Although I don’t typically like (or recommend) racing on back-to-back weekends, I couldn’t resist signing up for one of my local favorites this past Sunday – the Salmon Run 10k. Like last week, I treated the race as part of my training and did not taper or rest before the race. Instead, I had another big week of training and went into the race fairly fatigued – just as my coach and I had planned. I knew it was going to be an interesting morning when I found myself huffing and puffing when walking up the stairs in our house!
They staggered the start of the half marathon, 10k, and 5k, which is nice because this is one of the bigger races in town and the staggered start spreads people out and avoids a huge cluster of runners in the beginning. When the gun went off for my 9:15am start, Justin, Axel, and my mom were there to support and cheer me on, which I always appreciate. I got to see them at the start, mile 4, and at the finish. There is something mentally energizing about knowing my family is out there taking the time to stand around so that they can cheer me on for just a few seconds as I fly by on the course. Spectators and sherpas really ARE amazing.
The course starts flat along the Deschutes River, ascends up a monster hill, descends a little more gradually, and then remains fairly flat (again along the river) until the last mile where you come upon a series of rollers.
My body and legs handled the speed and course a little better than I thought they would, although I had a discouraging pain in my diaphragm region the ENTIRE run. Ever since I started running again after pregnancy, I randomly experience side stitches and diaphragm pain that comes and goes. I need to find some stretches and exercises that might help with this.
I ended up finishing second woman overall and earned a spot on the podium next to another mom who finished first. We actually talked and hung out after the race, along with our families, and learned that we had also been on the podium (in first and second place) at the Sunriver Half Marathon three years ago. She was incredibly nice and we exchanged contact info so we could meet up for a stroller run (or solo run) in the future. And wouldn’t you know, she lives right down the street from me. Small world!
I’m looking forward to focusing on my training for a few weeks before my next big race – the Eugene Half Marathon on May 1. Racing can be fairly hard on the body and typically requires a longer recovery period, therefore I “try” to be smart about how often I do it.
Leading up to my race on Sunday, I had another killer week of training. On Tuesday and Thursday I spent some quality time in the pool, which has become noticeably more crowded as the weather has warmed up. It must be triathlon season? Both of my swim sessions were followed by a run. I took it fairly easy on Tuesday with the running, but had a nice track workout on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday I spent a lot of time on my bike and added some good mileage to my legs. For some reason I have really been feeling it lately on the bike, and have seen a lot of improvement in a short period of time. I feel as though I am biking better and stronger than I ever have before – and I still have a lot of room to progress and get stronger which excites me! Running has always been “my sport” but for some reason biking just feels right lately. I love it.
It probably helps that the weather around Bend has been great for cycling. Not too hot. Not too cold. Not too windy, but still a nice breeze. I’m really crossing my fingers that spring is finally here and the nice weather sticks around for the long haul.
Week 7 Totals:
Swim: 1hr 40mins, 5,100 meters
Bike: 7hrs 35mins, 144 miles
Run: 2hrs, 15.3 miles
Time: 11 hours 15 minutes
Congratulations to the two winners randomly picked for the SOAS Racing sports bra! I have sent you both an email!
Do you prefer to fill your schedule with races or are you picky about the races you do?
Have you ever made a new friend at a race?