Thursday, June 4, 2015

Hello June! A Low Key 5k, & More Trail Running

Last weekend I scrapped the long run in favor of a low key 5k race.  This race was totally last minute, and it was really neat to see my LVTC friends.

I also ran most of my miles in the dirt this past week.   

My appologies for this picture heavy post.

Last week's and This week's Training Updates

Friday 5/30- Rest- On my lunch break I went to the Nike Outlet and I treated myself to a new pair of shorts and sports bra from the clearance rack. With the discounts  I ended up spending $18.00 for a pair of shorts and a matching bra.  I love a good deal. 

Saturday 5/31- On Saturday the Las Vegas Track Club was hosting a low key race out at Silver Bowl Park.  It has been a while since I have had a chance to run a low key track club race.  I joined the track club back in 2013 to help motivate myself to get back into shape from having my daughter Rachel.  I was lucky back then because it seemed that the track club was hosting a monthly event at the Sunrise Picnic Area, and that was really close to where I lived.  
May 2013

June 2013

July 2013

August 2013

May 2014

Due to the road closure, and just overall lack of participation, the LVTC has since stopped holding events there.  So, I was really happy that the track club was hosting another event on my side of town.

I will take a $5 low key track club race, over a $50 foam glow obstacle course race hands down.

The 5k was being hosted at Silver Bowl Park behind Sam Boyd Stadium, and it  has a pretty fast out and back course.  
November 2013

February 2014.
I was hoping to finish a little faster than my 5k time from earlier in the month (21:59).  But, it was a hot day, and I'm just not in peak racing shape right now.  Which is okay,  I don't want to ramp things up until we get closer to the marathon training cycle.  Anyhow....

I ran into my track club friend Jamie, and then I also noticed that another speedster was going to be racing.  I was just hoping to place in the top three women.  Jamie and I did a short warm up, and before you know it, it was time to go.

I lined up near the front and my goal was to try to negative split the 5k.  Jamie is a faster runner than I am, and I was hoping just to hang on to her and try to keep up.

Mile 1-6:47  This mile went by fast, and it didn't hurt that bad.
Mile 2- 7:24-  I have no idea what happened here. We were running up an slight incline and the heat was getting to me.
Mile 3- 7:15 I'm glad that I was able to reign it back in some.  During this mile James A. went flying by me, and crushed my spirit..  Final time 22:31

I'm wearing my new $6.00 shorts, you can't see the
matching bra underneath.

I think my 5k time will drop down some more, when I start adding more miles as opposed to adding more speed work.  That's usually how I end up lowering my 5k time.  I'm not going to worry about it for now.

I didn't get to stick around for the awards- But let me tell you, the first place chick. She was 2nd overall and ran 20:06 pushing a double stroller!! Talk about beast mode!!!

My next race on the calendar is the Las Vegas Track Club 1600 meter race at the end of this month.  I'm not going to do any hardcore speed work leading up to this race. I want to have a much more casual approach to this race than I had last year.

Sunday 6/1 -Rest

Monday 6/2 2- Two a days. I ran a total of six miles.  I ran a little less than three miles before work outdoors. Then on my lunch break.  I ran a little more than three miles on the treadmill.  I also did some core work, and some stretching.

Tuesday 6/3  Two a days. In the morning I headed over to the Whitney Mesa Recreation Area.  I was able to get in three miles on the trail. I am loving this area.  It is nice to run, without having to stop for red lights, and not having to worry about traffic.

At lunchtime I did a killer upper body workout, and I didn't do any cardio.  I did some push-ups, chin-ups, lat pull downs, rope curls, upright rows with the rope, dumbbell curls, and one arm rows.  I also did some leg exercises such as: body weight squats, single leg lunges, and some step ups onto a bench.

Wednesday 6/4- 4.5 miles.  I was really sore from the day before.   I did a run around Cornerstone Park at lunchtime.  I stayed on the outer dirt paths, and it was a nice relaxing run.  I would have liked to have run farther, but the it was hot, and by mile 4 my brain was telling me to wrap it up and get out of the sun!

Thursday 6/5-Somewhere between 2-4 miles.  I almost didn't head out today, but I knew that tomorrow was going to be a rest day.  I have a work event that is going to be away from campus, and then it's date night.  So my schedule is pretty busy. 

I didn't want to workout at the gym at lunchtime.  So I decided to drive out to a trail head and do a little exploring  The trail is called Amargosa trail.  I didn't bring my Garmin with me, and this was one of the more technical trails that I have run.  I was so giddy, and a little nervous about rattle snakes, but the views were worth it.

Well that's all I've got for now.  As always thank you for reading.


  1. nice 5k - and your running clothes were a steal! Most bras a alone are like $50!

  2. Kudos to you on that killer deal!! So awesome to see your physical transformation, aside from shreading time off the clock as well!! #Supermom

  3. Kudos to you on that killer deal!! So awesome to see your physical transformation, aside from shreading time off the clock as well!! #Supermom

  4. Yikes, a 20 minute 5k with a double stroller? Crazy!