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fitness friday: RnR SD 26.2

17 Jun

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A little less than two weeks ago I ran my fourth full marathon – RnR San Diego.  It was a wonderful day and despite the fact the course is challenging and I went in with minimal expectations, I managed to PR with a time of 3:43:38.

I have an interesting history with this race.  I did the half in 2012 and loved it.  It was also the first place I broke the 1:40 barrier in the half. In 2013, I ran my very first full marathon on this course and it was a battle.  The last 6-8 miles were a struggle and it was a huge learning experience.  This time, I went in with a plan to just use this race as a gauge of my fitness and to get another 26.2 race behind me.  I had trained for LA in February, but about a month before the race I developed pretty intense plantar fasciitis and opted not to race on that day.  In the interim, I’ve ramped up my cross training (cycling and swimming) and resistance training through Tone It Up.  I’ve also cleaned up my diet, and felt the difference on my training runs for RnRSD.   I didn’t do a long run over 18 miles for fear that I would injure myself, and didn’t really follow a comprehensive training plan, so I wanted to start out slow (first 6-7 miles no faster than 8:30) and then get faster.

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The night before the race I got dinner with some of my #DTLARunning guys – I wasn’t really nervous until we all got together and I realized I was going to be running for a long time the next morning.  Woof.

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I was lucky to stay just a block from the start line with my  friend Ryan.  We watched some frivolous reality TV which also helped keep my nerves at bay.  And the best part?   I recognized the first contestant on a Fox reality TV show from college.

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Why yes, I was a big Loggy fan in 2010.

ANYWAY.

As I was unwinding, my #DTLARunning friend/training partner Alvaro messaged me and said he was going to pace me and that my plan of starting with 8:30s was stupid because I was going to get tired anyway.  Gulp.  We arranged to meet in my corral and he’d pace me.  He is confident I have a BQ in me – but I did not want to put that pressure on myself at San Diego, knowing I was undertrained and also knowing there’s a beast of a hill at mile 21.

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I met up with the #DTLARunning crew, found Alvaro, and we were off.  I really enjoyed the first 10 miles or so, through North Park and Normal Heights.  There was good crowd support and fun signs.  Alvaro and I kept it sub-8 (on accident on my part, less sure about him) and we rolled into the half at 1:42.  I listened to podcasts the first half, and then turned my music on as a “treat” later on in the race (yes I realize that sounds absurd, things get weird in my brain during a full mary).

I started getting a little tired around mile 16, in the Mission Bay area where the course got a little bit boring.  I stopped to walk a few times here and there, but was generally just enjoying being out there.  While I did get tired, I never felt gassed out or like I was experiencing glycogen debt.  I also did not experience cramps or crazy charley horses (like I did in my last marathon).

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The race went by quickly – all of a sudden we were at mile 20.  And then that beast of a hill… We sped up the last mile or so and the finish really did seem to go on forever.

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I was really REALLY happy with a PR on this course (and a 6-minute course PR as well).  More than anything, this was the best I’ve ever felt post-marathon.  I was a little sore for two days after, but was able to exercise and get my muscles moving.  Definitely hungry now for a sub 3:40 and an eventual BQ.

After the race, I hung out with Alvaro and the #DTLARunning crew. IMG_7209

And then indulged with Ryan with mimosas and views of San Diego.

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It was a great re-entry into the marathon distance and boosted my confidence at my fitness level right now.  Even writing this made me feel those #endorphinwasted vibes I love so much.

On the fitness docket for me this weekend is a Saturday morning run with #DTLARunning and checking out the Shape Magazine Movemeant Foundation event, and a spin sesh on Sunday with Electric Flight Crew.

How are you sweating this weekend?  

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resurrection.

16 Jan

I know, I haven’t blogged “in a minute” (that’s something people say to mean literally any unit of time, but whatever).

I used to have a tradition where I’d recap my year with the songs that summarized each month…and although I failed at getting that posted anywhere near the end of 2015, I am not one to break with tradition.  So, I thought I’d pop back up really quickly to summarize the gist of 2015 and then hit you with some 2k16 goals. (Tangent: what’s with the hashtags of #squad #squadgoals this past year?  I’m guilty of using them, but not 100% sure what either of them mean.  #squadgoals?)

ANYWAY.  Here are the songs that summarized my twenty fifteen.  I’m skipping the recaps this year (my life is boring and and I am not sure anyone cares, but here’s some addictive songs and some rad photos from the last year).

