I wanted to get under 21 Minutes and I did
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Saturday, October 13th, 2012
I was going to take this weekend but I needed to make up some time. I decided not to count the Cabo Double (Oct 27) in my 50 races. I love the Double but in Cabo it is hot and after being on my feet for three days taking photos of Ujena bikini models I was for sure going to run over 7 minutes/mile. So I put on my schedule this race, the Campbell Oktoberfest 5k. One issue I had leading up to the race, I developed a sore on the top of my foot and I could not tie my shoe regularly. But right before the start I figured out a way to tie it. (Lead photo Jose Pina Jr. and I talking about his race.)
Before the start I spoke with Brian (left) and Scott. Brian and I have been racing together for years. In fact, earlier in the year he ran the 5k on the track I did. I had hoped to hang on to him in that race, but I just didn't have it that day. Brian is 57 and is still running well. Today he ran 20:02. Scott just turned 60 and we both knew that we would blow away the 60 plus course record of 23 something. He beat me today by 30 seconds or so. He was first 60 plus and I was second.
It was great to see the Pina family. We had not seen them since we got together for a training run and filming for "A Long Run." I knew they had been running well. Omer, age 11 was also running today. Jose Sr. did not run because he has an important cross-country race Sunday morning.
I was so proud of Jose Jr. (1472) today. He was first overall. He run his best time ever. I think he ran 15:36. He is only 15-years-old. His brother Omer ran 21:37. Most likely the Pina family will be running with us at the Double in Pleasanton.
I wanted to get under 21 minutes and I did. I hit the first mile at 6:34. I ran 20:50. I am now just 40 seconds in total behind my 7 min/mile goal. I have 11 races to go. Next up is the half marathon next Sunday up in the Redwoods. I hope to run 1:31 there. Photos by Catherine Cross
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Hey Bob today I went and got a Moji!! It is a little hand held massager ( stainless steel roller balks). A trainer I know here let me use his after the San Jose 1/2 I am hooked!!! Only around $30.00 my legs feel so much better!
Jodi Labossiere 10/14/12 4:17 am
Lost some more ground today
Race number 38 - San Jose Rock n Roll Half Marathon
Sunday, October 7th, 2012
I really wanted to run 1:31 half today but I didn't. We ended up getting to the race with only thirty minutes to spare. There wasn't enough time to do a warm up. We were rushed. But I started off okay. My legs were feeling fresh at this point. I hit the first mile in 6:26 followed by 6:41 for the second mile. I was feeling a little outside my comfort zone however. I had just raced ten miles last Sunday and other than some slow running and walking during the week, I just didn't do any real training in between. I felt like I was missing the training. My third mile was 6:56. But I was under 20 minutes for three miles and still hanging in there. But I was not myself. I had not gotten enough sleep the last two nights. I was sleepy tired but I was holding my own. My next mile was 7:07 and then 7:05 and 7:07. Certainly not what I wanted but I was still under seven/mile pace when I hit the 10k mark. But other runners were beginning to pass me...
Normally I would surge and get back in control. Or I would hang on to someone for awhile. But I just didn't have the energy to do it. I was just plain tired. This was not going to be my day. I had seven miles to go and I was already thinking about 1:35 not 1:31. That didn't help. Mile seven was 7:21. But it wasn't like I was falling apart. It was weird. I had a GU packet with me I started taking it slowly over the next mile. My next mile was 7:20, but then I dropped back to 7:34 for the next mile. I just was not myself today. At this point I decided to try to pick it up. I could not afford to run another bad race like San Diego. Mile 10 was 7:22, then I brought it down to 7:17. Just two miles to go. I am now thinking I can get under 1:35 but mile 12 was not an a tough mile. I ran 7:32. Just one mile to go. I knew I had to pick it up. I dug down deep and ran 7:11 for mile 13. I finished in 1:34:39 and placed second 60 plus.
Jodi was up for the weekend. She ran her best half ever. She finished in 1:57:59. We talked afterwords about the race. "Wished we would have left 30 minutes earlier for the race. There was way too much rushing around. I know I needed to be more focused to race well," we were saying.
We filmed it a little different this time. Waitman covered the start, the 4-mile mark and the finish. Instead of filming, Mike ran the half finishing in 1:45:19. Then he got one of the camera and did some interviews. Catherine did mostly still images at the same spots.
I am now in a pickle. I am 1:31 in total behind for my challenge. I have 12 races to go and 78 miles. Two of the races I have planned are half marathons. I also have two doubles scheduled which can also be counted as four races (two 10Ks and two 5ks). One of the Doubles is in Cabo where it is going to be hot. And where I will be on my feet for two days taking photos of Ujena bikini models. The other Double is the Pleasanton race. That for sure is going to be race number 49 and 50. I am going to have to closely look at these remaining 12 races. I know I can still make my goal but I am going to need to make some changes I think. Stay tuned...and thanks for your support! photos by Catherine Cross
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