SacTown Run Around!

Hello again!

I just got home from running a 10 mile race (actually Starbucks but that’s not the point) here in good ol’ Sacramento!  My running partner is out of town this weekend, so I decided earlier this week to sign up for the Credit Union SacTown 10 that was going on to make sure I got my 9 miles of training in while she was away.  It worked because I drug my butt out of bed and headed off to the Capitol grounds bright and early this morning!

Unfortunately I don’t have any photos because I decided to run phone-less today and disconnect.  My dad actually played cheerleader/water boy/photographer and biked the course while my stepmom and I ran, so I didn’t actually end up running solo like I thought I was going to.

It was a perfect morning to run.  A little chilly waiting around the start line but it didn’t take long to warm up!  The course changed this year after an incident with a train coming through the middle of the course about a mile in last year, so there was a new 5 mile course and the 10 turned into a double loop of that 5 mile route.  I was actually kind of dreading that double loop, but it really wasn’t so bad especially since it wound through some of my favorite areas to run around Sactown!

I ended up walking away with a 2 minute PR over my fastest 10 miler and over 5 minute PR from this same race last year (that may have been something to do with there not being a train in the way this time!), and I’m slowing inching closer and closer to finally tackling that long standing half marathon PR.  I know it will come eventually, so I’m just going to keep working hard until I finally see it happen!

No more races on the schedule for me for awhile, but as of this week I’m officially back in marathon training to prepare for the San Francisco Marathon in July.  I can’t wait to be able to cross that one off the bucket list! I’m sure you’ll all be hearing from me soon as all those training runs start getting longer and longer!

So until next time…

Shamrock’n Half Marathon

Hello blog world! Man it’s been awhile…I’ve been slacking! Actually slacking probably isn’t the best word. More like I’ve been a busy little bee between work and getting ready for the half marathon I ran this past Sunday! I definitely need to get back on this blogging train though. 🙂

First off…Happy St. Paddy’s Day! My favorite day to celebrate! 😉
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So after my marathon back in December I decided I wanted to refocus my goals for 2015. Instead of just racing any and every race I wanted to pick a select few and really focus on those as they came. I still want to race a few of my favorites throughout the year, but I don’t want to take the fun out of it by putting a lot of pressure on every single race. I tend to let myself get very disappointed when I don’t see improvement, so I’m hoping the change in focus keeps that from happening this year.

With that being said my first “big” race of 2015 was this past Sunday. It’s a Sacramento-area favorite…the Shamrock’n half marathon. It’s kind of the unofficial kick off of race season around here, and it’s a course I know very well as my marathon training has me spending lots of time on a majority of the course throughout the year. Since I know the course well I was dead set on finally taking down that half marathon PR that’s been standing for too long!

Except the exact opposite of that happened.

I was frustrated BIG TIME by mile 3. I put in extra time in the gym, extra speed work, extra weekly mileage, etc. than I ever have before, but Sunday wasn’t my day. It was the warmest day I’ve ran since the weather cooled off last fall, and I overheated quick. By mile 3 my body was shutting down and I knew my PR hopes were gone. I switched into survival mode and toughed out the last 10 miles to make it to the end. I ended up finishing somewhere around the 2:45:00 mark…not my best but definitely not my worst. It’s okay though. I’ll get that PR eventually, but I didn’t have a PR race in me for Sunday. It wasn’t my day…yet.

Here’s a shot coming up to the last turn into the finish courtesy of a few friends who were out cheering everyone on!
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I’m shocked I don’t look half dead because at that point I was convinced I was done for. Haha!

I definitely handled this disappointment much better than I would’ve this time last year. I know I put in the work to achieve my goal, but it just didn’t happen. I have another half marathon coming up in 2 weeks, so I’m shifting focus over to that one for now. The last time I ran this particular race it was hot, so I’m planning to be more prepared for the heat than I was this past weekend. I don’t think the course I’ll be running at the end of the month is a PR-able course for me personally, but you never know what will happen.

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Our only true failures are the ones we learn nothing from. This past weekend I learned that no matter how hard you work sometimes things just don’t go your way. And the only thing you can do at that point is wipe the dirt off and look forward to the next task. That PR is eventually going down, and I’m not going to let up until I get it!

In the meantime I’m just going to enjoy the journey and the awesome running friends I get to share it with.
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Oh and by the way those 2 lovely ladies on the left completed their first half marathon EVER, and I had the pleasure of crossing the finish line right next to that little red-headed one for her first time. So very proud of all my little runner girls…especially since we all had a tough go on Sunday!

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Hope everyone has a safe and happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Taper mode: ON

One of my favorite times of training is taper time. One of my favorite times of the year (especially for running) is fall. I dislike when the two happen at the same time! Sacramento is FINALLY having some cool, crisp, fall weather, and all I want to do is run!!!! I have a 3 mile training run on the agenda for tomorrow and can’t wait to be off work to get outside and go.

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Taper time makes me restless because I actually miss all the time and miles. It makes me feel like a horse about to be let out of the gate at the Kentucky Derby, so I’m ready for race day!

I do really enjoy the rest that comes with tapering though. After all the miles and hours spent on weekends tackling long runs it feels nice to have the energy and time to do some things I really enjoy aside from running. This past weekend was my first without a long run in a few months, so I headed up to Apple Hill to soak in a little fall air and enjoy the last of the pumpkin patches. I indulged a little bit and had an apple donut, slice of apple pie, and of course plenty of hot cider (okay maybe I indulged more than a little). 😉

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I mean really? How could I say no?!

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It doesn’t look pretty, but it was delish!

I also indulged in a little Halloween fun with family and friends on Friday evening. I don’t drink a month before a marathon, so I enjoyed being the only sober person at the party (no really I had a blast!) and made sure my friends all made it home safe. I was surprised at how entertaining it is to watch the night progress, and I also learned I’m equally as terrible at beer pong when I’m sober.

All in all it was a pretty good, relaxing weekend, but I was looking forward to getting back in the gym today. I eased into the week with a cross training day on the bike followed by an hour yoga class. It felt nice to stretch out and relax after a busy Monday in the office, and bright and early tomorrow morning I’ll be back at it with a light leg day just to keep them strong and ready for race day.

9 more days until I’m headed to Vegas, and only 13 days until I’ll be running the strip for marathon #2! I can’t wait to share more of my journey as it goes!