On February 9th I ran the Runner’s Den Pancake Run 5k in 17:01, winning the women’s race. I was SO nervous to run a 5k! I hadn’t run one since the Carlsbad 5000 in April of 2012 where I ran my PR 16:59. Running a 17:01 having done barely any race-specific speed work has made me pretty optimistic of what I will be able to accomplish this Spring. I will say this though…5k’s hurt SO bad! I probably should not have gone out so fast either. Pain.Train. Here are my splits.
The weekend after that, I went out to San Diego with Matt and my training partner JT to run the inaugural UT San Diego 10/20 race. It was a 10 miler and I felt pretty good going in. I thought that since I had run 56:33 at the 10 mile mark at the Houston Half Marathon Championships, I would be able to run somewhere near that on the hilly course in San Diego. Woof! Was I wrong! I felt pretty much awful. I started too fast in hopes of staying with the top 3 girls and then it was a solo effort. I came in fourth with a time of 58:40. I made some $, so all in all it was a learning experience and a fun trip. Kudos to the race for offering great prize money and bonuses!
To be completely transparent, here are my Garmin splits. Ouch.
Gearing up for Spring Speed I have the following races on my schedule:
March 9th- Mountain to Fountain 15k- Fountain Hills, AZ
March 28th- Shamrock Shuffle 8k- Chicago, IL- Our first race as a team for the Sonoran Distance Project!
April 19th- Possible Crescent City 10k in New Orleans, LA or Mt. Sac 10k on the track in California
May 4th- Bloomsday 12k, Spokane, WA
June 2- Possibly RNR San Diego Half- My sister is running the marathon so I thought it would be fun to race as well.
July 4- San Diego Old Pro’s 10k
Other Exciting News:
- Matt over at Runner Academy interviewed me for my first Podcast. Have a listen!
- We have some great new members at Sonoran Distance Project so be sure to check the site later today to see who they are!
- I am on the Launch Team for a new running club here in Phoenix- The Phoenix Free Soles. Check out our new site and follow us on Facebook and Twitter !
Last, but not least, in the Gussie is so spoiled corner:
That’s all for now, Run Happy!