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And while I’m here, might as well hit with you some 2016 goals – not making “resolutions” per se, but here’s what I want to tackle in 2016:

  • PR in the marathon.  Not putting obscene pressure on myself to BQ, but trying to run smarter (and slower in the beginning) to finish with a faster time.  I would love to see 3:39:xx this year, but I’ve also been pretty lazy with my training.  I’ll be happy with any finish (or that’s what I tell myself).
  • Complete a triathlon.  I’ve signed up for one.  #gulp
  • Read more. (for pleasure, duh)
  • Tackle some unspecified professional and personal goals (gotta keep some things a little cryptic…)

#Mountains2Beach Marathon Recap

25 May

Yesterday I ran my third marathon – Mountains 2 Beach which started in Ojai and ended on the beach in Ventura. I wanted to get my recap done ASAP to remember all of the highs and various lows from this race.  Overall, it was a fabulous race experience and I also learned a lot for future training cycles.

My training going into this marathon was better than my previous two — I got in more long runs, and my pace was consistently better than it has been in the past.  I felt strong, and I wasn’t nervous heading into yesterday.  This is in stark contrast to when I ran LA in 2014 — I was a ball of nerves the entire week before because I had put a lot of pressure on myself to do well, even though I realized no one really cares about my time except for me.

Anyway,  my parents generously agreed to come up to Ventura with me on Saturday.  We hit up packet pick-up at Ventura High School on our way, which was a huge chaotic mess. I loved this race but their organization was awful at packet pick-up.  Various unmarked lines and very little space for the number of people it was trying to accommodate.  Also, the expo was really tiny and there wasn’t much going on, but it at least made it relatively easy to make quick work of it.

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My parents and I headed to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura which was great — we walked onto Main Street for an early dinner at Bombay Burger Bar which beyond hit the spot.  I’m pretty sure if you’re craving something the day before a marathon you should not deny yourself that craving and my body was telling me I needed a hamburger.  Granted,  my body tells me this a lot, but I listened on a pre-race day.  It was insanely hard to watch my Dad have a couple of beers while I drank water.  But there’s a first time for everything.

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I managed to get to sleep around 9:30, which was helpful because my alarm was set to 3:15.  This race shuttles everyone from Ventura up to the start in Ojai, and my shuttle time was 4 a.m.  Waking up that early is never easy, but pre-race adrenaline got me going, and once I got to Ojai I ran into my #DTLARunning buddies Alvaro, Cynthia, Kevin, and Kendra and that helped pass the time.  On the shuttle,  I met a guy who had done this race before who suggested I stay to the left because sometimes the water stations are only one side.  That tip came in handy later on.

My race strategy was to conserve the first 10, pick up the pace the second 10, and to hang on for the last 6.  This worked very well for the first 20 – and the first part of the race was nothing short of euphoric.  We started in Ojai and essentially did a big loop to add mileage.  I was hovering in between the 3:28 and 3:33 pacer for this portion.  There’s one very gradual uphill for about a mile at mile 6 and I made a conscious effort to slow my pace and not to push it.  My iPod was set to shuffle and everything was on-point, one great song after another.  I had this amazing feeling of “this is going to be my day…I’m going to shatter my PR.”  Even the signs were inspired.  My two favorites were ones that said “One if By Land – Boston Bound” and “San Diego – 200 miles.  Boston – 22 miles” held by someone at mile 4.

  • Mile 1: 8:00
  • Mile 2: 7:53
  • Mile 3: 7:36
  • Mile 4: 7:44
  • Mile 5: 7:37
  • Mile 6: 8:11
  • Mile 7: 8:07
  • Mile 8: 7:54
  • Mile 9: 7:31
  • Mile 10: 7:20

The miles were sort of blurring together and before I knew it I was at mile 10.  At this point I realized I could pick it up if I wanted to, so I accelerated when I felt like it and used the downhill.  I passed the 3:28 pacer.  And then I passed the 3:23 pacer. I knew I’d slow down once we got to the flat portion for the last 5 miles or so, but I figured this would give me a solid buffer to still BQ.

  • Mile 11: 7:33
  • Mile 12: 7:19
  • Mile 13: 7:05
  • (1:40:xx at the half)
  • Mile 14: 7:17
  • Mile 15: 7:39
  • Mile 16: 7:49
  • Mile 17: 8:02

Around this point I started to get a little bit tired, so I started walking through the water stations.  It was starting to get hot, and this portion of the bike path did not have a lot of cloud cover.  Based on my rough math,  I thought I could slow to a 9 min/mile average and still BQ, so with small walk breaks I’d be about 9 minutes per mile with my running pace still around 8 minutes/mile.

