Monday, July 27, 2009

Speed It Is

It has been tough to make a decision this year about what to run and when. I had all the right reasons to hesitate on what to do as this year hasn't been easy at all.

Last week I knew I was close to decide if to work exclusively to improve 5K speed or to run a marathon. Because all the fall marathon's plans must start NOW, I started my week working a marathon plan for a possible marathon in the fall. Emphasis in "possible" as the decision still was floating around.

I worked my intervals, my first long run of 10 miles and my tempo (Seafair Torchlight Race *). And it was finally after this race that I made my decision.

Something clicked. I feel so good racing every weekend, I enjoy so much the racing environment and the post race parties. Seeing some of the same runners week after week, and knowing that you belong to something...

Yes, Speed It Is. And I am gonna work so hard to decrease that PR of 28:22.

(*) 4,300 runners (between 5K and 8K). The race started at 6:45 pm and it was HOT... Upper 80's and high humidity... It was nice to go under the mist that Seattle Metropolitan Medical Team had for us. I ran good (9:38) despite the muggy day.

Division 10/69 - Overall Female 195/1007 - Overall 481/1653

The post race party was at FX McRory's in front of Quest Field and it was GREAT. When my beautiful daughter and I got in the feeling was that of a sauna. Hundred of runners all sweat in a hot night!!! But it was FUN!!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

One Of These Days...

One Of These Days I'll make a decision: What to train for...

I am deciding between training to shave off 3 minutes in my 5K for a 25min, or to train for a sub-5 marathon. As both trainings are very different, especially in mileage, the decision or the "muse" hasn't gotten yet to me... For now, I am just enjoying every 5K I get...

The race of the week: Magnuson Series, Washington Games 2009.

The highlights of the race: One of the few times I have been in the front of the pack gave me the glory of missing a turn with 4 other people. Then, I saw a lady behind me that turned around and went uphill. I looked what she was doing and saw the whole group of runners above the hill I missed. Trying to catch the lost time going uphill was not funny and, of course, impossible. After that, my run occurred in a panting mode for a 31:21.

Anyway, it was fun in a beautiful sunny and warm day in Seattle. (!)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Running Together, But Together

And after two years of running alone but together, a dream came true. My beautiful daughter and I were Running Together, But Together.

4th of July. A Seattle midnight race. 1,000 participants.
The Firecracker.