The Reach

Goals are important to me.  They are tangible things I can work towards and that really suits my personality.  I don’t do well when I’m not pointed in a direction.  Besides, I’m a validation-whore who needs to have these accomplishments in my memory bank.  Or posted on Facebook.   No surprise there.

I’ve got some races lined up already; a 10K, a 9 mile train run, and I’m on a Ragnar team again and am back to my 5 days a week running schedule.  But I still need that goal race to work towards.

So I’m going to try a 5K.  Correction.  I’m going to try and run my fastest 5K. Thank you Runner’s World, for the motivation!  Their last issue highlighted a training plan for to “Run Your Fastest 5K” and for some reason I ripped out the training plan and set it on my bedside table.  And promptly forgot about it.  Because the 5K is not usually my thing.  But the more I got to thinking and due to a timely FB post that came into my feed from Runner’s World I figured it was time to give it a shot.

So I pulled the plan out from under a stack of books (yes, it was just where I left it last month) and will give it a go. The plan is 10 weeks long and includes a day of speed work, a hill repeat day,a long run and then 2 or 3 short easy run days.

Next up is to pick  a race.  I figure the early to middle of fall to give me the 10 weeks to train.  Like the marathon I’m going to try a new plan that will push me a bit (a lot) out of my comfort zone.

Truthfully, I don’t know if I can do a 20 minute 5K.  But what the hell, I’m willing to give it a shot.  You never know what you can do until you try and do it.  Right?

I’ll keep you posted on my experiment and we’ll see what happens.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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Off to the Races

We’re deep into Spring and that, boys and girls means it’s prime running season.  And more importantly, racing season.   I’ve got 3 races in the bag so far (a 4 miler, a Ragnar and a 10 miler) and 5 more planned.  Here’s what I have on the books.

Angel Island Adventure Race – Angel Island.  Sunday,  May 7, 2017  (http://www.aiadventurerace.org/)

Ok, I’ll be honest.  All I know is that my teammate Stephanie and I have to bring a bike.  Just one.  Maybe if I play it right I can have her do most of the work and I can just yell directions.  Ha ha.  It looks like a lot of fun but I have to figure out what we are doing.  I mean, the race in in a week.

Bank of Marin Running Festival – Novato, CA.  Sunday, May 21, 2017 (http://www.bankofmarinrunfest.com/)

A half marathon, 10K, 5K and a kids 1 mile run.  It’s the perfect family event!  You can register online at the event page above or head over to Rush49 and buy a discount voucher:

Bank of Marin – Rush 49 Voucher

Once you buy the voucher you use the code they give you on the main registration page (you use it like a discount code).  There are a few extra steps but the savings are worth it!

The Giant Race – San Francisco, CA.  Sunday, August 27, 2017  (http://www.race-sfgiants.com/san-francisco)

This will be the 3rd year in a row for this race.  I like the 10K but they have a half marathon and a 5K.  It’s crowded.  It’s hard to maneuver.  But it’s a lot of fun.  You start in front of AT&T park and finish inside the park.  Last year we had a hard time finding our post-race beer.  We won’t make that mistake again.

Night Sweats Trail Run – Rodeo Beach, CA.  Saturday, September 9, 2017 (Night Sweats Trail Run)

This race has three of my favorite things.  Darkness.  Hills.  Trails.  I’ll be doing the 15K but there’s also a marathon option if you feel like really challenging yourself.  The thing I love about this race is that it’s very chill.

Don’t get me wrong, these folks know how to put on a race and take safety and the race particulars very seriously but the vibe is more of a group run vs. a race.  It’s one of my all-time fav events.

Run as One.  The Can Do! Community 5K, Fun Run and Festival – San Rafael, CA.  Sunday, October 15, 2017. (http://www.cando4schools.com/family-fun-run-and-festival)  Registration OPENS soon!

This first time event is a fundraiser for the schools in the Dixie School District.  I’m not running the race because I’m helping the race committee.  But trust me when I say that the 5K course is PERFECT for runners and walkers alike.  Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details on this event!

Reebok Ragnar Napa – November 3 and 4, 2017 (https://www.runragnar.com/event-detail/relay/napavalley)

A Ragnar run is something you don’t forget.   It’s the most fun you can have stuck in a van with 5 other runners. Many of the races are lottery only and while the Napa race is closed, there’s still a chance to grab a space in a van.  Check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/295876140809470/ a few months before the race to see if any vans are looking for runners. Definitely check back the week or so before.  It gets crazy.  So stay in prime running form, you just may get a shot at the run.

Ok that’s it for the races!  Check them out and if you have one on your calendar that’s super fun, let me know!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

Will Run for Bling

I’m running a 10K this weekend (The Giant Race) in San Francisco.  It’s a pretty cool event offering a half marathon, as well as the 10K, a 5K and a kid’s race.

The starting line is outside of AT&T Park, home of the World Champion SF Giants, and the 10K course takes you along the waterfront, past Pier 39 and about halfway into Fisherman’s Wharf where they turn you back.  The half course takes you farther along the waterfront before turning.

Trust me, there’s no bad view either direction.  And the smell of the sourdough bread baking at the Bourdenave Bakery is simply divine!

When you return to the park you enter from behind center field into the ball park and it’s a sprint to the finish line from there.  The Jumbotron is lit up capturing runners coming in to the finish.  After the race you can wander around the infield, taking photos against the outfield walls, in the dugout, etc.

And of course, you get the usual swag; tee shirt, finisher medal, snacks at the end, and the beer stands are open.  And the capper is a SF Giants player bobble head doll.  My son loves them and I’m happy to add to his collection.  My sweat is his reward I guess.

