I got my jacket!
Today’s race went well. I didn’t PR, but it was my fastest race this year.
The first mille was WAY too fast. I ran a ten minute mile. I do not run ten minute miles. Because of the first mile, my second mile was really slow. But overall everything evened out for a finish of 37:04.
Loco races are always the best. Not that they control the weather, but today was beautiful. The course was staffed well and free of traffic. Jeremy ran this race with me; his first race all year. The beginning was really congested, but overall it was a good race. Thanks to Loco, Smuttynose, Stoneyfield, and Newmarket for putting up with 1,500 runners and their families.
After the race, I had a quick Star Island Single (one of my favorites) and a slice of pizza, then I went and waited in line for my jacket. It was quite the line, but worth it.
It’s weird to not have a race scheduled, so I’m looking around for something to do. I also bought a bike.
It was a Craigslist deal. I’m pretty sure it’s only been ridden once or twice. It will be nice to have a non-running option on the really hot days.
Thanks for all the support whether from Facebook, Twitter, or comments on my last post. You guys are great.
On Sunday, I’m going to run my fifth race this year. I’m also going to earn my Will Run for Beer jacket. Over the course of this year, I’ve worked hard and stuck with running.
Sometimes I still wonder if I’m a runner. Previously, if someone asked me if I was a runner, I would have said no. I would have said, “I’m an athlete” or “I enjoy physical activity.” To me, runners are fast, skinny people, who move effortlessly down the street.
- Am I fast? Hell no.
- Do I dread getting off the couch to exercise? 75% of the time.
- Do I look like a lithe Olympic runner? HA! Not exactly.
I used to think these things precluded me from being a runner, but now I’m not so sure.
A few weeks ago my friend Mindy ran a half marathon. She trained her little butt off for that race. We’re basically the same size and the same speed – I would never, ever say she’s not a runner; she is!
(not my picture)
Therefore based on my complex, statistical analysis this makes me a runner too. Q.E.D.
Here’s to finishing the Smuttynose 5k strong on Sunday thunderstorm free.
We’re going to call it a PW (Personal Worst). According to my time, it took me 41 minutes. *Edit- apparently my chip time was 39:56, which is still bad.
Today I ran the Over the Rainbow 5k which benefits families struggling with cancer. The Great Bay Half Marathon occurred at the same time. The people at the front of the Half pack were fast. I was very impressed. This was my third race out of five in the Will Run for Beer series.
Before the race all smiles:
- Thanks to Stonyfield and Smuttynose for sponsoring.
- Thanks to the awesome volunteers and police officers. There were so many, and they kept the course very safe.
- Everyone was excited.
- There was Smuttynose Star Island Single at the end.
- The start line was much further away than I thought, so I was almost late getting there.
- Jeremy wasn’t there, so I was by myself.
- I couldn’t get my head in the game
- My right shin and knee were killing me, and I turned my ankle.
- Two Words: Negative Talk
- Wind down my nose and throat
Post race – no smiles not happy about 41 minutes
- I’m going to spend some time on the bike this week and give my shin and ankle a rest
- I’m will work on upper body strength between now and the Margarita’s Cinco De Mayo 5k
- I will not allow one bad race to keep me from running.
I’m pretty sure I had the best weekend ever.
- I ran the April Fools 4 Miler. Overall, it was a good race. My time was nothing special (51:09), but I felt good while I was out. I wanted to come in under 50 but I was not prepared for the last mile. Even though I didn’t make my time goal, I’m still glad I ran the race. Last year, I never would have attempted to run a four mile race by myself.
It was a cold, windy, sunny day. As is always the case in the Will Run for Beer series, everyone had a great attitude. I love the people that run in the races; there is always cheering and beer. Also, a car caught on fire before the race, which was exciting. Thanks to Harpoon for sponsoring the race, even though they brought IPA = gross. Seriously, does anyone actually like IPA. I am an enemy of all extra hoppy beers. The next race is Sunday. I wish there was a bit more time between them.
- I got my computer back! When Best Buy called, I jumped and clicked my heels. No longer will I have to use the computer from 2003 at school. Geek Squad both fixed and cleaned my computer. It’s great. I’m thankful that Jeremy shared his computer with me while mine was gone, but that thing is a beast.
- Saturday night we went out and hung out with some friends in Manchester. Usually, I really like the Black Brimmer but the band was weird(read: they mostly played music that people over say 55 might like); I wasn’t a fan.
- YAY for my birthday. The day started with Jeremy making me one of the best breakfasts I’ve had in awhile. Homemade hash browns, eggs with green onions, and extra crispy bacon. I would pay money for these hash browns.
- We had a great day relaxing and hanging out. Eventually, there were presents, a trip to the outlet malls, and an amazing dinner at Brazos. The dinner will be a post on it’s own – restaurant week is a thing of beauty.
- Jeremy got me a tripod, a camera case that I’ve been wanting that wraps around my DSLR and keeps it safe in a purse or back pack, and a workout shirt that I may get to wear in June because that’s when it will finally get warm here.
On Saturday, I ran my second Hangover Classic. The race wasn’t perfect. It was disorganized, there were crowds of people without direction, apparently some people got sent the wrong direction, and the timing was, to say the least, inaccurate. Even with all of those things though, I’m really glad I went.
It was such a perfect day. It was sunny and at least 50 degrees. I was completely comfortable in a long sleeve and a tee-shirt.
The race was at Salisbury Beach in MA with its lovely flat roads.
Due to the fact that I haven’t run since the beginning of December, it wasn’t a great race for me time wise. Although my first mile was 10:30 quite fast for me. Even though my overall time wasn’t great (37ish), it was a great time to be out in the sun and my first race by myself.
I took two sips of this warm Bud Light and left the rest. Here’s to more races in 2011.