Posts Tagged ‘Run’

Brickety Brick

So last night I did a reverse brick…why you ask? Because the Pasadena Triathlon is a REVERSE triathlon and I wanted to get a feel for how it would be going from a run to the bike. 

This was my run:

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Was I drunk? No, I just had to pee…. I knew I wanted to run about 20 min and I knew I had to pee so running around the Rose Bowl wouldn’t be much of an option because that would take me over 30 minutes and there are no potties. So I just started running on this little path and had a general idea where the bathrooms were. On the map, just past mile 1, there are little people…that was the bathroom. I ducked in there, went #1 and then popped back out. Once I got back out I realized I still hadn’t gone for 20 minutes. So I headed up the path a little bit then cut over and down back to my bike. By the time I was done I had gone for 20 minutes! SUCCESS!

I then tried to transition as quickly as possible to my bike gear, but forgot to pull out my shoes before and had to dig in my bag to get them…good one! Within a couple of minutes I was off on my bike. I did three laps around the Rose Bowl and each lap seemed to get more boring! I really am not a big fan of these loops and later realized that for the race I will have to do it a total of 4 times! That sucks! So hopefully there will be some characters out there that will distract me from a view I have seen a ton of times…

When everything was said and done I went home, ate dinner, ate another 1/2 sleeve of thin mints and relaxed for the rest of the night…phew….I actually even got to bed at a decent hour and feel good today.

Nothing scheduled today for a workout, but will do one tomorrow after work. I am also going to go to the Pasadena Triathlon Club’s info session at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center to meet possible new members and let them know that triathlons are fun and that it isn’t as overwhelming as it seems. 

I am feeling better about the triathlon next Saturday, I feel like I can handle it. I really tried to focus on my ChiRunning techniques (mostly posture, haven;t really learned much else at this point) and also focused on where I need to put effort into the ride and where I can relax a little. All part of my race strategy that will hopefully help me on the day of.

My next clue for the SUPER SECRET thing I am doing on Saturday….It involves a mural, Children’s Hospital & Nike!

Guess it yet?

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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.