Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Race Day Report: Toughest 10K Galveston

This by far was a tough 10K, a normal run 6 miles is not that tough. Now 6 miles over the Galveston Causeway after 8a.m. with full on sun pounding on me… well let’s just say that what started to be a good strong run slowly took its toll on me…
The race start time was delayed by 40mins or so,  a race that should have started at 7:30am didn’t get moving until after 8am and in my mind I was feeling miserable about my run already…
Mile 1 – Finally off and running!! I will say that not being the fastest of runners I feel the slowest in the very beginning because everyone is whipping past me, most days I am okay with that. I’ve learned to keep my pace from the beginning and I will make it through my run a lot better.  This mile went by quick and painless.
Mile 2- Oh my gosh that bridge looked huge!! I tell you what it looked like marching ants climbing that bridge and I didn’t even want to look up. I kept checking my time hoping to keep it between a 12-13 minute mile as we headed upward-at some point I came cross Clarissa and fell into step with her for a few seconds she didn’t even realize I was there -LOL!  I kept going… I was so determined to keep my pace, although all I could think about was how I was supposed to lose weight before I took on the challenge of getting my big butt up another bridge… Epic fail!
Mile 3 – This was probably the most fun out it all… because it was the downhill part!! HA! And I got to see Alma and Lety headed back up the bridge well into their 4th mile – those two are the speedy ones out of our bunch!
Mile 4 – I still had some determination left in me in mile four. I was still on track with my pace and I even caught up to Guada on our way up the bridge again. I was still on pace and for a fleeting moment I thought I could really pull this off.
Mile 5 – Sucked. It really did somewhere around here I started to just give up. Guada left me behind and I just could not make myself catch up to her! If you know me, you know I’d much rather be running at 6am on a Saturday morning than at 9am – I hate running in the full on sun. I was getting to the top of the bridge and you would think that the downhill would be a piece of cake. It turned out to be like someone poked a small tiny hole in my “this is awesome balloon” and slowly the air was let out and I was just about done.
Mile 6- Sucked more. All of my pacing and pushing was over. I was hot and in my mind – it was over! That just made me feel pretty defeated. It’s all fun and games to give you a cheerful re-cap of a race, but oh does it suck to have to re-live this one, knowing that I let my mind get the best of me during a race.
.2 miles- I just wanted it to be over and it was.
It was a bitter sweet for sure – Yay! I finished! I conquered that bridge and I was happy that I was able to do that. I always have to remind myself that year ago I would not have braved something like that and two years ago I was not even thinking about running to the end of my very short street.  I do realize I’ve come  a long way. Honestly though, I know I could have done better. I let my mind take over and the moment I did that the race in itself was over. I know that I am physically stronger and able but once I get my mind telling me I can’t do something it just tears me down.
The take away – Well folks there is a ½ marathon over yet another bridge waiting for me in less than 30days. One foot in front of the other and I will knock it out.
The forecast for this week- Beautifully sunny and afternoon runs in the mid 80’s. Suck it buttercup you live in South Texas...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Let's Catch Up!

My last blog was almost three weeks ago now and I have been a busy little bee… my mind has been doing a lot of thinking as well. SO I am just going to say that -it’s time for my little ole’ blog to go through some growing pains once again, SO please stay tuned!!! I am planning a couple of big (little) things for my sole sisters and brothers out there!!
In the meantime here are a couple of pictures of the past few weekends!!

 Aralyz & Hailey ran thier very first 1 miler at the Big Love Fun Run on September 27th!! I know we were both super proud of the new generation of sole sisters we have on our hands!
Plus they both looked super cute :) 
It was a great run for the grown ups too!

On Oct. 4 we joined Karen from
We are the Carrascos in a Vision Walk!
It turned out to be a lot of fun and a true inspiration for me. Time and time again you will read or hear from me that I am running in support of Childhood Cancer awareness, much like the run for BIG LOVE, but getting the chance to bring awareness to another great cause was good stuff. Karen’s husband has Retinitis Pigmentosa (degenerative eye disease) and she organized a team “RP Avengers” to walk in support.  I was amazed to see so many different people that suffer from different types of eye disease having such a blast together  :)  


              I will walk by faith even when I cannot see.
                   2 Corinthians 5:7