Brazen Bay Breeze: 10km Race Report

The¬†race was fantastic, but I’ll be honest with you – I was miserable.

Not through anything the organizers, volunteers, or other racers did. I have no idea what happened, but I was in pain, I was exhausted, and I hated every second of that run. I was unable-to-walk-sore for a full day, literally parked it on the couch for a full 36 hours afterwards, and have absolutely no explanation for it. Check out Brazen Racing’s Bay Breeze Half Marathon/10km/5km. Finish: 1:03:07.

Well, maybe one explanation: I told myself I was going into this as a training run.

Psyching myself out as the race began :(
Psyching myself out as the race began ūüė¶

Was that my mistake? Was my mental game SO off that I psyched myself into this? Was it that my body just physically exhausted and because my mentality was not hyper-competitive, I couldn’t muscle my way through it? The world may never know…

Mile / Pace: 1/9:52 \\ 2/9:38 \\ 3/9:58 \\ 4/10:15 \\ 5/11:12 \\ 6/11:22 \\ 0.1/9:28

So, as you can see, my pace died. I died. It was really hard!

Parking: Well, this park simply isn’t made for this many people all driving separately, so parking is a little tight. The organizers warned participants that there’d be a walk, and a walk there was. Doesn’t bother me when it’s a running event – were this a tri, it may be a different story (multisport equipment weighs…a little more than running gear!!). I got there early (well, early enough), found parking, and had time to pick up my bib and get going. No biggie.

Venue: San Leandro Marina Park is pretty cool. The day of the race was pretty overcast and chilly, but it’s a huge park that I had no idea existed. There’s some hotels, restaurants, and golf courses nearby too. The venue itself seemed plenty large for all the participants.

Course: A little background: Brazen is typically a trail run race company. Is the Bay Shore Trail a…trail? Kind of, but it’s paved, so I wouldn’t count it as a real ‘trail’. The organizers offer a hiking division, which is supposed to start before the half marathon for all distances. Then the half marathon starts, then the 10 km, then the 5 km. The out and back course is flat as a pancake, which was pretty nice considering I hate hills with a passion. The trail was wide enough for the most part. But, as I hit mile 5, I realized I was in for a huge surprise: walkers. Lots, and lots, of 5 km walkers. Walking in 2-, 3-, and yes, I counted, one 7-across packs. Considering I had been on the course for nearly 50 minutes at that point, and they had started 10 minutes back, this seemed like pretty poor planning. But, not race director planning – the organizers had the ‘walking’ division, so¬†maybe it was laziness of the participants? The 5 km started so much later than the walk division they maybe just didn’t want to get up early? I don’t know. I already felt awful and I was upset by this. Otherwise a great course, and if it were more convenient to my house, I’d probably train out there.

Volunteers/Support: Fantastic as always. We hit three aid stations on the 10 km, and the volunteers were super nice and surprisingly talented water-passers. Thanks!!

Expo: This was my first race with Brazen, and now I see why they have such a following.

So much food. If you have a sweet tooth, you should race with Brazen.
So much food. If you have a sweet tooth, you should race with Brazen.

Their post-race expos are¬†incredible. Ok, maybe this one was extra special because it was easily accessible to vendors (and not in the hills), but I have never seen a post-race spread of food this huge before. Major highlight? An It’s It before 11 am.

I definitely plan on racing in another Brazen event! Super chill, great organization, and they treat their participants really well. Just need to get my new Topo Runventures¬†in the mail! And, I’m sure my teammates will too – several members of OTC were there, including one woman who demolished her goal time of breaking one hour in the 10 km!!

Pity, Party of One

No, I’m not asking for your empathy or pity. Just hosting my own little pity party from my bed.

So I needed to run 5 miles according to my half marathon plan last week. I didn’t get up in the morning and brought my stuff to work, instead. And forgot socks. I never get blisters, and I’ve put in almost 200 miles on this pair of shoes, and I wound up with a massive (ok, not compared to some of the monstrosities Google can present) blister on my right arch.

I’ve been carefully treating the bad boy for several days, and since it lives on¬†the bottom of my foot, there’s very little blood flow and hence… slow recovery.

At least I have my new Topo Hydroventures waiting for me to hit the El Nino-soaked trails once I'm better!
At least I have my new Topo Hydroventures waiting for me to hit the El Nino-soaked trails once I’m better!

