Monthly Archives: April 2014

Capital City Classic Race Recap


Capital City Classic 10 Mile came off without a hitch…well there was one hitch but I’ll get to that.  First let’s start on Saturday.

Saturday morning, I got up early and drove up to Garcia Bend Park to get my pre race shake out run in.  I ran 4.45 miles in 41:52.  Despite having some tightness in my left hamstring, the run felt good and I was really happy with my time.  I spent most of the rest of the day eating good, healthy meals and making sure that I got plenty of carbs to be prepared for Sunday.  I hit the bed about 9pm because I knew that I was going to have to get up at 5 in order to have enough time to eat breakfast and drive to downtown.

5am came very early but I was up and feeling good for my race.  I got dressed and had a full breakfast before I hit the road.  Downtown only takes about 30 minutes on a Sunday morning and I was able to get there early enough to get decent on street parking for free.  Yay for free.

StartThe start was just a little bit late, about 3 minutes but I was so happy when it did start because it was cold this morning.  It was actually raining on my drive to downtown, enough that I had to run the wipers.  The course was pretty hill with the first one immediately after the start.  My hamstring was tight and the up hills were pretty tough but I was doing good.

Running Tower Bridge

One of the highlights of the race was running the iconic Tower Bridge.  We crossed the bridge at about mile 2.5.  I’d really been looking forward to it because the last time I crossed it on foot was two years ago during my first Half Marathon, Sham’rockin.  And at the point I crossed the bridge, I was in serious pain and was ready for it to be over.  It wasn’t an enjoyable moment.  But today made up for that.  I was ear to ear smile.  I enjoyed every minute of it.

I Street Bridge Approach

After touring around West Sacramento, including The River Walk and some cute neighbor hoods, we hit the approach to the I Street Bridge.  Saying it’s steep is an understatement.  It was really tough and people were stopping to walk all around me.  I held out even though I had to really slow to make it to the top without walking.

Downtown from I Street BridgeTower Bridge from I Street Bridge







Here’s where the hiccup comes in.  After crossing the I Street Bridge, we headed down a pretty steep road to connect to the Sacramento River Parkway, Discovery Park & the American River Parkway.  I’m cruising down the ramp and all of a sudden, huge pain in my inner thigh.  It was right around mile, 6 when the pain came.

I still had 4 miles to go, I was feeling great, plenty of energy and loving my run, except for this new pain.  I think my body just couldn’t handle all the down hill.  I limped my way through the next 4 miles and was so happy to see the finish even before I got there.  I was in a ton of pain.  My mile times went from 10 min/mile at the 10k split to 10:30’s and one that was almost an 11 min mile.  I was hurting.

In the Finishing Shoot

My sweetie came up for the finish and grabbed this picture of me just before crossing the finish line.  Normally I sprint for the finish and I did speed up but the pain my thigh was just too great for any real speed.  But I did grin from ear toear when I saw my sweetie.  It was such a nice treat to have him at the finish line.


So one pulled groin muscle later, I finished in 1:41:35.  Despite the ouchy, I still finished well within my initial time frame (1:40 to 1:50). I’m thrilled with the outcome but I’m bummed about the pulled muscle.


Now the question is, how long is this going to take to heal?  It’s horrible to hobble around the house.  Other than the pull, I feel great.  I’m so happy with my performance and if this had been a half marathon, I would have pr’d again even with the injury.

Did you race this weekend?  How’d you do?

Have you ever pulled your groin?  How’d you cope with it?

The Best Laid Plans…


3 more days until the Capital City Classic. Mentally, I think I’m ready.  Physically, I’m still recovering from being sick.  But the good news is that I feel sooooo much better today than I have since last week.  My energy is back and fingers crossed, I won’t have to take a nap in my car at lunch time today.  Ugh.  I hate having to do that.  Despite the nap it always seem to leave me more drained then before I fell asleep.

Today is a rest day for me and I’m glad it was because I totally forgot to even set the alarm to get me up for work.  Thankfully Kitty was on the job and she got me up at 5:15.  It was still 15 minutes later than I normally get up but better than waking up at 7 and having 30 minutes to get dressed and drive over.  I never would have made it.

