After my doing my 6 miles long run my running got side tracked with the busyness of life. I decided for my birthday week I would make up for it by running everyday and adding an mile everyday till my birthday. Kind of a game to see if I could do it. As luck would have the total milage was 15 miles and my birthday is on the 15 so it worked out perfectly. The thought crossed my mind of just doing 1.5 miles on the 15, but I knew that would be too easy. Mother nature worked out this week and the weather in the morning was in the high 60s to low 70s. I only ran in the evenings or the gym because of the summer heat. It’s so much nicer to be able to run in the morning and get that over with. I got to admit those self help gurus are right, when you get to bed early waking up early isn’t as bad. Only thing that I didn’t really have time for was properly stretching or foam rolling, so now I am feeling the effects of that. I was considering maybe running for a full 7 days, but I know that wouldn’t be good on my legs. The best thing to do is just to go back to my half marathon training schedule. This birthday week run though is something I’m going to try to do every year. Its not too difficult, but yet its still challenging.
Last week was great because I actually did a long run of 5 miles. Well that might seem short for some people, but its been a while since I’ve run anything over 3 miles in a while. This week really should be title the “lack of running recap”. After running 5 miles last week I was confident that I would be able to run 6 miles for my long run. My plan on the weekdays is to at least run 3 miles 2 times during the week, but that turned out to be only 1.50 miles only. No matter how good of a plan one has stuff happens, so I brushed it off and decided to focus on my long run during the weekend. Well my plan of running 6 miles only turned out to be 4.78 miles. I didn’t even bother trying to reach 5 miles. On the flip side I got to enjoy the park with family and my Aunt even decided to run a few laps with me. I need to get her out to do some 5Ks with me because she can run, even though she doesn’t think she can. Well I guess I’ll focus on this up coming week. Maybe I’ll push a little extra and do a long run of 7 miles and making sure I get my weekday runs in.
Now that I switched my running to the evenings, running is much easier than trying to squeeze it in the morning. It’s less of a chore and I’m not screaming at myself internally for not going out early enough to avoid the summer heat. In the past I would just run less in the summer so I didn’t need to deal with the hot weather. I would tell myself that I can’t run the heat, but I guess I forgot that it does get cooler in the evenings in SoCal. Not going to lie I can find any excuse for missing a run. I’m pretty sure that anyone that hates running will find an excuse for not running. As a former member of the “I hate running club” I know all about that. My training plan for this half marathon is going to be just the same as my training during the winter. I never followed any of the plans that are floating around online. Just seeing the plans gave me anxiety and negative thoughts that I would never be able to sucesssful follow the plan to a “T”. My main focus during my last half marathon training was my weekend long runs. Every week I would add another mile to my run. That’s how I was able to get up to running 11 miles. Though besides that and the last half I haven’t really run up to 11 miles since. I really need to work on getting my long runs 7+ miles. I always envy those people that say that oh they did an easy 8 miler. I mean when I was training for my half did wasn’t hard up my milage, but to consitantely keep it up is another story. Easy for me is more like 3-5 miles. Anything beyond that I feel like I’m on the struggle bus.
Well I’ll be running the Rock N Roll LA Half Marathon. I usually run the 5K for fun since its so close to Halloween I get to think up running costumes to wear. I wasn’t planning to run even the 5K this year. Long story short my friend won a raffle to run RnR LA Half Marathon, so for moral support, I said what the heck I’ll do it too. Not really looking forward to training in the summer, but hopefully, I can figure out a good training schedule. Training in the winter was so much easier. I didn’t have to worry too much about the weather and I could go running anytime in the morning. Now with the summer heat, you have to get out the door before the sun starts beaming down the heat or opt for evening runs. I think training for the RnR LA Half will make my training for the Pasadena Half Marathon in January, much easier. I’ve never run the half before so I’m not sure what to expect. Hopefully there are no hills. Just from running the 5K in the past I know its going to be an exciting race especially when a race can bring over 50,000 people.
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!