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

Weekly Running Log

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Senior Bowl 10k

Update #2: Got notification this afternoon that they will mail my award to me. I'm so happy now. The staff person I spoke with on Saturday said they would not mail them. It should arrive the first of next week. I know this doesn't mean much to most of you, but I still like to have an award in my hand when I've won a place in a race. This may wear off, but for now, I really enjoy looking at all of my trophies!

Update: I just saw where I placed in my age group and didn't know it!! Boo...they have the poorest way of gathering the stats. We waited over 2 hours for the results and when they came out my name was listed as 7th...so we left!! After looking up the results online, it only shows 3 deep winners but they gave 5 deep in each age group. I'm so aggravated that we waited for so long and left without my a medal. I bet I asked 10 times whether I had placed or not...oh, well. At least, I can say that I have placed every year that I have raced this one. BTW, they will NOT send it to you either...

Helllllooo, everyone!

Let me begin by recapping the week. Sunday (10/30), I purchased a new pair of shoes: Asics Gel Nimbus 12. I've tried different shoes but always go back to Nike's Pegasus 27+. After examining my feet, Donnie (the owner of the store) handed me a pair of the Asics to try on. They felt fine but didn't have the 'cushion' I so love about my Nike's. He said that they were not distance running shoes and that Nike admits to that, too. Since I am loving distance running and after talking with him (doctors from Mobile and Pensacola refer their runner-patients to him for fitting their shoes), I trusted his evaluation and decided to give these shoes a try. We'll see how they work for me.

Cross training is a little hard to do when you don't have a gym or indoor pool at your disposal. So this week I incorporated walking in lieu of the typical cross training methods. I used the Asics but they will have some breaking in to do before I trust them to run long in.

Monday...3.5 miles walking as I put off my long run to Tuesday.
*Tuesday...15 miles running at a paved trail system. It was wonderful and I loved it. I walked 1 mile before and .25 mile after.
Wednesday...3.21 miles walking with weights, floorwork and core workout.
Thursday...4 miles running with .5 mile c/d. Sore and tired.
Saturday...Senior Bowl 10k. Did not feel good before the race.

*In Tuesday's run, I averaged a 10 minute pace which is the best yet for this kind of distance and I was comfortable the entire time. Yay!!

What a beautiful day Saturday was for a race! Perfect temp, beautiful skies and running excitement in the air. I saw everyone I knew was going to be there at the Senior Bowl 5k/10k Races, except for two. This is a miracle in and of itself because there are so many runners that participate. Most of the time, we know of several who are going but rarely or never see them.

After a few potty stops before lining up, I was feeling like I was going to race on empty; otherwise I felt great! Around the 4th mile I began to feel better and actually felt like I was ready and able to 'race'. Of course, that's a little late in the game. But that's okay, too. It was just one of those days and I am glad I ran. My race got stronger and stronger as I came to the finish and even achieved a negative split. Needless to say, my time wasn't as good as I'd hoped. But as I neared the Finish Line, I was feeling strong and fast AND the best part...the time was waaaay less than what my watch had! What?? How can that be? I always 'claim' my watch as the right time and distance but how in the world could it be 2:28 minutes slower?? Boy, was I puzzled and even claimed that their clock was wrong. After all, every clock I saw on the course read 0:00.

Kent was at the end waiting for me. This has only happened a couple of times since I've begun running seriously and hearing him cheering me in felt amazing...I really liked that! It makes it soooo much more exciting. He had such a big smile on his face and I was so glad to see him.

I'll admit right here and now that I am terrible at remembering my PRs but he remembers both of ours, even my competitors! I don't know how he does it, but I've learned to rely on him and this ability. He was yelling to me that I had a PR. I couldn't believe it since I had not felt well for the first half of the race. Then looking at my watch, everything just seemed to be a blurr.

As soon as I could get to my computer, I downloaded my watch and noticed that it was showing 2:28 minutes before the start of the race. What in the world did I do?? Obviously, I had turned it on when I was checking my iPod...I'd never done this before! It registered zero feet and the 2:28 minutes. Thankfully, it began registering my miles correctly so I could delete that "lap" to get the correct time...whew! Although I did not reach a PR I'm excited about my negative split, a pace under 9 minutes and seeing all my friends. It was a great day!

Kent achieved a PR with his racewalking and that was a great milestone for him! I'm so proud of him and all the hard work he puts into this new endeavor. Personally, I could NEVER do this. Racewalking is hard work and there are just too many rules to go by. It deserves more attention than it gets. Good job, Honey!

We enjoyed sausage jambalaya, Chic-Filet sandwiches, Powerades and coffee. There were other things but we weren't interested in those: hot dogs, beer and bagels to name a few.

The beginning of this week has started out kinda weird...no running but VERY busy. At least, I got in a little something today. Until next post...keep on running!

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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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