2015 SF Marathon Ambassador Team and Bay Breeze 10k Recap

So where I have I been these past few months? Lots of slacking on the writing. Let’s see where do I start?

I would like to announce that I have been selected to be a part of the 2015 San Francisco Marathon Ambassador team. This is my second year being an ambassador and it is an honor to be back.  I have much love for the race not only because I am a Bay Area native but  it was the first half marathon I raced back in 2013. I fell in love with running while training for this race two years ago.  Since then, I have completed two half marathons, lots of 10ks and a 5k race. I feel so lucky to be a part of the ambassador team this year . I am excited to see ambassadors from last year  and new ones like Jamie! I know that it’s going to be a blast!  And why yes, I do have a discount code to share. It’s TSFM2015TRICIA. Use it to save $25 on any of the races. It expires on June 1st or whenever the race sells out.  What are are waiting for? You know you want to drink the kool-aid and run a fantastic race in July!

I have been working to get back into shape. Last February 14th, I ran a 10K. It was the Bay Breeze Race by Brazen in San Leandro.  I wasn’t going into this race like I was going to break any records. I used it more as a training race and see how my endurance was. The 10K race started at 8:15 am. Miles 1-4 I was hitting my target pace of 12:00 – 13:00 per minute. The course is flat and runs along the San Leandro Marina out on the Bay Trail. When you hit mile four you get the gravel / dirt path on the course.This is where I managed to be Klutzy Magoo and landed on my right ankle wrong. Nothing serious but I was careful not to do any damage and took it slow the last two miles. My final time was 1:25:13. Not my fastest 10K but I am fine with it as a gage to see where I was at in my training. Brazen always puts on a great race from the crowd support, aid stations, snacks after the race and the medal.

I was most excited to finally meet Jessica and her family at this race. We have been communicating via text for the past year.. It was so good to give Jessica a hug and hang out with her family and her the whole morning. Also, congrats to J for winning 2nd in her age group!! So happy for her!

So my next race is on April 26th . It’s the San Luis Obispo Half Marathon. It will be my first road half marathon since last June and I am looking forward to toeing the line.  I have learned that running shows me that I am capable of much more than my mind thinks it can accomplish.  All I have to do is work hard and never give up.

 

 

2014 Review

Only one more day left in 2014. There has been a lot of ups and downs this year. I feel it has made me stronger. I know a lot of my previous posts had a tone of pity / whoa as me themes.. So I had to take a break from writing and just figure out where I wanted this blog to go.

I completed two half marathon during the first half of the year: Tinkerbell and Zooma. In addition, I completed The Mustache Dash 5K last month in Golden Gate Park. It was a way to assess where I was in terms of running / racing. I kept an even pace and was just a minute off my regular pace. It was a joy to be back racing and fueled my desire to get stronger for the 2015 season.

As I look back on 2014, I am thankful for all the friendships I have developed within the running community. I am also grateful for the continued support of my family and friends. I think one of the highlights of the year was serving as an Ambassador for The San Francisco Marathon. Though, I did not race this year, I had the pleasure and honor of meeting many inspiring runners over the weekend.

For 2015, I was selected to be part of the Napa Valley Zooma Ambassador team.  I will be running the 10k distance on June 20, 2015, I am hoping to come back to course a stronger runner and having fun in Napa minus the hospital. Just kidding.. =) If you want to run Zooma Napa Valley, I still have my sweet discount code of 10% off registration for the 10k and half marathon using TRICIA15.  I have also signed up to run the San Luis Obispo Half Marathon in April and of course, the 2nd half of The SF Marathon in July.   I am contemplating other races but I will have to see how training is progressing.. Lots of races! Will I see you at any of them?

Of course, no post would be complete without a couple of pictures of my running adventures..

One of the many waterfalls in GGP

One of the many waterfalls in GGP

Took a short run in Vegas during a crazy weekend.

Took a short run in Vegas during a crazy weekend.

View while working one day in SF. I was dreaming of running

View while working one day in SF. I was dreaming of running

Wishing all of you a wonderful and healthy 2015,
Runner Trish

Ramblings and Looking Forward To 2015

I have to be honest, I have neglected writing for quite sometime.  I’ve been caught up watching post season baseball since the end of September. Tonight was game seven and proud of the outcome! Special shouts out to the SF Giants!

On to other stuff. My winter race got cancelled last month.  I didn’t think I was ready to race again, so maybe the universe was telling me something.  I have been running but not serious training like I have prior to heart incident last June. The longest I have ran in the past two months was five miles.  I keep on trying and take it as it comes.  If there is anything I have learned about running, is patience. It’s a difficult lesson to learn for someone like me who is used to getting things done at the drop of a hat and seeing results. It takes practice to be patience if that makes any sense.

