Monday, May 18, 2009

Busy weekend

This picture makes me just as happy as my Ironman finisher pictures. Look at that huge smile on Luka's face. Can anything be better than that? Yes, my racing these consists of 5k's, 10k's, and a super sprint duathlon on Memorial Day. And you know what? I LOVE IT!!! I am so relieved to just be focused on me these days and doing what makes me happy. For once in my life I'm not trying to do everything and keep up with everyone. Have I mentioned how much less stress there is my life and how much happier I am?

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Toad Suck 10K

My first race of the year and it was an unforgettable one. This is the first time I've raced, or even ran, in a full blown thunderstorm. I'm talking pouring down rain, lightening, thunder, and puddles the size of ponds. I was prepared for warm and high humid conditions since Friday morning when I went out for a little jog the temp at 5:30am was 67 with 100% humidity. We were actually cold waiting for the race to start yesterday morning. Of course, once we got started it was fine. My only concern was stepping into a puddle and inverting my ankle, so I ran a bit cautiously.

I believe this was a 10K PR for me. My best 10K thus far was last year in Dallas at an OLY triathlon. I felt relatively good, but I know I have the potential to do better. It would have helped to have had a proper warm up, but with the rain we just stood under the cover and waited to see if the race would actually go off. I definitely feel better than I did a couple of months ago and I think my HR issues have pretty much resolved. Now I can really train if I want to. I was 1st in my AG and 11 OA female. I'm happy with that, and I'm pretty sure all the serious runners showed up regardless of the weather. I can honestly say I was not the least bit concerned about who was around me and where I was going to place. My focus was on how I felt, trying not to blow up in the first 3 miles, and keeping strong for the last 3.2.

The race was in Conway, where I used to go to school. I realized yesterday I haven't been up there since graduation! Don't miss that place! My super fast runner friend Tammy went with me to the race. It was nice not going alone and having a chance to catch up with her on the ride there and home. She got to see my new car! Tammy was first OA masters female. Man, I hope I have a little bit of the speed she does in 10 years when I'm her age. We literally ran to my car after picking up some snacks at the finish and stripped off our wet clothes. I think our clothes alone weighed 5 pounds. Then it was off to Starbucks for coffee! We went back to get our awards and before heading back to Little Rock we stopped at Dairy Queen to pick up cakes. It's hard to believe Little Rock doesn't have a DQ and the cake was perfect for Milan's birthday.

I got my new kitchen table and chairs yesterday afternoon and it looks wonderful! I am so glad I finally got it. Last night I ran out to Bed Bath and Beyond for place mats. While I was there I found a console table with two lamps on sale so I got that too. I have to buy furniture items while I'm in the mood because this mood is really rare for me. Then I stopped for a quick pedicure! Too bad it's STILL raining here and I probably won't be showing off my toes today. Our high is only supposed to be about 60.

Molly is sleeping better and being a typical puppy. We're still working out the housebreaking. We're also trying to let her know that her little teeth really hurt when she "plays" and that we don't enjoy it.

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Thanks for all the Facebook messages!