I got the email about next years Pasadena Half Marathon. I was debating if would be doing it or not especially since I’m in this running funk. I signed up anyways since it’s much cheaper now. I’m hoping it will motivate me to run. After running the half in January I kind took a break from running and just ran when I felt like it. I didn’t really have any plan. I thought I’d get back I to training with my 5K in April, but even that didn’t really motivate me to run. I did a couple of treadmill classes, but never really actually ran outside. Since I didn’t really train properly, I didn’t PR. Me thinking a couple of treadmill classes would help me was not the best idea. I’m on vacation now and haven’t run for about 3 weeks. Hopefully when I get back to the states I can get back to a good running schedule. It’s not like I hate running, it’s just that sometimes I lack the motivation and I love making excuses. It’s a bad habit I need to work on.
It’s been a while since I last posted. After my half marathon, I’ve just been running less. My current running goals is to PR at my next 5k. I’m not sure what races I’ll be planning to for the rest of the year. I’m thinking of doing the RnR LA Half Marathon, but the thought of training during the summer with the heat is not exactly my cup of tea, so I may just do the 5k. Hopefully, I can do RnR LV one day. When I started running five years ago with the Couch25k app, it was just to prove to myself that running was possible. I didn’t think I’d actually fall in love with running. The great thing about running is that there isn’t really any rules and there are endless possibilities. Whether you are chasing Boston qualifying dreams to running your first 5k, running can be anything you want it to be. I don’t have any lofty goals yet to be running a marathon anytime soon, but as long as I’m enjoying running and continue to run that is really my ultimate goal. Seeing all those great runners in the news running races way into their 80s and 90s is always inspiring. Hopefully, I’m running well into my golden years.
This whole week I was sort of dreading the race because I knew it was going to rain. My fault for not training in the rain. Then again the weather was reporting it to be “heavy” rain, not just any rain they emphasized the heavy. At the same time I knew I was still going to run the race because I trained and paid for it already. The day of the expo it wasn’t raining. My mom didn’t think it would rain because it was so clear, but towards the late afternoon those rain clouds came quickly.
The expo was pretty nice. There were booths from running stores, other races, local run clubs, and food companies giving out samples of their products. It reminded me of an RnR expo. The night before the race I slept early, but still my sleep tracker said I tossed and turned throughout the night. I know my mind was still on the fact that I’d be running in the rain, so that worried me a bit and probably caused me to be a bit restless. I am always worried that I’ll oversleep or wake up to late, but I got up in time. First mistake I made was not following the instructions of the race information and trying to get there by 6am. I thought since I was local to the area and it only usually takes me 20-30 minutes to get to the Rose Bowl that it would be ok to leave at 6am. I thought I was taking a shortcut by going this way I usually take to go to the Rose Bowl, but come to find out that they closed the street I usually go on because it was the part of the route we’d be running on. That turned into a fiasco of me having to get on to the freeway and not sure if I was going the right way then finding out I was going the right way because I got into this traffic jam of other people trying to get to the race. I guess some people were tired of waiting to get to the parking lot that I saw people get out of their cars to just run to the Rose Bowl from the freeway off ramp. I assume that they were getting dropped off or they came with family that were cheering them on. The race management actually apologized for the traffic delays, but not sure how it will be improved for the next year. The Rose Bowl is surrounded by lots of residential areas.
By the time I finished parking it was a little after 7AM. The race start till about 25 minutes after 7. My official start time was 7:34AM. The first 3 miles I knew were the hills. At first I was dreading the hills, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. In the race info it was stated it would be challenging, but I think the excitement of running my first half pushed out any negative feeling towards the hills. Also I didn’t really push myself running the hills. I just took my time and ran slower. What also helped was some of my training runs had some hills. After the 3 miles everything was pretty much flat. We ran on Colorado Blvd going through Old Town Pasadena. It was cool running on a street that I have frequented before. After we ran about 6 miles in the Pasadena area. We passed by the Pasadena Convention Center where the Expo was held the day before and passed by Caltech. Then we looped back around to get to run through the Colorado Bridge which was recently featured on the movie La La Land. I wasn’t planning to take any photos since it was raining, but I kept seeing lots of people taking photos on the Colorado Bridge, so after the loop going down I gave in a took a photo with the bridge in the background.
The last 3 miles were a bit challenging for me. Part of me contemplated walking part of the last 3 miles because I kept seeing other people walking, but at the same time I just wanted to finish already since it was raining. In the end I didn’t stop and kept telling myself that I was almost there. My legs were feeling good and I didn’t have any major pains so I just kept going. Though the last 3 miles felt like it took forever even though it really didn’t. I think because I have ran the Rose Bowl in the past I got this “am I there yet” feeling. Overall I liked this race minus the rain. My time was 2:37. It was about the pace I’ve been training this whole time. The real race was me trying to find my car. I think it was a good solid 15 minutes before I finally found my car. At that point it was pouring and trying to find your car after you’ve done 13.1 miles is sort of a hard task especially since I forgot where I parked. I’m glad I brought another change of clothes in the car because I was soaking wet. My Columbia rain jacket was pretty soaked too. I think the right way to go was running in a rain poncho. I saw a ton of people doing that and that was a smart idea. It was great that it wasn’t hot, but running in the rain isn’t all that cracked up to be. After the race my quads was really sore. I think it might have been the up and down hills that affected my quads. With the help of some self massage and Salonpas, I’m much better now. Shoot, but the first few days after the race, just getting out of a chair was a challenge.
