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

Weekly Running Log

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Bay to Breakfast 12k Trail Race

What can I say?  This was an absolutely beautiful weekend and everything was right for a race: cool temp, no wind and sunny.  Saturday I did my first trail race; hence, a new PR.  Right??  Of course!  It was at the Big Lagoon State Park in Pensacola, FL.  It was an 8k, which equals to 5 miles to my non-running friends.  I saw where there were only two water stations and that it was recommended to bring something to drink in-between those stations.  I've never used a camel back water reservoir [okay, I can't think of the right word] but we had one and I decided to wear it.  After the last race where I needed more water than was provided on the course I didn't want to get caught without something to keep me from dehydrating like then.  Just before the race began, I donned my water and walked away from the vehicle.  Within a few steps, I could tell that it might "bounce" and that would NOT do at all.  After all, I had not tried it in a run before and I KNOW that's a big no-no to do something different in a race then what you've done before.  So, off with that thing and I took my chance and winged it!! 

We started out on pavement for about 3/4 of a mile or so, then we headed onto the trail.  I wore long pants mostly because I had read on their site to be prepared for sand burs and I definitely didn't want to "tangle" with those things; thinking long pants would protect me some, that's what I wore.  The trail consisted of mostly deep, loose sand with some grades.  Once on the trail, the fun began.  Did I say, "fun"???  Come on, all of you that did this KNOW it was fun...from the beginning!  Actually, it wasn't bad I thought to myself.  Well, it wasn't long before we were introduced to a little deeper sand.  Then the story goes without saying things only got "deeper"...no pun intended.  I've run in sand one time before and it was on the beach up close to the water where it was more "padded".  I thought THAT was hard.  This doesn't compare!  People began to spread out going their own pace as best they could.  When deep sand appeared I tried to run as steady as I could but my calves literally SCREAMED making me walk a few steps until I was out of that area and my calves calmed down.  That went back and forth throughout the race.  Good running, then deep-sand-calf-yelling running.  Marsha and I passed each other off and on until the last mile or so.  We went through one area that appeared to be marsh-like.  Boy, was it soft to run on and just about the moment you thought you could make some time you started hitting little pockets which made running more cautious so as to not turn an ankle or fall.  You were blinded to them as the grass covered them up.  Fortunately, there were some places that leveled off after this with a few grass runners here and there.  It didn't take long to realize that that's where you could actually get traction and run a little harder.  Don't get me wrong...the running harder did NOT mean longer!!  Usually after getting through those easy parts, beautiful, white sand appeared again, sometimes deeper and looser accompanied by a steep grade.  On pavement or hard ground you might not think much of the grade but when you're pushing as hard as you can to move forward UP a grade it doesn't take long to realize that you take one step up and slide back two.  Boy, was I glad to hear spectators cheering those crossing the Finish Line ahead.  I knew it was about over even if I couldn't see it yet.  I looked at the clock and was totally amazed at my time.  I had NO idea I would come in under an hour and a half but was much better than that.  It made all the heavy breathing, struggling times worth it. 

Not exactly the order of finish but it was Justin, Kim, Eric, me, Marsha, Becky, Irene and Diane.  We were all whipped, exhausted and some vowed not to do the course again!  Well......all I can say is I like a challenge.  And because it was tough and I came 28 seconds from breaking an hour, all it did for me is to assure that I would be there next year and do better hoping to clear the hour.  The girls all got together for a goofy picture [goofy? well, it's probably more like the way we REALLY felt at this moment, ha!].  I love these girls!!!  There's never a dull moment. 

No pics were taken of the post race food but it was good.  There were bagels, pancakes, bacon, breakfast burritos, fruit/granola/sorbet [my favorite], coffee and orange juice. 

We knew a couple would be getting awards.  Hanging around was easy to do because everyone was really enjoying themselves.  I was pleasantly surprised [actually shocked] to see that I had placed in my age group.  Yep...I was beside myself for sure.  Irene got 1st place, Becky got 1st and I got 3rd. 

About half of us received medals.  It was exciting.

Then we had to get a pic of all of us.  So, Voila [that's for you Justin...and Diane...ha!] 

Thanks, John, for taking the pic of us! 

Here is the long sleeve tee we got as well as my medal.  My time was 1:00:28.

We all left Pensacola and decided to go to The Gulf for lunch.  I wasn't hungry but it was such a gorgeous day it was exciting to think we would be sitting outside enjoying the sun, soft breeze and beautiful water.  Oh, my...what a great day it was!!  I really didn't want it to end...except that Kent was with me.  He was playing golf. 


Last but not least, I want to share a couple of pics of the birthday girl.  My friend, Jean, had a birthday on the 4th.  Bless her heart, she has been on the injured list for a while now.  A few of us got together to celebrate her birthday.  My sweet friend, Mi, invited us to lunch at her restaurant.  We had a great time reminiscing our running together.  Here are a couple of pics.  Get well quick, Jean, we miss you!

Jean and me

Susan, Mi, Jean

I am so thankful my running is getting better...most of all, that I am feeling better and stronger.  So, for those in a slump, NEVER give up.  I know I've said this a lot but there is so much truth in it.  Keep going, do what you can and I'll see you at the next race. 

Run 4 It

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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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