Rad Runs 10-miler 2014 recap

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A couple weekends ago, I made a last-minute decision to run the Reyes Adobe Days 10-miler (Rad Runs). I’ve run this race every year, and every year, it’s had a different course. If you remember from last year’s recap, race directors were forced to change the course days before the event due to the wildfires nearby. It has always been one of my favorite local races because of its hilly goodness, but since the race directors changed this year, I was hesitant to register because, well, my time and money are valuable.

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Race bibs, amIright? But if the race is a dried out, old biscuit, then it makes me frown.

Mostly because I’ll have to spend more money to drown my sorrows in more beer instead of toasting with a celebratory pint.

Kidding.

Kinda.

My other motivating factor was that running a 10-miler would give me a good idea of where I am fitness-wise. My training hasn’t been happening, and I have three races left this year to get through before I will reevaluate my goals and training. I really just want to get through them injury-free.

So, for the whopping price of $30 (4 non-happy hour pints), I figured I had nothing to lose.

New this year, packet pickup was at Future Track in Agoura Hills (<–LOVE that store and its people!) the day before or at the start line the morning of.

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I have to say that the race organizers were exceptionally helpful and nice. They kept thanking people for running the race. As it turns out, quite a few people are hesitant to run  races under new directors, so for their first year running RAD, the turnout was low. (<-I kinda like smaller races because they’re more mellow and have more of a hometown feel to them, but I definitely understand the value of the dollar and a well-executed race.).

Mini Me took a page out of her Auntie’s book and spent our time at FT gazing at herself in the shoe mirror.

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Girlfriend has been OBSESSED with mirrors lately! Is this a 6-year old thing?

Elsa Blondie, on the other hand, was attached to my side. We picked up our goodies, checked out the shirt, and took a quick pic to document that time I went to pick up my race packet and ran into a princess.

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As part of my pre-race ritual, I set out Flat HCR and painted my nails right before I went to dream sweet dreams for the night.

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The next morning, I set my alarm for 5 AM for the 7’oclock start. I woke up excited to get my race on and took care of the morning essentials.

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The start line was about 15 minutes away, so I left my house around 6:15 to make it there in time to pee onelasttime (is there such a thing with runners?) and do some quick warmup drills.

Arriving at the start line, I found no issue with parking across the street in a business center lot. Can we take a moment to appreciate the ideal racing temps?

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No joke, I have run this race every year, and every year, the weather has been different. I guess that’s October in SoCal!

I made the quick walk across Agoura Road and warmed up a little bit by jogging easy around the parking lot and doing some dynamic stretches before taking care of my requisite final pit stop.

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It may not look like it, but these portas were just enough for the race size. No lines=winning my Saturday.

I also walked around the expo a bit.

After that, I put my phone back in my car.

This race was so stinking mellow and fun. At the start line on Agoura Rd., we gathered up, Annemarie, the new race director, thanked all of the runners for being there in a rebuilding year, and sent us on our way!

Because I had no idea what my pace should be since letting myself go over summer and into the start of Fall, I settled into an even 8:00 mile pace. The course was gorgeous, running down Cornell Road (the shortcut from Kanan Rd. to Mullholand I used to take when I went to Pepperdine) and around Malibou Lake, and looping back again. The temps invariably drop in the canyon, and because my muscles weren’t A.) used to <gasp> cold air AT ALL (temps were in the 90s the previous couple weeks) and B.) used to running up and down hills, it took a grand 8 (of 10) miles to feel like the wheels were finally turning.

That’s okay, though, because I used the time to work on my mental game (I cannot stop. I cannot stop. This is for fun. Smile. God gave me legs for a reason.) and work to avoid getting beat by a dog.

Yes, a dog.

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Not just any dog, friends. Meet Paul (the dude) and Tucker (the dog). They would catch up with me just for Tucker to stop to smell the roses a gazillion times until we met one last time on the home stretch along Agoura Road. Paul was so nice and gave me final-kick tips and motivation even though I was cursing about how I couldn’t make it the last .5 miles.

