2016 HOB Fun Run 10k/5k

Woo hoo!  First race(s) since the marathon!  And it was one of my favorites.  🙂

I think I’ve talked enough about the logistics of this race over the years, even recently with my origin story.  But if you’re looking for those details you can check out my reviews over on bibrave.com.   Funny thing- a coworker called me today and asked if I had ever googled HOB Fun Run and clicked on images.  No, why?  So I did it.  Holy crap, the images are either of me or taken by me.  WTH?!  And man, I change my hair color a lot.  😛


Race morning dawned early and of course my stomach was being an asshat. Lovely.  I didn’t get to the start as early as I wanted.  I had planned on attempting a warm up but was only able to get in a few blocks of walking.  I stashed my shirt for the 5K at the refreshment table and lined up at the start.

10K

Loop 1- Miles 1-3 – 9:25, 9:54, 10:08

The plan had been to try and get as close to goal half marathon pace as possible but I knew from the moment I woke up that wasn’t likely.  Mile 1 was my quickest of the race.  My legs felt ok but I was feeling really sluggish and couldn’t seem to find another gear.    Mile 2 was more of the same but I just kept running.  I was hoping I just needed some time to warm up and would pick up the pace soon.  Around mile 2.25 something felt weird on my left foot.  I looked down and my shoelace was completely untied and flapping around.   Huh?! I think my shoes have only come untied one other time…ever.  I pulled to the side to retie but seemed to have lost all motor skills- it took forever!   As I was coming up on mile 3 towards the start line I could hear the motorcycle police officer coming up behind me.   Which meant I was about to get lapped by the race leaders.  Yay.  So they ran a 10K faster that I completed the 3.1 miles of loop one.  Ouch.   Loop one- 30:25 minutes.

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Part of me wants to burn this picture   source
Loop 2- miles 4-6- 10:24, 10:08, 10:21

I was getting more and more sluggish as I ran.  The skies were clear and the smoke has been gone for a while but my lungs were not happy at all.  Walk breaks became a real thing and I used my inhaler a few times.   A woman came up behind me just before mile 4 and asked if I was ok- I was coughing a bit and she saw me pull out my inhaler.  We ended up leap frogging each other the rest of the way.  We chatted a bit occasionally too.  She was from out of town and had registered the day before when she saw the booth in the park.    I said something about how it just wasn’t my day out there and things were rougher than they should have been.  I whined.  I later felt like an asshat when I overheard her on the phone saying it was one of her best races.   And I was whining the whole time- I’m sorry!!!    I hit mile 5 around 50 minutes and wondered if I could push the pace to finish under 1 hour.  Yeah no.

Finish- 1:02:55

Not the race I had hoped for but it was what I expected in those rare moments that  I am realistic with myself.  😛 I missed the group photo opp so I grabbed my other shirt and then hauled ass to my car.  I changed my shirt and my shoes.  The last 2 miles of the 10k in my Nikes felt like my feet were on fire.  Luckily I had the Hoka’s in my car.


5K

Cool thing about this race is that a lot of kids run, bike or scoot with their parents.  It’s just an accepted part of the race and there’s never any talk about bandits, which is cool since I ran with 2 coworkers and 2 kids.  🙂  One coworker brought her 2 kids and they were going to ride their scooters with us.   I’ve learned that running with kids is more like fartlek training.  😛 Run!!!!!! Walk.  Run!!!!!! Walk.  Water!   It was kind of awesome.   And major props to my coworker- she was hauling a backpack with water and at one point was carrying both scooters.   Moms rock!    About halfway, her son (5) started fading and her daughter(7) started pulling ahead.  I caught up with her and from then on we were in two teams.  I did whatever she wanted to do and I learned that I should hang out 7 year olds more- she was awesome.  At one point she asked why she could smell donuts.  I told her we were passing the donut shop and pointed it out.  Her response?  “Oh, come on!”.  I busted up laughing and for the next few blocks we talked about food.  🙂    She tired of the scooter so I started carrying it.  It took me a few minutes to figure it out, luckily I only bruised one shin.    I asked her is she wanted to wait for her mom and brother to catch up and she said no so we bolted to the finish.

45:17


All in all, was a good day and a fun one.   I look forward to next year’s race.

