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.
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.
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.
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?