It’s been a whirlwind of a week and I’m glad it’s the weekend! I have another half marathon tomorrow, so let’s talk about the Scripps Ranch Old Pro’s 10k first, shall we? I’ve been looking forward to rockin’ my new favorite socks so it was an easy pick for my race day outfit. 🙂
Now when I ran this last year, it was a last minute decision, so it was a bit of a scramble since I had to park about a mile away from the start line & registration. This year, I kinda forgot about the whole parking issue and ended up almost a mile away. Guess my morning hustle to get my bib was gonna be my warmup, too. I made it to the start line with just a few minutes to spare. But apparently not enough time to do a check of the selfie at the start. Whoops.
This was actually the biggest turnout they’ve had for this “small” local race. There were well over 1,700 racers for the 10k, not including the fun run participants or the bike riders. It was a bit cozy at the start line to say the least.
I didn’t bother taking pictures along the way. More runners meant covering more ground before it started to thin out a bit, and there’s wasn’t much room to maneuver either way.
I wasn’t too thrilled with my performance. Physically, it felt hard. I’ve been a total slacker with my asthma management these past few weeks so I know my body was working a lot harder for air flow than it should have been. Lame. Even more lame when I can count at least eight different inhalers between my room, car, purse, and other random places. I have a little pipe, better known as a peak flow monitor, that I blow into and it measures my lung function. There are normal ranges:
I should be hitting at least 421, preferably closer to 500 for my
supposed fitness level. I dusted off my meter this morning post race and was in the 300’s. Whoops. Well that explains it. On the bright side, I’m getting better at figuring out when it’s an asthma issue on the run, so it doesn’t mess with my head as much as it could. It also helped having my girl speedy come up behind, pass me, take a potty break, then pass me again. Having her in my line of vision kept me moving and we both ended up finishing strong.
Strong enough to hit a couple of PR’s! I shaved 3:21 off my time last year and came in at 58:07 – and that was with a number of walk breaks along the way. 🙂 I hung out long enough to see the results, then decided I’m too old for this scene. And was thankful I didn’t bring mini me along for the, ahem, show.
One of these years I may actually hang out. There are plenty of booths and fun things going on
or so I hear every year and a good old fashioned parade.
Me, I was good with a few minutes of down time before getting home for some much needed time with the fam bam.
We ate, we napped, we had a good day of rest. I had to work the next day, so we called it an early night. I’m off to do a little shake out run then another fun half marathon happens tomorrow. Hopefully the cooler weather holds up!
How was your 4th of July? How did you celebrate?