Ring of Fire

It is no secret that I enjoy participating in races. A bonus if there is a cool theme attached. The inaugural Folsom Blues Breakout Run (formerly four bridges) had the most amazing theme/mascot ever - Why Johnny Cash of course! And, how could I not participate.

I had been looking forward to this half marathon for a quite awhile. I was pumped and ready to go. I knew the course as I had ran Lake Natoma a few times before that also included running the course a week before the race. It was then that I felt amazing and ready to conquer the world. Race day however, was a different story.

In true Alisyn fashion, I went out to fast in the beginning. How could I not? The first two miles were downhill. WEEEEEEEEE. I love running downhill! I was feeling great. The first six miles I ran an 8:10 average pace. Currently, an 8:10 is pretty ambitious as my pace has slowed a bit this last year. But like I said, I was feeling great so I went with it. The next half of the race however was me falling “down down down in a burning ring of fire”. My 8:10 pace turned into a 10 minute pace. I felt sick and had a very bad side cramp that I don’t usually experience. It just wasn’t my day. I crossed the finish line in 2:05. The week before, I was right on my goal target. Funny how my running performance can change so quickly from one day to the next. Though I knew I wasn’t going to PR this race, my goal was simply to run a sub 2 which is normally not a problem for me. I felt so shitty after the race, that I even denied free beer at the finish line. I know that is hard to believe, so I will repeat;
Yep! Hope that never happens again.

Okay, so I wasn’t happy with my race. Oh well. I still managed to have fun and here is why - Along the course was Johnny Cash cover bands! Woohoo. I think there were four bands total. I would have loved to have seen more. My favorite was a punk style band at the last aid station. While I don’t know the name of the band, I do appreciate the upbeat punk to help put a bounce in my step. My friend Cara PR’d by, I think over 12 minutes! I had other friends PR as well! Yay for friends PRing! Normally, I don’t care much for hardware, but look at this baby! Bonus it’s functional as a beer opener! Yippee!
The organization of the race was fine minus the fact that I did not care for the parking logistics of it all. This race was point to point with the start line two miles from the finish.  I realize with 3,000 race participants, parking can always be a bit of a hassle, but I really felt that this race in particular could have had better logistics. I don’t want to get into particulars, but I will admit it was a bit stressful. Everything did work out in the end though, so C’est la vie!
Cara and I at the Finish
And that’s that! Other than the race, so many exciting things have been happening, but I will just have to save that for another blog post!

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