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Friday, July 6, 2012

The One About The 4th of July 10K


On Wednesday morning I got up early to go and run the Liberty 10K in a city not too far from me. I had used a Groupon deal and only paid $15! I had also talked to my dad and stepmom and got them agree to run with me. I realized the night before as I was getting things set up for the race that it had been 2 months since I had races (I’m not counting the warrior dash as a race) and so I had to check and recheck everything to make sure I wasn’t forgetting anything!

I grabbed a banana and a half of a snickers bar (yes I did!!) on my way out the door along with my pre-workout drink and an extra bottle of water.  I arrived at my dad’s house a little before 7 and we quickly headed out the door. It took about 20 minutes to get to the race sight and we were able to park right next to the start/finish line!!! It was awesome!

This wasn’t a big race by any means but there were several hundred people out there and lots of families. I was excited to see the turn out and also to see that it wasn’t that big either. There were public restrooms but the lines were really long for the women so my stepmom and I found a couple of random port-o-potties and got in and out in no time. The race started and ended at a boating area along Lake Lewisville and I’m not going to say that the weather was perfect, because it was hot, but it was honestly a nice day and there was a great breeze coming off the lake. There was a 1 mile fun run, a 5K and a 10K. The 1 mile fun run start and finished before the other race started. The 5K and 10K started together.

The race started right on time and off we went. Within the first half mile there was a course split for those running the 10K and those running the 5K, I guess they wanted you to commit early!!! My dad and stepmom decided last minute to run the 10K since it was all the same price and I was proud of them for that. The course followed a paved road for the first 3/4ths of a mile and then we spend the rest of the out and back course on a soft gravel pathway that followed the edge of the lake.

I ran the first mile and a half and then from that point I walked/ran off and on. Most of the time I would have to stop because there was sweat in my eyes and I couldn’t see!!! Despite my lack of training and having to walk some I was very pleased with this run and enjoyed it. And most importantly I had no pain in my calves and shins at all!! I wore my Brooks Ghost 4’s and never had any problems. (I will be wearing these for El Scorcho).  The run went by pretty quickly for me, especially the last mile just flew by, which is odd because most of the time the last mile is the worst!

A few memorable points about this run –
  • The first three miles I was switching back and forth between this couple that was running with their kids in the jogger stroller. The mom had her head phones in and seemed to be serious about her run, though she wasn’t going that fast. Dad was pushing the stroller and would sometimes hold back a bit and then run to catch back up and so forth. Meanwhile, the children were SCREAMING at the top of their lungs the entire time because they apparently didn’t like their mom running. I’m serious when I say this was the most annoying thing I have ever encountered when running. Sure, mom wanted a serious run and obviously couldn’t hear her annoying children because she had her headphones in. And dad, what on God’s green earth makes you think it is ok to torture your children (and the rest of us!) like that?!? I mean come on now. Deal with your children and stop encouraging it by running around your wife when you can clearly tell it is upsetting them. If I did not think I was going to have to run with them for the remainder of the race I would have definitely said something to them. But finally just before mile 3 I lost them and lost them for good! Holy craziness it still make me angry!

  • Right as I was approaching mile 4 a snake crossed my path. A FREAKING SNAKE! I cannot describe to you the fear I have of these nasty things. It was extremely unsettling and I was so glad I was running because I wanted to get away from that thing as fast as I could. Alex found this story amusing and said it was probably just a garden snake but I did not find anything amusing about this and it still gives me the creeps thinking about it!

  • And lastly, there was this girl who walked almost the entire race, she must have been a fast walker because her and I were passing back and forth a lot and finally within the last .2 miles she was a little bit ahead of me and decided to run. But there was no way in the world I was going to let her beat me after walking the whole race. So I mustered all I had and I passed her with about 50 yards left and I did in fact beat the walker!

I finished in 1:24 and some change and I wasn’t disappointed with that at all. I don’t want to continually have times like those but that day I didn’t care, I just had a good time. Oh, and I should mention that my stepmom beat us all with a time of 1:13! She’s doing so awesome!!

After the race we stayed and watched the local parade and then headed home. I went home and showered and then helped my mom get burgers and fruit ready for the grill. Alex and my sister came over and we enjoyed a relaxing afternoon with my doggies. 

Alex and I sat at the pool until we got bored and then headed to target and then to our church for another cookout and some sand volleyball (which by the way is amazing conditioning for your feet, shins and calves to walk and play on that sand!).  After cooking out we went back to Alex’s apartment for a front row seat for the fireworks. It was a great day and lots of fun!

I also had yesterday off of work because I had to get in a few doctor’s appointments. I had my teeth cleaned (thanks mom!) and then went to see my normal doctor to discuss the issues I’ve been having. I will explain more in a post next week but there seem to be two things going on; one being a problem with a medication that caused me to gain 13lbs in the past 2 months!!! YIKES! I knew something was wrong! And the other is some possible allergies related to food and diet. I’m doing some research and will talk about it more next week.

Once I was done with all of that I hit up the gym for BodyPump (a 60 minute weight lifting class at 24Hour Fitness) and yoga. I hadn’t done yoga in over a year and oh my goodness it was hard last night! I’ve lost a lot of my balance and strength that I used to have. I also realized just how good yoga would be in helping me transition into my minimalist shoes. My feet, calves and shins got such a good workout last night doing all the balance moves. I am definitely going to try to make this happen more often!

I am so glad it’s Friday, y’all! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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