Week 49

  • Upcoming Races
  • Holiday Half 12/9 (Thanks Bibrave!)
Vacation- woo hoo!!! Why am I always sick on vacation?? Seriously, is it some kind of jinx? I didn’t get in as much exercise as I originally would have liked this week. I did get some nice downtime in and finally managed to get the toy shopping for work done. Oh and both parents had birthdays. 😯🎊

Monday– Does cleaning your car count as exercise? I mean it was ridiculously dirty and I did work up a sweat for the first time in weeks.  😛

Tuesday/Wednesday– The rain came to town and I hid.  Did I want to run in it? Yes.  But I was still coughing and didn’t think running in the rain would be a bright idea.

Thursday-3.3 miles I ran!  I headed to the gym to see if my legs still knew what they were doing.   They did!! I couldn’t get anything else to work properly though.  I forgot to start my Garmin, realized I never paired my headphones with my new iPhone and my footpod is out of calibration.    Whatever, it was still a good run.  

Friday– I wanted to run again but with the race this weekend I knew that would be more miles this week than I ran in the month of November.   Yeah, you read that right.  So I just spent the getting some errands done and packing for Pomona.

Saturday- Road Trip! Grrr, traffic. It felt like it took forever to get to Pomona. Once there, we checked out the race start location (not well enough) and then headed to the hotel to check in. An early dinner and then it was time to try to sleep. Ha! I think I woke up every hour on the hour. 😒

Sunday- Holiday Half Marathon– race recap to come.

16.55 miles for the week. Yes, more than I ran in November. Haha.

How was your week?


Ho-Ho Holiday

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Holiday Half 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!

Just like that, it’s race weekend.  

Wow, time flies when you’ve been sick.  😛   I have managed to get in a run but as you may know my training has been conspicuously absent these past 2 weeks.    Oops.

So, with that being said, what am I thinking?  I have run races on uglier month’s than these (looking at you Carlsbad).  I realize this will not be “raced”.  Likely, this will be barely run.  Run/walk intervals will be used and if that doesn’t work, walking it is.   I know part of the course takes runners on the Pomona raceway and I am looking forward to that.

And all the festive-ness!  I get the feeling that everyone is going to be wearing their holiday finest in running wear and I can’t wait to check it out.  I actually owned nothing festive so I took myself to Wal-Mart to remedy that situation.   I feel like I need more though, I didn’t get very much.  I still have time to look for more.   Hmmm.

This is my last race of the year and I just want to have fun.   And stay warm.  The 8AM start time will help but I am getting there early for packet pickup.  #allthelayers

What are you doing this weekend?


Week 48- Rambling On 46

  • Upcoming Races
  • Holiday Half 12/9 (Thanks Bibrave!)

Still no running going on over here, if anything things got way worse.    It’s been a few years since I was this sick and it sucks.  I miss running.  So let’s do a little ramble and catch up on the last week.

It was another week where I packed my gym bag with running gear but it never left my car.   Boo.  Wednesday had some of the prefect rainy day weather that we rarely get.   Yet I was attending an all day, soul sucking notary seminar.    And it was also the day I was the sickest yet.  I felt so bad for the others at the seminar- I just tried to sit in the back and not disrupt anyone too much.  Driving home was rough, the rain, my eyes were swollen and I kept sneezing and coughing.     Ugh.

I think I mentioned that we were being audited at work.  The auditor ended up only staying a day- so either we’re really awesome or super screwed.   😛 Won’t know which for a bit longer though.   I was sick and not firing on all cylinders that day though.

Good news, when I left work on Friday, I was starting vacation!  I don’t have to be back until December 13.  Woo hoo!  Now if I could just kick this cold.

I wish I had more pictures for this but I upgraded my phone over the weekend and while -yay, new phone!- I lost everything from the last 2 months.   Boo.  It’s supposedly backed up to icloud but no one seems to know how to get the pictures back so that’s cool.   

Hmmm, this ramble turned into more of whine/ rant. Oops.  See, I really need to run!

How was your week?

Jingle All the Way

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Holiday Half 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!

I’ve been running since 2010 but somehow I’ve never run a race in December.  Not even a 5K.    How did that happen?  It was time to change that.

Holiday Half, start your engines!  I’ve actually looked into the Holiday Half in previous years but couldn’t make it fit my schedule.   Well this year thanks to some vacation plans that have changed numerous times I now can!  

The race offers holiday themed medals for the half as well as a larger, cooler medal for the Snowflake Challenge.  The challenge nets you a third medal when you run the 5K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday.     There should even be snow at the start line!  Yeah, it may not be real but we don’t see it much round these parts of California.


As well as being festively themed- did you see that race shirt?-Holiday Half is in Pomona which is home to the Pomona Raceway.  It’s the oldest venue on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and we get to run on the track!  Woo hoo!!  I grew up around racing as my dad always watched it.  He and my brother still go to races, I understand none of it but it still reminds me of childhood you know?

Now, my only problem is the realization that I have zero Christmas related running gear.   I don’t even own anything red.  How am I going to show my holiday festive-ness? I will have to work on this.

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Any ideas on how to be festive?


Oakland Turkey Trot

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Holiday Half 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!

Let’s talk Turkey… trotting that is.

I love the idea of Turkey Trots but rarely make it to an actual one due to either distance or time.    I was stoked to hear that the Oakland Turkey Trot offered a virtual option.   Don’t get me wrong- as race day grew closer I wished I could join the party.   Everything they were posting on Instagram made me wish I could drive to Oakland on Thanksgiving.  The swag, the mural painting, the fun- man, I wish I could go!

My bib and swag arrived a few days before the race.  Talk about swag! I’ve run much larger races and received way less.  Oakland knows how to treat their runners right!

Race morning- Thanksgiving Day

The advantage to a virtual run is I could run anytime I wanted to; for me that was around 12.  Woo hoo!  No early wake up call and perfect temps.  Actually I overdressed as I had been sick during the week before and thought it was colder than it was.  Oops.

I was going to run my normal 5k route from my house but flip the beginning and the end so I could have a nice downhill finish.    Since I had been sick and this was a virtual race, I treated this more like a hard push run than a race.  I walked the first 5 minutes of mile 1- crazy right? But my later start meant I was already pushing it with family plans.  

From then on, it was a comfortable push tempo pace, enjoying the fall colors in my neighborhood.   I added in a hill in the middle to take out a hill at the end but still had around 300 ft of elevation over the 5K.  I don’t live in a flat area.   I walked another block or so during mile 2 due to an off leash dog.  When the lady grabbed the dog in alarm, I wasn’t taking any chances so I slowed way down until I was well past them.

All in all, I finished the 5k in 33:33 which made me laugh at the perfectness of it.  It also reassured me that had I actually raced it, I would have likely subbed 30.  Don’t have to worry about off leash dogs during races and I usually warm up first. 😛

I still wish I could have joined the epic party up in Oakland but I was glad I got to participate in anyway.

Did you Turkey Trot?