Saturday, March 21, 2009

Carpenteria 5k

Picture this:
Cloudy, gray sky with a mist of rain falling over an equally gray & blue ocean.
Now throw in:
Sweaty bodies, loud breathers, and a muddy/rocky hill or two.

That, in a nutshell, was my 5k this morning. Can I first just say I would love to live in a small beach community? After running through them over the past couple years, I've fallen in love. Okay the race: First time ever running a race with trails, normally I've ran asphalt only races, so this was a more challenging. 5k's are interesting to me because they attract so many different people; the walking grannies, to the show off HS cross country team runner, to the average joe like myself, or the "overweight surprise" (the person you least expect to pass you that does). The beautiful scenary really distracted me from thinking about how tired I am or how much time I had left. I completed the race faster than I thought I would, I was aiming for a consistent 10min mile and I averaged about 8:25min per mile. I am happy with the result, but I realize that I am training for endurance & not for speed so I am still aiming for (like you Court) 10min miles for my half marathon. I had so many older people pass me! No joke, like 7 chicks over 40. What?? Of course I thought they were amazing, but was a bit of a blow.

Next race: 10miler end of April
Santa Barbara
I have never ran that far in my life. Eeek!

here i am after my muddy race

One last thought:
What is it about ultra marathon runners that makes them want to run a 5k & make the rest of us look like we are crawling? Can't they just stick to the 100miles & leave us weaklings to our minor triumphs?

healthily, happily,


  1. hahaha I totally know what you mean about the surprise racers! People you would never think could pass you are the ones that always do. I am so proud of you and can't wait to hear about your next race. You made an awesome time! I don't think I have ever run that dast in a race. You are amazing! I was supposed to do a 7 miler yesterday but my knees are killing me from pulling nails out of our sub floor 3 days in a row. Hopefully tomorrow they will be good to go and I can get my missed run made up for.

  2. Wait to go Mari! Impressive time!