Iron Girl 10K Recap

Alarm went off at 4:40, showered, coffee’d and woke up the fam. Got on the road by 6:15 and hit major traffic at the exit to the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

I started to panic.

We were told that the roads would be closed at 7:00 so we needed to be parked by then. At 6:55 we were still in line at the exit. I considered getting out of the car to yell at the people directing traffic. Road closes at 7 let cars go! Perhaps they felt me channelling anger their way because suddenly cars were moving and we made it through the 7:00 am cut off. Car was parked at 7:10. 20 minutes til the start!

I saw Maureen and Leah in the parking lot and we all headed to the bathrooms. My janky phone wasn’t working so I had no idea where all of my Ragnar friends were. Thankfully I ran into Chacha and Heather at the portapotties! They told me OUAL was at the start line so I made my way there hoping I would find her.

With 2 minutes to the start she found me! Hooray, a friend to start with!

I stole that picture from her blog. I swear I don’t think I am that awesome.

Gun went off and we were running. Course was an out and back that went around the fairgrounds, up Via De La Valle to Camino Del Mar and back. I knew we had a hill around mile 3 so wanted to be conservative and make up time on the way back if possible. I didn’t know what pace I could hold beings that I have been training long slow miles, not short fast miles.

When we approached mile one and my watch beeped. 7:18. And then it beeped again. And then would not stop beeping. I sounded like I had a game of PacMan going on my wrist. What the duece? I pushed a button to lap forward and then it went haywire and said I was on lap 26. Um, no I’m not. This is a 10k.

I hit restart and got it working again. To avoid sounding like a broken record this happened at each mile. I have no idea why it decided to go insane but this ended up being a slight distraction. I had to keep restarting it so that I could try to keep an eye on my pace.

Mile 2 was flat and then I hit the mile 3 hill to Camino Del Mar. Hit that mile at 7:30. Made it to the turn around where I saw OUAL kicking some serious hiney!  It looked effortless for her. Not too far behind her was Pretty Fittie kicking some serious trash. Team Ragnar was putting on a show people. We were all flying!

I hit miles 4 and 5 in the low 7s. Around mile 5  there was a headwind and I felt like I had to really kick it into gear. I knew I was getting close to the finish. At 5.5 I heard the 10k winner finishing. She was just under 40. I seriously gave every last ounce of effort that I had and clocked my final mile (per my wack a$$ watch) at 6:53.

When I added my miles I had my time as 44:56, and then saw my final of 45:27 (chip). Crazy Nike GPS.

I checked the board at the finish and it had me 12th overall based on gun time (45:30)

 14th based on chip time (45:27). 7:20 average pace. I’ll take it!


This was the first race in quite some time where I felt strong the whole time. I stayed at a comfortable pace. I never felt like I was going to die. SO WEIRD. I probably could have pushed harder but I was having fun so why ruin a good thing right?

All of team Ragnar in the 10k finished with sub-8 min miles! HELLO SPEEDSTERS! OUAL and Pretty Fittie PR’d! Chacha and Heather ran the 5k and killed it! Heather PR’d. YES!!!

The best part of the entire day was getting to hang with friends. If it wasn’t for running and blogging I would have never met these ladies.

Me, Chacha, Heather, OUAL and Pretty Fittie.

I just realized other than the gorgeous Pretty Fittie we had a black and blue color scheme going.  Great minds think alike. I cannot tell you how awesome these girls are. We have not known each other long but I cannot imagine not having them in my life. Really great ladies! There is nothing like good girlfriends- especially ones that share a crazy love of running!

While the rest of these awesome girls finished a few more miles and headed to breakfast I was off to finish some long miles. Plan was to do an additional 14-15, got to 11.3 and called it a day. I was exhausted, hungry and done. 

Total Sunday miles 17.5.

I would have much rather gone to breakfast with my friends. So sad I missed it! I just kept repeating to myself 4 weeks til Vegas, 4 weeks til Vegas, 4 weeks til Vegas….




Preparing for the Iron Girl

If baking the night before is race is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. 

A week or so ago my friend Stacey texted me that she was eating cookies. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip to be exact. Ever since that text I have been dreaming about them. So has LD. And when he asked me if I would bake some tonight I didn’t think twice. Never mind that I have a 10k race in the morning and then plan to do an additional 14-15 afterwards. Fueling with Nuun and cookies. Yeah. That is how I am rolling.