As we approach the end of the year, I have been thinking of my goals for 2015.  A couple of weeks ago, I was selected to be part of the 2015 Zooma Napa Valley ambassador team. I didn’t think I would get selected. I am excited and honored to be a part of it. I look forward to getting to know everyone. I ran the Zooma Half last June. Although, it was a hard race for me, I was in awe of the supportive community on and off the course.  I knew that I wanted to be part of it again in 2015. If you are interested in joining me on June 20, 2015, you can save 10% off the registration of the 10K or half marathon by using TRICIA15.  I will be running the 10k.. Will I see you there?
Zooma

Fear and Fall Training Mode

The past six weeks have been a bit of roller coaster ride .  I won’t go into too much detail about the personal stuff but it has been a challenging time. Despite everything going on, I have a goal race that I am training for.  In my mind, it’s always go big or go home.  So I am aiming to do 13.1 miles at The Santa Clara Half Marathon on Sunday, December 14th. This race will be my third half marathon in 2014.  My first half post-health scare last June. Honestly, I am scared to attempt this again.

Getting back into training mode has been up and down.  As excited I am to be back, I felt like I have failed because I am back to taking medications. I feel like I have let myself down. The meds make me feel tired and slow.  It’s hard to look over my training calendars on Strava from the past two years and see my training decline in terms of pace and mileage. Not that I am fast by any means. I know in my heart that I can get back to where I was. It’s just going to take time. The what ifs and doubts will always be there.  I try not to give into it.  I tell myself to keep looking forward not backwards. Use my setback to come back stronger. To keep going. Call me stubborn or crazy for getting up over and over again. Running is where I feel free. No distractions. Just the road and me . It’s where I feel at home and heals my spirit.

With the downside, there is always an upside to training.  I am back to my pacing gig on Saturdays and it’s good to back with my runner peeps. I may even take on the role of long run water stop coordinator for the fall. All part of continuing to give back and be a part of the running community. It’s about giving back and returning the favor.  Seeing people train and achieve their goals. That’s what continues to inspire and fuel my desire to get up.

Even though I am scared, I remember that I have been given another chance. A gift to run. So, I accept the gift graciously and will not let the fear stop me from doing what I love to do.

Happy Running,
Trish

 

Mental Health and Depression

Sure this is a running blog. Regular postings to return later this week on running.  I can’t just ignore what is going on in the media.. Rest in peace Robin Williams. Your light that you shined will be missed..

The world lost Robin Williams earlier this week. In my opinion, his humor, wit, compassion and ability to share his struggles was what made him a gift to society. It is heartbreaking to hear that another person was lost to suicide. Everyone has their thoughts about this.. Some are quick to judge how could someone with so much light do such a horrible thing? Depression doesn’t discriminate. You can be young, middle age or senior. You can be married or single. Rich, middle class or poor. Famous or not. It doesn’t matter.

I am not an expert or professional on clinical depression, but I know what it is like to go through it. To not lift your head up to see the light .. To be paralyzed with sadness and hopelessness, that all you want to do is die.  To be lost in loneliness and fear that it hurts to be around people. As time goes on, the numbness takes over. Everything goes black. Your heart feels like it is broken in a million pieces and you can’t figure out what to do..

My culture is not to keen in asking for help from others. We like to keep things within the family vs. talking to a professional.  Yet, I made the decision to seek help from a therapist to talk it out.  For a long time, I thought I was weak for seeking help.  I learned that it takes a lot of guts to seek treatment and that it is ok to ask for help from the outside. Talking to someone who was unbiased made me feel less alone. It also challenged all the negative thoughts I had about myself. It wasn’t a walk in the park.  It was hard but also rewarding. When it got too much, I took meds but my head felt cloudy and stuck with talking it out.. Though it may not be the answer for everyone, getting outside and running helped along with talking when some of the symptoms subsided.

If you have feelings of sadness and depression, know that you matter. Know that there is help even though you do not think there is.  You can call the 24-Hour Crisis Line at The SF Suicide Prevention –  415/781-0500 or 800/273- TALK (8255).

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or friends, family or caregivers who know of someone suffering from depression, please do not judge. Doing that will only drive the person away.  Listen to them even though you do not know what to say.  Tell them that you love them and that they mean the world to you.  Do not get offended if the person declines invitations. Keep trying and eventually it will click.  Consistency, patience and support is what matters.

Life is hard. It gets heavy at times. Know that there is always hope and that you are a precious gift ..

