Wow its been awhile since I have done anything here. Im sorry for being so lazy with my updates. In all honesty I haven’t done any races since the WIPRO SF MARATHON last summer. I needed to take a break from racing for a bit, so there has been nothing to update. I have also been busy traveling, working and doing all those other things that come with being a grown up.
I didn’t stop running however, I still run around my neighborhood but had not signed up for a race until this month.
It was a spur of the moment ( possibly sleep deprived) decision to sign up for the Double Run on Feb 22. I had never heard of the double run before but someone in the SFM ambassador group sent a link out about it ( did i mention I was chosen to be an ambassador for the SF marathon? more on that at the end). The double run entails running two races back to back, a 10k and a 5k, with a rest period of about an hour in between. Yes, it was likely sleep deprivation that made me sign up.
“A 10k and a 5k thats a 15k. I can do that. Ive run marathons before and a 15k is only a little over 9 miles.” That was my response to my coworkers and friends who thought i was crazy for doing this, but i can guarantee they weren’t surprised at all.
I woke up before the sun was up and was on my way to the race. Now keep in mind that the day before i took a nasty spill on the pavement when I was running. This fact will have more significance a bit later in this story. I got to the race with about 10 mins to spare, i set up my running app and started my music and of course, as i do in every race, asked someone to take my picture. At 7:30 am the gun went off and the race started. I usually run slower than normal when its super early and Im out for my neighborhood run but for some reason in races i always tend to run faster, I think its the excitement and the competition.
I set out at a steady pace of a little over 8:10/ mile. I usually average about 8:30-8:45 mins/mile. I was worried that i was going to get tired but by mile three i was averaging 7:56 mins/ mile which was surprising because we just ran up a hill between mile 1 and 2. Mile 5 was the HILL AGAIN ( yep we had to run it twice!). It wasn’t a big hill as there aren’t any really big hills in san jose but this hill slowed me down a bit and i finished the 10k with an average of 8:03 mins/mile. I was sweaty and tired and thirsty and had an hour til the 5k.
At the rest stop they had yoga mats with some instructors for yoga, they had sports medicine docs there giving massages to sore tired legs. THere was food and even a band there to keep everyone entertained. Did i partake in any of this….? NO which was a bad idea. Instead of staying active and keeping my muscles warm i sat down. I sat down and drank my water and listened to my music. No big deal for only an hour right? WRONG! remember earlier i said i took a spill the day before? Well i had huge bruises on both of my knees and my left knee now had a bump the size of a golf ball and was a nice shade of reddish/purple. When it was time for the 5k and i stood up my knee was so stiff. It took me half of the 5k to loosen it up… i should also mention we had to tackle the mile 5 hill again. I was so glad to see the finish line and get my double medal. Of all the races to choose for the first one of the year I chose a rather challenging one.
All in all it took me 1hr and 15 mins to run the 9.5 miles. This is just running time, it doesn’t count the rest period between the two. I had fun. they allow to run just the 10k or just the 5k so those people who aren’t as crazy don’t have to run both of the legs. I would do this race again. They are doing it in pleasanton in Aug if anyone is interested.
Ok now is where i try to talk some of you into running in the sf marathon on july 27, 2014. You don’t have to run the whole marathon there are two half miles options and they have a 5k option. I am starting my serious training at the end of march. I will try to blog my progress weekly for those interested. FOr anyone interested in registering for any of the legs of the SF Marathon here is the discount code. Ill be there!!!
its good for $10 off registration for any part of the race.
If anyone wants help training I’m not an expert but id be happy to share my training schedule with anyone.