Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Inadequate Street Cred

My first 5K was a blast! And I placed 2nd for my age group! What does this mean? It means that I earned a plaque! The 1st place 30- 34 female came in at 20:44... Might be a stretch for me to work on that pace but I will focus on reducing my 7:22 to a 7:00-7:10ish pace. I feel the lure of these short races... I'm told that the fact I was able to run another 5 miles after this 5K means that I can push much harder. These "sprint" races (I use the word "sprint" lightly as it is impossible for me to actually "sprint" 3 miles) are intriguing because having trained only for distances of half marathon or better, I have NO idea what i'm physiologically capable of... And this is the pinnacle of what feeds my competitive spirit: what is it that I am capable of.....

Stay tuned....


Friday, August 12, 2011

High hopes for first 5K race

Signed up for my first 5K on August 27th. I'm hoping to come in under 22:30 so I called my friend Joe since he's good at running fast. My first sprint/track workout leaves me still sore and heavy legged after 2 days... But I think it was good for me. My lungs have never burned that much in my life. It is obvious track runners are completely different beasts than distance runners. But it was fun and I look forward to my next workout. I may get 2 more lung burners in before the race and I'm hoping that will be enough to condition me for my 3.1 mile "sprint".
In other news I will be doing my first century ride on August 20th. I'm hoping a climb in elevation tomorrow at Lake Tahoe will prepare me for next Saturday. Lake Tahoe, sun, beach.................

Happy Donut Friday

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

It's been awhile....

But I'm here. And I think I'd like to start blogging again. Or, as luck would have it, I just have enough time to blog at the moment.

My San Diego Rock n Roll marathon finish was 4:05:16. I'm planning on breaking 4:00 at CIM this year. My summer has thus far consisted of Ragnar Wasatch Back in Utah, which was so much fun I put together a group for Napa Valley. Team "I need more Cowbell" will be making their debut this September 2011 and we got a fever. 190+ plus miles with 11 other stinky sweaty people is more fun than you would think! It must be all the endorphins!

In other news i've been dancing in my pedals a lot lately. It's doing wonders for my physique and at first I thought that cutting running down and adding cycling would just not feel right. I attribute this to my true love of pounding the pavement. It took a few weeks to get used to but i'm thoroughly enjoying my rides from work and the occasional long ride on the weekend. And I no longer think of myself as cheating on my running shoes... "It's just a little break, I promise I'm still fond of you...And no, my Garneau's don't make me feel the same way you do..." I'm ready for my 100 miles in September and look forward to perhaps a ride further down the coast.....?