I was deep in thought for the last couple of weeks. So much so, that I just couldn’t write my thoughts out in a post. Well, happy to report; I’m back. Honestly, you didn’t miss much! But here are a few highlights all just the same.
On the 4th of July, I participated in the Folsom Firecracker 5k race. If you don’t know by now, the 5k is my absolute favorite distance to race. I usually fair pretty good to boot. This particular Thursday was hot. As I mentioned before, I am Goldilocks when it comes to running. I like the weather conditions to be not too hot not too cold, but (say it with me) JUST RIGHT! So waking up and driving out to Folsom which is roughly a half an hour from where I reside, the temps were at 90 degrees. It was 7am when I got there! As always, I arrived early, got my bib and shirt and then spent an hour waiting, stretching, hydrating. Also as always, when the gun went off, I started off way too fast. Silly Syn - I should have known better. The temperatures had now reached 95 degrees and the first half mile I was running a sub 7 pace. It caught up with me however, and the next two miles of the short race sucked major arse. And, I even walked a ton. So shameful. I felt dizzy and sick not to mention defeated. Here I was running in a 5k race and I was walking!! It was bad. I crossed the finish line in 26 minutes. 89th overall. 30th Gender. 4th in my age group. I was really bummed by my performance. It took me a few days to give myself that well deserved pat on the back and look at the bright side. Not a bad finishing time and place for WALKING part of the course out of the 1,000 registered entrants.!!!! In the end, I fought the heat and the heat won, but I realized that regardless how fast or slow I am, how hot or cold the temperature is, I still love to run!
And really, that’s what it is all about!
Up next - I am attempting to get back into running shape. I am focused on losing the weight I somehow managed to gain in the last year and get back some of my speed. So humbling to not be up to par with fitness, running weight, everything!
I registered for the Folsom Blues Breakout Half Marathon happening October 19th. Normally I don’t care much for hardware, but check this baby out!
I mean who wouldn’t want a medal with Johnny Cash on it that also poses as a bottle opener! I am also thinking about registering for the Inaugural Berkeley Half Marathon. With a net downhill course, what’s not to love! I would love to PR at both of these upcoming races, but really, I would be happy just getting back to where I was!
Besides my confession of me not being entirely happy with my weight, I have but one more. My ankle is still giving me grief from turning it back in April. I am doing what I can to help it, but the healing process is slow. Because of my ankle woes, I have not ran trails in a bit. As of right now, the terrain is just too much for my weak ankle. I miss my beloved trails, but I am confident I will be back in no time! It will just be me and my old pavement pal for a bit!
So there it is! What about you - Any deep dark running truths you want to confess?
|So spoiled to have so many beautiful lakes to explore in my neighborhood! Penny the Pup and pooch pal Stout admire the view at Lotus Lake!|