Age group win #1....
Age group win #2 (plus her standing 5k PR - not that I'm keeping track or anything...)....
Age group win #3...
Since I've barely been running, I decided not to run this year. I know I'm nowhere close to in shape to beat my PR (from this course last year), and 5k's kind of hurt.
Instead, I played race photographer with The H (who is, in fact, fast enough to run out to meet #1 for a photo op and then run back to the finish line).
(Spoiler, I'm a not great photographer).
|Can you spy the #1?|
|The Jesus looking fella towards the left started out in the lead, and crushed everyone. Apparently, he's one of #1's coaches. They do, in fact, call him Jesus. Also, I think he's wearing a kids' sized shirt????|
|Hey dad, just out for a stroll.|
|Nice chatting, see ya.|
Natural talent is a jerk.
2. Also, this guy finished I think 3rd male??
So in our top 3, we had Jesus and Elvis.
We saw Elvis out on our way home, jogging a cool down, STILL in costume. That's dedication.
3. I also got to see Julie! She looks so festive!!
4. All this spectating made me want to start training. I don't know why, because man, some of those people looked miserable - finishing a hard 5k is TERRIBLE. But, it made me come home and do my first for real speed work session in MONTHS. Seriously, months - according to Daily Mile, my last legit speedwork was some 800's back in MARCH. That's 4 months ago.
No wonder I'm so slow.
Anyway, I did 400's and I didn't die. I kind of liked it. It was pretty humbling to realize that my 400 pace is significantly slower than it used to be, but I guess I'm glad that I thought to be practical about it, and not just try to run the same pace I used to and then be a whiner that I'm so slow now - realistic expectations, for my current fitness level.
Totally related, I TOTALLY recall now how speedwork makes your legs feel FATIGUED. That was exhausting.
5. In the meantime.... I've drafted a training plan, that starts next week. I might throw in the City of Cypress 5k in a few weeks - it was a good race, and #1 needs a second 5k for the summer, and this one was pretty affordable. And there were ice pops at the end.
I guess I'm feeling like I'm done resting and taking things easy?
I'm waffling between two potential fall/winter races - Paso Robles Marathon in October, and Santa Clarita Marathon in November. Both look like smaller races, scenic, and are not too pricey. My only real hesitation right now is some work stuff, but hopefully that will be sorted out over the next few weeks.
Long Beach is dead on at the right time frame for what I was looking for, but I really just don't want to run LB. Not any part of it looks like fun to me. Once was enough, thanks.