And, shocker, this morning I discovered that in the process of growing the giant blister, subsequently ripping through the giant blister, and not stopping, I actually had formed¬†another¬†blister¬†within the giant jerkface blister. Yep, read that right: blister on raw foot skin inside blister one. EFFFF that. I’ve got 11 days until the Oakland Half Marathon, so you’d think I’d be training through it, right?

Well, nope, because I”m in bed. With the flu. Which has gone around my whole office and I thought I missed. Apparently it only lasts 48 hours, but I’m only on hour 24. Wish me luck.

This week in training: January 24 – 30

January 24 Р30: Well, a new job is hard work

I’m thrilled to have started a new job this week! It’s been a little crazy, especially considering that I am also¬†moving on Wednesday of next week.

Sunday, January 31¬†Long run, 6¬†miles (check, most excellent) // Monday,¬†February 1¬†Master’s swim in the morning (we’ll see how this goes) // Tuesday,¬†February 2¬†Pace run, 4 miles – looking for a 9:45 min/mile pace¬†// Wednesday,¬†February 3¬†Short run, 2 miles – love having a foundation route literally around the block¬†// Thursday,¬†February 4¬†Pace run, 4 miles, and hopefully a master’s swim in the morning or evening ¬†// Friday,¬†February 5¬†Rest day!¬†// Saturday,¬†February 6¬†Master’s swim and a chill run afterwards

Previous week: So much for the groove. Looking forward to that next week.  Working on it.

Gorgeous day around Lake Merritt!! Can’t complain about six miles in my Topos ūüôā

Sunday, January 24¬†Long run, 5¬†miles (yuuupp) // Monday,¬†January 25¬†Master’s swim in the morning (nooooope) // Tuesday,¬†January 26¬†Pace run, 4 miles – looking for a 9:45 min/mile pace ¬†(noooope) // Wednesday,¬†January 27¬†Short run, 2 miles (nooope)¬†// Thursday,¬†January 28¬†Pace run, 4 miles¬†(not quite)¬†// Friday,¬†January 29¬†Rest day! (psh got it) // Saturday,¬†January 30¬†Master’s¬†and bike (Noope)

 

This week in training: January 24 – 30

January 24¬†– 30:¬†Let’s make some moves

First day back to Master’s practices? Check. New (huge) opportunity tomorrow? Double check. Let’s make this happen.

Sunday, January 24¬†Long run, 5¬†miles // Monday,¬†January 25¬†Master’s swim in the morning¬†// Tuesday,¬†January 26¬†Pace run, 4 miles – looking for a 9:45 min/mile pace¬†// Wednesday,¬†January 27¬†Short run, 2 miles – love having a foundation route literally around the block¬†// Thursday,¬†January 28¬†Pace run, 4 miles, and hopefully a master’s swim in the morning or evening ¬†// Friday,¬†January 29¬†Rest day!¬†// Saturday,¬†January 30¬†Probably going to Master’s¬†and bike (weather-dependent). May throw a run in too. DO ALL THE THINGS.

Previous week: Alright. Getting in the groove! Still not perfectly consistent but ready for a new routine!!!

On top of all the other good news, I am a 2016 TOPO AMBASSADOR!! I love these shoes and I love what they do for me.
On top of all the other good news, I am a 2016 TOPO AMBASSADOR!! I love these shoes and I love what they do for me.

Sunday, January 17¬†Long run, 4¬†miles Nope, friend was in town. // Monday,¬†January 18¬†Long run, 4 miles and recover after a friend weekend¬†// Tuesday,¬†January 19¬†Rest day partly because I’m exhausted, partly because my apartment flooded, and partly because I am lazy¬†// Wednesday,¬†January 20¬†Pace run, 3.5¬†miles at 9:45 min/miles¬†still dealing with flooding, just had to go home and wait it out // Thursday,¬†January 21¬†Swim in the morning and pace run, 3.5 miles at 9:55 min/mile; core strength training – ran with Sports Basement Berkeley and attended a foot strengthening clinic – so far, very painful but helpful ¬†// Friday,¬†January 22¬†Easy 2 miler¬†Last day of old job, needed to just decompress // Saturday,¬†January 23¬†Mixing it up with swimming, headed back to Cal Aquatic Masters!!!! So excited. Ran a 2 mile brick after for good measure!