CCC Weather

The weather is looking better and better for sunday.  They were calling for sunny and now they’re predicting overcast.  I love it.  Fingers crossed for a cool race.  I have no plan other than to treat this as a long run/training run for my half that is coming up next month, The Avenue of the Vines.

I’d like to finish around the 1:40 mark for 10 miles.  My last 10 mile long run was on March 9th and I finished in 1:51:43, average pace 11:09.  That was more than a month ago and I like to think that I’ve improved some speed wise since then.  I’m hoping to have a pace closer to the 10 minute/mile pace.  I don’t want to kill myself so I’m planning to do as I always do on my training runs, start out slow and get progressively faster over the course of the race.  Of course we all know what they say about the best laid plans, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

Do you like to plan out how you’ll race?  Or are you just a go with the flow racer?

What’s your favorite post race treat?

6 More Days…

6 more days until the Capital City Classic and I’m not feeling as confident as I’d like.  Some how I got sick over the weekend and was forced into taking two days off from running.  And that meant that I missed Sunday’s long run.  Obviously, I know that I can run 10 miles since I’ve run 2 half marathons all ready this year but I like that last long run to give me the confidence going into the race that I know I’ll complete it with my head held high.


However, with 2 extra rest days under my belt, I think I will be well rested for this race.  The goal for the rest of the week is to get my scheduled runs in and watch my nutrition.  I need to eat good food so on race day I have lots of energy.

CCC Weather

The weather is looking good or Sunday.  We were supposed to get a storm in today but it seems to have blown by us and headed up into the Sierra where it’s been snowing overnight.  I prefer cooler temps for racing.  The cooler the weather, the fast I run to keep warm.  It’s the universal law of freezing my butt off.

04-22-14 run

Normally Tuesday are not a scheduled run day for me but since I had the last two days forced rest, I wanted to get up this morning and run.  I intended to run 5 this morning but it was really windy and after 4, I was done.  It was a considerably slower run than my normal pace but I hadn’t eaten much over the weekend so I didn’t want to blow away all my energy.

04-22-14 Splits

It might have been a slow run this morning but on the upside, I did have negative splits.  There is something special about negative splits, especially when you’re racing.  The “plan” for Capital City Classic is to run more by effort than by pace but to be honest, it’ll be a combo of both.  I’m hoping to start with a 10:30 pace and work my way down.  I’d like to finish with my lap pace closer to 9/mile.  But the best laid plans are, at best, tentative.

I’m seriously thinking about utilizing race day packet pick up for the first time ever.  I always, always, always pick up my packet the day before the race.  That way I can plan my clothing and pre-pin my bib to my shirt.  I’m considering race day pick up because I’m extremely lazy and I don’t want to drive the 35 minutes to the Sports Authority where the packet pick up is located.  Lazy!

Do you pick up your packet before race day?

How do you come back from being sick?

AM Runs are not always Awesome…

04-18-14 Run 2

This mornings run, while completed in an acceptable amount of time with an acceptable pace, was not a great run. I give the following as evidence.

1.  Beginning of mile 2, decided that I needed to potty.  Thankfully it was only 2 blocks from the house.

2.  Mile 3, had to stop and wait for some guy to take 3 forevers to back out of his driveway.  When he finally saw me, he stopped blocking the sidewalk.  Grrr.

3.  Mile 4, some creep slowed way down to stare at me.  It’s dark, sir and you’re making me uncomfortable.

4.  Mile 5, my Garmin beeped low battery at me.  Thankfully it held out until I was done before dying completely.

04-18-14 Splits

That’s more 10 minute miles than I like to see in my splits but running that 9:09 really helped bring down the average pace.

Bama & Ray necklace

Earlier this month, Olive to Run had an amazing give away for a Bama & Ray necklace.  While I didn’t win the give away, I did fall in love with a necklace.  Olive also had a discount code for 20% off and it was too tempting to pass up.  So I ordered the Runners Wing Necklace.  I figured since I’d all ready completed two half marathons this year, I deserved a little something, so I ordered mine with the 13.1 tag.  It came quickly and was beautifully packaged.

Since this mornings run wasn’t ideal but wasn’t horrible either, I decided to wear my necklace today.  Sometimes a nice piece of jewelry is a perfect reminder that you love your sport and of how much you’ve accomplished.