 

 

Origin Story: HOB Fun Run

I was one of those people who never ran. You know the one- “I only run when I am being chased” type.   I was active in sports growing up- years and years of softball and tennis- but I hated running.  Why would anyone want to run?   I think I ran the mile maybe 4 times all through high school? Maybe, I was very good at getting out of PE.  😛

Fast forward to years later when I was working at Taco Bell.  I opened every Sunday so I was always headed there early in the morning- every so often I would notice that the main street in town was blocked off and people were running up and down it.  I couldn’t even contemplate the idea of a “fun run” so I had no idea what was going on.  It also never dawned on me that it was always the last Sunday in September that this happened.

Fast forward a few more years to 2007 and I had a career change.  That new career was big on community service.   I admit I was clueless but a coworker told me that a good way to ease into it was the fun run.  I’m sorry the what?   Turns out the HOB Fun Run was a big deal.   Last Sunday of September with races for all levels and ages. It was USATF certified, offered a decent prize purse and was flat and fast.  100% of race entries are donated to local charities.  There were 2 10k’s, 2 5k’s, a mile race, a kids 1/2 mile race, 75 yard dash and a mascot race.   I had no idea what any of that meant but they said it was easy to work an aid station and hand out water.  Ok, sign me up.

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Holy crap, someone should have warned me that I was going to be cold!  I think my hands went numb.  I may live in CA but my town has crazy temperature fluctuations- I could have used mittens.    The first 10k was the masters division.  So yeah, I saw elites race before I ever had a clue what that meant.   They never wanted any water.  😉   The second 10K was normal people- except they were all still speedy.  The 10K has an unofficial time limit of 1:10:00-1:15:00 anything past that and you are running into the 5K start.  I didn’t know any of that out at the mile 1 aid station but it wasn’t a horrible way to spend a Sunday morning.

I worked the water station at mile 3 in 2008 and froze again.  2009 saw me working the aid station at mile 2- conveniently located in front of a grocery store and I went and bought us all donuts.   The runners were very jealous.    I was getting to know the stories- one man always ran in suit.   One year he had been running later after church so he just ran in his suit.  It became a tradition.   The mascot race was always hilarious. One year Smoky the Bear lost his pants.  The diaper dash was always adorable.   Plus the parents were always eager- the winner took home a washer and dryer.  😉

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Throwback to my very first race

2010 was the first year I contemplated running.  My friend, NikeC was training for a marathon- I could handle a 5k right??   So instead of volunteering, I ran my first 5K.   It was hard and I walked more than I would have liked but I was back the next year.  And the next.  2012 was when I started volunteering at registration/ packet pick up on Saturday’s.  2013 saw my first double– I raced the 10k, quick bib change and ran the 5K.   Same story in 2014 with a dose of a massive asthma attack and another double race day in 2015.   I worked registration those 2 years as well.  Over the years, we got a little more organized running team wise and we now have a good showing-

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Yeah, we stood out.

Things have changed over the years-the race is no longer USATF certified.  I heard it was more of a pain in the ass than it was worth.  The course has never changed though so you know the distance is accurate.   So now there’s only one 10K and 5K.  Running hit a boom and the number of local races grew which made the number of runners dropped a little.   Doesn’t matter, it’s still one of my favorite (and most stressful) races.

Sunday will mark my 10th time participating in the HOB Fun Run in some way.   I will be working registration in the park on Saturday and toeing the 10K line on Sunday.  I haven’t signed up for the 5K yet but it’s 95% likely I will.  😛

Do you have any “tradition” races?

Ever run a double race?

 

 

Bands on the Run 10K 2016

I love this race but man I have a short term memory when it comes to dune sand. 😝

This is my 3rd time running the 10K portion of the event and I keep cracking jokes that I get slower every year. The race benefits a local high school music program and is very low frills. Which is fine by me, I am always impressed that they have their own designed bibs. Most smaller, local races use the free Road ID ones. They offer a 5k, 10k and a half marathon. All the races are out and backs. I considered running the half in lieu of my long run that week but decided against it. I am so glad I made that choice.