This week in training: January 17 – 23

January 17 – 23: What’s happening?

Sorry sorry sorry sorry!! My best friend was in town this weekend so I was a little all over the place. Two days late…grr. I’m the worst.

Sunday, January 17¬†Long run, 4¬†miles // Monday,¬†January 18¬†Long run, 4 miles + Streeeetccchhhh and recover after a friend weekend¬†// Tuesday,¬†January 19¬†Rest day partly because I’m exhausted, partly because my apartment flooded, and partly because I am lazy¬†// Wednesday,¬†January 20¬†Pace run, 3.5¬†miles at 9:45 min/miles // Thursday,¬†January 21¬†Swim in the morning and pace run, 3.5 miles at 9:55 min/mile; core strength training ¬†// Friday,¬†January 22¬†Easy 2 miler¬†// Saturday,¬†January 23¬†Mixing it up with swimming, headed back to Cal Aquatic Masters!!!! So excited.

Previous week: Meh. Much better socially than athletically. Moved some training days around (rain).

She's the best. And I feel so special to have taken her across the Golden Gate for the first time (on foot)!
She’s the best. And I feel so special to have taken her across the Golden Gate for the first time (on foot)!

Sunday, January 10¬†Long run,¬†4¬†miles; rolling session (run was miserable, and the rolling didn’t really happen…whoops) // Monday,¬†January 11¬†Stretching session, swim¬†// Tuesday,¬†January 12¬†Rescheduled for Wednesday: Pace run, 3.5 miles at 9:45 min/mile // Wednesday,¬†January 13¬†Pace run + Massage (heavenly) ¬†// Thursday,¬†January 14¬†Short run, 2 miles // Friday,¬†January 15¬†Pace run, 3.5 miles at 9:55 min/mile; bodyweight strength training¬†// Saturday,¬†January 16¬†Bike day, at least an hour¬†Ran instead and then my BFF came to town!

This week in training: January 10 – 16

January 10¬†– 16: What’s happening?

Ok, new week! Lots going on in my little world, so I’m happy to have once again hit all my training days – though they may have been shuffled a bit.

How was your week in training? Did you have any milestones? Any great runs / rides / swims?

Sunday, January 10¬†Long run,¬†4¬†miles; rolling session and an OAKLAND TRIATHLON CLUB meeting(!!!) // Monday,¬†January 11¬†Stretching session, possibly swim // Tuesday,¬†January 12¬†Pace run, 3.5 miles at 9:45 min/mile // Wednesday,¬†January 13¬†Short run, 2 miles // Thursday,¬†January 14¬†Pace run, 3.5 miles at 9:55 min/mile; bodyweight strength training ¬†// Friday,¬†January 15¬†Rest day-literally! Day off from work ūüôā ¬†// Saturday,¬†January 16¬†Bike day, at least an hour, and then my BFF comes to town!

Previous week: Great success. Moved some training days around (rain).

Staple of my ‘hood.

Sunday, January 3 Long run, 4 miles; rolling session // Monday, January 4 30 minute spin at the gym; stretching session // Tuesday, January 5 Pace run, 3 miles at 9:45 9:11 min/mile (!!!) // Wednesday, January 6 Run moved to Friday due to crazy rain and light traffic // Thursday, January 7 Pace run, 3 miles at 9:55 min/mile; bodyweight strength training // Friday, January 8 Short run, 2 miles  // Saturday, January 9 Bike day, at least an hour

Literally so psyched

I finished a fantastic run a few minutes ago. And I’m stoked. And I needed to share.

I had felt gross and tired all day. I had a stomach ache. There were supposedly thunderstorms rolling through. But this afternoon, the sun came out, the sky was blue, and I decided that was as good a time as any to take my lunch break and get out for my pace run.

Excellent. This is with stop lights, stopping to check work emails, and cars deciding to pull out of driveways in front of me.
Excellent. This is with stop lights, stopping to check work emails, and cars deciding to pull out of driveways in front of me.

I killed it. I probably should have held back a bit on my first mile and been more consistent, but shoot, guys. I felt so great. I know not every run is going to feel this good, and I want to enjoy it.

Did you have a good workout today?! Hope you did, and if you’re not done yet, hope you do!!