Monday, March 14, 2011

busiest. weekend. ever.

I'll say it again. Busiest. weekend. ever.


typical unflattering race photo
Johnny's Runnin' O the Green was at 10:30 on Saturday morning so I got to sleep in until 8 am! Woohoo! I made it downtown with a few pitstops (forgot my bib # and had to go back to my apartment to grab it), nabbed a sweet parking spot on the street, and gathered with the rest of the Train-This race crew. The temperature was in the mid 30s so I decided to race in Lulu shorts, a pink short sleeved shirt (which really stuck out considering 90% of the race field was wearing green), black armwarmers, gloves, a regular running hat, and my Garmin/HR monitor - everything else got taken back to my car. I ran a short warmup with Mary and company and then lined up - AKA was packed like a sausage into a crowd of 1000+ where absolutely no one understands that runners go to the front and walkers go to the back.

Not much to say about the race. I think I went out a little hard but running has been challenging lately because I was off for 3 months and I am still trying to get my run back to where it should be.. so I attempted to race at where I know I am capable of running and then couldn't quite do it because I'm not that fit right now. So I went out too hard and then just slowly died (except for the last mile) and the race ended up hurting pretty bad.

My chip time was 37:07 with a pace of 7:25 min/mile. This is WAY suckier than last year where I had a chip time of 36:11. Seriously? A minute slower??? WTF. I am annoyed.

Then I had to do a 5 mile run which was absolutely torture for my legs. I ran with Karin and Chris and thank god they were there to talk to because otherwise I don't think I would have lasted for the entire thing.

After the race I scooted home, changed, and then headed down to Middle-of-nowhere Middlesex, NY to help my friend/teammate Solveig move out of her house and into an apartment. Other than being 30 minutes late, it went smoothly and we managed to move a whole bunch of boxes using both of our cars. I got home from that adventure at 7 pm and forced myself to get on my bike for a 1 hour recovery ride. And seriously, I was looking for ANY reason to bail from this ride - my legs were KILLING me, I was exhausted and starving. I called Kim and left her a voicemail saying "I called you to see if you thought I should bail on my ride but since you're busy doing fun things unlike me, I am leaving you this message." And since Kim was unable to give me permission to skip it, I did it! It felt good on my legs so it was definitely the right decision.

I said f-you to the lost hour of sleep and rode 3.5 hours with Kim which was not my best ride ever. I was super grumpy all day because this week I am on overnights and that just destroys my Sundays and any positive attitude that I might have had. After riding I forced myself to run for 30 minutes even though my legs were still wrecked. I was finally done with my workouts at 3 pm which gave me a few hours hang out with my cat before trying (and failing) to nap before work.


  1. I don't understand why the 'runners start at the front, walkers start at the back' thing is so difficult for so many people to get. I'm still searching for a tactful way to say, "I can tell by your 'racing attire' of jean shorts, fanny pack, and keds that you are not a serious runner; can you please go to the back?" (seriously, I saw someone dressed like that in the front line at a 5k once.)

    Don't beat yourself up over your time too much... for not running for 3 months, I don't think your time is bad at all!

  2. Seriously, that pisses me off when walkers get in front, then walk side by side for the entire race.
    Wow, that seems like a great pace to me, especially after not running for a while. But I get it, it sucks to come out of a race you have done before with a slower time.
    I love the FU to the lost hour of sleep.

  3. Ugh. We should start a petition for start corrals at all races. With officials to regulate entry.

    Way to rock 3.5 hours on the bike! That takes some serious dedication.

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  5. Oh, stop you big whiner. You ran a fine race. I got passed by a walker.... by a WALKER!

    Oh, thanks for waiting for me to run that 5 miles afterwards. I shall forgive you... maybe. If you see dementors at your door one morning, you'll know I haven't.


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