Week 22- Wrong Side of the Tracks

Upcoming Races-

  • Rock n Roll San Diego 13.1- race week!!!!

Short weeks always seem to be just a little bit harder than they should be.  Short weeks right before you go on vacation and you’re trying to make sure you get everything off your checklist done so no one else has do it? Just that much harder.  However I had the prizes of both a race trip to San Diego and vacation at the end so I just buckled down.

I think.  I feel like I forgot something.

Monday- Rest (Memorial Day) I hate wasting a non work day with rest, I usually love getting more miles in but I also needed to get a few things done first.  One of those things was cleaning out the inside of my car as it was long overdue and I managed to overheat while doing so.  I mean, yes it was 95, but still that is kind of sad.  It took me super long to cool down and by then I just decided to make up the miles sometime during the week.

Tuesday- Rest The day back after a 3 day week is usually super busy so I prepared for that and did not take running gear.

Wednesday- 4.1 miles I headed to the river path for a few miles.  I have a training app that told me to do intervals and the Squadrunner app that had a mission of 6K but I was feeling fussy and not sure what I was going to do or what my glute/hip was going to let me do.  So I just let my legs do what they wanted.  It turns that was a 4.1 mile progression run.  Who knew?   My hip/glute felt super tight for the first 2 miles, I warmed up with my usual 1/2 mile walk but also did a few lunges and some other stretches at that point.  It eventually loosened up and I felt ok by the end of the run.  Sitting; later was a different story.

Thursday- Rest I took my running gear to work but I needed to get some things at the store before the weekend’s race trip so I decided to do that instead.   I planned to start packing as well but I all I really did was pull together part of my race day outfit.

Friday-  Packing– Holy crap, work was so damn busy.  I drove home feeling fried.  If I run this race next year, I am taking the Friday before off.  I was scrambling to pack and now wondering why I put it off and had the feeling I was going to forget something.  It was damn near my sports bra.  I packed everything and had finally sat down for a moment to relax when I suddenly realized I hadn’t packed one!  How did I forget that?

Saturday- Travel day  Oh for crying out loud, it took us 7+ hours to get to San Diego.  I didn’t get to the expo until after 3.  Thankfully picking up my bib and shirt was a breeze.  I almost forgot to get my shuttle band but remembered at the last minute.   The Brooks booth had a lot of cute merchandise but I told myself I didn’t need anything at the expo but then lost that resolve at the Sparkle Skirts booth when I bought my first one.   Then it was off to check into the hotel before meeting Kate for dinner!

Our hotels were near each other so we met at a Claim Jumpers that was nearby.  I had never eaten there before.  The food was so-so, the service interesting but the company was excellent!     Seriously- the waitress like forgot Kate’s dessert and when confronted about it they had no reason for it.  Then when she was taking away the dishes, she dropped one the sharp knives but in a way that it came right for my stomach.  Yikes!  But it was great catching with Kate and making our game plan for race morning.  Then it was back to the hotel to relax a bit and get to sleep.

However I realized what I forgot to pack- the soft flasks for hydration that go with my pack.   So, how was I going to carry water?

Sunday- Rock n Roll San Diego -13.1 miles Race recap to come.

17.2 miles for the week.  Considering I only ran twice, that’s not horrible.  And now I am on vacation- woo hoo!

*Oh and the title of the post?  When we were leaving San Diego on Sunday, we turned up a street and it was really confusing but due to traffic and lights, we got stuck on the wrong side of the boom barriers for the railroad track- we couldn’t go forward and we couldn’t go back and there was the coaster coming.  Eeeek!!!!! Runners just leaving the event in the park assured us we were far enough back- which we all hoped so as they were standing level with us!  The train went through fine, barriers raised, lights went green and we went on our way but I thought that was a fitting title for the post.

How was your week?

Rock n Roll Las Vegas 13.1 Recap

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Rock n Roll Las Vegas Half marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Race #2 for the weekend!

I was feeling a little of that leg pain from last week on Sunday morning when Mai and I were walking to and from the BibRave brunch.  So after getting back to the hotel, I rested my legs until it was time to head to the start line.  I still cleared my daily step goal well before the race started.  😛

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Learning from the previous day, we left the hotel with plenty of time to walk to the start line area giving us time for gear drop, bathroom stops, the We Run Social meet up, and whatever else we needed.    And unlike the previous day, we accomplished it all with time to spare! And I met Helly! If you look really close in the We Run Social pic, you can see my hat in the back.  😛    Then we separated and Mai made her way to her corral and Kate and I went to squeeze our way through the people towards our corral to wait.

The second I knew I had convinced Kate to fly to Las Vegas from Texas and run her very first half marathon, I knew I was running it with her, no matter what.   In the week leading up to the race, she was worried about slowing me down but I said to not even worry about the pace, we were aiming for ‘party speed’.  😎

With an impressive fire show for each corral start, we were off!  That said this is going to be a little different from my usual recaps.   Mile 1 was our fastest, mile 2 was our slowest and everything else fell in between.

Recent events moved the start line up to New York New York but the course still went south towards the Las Vegas sign before turning around and coming back.  These miles were quiet and dark as a moment of silence for Las Vegas.  Which made the cheaters we observed just past mile 1 even worse.   The course was an out and back and this part of the street had a large center divider.  Just past the first water station, 3 people just jumped on over to the other side and joined the runners on the way back into town.  WTH????!  Kate and I and 3 runners behind us were like did we really just see that?

