Month: January 2012

Rockets Fun Run 5k (2.8 miles): Post-Run Report

I barely made the Rockets Run!  The plan was to meet at 6:30am to get to the Toyota Center before 7:15am to get free parking.  Welll, I didn’t wake up until 7:00am when Timmy called me to see where I was.  Oops.

Luckily, I had gotten ready the night before and was out of my apartment in 10 minutes!  I was going to wear the Rockets Run shirt, but there was a chance of rain and I didn’t want to be weighed down by a wet 100% cotton t-shirt.  Plus, weather forecast for around 70 degrees.  No time for breakfast, but I grabbed some sport jelly beans.  I was there by 7:30am and paid $10 to park right in front of the Toyota Center.  Whew. Run was scheduled to start 8am.

Mile 0:  The start was crowded, as usual, but not nearly as bad as EP5k.  It had been lightly sprinkling outside and I had hoped it’d stop by the time our run started, but no such luck.  I wore my Garmin Forerunner 305 for the first time for a run.

Mile 1: I was trying to pace myself better and go for negative splits but I started off too fast and ended up going the faster in the first mile.  It’s hard when you see everyone else flying by!

Mile 2: We ran through downtown to midtown, went around a block, and head back the opposite direction.  It was fairly straight forward.   I kept on wiping my face from the rain.

Mile 3: I stopped at the second water station and took 2 gulps, but it threw off my breathing (and got water all over my shirt), so I walked for a 10-15 seconds.  My Garmin lost signal when we got to the Toyota Center and went underground.

Finish: When I approached the court, I broke out into a sprint.  I surprised to see the clock at under 25 minutes when I crossed the finish line.  What in the world…?  I certainly didn’t feel like I was going that fast.

My official time was 24:44!  I was pretty incredulous about it and we later figured out that the course was only 2.8 miles.  Ah.  So, that put me at a 8:50 per mile pace, which was close to my pace for the EP5k.  What’s strange is that my Garmin showed my splits to be 1) 8:22 2) 8:47 3) 8:42 with an average pace of 8:36 per mile for a total of 2.74 miles in 23:35.

If the whole run were 2.8 miles, that would mean the last 0.06 miles took me 1:09.  My guess is that the total mileage was rounded down to 2.8 miles so, my actual pace should be a little faster than the 8:50 per mile.  Makes me feel a little bit better, lol.

Rockets Run 5k (2.8 miles) 2012
January 21, 2012
Bib: 521
Chip time: 24:44.9
Pace: 8:50 per mile
Pace Division 24/278
Place Overall 437/2138


EP5k: Post-Run Report

I was up by 3:30am to shower, get ready, make breakfast for the group by 4:45am (when they came over), and head out by 5am to beat the 5:30am road closures.  Well, turns out there’s NO traffic if you leave as early as we did, ha.  The Chevron Marathon and Aramco Half-marathon didn’t start until 7am and our EP5k started at 7:30am.  Oh well, better safe than sorry!

It was expected to be in the mid/high-40’s that morning, so I put on my UA HeatGear Tights, my UA HeatGear long-sleeved shirt, and my pink EG shirt (that I worked hard ironing letters on).  I was told you generally dress for 20 degrees warmer than what it actually is, so I was probably overdressed.

Mile 0: The start of the run was SLOW.  So many people to maneuver around!

Mile 1: Eventually the crowd got more spread out and it got easier to go at a steady pace but I’m sure I lost some time there. Timmy stayed close behind me for the most part.  Hmph.

Mile 2:  Apparently there’s a slight incline in the theater district. Very slight, but I could feel it.  More importantly, where is the damn water station?  Not that I NEED water but that was supposed to be my gauge of halfway point (1.5 miles). At some point in the second mile, Timmy passed me up so I just followed him, staying about 20 feet behind.

Mile 3: I figured Timmy would start getting tired in mile 3– he’s done interval training but not so much endurance/distance training.  I passed him up probably in the last 1/2 of the mile or so and kept pushing on.

Finish: As I was approaching George R. Brown, I saw the first half-marathon runner quickly approaching!  I clapped and cheered as he ran by.  He flew by and finished his marathon in 59:22!  Wow!  The finish line was approaching and I broke into a spring for maybe the last 100 meters, finishing at 27:25.   Timmy came in close behind me at 27:32.  I didn’t know that we got finisher medals– very cool, my first medal!

Guys overall time ended up being lower than the girls, so girls lost the bet…this time.  We made another bet on the Bluebell Fun Run 10k in April!   Either way, we all did a 5k– for Karen, Jason, and Timmy, their first 5k!  Congrats!!


El Paso Corporation 5k 2012
January 15, 2012
Bib: 50455
Chip time: 27:25
Pace: 8’49 per mile
Place Division 31/226
Place Gender 139/1599
Place Overall 501/2755

EP5k: Pre-Run

Tomorrow is the El Paso 5k!  It’s almost silly next to other events of the weekend– Olympic Trials, Aramco Half-Marathon, and Chevron Marathon.  That’s okay– this one is a friendly bet between my friends and me– it’s going to be fun!

I ran my first 5k on October 1, 2011 (Race for the Cure), and my first timed 5k on November 24, 2011 (North Texas Turkey Trot).   The first run took me roughly 30 minutes, the second one 28:03.   I learned a few things:

(1) Drink water— It took me an hour to drive to downtown for Race for the Cure and I was out of water by the time I parked my car.  I was incredibly thirsty and running late so I had no time to find water!  I stopped twice for water and was still struggling out of thirst at the end of my 5k.

