Since my last post I have raced a 5k, and then last weekend I went to Oxnard to visit family.
Running for the House 5k.
Other than the weather being totally crappy. I'm pretty happy with how the race went.
|I'm right behind Ronald McDonald in the green shirt.|
I got to the race site a little early to pick up my bib, and to do a proper warm up. I jogged two miles, and during the second mile, I did quite a few strides. The wind was insane.
The course was a bit challenging. The first mile climbed 70 feet, and we were greeted with 40mph headwinds. My goal was to go out hard and hang on for as long as possible. I was also hoping to go sub 22 minutes.
I liked the fact that the course didn't have too many turns. We started off on an uphill grade and against the wind, and then we made a right turn into much stronger headwinds I tried to tuck in behind other runners, but we were already spaced far apart.
Mile 1- 7:13 (This mile climbed about 70 feet) Strava measured it as 50 feet, but Map my run measured it as 74 feet.
The severe headwind part only lasted for about a half mile (it just felt much longer), and then we turned the corner. My goal was to regroup and pick up the pace.
Mile 2 7:02
We started heading down the grade and the wind was at my back. I heard someone breathing right behind me, and eventually, he went around me.
Mile 3 7:04
The last part of the race is back up the grade and into the wind, I'm starting to close the gap on the runner that passed me, but I wasn't quite able to catch him.
.15-1:01 (7:02 pace)
Garmin time 22:20
3rd in my Age Group
5th Woman overall
Here's the Strava data
I think I could have gone a little bit faster if the wind hadn't sucked all the life out of me early on. This is a 10-second improvement over my time in January... So maybe this is progress... I did want to make note that I have recently gained about 5lbs back from what I was weighing earlier in the year..... Some of it is fluff, but I hope most of it is muscle.... I had been feeling really run down at the beginning of the year. I had assumed that running at a lower weight would equal faster times... That wasn't the case... I actually feel stronger now with a few extra pounds on my stocky frame.
Weekend Trip to Oxnard
Over the weekend, my family and I went back to Ventura County to visit family. We left on Friday morning, and we came back on Sunday. I managed to run twice while I was there....
On Friday night, we went "camping" in my parent's backyard. I know it sounds corny but my 3 and 5 year olds loved it.
|Roasting marshmallows in a makeshift fire pit.|
|Sleeping in a tent... There were two tents, but all four of us|
crammed into a single tent, I was so sore on Saturday morning. lol.
My first run was at Arroyo Verde Park in Ventura... This park brings back so many fond memories. I used to run there often when I was a teenager, and this was also the site of a few my high school cross country meets. Before my husband and I started having children we would stop here to run during our Christmas visits to Ventura County. My husband was super nice to watch our kids while I went for a short run. I ran about three miles up some pretty and challenging trails, and then I met up with my family, and my little boy wanted to run some of the trails with me. Here are the pictures.
Then all four of us went on a short hike.
Later on that day, we visited my husband's family, and we made a quick stop at the beach.
We got back to my parent's house, and I had time for another quick run. I figured that I wouldn't be able to run on Sunday, and I was feeling a little antsy. I did a short tempo run, around my parent's neighborhood. I love running at sea level. I don't notice the elevation while I'm out running in Las Vegas, but I really notice it when I run at sea level. The air is not as dry either.
Yesterday went by in a blur.... between the drive, laundry, and chores, I'm wiped out. I did make a sort of healthy dinner last night.
|Chopped Salad, Fried Tofu, and leftover Vegetable Rice.|
Well, that's all I've got for now. I have two term papers to write, and the procrastination is killing me right now. I hope I can focus better later.
Thank you for reading :)