Well today is sunday and I ran the Nike virtual race yesterday before heading off to work. I work 12hr shifts and a co-worker was nice enough to work the first 4 hrs for me so I can run this race. We call those “princess” shifts! Love those 4hr shifts.
The race went really well. I wore my long sleeve shirt that I received in the mail from Nike. Nice shirt! It was chilly for me to start the race….45 degree’s. My rule is 50 degrees or higher to run. Your probably rolling your eyes…… So if I lived where it was colder, I would learn to run in cold weather. Living in Northern California, it doesn’t get that cold so why even do it if you don’t have too?
I did a trial run monday and mapped out my route. That made it easier to concentrate on running because I didn’t have to worry about where I was going. My goal was to finish under 59:00. On monday, I finished it 59:03. Yesterday, I finished it 57:55!!! The last mile I was chugging. There was a runner in front of me and I was trying to catch her!! She turned before my finish line, oh well. It worked because I finished under my goal time and PR from my first 10K.
I use to run and not care about pace/time etc. I would just cruise along. Every since Nike Women’s Marathon, I’ve had this goal in mind to pick up the pace. My current race pace goal is under 9:30/mile. I know a lot of you run wayyyy faster than me and that’s ok, I’m not sure of my end goal for pace. I’m sure that will come with time. I’m actually liking trying to pace myself faster because it pushes me harder when I’m running.
My next race is a 5k in April. I decided not to do that half marathon for this race. I heard it was a boring route.
Til next time
NO excuse! But I’ve been way too busy to keep up with my blog. Blogging is more work than I thought it would be. Choosing topics…… to thinking of things to talk about other than yourself can be hard. LOL…
What I’ve been up to:
December 2012 – Didn’t run the Double Road Race! 😦 That morning it was raining! Not an excuse but this time it’s an excuse. Just got over pneumonia 3 wks before, I didn’t think it would be smart. I’m a nurse and I know how bad getting sick can be. Next year for sure!!!
January 2013 – Recoup time!! My friend had asked me before the NWM to run a half in February. When I went to register, I saw they had a 10k also! I decided to run the 10k! Again, having just recently had pneumonia, thought it was smart not to push myself. I would have about 4 wks to train. See a pattern here? I totally baby myself. I hate set backs and if I can hopefully control them, I will.
February 2013 – Completed the Brazen Racing Bay Breeze Race 2/16 10k. Time 59:27 6.34 miles. That morning they measured the course a little longer. My first 10k! Not bad! I missed top 10 in my age group by 20 seconds! I think this is why they say you race against yourself because if I had known, I would have kicked it in high gear the last mile!!! This was an up and back run! I’m not a fan of up and back! I ran one and hated it. We were all squeezed on this small sidewalk. I must say, they did a really great job running this race. Very organized and not crowded after the first 3/4 of a mile. I will definitely race in another one of their races.
March 2013 – Decided to start a photography business. I’ve been into photography since the film days. 🙂 Love it!!! Why the change from hobby to business? Been thinking about it for a while! I think it clicked while I was taking basketball pictures of my son’s high school team this year. I started off just doing my son’s team (freshman), then players and parents were asking me if I took pictures of their kids. So I started taking JV and Varsity pictures. Everyone absolutely loved it and I’ve gotten such positive feedback, I decided to finally take the step. It will just be part time for now. I already have plenty of equipment, it’s a matter of making it official!!!
Also this month, I sat down and decided my racing goal for this year will be to run one race a month. Remember I’m new to running. I’ve been trying to kick up my pace to sub 9:30’s and so far keeping it there!!! I have a 10k Nike Virtual race this saturday. 🙂 Then in April there is a race for education for my city. I haven’t decided if I want to do the half or 5k. Haven’t really decided my distance preference. So far, I like 10k’s and half’s.
That’s about it in a nutshell! I hope this is start to keep up my blog! Sorry I was MIA!!!