July 8, 2018

race recap: Freedom Fun Run 5k

On Wednesday (Happy 4th!) I ran my first 5k since Olive was born. The last 5k I ran was in August last year when I was 20-ish weeks pregnant. My last non-pregnant 5k was October 2016. It was high time for some guidance on training paces, and I went into the race knowing it would be hard with only three weeks of running after taking time off with my hip injury. Turns out "hard" was like the understatement of the century!

I went for a shakeout run on Tuesday night at 8pm in very muggy conditions. I felt sluggish and hoped that it would still somehow translate to a fast-ish time for the race, or at least not my slowest 5k ever. Spoiler alert: I ran my slowest 5k ever.

My plan for race morning was to wake up early enough to dream -feed Olive, grab some food, and get to the race start with enough time to run a warm-up and do some dynamic stretching. What really happened: Olive was wide awake, kicking around in bed, before my alarm even went off. When I tried to nurse her, she refused, happy to just be awake and getting attention. I spent so long trying to get her to fall back asleep that I put myself behind schedule. I left Olive awake on the bed while I hurriedly got dressed, then decided to try to pump because my boobs were full. While I was doing that, Olive started crying so I brought her out to play on the floor. Then Ulla woke up. So much for sneaking out!

I left the house 25 minutes behind schedule. I still needed to register for the race so I parked two blocks away, my run to and from registration my only warm up. I did a few legs swings in the corral to try to loosen my hip but didn't have much time. It was incredibly humid and I was sweating just standing in the corral. I started to think that doing anything besides fun-running was going to be a bad idea.
that's me, fluorescent orange shirt, right side

Within the first half-mile I knew that my plan of running "comfortably hard" was out the window. Despite a slow, controlled pace, my heart rate was in Zone 5 by the time we went through the first mile. This would probably okay for a 5k in normal conditions, but with the heat it felt like way too much. My legs felt like lead and I couldn't get my breathing under control. I walked through the first water stop. Then the course started to climb.

the course profile. woof.

Mile 2 was essentially all uphill, a gradual climb that zigzagged up the side of the river valley. I walked a lot, my first time ever walking in a 5k. My heart rate was still in Zone 5 or high 4, but my breathing felt a little more manageable. We went through a second water stop after mile 2 and I dumped a cup of (lukewarm) water down my back. Despite being so overheated, I noticed that I was starting to get goosebumps. I walked a bit more, then picked up a jog again.

The course ran along the top of the river valley for a bit, then sharply descended back to the start. What had taken us most of mile two to climb took us only a quarter-mile to get down. I kept my pace slow, not wanting to push my luck on weak legs.

I finished in 27:04, my slowest time for a 5k ever. I grabbed some water and watched the top 8k finishers come in just a minute or two after I had finished a 5k (!!!) and then walked back to my car to change out of my sweaty clothes. John got there with the girls, and we unloaded and headed back to the park for the Toddler Trot, which would be Ulla's first race.

While we were waiting, they started to do age group awards, which I didn't even know were a thing! (Seriously, there was shockingly little online about the race, despite it being in it's 18th year.) And, lo and behold, when they called out the top 3 in the 30-39 age group, I finished third!

age group award pint glass! (post-race beverage not inlcuded)

For Ulla's race, they ran the kids on the grass for a short little out and back. She wanted me to run with her, and made it about 20 feet before she said the grass was "too itchy" and refused to run another step. So that's a big DNF for her first race. But my gosh, didn't she look cute in her little "running clothes"?

The takeaway: I had hoped to use this race to hone in on some training paces but I know that a 27 minute 5k is not at all indicative of my current fitness level. So I'll wait another month for our next local 5k and try again, hopefully with cooler weather!

Splits according to Garmin, set to auto-lap: 7:46, 9:53, 8:48, 6:56 (last .1).

June 16, 2018

may miles and trail running in june

I ran a total of five times in May (including the TC 1 Mile) for a monthly total of 10 miles. TEN. I'm trying to be smart about coming back   s l o w l y   but this certainly feels like a snail's pace. I called off running Grandma's Half (being run today!) after basically zero running for six weeks. It wasn't going to be a PR for me and it seemed silly to go up to run on very little training and potentially prolong the healing process. Besides, I really wanted to get/stay healthy for a trail running series called Muddy Shoes and Brews that takes place at a park about a half-hour from my house.

This is the seventh year they've done it and this year they have over 60 runners! For only $40 you get six scheduled runs throughout the summer, a t-shirt, and beer after every run! I met up with two local runners to carpool there and we had a great time!

love the shirt!
Each run is a different course and nothing is timed. We had gotten quite a bit of rain in the days leading up to the first run and it was pretty muddy. They offered two course options, a 2ish mile loop and a 5 mile loop. I chose the short one, just to play it safe. It was much different running than my body was used to (quads on fire!!!) but I had such a great time and can't wait for the next one!

In other fun news, I got a guaranteed entry for the TC 10 Mile via the 1 mile! So pumped for that, and trying to figure out what a realistic goal might be for me come October. Stay tuned.

May 17, 2018

race recap: tc 1 mile

This isn't much of a race recap, more of a run report, because I did manage to run a whole mile last Thursday, but that was it. No PRs, no "race", just a fun mile with my family.

I may have mentioned somewhere that I was using this race in the hopes of being one of the 1000 randomly selected finishers that gets guaranteed entry into the TC 10 Mile this fall. (Otherwise I'll have to enter the lottery in July.) I also talked my dad into running, and with my sister Juli home on leave, she joined us. My half-brother Matt and step-mom came to watch the girls while we ran our mile.

matt practicing his dad skills with olive

This would be my first time on the new course that runs by the Guthrie and I really liked it! There are two turns so it's a slower course than the one that ran down Nicollet but I like that you can watch the elites start, then run across the park to watch them finish. We all got there early so we jumped into the first-timers wave and started near the back of the back. I asked my dad before we started when the last time he ran was and he said "oh, about 3 years!" So Juli and I ran on either side of him, just in case. :)

We ran the whole mile, a very slow jog.  We finished in 11:55. My heartrate stayed in Zone 2. I didn't feel my hip at all when I was running but it felt tight when we stopped. This is after 14 days of zero running, mind you. Hip bursitis sucks!

They had food trucks, a post-race party (which I somehow missed the memo on), and a big inflatable for pictures. My favorite part of the night was watching Ulla take off down a path while telling me she was going to run "for fifty hours." Future ultra runner?!  Gosh, I hope so!