Monday, October 19, 2009

Gorgeous Day!

It's been raining SO much here lately! Seems like EVERY day has been filled with a downpour or 2. However, this weekend, the rain lightened up and the sun came out an along with all of that came a COLD FRONT!!! YAY!

I ran 4 miles today in the gorgeous weather. Days like today make me want to stay home all day and play outside!!!!

3.5 miles tomorrow night! Tomorrow night is also Howl-O-Ween at Pets Mart. I'm bringing Pixie in for a halloween costume contest!! She's going to be the cutest little bumble bee ever!!! :0)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ran out of gas!

I went out this morning with the group and logged 8 miles. The way our runs work is we start at home base, run 6 miles, return to home base, then go out for 2 more miles. The first six miles were GREAT...then I got to home base and drank a little bit of water, ate an energy gel and started again. I only paused for like 2 minutes. OH my gosh the last two miles were hard! I got through them but it was hard. My hip flexors started tightening up. I tried to stretch them but it was awful! Ugh. Oh well! This is the 2nd time to do 8 miles and it wasn't like that before!

Also, last week wasn't the greatest running week. I was busy every night and only got to run on Tuesday night. I did 3 miles. So maybe that was the issue with today? Hmmm...

On a side note, WE FINALLY HAVE COLD WEATHER! It was amazing today! Low 60's ... cloudy ... it was great!! I loved it! I was freezing at first but I'd much rather run in the cold than the heat! (Louisiana cold that!)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Crazy Cajun 10K!!

Updates for last week:

On Tuesday I strictly worked on speedwork. I knew I had a race that weekend so I made sure I did some intervals and got as much time in as I could before the sun set on me! I think I did about 3 miles.

Thursday night, my Garmin went out on me but I did a fast 2.5 miles. I picked up the pace for those two miles.

Saturday, we had the Crazy Cajun 10K here in my hometown!

When I got to the Civic Center, it was POURING down rain which also made it really cold outside! My dad was there to meet me so we got out and went to check in. I was SO glad that our shirts were long sleeve because I was sooooo cold!!!!

Then, just like magic, the rain stopped and the sun came out. It got WARM really quick so I took off my long sleeve shirt for the race.

My mom showed up right before we started!

We did something super silly. I forgot to put an SD card in my camera so my dad took pictures the entire race without a memory card in the camera! :) Oh well...we re-inacted some photos and others, we got from a friend! lol! Whoops!

There I come! I ran this ENTIRE race with only stopping at the water stations. I kept thinking that I was going too fast and would tire out soon but I never did! My usual pace for longer races is an 11 minute mile. Most of the time, my Garmin said I was running a 9:35 min mile so I was worried! I kept pace with some people in front of me and it was GREAT! I didn't really start hurting until the 3.5 miles. My knees hurt and my ankle hurt but my breathing was good and everything else was good. I would only allow myself to walk at water stations for 10 seconds each...enough to get a drink, take a quick deep breath, throw water on my face, and off I went again! lol! It was cooler outside too so I know that helped. Many times I wanted to stop and walk, especially once I reached the 5 mile mark but I had to keep reminding myself that I was almost there!!! I don't know where I got it from but I pulled it from somewhere deep inside and I went for it! All or nothing!!! What an amazing feeling!

The grin on my face is because I realized that I ran this race about 6 or 7 minutes faster than I thought I would.

I felt incredible. Like I was on cloud nine. I felt as if I had done the unthinkable!! lol! For me, it was the unthinkable! Haha!

My official time said:
Karen Seal
51st place
Official Time: 1hour: 0 minutes 57.5 seconds
10:00/per mile pace time

They had free massages after the race but I had to leave for something at church. Next time though...I'm so going for it! lol!

What a great feeling!!!!

Jason had to work but I still had some support there! :0)

Our group trailor

Me with a few running buddies

Only in Lake Charles...a giant Crawfish!! :)

This is our runners group inside joke...our coach always tells us to watch out what we eat the night before our races so we don't end up in the K-Jon all during the race! :)


I thought for sure I would crash sometime on Saturday but I never did! I felt like I was on a high all day long!!! I loved it!!!!!!!!!!

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