Sunday, December 01, 2013
One of the things I love about Lakeland Runners Club races is that LRC takes lots of pictures and posts them for free. They posted the official results and a couple pictures last eve and stated the rest of the pictures would be posted today.
Here's the beginning of the race:
I'm somewhere about half way back on the right hand side, but I don't see me either!
Anyway, that is part of the reason I didn't rush to get pictures of my niece and nephew, because I knew there would be finish pictures of each of us and some pictures along the way. And, of course, there will be a picture of me with my medal. (No ego issues here, are there?)
Now I'm trying to decide when my next race is and what training plan to follow. Right now might be a good time for me to lose a couple pounds as I have no races for a couple weeks and my weight is up a bit. (Will weight maintenance ever get easy for me??) My niece and nephew are doing the Jingle Bell 10K on December 15th. There is also a 5K then. I might do one or the other. If I could get hubby to come and bring the dog I could do the one mile dog run, too. That might be something different and fun! The next race I've already paid for is the Disney Princess Half Marathon on February 23rd, 2014. I intend to run the Senior Games 5K and I hope it is March 8th rather than March 1st, but we'll see.
I did find out that the summer Watermelon 4 race 5K series starts Saturday, June 7th. Why this is exciting is that they go by your age on the first race. I will be 65 on June 6th. So I can run this whole series in my new age group and suspect I will be highly competitive.
Looking forward to many more years of training and running. Such a blessing to be able to do this at my age! There is really a great social component to the running, too. I've met so many wonderful people. Looking forward to Lakeland Runners Club Christmas party on December 7th and the Galloway Christmas party on December 21st. Will be fun, fun, fun!!!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Very glad I ran the Christina 5K race this morning. For one thing, it was free to me as one race is included in Lakeland Runner's Club membership. It was the last LRC race of the year, so I would not have gotten my free one if I had passed this one up. And my niece and nephew ran it, too, and my sister cheered us on!
I set a goal to finish under 30 minutes. I've been training for half marathons, finishing 2 this month already, run-walk-run and haven't done many straight runs. I didn't expect to be super fast. I consider this the beginning of my 5K training this season. I also have a sore (related to eczema) on the bottom of my left foot that bled while shopping yesterday. So I was a little worried about it.
I got up at 5:45 and ate my oatmeal with a few raisins and some applesauce and cinnamon. Had my glass of water and cup of tea. On the way to the race I felt like I needed more caffeine, so I got a cup of coffee, too. I got to the race location more than an hour before the race. I had never been to this community before and wanted to make sure I found it okay. No problem. I checked out the start line:
It was the 29th annual Christina 5K, which sounds impressive, but it is a small race. I heard that 223 people pre-registered, but with race day registration there were 275 or so entrants. There was no prior number pick up. Everyone had to make the registration table by 7:45 for 8am gun. Also, no chip timing in this race. All you get is the gun time.
I checked out the finish line, jogging a couple tenths of a mile. I was told there was no way to get lost in this race as it was a straight 1.6 miles out and a well marked turn then 1.5 miles back. When I got to it, I saw that the finish chute wasn't even set up yet, but the clock and cones were staged in the right place.
The crowd started to grow:
I took my camera back to my car. It was 7:42 and I was worried. Then there they were! Niece and nephew finally made it, got their numbers on and gave sis their bags to hold. It was 57 degrees. I decided to leave on my compression calf sleeves, but left my arm warmers with sister. It was time to line up.
The whole way there was a pretty well-planted median down the street with lots of palm trees. I liked being able to see the really fast runners as they passed us on the other side of the median. The beginning of the race it seemed to me like there was quite a decline and I worried that the incline at the end might really get me. But, funny, it didn't seem steep at all on the return. The race was a real effort, though. Sometimes I run easily; this was not one of those days. My foot did not bother me at all. The bandaid and Balega sock took care of it.
I looked at my pace on my Garmin and will say I was not consistent. I saw 8:30 pace and 10:20 pace. I ended up averaging 9:19 or slightly under (forgot to click the Garmin off right at the end). My official time was 29:05. I had to hit the porta potty right after; I'd had GI rumblings throughout the race. Suspect that richer than usual Thanksgiving dinner was probably the culprit.