  • Mile 18: 8:49
  • Mile 19: 8:34
  • Mile 20: 8:51

Somewhere in the 21st mile is when things got rough.  I started to feel the beginnings of muscle spasms earlier in my race, and I had taken a salt pill to try and prevent them from taking over. In mile 21 I took another pill, and walked A LOT.  At one point when we made the turn off the bike path, I started running again and BOOM.   Both calves instantly seized up at the same time.  Every time I tried to run, they’d be okay for maybe a minute or so, and then spasm again.  Literally charley horse after charley horse with both calves.

  • Mile 21: 8:30
  • Mile 22: 12:39

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I thought I’d maybe have a chance If I could get my calves to cooperate, but by now the 3:23 and 3:28 pacers were long gone.   At this point, I saw my parents who were cheering.  I told them “it’s gonna be close” as I ran by — I was still hanging with the 3:33 pacer.  Little did I know my calves would only get worse, essentially leaving me to walk the last 3 miles. Every time I would try to run both calves would seize.  

  • Mile 23: 8:23
  • Mile 24: 11:46
  • Mile 25: 12:58
  • Mile 26: 12:42
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    Total Time:  3:46:11

    This was unbelievably disappointing — I never really felt like I went into glycogen debt and I felt strong most of the way.  I crossed the finish line and started to cry.  Not from the disappointment of missing the BQ — I frankly did not deserve it with that race and that day will come.  What frustrated me is how EVERYTHING else was perfect — my nutrition,  the course, the music, the weather…Ugh.

    I rallied myself to a slow walk back to the hotel, showered, and took some standard social media photos.

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    Later, my mom did some research and we think poor hip extension is the cause of my muscle spasms/charley horses.   So I will definitely be working on that and adding yoga into my routine.

    Overall, I am proud of what I accomplished yesterday and I loved the race.  The course was BEAUTIFUL and FAST.  I didn’t love miles 17-19, but I would know that for future years and plan accordingly.  I also loved that the race started at 6 AM – making it much easier to beat the heat, since it never really got THAT hot, although it did get sunny.

    I spent the rest of the afternoon eating In-n-Out and drinking an IPA while watching Pitch Perfect with my mom.  Fat Amy’s “horizontal running” even seems too taxing right now…

    Thank you to EVERYONE who sent me positive vibes and social media likes the last couple of days.  Yesterday was an emotional ride but so worth it.

    hollywood half recapped.

    12 Apr

    Yesterday I ran my 18th half marathon.  (That number is now approaching embarrassing status, but I digress).  The course wasn’t my favorite but it was still a good experience overall, so I thought I’d break it down as I procrastinate work (noticing a theme?) and trying to overcome my sleep deprivation.  ANYWAY.

    I started off the morning with a 4:30 wake-up call.  Did my usual coffee/oatmeal/selfie thing, and headed out the the metro right around 5.

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    I met up with some of the #DTLARunning crew and we headed over to the start at Hollywood and Highland for the race start at 6.

    I ran the 10k here two years ago, so I knew what to expect, but my initial criticisms of the race are twofold: (1) there weren’t really easy-to-find porta-potties near the start (or I am blind), so I waited in a long line at Hollywood & Highland’s shopping center before the start.  Better than porta potties for sure, but some security guards noted that these were technically not supposed to be open.  Whatever.

    Also, I did something I NEVER do and brought a bag to the race with a change of clothes for after the race, including my favorite Nike jacket.  (In retrospect, this was a total bonehead move).  I didn’t realize gear check was at the FINISH,  over a mile away from the start until it was too late, so I tried to hide my bag and hoped for the best.  Sigh.

    I hustled into Corral #2 and a few minutes after 6 we were off.

    The course itself had it’s pros and cons – I wouldn’t classify this course as “hilly” but it was mentally challenging which made it pretty tough.  It was an out and back on Hollywood Boulevard, but in order to get the mileage up to 13.1, there were probably a half dozen or so little dog-legs up and down side streets.  These proved to be short little hill repeats – I liked the downhills but they were not fun.

    My early splits were decently speedy:

    • Mile 1 7:08
    • Mile 2 7:17
    • Mile 3 7:22
    • Mile 4 7:43
    • Mile 5 7:41

    I spotted my high school teammate, Garrison, on several of the out and back sections — he was running the 10k.  At one point I yelled “Garrison, get up here!!

