Less than a week to the Oakland Running Festival!

Time flies. We’re officially less than a week to the Oakland Running Festival.

And somehow, my blister is healed and my flu is now just a little cough (oh KJ, ye of little faith). I’m terrified that I’m not ready because I basically missed the past two weeks of training (eff you, blister and flu) but at least I know I can finish the race. I know what to expect, I know there are lots of turns and long straight aways, I just have to make it through!

My favorite part of this race is that it finishes around Lake Merritt. If you follow me on Strava, then you know that Lake Merritt is included in…what, 90% of my runs? And that when I’m adding volume, I front-stack that volume so I’m wrapping up my run around the lake. My last long run was nine miles – I figure that if I can make it through that (yes, KJ, you can do that), then all I have left is my regular old Lake Merritt route, and I can do that in my sleep.

Well, I looked like I survived. I'll tell you right now, this was in between bouts of nausea.
Post 2014 race. 100% sure we will not have this weather.

I’m also planning on running with the pace group. Originally, my goal was to run with the 2:20 group and hope to hold on in the last mile. After the month I’ve had, I realized I needed to adjust that goal to the 2:30 group at the least. That should land me comfortably around 11:30 min/mile, which I should definitely be able to keep up with. I’ve never run with a pace group before, though, so I’m a little unsure of what to expect! Any suggestions?

Are you racing this Sunday? Either in Oakland or elsewhere? If so, good luck!

Race Calendar 2016

I feel like a planning machine.

Spreadsheets are definitely one of my favorite things. Not totally sure what that says about me as a person, but I crave the power to sort and add and control my data.

Now that I think about it, it probably makes me sound like an athlete.

Anyway, I’ve created a race calendar for the coming year. Ok, it’s actually been in production for about a month, but it’s nearly finalized. It shows my planned races, races I’m considering, races I’m volunteering at, races I’m spectating at… it’s got everything. I’ve even budgeted hotel costs. But, I won’t bore you with the details, so check out my “for sures” on my race calendar!

Weekend Preview – Go OTC!

Ok, ok, yes, I am overdue on my Morro Bay race report. It is all written, just not formatted. Sorry.

I’m busy thinking about days ahead! Two events this weekend: Alameda Holiday Kick-Off 5k Run/Walk (Supporting the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Foundation in honor of my teammate’s father), and the Berkeley Half Marathon!

OTC Turn aroudn
See? Light at the half-way tunnel.

I’m running the 5k and volunteering at the half – I actually raced in the Berkeley Half last year and now I am very confident that I know what not-in-half-shape feels like (so, what I feel like). Find me and the rest of OTC at the end of the Frontage Road (the 9 mile turn around)! I know we have a few teammates running so I’ll be thrilled to see them, and hopefully they’ll be happy to see us too because honestly, that out-and-back sucked last year. Like really bad. I’ll pretend we’re the light at the half-way point of the tunnel.

As for a 5k goal – according to Athlinks, which is an excellent resource if you haven’t used it before, my best 5k time is a 28:08. So I guess my goal is to break 28 minutes – 9 minute miles. I’ll let you know how that turns out.

 

Oakland Triathlon Festival – Sprint Run Course Preview

You practice stuff so it isn’t as ugly on the actual event.

And today was a great example of that. I drove down to Jack London Square to get a feel for the run course this morning, and felt great on mile one. And then my stomach decided to give me the middle finger.

Well, this was my version of following a map. I also got sidetracked giving Tri-Valley Triathlon Club directions.
Well, this was my version of following a map. I also got sidetracked giving Tri-Valley Triathlon Club directions.

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Oakland Triathlon Festival – Bike Preview

I like knowing what I’m getting myself into. Is that obvious yet?

Today OTC previewed the Oakland Triathlon Festival Bike Course!

We love getting up early.
We love getting up early.

Basic course overview:

  1. Don’t plan on getting up to speed until you get to the port
  2. Don’t underestimate the size or number of potholes
  3. Do expect to see a bunch of awesome Oakland locals

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Oakland Triathlon Festival – Preview to the Preview

It’s almost time – we are officially 16 days out from the Second Annual Oakland Triathlon Festival.

I have been really distracted since the Sandman. I was working on a run foundation all last week, hitting a solid two-mile loop for five days, but this week has been negligible at best. I swam hard on Sunday, and haven’t done much of anything else (active, at least) since. I have been diving deep into other exciting things, but unfortunately that precluded my race preparation.

What does this mean? This weekend: all Oakland, all the time.

Love. The. Logo.
Love. The. Logo.

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Sandman Preview

I went to a classic theater in Oakland a few weeks ago to watch Jaws on the big screen. Great idea for an open water swimmer.

It was 2 days after I had registered for the Sandman Triathlon in Aptos, California (August 2).

And you know what was discovered the day before that? Fifteen great white shark pups hanging out around the Cement Ship – the focal point of the Sandman swim. You hear pups, and you may think, aw, cute, babies.

THESE BABIES ARE 7-8 FEET LONG.

Don’t get me wrong – I love sharks. What a truly awesome animal. But I don’t really want to swim through a herd of baby great whites during this triathlon.

What a glorious swim course. Just hope the natives aren't too territorial.
What a glorious swim course. Just hope the natives aren’t too territorial.

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