Saturday, October 30, 2010

SFU 5K Race - Jackson's 1st

Today was Jackson's 1st race- a 100 meter tot trot. It was part of the DiSepio Fitness Challenge. There were only 5 kiddos who ran it, but we're pretty sure that Jackson tied for first place (they didn't really keep time or award prizes for this race). I'm so proud of him - he said he liked running :)

Jackson just before his race
 Trying to work the 'sillies' out of systems before our races!
 The tots line up - just about ready to take off. It was so cold; pretty, though!

And they're off - Jackson loves this photo because both of his feet are off the ground!

And the 5K is off! I was really anticipating this race since I had a calf injury 2 weeks ago - I really only got 3 practice runs in before this race.
Course was tough - 4 significant hills, 1 mild hill, and several slow grades uphill (yes, there were a few down hills) - it really seemed that most of the course was uphill. If you know Loretto and the SFU campus, you can appreciate when I use the word, "hilly."
I started off pretty good - lots of people passing me. I was hoping to warm up quickly since the sun was out, but man was it cold - I don't know the exact temp @ start time but it was definitely under 40 degrees. It really took till about the 2 mile marker that I felt like I could take my gloves off.
 Here I am coming around the loop before heading out around campus. I was smiling for the camera- I think my lungs were burning a little at this point.
 Love this shot - it looks like I'm the only one running. This always happen to me - I'm somewhere in the middle - lots of people pass me and I always assume I'm like the last runner. I guess I just find this pace that no one else runs at - I'm not fast, but I'm not as slow as I think I am.
 All done - time: 27:54 - not my best, not my goal, but I'm OK with it (I guess). I really wanted this race to be my PR, but I was about 1:33 over that goal. I still ended up taking 2nd in my age category. And even if I came in in the 26-minute range, like I was hoping, I would've still taken a 2nd place, so I guess it worked out just as it should have :)
 My motivators, the reasons I run - my boys (including the one behind the camera ;) It was a really great race - well organized, amazing breakfast at the finish, nice medals, great facilities. Highly recommend it!

Jackson and I doing a practice run before his race - he's obviously faster than me :)

Running has been so good for me and so good to me. I really think it's the ultimate form of exercise. It's brought me such a long way. I think back to January and how overweight I was and, yes, it's taken a lot of hard work to get to this point, but I am so proud of my accomplishments. I am also so excited that this newly found love of running is catching on with friends and family, because, really, isn't getting healthier all about wanting to live your best life with your favorite people? I think so!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

On the Road Again

What a beautiful morning for run. I met up with my friend from work, Sandy, and did a 3.1 miler this morning. This is the 1st I've been out running since last week (and my minor injury).We ran a slow pace, but it's just what I needed - I needed to see if I could do the distance with no pain - success! We ran the SFU 5k race course, so it was good to see what that course is like b/c that race is next Saturday!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Injury (hate to even write it)

So I'm going on day 5 tomorrow without a run - it's the longest stretch of no running in over 6 months. I injured my calf muscle- not exactly sure how I did it, but boy I did it up good. Pain, tenderness, immobility has been the name of the game since Saturday. I was in so much pain Sunday. For the past 2 days, a co-worker has been hitting my calf with ultrasound and I'm pretty sure that's what is healing me (fingers crossed). Definitely no run tomorrow, but we'll see about Thursday ;)
I guess for now, I'll just take in the beauty of fall and enjoy what I see all around me!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

10K (no photos, just words:)

I did it! I accomplished another one of my goals - completing a 10K. Totally blew myself away when I not only finished, but earned a 1st place medal for my age range - and yes, there were other runners in my age group ;)

Here's how it went down:
7:00am - leave the house -40 degrees - ouch!
7:30am - arrive @ YMCA - 41 degrees - ouch (there were people out there with shorts and a tank on - what?)
8:00am - shotgun and we're off! There's me in my pants, 3 layers of tops, hat, gloves, sun glasses running up Route 36 in Hollidaysburg. People start and keep passing me, but I'm keep a decent pace. About 1/2 way through the course, I was surprised and not only my physical state, but my mental state - I was really enjoying the run. I had no idea where I was in the pack - assuming I was maybe in the back/middle or front of the back. I didn't turn around to see (I was afraid I'd lose my balance and fall). Nice people out on the course. At about mile 4, I started to fatigue and remembered that I could stop running, take a quick breather and pick it back up. I did that twice, not walking for more than 15 seconds. About less than a 1/2 mile from finish line, we had to run a steep hill and I thought for sure that I'd have to walk it, but I pulled in tight, took smaller/slower steps, kept my head down and before I knew it, I was at the top and guess what? The only way to go was DOWN!
8:54:25- crossed the finish line! My goal was to finish in less than 63:30, but to come in in 9:00 under that was AWESOME!!!!
~9:15am - checked the finish/time board.
~9:15:15 - saw my name in the 1st place spot under the female 35-39 slot and just about fell over!!!! WHAT? I double checked and I was seeing it correctly.
~9:30am - went back to the score board to double check if my name was still in that 1st place spot (thinking for sure there was an error)
9:35 - was escorted by my beautiful son, Jackson, as I went up to receive my 1st place medal.
Next race: 5K @ Saint Francis University on Oct 30 - tough course - hilly. Gotta run (time to start training:)
Thanks for reading. Sorry - forgot the camera........