Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
About how we are God’s hands and feet
But it’s easier to say than to be
Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves
It’s alright, “somebody else will do something”
Well, I don’t know about you
But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire
I don’t want a flame, I want a fire
I wanna be the one who stands up and says,
“I’m gonna do something”
If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something
We are the salt of the earth
We are a city on a hill (shine shine, shine shine)
But we’re never gonna change the world
By standing still
No we won’t stand still
No we won’t stand still
No we won’t stand still
Friday, December 12, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Saturday began like any other race morning. I got up around 5 and got ready. I had two rice cakes with peanut butter and honey an hour and a half before the race. I drank my Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer 20 minutes before the race. After I got my race packet, I met up with my running buddies to warm up while Heath got his bike ready to go riding. Before I knew it, they were giving the starting line call. We lined up and waited. The weather hovered in the high 40s, low 50s. It was a really nice day to run.
I really had no idea what to expect with my time. I knew that I wanted to get in the 52s because every single 10k I've ever run has been above 53. My very first one in 2011 was 59. My second was 53:58. Then, I bumped back up to 54. Then, in 2012 I was pregnant, but I still managed to get 59. The next year (2013) I got it down to about 53:50 or something like that. In May 2014, I got it down almost to the 52s. (Jesse Owens 10k). With my recent times being so much faster, I knew that this was my shot if it was going to happen.
After a few pictures and a scavenger hunt for Wendy, the race started, and I found myself shuffling through people. I would love to see corrals at Dam Bridge. I had to weave between walkers who had been at the front of the pack. I just can't understand the logic behind that, but anyway. The quarters are close at the beginning until you get onto the highway. Then, people start scattering.
On the dam (which is where you complete your first mile), I kept a really good pace. On the downhill, I let my legs carry me as fast as they wanted to go. My mentality is always that I can go as fast as I want downhill because I will need those extra seconds once I face a hill.
Once you're off the dam, you come upon a little hill and then bam. You're at two miles. It's astonishing how fast those first two go by. There at the two-mile mark is an aid station. I kept going and settled into an 8:05ish pace. I kept thinking, "I only have four more miles left. Geez. I can run four more miles this fast." So I weaved through the bike path that took us up to the 5k marker right before we got onto the pedestrian bridge. My 5k was about twenty seconds under my PR.
"What in the world?"
The bridge is where you start contemplating life. You're there...you're running...cars are whizzing by on your left...an endless amount of feet separate you from frigid waters on your right...yeah...you contemplate life. It's super flat, but it takes forever. You get kind of comfortable in the "cage" (as I call it.) I really have to watch my speed because I'll get behind someone and start mimicking their speed. Before long, you're getting slower and slower. So...beware of the cage. It can really be a game changer. Luckily, my speed was well monitored this time, and I got off the bridge saying, "Bring it on, little neighborhood hill." We all hate this hill, but since I had such good speed, when I slowed down for the hill, I really wasn't going that slow at all. I might have gotten up to 8:20.
After the "hill," we got onto the highway for our last long stretch. This is where you struggle. This is where you have to talk to yourself A LOT. You have to coach yourself and condition your mind. You have to tap into all the journeys--physical, mental, and emotional--that you've ever conquered and mesh all of those with the passion and desire for something new and exciting. If you can get those things mingled together and maintain your sanity, you might just PR.
When I got to the turn off that takes you to the hotel, I flew down the hill. I looked at my watch for a second on the way down and it read in the 6s. I started kicking it at this point. I pushed with all my might and fled to the finish line in the 7s. I sprinted to the line with every last fiber of my being. And you know what? I landed on the line at the exact time as someone else, and we were in the same age group! Talk about crazy! I actually got through an eleven hundredth of a second faster, so my name came up on the results first. It's crazy, though, isn't it? So, I got second place in the 10k. There were about 27 other runners in the 25-29 age group. I was also the 80th runner out of 428 runners, male and female! That is absolutely crazy talk. I could care less about the placement, however, because I finished in 50:30! I was thrilled! Part of me was thinking "Why couldn't I have been just 30 seconds faster?" Ha...I'll save that for another day. I don't think that's happening any time soon. My 10ks are over for a long time. It's kind of sad because I love the 10k. That and the half marathon are my favorite distances.
The whole group PRd, and three of us placed in our age groups. It was a good race for us all.
I love the Dam Bridge 10k. I love the food, the environment, the people, the race coordinators (Todd and April Allen), and I love the course. I love how it's gotten to be a huge race. In 2005 during its inaugural race, there were only 103 runners. When I first ran it in 2011, there were 295 runners and 13 in my age group. This year, there were 428 runners and 27 in my age group! It's crazy. They always give technical shirts, and for the past two years, they have been gender specific. This year the female shirts were pink! And we got an awesome tech visor to boot. Winners receive plaques and trophies. All runners have access to free sports massages post race, too. That's so cool. There are subs, fruit, cookies, and other snacks post race. The pineapple was our favorite! Plus, they give the best door prizes. They give out random finisher prizes, stays at the Marriot, massages, a Garmin!!!!, cash, and other awesome things. I didn't win anything, but one of my running buddies got a free month to Anytime Fitness. Their door prizes are always top notch.
I'm looking forward to next year already. I can't wait to see how many show up. Word gets around!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
|He's not spoiled. Nah.|
|At Holden and Katelyn's beautiful wedding|
|Must. Hit. Round. Object.|
|Not sure what my hair is doing here.|
|Heath made a DVD of us recording the CD. He loves to watch his daddy play one of the songs. He can watch it for hours. No joke.|
|Yay! It's just 30 degrees. This is perfect weather to play outside, Mom!|
|Night, Night. Sleep tight.|