Then came mile 2.  We both admitted we could use a bathroom.  Waiting in the corrals had been long and there were no port-a -potties near the corrals.  So we stopped.  And waited forever.  Seriously…this was a 20 minute mile.   7 of that was non moving time according to my Garmin.  The bathrooms were set up in an odd way that both sides of the course could access them but it didn’t make sense for lines and was causing serious confusion.  And apparently we picked the wrong line because the person before me took forever.  To the point where the lady in line behind me wanted to knock on the bathroom door.    And can I just say that entering a port a potty in the dark is like entering a scary unknown land? 😛

Finally, we were on our way.  We were running 1 minute, walking 1 minute.  Hit the 5K mark and all was shiny.   A little past that I told Kate she officially had less than 10 miles to go.  Another runner near us thanked me for saying that. 😀

3.6 is when disaster struck.   I heard a very verbal inhale, saw a wince and then Kate was limping.   Her right shin was not happy and not happy in a very bad way.  We started walking.  I said let’s walk to 4.5 and see how you feel.  The answer was no better.  I actually tried to get her to stop but she was having none of that.   All right, then let’s go slowly.

So we walked.   We embraced the party speed and took in the sights of the Strip.  All of the casinos and all of their lights.  Counting the CVS’s and Walgreens turned into our version of the license plate game.  No, seriously, why are there so many within such a short distance from each other? And why were more people cutting the course?!?!😡

I took a ton of pictures.  Except the sketchy mile.  The Fremont area was awesome and worth the sketch mile to get there though.  We got water at every aid station and Gatorade.  We stopped at a medical tent and Kate had them apply some Icy Hot to see if it would help.   Every now and then I would jog in place just to reset my feet.  I had worn my old Adidas and they’re too big, not exactly built for walking, my feet were sliding around.  Jogging every now and again helped ease some of the pressure my feet were feeling.

We had a Ghost bride moment too.  I looked up to see a runner dressed like a bride just standing forlornly all alone up ahead.  The way the light was hitting her, she looked a little ghost like.  So then we starting cracking jokes that we needed the Winchester boys.

We were walking, we were slower than planned and Kate was hurt but if you look at the race pictures the photographers took, we’re smiling in all of them.    Kate kept telling me to leave her behind and run ahead and I kept saying hell no.  We started together, we’re finishing together.

And we did- 3:27:49🙂 We collected our awesome spinning medal and went straight to the med tent so Kate could get ice on her leg.  Then we headed out through the long staging area getting the goodies.   Once again, no bags were provided to carry everything but I had come prepared- I had shoved 2 dog bags (clean of course) into my belt so that way we could shove the snacks all in those.  Then we headed for our Remix medals and then found a spot to rest before beginning the walk back to the hotel.  Where was a taxi when you needed one?

So this wasn’t the race we had expected but it was still an awesome race. 

Rambling On 20

The airline freak out edition.

Ok, freak out is too strong of a description.

People, I haven’t been on a plane since the 90’s, saying things have changed would be an understatement.  So can I pick your brains?

So, yeah no real tickets anymore?  I either print it at home or once I get to the airport?  That’s so odd.

Can you really not lock your luggage anymore?

And what’s with the no assigned seats?

I mean for crying out loud, the last time I flew it was on an airline called Ryan International and my flight number was 007.  Doesn’t even sound legit but I had an assigned seat.  I was also flying over the ocean so maybe that makes a difference who knows.

Can I take food? Like my drink mix and some gummy bears? Or is that a bad idea? A bottle of water?

Or medications? I can throw them all in a jumble in one container right? I don’t have to lug 4 pill bottles around with me do I?  

How about a tennis ball?  My back sure would appreciate it.  😛

I know nothing!

You should check in the day before? Well, that’s just stressful.  I don’t really have internet or printer access or work so that means I can’t until I get home.  Among everything else I need to do before leaving for the airport Friday morning.

Oh and that airport is still a good 3 hours away from here.

Am I missing anything?

Any helpful flying tips?

 

 

Best Dam Race

Disclaimer: I am promoting Run Laughlin as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Ever run a race in 2 states?

How about 2 times zones?

I first heard about Run Laughlin about 2 years ago.  It first jumped out at me because it was one of the places we would vacation or drive by as a child.  If there was a lake nearby, odds are we spent some time there at some point.  It sounded like a great trip for me and my dad for memory lane but I couldn’t make it work with my schedule for 2016.   Boo.  Sadly, it’s not in the pocketbook in 2017 either- but I can dream right?

LAUGHLIN

I mean the race boasts views of Lake Mojave, the Colorado River, the Heritage Trail, the Davis Dam and the Black Mountains.  Lake Mojave and the Colorado River take me right back to childhood- I grew a up a lake baby- swimming before I could walk.   Family vacations were spent in Nevada and Arizona but I haven’t been back in years.  More like decades.  😛

The race starts and finishes in Laughlin, Nevada but miles 8 and 9 take you over the Davis Dam… and into Arizona.  How cool is that?   And because Arizona remains on Mountain Standard Time all the time- the time on your watches and phones may get screwy.  While I think this is equally cool- the mileage data nerd in me wonders what it does to your mile splits? 🤔  But it gives you an awesome story to tell!


Even better- if you are looking for a last minute half marathon PR for 2017- this course boasts a net elevation drop of 433′.   Now there’s a good hill in the beginning but that just makes things fun right?

Dang, now I wish I was running this even more.    Hmmmmm.

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Where did you vacation as a kid?