I ran in the Summer Splendor 10K by A Better World Running (formerly Rocket Racing Productions) on the boardwalk near the beach in Santa Monica, California on the morning of June 29, 2014. Like all of the runs that the event organizers Mark and Michele put on, this was an informal event (like a “fun run that is timed” as their website promotes it) on an open course with no more than 100 or so participants racing a few distances including, in addition to the 15K that I ran, a 5K a 10K, a half-marathon and a marathon. Again, I continue to highly recommend doing a A Better World Running run if you are anywhere near the LA area because they are casual and low cost without the hoopla surrounding more organized events, and everyone involved is friendly and supportive.
On race morning it was overcast but warm and muggy and I wasn’t feeling like I was in my best shape. Even despite that, I had a good time during the run and felt inspired by the other runners to nevertheless do my best which turned out to be a finish time that was almost 2 minutes short of my personal record. There were a couple of women that were running neck and neck with me during the entire race but I pulled ahead with about a half mile to go. I ended up peaking too soon as they each pulled ahead of me at about the quarter mile mark. We gave each other five fives at the end.
Here’s how I did:
Overall: 9 out of 40
Men: 6 out of 18
Finish: 48:04 (hours:minutes:seconds)
Pace: 7:44 (minutes:seconds per mile) 2 months ago
It was my first time running this far. I practiced by running distances of 3-5 miles at least twice a week. Make sure to rest the two days prior to your race, this will help you to do your best! (: 3 months ago
I ran in the 12th annual Victory for Victims 10K benefiting the Northridge Hospital’s Center for Assault Treatment Services at Lake Balboa Park in Encino, California on April 13, 2014, my fourth time participating in this event. There isn’t anything especially fun or interesting about this race, but it does occur very close to where I live and the course overlaps my regular running route which is why it’s convenient for me to participate. This was also the first race I ran since recovering from a knee injury I suffered in January and also the first race I ran wearing Newton shoes. I certainly did not end with one of my fastest times, but I was still satisfied considering I lost a lot of training time earlier this year due to my injury.
Here’s how I finished in this race:
Overall: 59 out of 393
Men: 45 out of 161
M 35-39: 8 out of 26
Finish: 48:02 (minutes:seconds)
Pace: 7:43 (minutes:seconds per mile) 3 months ago
I picked up my bib yesterday, and then the Man and I walked to downtown for dinner (about a 3-mile walk). I wore my boots, and by the time we got done with dinner, I had a blister on the ball of my right foot – to the point where we called a cab to go home because it hurt like hell.
Woke up this morning and it still hurt like hell, so I didn’t go to my race :( Money wasted, and now I feel like a pussy for not just toughing it out for the 10K.
Not real happy with myself right about now. 5 months ago
How I did it: I ran my first 5K sometime ago, so my next goal was to move up to a 10K. I had the chance to do this one, so I jumped at the chance. Didn't really do much else beyond that, just showed up and ran it.
My next goal is a half marathon or full. I anticipate that is where serious conditioning will have to take place.
Read how I did it… 5 months ago
Signed up for another 10K run, not far from home. This time it’s the Seal Beach 10K and apparently it’s their 40th anniversary run, which means a fun commemorative medal for me at the end!
I am discovering that I like the 10K distance – it makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something, while at the same time not completely incapacitating me the next day (like I anticipate May’s half-marathon probably will).
I haven’t been training especially hard recently, due to some physical issues, but I’m still going to shoot for my primary (under 50m) and secondary (under 1hr) goals for this run. It’s at the beginning of next month, so I still have about two weeks to get the old gears moving like normal. 6 months ago
So here it is. I have finally decided to commit to the distance, now to put in the time and effort! I’ve been doing a few runs now and again but my pace and stamina aren’t that great…I’m gonna change this. Watch this space?
Nike Women’s ‘We own the night’ here I come. 6 months ago