Jun 20, 2014

Race Recap: Gibson 5k

Last weekend I ran the Gibson Guitar 5k in downtown Memphis. I wrote up my thoughts on it and somehow deleted the post or blogger was hungry and ate it. I'm not really sure. And since I hate rewriting posts, I closed blogger and didn't log in for 4 more days. Now I'm finally back around and feel like sharing, so here is my recap. 

I've mentioned a few times (here, here) that my goal this summer was to beat my pace in each race of the M-town series that I'm doing. Well....spoiler alert, that didn't happen. Do I get a mulligan? I started off the race fine. My first mile is always the hardest for me mentally. I get nervous and then I start thinking that something is hurting. It's usually an ankle, random muscle, knee, something. This happens while I am dodging people and parked cars on the first mile. Coming into the mile marker, I'm headed up a little hill straight into the sun. I start feeling kind of weird. We round the corner and I smell one of my favorite things about Memphis....BBQ. Yum, right? No. The smell made me feel nauseous. From that point on, my sense of smell was super sensitive. Every change made me feel worse. I continued slowing down, walking some parts, trying my best not to get sick. I started feeling better toward the end and sprinted up the hill from the river up to Beale Street. Mistake. The hill had been too much for at least one person. I saw their lunch (sorry, TMI). I don't do well with that, so I walked and tried to pull it together to the finish. My husband came to this race so I had to run at the end for him. Once I saw and heard the crowd (and a man that kept pumping people up and running with them for the last sprint) I started running as hard as I could. I think when Jeremy saw me he knew by the look on my face and the time on the clock that I was not feeling great. 

All in all I didn't do that horribly. I didn't get the pace I wanted but the way I see it, there's always a next time. And since I don't want this post to be a "woe is me, I took an extra minute a mile" type post, I'm going to share some positives. 

[one] I can see why so many people love that race. It was fun and there's lots of good energy. We got to run down Riverside Drive. I love Riverside Drive. I love seeing the "M Bridge" and pyramid along the river. We started on Beale St. What a great starting line! The after party is at the Gibson Guitar factory. I mean, could it get any better. 

[two] I love evening runs. I had time that morning to hydrate up, eat right, enjoy the day and prepare for my run that night. 

[three] I got to meet up with a running friend before the race. And Meredith met several ladies of the Schweddy Belles running group from Breakaway Running. I'm telling you, runners are the most friendly people. We had a little conversation with those ladies before getting to our spots. 
[four] The only pictures I saw of myself during the race were when I was running. No grumpy pictures of myself when I was getting frustrated with myself. And I don't totally hate them. 
 [five] Despite the rough run, I felt amazing afterwards. I grabbed something to drink, had some oranges and I felt amazing. I even felt great the next day. I have finally reached that point I used to hear about. I used to think my friends were crazy when they said they felt awesome after a run. That used to sound crazy to me. Now I get it. I totally get the runner's high. 

That's it for this run. Next one coming up is the Stars and Stripes on July 3rd. I think I may have talked Jeremy into running it too! I am really excited about that. Also, I have started low heart rate training thanks to some friends and some online research. I still have a book I want to read about it, but I will share my initial thoughts on it all one day next week. Now get out there and run!

Jun 13, 2014

Friday Five

In case you haven't looked at the calendar or been on any social media all day, guess what? It's Friday the 13th. My mind just stopped at "it's Friday" though. And Friday the 13th or not, it's my favorite easy link up...Five on Friday!
[one] One of the big reasons I don't blog every day is because I read blogs everyday. Make sense? I like to catch up on my internet friends before jumping into a post of my own. This week, my blog reader has been on the fritz and I was not happy about it. I use Feedly, and have been avoiding Bloglovin since Google Reader went away. To me it wasn't as user friendly. To each their own. So for the last few days I have probably been missing out on my favorite blogs but I have had a lot of ideas for my own blog, so maybe this was just a sign or a kick in the pants, whichever. 

