Race Day, Run!, Training

Rock n Roll Las Vegas 5K Recap

My first night race! My first race in another state!


The 5K was up first on Saturday evening and would be followed by the headliner concert with The Goo Goo Dolls.  Kate was super organized so we had a plan of exactly when to leave our hotel with plenty of time to get to the Las Vegas Festival grounds.    Or so we thought.

The monorail platform was jam packed with runners, spectators and a few daring Las Vegas travelers.  Needless to say it took a few monorail passes before we managed to get on one and then it was like sardines in a can.  Or even closed than that.  I jokingly call it the “friendliest” monorail ride ever.  Seriously, we were so close, there was awkward touching happening.   We were all cracking jokes about it but it was still super awkward.  And each monorail stop just had more people trying to squeeze in, we had no space!!!

Finally we arrived with minutes to spare and all rushed through the casino to cross the street to the festival grounds only to be greeted by a giant line trying to get through security.  They were checking everyone’s bags, waving medal detector wands over everyone and had made people dump out their water.  They let me keep mine but I left it in my gear bag which we tossed to Kate’s parents as it was past start time and we had no idea where the gear drop trucks were.  They had taken a taxi to the festival, smart people.  😛


We hustled over to the second set of corrals and looked for Kate’s corral.  One security person tried to make me go line up in mine- my original corral was 4- but not only had it already left, with my leg being whiny all week, the plan was to run the race with Kate and we were aiming for party speed😀.  All race info said it wouldn’t be a problem to drop back.  Except to this one person.  Grrr.  She turned around and we jumped into the corrals.   As we made our way to the start line, we soon realized we should have had some lights or glow sticks to brighten up our outfits.  Oops, too late now!  After a few minutes in the corrals and an energetic countdown, we were off!


The course was an out back on the road behind the Strip, so it took you behind Circus Circus.  I had no idea that thing has an actual Big Top until I was running by it.  I know this was a night race but I was still surprised by how dark it was.  A light wouldn’t have been a bad thing, that road is not lit up like the Strip.  It still had music stations- DJ’s, speakers and live bands along the way to liven it up, plus checking out all the runners in their glowing outfits was fun, it was just darker than I thought.


I told Kate to set the pace and I would do whatever she wanted but at one point during mile 1, I looked at my watch and tried to subtly slow her down.  Hey, you’re running your first half tomorrow! I needed to be less subtle.  😛  She heard her GPS app speak and then knew what I was saying.  But we were having fun.

One thing that helped reign us in was the lack of water.  There was one water stop- at mile 2.   And even though it was an out and back course, there was a center divider so you could only access the water at mile 2 not on both sides.  It was still 70 degrees at race start.  And security had made people dump their water.  I left mine behind thinking oh Rock n Roll has this.  See a problem?


Once back into the festival grounds, we looped around the back lot a bit to add distance before passing a KISS cover band and running under the giant guitar guy towards the finish.

Finish- 39:56

I tried a few selfies with the medal but the lighting was not my friend that night😂

Once across the line, we picked up our medals and they gave us a few snacks and a bottle of water.  Then we hung and waited a bit for The Goo Goo Dolls to take the stage.  They still sound good!   We hung for a bit before heading back on thankfully less crowded monorail. 👌

Race #1 of the weekend complete. Half recap soon to come.  🙂

BibRave, Race Day, Run!

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Holy crap people, it’s Vegas weekend!!

How did that happen?

My bags are packed, I’ve purchased my monorail pass, my race confirmations have been printed- twice, once for each bag- I’ve checked into my flight, I’ve charged all my devices.

What have I forgotten?😛  How did I pack wrong?

I am heading into my first double digit double race weekend- while I’ve run 2 races the same weekend before, once I ran 3, but I’ve never crossed the 10 mile mark when combining those races.  This weekend I will run 16.2 miles along the Las Vegas Strip. And I recently discovered that the Strip is not flat.  Not sure why I thought it was.😛   Oh well, I don’t like flat anyways.