Would I run the race next year? I probably would being that its a local race and I don’t have to go far, but I’ll have to see how I feel after this year. Being that its only my first half marathon I’m not sure what types of racing I’ll be planning to do. There also is that chance of it raining again next year. You never know what you get with this SoCal weather. I probably won’t be running another half marathon anytime soon, so we’ll see how I feel when sign-up time comes around for the 2018 race. Wow the bling for this race though is so nice. I think its the nicest and heaviest medal that I have. The free race photos were nice too. I know I’ve said this many time before, but its just so amazing how far I’ve come. From being the President of the “I Hate Running” club now to a half marathoner. Time for me to get me a 13.1 car magnet and milk it!
Well my first half is coming up Sunday. At first I was a bit worried about the running which I usually do before any race. Now I’m more worried about the weather. Forecast has it 70% chance of raining which means its going to rain, but hopefully it doesn’t rain till the afternoon or evening. I guess I’d get to make use of my running rain jacket though. After last weeks bad run I was worried about how my running would be for the race, but its just old habits of self doubt. I’m just going to do what I’ve been doing my whole training, which is not thinking about the running. Not thinking about the numbers and just going out there to run has actually made me run further. No way would I ever thought I’d run over six miles, but to run eleven miles still surprises me. I think just getting to run down all these streets that I’ve driven before is going to be exciting and keep me going during the race.
Today I finally found a new pair of Nike. Took me a while, but found this Nike Zoom Winflo 3 at Nordstrom Rack. I just have a thing for pink Nike, but lately they don’t have nice shades of pinks out there. I looked on the Nike website, Zappos, & Amazon. Nothing. My other option was to get teal or light blue, but so glad I found these shoes. Long time ago I was not a fan of pink. Now it seems like I can’t get enough of it. I’m not sure if I’ll be wearing it yet for my race though because I don’t know if seven days is enough time to break them in. I’ll just be wearing this all week and we’ll see what happens. Crossing my fingers and hoping the forecast will change.
My runs for the pass two weeks weren’t that great. Since it was the holidays I took a break from my usual weekend long run. That probably wasn’t the best idea since the only good run I got during the past 2 weeks was a 7 mile run. I have three more weeks till the Pasadena Half Marathon and I haven’t got a run yet in this week. Hopefully I can do any run by Sunday. What’s kind of scaring me is that the first three miles is going to be uphill. The run instructions literally stated that the first three miles will be challenging. This was the reason why I didn’t really look at too much info about the run before signing up because I knew I’d chicken out. Even though its going to be challenging in the beginning I can’t wait to run the race. Racing usually get me pretty excited. Only issues I usually would have would be the weather. A few times I raced when it was too hot and that was not a fun time. I’m not thinking to much about the race/run, which I have been doing this whole training. My main thing is to hopefully run it without stopping and if I do stop its no big deal. Hope the weather is good and not raining that day.
Up another mile and oh my god I’m 3.1 miles away from a half! This week I decided to take this other route that I’ve taken before. Didn’t get out the door in a timely fashion, but the main thing is that I did the run. I think the La Nina weather has been kicking in because its not too cold during the day or at night. The weather for my run was nice. Hopefully this week I can get some morning runs in. Overall my run was great. I tackled some hills and got to enjoy the beautiful Los Angeles weather. Dream home shopping was pretty fun to. I saw some homes that looked like they had their own zip code. I’m feeling a bit sore today, which is normal. Wearing my Pro Compression today and foam rolling after my run has been a big help. My main goal for this race is just to finish without stopping. That has always been my goal when I’m racing something for the first time.
Wow just thinking how far I’ve gotten with my running is amazing. My initial journey into running was just to prove to myself that I could be athletic with proper training. I didn’t think it would turn into a love of running and racing. I hope my love for running grows stronger and for many years to come.
At the end of last week I got a email from a run club I used to attend about this holiday/charity run they were doing. Since I needed a way to force myself to run during the week I decided to go. Plus they were having a raffle if you donated a toy to the local Ronald McDonald house. I didn’t win the charity raffle, but I did win a raffle from Nike/Nike Run Club. I also been to the Nike Run Club, but haven’t been for a while. I love going to run club because it forces me to run and its great when there are other people running with you, but the downside is that after the runs I get this burst of energy. That would be great if it was in the morning, but when I’m trying to go to sleep and I still have all this energy its not good. Yesterday I wish I had run outside instead of going to the gym. I used to be one of those people that could only run on a treadmill. After training for my first 5K the treadmill became the dreadmill. I think running outside is just much better. You get to see the scenery and explore places. The treadmill is great when the weather isn’t right. Besides that I just feel like I’m forcing myself whenever I get on a treadmill. Its just the environment of the gym that just puts me in not the best mood for working out. When people don’t have the best gym etiquette or think its texting/gossip hour. There’s a treadmill studio that will be opening next year that I want to checkout. Suppose to be like Soul Cycle, but for running. That’s up my alley.
On another note. I think I’ve found out when Nike is putting the run on in Taipei. I’m hoping I can go do the half, but not sure yet. Few years ago it was easy to register. This year I noticed that you needed a password. I don’t even know how your suppose to get this secret password. I’d have to ask family members that live in Taiwan if they could find out for me. Guess there’s no word if they are going to be putting any races in the US. The race in LA was a bust. We got all hyped up for nothing. Come on Nike lets get together. I’m ready to give you my money for a race.