Sunday, October 18, 2009

the beginning of the end of the season

heading into taper mode for SOMA half ironman, i squeezed in one last little tune-up race- a fun USATF cross country 5k with team BSK/running center.

i had some tough workouts in the legs, and my left quad felt like it was injected with cement on race morning for the Cougar Challenge 5k (great name!! if only i was single and 5 years older!) . but, when i warmed up and jogged it out (the quad that is), it actually loosened up a bit. at the start line, i tried to remain calm as i saw the packs of 18-year old college runners in their bun-huggers lined up beside me. i didn't put too much stock in the race, i just wanted to run hard and put in a good effort for team BSK. BUT, my 5k PR, set at Carlsbad 5000 in 2008 was itching to go down. Carlsbad was 19 minutes and 20 something seconds....

the course was twisty and on mostly dirt, but pretty darn flat- just one noticeable hill on the course. i had zero race strategy other than to go hard. the race started out really fast i ran with a few girls - and one looked at her watch and said, "5:26 pace" about half a mile in...we all slowed a bit knowing that was a little speedy. i crossed mile 1 in 5:38...whoops! mile 2 went down in 5:55.. r'uh r'oh! (signal wheels to come off) and i managed to hang on to a 6:15 final mile. then kicked out that final .1....i crossed the line and stopped my garmin immediately for once....it said 18:35, 3.15miles, 5:59 pace! wahoo! well, they posted the results, and my time was actually 18:37 which is exactly 6:00 pace. i guess i'll have to live another day before i can run a 5k under 6 minute pace. regardless, i was so excited!

the last half of the race was comical, really. the college cross country teams ran this race with what one might call strategy...hmmm, what's that? they stayed together as a pack until they were through lap one and then basically charged by. i was passed A LOT during this race.

i had a blast once again, running with the team and our ladies are winning the points series overall! wahoo! i can't wait until the finals...my fast, sexy, sub 18 BSK/running center teammates- joey (17:26, 1st overall) and morgan (17:57, 4th overall)...
and this is coach David. i simply cannot begin to describe how much i truly believe that this guy IS the spirit of running. david gives so much to the team, and you can count on him being out on the course and cheering for you. all of a sudden, even though you may have felt like a fat loser, his motivational calls have transformed you into a gazelle who looks wonderful and relaxed and is crushing the competition.

after the race, i went home to meet up with james to get cleaned up for luke & charessa's wedding in wine country...i came home to this on my couch

seriously. i live with this. he thinks its funny to wear the honu 70.3 muscle tee because i won't touch the gear as i did not actually finish the race (well, i really never wear any finishers gear or race t's). sweet cycling tan or as he calls it, "badge of honor."

at least he cleans up nice! off to the wedding!

19 comments:

D said...

Looks more like a farmer's tan than a badge of honor. But hey, what do I know? I'm Canadian! :)

Sue said...

your funny, we use the tees for night shirts, (except for the saucony ones). We luv 5K's...good job Ms Beth...hugs

Jaakko Hiekkaranta said...

damn that's fast running!

good luck for the race this weekend!

Beth said...

Congrats on a new PR and a super fast race!! You are ready and raring to go for Soma! Run a similarily flat 5K on roads (vs cross country) and you would be sub 18 for sure!

GZ said...

Great tan. Obviously before the MNF game as he is still smiling.

AND DANG - fast 5k lady! Nice work.

RR said...

Congrats on the new PR, and I know next time you will beat the 6 min barrier!

Toby Guillette said...

It's all going to come together for you at SOMA and you'll tear it up! Can't wait to check on your results this weekend! Have fun out there :)

IAN said...

Congrats on the 5k. I gotta get down there for one of your XC races. How is it you know 2 people named Charessa (Charisa)?? please tell me they know each other?

I have a feeling you're going to KILL IT out in AZ! Get after it!

Sherry said...

You are amazing, Beth! Congrats to you! And can I have some of whatever it is that is in your water? Dang, you are speedy! :o)

Jill Costantino said...

Um I think D's right...it does look like a farmers tan, but I'm Canadian too:))
Huge CONGRATS on the race. You are soo speedy!

Ryan Weeger said...

Nice race beth, and I think Sarah and I found an Ice Cream/FY place like 200ft from the new place you would love...right up your alley for sure...called znows. and james face with his nice clothes on is classic.

rr said...

He looks so much happier dirty, doesn't he?

YEA for the new PR, speed demon! You are ready to rock this SOMA thang.

Yasi said...

Great PR! You will def break 6 min pace next time. Hope the wedding was fun and best of luck at SOMA this weekend!!

Charisa said...

Good luck at SOMA! And you BSK girls rock - congrats on the PR, I bet that will fall again soon :)

X-Country2 said...

Dang, you crazy kids clean up well. :o)

Congrats on another awesome race and good luck this weekend.

MJ said...

Your run coach looks kind of like a running messiah...

Congrats on the blazing run!

Jennifer Yake Neuschwander said...

Jeepers that's fast. Nice work. I like your coach. I think he might make me laugh too hard to run though.

Jennifer Yake Neuschwander said...

Jeepers that's fast. Nice work. I like your coach. I think he might make me laugh too hard to run though.

Kim said...

Smokin Fast... whow!