Another Tuesday, another Tuesday on the Run hosted by our favorites:
April from Run the Great Wide Somewhere, Erika from MCM Mama Runs, and Patty from No-Guilt Life. This week's topic is Staying Healthy Over Thanksgiving.
As you are aware if you follow me, I had the task of doing a Dopey simulation over Thanksgiving break and I finished! I ended up cutting my 4 miles to 3.5 (I had to get to work to open the office) and then only a 20 miler because it was insanely warm on Friday.
Here is what I did:
Tuesday-3 miles at a 10:28 pace
Weds- 3.5 miles at a 12:05 pace
Thursday (Turkey Trot)
10k-59:21!! New PR!
Friday-20 miles at 12:46 (4:15 time)
So on to the Turkey trot recap!
well bib pickup was a breeze. I headed straight downtown from work and met a family of confused runners (iron man hat, sneakers, running shorts gave them away. I was given away by the roller in my bag) at the Metro so I walked over with them.
I looked up my bib number and I'm 23. UMMM-what? I assumed it was because it was done by race: combos first, 5k then 10k and I never really got confirmation of that but I will believe it. I got my timing chip, bib, and shirt and headed to Sports Chalet as I still had a 15% off coupon from the LA rock n roll. They didn't have biofreeze and I planned on going to Run With Us on Saturday to stock up on fuel for small business Saturday so I headed to Target (also next door). There I found a new icyhot roll on that I bought for 5 bucks!
Headed back on the train home and it was uncrowded and easy. Got home and cooked: paleo cranberry sauce, gluten free stuffing (pretty much chopped veggies with rosemary and sage and rice instead of bread) and creamy corn (which for some reason wouldn't thicken!).
Later that night I went to cvs and got 15 dollars worth of free stuff (gotta love ECBs). I relaxed with a glass of wine and almond joy (trying to recreate the greatness of drinking chocolate and wine from Food and Wine festival). I chatted with my dad and boyfriend and headed to bed around 1030.
I woke up wide awake at 530 and decided to get up and do Black Friday shopping at target.com.
I bought : American hustle combo pack, wolf of wall st combo pack, indiana jones trilogy collection, back to the future trilogy collection, godfather collecton, gravity combo, pitch perfect blu ray for 66 bucks! I had the Lego movie combo pack but it sold out before I could buy it! No worries I was able to get it during Black Friday.
I headed to the train and it was full of runners and joyous atmosphere. We got to Union Station and all switched to the Red line and were at Grand Park at 6:57. Yup, I got there insanely early considering I walked out of my house at 6:15.
So I sat around, had a bit of coffee, found a target Black Friday ad!!! And then checked my bag and went to the corral at 7:50. Ummm-and stood around forever and we started late. Ugh. Who knows why probably because people were late getting there.
We heard the Beyonce national anthem (AMAZING!) and off we went about 8:20. The start was a mess as people were all different paces. My strategy was to go on feel and also walk the hills (the hills of downtown are crazy!) and of course we started on an incline. It was pretty warm by the time we started so I was so happy to see a water stop before mile 1. The mile 1 sign on the course was way too early (it was actually at the 1k mark) but I kept on. Finally we got to a downhill by the Walt Disney concert hall.
After that it was out and back through the Spring financial district with one more water stop with Gatorade! Score for a 5k. I took a margarita shot blok at that station.
Before I knew it, the finish line was near and the 10k started. Just where I wanted to be! I finished in 31:44, grabbed my medal, took a selfie, grabbed water and walked and regrouped for about 30 sec before starting.
So off I went with other crazies like me. I put my medal in my flip belt (full review coming soon!) and took a bit of fuel and started the crazy starting hill AGAIN! I took the hill much slower this time and was starting to feel sluggish. I knew I needed fuel so I had a bit of the smoothie I packed.
The water stop was in the same spot but serving on the opposite side but I got water anyway. I knew it was warming up and I felt dehydrated a bit.
This is where the course was a bit different as we went by the Dorothy Chandler pavillion and all of the other music buildings downtown before looping back by the hills again. One good thing about the hills: the downhills!! I was able to walk the hills and control my speed on the downhill.
At the half way point, we went through a semi-sketchy tunnel but it felt great so I sped up a bit since it was shady.
Before I knew it we were back in the Spring financial district and I knew we were close to the end. I could fast people finishing and figured I would finish before 1:10 which is always good.
I decided to run this race by feel. No clocks, no math, just run based on feel. I've never done this before, when I was tired I walked; when I felt good I sped up; I followed my intervals. As we got to the turn around point I was feeling awesome so I pushed it a bit. I knew with my 23 miler the next day I need to conserve a bit but not too much. I had about half a mile left and I looked down at my watch and saw I was on interval 19. I did 2:40 to :30 and realized that 20 intervals would be 1:00 hour plus 20 times 10 seconds (yes I was a bit slow on the math). Let me tell you-shock doesn't begin to describe how o felt to to know that I was sub 1:00 hour (actually below :59 at that point) and I just took off sprinting. I saw the clock said almost 1:03 when I crossed and I knew I was right there. I paused my watch and saw :59:21!!
OMG I WENT SUB 1:00! Not even trying. And even better I saw I also set a new 5k record of 26 minutes. Ummm WHAT? How did I negative split like that?
Honestly I still don't know the answer but it made me so happy. I was crying and shaking and went to medical to get Vaseline (the sweat made me chafe something awful). However this is where the race took a turn for the worse. They were out of water (thank goodness I ran with my Powerade mix) and were out of bananas and almost out of clif bars. I ate what I could find and had water as well. I finished middle of the pack (I somehow passed over 600 people-what?) and to be completely out of food is unacceptable especially because I paid for 2 races! I think so of it was about 500 people did on-site registration (almost 5000 people ran!) but that is no excuse.
I also got a Scientology massage! I didn't know it at the time but it said nerve assist so with my sciatic problems I thought it would help. It was a bit strange but it did make me feel better. I stayed around to grab a pic and also see the awards.
Before I left, I grabbed a bit of coffee and had a bit of food before trying the vega recovery drink and changing into compression socks for the train ride home. I got home insanely fast as well-I even stopped for a hot dog from Wetzel pretzel (I was craving salt!) in the train station and devoured it before getting on the next train. I had time to eat, stretch and nap before Black Friday shopping. All in all it was a great day!
Would I do this race again-of course! I loved the challenge and since I won't be doing Dopey next year, I could really race it. I hope next year they offer a challenge medal for running both races-it was really fun. And hopefully next year they won't run out of food.
This race also boosted my confidence. Some of my paces at the end when it was flat were in 7:30-9:00 mile pace! One thing I noticed was my 26 min 5k pace would put me within 5 min of a BQ! Now I know I can't maintain that speed over 26.2 miles YET but it gives me the confidence to know its in there for at least a 5k. It really helps me me feel better about my next set of running goals and what I need to do to get there.
It also gives me a lot of confidence going into the Christmas run 10k I'm doing this weekend. It's super flat and next to the beach-I'm hopefully for some good things this weekend!
Did anyone run a Turkey Trot this weekend?