One of many slough views from the Capitol Corridor Amtrak
between San Jose and Sacramento.
E has been taking advantage and dropping minutes off his 5K PR every time we run one. He's been working out regularly, alternating calisthenics and running, and coupled with our healthy home-cooked meal regimen, he has lost 12-13 pounds. I, on the other hand, despite eating roughly the same diet, and working out probably twice as much time, have only lost 6-7 pounds and haven't come close to setting any PRs on anything... Ah, testosterone. Such an unfair performance enhancing chemical...
The gorgeous Sacramento train station with its mural
celebrating Sacramento and the Big 4 and the role of Railroads in
Peachtree 10K 12:30/mile pace (hot & humid)
Wharf 2 Wharf 11:30/mile pace (cool & humid)
Race to the end of Summer 10K 11:21/mile pace (warm and humid)
Rock 'n Roll San Jose 10K 10:47 pace (cool & dry)
Crissy Field Park Run October 5K 10:22/mile pace
Crissy Field Park Run November 5K 9:55/mile pace
Turkey Trot 10K 11:08/mile pace (2m40s walking due to cramps)
|Vacaville (literally, cow-town) from the train, as advertised.
|Wholesome Murals in Sac-town.
Brother-in-law drove me to the sunrise start
(we saw an awesome super moon, but no pics)
My goal was to keep it below 10:47/mile, which I thought I should be able to do so long as my leg held up. Of course, I had sweetheart visions of coming in sub 10:30/mile or even having a miracle day where my leg didn't hurt and I could keep it below 10:00/mile.
@RunSRA knows how to put on a race --
check out that line of porta-potties at the start!
Folks -- I can now confirm that my left leg is officially messed up. I had been in denial and was excited to wake on Sunday and test it out. After getting dressed, it felt better than it had in at least a month, possibly 2. I did some mild stretching and then made my way to the start. Mile 1 was a nice easy downhill of reigning it in at 10:12, but I could already feel it starting to tighten. And that's what it continued to do over the rest of the course. I finished my relay leg at an average 10:47/mile for a Garmin distance of 7.3 miles (vs. the 7.2 if I'd hit the tangents). But it hurt. And 7.3 miles shouldn't hurt.
At the start, look to the left,
pace groups for every 5-10 minute finishing time. Impressive.
Sometimes, our tortoise flips herself.
She struggles for a while but can't right herself.
In the wild she would die.
We flip her back over.
We are all doing better than our tortoise at life.
In the spirit of this, I thought about early registering for the Oakland Running Festival Half Marathon (thanks Jen for the discount). This is because I suspect my plans for the Kaiser Half have a strong possibility of needing to be scrapped to fix my leg, and I'm thinking the smart play is to try to heal up and convert down to the 5K. But, I decided I'm better off playing it by feel. I do hope to complete an early spring half marathon. Just not sure where. So wish me luck.