"When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race." Jay Foonberg

Weekly Running Log

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Good vs. Bad

ADDENDUM: A couple of things...I made a terrible error saying that Frank got 2nd Place in his age group as he received 1st Place. Oops! Okay...he's already scolded me, ha! With him being my running partner, I feel terrible. Two people played important roles in their support of me with their comments (Ed & Ginny). It pulled me out of the hole I fell in much faster than if I had "worked" through it alone. These particular people mean a lot to me and definitely want to recognize and correct any errors I've made in my blog post.
Last week was quite a mix of emotions. Getting in a fairly long run before leaving Gulf Shores was rewarding and yet sad as it will be a while before I'll be able to run the beach road again. But coming home and getting in another decent long run with my running partner and new friend was nice, too. Though my runs have been a little slower than usual, I've taken it for what it's worth...a run vs. laying on the couch. MUCH better. The heat has come with a vengeance with its twin, humidity! I mean it's been terrible in the south. Boy, do we need rain to break this. Temps reached 105 on my back porch on Friday and "legally" recorded as 103, a record breaker for this early in the summer.

Getting 15 miles done in just two runs, I felt I would reach my weekly goal of 20 miles pretty easy. After all, I had a 5k planned on Saturday. But for some weird reason, that didn't happen. Reached 19.3 miles! Oh, well. Travelling cut me short a day's run, so I guess that's not bad for 3 days.

We registered for the Bay Fest 5k in Bay Springs on Saturday. Knowing it's a hilly area and the problems I've been working through with my left knee, I was still talked into doing it. It's so easy to do when you really love to run. On top of that and maybe one of the reasons I registered was to see all my friends I hadn't seen in a while. I have REALLY missed them and knew they were going to be there. Actually, some were there I hadn't planned on seeing. It was kind of like a family reunion of sort. Runners are like that...extended families. We all speak the same language, look the same and plan our lives the same (for the next race). Here are some pics before the lowdown.

The course was a tough one. It may not have been so daunting except the weather placed an additional degree of difficulty on it. I began struggling to breathe in the first mile. One reason I love my iPod is that I can't hear my breathing or foot strikes...they really get me off track and sends my brain messages to tell the rest of me that I'm pushing too hard and to slow down...even when I'm comfortable at a certain pace. Therefore, I LOVE my iPod! I probably would have died if I had not had it for this run! Even with it, I could hear my labored breathing above my music and I knew this was too hard for the beginning of any race. Hey, this is only a 5k, right? What in the world is going on here? Oh, boy, this is not looking good.

My first mile was VERY good with those hills and humidity. An 8:27 pace is about my norm for a very flat course and that was my pace for the first mile...not a good sign. (Have I told you how much I love my Garmin lately??) With the stats, I saw this pace and was really surprised. By the time I had gotten to the second mile I was about out of energy. I mean "OUT". It was then that I realized that a friend of mine from the coast was experiencing some problems, too. Tommy and I run pretty close to the same pace and with me slowing down I knew we were both not doing well. Then I would see him slow down to a walk of about 5 steps or so and start running again. I couldn't run any faster and was hoping to stay close to him. Two more times, he stopped for a few steps and would run again. These times I saw him rubbing his quad, I knew he was in trouble. I felt soooo bad for him. Gradually, I was catching up and then I knew that I would pass him. In doing so, I asked if he was okay and he said yes so I figured he could handle this issue until he got in. Did I say this was a 5k??? Folks, that's only 3 miles!!

My two running buddies had long gone. One ran very strong and pushed ahead right at the beginning...Go, D, you're my hero today! The other hung with me at first, then I realized that he was running slower for me. I insisted that he NOT run with me and to go on ahead. Frank ran good, too, and is the best encourager there is. But in the last half mile or so I found myself walking a few steps then running again a couple of times. I absolutely had nothing left in me. I was feeling defeated the longer the race went on. Would it ever end??? I hate this race!! Why did I let Kent talk me in to this? It chewed me up and spit me out like old Jonah's big fish. How can I be so beaten up in such a short distance...I was never so glad to see a Finish Line for a 5k as I was this one.

