What A Weekend!!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Ah, It's so great to be back to the weekdays! Hey, quit your moaning and groaning, my favorite peanut gallery buddies. As far as "me" is concerned, this week should be a breeze compared to this weekend.
So, Saturday - My first ever 5k Trail Run. I have to admit I must have been pretty excited, because I was awake before the alarm went off, and dressed by the time it did go off. It wasn't until we went out to the car that I realized how chilly it was outside. Down here in town [Livermore, CA] it was a balmy 48 degrees, only to get cooler as we left town and headed up into the hills. Into the hills, where there where still clouds near the top and it was more than a little breezy. BURRRR!!!
I got my race number and went back to the car to avoid turning blue like my running tights. I was number 20. I had no idea if it was going to be lucky or not. At about 8:40 the race got underway. I was the last across the line and the last up the hill and that was okay. I was moving and working toward my goal on my terms knowing all I had to do was start and finish. I got up the hill and jogged the straight away and down the next hill. I got into a kind of rhythm and alternated jogging and walking. As the race continued I jogged longer than I walked and made up a little time. I guess sometimes if you start fast you can fizzle earlier. I guess I was the tortoise. All in all I felt better and did better than I expected. I finished at 1:02:39 and5th from last.
I think I like this and am thinking I might actually put some effort into this. Trail Running, who would have thought. I can do better next time, and will do better. My next scheduled race/run is a 10K at Point Pinole Regional Preserve on May 30th, but I may enter another one in the meantime. I was going to try for the 1/2 marathon, but honestly am not sure I am ready for that. So the 10k is double what I just did and the 10k is also a trail run too.
And no, 1 trail run isn't all the weekend was about.
After the run we headed back into town and met up with our Relay For Life group to Paint our town PURPLE! We put signs and purple ribbons and bows everywhere, up and down First St. [our main drag] Every year the last week of April and first week of May our downtown is covered in purple. It brings attention to the ACS's Relay For Life annual fundraiser. It is a 24hour event that goes on in communities all over the country. Livermore's is set for June 27th & 28th.
I went home to stretch again and rest; Bob went hiking. Later we walked downtown for coffee and music and to meet up with friends. The day hadn't really got much warmer all day. But the coffee and company were good.
Sunday I headed over to Sunrise Mtn Sports, caught up with the crew down there, traded war stories and then it was time to get to work. Sunrise donates their store window facing out to First St. every year to Relay for our paint the town purple. We get the use of their window every year from May thru June. So now I had to figure out what scene I was going to create this year. Hiking and trails seemed to be a good idea. After all exercise can help keep the body in good shape, supporting your immune system.
Sunday afternoon, after 4 hours of climbing up and down a ladder, crawling around on my knees, bending over continuously, I headed outside to take a look for myself. Not too bad. Colorful, sends the message and looks like I have learned a few things from doing this 4years in a row.
I walked home, met up with hubby, and we were off for sandwiches. We grabbed our sandwiches at Tommies [a quirky, local, joint] and headed up to Brushy Peak Reg Preserve for a picnic. The sun was shining, birds chirping, and jackrabbits roaming on the hills with the ground squirrels and cattle. A beautiful afternoon for a picnic, and a nice finish to the day.
So I don't know about the rest of you, but I am going to step off the weekend warrior track and get back to the nice steady pace of weekdays. The next weekend will soon be here. But in the meantime: Tuesday, HealthyBear24 and I are headed to Sunol Regional Wilderness for a 5mile hike in the hills. Wednesday we are off to Shadow Cliffs Regional Park for a 4mile hike. Thursday we head up to Del Valle Regional Park to hike up and down the hills, about 7miles or so. Somewhere in all of there I will go to the gym, work on the yard, do my housework, and do 2-3 training runs. Then we are back to weekend warrior mode.
I hope you all had as great a weekend as I had. I pray all of you will have an even better week. Talk to ya soon!