|Morning glories are so cool! New surprise blooms every day.|
|Walking with my corral to the start.|
|In our house, turkey chili is served with equal parts cheddar!|
My AM went according to plan with traffic and parking and port-a-potties and getting into my corral. I made a deal with myself that I wouldn't run the first 3 (downhill) miles faster than 10:15/mile and then I'd re-assess.
Sunrise on the hike to Diamond Head
(Spoiler: A few days after SJRNR we went to Hawaii)
Hah. I had absolutely no problem keeping it reasonable on the pacing -- I hit the 5K mat about 30 seconds behind goal pace for a 1h05 10K and I really didn't care enough to try to speed up to meet that time. I was just happy to be healthy enough to continue running on such a gorgeous day in San Jose (mid 60s at the start, low 70s at the finish). I told myself to just keep running by effort so that I was getting in a good "long" run that didn't hurt too badly.
Secretly, I hoped that I could at least keep all miles sub 11. But, when I saw 11:04 at mile 4 and thought, "That's fine. Just 2.2 miles to go and you're still fine. Keep it comfortable and push on the last mile." I turned on my music and started to slowly increase my effort.
|They call it the rainbow state for a reason.|
I didn't come close to my sub 1h02. Instead I ran a 1:07:24. 24 seconds slower than last year. But, OH. MY. GOODNESS. Last year HURT. My left leg was starting to get worse. AND, I ran way too hard at the beginning and seriously slowed in the middle.
Duke's Kahlua Pork Nachos
(Possibly my favorite guilty pleasure food)
|A perfectly acceptable run.|
|I'll try to get in a few good runs while enjoying a week of this.|