A 10K race  is a good tune-up run and it will be good for me to see how my marathon training is coming along.  I feel that my running has been improving and it would be nice to run this relatively flat course in a good time.

So I’ll keep you posted and share a picture of Jack’s, I mean my newest bobble-head acquisition on Monday!

And good luck to the racers out there this weekend.  Have fun!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Goal-Focused Training

If I’m not training for an event my workout intensity drops dramatically.  Now that doesn’t mean I stop exercising but I’ll be the first to admit that my weekday runs will drop from 5 or 6 miles to 3 or 4.  And if I can get in more than a 6 miler on a Sunday I’m lucky.

I know from experience that I need something on the calendar that I can work towards. I need to have a training plan in place so I don’t have to think about how far I need to run (or how little I can get away with).  I just look at the calendar and go for my 6 mile run.  There’s no thinking.  An no thought process means no debate which means no skipping or cutting it short.  See.  Brilliant!

I call it goal-focused training.

So if you’re a runner, register for an event.  Hang on now.  Wait.  Did I say marathon?  Did I say half marathon?  No.  A 5k is perfect.  It’s 3.25 miles and unless you’re running an Olympic trial or an actual meet, you can walk as much of it as you like.

But why do you have to register for a race?  Because training for a race will give your workouts purpose. 

Then there’s the mental shift.  Say these two sentences aloud:

  1.  I’m going on a walk with Mary today.
  2. I am training with Mary today.

Now I’m no genius but #2 makes you sound pretty tough.  You’re not walking, you’re training.  Cool, right?  And when you start training for an event you’ll not only develop some serious street cred BUT you will become an inspiration for your peeps.  No joke.

So pick a race a few months away and register.   Determine where you are and what you need to do to be race-ready (whatever that means to you) and mark your workout in your calendar.  Just like that, you’re training for an event. Nice work!

Once you start training the quality of your workouts will improve.  You will get stronger.  You will feel an amazing sense of accomplishment when you train for and compete in the race.   I promise.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

PS – Not sure where to start?  Email me and I’ll help you out.

Race Report

I ran in the inaugural Bank of Marin Running Festival over the weekend and was put on by Titanium Racing. Overall it was a very well-organized race and the course was pretty.   When registering there was a choice of the 5K, 10K, or half marathon.

I wasn’t up to the mileage to comfortably tackle the half marathon so I opted for the 10K.  Not my fav distance.  I have a problem with pacing on a 10K.  I go too fast and burn out at mile 3 or too slow and am bummed at my sloth-like pace.  But I register for it anyway and figure I’ll work it out.

The race started out behind the swimming pool at the College of Marin, Indian Valley Campus.  It’s out near the edge of open space and the course was really pretty.  Tree-lined streets, around a golf course, back past the starting line and around a sports field to the end.

The race started out at the base of a hill and we looped up and around the back part of the campus until it dropped us onto the road.  We started out really fast.  A few checks of my Garmin had me paced at 8:20 for the first mile or so.  This is not a normal pace for me – when I run alone I can sustain a 9:15 if it’s flat and I don’t talk to anyone.  But even with the hilly start I felt strong so I pushed.

A smidge of a downhill grade for another mile then up and over around a park into a neighborhood.  Turn around at the 3 mile mark and back the way we came. I was still holding a good pace, a strong pace.  But definitely not a chatting pace.

Mile 5 greeted us with that hill again (funny how I often forget how hilly a section can be, even in such a short span of time) and I cursed my speed at the beginning because I slowed down a lot during this second pass on these hills.  I was easily passed by a girl who looked about 12 who gave me a “Good job” as she pranced past.

At the top of the hill I was so excited because I came down really fast thinking it was downhill to the finish.  Silly me, forgetting to read the course map.  After the downhill we crossed back over the start line and it was another quarter mile or so to the finish.

So here’s how my race ended.

  • Finishing time of 53:41 (8:39 pace)
  • 2nd in my age group (out of 26 females age 40-49)
  • 11th place female (out of 86)
  • 26th overall (out of 121 runners)

Yeah, I know I’m bragging.  But this was by far, my fastest 10K so I’m a teensy bit proud of myself.

My friends Stephanie and Hannah also killed it in the 10K and I think were both happy with their finishing times.  Plus we got a cool race shirt and some snacks after our endeavor.

Next up is the Rodeo Valley Trail Half Marathon in June.  I expect it to be a bit (ha ha, maybe a little more than a bit) tougher than the 10K but I think it will be a good time.  And if you’re looking for a fun adventure, join the fun.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner, Winner, Turkey Dinner!

Start your Thanksgiving Day off on the right foot by checking out a local Turkey Trot in your area.  Most races are short (either a 5k or 10K), start early enough so you can get your workout done and still have time to cook, and provide a relief from visiting relatives!  It’s a triple win!

The San Francisco bay area has a wide variety of Thanksgiving Day races to choose from.  Visit SF Gate (http://events.sfgate.com/san-francisco-ca/events/turkey+trot) to find one near you!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

April Showers Bring Races!

If you are looking for a shorter distance Spring race, check out the Marin County Marathon website (click here).

This race features a full and half marathon and also a 10K and a 5K.  The 10K takes you on the road through the China Camp State Park (click here for race maps).  This windy and rolling road hugs the coastline to the Bay offering a delightful view.  The 5K runs the other direction.  Both distances are an out and back.

One other unique note about this race is that the race is dedicated to sustainability and the organizers goal is to produce a Zero Waste, Carbon Neutral event.  Go Green!

Definitely check out their website (http://www.marinmarathon.com) if you have any interest in a shorter distance April race!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