    Around mile 5, I saw Andres, and he joined me for about a mile or so.  Shout-out to AC for making sure the mile he ran with me was my fastest. He also reminded me that the next section would be downhill, so I kept that in mind…ish.

    • Mile 6 7:06
    • Mile 7 7:25
    • Mile 8 8:10
    • Mile 9 7:53

    Around Mile 9 the half-marathon converged on the 10k and 5k runners who were still finishing.  One of my least favorite things to happen in a race…you lose track of who is in front of you, it’s hard to gauge speed, etc.

    • Mile 10 8:02
    • Mile 11 8:13

    Around Mile 11.5, we passed the finish…and then had to head out an extra 3/4 of a mile or so in the wrong direction, and then back.  This was pretty torturous and my time reflects that.  I was so over it by this point.

    Exhibit A:

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    • Mile 12 8:23
    • Mile 13 7:55

    Finish:  1:40:40 – 7:43/mile average pace

    4th out of 263 in my age group (F – 25-29)

    26/1819 – All females

    182/3219 Overall

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    (Of course the gear I had stored was nowhere to be found.  Sad).

    So overall, I wasn’t thrilled with my performance or the course logistics,  but it was a fun morning and an impressive turnout by #DTLARunning.  Thanks again to everyone who came out to support us!

    The rest of my day was amazingly fun – and a tad bit overaggressive but what else is new.  I’ll save that for a different post.

    Thoughts on the #HollywoodHalf if you ran it? 

    march madness. (yes, i have resorted to cliché blog post titles).

    6 Apr

    Sue me?  Oh god, was that an ill-fated attempt at a legal pun?  What happened to me? I used to be think I was funny.

    Anyway, I just got back from a run…and am procrastinating doing work (what else is new) so I figured why not fill my seven readers in on the latest in my life.  Here’s what I’ve been up to:

    Running.  Lots of it.

    Marathon Spectating – FOMO hit me HARD on March 15th when I saw my mom and tons of my friends run the LA Marathon.  It was inspiring seeing so many people I know fight through the heat and set personal bests out there — and it was a fun and different perspective spectating, but I’ve already signed up for next year so that next year people hand me gummy bears and gatorade instead of the other way around.  My Dad and I went to four different spots on the course.  We started near the 5k in Little Tokyo where I saw a TON of people I know as well as a really excited old man who chanted “Si Se Puede! Si Se Puede, C’mon, C’mon, C’mon C’mon!” ad naseum for an hour, then we drove near mile 11 or so at Hollywood and Highland – I was glad to see Andres but of course he was too fast and beat us to our other spots, then mile 18 in Century City (this is the spot where I wanted to die last year), and then finally the finish to see my mom.

    Immediately that day I whipped up a training plan for myself since I’m running Ojai Mountains 2 Beach at the end of May. It will be my third full mary and I’m hoping for a decent PR.  I’ve been logging more AM miles and trying to push the pace on some of my shorter runs, and have been trying to hang with the big  boys at my running group.  (And by “trying” I mean they make fun of me for being slow and getting distracted by pretty buildings).

    Last weekend, I ran the Agoura Hills Great Race Cheseboro Half Marathon. I grew up running these trails, but never for time.  These were the days before Garmins and NikePlus and even social media.  Anyway, while I knew what to expect, I didn’t get myself in the right headspace to get my butt kicked by the trails and the hills.  Portions of the course were really technical and REALLY steep.  That said, it was gorgeous…just wasn’t gonna be seeing fast times or a PR.  Again, there’s that old saying “it takes a crappy run to make you appreciate the really good ones.”

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    While I finished in 1:47:47, my splits ranged from 6:31 to 10:59.  Not pretty.

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    My Dad ran the 5k and then took a selfie. Not pictured because “his colleagues will see it and it is embarrassing.”  Guess I should worry about that at some point.

    Up next for me is the Hollywood Half which I decided to do in a gunner moment of…gunning?  But in all seriousness I need to redeem myself from the Cheseboro Half, and logging long run miles is SO much easier to do in a race setting than solo.

