Rooster Day Run 15k

So I started this post back on the day of my race and then got sidetracked with other things, typically my full-time job and my family and basically not having enough hours in my day to do everything that I need and want to.  I think that is life in general though, don’t you agree?

So my race went better than I actually expected.  My unspoken goal was 90 minutes as I have only ever done one other 15k and it was while I was training for something else, so I was much better conditioned then I was coming into this.

This race actually took place on my “turf” if you want to call it that.  I always run out along this route.  Always some hill work involved and some good flat areas as well.  Plus not to mention I love the scenery!

So the race had a fairly late start compared to most races with a gun time of 8:30 am, which I think is mainly in part due to the fact this IS a family friendly race which I love.  I got to sleep in compared to most other races and get up at 7 am.  I had my usual whole wheat toast with PB, half of a banana and some honey.  This works perfect for me.  I good amount of complex carbs, protein and easy energy with the banana and honey.  Once I had my breakfast and got dressed, I headed to the race venue.  One of my favorite things to watch is the fun run.  I love being able to watch the kids and families take part in a healthy lifestyle together.  Plus I love watching the competitiveness of the little ones!  They melt my heart!

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After the fun run got underway, they got set up for the 5k and the 15k.  We were both starting together, which I kept having to remind myself in the beginning to pull back on the reigns as I kept wanting to stay up with those doing the 15k.  We looped around the park and then headed out towards NSU college grounds, which are absolutely gorgeous!  Somewhere around the NSU grounds is when a man came up and introduced himself as Mike.

I absolutely love the running community for the simple fact that everyone is typically friendly and will come up and just start talking.  This was Mike’s first run since his half marathon over a year ago.  His goal was under 90 minutes as well.  We chit chatted most of the way about our spouse’s and our kids and our “why” for running.  It’s so neat hearing everyone’s reason.  Along the way, he kept pointing out all of his B.A. Runner friends and even pointed out one that said he would give him $20 if he could pass him somewhere along the way.  Mike just chuckled and said he had to do this.  GAME ON!  Once we got onto the actual trail system where the hills start to take over, this is where I just look down and running becomes mechanical for me.  Right before the first big hill, we manage to come up to the gentleman that Mike said he had to pass.  Needless to say we did!

Hills are not enjoyable, but yet I find myself easily getting into a steady rhythm and pushing forward.  I began to pull away from Mike and he told me not to wait up and that he was going “to cry like a little girl up this hill.”  HA!  I just had to chuckle to myself and kept going.  Somewhere along the way after that first hill, Mike caught back up to me for a little bit before his running watched beeped at him, letting him know that his heart rate was too high so he kind of pulled back some.  We still have a few miles to go, so I pulled back some too as the sun was taking its toll on me and starting to get a little warm.  

I kept drinking more and more of my water and was getting towards the bottom of my bottle.  As we started up some more of the smaller hills, Mike slowed down and I just pushed forward.  The last mile was rough as you could see the finish line the whole way.  It was just pure torture as it was too hot for me at this point.

I felt like the ending was rather uneventful as I had pushed myself enough during the whole course that I had no umph to finish it off with.  I was happy to see though that I had beat my goal and even set an PR for my 15k time!

Another great year for the Rooster Day run!

Week 2 of Marathon Training

So this week marked week two of marathon training for the Route 66 Marathon on November 23rd.  It’s been a hot one here in Oklahoma.  Granted we haven’t been in the 100’s yet but it’s been mid to high 90’s with higher than normal humidity making it hard for running.  Most of this week I had to get up early to get my runs in without feeling like I’m dying too much with the humidity.

Sunday started off my week, not so much with a run, but with some PiYo Sweat from Team Beachbody.  I’m noticing the fact as a runner I need to add in some flexibility training and as well as the fact it is helping me with some strength building in my core and upper body.

I started out my week with my first run on Monday running with my neighbor and one of her friends.  They are always a joy to run with because our conversations vary so much and usually revolve around our kids and daily motherhood/wife struggles.  It’s always refreshing to know that you are not alone.   Monday evening was spent with finally getting in PiYo Buns after my kids went to sleep.  This was my first time getting to this workout of the DVD.  Boy did it work my legs and butt!  Ohhweee!

Tuesday I ended up running by myself as my neighbor had something planned.  Tuesday is was even MORE humid than the day before.  I ended up having to stop and walk 3 times due to the humidity.  I had sweat just pouring off of me.  I think between the humidity and the PiYo buns the night before, my legs were pooped!

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Sweat running down my arm after my run

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Sweat dripping off the tips of my hair

Wednesday was a rest day for me completely.

Thursday, I didn’t make it up early enough in the morning before it got hot to make it out for a run, so I ended up going to the gym to get in a tempo run on the treadmill.  The treadmill is never my favorite, I find it rather boring even with the people watching and the TV so I make it into a tempo run which is easier to do on the treadmill.

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After I got my run in I think outside may have actually been a better choice.  At my gym they have a swimming pool so it’s always a little more humid in there, plus I passed one thermostat and it read 82 degrees.  I was just covered in sweat but I managed.  I wasn’t too happy though once I got out to my car.  I walked out of the gym to my car to find this:

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I couldn’t even squeeze my knee cap in between the side of my car and the door.  I had to climb through my passenger door to get into my seat.  In my awe of how some people can’t park, even when it’s a tiny Kia Rio, a couple of guys walking into the gym had to say a few choice comments and left some “presents” under the windshield wiper for me.  Made me feel a little better it wasn’t just me overreacting at least.

Friday was another rest day for me from running to gear up for my long run on Saturday.  I did get in my PiYo Sweat in for the day and felt great starting my day off with it.  I can’t say enough how much I love Chalene Johnson and her positive attitude with her programs.

Saturday morning I woke up early to get out the door and meet my friend at Turkey Mountain to get our long run in.  Granted this really was a long for us, but as we work through our training program, it is what it is.  I will say 6 miles was rough today, even at 7 am.  At 7 am it was already 80 degrees and the humidity was high yet again.  We are supposed to have cooler weather next week and I look forward to it!  On our run this morning we did see something I had never seen before.  It was rather sad to see, but as we were running the trail ends early due to construction and we still had a quarter-mile to run before we could turn around so we followed the roadway on the shoulder to get in that last bit.  Up ahead we noticed some kind of animal had been hit and as we got closer the coloring made me think of a Bald Eagle and sure enough as we got closer that’s what it was!  So sad to see but I don’t want to even think about what it felt like or heard to the car that hit it.  It was MASSIVE!

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Waiting for my friend Jennifer to arrive

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My husband ended up getting me a new pair of kicks for our anniversary (which is August 1st) after I went and got fitted for them

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The last three tenths of a mile back to our starting point is pretty much an uphill battle.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m used to hills as I run them pretty much all the time, but this thing was termed the “mean b***h” because it just stinks.  I think I can walk faster up this hill than I can run up it.   This hill is a series of short, steep hills followed by a small short “landing” that levels out some followed by another small, steep hill.  There is hardly anytime for your heart rate to recover.  Killer workout for sure!

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So I ended week two with just under 18 miles.  Next week will be right at 16 miles.

How is your training going?  What race and/or distance are you training for?

For those of you that haven’t read my post about WHY I am running the Route 66 Marathon you can find that here.  It is very near and dear to my heart as I am running it in memory of a friend and fundraising for the JDRF charity as well.

If you would be so kind as to help me reach my goal, I would great appreciate it!

https://www.crowdrise.com/inmemoryofgaryroberts/fundraiser/kimdavis2