Posts Tagged ‘5k’

Oh, how fast the weekend goes

And Monday comes…again….

#1 – 5k on Sunday, totally looking forward to it and I am hoping to PR. I am promising myself to actually bring my watch this time (last 5k, I forgot my watch). I am thinking the weather will be nice and I plan to ride my bike there. It’s downhill all the way there…so why not! Then I will rush to church (un-showered) and sing my little heart out. Hopefully I don’t stink up the place!

#2 – I am going to do a brick tomorrow, actually, a reverse brick. Since the Pasadena Triathlon is a reverse triathlon, I figured it would be beneficial to me to see how it is to run and then bike. I will run 10 min out and then back, hop on the bike and do 3 laps…here’s hoping that goes well!

#3 – I signed up for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon! I am SUPER excited about this one because it is the big celebrity one and I have no shame and usually end up embarrassing myself in front of celebrities. The distances are:

1/2 Mile Swim

18 Mile Bike

4 Mile Run

It cost and arm and a leg to register, but it is for a really great cause and I plan to do some light fund raising for it. The triathlon raises money for The Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. 

I actually have somewhat of an interesting story that I will share with you…Last year, George did the Malibu Tri and part of a relay team with Team Disney. The swimmer on his team was Helen Faust. She actually raised a good amount of money for Children’s Hospital and got a fancy jacket! But recently, she received even more. On Thanksgiving her son, Sean, was riding his skateboard and fell. He cracked his head (literally) and had to be rushed into surgery for them to take out part of his skull. He was in a coma for a little bit but came out. Now I am not sure of the exact details, but at some point he was taken care of by Children’s Hospital…he is now at home and getting better…but it will be a long battle to get him back to normal. It is funny how things loop around like that! When she was raising the money she did it for others, and then when she needed it, Children’s Hospital was there for her…thats good karma!

But this also brings up another thing, helmets. Helmets can save lives, and if he had been wearing one…this may never have happened. There has been a website that went up in honor of Sean and encourages people to wear helmets. Sometimes for young kids it isn’t always the coolest thing to do, but it can really protect you from doing permanent damage. I am not sure how many people that read my blog actually skateboard…but I know there are a lot that cycle. There is no reason we should be on a bike and not have a helmet on. Sean was cruisin on his long board skateboard and fell and hit his head on a concrete barrier. How fast do you average on your bike? Is it as fast as a skateboard? It’s probably faster, which is an even better reason to wear your helmet. Anyway, for whatever it is worth, that is my rant!

Here is the website for Sean: www.helmets4sean.com

Also, at some point I will have a fund raising site for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, so I will let you know and perhaps you can send over a few bucks! 🙂

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Run for the Hungry Race Report

I woke up bright and early at 6:15 and got ready. It turned out to be a beautiful day without a rain cloud in sight. It was, however, a tad cold. So I got all my running clothes on and headed out the door. My car said that it was a chilly 52 degrees, but I was nice and prepared. I eventually get up there and walk to the park. After I checked in I saw a fellow blogger and also a member of the Disney Tri Team, Neoprene Wedgie. He was there to cheer on his friend, that according to the sign….is nicknamed BoBo:

pb260154While waiting for the stretching to begin, I hung out with Mike and his two friends. They were really nice and it made the time just fly by. It was especially cool with someone from the newspaper came and spoke with us because they wanted to know the story behind BoBo. Turns out, he was training for the Pasadena Marathon….but no go on that…so he came out to do the 5k with his wife. We then heard the announcement about stretching to we headed toward the gazebo.

pb260156The boot camp people wanted to make sure that we were all warmed up, so they made us do 40 jumping jacks….except did three for every 1….so it was more like 120… Should I just go back to my car now? I am sure that will work off at least the candied yams….

Nevertheless, we headed to the start line, here is the crowd at the start line:

pb260158Thats a good amount of people! And here is me, excited about the run:

pb260160As you can see, I am dressed very warm…because I hate being cold. So here is how the race went…

I started out at a comfortable pace and got to the top of the first hill fairly fast, it was quite a climb and I am glad I took it slow. I hit mile 1 at 12:20, I figured…ok considering that bitch of a hill. I kept going and hit the turn around where the water was, which I needed, and then headed back. This is after the turn:

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Now, I forgot my watch, so I had to depend on this guy calling out times. According to him I hit mile two at 27:30….which means I did a 15 min mile 2….but then I came into the finish at 35:00, which means my last mile was like 8 minutes…which is impossible for me. However, I was going down that initial killer hill, so maybe that helped…

I have officially PRed! My previous 5k’s were around 45-50 minutes and this is my first 5k since I have started training for triathlons. So overall I think I did well, room for improvement? OH YA! Like maybe I will remember to take my asthma medicine before I run!

I am feeling good for the tri on Sunday, I think I will do well. I am a little sore today but I will just drink a lot of water and take it easy. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and that you stuffed your tummies full of good food! I am so thankful that I have the ability to do that because I know there are so many people in this world who can’t.