Okay, I admit, I didn't have nor ever have had any hill training. The last 2 months or so, has been totally flat running. AND, my knee has been in-and-out of the knee brace recently. This definitely was a cause of concern for my ability to continue to run after this race. I didn't want to injury it further.

Kent had been struggling with gout the last few days (too much seafood on vacation, ha). And, when that strikes, it puts you down. But he had done well in nursing it and though it wasn't back to normal, he was able to racewalk. He did VERY well with his race. It was his first time to RW on hills plus dealing with all of the heat and humidity combined. Since being a runner for over 30 years, Kent has found that racewalking, with its strict guidelines, is more of a challenge than running ever was. With racewalking based on the honor system, at times, it can be frustrating when you see fellow "racewalkers", who do not know the guidelines or just refuse to follow them, win awards. But he is learning to deal with it and has really enjoyed the new challenge of RW and is improving with every race.

When it was all said and done many of us came out as winners. Tommy had to leave but we picked up his trophy. Congrats, Tommy! You did well...I KNOW cause I watched you!! Here is your cyber award until we can get it to you.

Deleica S. won 1st place, Frank B. won 2nd place, Gary T. won Grandmasters, Anna T. won an award...forgot your place, sorry :( ; Kay J. won first place, Ray H. won Masters and Jennifer H. won Overall Female Racewalker...oh, and their son, Bo, won in his age group. There were many others, I just can't recall them right now. Many of our friends left as winners. Congrats to everyone! Caroline R. won in her age group, Vicki C. and Eric W. won and seems there was someone else. Of course, if you were breathing, you won THIS race, ha! Kent won 2nd place overall racewalker and I won 3rd in my age group. Here are our awards:

Lessons learned or reinforced:
1. Train appropriately, even for a 5k.
2. Condition your body to the weather expected.
3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
4. Always have iPod charged (this one's for you D.)
5. NEVER give up...ever!!
6. My best is my best, not someone else's best OR their expectations.
7. Do NOT put myself down. Evaluate the race and plan for the future.
8. Always find something positive.
9. Share your experience, good or bad.
10. Shake off the bad, negative, or hurtful things that happen and push forward.

I did well for all of the "new" things I experienced and am looking forward to being better next time. Enjoyed visiting with our runner friends. And, though I was pretty disappointed in my race, opening up and sharing my results and feelings to close friends with some time to recup and get my head back on straight, I've learned to share my experience as it is. It may help someone else going through the same thing. I hope you find something here that will encourage you to do something better, stronger and kinder.

I AM A RUNNER and am not going to give up!! And, neither should you. Always do your best, it's all you have to give. Until next time...

Run 4 It


Ed said...

Robbie is hot! Especially this time of year.

Tommy Payne said...

Thanks for picking up my trophy Robbie...Really was not sure if i deserve it or not. Oh well, sure am down in the dumps about my quad...I never have had any injury before and can bearly walk now...Just hope it gets better soon so i can go on more runs. ha...Again thanks, will see you and Kent I guess at Oak Grove, unless u come down here. Tommy

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

thanks Robbie!

2017 Races

  • 12/10/17...MS Coast Half
  • 12/09/17...MS Coast 5k
  • 11/25/17...Kaiser Half
  • 11/18/17...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/11/17...Rotary Oyster 5k
  • 10/14/17...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 02/18/17...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/04/17...Double Bridge 15k
  • 01/29/17...Big Beach Half

2017 Bike Rides

  • 10/01/17...Southern Magnolia Ride [25.85]
  • 05/13/17...Good Life Ride [26]


  • MS Coast Double Down...5k & Half
  • Run The Beach...3 Half's

2017 Goals

  • Back-to-Back Races [Done]
  • 3 Half Marathons [Done +1]
  • 1,000 Miles-No
  • First Half Marathon Series [3 Done]
  • Work on core/strength 2-3 times a week-No
  • Lose 25 pounds-No
  • NEVER give up! YES!!
  • Control/Eliminate refined sugars-Good

2016 Races

  • 10/15/16...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/16...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 03/19/16...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/13/16...St. Pat's Leprechaun 5k
  • 03/05/16...Bay to Breakfast 12k...1st trail race
  • 02/20/16...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/13/16...Double Bridge 15k

