Thursday, October 20, 2011

SoJo and Training Plan Update

I have been such a blog slacker this week.  I'm having major computer issues .. that's my only excuse.  I ran in the SoJo 5k last Saturday.  I was feeling super torn about what do do as far as my half marathon training plan. It called for 6 miles.  I didn't want to not follow my plan.  So in the end I opted to run the 5k route two times.  It was kind of funny actually.  I ran the first pass through the route with my BRF Rebecca.  She is who I will be running with in Vegas. So it's always good for us to practice running together. 

This was a decent event. They were also having a full marathon and a half marathon.  It was a nice 8am start and it was the first race I've run close to home. Literally like 6 minutes from my house.  So I got up at 7am and had myself a couple slices of toast with peanut butter (my favorite race morning food).  Jeramie was working and the kids had slept over at a couple grandparents houses.  So it was just me.  I have to admit it was kind of nice getting up and only having to worry about myself.  I didn't have to stress about trying to wear my mommy hat and my runners hat at the same time.  I don't often go anywhere that I don't have either one of my kids or my husband with me. Being that I didn't get married until my early thirties I'm kind of used to having quite a bit of independence. Even though I was a single mom, when Baylee was younger she was extra good all the time no matter where we would go.  I digress ....

So I arrived at the park and met up with Rebecca.  She was all amped up for the race.  I was cool as a cucumber. I dunno.  My 5k's no longer make me nervous at all.  I am sure things will be different in Vegas.  No pee stops .. no poo stops .. nothing.  We lined up and off we went.  Rebecca's husband, Marius was running his first race ever.  And he bolted out in front, good for him though because he finished 2nd in his age group. Not bad for a Virgin.

So back to my race.  The first time around the course was super easy.  I was pacing Rebecca.  She wanted to finish with no less than an 11:30 pace.  She was running fast though.  I made a mental note at the time that I really need to make sure that in Vegas that I stick to our plan, which is NOT to go out too fast.  I don't want either one of us running out of gas.  Our goal .. to NOT WALK. Once we ran through the chute it felt good.  We gave eachother a high five and then I said, "Okay, I'm going again!"  And off I went.  I just ran the exact same course a second time.  I knew I'd get over my 6 miles in that way.  I felt great that second time too.  I didn't slow down at all, just kept on at the same pace.  As I closed in on the finish line again it was kind of funny. I got a lot of "good jobs" from folks.  I'm sure they thought I was dead last.  All in all it was a great race day.  Rebecca got a PR.  My legs felt really strong.

Oh and I LOVED my outfit.  I felt super cute.  I wore my short white skirt, which is a little shorter than I like but I still felt great.  My socks made the outfit anyway.  They were grey with white polka dots.  And I got one whopping compliment on them.  Yay!

Have any of you ever run a course twice just to get in your scheduled run?


  1. Cute socks!! I love the idea of running two laps of the course. I've never done it, but would definitely do it if I needed the miles.

  2. Super cute skirt! I don't like the way the shorter ones feel, but they always look way cuter than the longer that I'm more comfortable in.

    Fun way to get your 6 miles in. Good luck in Vegas!

  3. i love it when i can find a race close to home!! i will run a lot more on those days to get in miles because I have removed a lot of the stress!


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