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday at my mom’s even though it’s Saturday.  It’s the only day everyone in the family could get together and for me, it won’t affect my long run on Sunday (selfish, I know).  The plan is for me to get up early (again) and hit the road to get my 6 miles in.  Thankfully, it won’t be 3:45 week day run early.  I’m thinking up at 6, out the door by 6:15, back home by 7:15, stretch & hit the shower by 7:30 to be out the door and on the road by 9.  Somewhere in there I guess I will need some breakfast.  Might have to make a Starbucks stop on the way over…and the way back.

It’s a two-hour drive to get there and a two-hour drive to get back.  Dinner is a 5pm, so to get back and have a decent bed time, I need to be back on the road by 7pm.  It’s going to be a long day.

What are your Easter plans?

If your long run is Sunday, do you still plan to run?

Yesterday after work was so beautiful here. Due to all the road closures around here, my new commute is twice as long but takes me down some lovely rural roads. The fields are still green and with temps in the low 80’s, driving with the windows down was a must.

I got home a few minutes before my sweetie and headed out to the back yard with the dogs to enjoy the sunshine and play a little ball.  When Hubby got home this happened.


Yep, dogs were used as pillows and naps were had in the grass.  Not real naps but some serious relaxing.  We sat out there long enough to justify ordering a pizza for dinner and for me to get a little sunburn on my arms.  Some how I always manage to forget that I’m fair-skinned.

I have to admit that I’ve been a bit disappointed by my morning runs since I switched over last Friday from 5:30pm runs to 4am runs.  My average pace as been slower in the AM then they were in PM.  But this morning, I think I finally found my AM run groove…despite the fact that my JayBirds ran out of power this morning on mile 4.  Thank goodness, it was a 5 mile run so I powered through the last mile without them.

04-16-14 Run

My first mile is always in the 10:30 range, always.  It’s my warm up mile.  No need to go out to fast and pull up lame.  That would not be good.  Seeing those 9’s pop up on my Garmin this morning was such a good feeling.  They’re not grossly fast for me but a good pace.  One I’d like to see repeated at my next half in May.  Or at the Capital City Classic which is coming up in a week and a half.

Speaking of the Capital City Classic (CCC), I’ve been kind of apprehensive about this race due to how bad my last one was.  I seriously thought about a DNF but I’m glad I didn’t.  For CCC, I opted for the 10 mile version of the race (they offer a 2.62 mile, 5k, 10k & 10 mile run).  It fits well into my training plan for Avenue of the Vines but has a couple of fairly serious hills on the course.  I’ve run them before in races a few years ago but this will be the first time this year.  Since my area doesn’t have a lot of hills (flat farming country), I’ve been going over to the new overpass on the south side of town on my long runs to incorporate it as a hill on my long runs.  It’s a long hill but not all that steep, similar to the ones I’ll face at CCC.  I’ve been operating under the theory, slow if you must but don’t stop for hills.  It worked at Modesto, and it’s worked on my long runs and I’m hoping that it will work again for CCC.

Tower BridgeI Street Bridge

I am looking forward to running two of Sacramento’s iconic bridges, Tower Bridge & I Street Bridge.  Both bridges are life lines between downtown Sacramento and West Sacramento.  Tower Bridge leads from Raley Field, home of the AAA baseball team, The River Cats into downtown.  I Street bridge is not as fancy or as celebrated at Tower Bridge but it beautiful in its own way.

ccc-2013-10K-10m-Map  Most of the course is run in West Sacramento which will be fun because I’ve never explored much of that area, unless you count going to Ikea.  I really enjoy when a race course goes through areas that I don’t know.  It’s like sight-seeing instead of racing and keeps my mind off the race.

I’m really looking forward to this race.  Not as long as a Half but not so short that it’s over in a blink.  Fingers crossed for a fast fun race.

What race are you looking forward to?

Do you like to “sight-see” while you race?  Or are you more of a focused runner?

Nappy Time Girl…

I took a little break from blogging over the weekend only because I was so bone tired that I spent most of Saturday and Sunday sleeping in the chair in the family room. My Sweetie was gone working so me and the dogs napped the weekend away.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
It looked pretty much like this…

I think some of the exhaustion was from having my schedule thrown off last week and because I upped my weekly mileage.  I didn’t up it that much but my 4 mile runs were starting to feel like they weren’t worth the effort to get out of bed for any more.  Two of my 4’s were upped to 5’s and one 4 was upped to 6.  That’s only 4 additional miles but since I was pretty much running on empty for Running of the Elks last sunday, those 4 additional miles really hurt.

