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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Loop the Lagoon 10K Tower Challenge.

So my last 10K was 4 weeks ago, and flat. Fun, yes, and I was happy with my results.

I had intentions to run after that but turned all my workout time to ride my bike.

Today we showed up 90 min. early (when told parking is difficult we believe it). We walked around; it was chilly, clear, windless, sunny and chilly in the shade. I haven't figured out how to get pics from my iPhone to show up here, so I have some learning.

OTOH, I know links, and here is what my Garmin and Strava revealed relative to today's run.

The official stats are: 1:10:24.; 2nd in my age group; 23rd of 46 women;49th of all runners on the Tower Challenge. Having not trained aside from walking up the hill and riding my bike I'm really proud and happy with my results. Chris was first in his age group. I wonder how we'd do if we actually trained for this...

Later, after a hot shower, we went to a friend/client's home to celebrate the Fiesta of Santa Monica. I hung onto one of the Filipino guest's  coat tails to find out what the food was.  I followed her instructions to try everything and only one dish was not wonderful. Desserts were instance. And they featured a roast pig. A priest conducted a service and included candles, a crucifix, and a blessing of the house. It was baffling (we aren't familiar with Filipino Catholic customs), humbling (no communion for this sinner), and very interesting. We were humbled to be in the minority and pleased to build relationships today.

Final stats 2nd in my age group 23rd of 46 women; 49th if 84 overall.  Very pleased with my results.

FYI I run with the 55-59 age group.

Color me happy

Friday, May 9, 2014

May Update

So I rode every day in April but for the 30th -- I went to Sacramento for the California Association of Realtors spring business meetings, and on that day, Legislative Day. We meet in the morning and usually the Governor comes to speak to us -- Governor Schwarzeneggar usually did a recorded speech; Atty General  Brown spoke in person, and as Governor, he's spoken in person twice.

Then we transition into National Bike Month, and I think I've repped well. I celebrated Bike to Work Day yesterday by riding to the Property Management Committee meeting (good info; total snore as to how it was presented), then to the office for some maintenance, and then the scenic route home. I planned my ride to leverage the wind, and according to Strava, it worked. In spite of my lights and backpack. I do enjoy defying the odds. Full disclosure: I love defying odds whenever I can.

Tomorrow we're running the Loop the Lagoon 10K Tower Challenge.  We've walked it, we've run it, but not with the Lagoon loop. I haven't run in 4 weeks, since the Run for Good that I ran with my injured bestie. 2nd in my age group, yay!  And yikes! I haven't run since April 12th.

And since I've been so bike-centric and nearly overwhelmed with buyers and sellers, and I love it, my runs have fallen by the wayside in favor of my bike. I suspect that will show up tomorrow.

I'm happy to start...and we'll see about finishing.