This morning I started the day off with a 10K race in the neighborhood. 2012 marks the 3rd year for the Sacramento Running Association’s Superbowl Run. I ran the race in 57:15 for a 9:09 pace. I was hoping for an 8:45 pace, but the first mile was a total bottleneck and I was chatting with a friend, too. For mile 1 being 10:30, I am pretty pleased finishing with a 9:09 pace!
I learned a few things along the way, too:
- I am really starting to like the 10k distance. It is still a challenge without bringing with it as much pressure as a half or full marathon. Any given weekend I could run a 10k, but it is also a distance I can see improvement in through training.
- I like 9AM starts for shorter runs
- I really like races that are close to home. This morning Aaron and I left the house 20 minutes before the gun went off. He dropped me off a half-mile from the start so I got a little warm up and still was at the start line 8 minutes before the gun went off.
- Not eating gluten has truly changed my life when it comes to pre-race preparations. Mornings that were nerve-racking and unpredictable now run smoothly (pun intended).
- I am a big fan of running the tangents
- I am not a fan of people who cheat and cut corners. The race is measured on the road, so get your a** off the sidewalk and onto the road. Grey shirt and black capris, I’m talking to YOU! I still beat her, though. And that’s all that really matters, right? I kid, I kid (kind of).
- If you want to run in a well-managed race, choose a shorter race put on by people who organize marathons – they know what they are doing.
- I need to do hill training – the slightest little incline kicked my butt this morning
- I also need to learn how to breathe – I think when the going gets tough, I hold my breath. When I would focus on long slow breaths through my nose and out my mouth the game changed! Thank you yoga for teaching me how to breathe – now I just need to remember to do it.
Now it is time for our 5th annual Superbowl party. Aaron stayed up all night tending to the beef brisket on the smoker, we just took the wings off the grill, several dips are made, the beers are on ice and people should be arriving any minutes. Time to put a bra on, I guess! If I were to run for President, my first task would be to make the Monday after the Superbowl a national holiday. I don’t know how anyone on the East Coast gets anything done that day!
My heart wants to root for the Giants, but my wallet will be rooting for the Patriots in the under! Along with several other silly bets like the longest and shortest touchdowns.