Saturday morning was perfect weather to run.  It was 48 and sunny.  My legs felt awesome and I’m pretty sure that I smiled the entire time I was running.  Running around town has become a bit challenging since it seems like half the roads are closed or rerouted due to construction.  So I just meandered around and ended up with a very good run.

Saturday Run

Sunday’s run was not as good as Saturday and I suspect some of that was due to diet and sleeping all day on Saturday.  But the weather was ok.  It was overcast and I never did see the sun but the temps were in the 50’s which doesn’t suck.

Sunday Run

I’m feel pretty much back to normal now and even followed through with my plan to get up this morning at 3:45 to get my 5 miles in.

Monday AM Run

My neighborhood is basically a square with a road that runs around the inside with other streets branching off.  The road around the inside is about 9/10th of a mile and if I stick to the outside of the street, I only have to cross the street 3 times per lap.  I’ve been running this loop in the morning because I’m too chicken to leave the neighborhood at 4am.  Mostly I worry about cars and dogs more than anything else and for right now I’m happy with running this loop.  I’m never more than a half a mile from the house and most people know me because I run the area lot.  It’s a false sense of security but working for Corrections, I’m used to having my head on a swivel always watching for inmates so I think this helps me stay safe on runs too.

I finished my run with time to spare this morning so I hung out outside with the dogs while they did their business instead of just letting them out and getting in the shower.  I stretched out my very tight calf a while I waited for them.  And then it was time to get Sweetie up and for me to get in the shower.

How was your weekend?

Do anything fun?

I Don’t Ask for Much…

Why are there no medals given out for just getting your butt up and out of bed at 4am?  There should be.  There should be a course support and a bicycle guy like you’re the leader in a race.  And there should be someone to take your headphones when the battery runs out half way through and to hand you a second set so you can keep the jams going.  The roads should be closed so some jerk doesn’t run a stop sign while making a right hand turn while never looking to the right (thank god I saw his headlights and knew he wasn’t going to stop).  And a cheering crowd would have been lovely as I finished my run.  I don’t think I’m asking for too much.

Yes, all of these things would be nice but there was none of that.  Mile 1, I got a low battery warning from my JayBirds.  Mile 2, they quit.  Mile 3, was the stop sign runner.  Mile 4, I was out of time.  I’d planned for a 5 mile run but due to getting out the door 5 minutes later than planned, I was only able to squeeze in 4 miles before it was 5am and I needed to be in the shower.

So here’s what I learned from this mornings run:

1.  Get up at 3:45, not 4 to have enough time to get in 5 miles
2.  Charge the headphones.
3.  Switch running route around the neighborhood to go the other direction.  That way you only have to cross the street, 3 times per lap.
4.  Find out where the stop sign runner lives and egg his house (not really)

Run 04-11-14

My time was slower than my normal afternoon runs but it was my first time getting up early to run.  Any run is a good run but if you feel great while doing it regardless of time, it’s an awesome run.  This mornings run was an awesome run.  I knew it was slow but it felt great to run.

After Running of the Elks last Sunday went so awfully, I was afraid the the runs where I feel great were gone forever.  Wednesdays run was not good either due to the heat and I was really worried that I might have pushed myself to far.  Despite the early hour of this mornings run, the love was back.

Now the question is whether or not I can stay awake for the rest of the day at work.

What’s your favorite time of day to run?

Do you ever feel like the love is gone only to recapture it ?


This week has been atypical from the start…

Monday – Recovery from the Running of the Elks was the plan for the day with a slow and easy run for 4 miles on the schedule.  But that didn’t happen.  I got a call asking for help from a friend right after work and went off to help at 4:15 and didn’t get home until 7:30.  No run,  no exercise of any kind unless your count taking moving boxes to and from the car.

Tuesday – Planned to do the 4 miles from yesterday.  Nope.  Again, I headed out to help my friend finish moving.  Left the house at 4:30pm and didn’t get home until almost 8.  I could have squeezed the run in but I hadn’t eaten since 3:15 and I was starving.  So no run.