When I turned my card in, the volunteer told me to stick around. I might have placed. Okay.
Then I went to get my camera to take photos of my niece and nephew. And -- guess what -- I was too late. They had already finished. Martin took 3 and a half minutes off of his PR, finishing in just a couple clicks over 38 minutes. I'm really, really proud of him!! We all grabbed water and fruit and enjoyed a few minutes.
Martin wanted to get to the 10am Weight Watchers meeting after a shower, so my family members went ahead and left. I stayed as they tabulated the winners.
I thought I might get a third place. A time of around 29 minutes usually places 3rd or 4th in my age group. Third gets a pretty medal; 4th gets no speed award. Remember I was 4th in my age group on Nov 9th in the half marathon.
I was surprised when they called my name for first place in the age group. So, on this day, 29 minutes and a few clicks was good enough for the top AG prize:
I'd passed Cindy, a 59 year old runner from my Galloway group. However, 76 year old Fritz beat me with a 28:51. He was delighted with his best performance of the year.
After I got my shower, I tried to do a "selfie":
I do really like the tech shirt:
All in all, a good morning. Glad to be a runner!!
Friday, November 29, 2013
I was glad I cooked yesterday for daughter and grandkids:
And hubby, too:
Now the pictures won't load, so I'll come back and edit them in. I took all the pictures, so there aren't any of me.
The best part of my Thanksgiving was when I remember a Thanksgiving back around 1989 or 1990 when I made everything from scratch, even yeast rolls, dressing, pickles, as well as all the traditional turkey, casseroles, congealed salad, and pies. I worked and worked. Shortly before we sat down to eat my daughter, around 8 years old, did or said something and I flew off the handle. I remember feeling like I had ruined days of work by losing my temper. The best part was my daughter said she remembers nothing but happy, happy Thanksgivings. Now, that is a gift!
This year my granddaughter had asked me if I was going to cook a feast. At the time I wasn't planning on it and she was disappointed. (The plan at that point was for her to eat at her other grandmother's.) As I was setting all the food on the table, two little girls came up to the table and were trying to grab some food before sitting down. I told them it wasn't a feast if I couldn't get it all spread out on the table before we started eating. Natalie definitely wanted a feast so she was then willing to wait!
Again, my picture isn't loading. Oh, well.
I actually did really well nutrition-wise while I was cooking and cleaning up, remembering years in the past when I stuffed myself with stuffing and other stuff while I cleaned!! Bad memory. Unfortunately, when it was all over and everyone was gone I briefly took leave of my senses and for some weird reason overate. Scale was up this morning. The good thing is I feel really motivated to get it back. The leftovers aren't even calling my name. I had Old Fashioned oatmeal with blackberries this morning and tea. It was satisfying and yummy! Daughter and I aren't doing the early morning shopping, but do plan to shop a bit later on today. Fun!
Tomorrow morning at 8am I run a 5K with my niece and nephew. I have been running long and slow, training for the half marathons. We'll see how I do. If I'm slow it is okay. I consider it the beginning of my 5K training season. The Senior Games are first weekend in March and that is when my goal is to qualify for the national games. We'll see.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
My daughter had plans to go elsewhere for Thanksgiving dinner. However, the dinner changed into a brunch because of work schedules of some of the people involved. So then my daughter and grandkids had no plans for a turkey dinner. What could I do? Well, I guess there are lots of things I could do, but I decided to make the turkey dinner. It will be a small gathering. My niece is cooking for her in-laws so my sister and a lot of family are going there.
In the past I've written about cooking BIG and eating moderately. This year it will be more cooking moderately and, I hope, eating moderately, too!
I'm thankful I can do it!!!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Ladybugs at the start of the half marathon:
Ladybugs at the end of the half marathon:
The rest of the story is in ONEKIDSMOM's blog. She's done a great job of capturing the experience so I won't repeat it:
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