    My Best Friend’s Wedding.  Also in March, my best friend, Jenn, got married!  Jenn and I were in the same sorority in college, lived together all of law school, and ended up working at the same law firm.  If you’ve read this blog even once before you’ve probably seen her around…ANYWAY.  She had a unique and playful ceremony and super fun reception at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale on Ultimate Pi Day (3.14.15).  Check out the gorgeous photos here.  It was a lot of fun and an honor getting to stand up there celebrating Jenn…and they even trusted me with a microphone to say some nice (and mildly derisive) words about Jenn and Daniel.  I also had an amazing time catching up with Kathleen and Amanda from my sorority, as well as a ton of Jenn’s friends from law school.

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    I also had a great time with my parents.

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    (This is my mom just hours before she started her first marathon #boss).

    Also in March, I got to attend my friend Andres and his wife Monique’s baby shower.  It was awesome — they thought of every little detail and I got to eat the best mole sauce I will ever have in my life. Can’t wait to meet who is sure to be the coolest kid in the greater LA area.

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    I was pretty busy in March, but I think — for the most part — busy is better.  I got to work on some fun and interesting things at work.  S/o to my parents for keeping me sane in (rare?) moments of insanity and (frequent) moments of stress.

    I also went to a fun Cal Alumni breakfast last week — it was cool to connect with alumni and trade stories — sometimes I forget about little things I loved about Cal living in LA, which is so UCLA/U$C dominated…so I’m going to try and go to more events like that. (Side-note: trying to keep the side-hustle/creative side of my brain working, so it’s a goal of mine to go to one non-law related networking or speaker event a month.  We’ll see how that goes).

    Anyway, that’s about it for me.  Off to go review a deposition transcript, polish off my application for the RW/RR Challenge, and loudly rap Kanye to myself.  Not necessarily in that order, but more than likely.

    best of january.

    7 Feb

    I have been the worst blogger, ever. I’m trying to find “balance” in all of my ridiculous hobbies and I let the blogging slip last month.  Whoops!  I realize I like this little outlet so I’m going to try and make a concerted effort to blog more often.  Here are some of my favorite moments from January:

    Favorite Race

    Well this is easy, since I only did one.  I had a great time racing drinking beer(s) after the 10k at the New Year’s Race.  The course was tough, but I managed 3rd woman overall.

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    Favorite Run

    This is a toss-up.  I haven’t run REALLY long since marathon training last year, and I hadn’t seen double digits since December.  But when I heard DTLARunning and Blacklist LA were teaming up to do a 16 miler from North Hollywood metro through the LA River bike path, I had to be part of it.  It was an amazing run and I realized my speed has improved significantly over the last year.

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    Two weeks later, I joined Blacklist LA and DTLARunning for an epic 18-miler.  We started at the Culver City metro station and ran along the Ballona Creek bike path to Dockweiler Beach and back.  I started struggling around mile 14-15, but still had a great time, and my crew helped me through those last few miles.

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    Best Trip

    I made an MLK-weekend jaunt up to SF to visit my friend Whitney who recently moved up there, and I LOVED seeing some of my best friends from my sorority in college.  I also made pit-stops at one of my favorite Oakland eateries, visited the new SoulCycle in SoMA, sipped on both Blue Bottle and Philz coffee, and worked out of my firm’s SF office.

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    Best meal

    A couple of weeks ago, I got to check out a new LA restaurant called The Lost Knight (think British pub fare with a gastronomic twist).   I’ll definitely be back!

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    Best beer(s)

    I celebrated my birthday with seriously the best mix of people at Angel City Brewery.  I loved being surrounded by friends from high school, college, law school, the gym, and my running group.  It was an epic day and I am SO grateful to have such a diverse array of amazing people in my life, who also put up with my ridiculousness.

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    Best street art

    I fell in love with this piece by Tristan Eaton in DTLA’s Arts District.

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    Best randomly fun thing

    My law school friend, Ross, has epic themed birthdays every year.  This year, we all dressed up as bananas (well, some of us wore yellow.  I learned my lesson and will take next year SUPER seriously) and then raided a couple of bars in Newport Beach.  Ross dressed as a gorilla.  We met Dennis Rodman (really bizarre experience). So much fun.

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    this birthday was bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S

    this birthday was bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S

    February is off to a more low-key start.  What was your favorite memory from the first month of 2015?

    eat sleep race repeat.

    11 Dec

    So I have been the worst blogger ever — I am overdue for two race recaps (which I realize no one really cares about but I mostly write for myself anyway so whatever).  I guess if this is technically at least partly a running blog I should share with the world when I actually, you know, run.

