Saturday, June 04, 2011

She is Beautiful Run - May 22, 2011

Credit: Shawn Hatjes Photography


I heard about this race when someone posted about it on Oxy's wall on FB. It was an all women's run, described as Santa Cruz's Pinkest 5k/10k. It was a benefit for the Santa Cruz Women's Center. I'd never done an all women's event before.

Although I did a 5K a couple weeks before, I was still feeling iffy about doing a longer race. However, I got an "event monitor" in the mail that week. I'm supposed to wear if pretty much 24/7 for 30 days straight. It detects when I have heart rate irregularities, and also has a button for me to push when I feel funny. I'd had some testing done on a treadmill, and a 24 hour test as well, with nothing detected, so I guess that is why they are trying to see if they can find something with a longer test.

I thought it might be a good idea to try to do some hard running to see if it picked anything up, since that is the only time I've felt any symptoms. This race seemed like a good opportunity to do it.

I tried to sign up for the race on the Friday before, only to find online registration had closed early. The race website didn't say anything about the race selling out, so I showed up to race anyways.


The race website said to wear your pinkest outfit, so I did that. I wore a pink running top Raybon picked up for me, and a black and pink running skirt I got for Christmas from his parents. I thought I'd be one of the pinkest people there, but I was far from that. Seriously, 95% of the women wore pink. It was a sight to be seen. Pink tops, shorts, skirts, sunglasses, hats, tiaras, you name it. My friend Oxy wore all black, and she said she felt like the grim reaper. There was a arch with pink balloons, and awesome pink signs with quotes like "You make this look good" and "Life is too short for boring clothes." This was definitely the most stylish event I've ever been to. Are other all women races like this? I kind of guess not.

I tried to sign up and found it was sold out. They told me to run whether I got into the race, and to check in 15 minutes before the start to see if there were any no shows I could get the bib from. They started calling people's names from the waiting list, but I didn't hear mine. Finally they asked for people doing the 10K to step up, since it was starting in 5 minutes, and me and 3 other women in a crowd of maybe 10 people stepped up, including myself. I'm glad I brought my race belt, because I seriously am not sure I would have had time to pin on a race number.

I did warm up a tiny bit, running a little around the registration area, and to and from the bathroom, but not as much as I'd like. It takes about 10 minutes for me to warmup, and I didn't get this much.

I don't know that I had a race strategy exactly. I mostly felt like I should listen to my body to find a pace for the first half, and maybe pick people to catch on the second half of the race. It was kind of fun just letting go and running hard, figuring it might actually be a good thing if my doctor could see a recording of what would happen if my heart didn't cooperate.

Mile 1: 9:17. Warming up. I heard my event monitor beep, saying it detected something, although I felt nothing and my heart rate was not particularly high. Max H.R.: 213 (I'm sure that is wrong.) Avg H.R. 173.
Mile 2: 8:20. Max H.R.: 190. Avg H.R. 184.
Mile 3: 10. Slowed down quite a bit. I was approaching a part of the course that was near where I had problems when I ran the Half Marathon I did in April, so I may have been nervous. I dunno, maybe I was afraid the 8:20 was too fast for me as well. Max H.R.: 197, Avg H.R.: 191
Mile 4: 8:46 Max H.R.: 200, Avg H.R. 196
Mile 5: 8:29 Max H.R. 202, Avg H.R. 199
Mile 6 + .2 : 9:39 (Averages to an 8 minute mile) Max H.R. 205, Avg H.R. 202

Total Time: 54:33

My event monitor only went off that one time during the first mile, despite my high heart rates at the end of the race. I probably should have pressed the button to take a recording to see what was going on. I didn't feel any palpitations or other symptoms like I did during CIM or Santa Cruz Half Marathon, but it would be interesting to see if everything was normal, and if my heart rates were really that high during this race, or if there is just something weird about the way my Polar Heart Rate monitor read s my heart beat. (I can't see anything on the event monitor about what is happening, just when it is recording and when it is just monitoring.)

54:33 is a new P.R., beating my old 10K P.R. (55:31) from the Bean Creek Run 2004 by almost a minute. It is funny that it has taken me that long to break a P.R. that I made with almost no effort on a much hillier course when I was 29. I barely trained for it at all, if I remember correctly. I had done an 8 week training program a few months before for the Wharf to Wharf with no running background, stopped running and only swam, then kind of just jumped into a 10K and set a P.R. I was younger and thinner then, I guess, and had more energy to pour into my exercise routine. Oh well, at least I can be happy about finally beating my 29 year old self, albeit on an easier course.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Marine Discovery Run 2011

I've raced a couple times since I last wrote, but I've been too busy to blog. First it was Rory's birthday, then my in-laws were in town. In between, we did some spring cleaning. I'm tired, dude.

The first race I did was the Marine Discovery Run on May 8th. The whole family raced. I signed Rory up for a 1K kids race, Raybon up for 10K, and myself up for a 5K.


Rory had fun. I held his hand almost the whole way. We didn't make it to the half kilometer turn around point before they picked up the cone and started walking it back to the start/finish, but they put it back on the ground for him to go around. He was the last finisher by quite a lot, but that just meant he got extra applause. He was very cute. He took lots of time to turn around and around in circles and stop and appreciate the gravel and rocks.

Raybon and I both had good races, too. I pushed the stroller with Rory in it for the 5K. I had a 5K P.R., but I haven't done that many and just had various circumstances that prevented good times for my other 5Ks. Still, a P.R. is a P.R. I guess. I'm not even sure what my exact time was, because I didn't get my chip time, just the gun time, and I was the last person across the start line, and even waited a long while after the penultimate person crossed just so I wouldn't have to deal with a thick crowd with the stroller. Raybon P.R.'d his 10K, too. More importantly, Raybon did the 5K last year, and I did the 10K, and we each beat each others times from last year. Ok, maybe this intermarriage competitiveness is not the best thing. Raybon is now officially faster than me, which is probably how it should be, but I hope he doesn't gloat too much.