Training Report -2/18/13 through 2/24/13

This past week has been a busy week of running, crossfit, job interviews and birthday celebrations. 

Monday, 2/18-   Working off the momentum of the Bay Breeze 10K, I started last Monday off with a run at Sawyer Camp Trail. The picture I took, doesn’t do this place justice. Despite the crowds, the trail is has lots of shade and scenery. Sometimes the deer  will come greet you on the trail. It’s my happy place I go to when I need to get away and zone out for just an hour.


My Happy Running Place


While running and reflecting on the year , I wasn’t really paying attention to my pace. At the end, I realized for the first time since I began running last year, I ran four miles under my average pace of 12:15-12:25 on this course. This is huge for me as, I think all the running is making me faster.


Am I getting faster?

Tuesday, 2/19– Rest day and birthday!

Wednesday, 2/20 – Had every intention of going out to run but got busy with taking a phone interview and preparing for a job interview the next day. Settled for running at the gym on the treadmill for 25 minutes at an average speed of 5.4 with an incline of 1.5- 2.0 plus core and abs.

Thursday, 2/21- Weekly Crossfit workout with trainer. Workout consisted of three sets of twelve reps of the following:  Walking lunge w/ 20lb dumbells, bicep curls, TRX standing row, TRX push ups, box jumps, side lunge w bicep press.

Friday, 2/22– Rest day!

Saturday, 2/23– Long run w SFRRC. 6.28 miles through the Presidio and Marina .

Sunday, 2/24– 4.32 miles through Golden Gate Park. Legs felt tired but pushed through.. Average pace about 12:16..

How was your week of training?

Do you have a favorite spot to run?


Bay Breeze 10K Recap

Friday Race Prep
I have to admit I woke up on Friday feeling really achy from the Crossfit workout on Thursday. I kept on thinking how was I going to race? I was able to drive down to Sunnyvale to pick up my bib and race packed at Sports Basement. It wasn’t a busy, so it was a quick trip. I did pick up a few race day items at Sports Basement like energy chews. In the evening, I ate my usual pasta dinner that I eat before my Saturday group runs. I laid out all my gear on my bed and started to mentally prepare for the race. . I am a planner at heart and this early prep helps me calm my nerves before the race. I went to bed at a decent time but kept on waking up every couple of hours. I was excited and nervous..

Race Morning

The alarm went off  at 5 am. I ate my usual oatmeal, plain greek yogurt and coffee.. Got ready, packed the car and off to drive to Fremont.. As I was driving, I remembered that I forgot to bring water to fill my bottles. Epic fail! I was glad to have left home early that gave me time to stop by a 7 Eleven to buy a bottle. Got to the race site and found great parking. I put on my compression socks, pinned my bib and laced my shoes.  One last trip to the portapotty, found my cousin and her boyfriend. They walked me to the start line w good luck high fives and fist bumps. There was no turning back now. I was actually going to do this.

10K Race
The gun went off and here I was actually running in the crowd. I started off easy and not go to fast. I was just concentrating on my breathing and trying to enjoy the moment. I was feeling good and actually keeping a good pace. Second and third mile I was hitting my stride and was able to get some speed in. Fourth mile I started feeling a little tired, so I figured it was time to eat some Honey Stinger Energy Chews, since all I had at that point was alternating H20 and Nunn energy drink.  This was also the first mile I took a walk break.  After a minute walk, I was able to pick up my pace again and power through mile five. The course had some small rolling hills and I was able to run through all of them with ease. When I got to mile five, I knew that I was in the home stretch and ran it. It went by pretty quick and took my second minute walk break at the beginning of mile six.  I was powering through most of the last mile and I crossed the finish line. I finished my first race in six years with a time of 1:15:23. I felt good and just couldn’t believe that I completed 6.2 miles! I actually did it! I felt pure joy! Brazen Racing had all kinds of food, booths and vendors post race. It made it so enjoyable!

Post Race Thoughts
I didn’t have any time goals for this race. The only goal was to finish healthy and strong. Running the 10K was just the reminder I needed that my training is working . It also reminded me  why I love to run: he feeling of accomplishment, pride in hard work of training and camaraderie of the running community.    This may sound sappy but all great things come out of the willingness to try. Image

Life and Training Update

Life has been busy. There were a lot of work changes that resulted in lay-offs and organizational changes and I was let go. I kind of expected it and am relieved. I loved my job at  start-up biotech but it was really stressful..Not too soon after the lay offs,  I picked up some contract work and am thankful to be employed until I decide my next move. I am welcoming some of the free time but I feel antsy.   Running and working out has been my sanity saver these past couple of weeks.  Nothing like going out on the road or trail to pound the pavement. It may sound weird but once I get past the initial pain of the first two miles, I hit my groove and everything that worries me disappears.  
For the past month, I have been spending my Saturdays with the San Francisco Road Runners.   At first I was a little scared to run with a group but I can feel my running has improved. I feel myself getting stronger running through the hills which always scare me.  Within the short time, I have been able to run five miles consistently through the Marina and Presidio. As much as I enjoy my alone time running, there is something about just running in a group that makes me feel supported even though there is minimal conversation if that makes sense.  
This weekend I am signed up to run the Bay Breeze 10K race. This is my first race since 2007 and I am nervous.   My main goal is to finish. I have trained to the very best of my ability and know that I can do this race! I can’t wait  for the weekend =)