    This past Saturday I ran the Lexus LaceUp Half Marathon in Irvine.   This is a new race series put on by Lexus and Equinox — there were races earlier this fall in Ventura and Palos Verdes, and the series finishes out this weekend in Riverside.  I was privileged to be selected as an Ambassador (so my race entry was comped), but that will not color my review or my experience.

    I didn’t really set out to PR or anything — I didn’t really train for this because it had never been a “goal race.” Oh yeah, and I flew to Vegas that afternoon. Soooo my priorities were more along the lines of not dying rather than to gun for a PR.  Of course, I can say that to myself as many times as I want but as soon as the race is off of course I was trying to hang with the 1:30 pacer for a few miles.  COOL GILLIAN.

    The field was itty-bitty:

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    I ended up letting them go a couple of miles in and quickly realized I was DEEP in no-man’s land.  Literally, no one was around me almost the entire race which made trying to keep low-7s nearly impossible.  Around mile 4 or 5 I decided to wave goodbye to any PR dreams and just hang out at a comfortably hard training pace.  So glad I made that call.

    The course itself was very favorable — it was almost entirely on a bike path, but it was also boring. Irvine is already boring enough, but there was almost nothing to look at and very little crowd support.  I am so glad I made the decision to treat it like a training run because  it was mentally tough slogging through those monotonous, solo miles.

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    The splits (aka a primer on how to literally run slower every mile)

    Mile 1 – 6:39 –> NO GILLIAN.  WHY DO YOU ALWAYS DO THIS?

    Mile 2 – 6:55

    Mile 3 – 7:17

    Mile 4- 7:14

    Mile 5- 7:29

    Mile 6- 7:41  –> humbling realization that today is not your day

    Mile 7- 7:42

    Mile 8 – 7:37

    Mile 9 – 7:40

    Mile 10 – 7:38

    Mile 11- 7:30

    Mile 12 – 7:36

    Finish 12.85 miles: 1:35:21 //7:25 pace

    Although it was a little annoying the race was short (I think they likely didn’t account for the tangents on the bike path), I was not bummed at all.  I would have been bummed if I was on pace to PR, but since I was 90 seconds to two minutes off, I was happy to call it a day a little early.

    This was not my best race by any means, but it was a nice reminder that they can’t all be amazing “oh-my-god-this-is-incredible” experiences.  As my Dad said during our post-race debrief: “it’s like an International Friendly soccer match.  Sometimes two teams just get together to play a game.  They don’t all have to be the World Cup.”  WORD.

    Overall, I REALLY liked the race experience — it was a small field (250 people ran the half. I was the 6th woman and 2nd in my age group.  See, tiny) so parking and packet-pick up was an absolute breeze.  The size of the field made the race more challenging (I FEED off having other people around me during races.  And also pretty much all the time). The sponsors were top-notch, and there were free brunch options at various food trucks.  This race is also awesome because the official charity partner for the race was none other than Back on My Feet — I am unsure how much was donated but it’s great they recognized BOMF and likely spread the word and helped to raise awareness.

    The race started right on time, and there were also 10k and 5k options.  A few of my homeboys came out and ran the 5k and 10k — and they made fun of me for being less than thrilled with my performance. Love them.

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    So ultimately, I was impressed by Lexus LaceUp and would run a race with them again, but maybe not this exact course.

    Way back on Thanksgiving Day, my mom and I ran the Conejo Valley Turkey Day Dash together in Thousand Oaks over at Cal Lutheran University! I’ve done this race before (in 2012 with my old friend Hannes).  In 2012 I finished in exactly 22:56.  This year I did the same thing in 20:56, so that was exciting. My mom has gotten a lot faster since she’s been SERIOUSLY training for the LA Marathon, and she finished in 31:21!

    My splits:

    Mile 1 – 6:26

    Mile 2 – 6:42

    Mile 3 – 7:11

    5k total: 20:56//6:44 pace//2nd in my division.

    ONE DAY I will run negative splits in a race.  ONE DAY.

     

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    Another fun thing about this race is that it’s super local — I spotted a few people I knew from high school.  The COOLEST thing though was finally meeting Emily @ Haute Chocolate Runner in person. (Making friends through the internet? Not weird at all).  Anyway, she crushed her FIRST 5k ever.  Now if only I can use her legs in an eventual BQ attempt…

    So that’s the race news for me — and I don’t have any races on the horizon (typing that made me freak out, I need to get something going STAT).

    Anyone have any fun races coming up in Jan or Feb?