In Health,
Trish

Starting Over Again ..

Last week I started training. It felt good to get back into the routine after five weeks of recovery. I have missed the torture, er I mean the exercise. Most importantly, I missed the trainers who have become my friends. We’ve been slowly building and easing into things. Core, arms and legs. I can tell I’ve lost a little of my endurance but I think that’s because of the meds I am on. Hopefully in the coming weeks, I’ll be back to doing the crazy stuff..

As for the running, I am easing into it too. Last Saturday’s long run was a four miler around Lake Merced. It was kind of a test to see if my body was up to it. Note that four miles has been the longest I have run in five weeks too. Perfect weather around the lake. Cool with a touch of foggy mist! Welcome to SF summer..

My first two miles around the lake were fucking hard. My legs felt heavy and I started to question if I could handle it. I kept telling myself to just keep going .. One foot in front of the other. In the middle of the second mile, I tried to hold on to the pace but alas, I took a 30 second walk break and felt discouraged.. I told myself that the long run was not a race. Relax and enjoy the moment. No pressure.. After the pep talk, the feeling of heavy legs somewhat disappeared and my breathing improved. I kept pushing and by mile three and four I felt like my old self. Running hard with sweat dripping down my forehead and the pounding of my heart. I have to say it’s the best feeling in the world! I completed four miles. Every run is an accomplishment in itself. And to me, it’s a sign that I am capable of going as far as my heart can take me.

Seen on the run:

San Andreas

Happy Running,
Trish

Part II- The SF Marathon Race Day Support Crew Edition

Warning: this post will be more pictures than words.. Hopefully the pictures will tell the story.

Race day arrived after two days of expo fun.  Since I wasn’t running, I was asked if I wanted to volunteer at the ambassador/pacer tent. I responded yes without hesitation.  Like I said before, it was the least I could do to give back to something that has given me more than I ever could ever imagine. Honestly, I felt a little sad that I wasn’t toeing the line with everyone else.. The day was for my runner friends and I wanted to celebrate.  It was an early start.  I arrived at the tent around 345 am to help another ambassador and co-captain, Heather. We set up the supplies, cut up some bananas and tracked down some much needed coffee.

The tent was shared with pacers for the race. My twitter buddy Eileen Joy was pacing the 2:30 1st Half so I got to snap a picture with her finally! Mind my closed eyes! Way too early..

Other ambassadors started coming in around 5 am.  Though I wasn’t racing, I could feel the energy, excitment and nerves that everyone was feeling.  Before I knew, it was time to start. Below are photos before everyone made their ways into the corrals.

Prerace picture with: Heather, Corinne and Wes!                                         Photo courtesy of Alisyn

Prerace picture with: Heather, Corinne and Wes!
Photo courtesy of Alisyn

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More prerace pictures w/ Bonnie, Heather, Charles & Stan Photo courtesy of Stan

LA & SF in the house w/ my So. Cal. ambassador buddies Heather & May! Photo courtesy of May

LA & SF in the house w/ my So. Cal. ambassador buddies Heather & May!
Photo courtesy of May

As the race began to start, we cheered on many people as they passed. We called out random people’s names on their bibs. Some people looked confused on how we knew their name and others just smiled. I high-fived anyone who would take it. I also got good luck hugs from Taylor and Bruce as they passed..

After all the waves have gone, a little tiding and organizing the tent.  With the down time, we walked to the finish line. We were able to see the elite runners cross the line. By this time, the sun was shining bright and it looked like it was going to be warmer than expected. After some spectating, we made are way back to the tent. Little by little pacers from the first half came back.  Soon after, ambassadors started to come back. I remember giving sweating hugs and high fives to Erin, Wes and Paulette. One by one they all started coming back. So many running stories shared among everyone. I was also able to see my buddy May come back!

May and I at the finish of her 26.2 race! Congrats girl!! Photo courtesy of May

May and I at the finish of her 26.2 race! Congrats girl!!
Photo courtesy of May

So much awesome going on that it is hard to sum up TSFM experience whether you are racing or volunteering. Either way, I believe the race is a celebration of running and the community. Through this year, I have met people who have shared their running and life stories with me.  I am honored to be a part of their journey. Volunteering and cheering last week was the last piece to mend my heart from not running after my health scare in Napa.  Seeing people give it their best in pursuit of a BQ, PR or running in honor of a loved one was inspiring and brought me to tears as I drove back home.  The memories and friendships I have made will never be forgotten.

All I can say is thank you TSFM and 2014 ambassadors for allowing me to be part of the experience.  See you next year!