Wow. I totally took another long break after Memorial Day weekend from blogging. I have my CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) exam coming up real soon, so I have been busy studying!
I got to pace the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon over Memorial Day weekend!
I stayed with my running friends (Linh and Amy) in Oxnard. We got up ubsurdly early and super excited for the race. I really like this course, so I was excited to run it as a pacer.
Met up with our other runner friends near the start line!
Saw my friend, Jennifer, near the start!
I met my co-pacer like 60 seconds before we went off for the race! We immediately hit it off by sharing our running history, favorite races, etc. We also had similar pacing strategies, so we just checked in with each other about time, pace, and when to switch the pace sign (every aid station).
We had a solid group of runners from the very beginning!
We got some names (Susan and Stacy), and proceeded to chit chat as the miles ticked by. By the halfway point, the chatter quieted down just a little, which meant that everyone was starting to work a little harder.
One of the BIGGEST things about this race is that if you gamble and try to go hard on the down hill, you will crash and burn around mile 16 or 17 (I did that the first time I raced M2B).
As pacers, we stuck to our pace band and made sure not to rush down the hill (it was course specific, so it was a bit faster on the downhill and a bit slower on the miles with any uphill).
Sticking with some happy runners in miles 16 to 22 makes it so much more fun!
Around mile 22 is when you see the CLIFbar tent and banner… where everything goes flat. This is also a spot where racers could start having bad cramping.
The runners who stuck with us were now fighting to keep the pace. Susan felt good, so we sent her off around here and were excited to see her at the finish.
There is a little bit of a turn around mile 24 (you pass the finish line festivities before returning to it). Some more runners dropped off there, but Stacy was still going strong. Now it was our job to just make sure that she crossed in front of us. We were her personal cheerleaders. It was SO MUCH FUN.
^We were cheering, yelling, and so pumped to see her finish strong in the last miles. Can you tell??
There she goes!
It gave me butterflies to see her finish strong. What was even greater was that she PR’d by 40 minutes!
Guess who was waiting at the finish for us? SUSAN! She Boston-qualified (getting about five minutes under her BQ time!)!!!
It was so amazing to pace these women, helping them reach their goals 🙂
Here are Linh and Amy with great marathon finish times!
We walked around a bit around at the finish line festival. Priority numero uno was to find a porta potty, considering that I had to pee since like mile 2, hahaha.
We caught up with the other racers and pacers, enjoying the beautiful weather!
And I got to see Jennifer again before getting back to the hotel.
If you have never raced this one, it is a GREAT course for a PR… IF you do not gamble and zoom too quickly on the downhill. Race it smartly and you will have a great time! Make a pace band with tazrunning.com (you can find the race course and make a course-specific pace band).
BTW, we came in at 4:07:52. 8 seconds under goal finish time. Not too shabby, yeah?
I do not eat cute animals. Generally, I have not been eating anything with a face for the most part (I will eat meat/poultry/fish here and there… like 10% of my diet)… BUT I do NOT eat animals who I deem to be too cute. No duck, no rabbit, no lamb, no veal, no venison.
If you do not know, I love love love eggs. I would eat two eggs at each meal if I was allowed to. My friends gave me some duck eggs to try. OMG, so good!
Can you tell just how big and delcious they are?? BTW. Yolks must be runny!
We (Joe, Josh, Danny) went to the golf range over the weekend. I love going to the range. I’m incredibly awesome at it (or… at least with a 5 wood… like 50% of the time. I kept topping it when I used the 5 iron, which made me want to throw the club. JK).
^Great day to soak up the sun, yes?
Had dinner with at our friends’ house the other night (Susan and Russell):
They are amazing hosts, and we got to have a lot of yummy Hawai’ian-themed food with them. We had a great time!
Today’s run (for National Running Day) was a 7-miler with a nice progression. The way out is a net downhill, and the way back is a net uphill. How nice of me to do this to myself!
9:06, 9:03, 8:54, 8:54, 8:33, 8:15, 7:44.
I have not done a progression like this in a while, so I was sucking wind when I reached mile 7. Took a nice long cool down walk back to the car. Great workout on a pretty hot day!
I will be pacing the 2:10 group at the Merco Credit Union Half Marathon this weekend, and then going to Napa!
Later this month, I will also be pacing the See Jane Run Half Marathon as the 2:00 pacer! Join us for a super fun event (you can save 25% on your registration with code ‘SJRAMB15291’).
I am planning on training to PR on my half marathon this November, but training doesn’t start until August. Having a lot of fun these days just doing whatever run and workout I want!
What do you do when you are not training for a race? [Yoga, weights, plyometrics]
What is one thing to come that you are looking forward to?