Wednesday – 45 minute run was on the schedule.  I did run so that part I did manage.  But the weather here went from beautiful spring 70’s to 80+ summer since last week.  I ran a little over 4 miles but didn’t run the full 45.

Run 4-9-14

It was just too hot and I wanted to be done.  When I came in through the garage, the bolts holding the garage door to the ceiling fell out and the whole door almost crashed onto the top of my car.  Of course I go in hollering for hubby to help me and quickly back my car out of the garage.  The door was hanging right over our motorcycles so they had to be moved too.

Of course, that let to this…

Ride 4-9-14

The battery is dead on my bike and needs to be replaced so for the first time in years and years, I rode on the back with Hubby.  I threw on a pair of jeans and some boots and we took off for a quick ride around the country side.  It was so much fun.  I’d forgotten how much fun it is to ride.  We were only gone for about 20 minutes but it was so perfect.  The sun was going down and the temps were warm.  We were both grinning ear to ear by the time we got home.

It was a nice end to the end of the middle of an atypical week.

Winner, Winner!

Liebster Award

This morning I was so kindly nominated for the Liebster Award by Pretty Little Runner.  If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you should.  She’s a new blogger with lots of insight into running.

The Liebster Award is an award for bloggers by bloggers. When you’re nominated for the award, you answer a set of questions asked by the blogger who nominated you and then nominate 11 other bloggers, and give those bloggers a set of questions to answer.  It’s a fun insight into the mind of your fellow bloggers.

My 11 Questions:

1. What inspired your blog name?

My blog name was inspired by the saying “13.1 – I’m only half crazy.”  Half marathons are my distance of choice despite the fact that I’m a much better runner at shorter distances.  But I’m stubborn, so half marathons are it.

2. What is your favorite racing moment?

My favorite racing moment was when I completed the Modesto Half Marathon and didn’t realize until 30 minutes later that I had PR’ed by over 11 minutes.  I literally cried in the parking lot.

3. Whats your fav pre-race meal?

My favorite pre-race meal is pasta with my mom’s homemade sauce, garlic bread and lots of water.  Every time my mom makes her sauce she saves some for me and I keep it in the freezer for special occasions.  It’s always good, but I especially love it when she makes it with italian sausage.  OMG, so good.

4. What is your favorite time of day to run and why?

I’m both an early morning & early evening runner.  I love both.  Early morning is so nice because most of the time I  have the roads to myself and it’s peaceful.  Early evening is my go to after work run time.  By the time I get home, do some chores and head out, most people are home feeding their families or out talking a walk.  It’s a great stress release for me.  By the time I get home anything that may have gone wrong during the day has melted away and I feel awesome.  And as bonus, I’m really happy and am able to be the best wife I can be for my sweetie.

5. How do you refuel after a run?

Chocolate soy milk…It’s so good after I run.  Also Nuun, strawberry lemonade is my favorite.  But not both at the same time.

6. Do you have a lucky charm or is there something you do before every race?

I have a lucky charm on my running shoes.  It’s a silver washer that says, “Stronger than Yesterday.”    It’s a good reminder that every run is a product of the one that came before.

7. How long have you been blogging?

I just started this blog in February 2014 but before I started blogging about running I blogged for several years as One Dropped Stitch.  It was a blog about knitting.

8. What is your running anthem (your favorite song to rock out to when you run)?

My anthem is Eminem – Lose Yourself because of the first part of the song, “Look, if you had, one shot, or one opportunity To seize everything you ever wanted, one moment
Would you capture it? Or just let it slip”  If you want something bad enough, you just have to grab it and hold on.  Love this song…plus the beat doesn’t suck either. 🙂

9. If you could give your teenage self advice what would it be?

Don’t get side tracked by boys.  There will always be another boy, they’re like busses.  A new one comes by every 5 minutes.  They’re not all good and they don’t all take you places you want to go.  Stay focused, stay true.