“You can do anything for less than four minutes.”

In the end, I’m pretty sure he let me win and backed off as I kicked it into out-of-shape high gear to cross the line in 1:19:33. Tucker the Dog finished in 1:19:34.

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Not a record, but certainly nothing to be ashamed of considering the un-flatness of the course and my current fitness level.

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After I finished, I asked someone to take my picture and then walked around the expo for a little bit.

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Then, I ran back a little over two miles to take photos of the gorgeous course. I didn’t make it back to Malibou Lake, but the miles I ran were just as beautiful in the hot sun as they were in the sunrise.

From the first and last miles of the course:

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The Santa Monica Mountains are even more stunning as the sun rises (when I was running the race)!

The cyclists were stoked for the race. Because Cornell and Mulholland were closed in one direction, they were able to ride free and clear of cars!

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The course was very hilly, but the hills were just long enough to make me want to slow down before dropping back down again. Rolling hills are actually fun to race on!

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At the end, I thanked Annemarie for executing such a fun race! The 10-miler is one of my favorite distances, and this particular course did such a great job of reminding me how lucky I am to live in the Conejo Valley.

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I’ll definitely be be back next year!

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Who’s with me? RAD Run 10-miler 2015, anybody?

This is going to hurt (my ego)

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Ever since bombing big time at the Ventura Marathon in early September, I’m been a major SoCal weenie, choosing to not run practically every day because of the heat and my love of sleep. I mean, it’s been OMG so hawt lately that all I have wanted to do is sit inside and drink copious amounts of ice cold water. On the days when my husband was home, I would set my alarm to run at 5am, just to reset my alarm to 6:40 after it went off. Then, in the evenings after work, I would be too tired and unmotivated to hit the road or the treadmill. I’d throw out the “it’s too hot” excuse and instead sit on my butt reading tabloids or writing Costco shopping lists (<–Those things never work anyways).

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So, training, or whatever I should call it, isn’t going well over here. Usually, my monthly mileage is between 150-200, depending on how many 50+ mile weeks happen to fall in each month. My September mileage was 94.92. I could have totally run a 10K on September 30th, but I didn’t. Instead, I made a nice piece of avocado toast and helped Mini Me work on her spelling words. And don’t get me started on how much I hate the late-rising sun. (Yes, I have a headlamp. It’s just so dark. And those coyotes and raccoons aren’t very friendly.)

I’m in need of a kick in the pants, but before I rev up my training again, I’m going to accept the fact that my Fall races are going to suck in a major way, accept that I did this to myself, but also recognize that, possibly more mentally than physically, it’s good to take breaks.

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Up until two days ago, I only had thee more races scheduled for the year: the Lexus LaceUp Ventura half marathon, the Santa Barbara International Marathon, and, my December favorite, Santa to the Sea. I have never done this before, but I actually wrote to the SB Marathon asking if I could transfer my bib to next year (When will races be more like the Ventura Marathon and allow for transfers?!?! Sometimes, life happens, amIright?)

The answer was a firm “No, but if (I) paid the $800 Active.com insurance fee, I could.” <–Screw that, man! I’ll walk it if I have to!

Also, the fee may or may not be an exaggeration.

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Needless to say, I’ve had to reevaluate my goals for each of the above listed races all because I’ve been A.) super unmotivated and B.) spending a surprisingly large amount of time doing homework and studying with my first grade Mini Me. (While the laziness is 100% my own damn fault and I have to live with the consequences, the time I have spent with Mini Me instead of running has been completely wonderful and well-worth the time. It’s up to me to find the balance now.) I’ve honestly been spending time doing the running and non-running things that I WANT to do as opposed to the things I felt like I was SUPPOSED to do (re: stick like glue to training plans).

My life of late has been full of fun things like gathering all of the people and dogs onto one small, outdoor couch (medium and small dogs not pictured…cuddled up by our feet).

