Another Monday in May! Where is this month going?!? It’s already halfway over! Not that I’m complaining, it just means closer to vaca time for me! Catching up from the weekend?
Friday, I did a Friday flashback post of what I was doing a year ago today. WOW things sure are different in my life now!
Saturday, I talked about the importance of incorporating rest days into your schedule. Do it folks, you will be glad you did!
Ok, so on Saturday Bobby and I ran the first annual Nutri Hut 5k. Surprisingly, the humidity was low. It was warm and sunny though, as the race didn’t start till 9:00. boo!
ready to rock and roll! By the way, the puppy is always in my pictures because she literally follows me around ALL DAY. If you feel friendless and want something that thinks you are the bomb.com and will be at your side no matter what, get a poodle. seriously.
So we got to the race early since we were not exactly sure where it was. We got our bib’s and shirts, and went potty before warming up and stretching a bit. My Sunday school teacher’s wife was running this race as her first 5k, which was cool to watch (by the way she rocked it! 32 something or other I believe?)
I have no idea who this girl is. She got in the way of my picture. how rude.
So we lined up for the race, Bobby wanted to get in the front but I really didn’t, there were some fast and serious looking guys up there, so I started a few seconds back, and soon we were off! The flyer said it was a fast and flat course, well…I would LOVE to know the definition of “flat” for some people, because we turned the first corner and were face to face with a giant INTERSTATE OVERPASS! No lie, I kind of freaked out. I REALLY wanted to run a sub 28:00, and almost wanted to give up knowing we would have to go up and over this thing TWICE. I talked myself down however, and decided to take the hill at a moderate pace. I had started out too fast (in the upper 7:00 range) so knew I would still be ok time wise for mile one if I just took it nice and steady, not pushing TOO hard. I slowed a bit, and as we got up, a guy passes me….pushing a stroller…with a sleeping baby in it. WOW did I feel slow! I kind of laughed to myself and kept going.
The next few tenth’s were nice because they were in the shade of some trees going through a neighborhood aahhhh, shade! We got to the water stop which I declined. I knew it was an out and back and decided to wait and stop to grab a sip on my way back when I knew I would want to walk for a few seconds and catch my breath. My Garmin chirped one mile, 8:49. Even WITH the giant hill, I was in good shape. I passed up an athletic looking guy at this point so that boosted my confidence.
Soon enough, the two lead guys came flying by the other way neck and neck. I wished I could be at the end to see them battle it out! I could see the turn around, and Bobby was just hitting it. I was only about a minute behind him, if that. We high fived as we passed each other, I was still feeling pretty good. When I could see the water stop coming up, I picked up the pace for a second because I knew I would be walking soon. I grabbed the water, drank two sips, and dumped the rest on my head. I was starting to get quite warm! I went back through the shaded area and started to get REALLY tired. I could see the bridge up ahead of me, and that further exhausted me, just seeing it, knowing I had to go up it again. I tried to fight mentally, thinking of anything else. I thought of all the people and children with cancer, going through chemotherapy. If they could do that, I could run another .60 miles. I walked for about ten seconds of the base of the bridge, then powered up that baby. OH MY GOSH the wind. I didn’t feel it at ALL the first time, but going BACK, it was blowing right at me, and I felt like I was fighting SO HARD not only to go up hill but against the dumb wind. That made me try to go faster just to get OUT of it and back down the hill. I finally made it stopped for about 7 seconds to catch my breath. I could SEE the finish line. I still had about .30 to go, and I was running out of gas. At the last turn, a girl passed me, I was so mad! So I passed her back!!! We got in the final stretch and she started SPRINTING like she was running the 100 meter dash. She left WAY to much in the tank, and no way I could catch her so I let her go and prayed she wasn’t in my age group!
you can see me in my red skirt wwaayyy back there, with speedy gonzales sprinting ahead of me.
I was hurting, just wanted to be DONE with the “I’m going to throw up” feeling.
not sure why, but it looks like I am power walking here? I was running pretty good, I promise!
Weeee I’m done!!!!
Official times are not up, but my Garmin said 28:15. I am happy with it considered it’s a one minute PR.(not quite 100 people raced.) I was frustrated, however, because if it was not for the bridge twice, a sub 28 would be MINE! I was 15 seconds away, and I know those bridges slowed me down way more than 15 seconds!!! Oh well, I still am proud. Bobby ran a 24:28, and we can’t remember if that is a PR for him or not, ha! He did awesome!
We got some water, I watched Sarah run it in, and then we saw they had free massages, yes! I hopped up on the table and told of my IT band woes. Bobby got a massage, too.
Honestly, she wasn’t great and didn’t rub hard enough. Oh well, it was free. We waited around for awards, and I was quite surprised when I heard my name called for 2nd in my age category!!! YAY!
They took pictures with 1-3rd in each category, (the 1st place girl in my category had already left, I would have gladly taken her medal ha!) All in all, good race. my only complaint is the bridge. The coast is a very flat area, so it’s frustrating they couldn’t find 1.55 miles of flat road for us to run an out and back on.
It was almost 11 by now, and so we drove to the next shopping center for some Mexican from my favorite place! I changed into our race shirts, and I thought they were really cute.
Bobby ran so well!
don’t ask. I have no idea.
BAHAHA I love the back. So funny! We ate, we came home, we walked the dogs for 20 minutes, and did some yard work (Hello, my second workout of the day!) And now I have another medal to add to my collection!
Sorry that was long winded, thanks for reading and all the support I got on Twitter and Facebook after I posted that I placed!
QOTD: Did you race this weekend? If not what it your next race or fitness workout if not a race?