(2) Leave early— Took me an hour to drive downtown!  Didn’t get to meet up with the rest of the BMC runners so I just ran on my own.

(3) Pay attention to the course— I’ve been running on dirt/gravel on flat terrain for the most part and wasn’t entirely prepared for the ups and downs of Allen Parkway and all the concrete.

(4) Run with a friend— When I ran with Jonathan for the Turkey Trot, he pushed me to keep going up my pace even when I was starting to lag behind.  I was happy with my finishing time!

(5) Don’t overdress— For the Turkey Trot,  I had on a tank top under my UA long-sleeve coldgear, threw the Turkey Trot shirt on top, had my UA coldgear fitted tights, and shorts over the tights.  It was in the low 40’s.  I wasn’t used to running in that weather and ended up getting pretty hot.  I read that runners should dress for 20 degrees warmer than actual temperature.

I know better now.  For Sunday, I’m running with my friends but since we’re running for time and I’m hoping to be faster than them, I’ll definitely have to pace myself.  My goal is to beat my last 5k time and if not, under 29:00.   I’m excited!!  =)

I’m thinking peanut butter, banana, and honey on wheat sandwiches for breakfast.  The run is at 7:30am, I’m thinking breakfast around 5:00am.  So early!!

2011 in Pictures

I was inspired to make this post after seeing a friend’s blog! Here’s looking back at 2011–

I spent NYE last year at Pagoda with Andrew and Gloria! Nothing too crazy, made some new friends, danced with some gay guys…oh yeah and I gave a ride to new friends of Gloria and got lost going home, lol. I had this cute pearl necklace on but I somehow broke it while waiting in line for the bathroom.

I went with Suzanne plus two other girls to Scottsdale for Valentines’ Day weekend! With or without a significant other, it was one of the best Valentines’ Day I’ve had! We hiked Camelback Mountain, picked up Jamba Juice smoothies, enjoyed a dip in the heated pool, and had an AMAZING dinner at Roka Akor.

If you know me at all, you know that I LOVE crawfish. More specifically, I love EATING crawfish. We had a crawfish boil at J&J’s for the first time– yummy!! Hopefully this is a new tradition! 🙂

I made my first trip to San Francisco with Suzanne in April! The weather was perfect that weekend– we got SO lucky. We walked a ton and ate some awesome food. It was a totally packed weekend and we didn’t get back until 5am Monday morning, but it was worth it!

Clearly, I enjoy traveling. I made my first Austin trip for the year and finally tried some of Austin’s food trucks. By some, I mean roughly a dozen in a day, haha. There’s so many more I have yet to try! I also finally went tubing with Jamie and Sam in New Braunfels. Good times!

June was all about YLC. My schedule was jam-packed with YLC activities all month and I had a blast at mentor retreat in Galveston and at conference! While I didn’t get to perform, I was incredibly proud of the guys and their Wonder Girls dance that I taught them!

For Fourth of July, my family went to Los Angeles to visit my sister while she was interning at NBC. This turned out to be our family trip for the year! The picture is from one of the window displays that we saw while strolling down Rodeo Drive.

Monica and I went on our 17-day Europe trip in August!! SOOOO AWESOME. Sure, I was overambitious with all the cities we visited and tired us out, but it was still awesome!! We visited a concentration camp and castle in Germany, hiked the Alps in Switzerland, wined and dined in Italy, ended up in a random city in France, and then was just exhausted in Spain, haha.  Definitely going back in the future.  🙂

Christi is back from Hawaii!! I lost weight during the Europe trip so I can fit the dress that I bought from her (as seen in the picture), lol. After my crazy busy summer, I was ready after the Europe trip to ease up my schedule and just relax, exercise, and eat healthy.

After a 5 year hiatus, I finally went camping again. A group of us drove out to Inks Lake State Park for the weekend despite the fire ban and had a great time hiking and eating Korean food (SO MUCH food)! So glad to finally have people to go camping with again. 🙂

This Thanksgiving, I ran my first timed 5k (28:03), had a Thanksgiving lunch with Jamie’s family, and then a ridiculously early Thanksgiving dinner with J&J’s family. That was also the most decorations I’ve ever seen for Thanksgiving, lol.

I somehow didn’t take a lot of pictures over Christmas break, so here’s Mai and I at YLC Casino Night. I learned how to play roulette in order to work at the roulette table– I’m not a gambler AT ALL but it was fun and we raised money for YLC!

I decided– 2012 is going to be a good one.

the three musketeers 🙂

Making a last minute decision, I hitched a ride to Plano on NYE and spent it at a cozy gathering with some of my best friends!  It was great– I didn’t pay a ridiculous amount for cover and alcohol just to be stuffed into a crowded club surrounded by ridiculously drunk people.

I started the new year learning to make souffle at J&J’s  home and did a 3.5mile fartlek (hehe, funny word) run with Jonathan.  Definitely prefer this over being hungover half the day and hating myself for it.

Late August, I felt inspired after the Europe trip and was determined to make some adjustments to my lifestyle.  The change was gradual and not without obstacles, but I’m excited to say there’s definitely been improvements and it feels great!

Looking back, 2010 was an undeniably rough year.  2011 was a HUGE improvement.  I had a much-needed epiphany towards the end of the year. You know how there are some things that you’ve been told and you know deep down they’re right, but it never really clicks in your head?  Yeah, it finally clicked.  Better late than never, right?