Sunset Run For Shade 5K

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Member Since:

Apr 04, 2007



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Running Accomplishments:


1 mile:  6:31

5K:  23:37

Half Marathon: 2:04

My first post-high school 5K, in which I thought I was going to die

The first time I won my age division.  Yippee!

My first half marathon, in which I attack Sasha

The time I beat my high school PR for the 5K (as a 31 year-old mommy of 3!)

My first 5K barefooted


Short-Term Running Goals:

I'm just getting back into running after a long break to have my last child.  I would like to race some 10Ks, a half, and a marathon in the next 2 years.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Be the oldest woman to complete a marathon.  Yea!  But hopefully I will also complete some BEFORE I geezer up, like, before I'm 40 for sure.  I think it would be fun to dress up really strange for marathons, like impersonating celebrities and stuff.  Except I don't really like celebrities, as a rule, so maybe I'll have to stick to the age old question of ninja, or pirate.  I say ninja. *Hyah!*


I am happily married to James W (Cool Runnings). We have 3 boys and 1 opinionated little girl.  I love reading and I'm also a news junkie.  I am a stinker.

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I did it!  I woke up early and ran easy for an hour to get my longish run in.  This is by the far the longest run I've had so far.  Happily, I am less tired after this run than I used to be after running just 2 miles.  I'm so glad I made it past those first few weeks when I was just tired all the time!

I'm making everyone on this blog a promise.  Every night this week I will get my darn self in bed by 10:30.  On penalty of sniffing my husband's socks after a run.  EW!!!  (Sorry James.)


Later that night (by 5 pm really). . .  "I am exhausted . . .  All non-essential systems shutting down . . . I can hardly move . . . all energy focused to type  fdasjkajfd;k. . .things are getting blurry. . . z z z ."


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I ran sub-6:00!  I ran sub-6:00!

You doubt?  It's true.  I was out the door at 5:50 am and ran 2 miles (at about 10:00 pace).  He he.  If I ever really do break 6 minutes for a mile, it would be the equivalent of a medal at the Olympics for me. 

I'm really happy with this run.   First of all it was a recovery run, so I really didn't push it.  I just ran normally.  PLUS I negative split it.  First mile in 10:02, second in 9:50.  Without too much effort.  Yea!  I think I just tend to run faster when I run outside than I do on Fred.  Fred is boring.   It was such a nice morning, too!  I can't believe it was so cool.  Nice.

BTW I got to bed on time last night.

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Easy 5K  this evening outside.  30:53.  Average pace 9:58.  Felt pretty comfortable--other than that my headphones kept popping out of my ears!  I had to keep wrangling with the wires.  Evidently they were made for more manly ears like my hubby's.  I'll try a different set of ear phones tomorrow.  I am debating whether or not to use music in my race on Sat.   I had been planning on it, but I've been reading a lot of posts about ipods not enhancing races.  I don't know.  Any thoughts?

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1.2 REALLY  slow miles with my 2, 4, and 6 year old (the 2 year old does about .2 of that).

1.8 Slow miles on the treadmill.

1.6 pounds lost this week.  5.6 total.  So now I am finally lower than pre-running weight.  (For some reason I gained 4-5 lbs. the first month after I started running.)

I'm getting to bed slightly late, but not enough to actually follow through with the heinous consequences I set up for myself.  : )

1 easy mile tomorrow and then my 5 K on Sat.  (1st one in 12 years!)

I just have to say that I am sooo proud of my star piano student.  He just passed off his level 6 requirements for the DVMTA Achievement Day and got a huge trophy.  Good job Runner's High James!

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Just a quick shoe check.  I've been having some arch pain and some hip pain these last few runs.  I was wondering if it was my new shoes.  So I ran 1/2 a mile on the treadmill first in my new shoes, then another 1/2 in my old.  No question, my new shoes are more cushioned, but my arches feel a lot better in my old shoes.  I guess I'll be using my old shoes tomorrow.  Luckily I can send back these shoes for full credit through Road Runner Sports.  I'll get a new pair of Asics like my old ones.