Packet pickup took less than 5 minutes on Friday and that included parking. 😃 I was able to get what is a decent nights sleep for me pre-race- 6 hours- but that was only because the race had a late start. The races started at 10. 10? This is California! I have never had a race start that late. Most half marathons start at 7 or earlier, 10K’s around 8. If you’re really lucky, a 5K may start at 9. Maybe. I have troubles fueling properly on a normal basis, how the hell do I fuel for a late 10K? I know that beach races are dictated by the tides though so this must have been the best option. It was ridiculously cold when we first got to the high school so I was optimistic it would stay that way. After a fitness warm-up, the presenting of the flag, the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem, we lined up and were off!


Miles 1-2 9:35, 10:41

Mile 1 takes you around the track out the parking lot into the cypress tunnel trail and down to the beach. Since I was running this in place of the week’s tempo, I was perfectly content with mile 1. I also don’t think I could PR this course if I tried. 😝 Just before you exit the cypress tunnel to hit the beach you run through the drum line which is always awesome. Then mile 2 starts. And I pretty much came to a standstill. I’ve run 6 races on the beach but I still have no idea how to run over soft dune sand. I just keep sinking. I swear one of these times I am just going to take my shoes off and carry them. I tried to bring my pace back down once on the hard pack but the damage was done.

Miles 3-4 9:59, 10:03

I was tiring and that was not cool. I wasn’t even halfway, what was going on? I also noticed that there were more rocks and pebbles and things on the beach, then I realized how far up the beach we were. This was not low tide. We had to cross some rocks to get to the turn around point. Little rocks but they were still wet. The half marathoners were scrambling over big rocks as they kept going. To my untrained eye, it seemed like the tide was coming in but I had to have been wrong. How were the half marathoners going to come back?! Once at the turn around, I knew I only had 3 miles left and told myself to pick up the pace. Except I couldn’t seem to find another gear. The moisture in the air was aggravating my asthma but I just tried to ignore it. I just told myself to focus on running towards the rock.

From 2014, the tide was much higher on Saturday

Miles 5-6 10:42, 10:31

Damn, I’m consistent on the dune sand. Those miles are within 1 second of each other. I hit the dune sand with a lap pace of 9:40 for mile 5. By the time I was out, I was at 10:42. I was also regretting running without my headphones as all I could hear was myself sucking wind- ha! I was hoping to pick up the pace on the last mile but I was toast. The sun had come out the last 2 miles and it felt like the temp had jumped 20 degrees. Once more through the drum line and the cypress tunnel then back around the track to the finish. I saw my mother on the sidelines and tried to muster up a smile. Some of the pictures she shot show that smile, some show some truly horrible form. 😛 My Garmin shows that I picked up the pace for the last bit but I felt like I was running in quicksand.

Finish- 1:02:38
See, slowest one yet! 😉

Now, if my intention was to treat it as a true tempo for marathon training, then I mostly succeeded. My overall pace was right where I needed it to be even with dune sand miles. In all honesty though, I was hoping for a better showing. I don’t even think it was my time that disappointed me, it was how hard it felt. This was only 6 miles, how on earth am I ever going to run a marathon?!

All that aside, I still love this race. Sore calves, sand in my shoes and all. I look forward to running it next year. Maybe a little faster? 😉

San Francisco Marathon Training Week 9

Holy crap, I’m halfway there!

I’ve yet to decide if that is reassuring or reason enough for a panic attack.  It could go either way, it just depends on the day.  😝

After week 8’s less than stellar showing I was really hoping for a better week.  What I got was a learning week.   And an injury scare.   Then I finished it all up with a tough 10K.


Monday- 5 miles. I love seeing easy miles on the plan.  However, I ran these too fast.  I was about a minute under pace for the run.  While it felt pretty good at the time, I wonder if this added to the issues that popped up later in the week.   I also ran these miles in my Pureflow’s.  I was thinking of wearing them for my race so I wanted put a few miles on them since I hadn’t worn them since the SLO half.   My toes still feel squished but other that I remembered why I loved those shoes.


