Finally sub 19!

My goal this fall is to run a sub 18 minute 5k. I had 6 months off from running this year and now am back 4 months. I hit a stepping stone this week at the Thunderbird Classic our home meet. I ran 18:36 average pace 6:02. My splits were 555,608,610.

MCC girls team before the race

I was excited to have my coach from last year John Reich watching. When I arrived at the race I saw Priscilla Schultz, we did some running together last year. I knew her 5k time could smoke mine so I did not plan on staying with her. Race critique time; I wonder if I went out too fast?? I liked at the AACA that I negative split the course. My main goal at this race was to run under 19 minutes. After the 1st mile I adjusted my pace a bit attempting to get around 605. 2nd mile felt good and even tempo. I ran pretty much alone the last mile of the race. There was 1 girl from Dine’ College that I passed with a mile to go and the only other runner was way ahead (great job Priscilla 17:48!). I definitely think if I had another runner closer I could have been a little faster. I race people better than clocks.

Coach John and me after Thunderbird Classic

I am proud I did not look at my watch to see where I was at and just kept pushing. My Garmin gave me a nice surprise when I finished in 18:36!! Given the varying nature of cross-country courses and this one being flat I had a huge PR.

There was barely time to cooldown for 1 mile and my hamstring was kind of sore. Katherine would be competing in minutes over at Chandler HS so I jumped in the car and raced over to her meet hoping not to miss any events. I ran my sweaty self into the meet still in uniform (minus the obscenely small shorts which I changed in the parking lot) and arrived with a couple of minutes to spare. I am so grateful to my friend Tawna that had Katherine over night and brought the girls to the meet.

Katherine & Megan Classic Rock Meet. Megan got 1st all-around!

I was really excited about my PR but my enthusiasm diminished as Katherine had a “rough scoring”meet. She seemed to do better than other meets but got scored lower (makes me glad I run against the clock). Very proud that she shook it off and started to focus on her next meet.

Kevin and Josh were able to join us mid-meet straight from his football game. The Aztecs had a rough day too, a lot to zero was the report on the score (Aztecs being 0).

One of the reasons I have my kids in sports is for all the life lessons and experiences they receive. I always remind them to soak in the glory and enjoy it. Also, that we often learn more from performances that did not go as well then those that we did well in. I try to learn 3 things from every race.

I am heading to Fullerton, CA later this week for our next race. Regionals is on Oct 30 and Nationals is Nov 10. I am really busy with multiple projects in every class but trying to soak it all in. My stint as a collegiate athlete will be coming to an end soon and I want to enjoy every minute.

Goal in Fullerton, practice getting out in a larger race and positioning myself, running with the competition, staying strong until the end.

Oiselle you are the best!

A couple weeks ago I received some fall clothes from Oiselle. The awesome capri tights that fit like a charm. I have not ran in them yet due to the warm temps here in AZ. I also got a super cozy cute top. I need the weather to cool down so I can wear them.

Oiselle capri tights

Super cozy soft running T-shirt. I had to sleep in it that night.

Last week I asked Kristin if there was anyway I could get a really small racing singlet for my daughter Katherine. We love to do a few 5ks each year as mother and daughter. We will usually head to Target and get matching t-shirts from the girls dept to race in. So I wanted to get her a Oiselle jersey so we could match. Kristin popped one in the mail right away. It is a bit big but she will manage.

Matching Oiselle jerseys.

We will be doing the Run for Sally http://www.run4sal.com/ on Dec 8  and then Irongirl on Dec 16 http://www.irongirl.com/Events/Fountain_Hills.htm#axzz28uqMgKEZ.

Signup and come join us at both or one of the events. You don’t have to be fast just come out and have fun. Because if you are not having fun then why are you doing it!!!

