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?

 

 

Race Day, Recap, Run!

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.

 

Race Day, Recap, Run!, Slacker

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