10. What are your top 3 goals for 2014?

Run 5 half marathons – 2 already under my belt
Pay your bills in a timely manner (for God sake, you’re an adult…)
Try to be a better wife (not that I’m a bad one but I could always improve)

11. What’s your favorite motivational quote?

Running of the Elks - After


My Nominations:

1.  Maybe Marathoner
2.  Run Salt Run
3.  See Corens Run
4.  Running Southern
5. Run for the Pizza
6.  Running from it all
7.  Run Away with Me
8.  Eat Believe Achieve
9.  Four the Health of It
10. Casual Running
11. Sweat Like a Girl

My Questions:

1.  If I was coming to your city and could race only one race, what would you recommend?

2.  Almond Butter or Peanut Butter?

3.  Your favorite running shoe company has just offered to sponsor you to run 50 halves in 50 states.  It’s all expense paid, plus you get to bring a friend.  Who (dead or alive, famous or not) do you want to run with?

4.  What is your must have, can’t  live without running gadget?

5.  Dream race-station location?

6.  Runderware or no?

7.  Are you as annoyed as I am by the signs & shirts that say, “Run like Ryan Gosling is waiting for you at the finish line?”  I don’t want him to see me all sweaty and gross.

8.  How many running related stickers do you have on your car?

9.  What’s the most annoying thing you’ve had to deal with on a race course?

10.  Pen and paper or technology?

11.  How far out do you start your training schedule?

1. Thank the blogger who has nominated you
2. Answer the questions given to you
3. Nominate 11 other blogs with less than 500 followers (I broke this rule a few times.)
4. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer
5. Tag your nominees & post a comment on their blog to let them know that you have nominated them.

Thanks again to Pretty Little Runner for nominating me for the Liebster Award!

Bonk, Bonk, Bonk…A Race Recap

Running of the Elks - After

Funny that is picture was what Runner’s World choose for Monday inspiration today.  I hit a major bump in the road with Running of the Elks on Sunday.  My stupidity is still stinging today.  But let’s start with Friday…

Running of the Elks - Bib

Friday after work, I hustled up to Elk Grove to pick up my Running of the Elk race packet.  Pick up was very organized and I breezed in and out in about 5 minutes.  I was hoping that since my last bib number ended in 93 and this bib ended in 93 that I was going to have an awesome race and PR again.

Running of the Elks - Start 1

Saturday morning I got up at 5 and my tummy was…off.  I had to force some food into myself, shower, dress and drive the 15 minutes to the race start.  I got there early enough that I was able to part pretty close.

Running of the Elks - Start 3

The race had a really nice turn out and I chatted up a very sweet couple from Marin that were working on doing 50 halves in 50 states.  Impressive.  I’ve never raced out-of-state before.

Running of the Elks - 2:15

I found my pace group leader and got ready for the start.  But by the time the race started and I reached mile 1, I already knew that I was in trouble.  I had no energy at all despite the fact that I had Gu’ed 15 minutes before the start.  Usually when I Gu, it’s like putting race fuel in pinto.  I’m ready to run.  But this time, it was like water in the gas tank.

I can tell you that I made very bad nutrition choices on Saturday and I paid for them during and after the race.  I had no energy and felt generally lousy.  I deviated from my normal Saturday routine.  Normally, I get up at 6, eat toast with peanut butter and run 4 miles.  I have a snack after then normal lunch and good dinner with lots of carbs before a race.  But this Saturday I did none of that and ate junk food all day.  Note to self; you should already know this but when you eat like crap you feel like crap.  Duh.

Running of the Elks

I officially retired my Saucony Ride 6’s after Modesto.  They had close to 400 miles on them at that point and I felt every one of them during Modesto.  Since I’d been doing my long runs in my Mizuno Wave Syonara’s, I stuck with them for this race instead of my Brooks.

Running of the Elks Results


My finish was more than 15 minutes off of my desired finish but I did finish.  I was completely wiped out.  I got my medal and hobbled back to my car, drove home and took a nap.  I didn’t stay to enjoy the post race festivities.  I didn’t eat anything.  I just went home.  I felt like walking to my car was too much for me.

Lessons learned:

*Don’t mess with your fuel.  Eat what you normally eat, don’t go off the reservation and eat a bunch of junk food if that’s not what you normally eat during training.

*Stick to your plan, if you normally run a four mile the day before your long run, do that on race weekend too.

*Try to keep your head in the game.  Don’t have a serious conversation with your mom about heavy stuff while you’re waiting for the race to start.  That shit will mess with your head.

*Stay positive.


What was your worst race ever run?

What are your lessons did you learn from it?