Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Year o' Races

Last year, I set an annual fitness goal for swimming as a way to keep motivated and to challenge myself a bit. For this year, I decided I would change things up and focus on running a race each month, with an effort to include different races from those I've done before and/or to find races in new places when we were traveling.

My "Year o' Races" culminated with the Urban Cow 1/2 Marathon this past Sunday, October 4th. This is a race I've run every year since we moved to Sacto in 2004. For the past three years, I've done the 1/2 Marathon relay (6.55 miles each) with a different girlfriend each time, since my overall running activity has decreased and the 13.1 distance no longer was in reach. This year, however, I determined to challenge myself by doing the entire distance with a run/walk combo, which is how I've been able to get back to running any longer than 1 hour. I did three 10-miler training runs to get ready and was aiming for a 10:00/mile pace. I made it! My overall time (see final item in list below) was 2:10:33, which is a 9:58/mile pace. Yay! That was a great way to finish out the year.

And as I've mentioned to Mr. E and several other folks, I truly don't feel any need to do that ever again. :) I'll be just fine sticking with shorter distances and still being able to enjoy running and take what my body is willing to give.

Here's a recap of the Year o' Races:
  • October 5, 2014 - Urban Cow 1/2 Marathon Relay (with M). Sacramento. Leg 1 6.55 miles. Time 1:05:39. Pace 10:01.
  • November 27, 2014 - Turkey Day Race (with Mr. E). New Orleans, LA. 5 miles. Time 48:45. Pace 9:51.
  • December 7, 2014 - California International Marathon Relay Challenge (with CPCA ladies). Folsom to Sacramento. Leg 1 5.9 miles. Time 57:10. Pace 9:41.
  • January 3, 2015 - Resolution Run. Sacramento. 5K. Time 28:39. Pace 9:14.
  • February 1, 2015 - Super Sunday Run. Sacramento. 10K. Time 55:44. Pace 8:59.
  • March 29, 2015 - Girls on the Go Run. Sacramento. 10K. Time 57:08. Pace 9:13.
  • April 25, 2015 - Crazylegs Classic (with Mr. E). Madison, WI. 8K. Time 47:52. Pace 9:37.
  • May 21, 2015 - Corporate Run (with CPCA ladies). Sacramento. 5K. Time 30:11. Pace 9:44.
  • June 7, 2015 - Women's Fitness Festival. Sacramento. 5K. Time 26:25. Pace 8:31.
  • July 12, 2015 - Be The Match Walk/Run (with Mr. E and A). Portland, OR. 5K. Time 37:34 (includes 5 minutes delay for train crossing!!!). Pace 12:05. Adjusted time 32:34. Adjusted pace 10:28.
  • August 8, 2015 - Susan B. Anthony Women's Run. Sacramento. 5K. Time 28:04. Pace 9:09.
  • September 13, 2015 - Run to Remember (with Mr. E). Sacramento. 5K. Time 29:28. Pace 9:30.
  • October 4, 2015 - Urban Cow 1/2 Marathon. Sacramento. 13.1 miles. Time 2:10:33. Pace 9:58.