2016 Goals

  • Run 1,000 miles-Done
  • Bike 300 miles
  • Half Marathon-Done
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Push through the hard times-Done
  • Cut back on refined sugar

2015 Races

  • 12/19/15...Make It To The Line 4 Miler
  • 11/21/15...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/14/15...Oyster 5k
  • 10/10/15...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/15...PHind a Cure-W/D
  • 05/02/15...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 04/18/15...Zydeco 5k - W/D
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Remember the Fallen 5k
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Boston Strong 5k
  • 04/11/15...Magnolia 5k
  • 03/28/15...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/07/15...Circle K 5k
  • 03/01/15...Gulf Coast Lulu's 10k
  • 02/28/15...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/07/15...Double Bridge 15k

2015 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Overlook past failures
  • Push through the hard times/things

2014 Races

  • 12/06/14...St. Jude's Half Marathon
  • 08/16/14...Pinky 5k Virtual
  • 08/15/14...Howl @ the Moon 10k Virtual
  • 02/15/14...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/01/14...Double Bridge 15k

2014 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • 700 Running Miles
  • Strengthen my Upper Body
  • Recuperate, Recover, Renew
  • Get active in WW
  • Eat Fruit Daily
  • Start Clean Eating
  • Begin Eliminating Sugar from Diet

2013 Races

11-30-13...Stennis 5k
11-23-13...Turkey Trot 5k
11-08-13...Run For The Kids Virtual Half [St. Jude's]
10-12-13...Shrimp Festival 5k
09-22-13...Talladega Half
07-04-13...Wesson 2 Miles
06-29-13...Emz Liverpalooza 5k
05-18-13...Pursuit of Fun 5k
04-20-13..Warrior Dash
04-07-13...Gulf Coast Half-Pensacola
03-23-13...Azalea Trail 10k
03-10-13...Leprechaun 5k
02-24-13...NOLA Marathon
02-02-13...Double Bridge 15k-Pensacola
01-13-13....Gulf Coast Half-Lulu's

2013 Goals

  • 3 Half Marathons-Done-Plus 1
  • 1 Marathon-Done
  • 1000 Running Miles-No, due to RC Tendonitis & Broken Shoulder
  • Eat fruit daily-A little aggressive but better
  • Maintain weight in 130's-Did NOT happen!

2012 Races

12-08-12...FloraBama Jingle Bell 5k
11-24-12...Jingle Bell 10k
11-17-12...Turkey Trot 5k
10-27-12...Jazz Half
10-20-12...OS Rotary 5k
10-13-12...Race for Grace 5k
09-29-12...5k For Katlyn
07-04-12...Wesson 2 Mile
04-15-12...Gulf Coast Half...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
04-14-12...Diversity Dash 5k
03-24-12...Azalea Trail 10k
03-03-12...MS50 20k...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
02-25-12...Kids Need Heroes 5k
02-11-12...Sweetheart 5k
02-04-12..Double Bridge 15k
01-14-12...Pensacola Half

2012 Goals

  • 1 Full Marathon-Marine Corp filled up
  • 3 Half Marathons-2 Down-Sick had to drop 2
  • 20 Miles-Wkly Mileage-Bronchitis kept me from this
  • Cross Training 2x Week-Poor Commitment
  • Weekly Weights W/O-Again Poor Commitment

2011 Races

  • 11-26-11...Kaiser Half
  • 11-19-11...Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11-11-11...Thumbs Up for Bill 5k
  • 11-05-11...Senior Bowl 10k
  • 10-22-11...Running the Streets 5k
  • 10-15-11...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 10-08-11...Mullet Run 5k
  • 09-24-11...Waiting for a Cure 8k
  • 09-05-11...Labor Your Legs 5k
  • 07-04-11...Wesson 2 Miles
  • 06-04-11...Bay Fest 5k
  • 05-14-11...Stargazer 5k
  • 04-30-11...Fiesta 5 Flags 5k
  • 04-16-11...St. Benedict's 5k
  • 04-10-11...Gulf Coast Half
  • 03-26-11...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03-19-11...St. Patrick's 5k
  • 03-05-11...Eco 5k
  • 02-13-11...Mardi Gras Marathon

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