This will also be my first time in Las Vegas so this will probably be very much “small town girl lost in the bright lights” situation.  Whatever am I going to do with myself?  Luckily Kate is coming in on Saturday.  Yay!!!  Follow along on Instagram as we run 13.1 miles of lights and sounds and Kate runs her first half marathon!

I am also having a shoe dilemma.  I think my Ultra Boost are dead.  But I’ve never run more than 5 miles in any other pair of shoes.  Do I take 2 pairs of shoes?  Can I fit two pairs of shoes? Even then that would leave me running the half in the Ultra Boost.  My last 8 miles in them left me with screaming shins for 4 days.  More on that in my weekly recap.  Or lack there of.  😛 So do I wear old shoes that definitely hurt me or newer shoes that could hurt me?

I am looking forward to the expo.   However I am hoping to not spend too much.  Rock n Roll knows how to do an expo and I can be very easily tempted.   Shiny new gear!  Except I have to remember that I have to be able to pack it all and bring it all back.   Bummer.

Plus I get to meet more BibRave peeps!  Yay!  And hopefully some blog buddies too!

Any tips for Las Vegas?

New shoes or old shoes?

Race Day, Recap, Run!

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.

 

 

Run!, Training

Week 39 Training Recap

Training for:

  • City to the Sea 13.1
  • Harvest Marathon 13.1
  • Golden Gate Half

Where has the time gone?! We’re into the last week of September, how?  I know I whine about this quite often but I really just can’t wrap my head around how fast this year is moving.   Slow down!!

Last week was interesting as I received a tentative training schedule from Ekiden and a phone conversation with my coach.  Woo hoo!!  But also eeeek!!!  Can I handle this?  Someone give me a pizza, I’m freaking out over here. 🍕🍕

Monday- Rest  Migraine from hell.  Apparently I’ve turned into a big baby and any heat kicks my ass.   Sunday’s long run while not super hot was too hot.  I hydrated well but I couldn’t fight off the headache that started that evening.  By Monday it was a full fledged migraine and it was all I could do to get through work.


Tuesday- 3.1 miles First run in the Hoka’s.  Not too bad, nothing felt immediately off.  Making it to 3 miles was huge though- I never accomplished that in the PureFlow 5’s.   I also ran into a tarantula so I stopped and chatted with a gentlemen out walking about it.

Wednesday- Rest  Yeah, I am sure I did something but I don’t remember what it was.


Thursday- 5 miles  Half days for the win!   I got off work early and finally went to lunch with my uncle.    We’ve only been trying that for 4 years!   Then I went home to wait for a call from my coach.  🙂🙂   It was a good conversation and I am looking forward to seeing what happens with this.  Then I headed out for a run.  The plan called for 4-6  easy miles with pickups so I figured I would run my 5 mile route.  I was also trying the Hoka’s again so I wasn’t sure how far I would make it.   Not too bad.  My average pace at the end looked like an easy pace but in reality I was kind of all over the place.  Oops.  I did pretty good on the pickups though.  I did have to reroute due to a large, angry dog though.  Grrr.   The shoes felt pretty good but I think I have a different definition of cushion than everyone else.  I think they feel kind of hard.

Friday- Rest day  The computers crashed for the 3rd time in a week.  And never came back.   Seriously?!  I didn’t end up getting off work until 7.  Ouch.


Saturday- 30 minute shake out 1.3 mile power walk  I completely overbooked myself.  I  slept through my first alarm, oops.  Then I headed out to work for the morning, thankfully the systems were back up.     Traffic was nuts on the way home, there was a huge cycling event on the highway.  I was volunteering at registration / packet pickup for the HOB Fun Run and I had to decide between lunch and running.   I chose food but went with my mother so she could drop me off at packet pickup.  After my shift was done I power walked home.   Something was better than nothing right?


Sunday- HOB Fun Run  10K/5K  Recap in next post.

18.8 miles for the week.  Not too bad, better than previous weeks.   I have some weird aches and pains right now so I am hoping that they go away quickly.  I’ve been foam rolling and icing and wearing compression socks.   Fingers crossed!!

How was your week?

What do you do at work when the computers go down?

Any tips for tight ankles?

 

 

Race Day, Run!

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?