Grand Canyon Invite, football mania & kicks on RT66

This week our renters moved out of our old house on Sun and we cleaned, remodeled and staged the house. We had it on the market by Thurs night. Then let the chaos of the weekend begin. We had a Camberg triathlon on Saturday. Almost had to bust out my Wonder Woman costume this week (well it is almost Halloween).  I ran in the Grand Canyon Univ Invite Sat in Goodyear. Josh had a football game in Awhautkee Foothills. Then we all raced home for a quick shower hopped in the car and drove to Flagstaff for Katherine’s gymnastics meet, Route 66 Classic. Luckily we had planned to stay the night in Flagstaff and have a little fun on Sunday.

Before I get started I just have to share some photos my friend Flash put together from GCU.

GCU invite 1st jr college, 13th overall

So cool that he did these! It was an awesome race with over 100 women, mostly Div 1&2 schools. I was really happy to place in front of so many of the Div 1&2 girls (especially at my age). I have to say it does make me wonder “what if” I ran in college 25 years ago.

Our team beat Pima Community College and the girls were all really excited about it.

girls celebrating the win over Pima

The race was a 2 loop course with a sizeable mountain in the middle that we had to do twice. We did have a nice downhill too. I was hoping to break 19, ran 19:12. I was happy with that. This Sat we have our home meet, nice flat grassy course I think there is an 18 in the near future!

I have no photos from Josh’s game since I was not there. They were short a few players and a few boys got minor injuries during the game. Josh played really strong. Unfortunately no win for the Aztecs this week. Yesterday his flag football team won and he had an amazing catch that bounced off another players hands. I realized today between the 2 teams he has 2-3 games and 4-6 practices a week!

We had a great time at the Route 66 classic. Flagstaff is one of my favorite towns to visit. Katherine had a tough time on the beam, she had a fall on an easy jump and was pretty wobbly. There were some tears after that event. As her mother I just wanted to give her a hug and offer her encouragement for the next events (I stayed put). She went on to floor and vault and improved her scores. So proud of her for grace and confidence to continue on at the meet. Her age level had a Gold Medal Gym sweep on bars, they took all podium positions and the girls were so cute embracing the excitement of it all. They also won the entire meet.

Amanda Borden giving some last minute advice, Katherine is in the back with her game face on!

Gold Meal level 4 wins 1st place!

The next day we drove the kids all through the NAU campus (just planting seeds, even though we are die-hard Sun Devils at our house). Then we stopped off in Slide Rock near Sedona and I soaked in the 60 degree water. My hamstring were thankful.

Conference Meet

Friday we ran in the ACCAC Cross Country Championship race; essentially our conference meet. I knew we would be facing Central Arizona Community College for the 1st time and they have a very strong team that is highly ranked. There were definitely going to be some tough competitors. I don’t have a lot of experience running cross-country so chatted with my friend Flash and our coach to come up with a race day strategy.

I had heard their team liked to run in a pack and would probably want me to lead. My plan was to stay tucked in right behind them and let them dictate the pace. The pace went out slow (as I suspected) and they formed a circle around me with about 6 team members.

sticking with the pack of Central girls

I was proud that I stuck with the plan despite the pace feeling really slow. I knew when I made my move I would need to fully commit and hammer it because they would be on me, and I was not sure how many of them would go but suspected 2. Just before 2.5 miles we were rounding a corner and I dropped the hammer and let loose. I had no idea how close she was but could sometimes see 1 shadow. I only had about 100meters to go and there was a small hill then turn into finish line. I believe she caught up to me right after the hill and I did my best surge to try to get her. I guess my 42-year-old legs were no match for the kick of a teenager. I will be working on that now!

Still leading before the hill with 100 meters to go.

Kerry, Taylor, Bekah the conference team awards

Susan Loken, Carrie Weldy with some of our team.

Monsoon Madness meet with her 3 medals!

Saturday we run at the Grand Canyon Invite the I hop in the car swing by the house pick up Kevin and Josh (hopefully back from football game ) and drive Katherine to Flagstaff for a gymnastics meet. Whew. I will be sure and post pictures from that weekend.

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