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Dodging bullets and facing headwinds

Posted by cavewomanrunner on October 27, 2009

Well, another race rolled around, as well as another storm! The night before my 2nd of 3 half marathons brought rain. We’d had ideal fall weather for at least a week before – sunny skies, temperatures in the 60s and 70s. But alas – it was coming up on race day, so the weather just can’t cooperate!

At least it wasn’t raining at the start of this race. A dense fog hung over the area, and surprisingly some of it was still visible at mile 12! This was the first time I ran this particular half marathon, and they do a really cool start, including a firing squad shooting flares. That was awesome – and we even had to dodge the “bullets” or “shell casings” from the flares as we burst out of the starting gates. We had quite a crowd, as they started the 5K, 10K, and half marathon races all at the same time. I believe it totalled about 800 runners.

It was cold again, about 40 degrees. I wore long pants, long top, jacket, gloves, and ear covers again. I know, I know – I seem to wear the same outfit for each race! But it’s comfortable clothing and I stay WARM!

I settled into a nice pace from the beginning, trekking over dirt roads that would have been perfect for Vibrams! I can’t wait to do a race in them, instead of my old Nikes! Slowly but surely, I’ll get there. The race was basically a big box course, and as we rounded the 2nd stretch, BAM – headwind! We were running out in the open, so there was no shelter. For awhile I tried “drafting” behind some runners in front of me, but I like having my own space. So I faced the wind on my own. After about 5 miles of direct winds, we finally hit the other stretch and started heading away from the wind! Thank goodness! That bad news was that the wind caused me to mess up my form a little bit, and my right knee and hip were starting to hurt. Darn it! If it’s not one problem, it’s something else. So I cranked up the Metallica and just ran through it!

The end of the course had a little hill and I managed to get up it quite nicely, passing several folks in the process. I was tired, but had some energy to sprint across the finish line (the motivation from the boyfriend helped, too)! My time was better than the last half marathon (right about 2:00). I still haven’t beaten my best time, but I’m getting closer. I’ve got one more half this year, the same race where I got my PB, so we’ll see what happens!

After crossing this finish line, we had to sprint off to the next sporting event – a soccer tournament! Luckily I didn’t have to play, just sit in the crazy cold and wind to help cheer. And…they won!! So all in all, it was a great Saturday.

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Run Errands

Posted by cavewomanrunner on October 19, 2009

That’s literally what I did yesterday… I ran 8 miles AND got my errands done. Now that my neighborhood finally put in a critical road that links up with major crossroads, I can now run to many areas of town! Today was one of my experiments in saving time, money, and gas…I ran to the video store to return my movies!

It was actually quite fun. I had a “purpose” for running and it was an easy way to track my turn around point. It was also funny to see the odd looks I got from the elderly couple enjoying their coffee – I bet they haven’t seen someone literally run up to the movie drop box before, and then take off again. I must say I felt great – got my run in for the day and got my errands done! Plus, taking the movies back today got me $4 in extra credits! Go me!

I also have been continuing to run in my Vibrams, although I’m still really waiting to hit the training hard after these two final races for the season. One is this week, the last one is two weeks later. Then it will be winter Vibram training for me!

The five miles I did Friday in my Vibrams was awesome. The nice weather helped – yes, it was back up to about 72, so I ran in a t-shirt, shorts, and my Sprints. Imagine that, going from 39 to 72 within a few days. Oh well, I can’t control the weather, but I can control my running and I love being able to slip on my VFFs and get out on the trails! It’s still so liberating!

I’ve also been slacking on the Paleo cooking front. I’ve made a few new dishes – baked butternut squash (hand-picked from the local farm) and a few steak nights with steamed broccoli. It’s time to get back into cooking more and experimenting. So watch for more updates coming soon!

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