Thursday, July 05, 2007

4th of July 5k!

First, let me catch up:

Monday 5.0 miles/43:34/8:43 average pace

Easy run in the heat. It was really only in the high 80's but it has gotten much hotter in the last few days, up to 104 yesterday!

Tuesday 1500 meters swimming in 33:37.

Yes, that's right, I got a watch. (ok, Zach got a new watch and I got his old one) Whoo hoo! Look at me with my minutes and seconds. :P Nice long swim and felt comfortable.

Then... this week's MAIN EVENT:

The Run San Ramon 5k Race!

Well, I admit I was anxious, even though it wasn't a goal race at all. Despite all my understanding of mental training- visualization, positive thinking, etc.. and I usually am very good about this stuff, but I just can't help but psych myself out sometimes. I honestly didn't think there was any way I'd come even close to my PR of 22:08. Who is that fast runner, I wondered! Plus I also admit I was worried Zach would beat me, and then I felt guilty about worrying about that. Ugh! In summary, I was not confident.

But I did give myself a little pep talk before bed, and I slept really good. I woke up feeling energized and excited! I wasn't really confident, but I wasn't down on myself either. I knew I'd try my best, and Zach would too, and it would be fun. I was ready to race!

We drove down and registered before the crowds got there, about 7:15. Then we did a 1.5 mile warm up jog around the park as more people started arriving. It was already pretty warm, about 70 degrees at 8:00. Finally, after the standard delay, we were off!

I went out fast, too fast actually, as I was swept up in the fast pace of the crowd. Felt great for about a quarter of a mile, ha ha. After that it became more and more difficult to maintain a fast pace. First mile: a smokin' fast 6:58!

The course is just a big loop around this big park and the surrounding office park. So we made a couple of turns, I was tucking behind random people trying to get some pace help from them without their knowing it. I slowed down a little, which was inevitable, but kept on running. Second mile 7:28

Now I'm really panting, and my legs are heavy! We're out in the sun again too and man I want this to be over. About mile 2.5 I am trying to find a pace buddy to help me along, when I hear a loud throat-clearing behind me. I turn around and who do I see but my surprisingly speedy husband! Drafting off me this whole time without my knowing it! Ha ha!! My brow furrows and I laugh simultaneously. Before I can stop myself I yell at him " YOU F#%&-ER! What are you doing?!" Ha ha. He pants "Just trying to hang in there." Pretty cool. Now I am NOT letting him beat me, after trailing my like a sucker this whole time. I didn't realize it at the time, but he told me later- I sped up right away. How - I do not know. Competitive nature I guess!! We blow by the mile 3 marker with a 7:12 split, and sprint to the finish.

Last .1 miles: 45 seconds.

My finish time: 22:25!

Zach's finish time: 22:27!!

What a race! I was soooo pumped that I came so close to my PR, I did great! I was sooooooo impressed and proud of Zach for hanging in there, and he saved himself a painful existence by not passing me at the end (he insists he couldn't have if he wanted to, which I want to believe). We might have even got a picture together from the official race photographers. How cool! I know I am competitive with him, but I don't think there's anything wrong with it. We spent the whole day telling each other how awesome the other did, and how proud we are of each other. I had a fantastic time at this race, and I'm so grateful for my lifelong running buddy. :)

Well we stuck around and ate Popsicles and cheered on other runners for a good half hour. I had one lady who was nearing the finish offer me 100 dollars for my Popsicle. :D Hilarious. We left before results were posted, and they are not online yet, but I'll update when I see them.

We had a great rest of the holiday. I jumped in the pool when we got back to the apartment (did I mention it was 104 degrees??) and then later we rode our bikes up to watch the fireworks in San Ramon- got about 8 miles in (half in the pitch dark!). So I ended up doing a triathlon yesterday! ha ha.

Got up this morning and went to the pool. I swam 1000 meters in 22:34.

Hope everyone had a great 4th!


Marathon Maritza said...

GO Jen and Zach!

Michele said...

Congrats to you both.

I can't let my husband beat me either ;)

Phil said...

Congratulations on a great 5K. Speeding up on the last mile after your legs started feeling heavy was fabulous ... and sticking to your sneaky husband was especially sweet ... remind him that he is suppose to share the pacing duties. I think it's somewhere in the standard marriage vows :)

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

A great race for both of you. I guess the couch will remain vacant...for now...

Bob Gentile said...

JEN Said:proud of Zach for hanging in there, and he saved himself a painful existence by not passing me at the end
Zach is a smart man, very smart:-)

Congrats to both of you, so awesome!!

Fran said...

Great race! Must of been a rude awakening for bubby to get yelled at .5 miles away from the finish!

Mir said...

Great race, especially that third mile! I'm the same way with my boyfriend--whenever we run together, we end up sprinting the end to beat each other. He's way faster than me in a sprint, but going uphill I can beat him. :)

It sounds like you will be celebrating new PRs soon!