I also went to the chiropractor today about my hip.  He did some gentle adjustments with the activator and chastened me for not doing any weight training.  He said I was a candidate for osteoporosis someday if I don't. (Jeez!  How'd he know?)  So I've gotta figure that out.  He recommended I cut back on the mileage for next week to about 10, and no running on the road or sidewalk.  Just grass, track, or treadmill. 

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Race: Sunset Run For Shade 5K (3.1 Miles) 00:27:37, Place overall: 13, Place in age division: 5
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Ouch.  I feel awful!  So that's good I guess.  I put it all out there.  Here's how the race went down:

I felt super hot and even dry-mouthed before we even started.  It was about 95 F.  No breeze at all.

I ran the first mile WAY too fast.  I didn't realize how fast I took it out, but I started seeing spots around the 1/2 mile and slowed down.   They had big timers going at the mile marks so you could see your splits--that was awesome & it saved me.  As I was closing on the first mile, I saw 7 something and freaked out a little.  My goal was 9:00 for the 1st mile.   1st mile in 8:00.  I had lost the ability to swallow by this point.   One amazing thing that happened in this mile--I saw the most astounding shooting star of my life.  More like a flaming blue meteor, really.  I've always taken shooting starts as a good omen. 

The second mile I consciously slowed down to try not to die.   There was a prominent hill in this mile. We were to run up it and back down.  As I just started going up I saw James flying down.  He looked awesome!   I did not feel good at all this whole mile. Thank goodness for the water stations.  I really think I may not have finished the race if I hadn't grabbed 2 cups at each one.  One to take a sip from and throw in my face, and the other to soak my shirt with.  At the end of the second mile, I think my time was 17:00, so that would put me at 9:00 for that mile. 

The third mile my music carried me in.   This was the mile I had to keep brushing away the pesky little question "Why the heck did I have to take up running?!  I could be learning to cross stitch right now!"  My favorite song came on at the crucial point--"Breaking Free"  I know I picked it up when it came on, although I was fading.  I tried to come in hard.  James said I looked strong coming in.  3rd mile probably in about 9:37, .1 in 1 min. or so.  Final time 27:37.   Sasha, your ability to predict my time is AMAZING!  Within what, 10 seconds!

Recovery was pretty slow.  It took me a good 5-10 minutes to stop breathing REALLY fast, and 10-15 more, probably, to start breathing normally.  My throat still burns terribly and I have lost my voice almost completely.  Other than that, my quads and calves are a little bit sore.  HEY! But good news:  absolutely NO hip pain or arch pain.  I credit the chiropractor for the hip & some arch supports in my new shoes for the comfy feet. 

I didn't even come close to feeling okay until I took off my shoes and soaked my feet in a very cold decorative fountain and poured water bottles all over myself.  Actually, I got in trouble!  A policeman came and told me to get out of the fountain, and I was thinking "Don't you have anything better to do than tell over-heated piano teachers to stop dangling their feet in a little water?  Go keep someone from getting mugged in the parking lot, for goodness sakes."  But of course, all I said was "Yes sir.  I'm sorry."

I didn't see very many girls in front of me, and sure enough, I came in 13th out of 93 female runners.  5th in my age division.  Isn't that an improvement from my last race!?  Thank goodness for slow runners!

My pace per mile this race was 8:56.  Less than 2 months ago, my pace was 11:30 for a 4.2 mile race.  I feel really good about that.

My goals for this race were to

1.  Run under 30:40 or whatever it is, Paul Peterson's best 10K time (used with permision.)  Goal MET!  Goal smashed!

2.  Have the courage to run fast.  Give it my all.  Run 'til I yak.  I thought it was the most admirable thing ever when Ally threw up 5-6 times after pushing herself in a meet.  I mean, here she is just a teenager, and she has the courage to push it that hard.  It takes a lot of inner strength to do that.  For me, I'm going to call this goal met.  I think I had heat exhaustion.  I haven't yakked yet, but it is still a possibility.  I'm queasy.

3.  Be positive about my effort and recognize progress--don't compare myself to anyone but me.  Goal met.  I feel proud.  But I'm not satisfied . . . 

I can't wait 'til my next race!

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