out of bed.   I pushed it as far as possible before getting up and ready to go.  I ended up choosing to go with my new capris and a green running tank.    I have a problem eating food before a race but I got one Belvita cracker down, grabbed my Gatorade and candy corns and was out the door.

As I wandered down to the starting line, it was so cold.  My arms and toes were so cold but I had nowhere to stow a jacket, so I made sure to stand on the sunny side of street.   Waiting to line for the starting gun, I always have a sudden moment of panic.  A dizzying array of thoughts that all lead back to “oh my god, why am I doing this, I’m gonna fall on my face”.  There was a little delay with the starting gun, had to wait for the police escort to get back!   Another thing I like about this race- a motorcycle cop leads the way for both the 10K and the 5K.  He arrived and we were off!

I normally start out too fast and slow from there.  This time I wanted to maintain pace as best as I could.  I had a goal in mind but wasn’t sure if I could pull it off, but I was going to try.  So I focused on my breathing, picked someone in front of me to pace-stalk and kept going.

Mile 2 I was feeling good, hit the turn-around at 2.2 miles and headed back to complete the first loop.  Here I discovered a new running fear.  I have always been afraid of being the last to finish a race and yes I know that last is better than never started.   However at 2.5 miles, the leaders with the lovely pace officer were heading towards their mile 5.  Umm, what?  Was I going to get lapped before I had even completed the first lap?  Yikes!

Sprinting to the finish!!! 10K

Sprinting to the finish!!! 10K

It didn’t happen, whew.  I rounded the corner to finish lap 1 and the Grizzly Academy in uniform was standing in a line over half the block, cheering runners on.  Good pick me up!    Now, here’s a question, does a 5k PR count if it’s during a 10k?  When I ran passed the clock, it said 27:44… hell yeah!  But now I had to maintain it, and I really wanted to take a walking break.  No!  This was partially practice for my upcoming half, so I pushed on.  By mile 4.5, the person I was pace-stalking graduated from a 1 block lead to a 2 block lead.   I was actually maintaining pace, so they must have been one of those people talented enough to pull negative splits.  Finally mile 6 and the finish line was just around the corner.  Just keep running, just keep running, just keep running and done!  55:57.   Only by 3 seconds but still 55 minutes!!!!  Part of me wanted to do a little jig but I was tired!  And I had another race in 15 minutes.

 

Steady!

Steady!

Met up with my mom (photographer) and C and her husband at the finish line.  I was running the 5K with them.  Took some photos and had a quick shirt/ bib/ chip change.  I also refueled with some Gatorade and a few candy corns.  Yummy, carbs and sugar. Ok, time to line up again.  I told C and her husband that I would probably tire quickly and drop back.   The gun rang out and we were off!

 

Wardrobe change!

Wardrobe change!

I was able to stay strong with them for the first 1.5 miles.  Plus it was kind of nice having someone to talk to while running.   The halfway point was a little rough, but I hung in there and we kept running.  Around 2.2 again, I really wanted to walk but forced myself to pick it up a bit.  Yeah that lasted for like a block.   Just before the 3 mile mark, C’s husband starts telling us to pick it up; we could do it, just run!  Seriously dude?  But we did, rounded that last corner and finished at 30:22.  C and I managed to finish at the exact same time, he finished a few seconds ahead.    I’ll take it!!!  Way better than I was aiming for.  I told him thanks because without his prodding, I so would have walked at least part of that.

 

We didn't plan to match,we're just good like that, hehe

We didn’t plan to match,we’re just good like that, hehe

Then I realized, I had just run a 10K and a 5k without any walking!   Where did that come from!  We took some more pictures and waited for everyone we knew to cross the finish line.  I also ran over to the race truck to check the official finishing times, have to see it to believe it you know.

 

Then C and I lined back up.  We were running the half mile with a co-workers son.  Yep, another race.  I think I lost my mind.  He was so cute and so excited, though, I was hoping he would go slow.   Starting gun sounds and he was off like a bullet.  Woah, C and I had to bolt to catch him.  He held strong till about the 3rd block, and then he needed a walk.  Oh, thank you.  So we walked half a block and then ran the other half.  Rounded the corner and he slowed.  It was piggy back time!  C carried him for a block, then he ran/ walked another 2.  2 blocks from the end, we rounded a corner at the park and there was a park bench.  Perfect time to take a seat!  We got him moving with another piggyback ride before he ran the final block and collected his super cool dog tag.  All in all a success!  And fun, too.