Tuesday- 1.25 mile w/u, 6 x 800, 1.25 mile c/d.  Since I missed week 8’s speed workout due to a head cold, I decided to do it this week instead of jumping to the 1K repeats.    800’s are hard.   The 600’s a few weeks ago had felt pretty comfortable, these did not, these were hard.    I also had technical difficulties of the hilarious kind.   I’ve been using the workout feature on my Garmin; I create the workout online and push it to my watch so I don’t have to try and track the intervals on my own.  So I programmed in what I thought were 6 intervals of 800 with 400 meter recoveries.   I felt like my first 400 m recovery was taking forever.   I kept checking my watch but it kept saying 399.9.  What?  Come to realize that I had programmed my recovery at 400 MILES not meters.  Oops!!    So from then I just tried to ballpark when to hit the lap button to end each recovery.     I underestimated each time, oops.    My recoveries ended up being around .15.


My goal time for each 800 was 4:30-4:42.  Actual times were-  4:28, 4:23, 6:38, 4:26, 4:24, 4:23.  So yeah that 3rd 800?  I had tried to see if I could fix the 400 mile recovery but not only failed, I had also started the run interval but not realized it.   I think it would have been in the line with other ones though.

Wednesday- Rest  My legs were feeling super sore.   I wore compression socks to work and changed from boots to flats.  That might not have been the best idea.  I also had an appointment with my gastroenterologist and I have a shiny new elimination diet to start this week.   During marathon training…yay?      Also pizza night was a giant fail.  Boo.


Thursday- 8 easy miles— 3.75 miles  With a 10K race on Saturday, the plan was to swap my easy run and my tempo.   My training plan advised against this as I was supposed to step up to 8 tempo miles this week but I really like this race.   I still felt sore and tired so I headed to the river path to get in an easy 8.  Ha!   My legs hurt from the get go.   My shins hurt, my ankles hurt, my arches felt off and my knees started to ache.    I gave it 2 miles to see if it was all in my head and if I was going to be able to run it out.  No dice.  I called it at 2 and hobble ran/walked back to the car.   It hurt.   I went home and stretched, rolled and put on compression socks again.   And tried really hard not to freak out.  Thank you to Heather and Ashley for putting up with all of my whining text messages.  😂

Friday- Rest  My legs were still super sore.   I was beginning to question Saturday’s 10K.


Saturday- Bands on the Run 10K  Could have gone better but I made it through it.  More on that next post though.  Why do beach races make my calves so sore?

Sunday- 15 miles- Rest  My alarm was set for an early run but when it went off, I said no.  I had started to feel the beginning of a headache Saturday night and tried to fight it off by sleeping with an ice pack.  No luck, Sunday morning it was a full on migraine.  I shut off the alarm and slept more hoping it would ease up and I could get some miles run in the afternoon.  Unfortunately, all the afternoon saw was a 2 hour long nap.   My head hurt so bad, I didn’t even complete this post in time to go up on Monday.    Once again, I slept with an ice pack that night.

Hmmm, well 4 days is better than week 8 right?  Unfortunately my overall mileage still hovered in the low 20’s.  The leg pain kind of freaked me out and I am making an adjustment to my training plan going forward.  I am swapping my Monday easy run for Wednesday’s rest day.   I knew my training plan was intense for a Slacker like me, even with dropping Friday’s run from the get go.   So now let’s see how I feel with 3 days in a row instead of 4.  Cumulative fatigue is one thing, I am freaking tired.    Plus, who knows how these dietary changes are going to go over?  Fingers crossed!   Hopefully, my legs will get me through the week. 😀

How was your week?

How many days can you comfortably run a row?

Who else raced this weekend?

 

 

 

 

2015 HOB Fun Run 10K/ 5K

This was my 9th year participating in the HOB Fun Run.  It was my 8th time volunteering and my 6th time running.  Breaking it down even further- this would be my 6th time running the 5K and 3rd time running the 10K.  Also the 3rd time running both races.  As much fun as I have at this race, it’s also one of the most stressful.   So many people I know!  It kind of freaks me out.  Throw in team shirts and you can’t even blend in anymore.  🙂


The Scene-

The race starts and ends downtown.  I could walk to the start if I wanted to.  I have yet to do that though.   The course is a loop around the city park and down the main drag.  The 10K is 2 loops and the 5K is one.   It’s one of the few races I’ve ever run that is a completely closed course.   A kids 1/2 mile race, a 75 yard dash and a diaper dash are also offered.  It’s a race known for being flat, fast and still offers prize money.  The baby who wins the diaper dash wins a washer and dryer. 

