UPCOMING EVENTS for 2016: Puerto Rico Marathon (March), Virginia/Pennsylvania Marathon Double (April), Cedro Peak Ultra 45k (April), Quicksilver 50k (May) NUT 50k (June) Lake Tahoe Trail 50K (July), Cloudsplitter 55K (October)

It's never too late to be what you might have been. --George Eliot

Athena is the Goddess of wisdom and war. In 2005, I declared war on my own bad tendencies: sloth, being fat, compacency, and being too old for adventure. This is the story of how I went from being someone who never stood when she could sit, to being an ultrarunner, marathoner, and triathlete. Along the way I've cried, laughed, fallen, gotten up, lost, won, hallucinated, been dehydrated, DNF'ed, and been DFL.
I also swear. Alot.
"You're never too old to be what you might have been" --George Eliot

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Race Report #2, well, you would too.

Dear Diary,

I know I did a 13.1 mile trail run yesterday, but I had to HAD TO sign up for this 10K today.  It was in the city, and it was flat, and the course was a bit boring, but I had an agenda.

Nearly five years ago, I did my first 10K.  I can't find those results anywhere, but I'm pretty sure my time was nearly 2 hours.  I remember giving up after the first 2 miles and walking most of the rest of the way.  I finished late, and alone, except for Baboo, who came looking for me and "ran" in with me.  For some reason 1:53 sticks in my head.  Since then, I've done 3 stand-alone 10K runs, including this one today.

Today, I wanted to see how my flat 10K run would be.

  1. I was tired.
  2. It was in the evening (7:00 pm) 
  3. We'd just driven back from Pagosa Springs, after sleeping badly on an unfamiliar hotel bed
  4. I'd just done a crap-hard 13.1 mile trail run.
  5. It was 99 degrees at the start, and slightly cooled off when some clouds rolled in, but not by much.
Why on early would I do a 10K today?
  1. There was free ice cream in the park after.  
  2. And pizza.  
Thus I present: The Chunky Monkey 10K, an annual event in Albuquerque.

So, I took off.  I saw a few familiar faces, and OH MY GOSH you know how hard it is to hold back?  To tell yourself "just wait...just wait...you'll pass her...don't blow out" and I did.  Baboo ran next to me (It was a recovery run or some such nonsense for MR. Thing, who ran 31 miles yesterday and had a badly blistered heel)

I finished, with a new PR: 1:06:34.  Then I had ice cream.  And pizza.  Then, the skies opened up and deluged, and we sprinted to the car, and headed home,

I'm pretty sure I'm going to sleep tonight.  :-b

So how was your weekend?

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8 comments:

  1. GREAT JOB!!! You are one tough woman and you PR'ed! Awesome! Keep up the fabulous work!

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  2. That is amazing! I can't believe you PR'd right after a grueling half! I totally get the running races for the food at the end thing, though. :) I find it easier to run toward pizza.

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  3. You rock, girl. Really inspired by ALL that you do both running & work-wise.

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  4. Any race that serves Chunky Monkey is totally worth doing, no matter the conditions. Congrats on your PR.

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  5. Speedy Mc Speederton. Stop that or you will be leaving me for dead on the trail.

    You were so fast I bet there was even ice cream left when you finished! So jealous!

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  6. It's a good sign when you can PR the day after a hard run. Congrats!

    I had a crappy 15 mile run in the heat and got blisters and chafing all over. Drat.
    But I kept running into friends and chatting about routes and races, so that was fun.

    I saw this video that made me think of you and your job. The speaker talks in detail about hypoglycemia and bad behavior and academic performance in children. http://darwinstable.wordpress.com/2010/07/17/nutrition-and-behavior/

    Cynthia

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  7. You're either hardcore or a little crazy :) ...a 10K the day after a trail 13.1!!?!
    Then, your bad ass self goes and PRs...awesome...I'll go with hardcore! :)

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  8. You are a total rock star - that is an awesome PR, no matter what, and considering you did it AFTER a half-mary, that's insane!!!

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