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



Weekly Running Log

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mullet 5k & More

Boy, where has the time gone?? It has been two weeks since I last posted; thanks for being patient. I'll start with the race report.

On October 8th, we ran the Mullet 5k in Fairhope. The temp could have been cooler but running entirely in the shady neighborhood made it great. We ran it a couple of years ago and it was absolutely just freezing and very cold strong winds. What a difference this time! Off we go leaving in plenty of time...we thought. When we got there, we almost didn't find a place to park. Once we did, we picked up our packets after waiting in a looong line. Time is running out. Pre-registered didn't receive "packets" as you would think (if you are a runner you understand) as they were in another line! All you originally got was your runner's number and t-shirt. When I got to the bucket that held the packets, the lady in front of me got the last one...the LAST one! I mean, they were just sitting out and no telling how many people picked one up that were not even running...come on, people!! They were stuffed and we were hoping for discounts or something like that. Oh, well...all for leaving "early". I thought I'd run to the bathroom quickly before it started but there were so many people I realized I wouldn't have time. Okay...no packet, no time for the potty, no time for a warm up or even a short, fast walk, and barely time to line up. What happened to us?? This is not our first run! All I can say is that from now on we WILL be leaving a lot earlier.

I was really excited-once I got over our inability to arrive in a decent time-to run this one again. Three quarters into the first mile was super and I saw some of the best times I've ever had. Really good running happening. Hard, wonderful pushing. Then it happened. We remembered there was a hill in it, so I was mentally prepared for it...UNTIL I got to it. My memory did not serve me well. Okay, we started up the hill...I'm okay...turned a corner...still okay and still going up...turned another corner...getting tougher...turned another corner...now it's getting harder to breathe and the grade is getting higher! This was one tough nuggie! Having run this before I did know that eventually it would level out. Then just before the third mile, it happened. Wonderful, fantastic level road!! It wasn't long before I regained my strength and was able to finish strong.

I am very proud of the efforts I made to do my best and not worry about anyone else's time. Sometimes we get hung up on "time" instead of evaluating the course, difficulty and ability at the moment. I finished in 27:26 with a pace of 8:46. I was so excited to get 3rd place in my age group. We did not have a camera with us because it was a Point A to Point B race. I was waiting for them to post the pictures taken but as with most all of the races we run in this area, they don't get posted only the results...which you can find here. So here's the photo Kent took of me back at the camper and a close up of my beautiful award.


The awards were made by children in the art community.

A lot of running has been happening and I'm gradually increasing my mileage each week. I'm afraid I have broken the 10% rule a lot in the last few weeks unintentionally. This bothers me because I've generally felt good and wake up each day wanting to don my shoes and shorts and hit the road. I can hardly get a run in that is less than 4-5 miles. I know that's not much for some but I'm loving my "base". Need to work on this and actually make a plan that I will stick to or follow one that a friend has shared. I do NOT want to get injured. I'm getting HUNGRY for another marathon...I can just taste it. Maybe that's too near to my thoughts and I must reign in and control myself...time will come.

I have more to share but will in a later post. Until later...

Run 4 It,
My Friends

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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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