Rockets Run 5k

I haven’t blogged about a run in ages!  I woke up late race morning after attending a wedding the night before. At 8:00am, when the race started, I had just parked my car in a garage many blocks away. I ran to the start to meet up Gloria & Kristin– they HAD to wait for me because I had their race bibs! We started ~8 minutes after the race start. I felt SO bad for being late, as it was Gloria’s first race! We ended up running together, so took it easier, as Gloria typically runs slower and on a treadmill.  I didn’t mind– I was tired and thirsty! First water stop at the 1-mile mark was out of water, so I didn’t get a chance to quench my thirst until mile 2. There was a 3rd water stop around mile 3, but we skipped that one.

RocketsRun2014I can’t help but speed up towards the end of a race and Kristin & I ended up getting ahead of Gloria the last block before going down the ramp into the stadium I’m a fan of that decline towards the very end of the run, although my shoelace came untied and I had to be extra careful to not trip! I almost collided with a runner in front of me who stopped as soon as he crossed the finish line. Since we finish in the Toyota Center, it tends to get a bit crowded– I recall that from prior years as well.

We made our way up the stairs and outside to get to the post-race party, where I picked up a bottle of water and a slice of pizza. After meeting up with my co-worker (who I had convinced to race, but then failed to meet up with her beforehand), we picked up our wallets and walked over to Phoenicia, where I picked up a Pumpkin Pie latte and a palmier. Not a bad way to start the day!

Rockets Run 5k
November 9, 2014
Chip Time: 28:20
Pace: 9:07/M
Age Group (F30-34): 19/179
Gender: 159/1122
Overall: 637/2413


Medicine Park Weekend

I got my San Francisco Half Marathon confirmation email today with my bib number and wave start information!  Eeeee, I’m excited!!  I’m in the 5th wave, which starts at 6:02am.  SO early. The good news is that since it’s in a different time zone, it’s really like 8:02am CST, so that’s not so bad!    I might try to run with the 4:15 marathon pacer (9:44/M pace).

As you may know, San Francisco is a rather hilly place.  The first half marathon has a total elevation gain of 660 feet.  It actually starts at a lower elevation than the finish since it’s not a loop.  This past weekend, I had a good hill training run while I was visiting Medicine Park, Oklahoma, for one of my best friends’ birthdays!

Jane’s husband, Jonathan, gave me the option of doing shorter routes, but with my half marathon coming up, I requested the longest route.  We ran around the town of Medicine Park and completed 8.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 575 feet.  Those hills were definitely NOT easy for me– I could run through the hills except the last big hill, which we didn’t hit until mile 7 and it had a 200-feet elevation gain over .6 miles.  I HAD to walk some of it.  With the blazing sun and warm temperaturse, I was getting slightly lightheaded.

1) 9:11
2) 9:35
3) 9:27
4) 10:18
5) 10:12
6) 9:44
7) 13:08
8) 11:09
8.5) 9:56

You can see where that big hill was, right?  I also didn’t use any Gu and I typically start to get sluggish around mile 8.  Regardless, it came out to be a 10:18/M pace so, not too shabby.  I think it’ll feel nicer with the cooler temperatures in San Francisco!

After the big hill, it was pretty much all downhill so we ran again, passing Jane & Jonathan’s cabin and continuing through town back to where we parked the car, by Bath Lake.  Once we got there, we decided to take a dip in the lake to cool off.  Yes, in our running clothes, haha.  GREAT idea.  Felt awesome! VERY glad I got this run in before my half marathon!!

I had a great time this past weekend with my best friends AND had a good run! Some pictures from Medicine Park:

bath lake . ❤ . meers | pike . dinner prep . morning | peach cobbler . lexi . post-run breakfast

I Walk Away…

I can’t control other people’s actions or decisions but I can control how I am and how I choose to react to others.  Things have been a bit hectic for me lately and negativity has barged it’s ugly head into my life.  I’ve had to really think about how I want to handle things and how to maintain the positivity and happiness that I once had.  It sounds easy, but I find it often takes a lot of strength and determination to simply walk away from negativity.

I’m not a pessimistic person.  In fact, on the optimism spectrum, I would say I fall in the realistic/optimistic range.  Despite the circumstances, I know I’m lucky to have such great friends that have been there for me and remind me that I deserve to be happy and yes, I CAN walk away from negative people and situations.  I just have to choose a path and stick to it.

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?