April 30, 2009
April 20, 2009
We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day or more perfect conditions for a race. The 400-and-something runners lined up at the start, and at exactly 8am we begun! I ran with 3 other girls from the team which really helped with pacing. The first part of the race was nice and flat and therefore pretty easy. It was strange at the water stops to just grab a cup, chug it as you keep running, and then throw it down and keep going! As we passed the cemetery the course became rather hilly - but at least the hills were rolling so that after you ran up one you got to recuperate while going down another. Going from mile 4 to 5 seemed to take forever! We kept making turns and thinking the turn-around point would be just past the curve, only to find another stretch ahead of us! We reached the 5 mile point at 51 minutes, which was much sooner than I was expected. Going at my usual 12 minute per mile pace, the race should take 2 hours, so that was my goal going into it, but I was clearly quite ahead of that!I was cruising along comfortably until about mile 8. The last 2 miles were pretty tough to finish, but we managed to pull through. I can't tell you how much it helped to have someone running with you at times like that, both motivating each other to keep going. Crossing the finish line, I immediately located the clock - 1:44:18!!! That means I averaged about a 10:26 minute mile - not bad!
Once we had rested up Sarah and I headed out and stopped at the National Marrow Donor Program Resgistration Drive where we swabbed our cheeks and were entered into a database of potential life-savers for those in need of a transplant. What a great feeling, to know that with minimal effort I could save a life! Totally worth it : ) All in all it was a pretty fantastic day! Today I'm a bit sore, but this weekend made me so much more excited for my marathon in June!!
April 19, 2009
April 3, 2009
All of our wonderful supporters enjoying their yummy pizza!
Wednesday night Sarah and I went to our first track practice of the season (we couldn't make them last quarter because of class). I think we both had mixed feelings about it; part of us was excited to work on our running technique and turnover time, but the other part was scared that it would be super intense and we'd be behind. Anyway, we headed to SBCC Wednesday night and started off with an easy 1 mile warm-up around the track. Then Coach Neal surprised us with the workout for the evening - a timed 5k!! So instead of a track workout we crossed the street and ran our 3.2 miles along the beach. The coaches wanted us to push ourselves and run faster than our race pace so it was more challenging than usual, but I ended up finishing in 27:30!! That's my fastest time yet for a 5k, running just under 9 minutes per mile.
Some BIG fundraising news... This past week I met and surpassed my $2,000 mark!! This jump was mainly due to a mysterious online donation of $500 from an anonymous donor... So although I don't know the identification of the donor (I have a guess though ; ) I want to send them a HUGE thank you!! I also wanted to give special thanks to my dad for making a donation this week and to my mom who has helped me raise over $200 by holding Tupperware and Candlelight fundraising parties with her friends. So with two months left I'm more than halfway to my goal!
Saturday morning was training of course. Since we did 2 hours last weekend, we tapered down to an hour and a half this week, and I think we were all grateful. We started at Hendry's Beach and ran along the coast toward Leadbetter and the harbor. It was a pretty easy run except that it started out with a never-ending hill that literally lasted for the first 5 minutes! But the upside of that, of course, was going down on the way back : )