I was so done then, but M showed with Baby G.  I stuck around a little longer.

 

Cutest running partner ever!

Cutest running partner ever!

Eventually it occurred to me that I really needed food and a chair, so I headed out.  I met my mom for lunch and re- fueled with some amazing pizza!  Later in the afternoon, I indulged in some racing of another kind.  We went to the movies and saw Rush.   It was seriously good.  Very loud and very intense, but very good.  Don’t hold the popcorn in your lap; you may tip it when you cringe!  Not my usual cup of tea but I wouldn’t mind seeing it again.

 

Amazing goodness

Amazing goodness

Tomorrow should be an easy 3, but we will see how it goes.

Hope everyone had an amazing weekend!  Any one run a race or see any good movies?

 

 

Less than 12 hours to go!

Race day is just a few hours from now and I am stoked.  I worked the registration booth for a few hours today and it’s always fun.   People are so eager and excited to pick up their gear and see what this year’s shirt looks like.   Grey and oh so soft, mine might become a sleep shirt.

 

Woo hoo!

Woo hoo!

There are also the first timers.  Picking up their packets and asking lots of questions. Where’s the start, how does my chip work, do I wear my shirt?   Awww, I remember that feeling.   I kind of wish I could go back.   I still get super excited (and nervous) but that first race was just so new and so different.

So what the HOB Fun Run offers are a 10K, a 5K, a kids ½ mile, a 75 yard dash and a not so dirty diaper dash.  On that note, how cute is this onesie!  Even the smallest competitors receive race swag!

 

How cute is this?

How cute is this?

This year the adults don’t receive a medal but the kids all earn a cool dog tag for completing their race.  Plus, like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the winners receive cash! Woo hoo!   Not that I will ever be that fast.  Last year, the same guy won the 10K and the 5K.  I think his times were 30 min and then 15:something.  Or something around that, either way, freakishly fast.

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The start/ finish line goes up today, so that section of road closed early.  By the time my shift was done, the big parts were up.  By tomorrow morning there will be banners and lots of red carpet.  This is the only way I will ever be on the red carpet!

 

Getting Ready!

Getting Ready!

There’s also a pasta feed tonight, pancakes in the park tomorrow, face painting and bounce houses.  I am so pumped up!  I had my own spaghetti carb load meal for dinner.

 

carbs are good right?

carbs are good right?

I still can’t decide what to wear tomorrow; I have 3 outfits lying in various spots around the room.  I really need to try and get to bed early, got a big day ahead tomorrow.  2 races, with a great crowd and some friends running too!  I still haven’t quite worked out the logistics of 2 bib numbers and 2 timing chips, but I will.

 

I hope everyone had a great Saturday and a better Sunday to follow!  Sweet dreams!

Short is better than none right?

So, not feeling well on Tuesday led into a second rest day on Wednesday.  Plus between work and school and then back to work, I felt all over the place and so, so tired.  Thursday was a normal day of work followed by school later in the evening.   If I was a smart person, I would have run 4 miles in the time between. I had my clothes and shoes in my car.  I, however, was not smart and chose to meet the tennis team for dinner at Chipotle.  Oops.    Didn’t get out of school until 10 or even home until well after.  Running at 5 AM this morning on 4 hours of sleep?  Yeah not so much.  The bed was so warm and comfy :)

So, that brings me to 3 days off with no running.  You would think that 3 days rest would make me feel invigorated and ready to go, right?  Ummm, no.  I am still so tired.  What gives?  I have a race in less than 48 hours and I need to get a run in before then.  I generally don’t like going for a run the day before a race (tomorrow), plus that would then be 4 days off.    Yuck.    It’s not like I’m sick, I just feel super tired and worn out.  Not a good combination to start the weekend. :(

I hate running on Fridays because it usually feels like a longer day and work is generally busier.   My last long run was on a Friday but was only because I was on vacation.   However, I had my running clothes with me and was going to try and make myself go the gym after work.    Yeah, putting on running capris after 3 days of Slacker-dom? Oh what fresh hell is that?!

yup, felt like that

yup, felt like that

I didn’t make it to the gym but I did make it to the lake.  I was fighting a setting sun as well as Friday fatigue.  But anything is better than nothing right?  I set out to do 2 laps.   That would be around 2.35 miles.  Since it was short, I decided to push a little harder.   I started out feeling really sluggish but halfway through my legs actually felt pretty good.   I wanted more sun.  Plus I got to test out my new capris, so far so good, but it was only 2 miles.    The weather for this Sunday’s race may be a little warmer that I would like.  I can’t decide if I want to wear capris or shorts.   Decisions, Decisions.