The 10K started at 8, so I arrived a little before 7:45.  I knew we were attempting a group photo with whoever was there before the 10k.   C and C-hub were there- race buddies!!!   I  haven’t run a race with them since last year’s fun run.   I miss my buddies.  😞 There were 6 of us for the first shots.  After the standard shot, the race photographer decided he wanted one of the back of our shirts.   It was the most awkward picture ever.  It’s a total butt shot and I was thankful I was wearing a skirt.  😏   The plan was to race the 10K and just have fun running the 5k.   I was still feeling my running funk so I had very basic goals for the 10K-

A- Sub 55- PR- I knew it wasn’t happening but I could dream right?
B- Sub 60
C- Better than last year’s blow up

10K-  The one where I was beat by a 30lb dog.

30 seconds to the start I realized I left my water in my bag with my bib change for the 5k.  Crap!   C rocks, I texted her and she grabbed it and tossed it my way when I ran past.   I felt like I started out too fast but I really didn’t.   However it was my fastest mile of the race.    My stupid headphones refused to play and then wouldn’t stay in my ears so I ran the first loop with them wrapped in my hand.    I stayed steady and tried to increase my turn over but it wasn’t happening.  I rounded the corner to finish lap 1 and was able to toss my headphones to C-hub.    I also saw my time at the 5K mark- 28:something- ouch.  Miles 1-3: 9:08, 9:23, 9:23


I tried to pick it up on the second loop but I just couldn’t find another gear.  I never felt like I was running hard but I didn’t feel like I could run any faster either.   It was odd but I had a feeling it wasn’t going to be a banner day so I was ok with how I was running.   Seeing a less than 30lb dog with little legs outrun me was a little disheartening though.  😃    Seriously, the dog ran the entire 10K with his owner and didn’t even seem phased.  Miles 3-6:  9:13, 9:40, 9:31

Finish- 58:54

 

Goal B successfully accomplished.   Time for a quick bib change and the main group shot before the 5K.

Yeah, we stood out.
Yeah, we stood out. Source

5K-

C, C-hub and their daughter E were planning on run/ walking the 5K and I was going to join them.   C and E bolted from the starting line leaving C-hub and I in the dust.   We eventually caught up around .5 mile in when E need a walk break.  I could tell C just wanted to bolt so I suggested she and C-hub dash off and E and I would follow along behind.   I didn’t have to twist her arm.  😄

It was E’s first race so I let her set the pace.  We ran when she wanted to and walked when she needed.   There are 3 water stations along the course and you pass 2 of them twice so that means there are 5 water points for a 5K.   This was needed as it was very warm morning.   I made sure that E got water at each stop.    At the second stop, I hung on to my water cup for some reason.   That station didn’t have a trash can and I didn’t want to toss onto the clean street so I hung onto it.    I’ve never done that before but it turned out to be a good thing.  As we were coming up on the third water station I saw that no on was manning it anymore.  Where did they go?  There were about 100 runners behind us!   Once at the table, I realized there were no cups but there was still water in the 5 gallon jugs.   Good thing I held onto my cup!   I had E hold the cup while I hefted the water.   We were able to get water this way here and on the way back.    We continued run/ walking until 1 block before the finish and then it was a sprint to the end.   E hauled ass and finished strong!  Woo hoo!

Finish- E-37:37/ Me- 37:39

 

We got our medals and headed for water.  We also met back up with C and C-hub.  They finished just over 30 minutes.   Awesome!   We chatted a bit while waiting for the kids races.  Seriously the kids are so stinking cute when they run.  Some of them were so enthusiastic they were literally kicking themselves in the butt.   The 75 yard dash was broken into 3 heats since there were so many kids.   Unfortunately I had to leave before I could see the diaper dash.  😦


  
Overall, it was a fun morning and a great way to see a bunch of people I don’t see on a regular basis.  I miss my running buddies, hopefully it’s not another year until we race together again. 😃    Water station 3 snafu aside, it was a great race, and always runs smoothly.    I’m looking forward to next year.