[two] I have another race this weekend! I love back to back race weekends. After this weekend, I have two and a half weeks until my next race in the series. Unless I sign up for a race between now and then. 

[three] I have been really bad lately for the last year or more about remembering to take my real camera places. I used to be the photo nazi! My friends could count on me to document our lives in photos. I've been slacking. So this weekend I am going to get a few more camera cards and have my camera ready to go for whatever comes our way. I'm going to start by trying to join in Rachel's day in the life linkup next week. I love the camera on my phone, but for the most part they don't beat out photos from my actual camera. The linkup is next week so everyone has plenty of time to document a day and write a post.

[four] Father's Day is this weekend and I still have to make a mad dash to the store to pick up our gift. Nothing like last minute shopping! At least I know what I want to get for Jeremy this year. That's half the battle. I just have to make sure it's approved by Miss Brooklyn, of course. And since she will be at her dad's house on Sunday we will do our thing to celebrate either tonight or tomorrow during the day. She has already requested that we grill out. Let's see if the weather cooperates.
[five] Also on the agenda this weekend....baseball. Yep, not our usual softball tourney weekend. This weekend we are supposed to take B to her friend-that's-a-boy's baseball game. This is all new territory for me. It makes me nervous and I don't know exactly why. It makes me feel like she is so grown up, but she's also still my baby. 

[bonus] According to my planner, summer is passing by extremely quickly this year. There is little time left on the calendar that is blank. And I still haven't planned our summer vacation. I can't decide between beach, water park, mountains, cruise. Everything sounds like something we should do, so leave your vacation advice in the comments! I need to weigh out our options. 

Jun 10, 2014

Small Victories

This weekend was busy, fun, and a whole lot of stormy! I could have done without that adjective {she says, as her area is under a tornado watch currently}. 

Friday night was the second race in the 4 race M-town series that I signed up for. This is the only race in the series that I have actually run before, two times actually. I love this race! It is in one seriously cute part of town. I love every single adorable little house here. What makes it even better is my friend Laura lives there and this year the race went right by her house. 
Usually it is already 100 degrees by the time this race rolls around. It's humid and sticky and hard to breath, but this year I have to say the weather during the race was probably the best weather you could ask for in Memphis in June. It had rained and stormed all afternoon pretty much. But by the time the race started the rain cleared and the temp was closer to 70.

I got there really early....that is totally not like me. But I've been surprising friends lately by being on time or even early for things. Maybe I will lose that late reputation one of these days. Anyways, so I was texting my friend Lora who was in route and searching for a place to park. I was also meeting Debi in front of a restaurant so we could find each other before the race. She brought Cecilia, which was awesome because I have been following her blog and IG, but I haven't met her in person until this week. They are both super nice, and I love meeting more of the awesome running community we have around us here in the city. Then when I finally get into the start line about where I think I should be, Meredith turns around and says hey! She was in front of me for no telling how long. More friendly faces to look for before the next race in the series! 

I am not sure if I have mentioned it before, but I am not fast. I have never been a fast runner. My body will require more training to speed up my pace. Thank goodness I found my love for running, right? Anyways, I set a goal for myself this year to PR each and every race from now until the end of the year. Sounds like a lofty goal, but this is the first year I've been training and running on somewhat of a schedule. Plus, besides 5ks I've only ever raced one half marathon and one 10k. I just have one untrained (pretty much) time to beat for those. So I'm happy to say, that I have accomplished my goal so far. My pace for the Zoo race was 13:07 (it was a 4 miler) and my pace for Harbortown was 11:41. See, not breaking any course records for sure, but I improved! And my biggest surprise....I wasn't sore. I waited until two days later to say anything. I was kind of disappointed in myself. I assumed this meant I didn't push myself hard enough, but a friend told me that just means my body has gotten adjusted to the distance. Already time to add on some miles! Now I'm excited! 

My goal this week is to follow the rest of my training in my Nike Running app. Then I run the Gibson Guitar 5k on Saturday night. I'm excited about this one. I have heard it is a really fun race too.