Packet Pick Up

I braved the rain and headed to Road Runner Sports yesterday to pick up my bib and shirt. I am way too lazy to drive the 25 minutes to Del Mar twice in one weekend. Fact.

It literally took me 2 seconds to get my bib, shirt and schwag bag and move along. Awesome.

It is standard for this race to go all out for the ladies. I love, love, love it. This is one race that I look forward to every year!

That’s just what was in the bag. Just wait til you see what I come home with post race. So.many.freebies! 

Off to turn my clock back and get some zzzzzz’s so I’m not late meeting up with Maureen, Leah,  OUAL, Chacha, Heather and Pretty Fittie in the morning.



Pete and Repeat Were In A Boat

Pete fell out. Who was left? Repeat. Peat and Repeat were in a boat…

My 1st grade humor lives on. That’s what happens when you have kids. But seriously

Today’s Workout: REPEATS!

2 mile w/u @ 8:15 pace, 6×400 @ 1:36 pace (400m RI), 1.2 mi c/d @ 8:00 pace. Total mileage: 6.2,  Time: 48ish minutes

Nothing like waiting til the last minute to bust out some speed work. Iron Girl is in 4 days. At least I didn’t wait til Saturday, right? My eye is on Las Vegas (I still don’t feel ready. Darn nerves) right now so I really should just go out on Sunday and have FUN!!!

Schwaggle (Schwag + Haggle = Schwaggle)

If you have never heard of Schwaggle (hosted by Active) it’s time for you to get in the know. Yes the know, not the now. Two totally different things. Anyway. It’s the living social for active peeps and each week there are some seriously awesome scores (think adventures, gear, nutrition, etc). If nothing else it’s fun to say Schwaggle. Schwaggle, Schwaggle, Schwaggle.

A week or so ago they offered a killer deal on compression socks from Zensah and when I got home last night my pair was waiting for me.

I immediately ripped open the box and put them on.  My feet and legs were in heaven (not literally, but they felt awesome). These are tighter than my leg sleeves and they stay in place. No tugging/pulling. Best $$ spent last week without question. What was the deal? HALF OFF. If that’s not enough to convince you to Schwaggle (hehe) I don’t know what is. Oh! Wait, I forgot.  If you are a member of Active Advantage (like I am) you get an additional 15% off. That means my total was $21.25 for socks that retail at $50!

I love a bargain. I love a bargain even more when it comes to running/active/nutrition stuff.

Go sign up for Schwaggle. You can thank me later.


Running. Oh, and one last Halloween discussion!

Today’s Run

8.05 miles (intervals), 61 minutes

Today’s run was HARD. On purpose. It’s been awhile since I’ve pushed myself and with a 10k race this weekend I figured I might want to try to work on some speed. Although I do not see a PR happening, I’d rather be prepared to go hard than run out of gas at mile 1.  At least if I end up hobbling on the side of the road there will be several of my Ragnar Team peeps on the course and hopefully one of them will kindly drag me across the finish line.

I Know It’s November, But Let’s Have One Last Chat About Halloween

We get some interesting trick-or-treater’s in my neighborhood. Last year we ranged from infants, to pregnant women to 80-year-old women. Not in costumes. Still expecting candy. Not kidding.  At least put a costume on.

This year our top award winner goes to the trick-or-treater walking his dog. The dog walker, a man who was perhaps in his 40’s, was not in costume. The dog, who weighed maybe 10 pounds, was dressed up as a shark. You tell me who was going to eat the chocolate. Unless he is a dog killer (and I presume he is not) that dude was cashing in. Sir, you can thank your dog now.

My kids scored more than one regular size candy bar and bags of skittles. Either the competition is getting more fierce between neighbors or Costco had a great deal on candy. Or maybe, just maybe, it was the costumes that got them that giant kit-kat

Or maybe it was because their mom (who me?) isn’t afraid to rock my Minnie Mouse witch hat. That’s right, I’m still 5 at heart

Yes my hat and shoes match. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Maybe I should have joined sharkey the dog and hooked myself up with some candy.

Hope you all had a safe and happy Halloween!

Only 3 weeks til Thanksgiving!!!! Running, Turkey and Football? BRING IT.