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I am hoping that working the registration/ packet pick up table tomorrow will help get me in gear.   I really like watching everything be set up.  Plus, it is fun handing out the packets and watching people pick up their bib numbers and chips.   The shirts can turn into a bit of hassle with people wanting to changes sizes but it’s still fun.

I love this race; I really do, but it also adds stress.  The course is flat and fast and if there was a time to aim for a PR, this would be it.  In fact many people try.   The course has not changed over the years and it is the only race I have ever run that offers money for the top 3 placers in the 10K and top male/ female in the 5K.  Plus 100% of the race entry fees go to charity and you get to choose which charity your entry fee benefits.   There are usually 3 charities to choose between.

This is also the only race I have ever run that actually closes the roads.   Ever run a half-marathon with a semi coming up behind you?  Yeah, it’s a little nerve wracking.    The 5K is one loop through downtown and the 10K is two loops.  I am nervous about running through the starting/ finish line after the first loop.  I know that my Nike app tells me the pace at every mile, but it’s different than seeing the numbers on that big red clock.  Hopefully running passed the crowd will be enough of a distraction.  Either that or work as a motivation boost!

 

Anyone have any big plans for the weekend?

Any races or long runs?

Running Uncomfortable

 

Monday morning rolled around, and I greeted the day with a sore throat.  Umm no, I do not have time for that.  I have a race in 5 days!

By mid-afternoon Monday, I was feeling better, having a case of the Mondays but better.   Leaving work I headed to the lake to get in a few laps.  I was aiming for 3.5 miles.  I also had another odder goal in mind.

 

The lake path, dry now :(  Where's the rain?!

The lake path, dry now :( Where’s the rain?!

I set out to run uncomfortable.   Races rarely ever go exactly according to plan, so why not run with random issues on purpose?  So I had packed my shortest shorts and a t-shirt to run in.   Shorts that ride up drive me bonkers, I spend more time fixing them then running.   I also dislike running in sleeves as they irritate my arms.   Apparently I have sensitive arms because running used to make them bleed.  So now I am very particular about the tank tops I wear.  Plus after 13 miles, what started out comfortable can often turn ugly.

I have to admit that the t-shirt served a secondary purpose as well.  I was already wearing tiny shorts, a looser shirt made me feel less exposed.  Oh, the things we tell ourselves.

Anyways, I set out in uncomfortable clothes with no water for 3.5 miles.  My goal was to maintain pace even while dealing with wardrobe mishaps and a warmer day than planned.  Was it comfortable? No.  There is a very valid reason I don’t run in those shorts. I felt the urge to yank them down every 3 feet.  As an added distraction, it turned out that the material was a little slippery and my belt slid around more than usual.  The t-shirt actually didn’t suck.   All in all though, mission accomplished.  Granted, the 10K on Sunday is 2x as long and a lot go wrong in 13 miles.  But I feel slightly more prepared for it.

Awkward but done!!

Awkward but done!!

Tuesday was supposed to be the start of a new volleyball season.  I packed my clothes the night before and dug out the Nerd socks.    Woke up this morning with the same sore throat, WTF?   The pain eased up and went away by midday.  However, then my lunch decided not to like me.   With a race in 5 days, I chose to bypass volleyball practice.  :(

 

Tomorrow brings work and work school and then back to work for the monthly meeting.  The only miles I will be putting in will be driving.  However, maybe that is a good thing with mysterious sore throat.  So, as of now, I have not planned my next run.  Again, :(

 

Coming up, though, my favorite race!!!!! The HOB Fun Run.  This will be the 7th year that I have participated in this race in some form or another.  The first 3 years I volunteered at a water table, wondering why anyone in their right mind would be running down the street on a cold Sunday morning.  After 3 years watching, I ran it the 4th year; it was my very first race.  I was wearing the shoes my friend C had helped me get for my birthday that year.  She was training for the Nike Women’s marathon that year, so she did not run it.  I had other friends run it and they all finished ahead of me, but I finished! Last year during the 5K was the first time I broke 30 minutes.   This will be my 4th time running it and my first time running the 10K.  I am so excited!!!!!  This will also be my second year working the packet pick up the day before.