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Veggie bean and rice with delicious salsa tacos for dinner sounds weird, but they’re quite satisfying to the starving mother runner. Also, I love seeing Annie at the RRS events! She’s the sweetest chick in the whole world! I think I scare her with my social awkwardness, but she’s just too nice to run for the hills. :)

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Actually, poor Annie is on the DL right now, so she couldn’t run away from me, but she’s on the mend and should be back playing running games soon! <–I hope you’re healing well, girl!!!

By the way, I’m not sure why I thought going out of the house looking like this was acceptable. I was trying to hide my sunburned hairline but managed to look like a hot mess.

I also dragged my family down to the Thousand Oaks 50th Anniversary parade one weekend!

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Don’t judge the crazy cat ladies. Thank the Target clearance rack.

I did spend a day cross training at the bowling alley.

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Ninkasi FTW. Any bowling alley that serves Ninkasi Total Domination is a winner in my book! I have my own bowling shoes. Now I need my own ball!

Instead of running one evening, I took the girls next door to our amazingly wonderful neighbors who invited the girls over to pick Fuji apples from their tree!

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Another evening after school, my bestmomintheworld had us over to celebrate my birthday!

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So much stinking love!!! Also, my love for Gelson’s fruit tart runs strong.

BTW, that little orange box was full of See’s pumpkin truffles. They were SOOO tasty. I love chocolate. It’s the one thing I’ll never quit. ;)

So, as you can see, the past couple months haven’t entirely been spent on my rear!

What I can tell you, though, is that the training that I’ve done on the treadmill has been a complete and utter sweatfest. I cannot wait for Fall temps to arrive in SoCal so that I can wear actual clothes!

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To switch things up last night, I challenged Mini Me to math/400m races! In school, she has to finish math facts in 2 minutes. Once she was able to do them under 2 minutes, I challenged her to a race, and she won! We raced A LOT, and she won every time!

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I’m hurting today because of it!

I have a lot of work to do if I want to make good on my goal of running a sub-3:20 marathon. I’m not ready to list any goals tonight, though.

The husband worked some magic and got this weekend off so that I could run Long Beach this Sunday, but by the time we found out he could put the shift trades through, the price of LBC plus the cost of staying in a hotel just weren’t worth it for an out-of-shape run. I’m super sad that I’ll miss seeing Shane and the always inspiring Pam, but this weekend will still be filled with run ventures that don’t cost me a gazillion dollars.

First, I made the last-minute decision to register for the RAD Runs 10-miler. It’s a 10k/10-miler that’s all part of the Reyes Adobe Days festival in Agoura Hills, and I’m hopeful that it will be a good event. For $30, I couldn’t pass it up. I have run this event the past two years (it was previously organized by the same folks who do the iconic Great Race of Agoura), but this year, new people are in charge. It’ll be small this year, so fewer people will hear me curse as I wheeze my way back to Agoura from Malibou Lake, thank goodness. I’m just praying that I finish. I have to get some good miles in before Santa Barbara, and I always prefer running races to training by myself, so this is a win-win for me. I’m also going to use it as a fitness test to see where I am and asses how far I need to go to meet my half marathon and marathon goals.

Then, on Sunday, Josh Spiker (RD for Ventura and course designer for the Lexus LaceUp Race Series) is leading a training run up in Ventura for the 11/2 race. If you are interested in joining us, meet at the pier in Ventura at 7:30am. All distances are welcome, and all participants will receive a FREE breakfast taco from Beach House Tacos at the end!!! I mean, a FREE group run (complete with 2 water stations!) with a FREE taco at the end?!?!?! Sign me up!

Also, if you want to register for any of the Lexus LaceUp Race Series races, use my code LaceUp9 for 10% off!

Ok. I’m off to do my usual pre-race manicure! I hope your weekend is full of fun and runs (and fun runs!)!

When is your next race?

What do you do when you feel like there’s no recovering from a failure?

 

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