Just a quick 4.2 mile jog with 30,000 of my best friends on a beautiful Saturday morning! 

Pat’s Run weekend is here! For those of you who don’t know Pat’s Run is a kinda a big deal around these parts. It honor’s Pat Tillman who put his fancy Football Career ( on the ASU team and then went on to play for AZ Cardinals) to join the Army and was killed in Afghanistan. His jersey # was 42 so the race is 4.2 miles.

I (like always) had to work Friday night till 0600 on Saturday morning. The race started at 7 so I went straight from working my 10 hour shift. My friend was set to pick me up right at 6 so I asked my boss if on my lunch break at 0500 if I could change into workout gear to be ready to go. Ha. The things he puts up with.

Pats face

The lighting in the work bathroom is terrible! Yikes. But READY for Pat’s!

They changed the course up this year and it basically went backwards but there were a few more hills this go round.

pr hill 2

I just kept telling myself that these hills and bridges were training for the NYCM!! Everything is training for New York!

pr hill

Plus you can see how packed it is! There’s about 30,000 people running those 4.2 miles. It’s always a crowded crowded race.

I didn’t hit my goal… in fact I did 1:50 min worse than last year! Crossing the finish line at 41:50 minutes. Not awful but not my best. I really really want to work on my speed in the next few months. I have a 10K next Sunday so I’m hoping for a PR!

I met a lady walking to the expo booths and we started chatting and she actually knew Tillman. (He died in 2004.) She was a volleyball coach at ASU and knew him around the gym. She had some really fun stories and showed a side of him I’ve never heard before. Definitely sounded like an interesting guy…

Then it was time to meet up with my friends and hit the road!! I was lucky to start in an earlier corral than them (crucial when there’s a possibility of 30,000 runners/walkers in front of you) and I don’t think they minded too much that I ditched them. We all did really well and had fun! Plus this is the first year they gave out medals. Another on the pile… I just need a place to hang them…

finsih friends

How the numbers all shake out:

Again, I finished in 41:50. Bib 6558. I started my racekeeper a little too early so my number it has are a tad off but my splits:

pr splits

I KEPT telling myself that first half to hold back and to save some energy for the 2nd part but I wasn’t really listening to my own advice. I knew the steepest part of the race was right around mile 2 so I knew I wanted to conserve my energy and go slow over the hill. and go slow I did! I found myself shuffling so slowly I realized walking just would’ve been faster. So I walked. Then tried to recoup as much time on the downhills but what can I say. I was tried and knew another hill was coming! Haha.

Here’s the elevation:

pr elev

All I’m doing now is focusing on the future. We’ll see how the next 10K goes. And I have a year to beat my time! Haha. And of course, all my focus is prepping for NY!

If I Ran the Zoo… or Through it

I ran the Zoo 5K on Saturday!

After I found out I got into the NYCM, I wanted to run a 5K and just kind of see where I’m starting at. I’m not a total beginner, but I’m pretty close. So I signed up for the first 5K I could, the Phx Zoo which sounded like a fun race so I signed up last week!

I worked another 12 hour shift Friday night, got off at 6 AM and ran over to QT to down an energy drink. The race was set to start at 8 AM but that’s my usual bedtime so I was tired. But it was a beautiful day, great weather and I just wanted to do a nice 3  mile tempo run.

zoo start

I did zero research about the course when I signed up for this thing! There were only a few hundred runners out this morning and a lot of people seemed like this was a) their first 5K b) they had no intention of running and it was more of a leisurely walk through the desert. I’m always happy to see runners and racers and wanted to support them but this course was narrow! It was only about 4 feet wide in a lot of places so when the gun went off we bottle necked through the start line and it was very slow going till we finally got a little more spaced out.

That’s where the nice tempo run I had planned turned into a HILL run. There were a TON of short but steep hills all throughout the course. I think I ran up 100 hills. I mean look at this beast:

hilks

With all these up and down spurts and general welcome back to activity, I started to get a side stitch so I just focused on my breath. Breathe in for 3 steps, breathe out of 2. Over and over and over. 1 2 3 4 5. It helped!

elev

Doesn’t even do it justice!
I was a tiny bit happy because I need to train hills since NYCM is notoriously uphill with all the bridges but that’s a whole different kind of hill. But it is nice to know I can come back to this path on some future non crowded day for another hill training run. When I’ll be more prepared.

zoo course

I still was hoping for a neg split but I forgot to turn my tracker off once I passed the finish line. So between that and the slow slow slow start, my numbers are definitely skewed.

splits

After the race, we all got free entry into the zoo. I really wanted to go but it was coming up on 9am and I had to work Saturday night. So instead I ran over to Genuine Fresche and grabbed a pitaya smoothie. It totally hit the spot!

 

 

pitaya

Running on Vacation- in the sand and bad weather: I kind of hate Hawaii!

So I got back from Hawaii a couple days ago. I thought leaving Oahu would be so hard to do but honestly, I was more than ready to be home. Hawaii was a bust! It even seems so strange typing that sentence! But I had a lousy lousy lousy time. Such a waste… (Maybe I’ll talk more about the trip soon but I’m going to skip right on over most of the week. )

I was able to get out and run twice on this trip. Our hotel was right along the Ala Wei Canal so I ran that Saturday and then down the shore of Waikiki on Monday morning.

ala

saturday

 

kikisand

monday

Notice how grey/dark/cloudy the sky is in both pictures? Yeah it wasn’t great.

 

I started off my Saturday run FAST (because I was PISSED. But then the sadness just took over and ended up walking pretty much the last mile.) Monday was in the sand along the beach which as an Arizonan, I’m definitely not used to and it was hard! Fun though and I just thought of it like a training run. Slow moving though.

On Monday especially- when I was more focused on my run rather than just needing to burn energy and get out of that hotel room- I got really bummed about my pace. Clearly, there is  a lot of room for improvement and faster mile times.

That’s something I’m really going to focus on during this marathon training cycle. But at the same time, I’m not going to beat myself up! I was a) not used to eating my ‘normal’ food. I was eating vacation food. Fueling my body in a completely abnormal way. For sure not drinking enough water. I tried but it was NOT an easy task… b) My sleeping schedule was thrown off (I’m still a night shifter!) sleeping in a strange bed (1/2 the week was on a couch) with 2 other snorers in the room. c) in a different climate. I don’t know why I never once thought about how humid Hawaii would be. It was humid!!! I was actually quite grateful it started raining during my Saturday AM run. Rain > humidity.

I got out. That’s all I can say. I ran twice for a total of 5 miles. Not breaking any records but it’s better than nothing.