 

So rest is on the menu to prepare for an awesome weekend ahead!  So I am typing this from my very comfy chair!!

 

Happy almost Wednesday!!!! Almost halfway to Friday :)  Hope everyone is having a good week so far!

 

My Happy Place

It rained!!!!!  Only for a bit and it was more of a mist but it rained!   It happened while I was working Saturday, I tried to take a picture but it just looks gray.   We’re in the middle of a drought so any rain is exciting.  Granted I wasn’t in my home town and it turns out it didn’t get any rain.  Driving home in the rain and fog was less exciting.  I was behind a car going 40 in a 60, but that was actually ok as I could hardly see the car itself due to the fog.

 

It really is raining!

It really is raining!

I arrived home to find new toys in the mail!  My new belt had arrived.  I had searched numerous web sites and asked  fellow bloggers opinions as I was super frustrated by my current hydration belt.   After checking things out, RunningFromitAll (awesome blog) recommended iFitness.  Duh! They made my basic running belt that I really liked aside from it being too small for longer races.  I had forgotten about them.  So I checked out their website, turns out they changed their name to Fitletic.  After mulling things over, I ordered myself a new belt.

 

New gear!

New gear!

Now this is not a hydration belt.  I can order the add on’s for that but I think I am going to try it without.  There are 5 water stations in my next half marathon, so I figure between those and a little handheld with Gatorade, I will be ok.  At least that is the plan.  We’ll see how it works out after the race.  It has 2 pockets and some straps for gels, as well as race bib holders.   I probably won’t use the bib holders, I tend to wear my belt really low on my hips.   My phone does fit much better in this belt as well.

 

I was torn between the track and the gym for my run, but I really wanted to test out my new belt.  The track won.  Which is more than fine by me, the track is my “happy place”.  I was aiming for between 4-5 miles and was thinking about trying some 800’s.  I felt pretty good after my first mile, so I decided to just try and maintain pace as long as I could.  I had a larger bottle of water to carry but it was driving me bonkers so I left it on a table by the track.

I hit mile 4 and still felt good, so I kept going.  My mother had come with me for this workout and I noticed then that she was doing her sprints.  She does those when she nears the end of her workout.  I rounded the south curve and hit mile 5, and she was sitting on the table waiting.  It was too good of run to quit so I pushed through to a full 10K.   Mile 6 was my best mile out of the 6, 9:38 :)  My overall pace was better than my previous run on the treadmill.  But I also love the track now, like I said, it’s a happy place.  I hated it in high school, but then I hated running too.  I have always been a slacker.  I was actually asked a couple times if I wanted to run track back then and I was like “why the heck would I do that?”.  I ran the required amount for tennis and softball and that was it.  Not a foot more.  Now I wish I had maybe given it a shot then, maybe it wouldn’t be so hard now.

 

Today was a designated Slacker day.  I spent the day shopping.  Prior to getting healthier and losing weight, I use to say that window shopping was exercise, all that walking up and down the street right?  My Nike Fuelband quickly put that theory to rest.  Shopping days are actually some of my laziest days.  I earn more fuel points at work, and I sit at a desk a lot.   Today, I discovered that trying on clothes is a work out, haha!  I went to Dick’s to look for a new pair of running capris.  I tried on 9 pairs, that was just ridiculous.   I ended up going with the Nike Filament Capri, which was funny because they were the pair I liked the least on the rack and based on fabric.  Once on, though, they felt awesome.  Now to see if they run awesome.

All black but cute!

All black but cute!

 

 

Color!!!

Color!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also picked up some new work clothes for a steal :)  and ate some yummy food.  I picked up a few things to finish the mini room makeover, but still haven’t been able to get the headboard to work.  All in all, a very good Slacker Sunday.

 

So yummy, I snacked a bit first :)

So yummy, I snacked a bit first :)

Almost there!!

Almost there!!

I hope everyone had an awesome weekend and kicked ass in any races :)