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2017 City to the Sea 13.1 Recap

What do you do when need to run a long run and need the motivation to get up early? Sign up for a race!

Let’s count the things that did not go like planned-

  • Had stomach issues on Saturday but hoped they would go away by race morning.
  • It didn’t, it was even worse.  To the point where I had a complete change in wardrobe plans.  If I could have run in a dress I would have.  I needed the least amount of pressure possible.
  • Ran in a skirt I haven’t worn in 2 years, probably qualified as something new on race day.  Ditto to the Camelbak I decided to use.
  • I was late leaving the house, then spent too much time at a Chevron station using the facilities due to above mentioned GI issue.
  • Lost one of the zip ties for the timing chip.  Found it again after tearing apart car.
  • Strolled up to the start with 3 minutes to spare.
  • Ran the race on Zero calories.
  • With my back issues, I was thinking this would be slower than long run pace.  My parents were meeting me at the finish line- I told them over a 2:30 finish.

And yet-

Miles 1-4 9:38, 9:39, 9:44, 9:58


The race starts off downhill so I figured the first few miles would be my fastest but I had been thinking high 10’s.  Mile 1 clocked in and I remember thinking “what the hell legs? We can’t maintain that”.  Then mile 2 took freakin’ forever.  I’ve run this course 5 times and I couldn’t figure why the hell it was taking so long so I finally looked at my watch.  Mile 2.86.  Oh I missed the mile marker, good to know I am not crazy.   I was trying to not look at my watch but I knew my legs were still running a pace they had no business running.  My friend Bix came up behind a little after mile 3.  We chatted a bit before she pulled ahead a little after mile 4.  I had to crash soon right?

Miles 5-8 10:20, 10:44, 11:13, 9:34

Mile 5 starts a long slow climb which I like as it loosens up any leg tightness I may have.  I also took my first walk break as my back gave a tiny twinge.   Mile 6 saw lots of walking as those stupid stomach issues came rearing back.  Are you kidding me?!?!  The last aid station at mile 4 and the next one wasn’t until past mile 7.     I also was suddenly surrounded by people.  What the hell?   It was the 2:15 pace group.  Wait, I was in front of the 2:15 pace group for 6 miles?  What year is this? 2015? ๐Ÿ˜›   They pulled ahead but I kept them in my sights until the bigger hill on mile 7- more walking thanks to a cranky back.  I wasn’t worried as I knew there was a downhill coming and I love downhills.  As you can see by that mile 8 up there.

The Garmin makes it look scary๐Ÿ˜‚

Miles 9-11 10:48, 12:34, 10:26

Catching up to the pace group was short lived.  I lost them on the Bob Jones Trail.  I was slowing down but what else do you expect when your longest run in 2 months has been 8 miles?  I ran on the dirt on the side of the trail hoping it would lessen some of the pavement pounding but by mile 10- the biggest hill- my back was very not happy.  I walked a lot and it shows in my mile time.   I tried to stretch it out as I walked.   Mile 11 was pretty good actually but I felt like I was crawling.


Miles 12-13.1 10:51, 11:40

Come on back, I’m so close!  2 miles to go! Run til I feel a twinge, walk it out, repeat.  Ran alongside a woman for a bit, we commiserated over pains.  She was having Plantar issues.  She pulled ahead.   Finally I hit mile 13 and all I had left was the longest .1 ever.  Seriously- I swear this .1 is longer than any other race I have other run.

Finish- 2:18:59


How, now?  Under trained, messed up back, hot mess of a morning and I finish my fastest race in 2 years?  In fact, my fastest race since City to the Sea 2015?   How does that even make sense?   I just decided to let my legs and back fight it out.  I took my head out of the equation.

Maybe I need to try that more often? ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ™‚

Race Day, Run!, Training

Week 40- Plot Twist

Upcoming Races-

  • Rock n Roll San Jose 13.1?????????
  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 5K
  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 13.1!!!!!

People, I ran twice last week.  Twice!  That was not the plan.  Not all.

Although last weekend’s long run of 8- should have been 10- had gone well and my back wasn’t any worse after it, I was doubting San Jose.  The idea of sitting in a car for hours, then sleeping on a hotel bed then running a race on a course that is purported to flat and fast ( I hate flat) just sounded bad.  So I let the registration window lapse and canceled both of those hotels that I had booked.

It was the right decision.  That’s not to say I didn’t race last week.  No one ever said I was that smart.  ๐Ÿ˜›

In all honesty, I needed more miles than I got in last week.  I took a chance on something work wise and didn’t get the best news.   I needed to get out of my head for a while.  Still do, so hopefully that can happen this week.

Monday- Rest  I planned on running- it was Monday after all and I try not to miss Mondays but work ran almost an hour late and I haven’t quite prepared myself for night runs yet.   I need to find and charge both Knuckle Lights and get a better reflective vest.

Tuesday- Rest Oh crap, ouch.  I was trying to show something to a customer when I felt a sharp pull in my back.  I spent the next 5 minutes helping them and trying not to cry actual tears.   When it still hurt even more than the normal level these days at closing, I took another rest day.


Wednesday- 3 miles Nice and easy miles.   Running actually makes my back feel a little looser, I wish I could have run a few more miles last week.    And funnily enough, the sharp pain of the day before seemed to have really loosened things up in my back.  Who knew?


Thursday- Rest Sometimes life happens and running doesn’t. I may have done something a little last minute too.

Friday- Haha.  Another open to close so no to running.  Although I did think about it and that was before the not so good news dropped.  Then I really thought about it but ending up indulging in a giant quesadilla at a Mexican restaurant instead.


Saturday- Packet Pickup  And some wandering around SLO doing some shopping.  While I didn’t get in a shakeout run, I definitely got my steps in for the day.   Packet pickup was at the Running Warehouse and the place was nuts.  Of course I had to go inside- I somehow lost my Body Glide and I needed to replace it.  ๐Ÿ˜›   Then I may have done a thing at Best Buy on the way home.  Who said you needed to relax before a race?  Besides I was treating it like a training run, right?


Sunday- City to the Sea 13.1 Race recap will be up Thursday but let’s just say nothing went how I thought it would. ๐Ÿ™‚

16.2 miles for the week.   Which over only 2 runs doesn’t suck but isn’t exactly smart either.  My Slacker handle really fits these days.  Maybe I should rename myself- Confessions of a Chaotic Runner.  ๐Ÿ˜›

In other news, I did get my PT referral started last week so I am finally on track that way.   We are also changing the dosage on my thyroid medication so it’s time to ride that roller coaster again.   That said, fingers crossed I have a more consistent running week.   The thoughts in my head still need it.

How was your week?

Any head clearing tips?