A running update and a 10k

I haven’t been running much and by not much, I mean all the running I have been doing is about three miles tops on a nice air conditioned treadmill. So imagine my delight when Michelle signed me up for Suck it up Buttercup, a hilly 10k in the middle of summer, for my birthday. There aren’t many hills in Florida, but this race managed to find the ones we do have. So that’s what we did Sunday morning.

This was my first race in eight months. It was weird to be out there again. I’ve kinda lost that running magic and I was hoping this race might get some of it back.

We got there pretty early because we needed to pick up our race packets and because Michelle wanted to be in a group picture with some girls she’s been running cheating on me with. We parked with no problem and picked up our packets easily. Then we decided to hit the port-o-potty.

Disclaimer: Poop story ahead.

There was a big spot light on the port-o-potties, so I figured I didn’t need my cell phone flashlight when I went in. Only, the guy that was in there before me had put the lid down. I don’t know about you, but that is concerning to me. Who puts a port-o-potty lid down? And why? Are you hiding something? So I got out my cell for the flashlight because I was not in the mood for surprises. When I turned it on, the first thing I saw was a roach scurrying at my feet. I. hate. roaches. But, it hid in some crevice so I figured as long as it stayed there, I was cool. I did my potty thing including a delightful pre-race poop (I never get those). But, you know when your done going to the bathroom and you stand up and you think, “hmm, am I realllly done?” I had that thought, and as I decided to go for round two, my flashlight caught another roach walking on the toilet paper roll that I just used.

I was out of there.

I don’t even want to know if that roach was already on or in the TP roll when I used it. That effectively gave me the heebie-jeebies for the rest of the race. And incidentally, I didn’t have to go to the bathroom anymore, so there was that.

Anyway, the race itself was decent. It started 15 minutes late because the race director wasn’t there on time. By the time she arrived, she made an announcement that anyone could have made. So I’m not sure what the point was in the delay. The start was super annoying because there were a lot of walkers including women with strollers, small children, and dogs but it cleared up after about a half mile. The whole race was through hilly, residential neighborhoods that were less than scenic, but the after party was pretty cool (with Dunkin Donuts iced coffee and donut holes!) and the race seemed pretty well put together despite the late start. Plus, you get a cute little medal.

I finished in 1:04:48, seven minutes off my PR. My only goal was to run the whole thing without stopping, and I did that. I haven’t been running outside at all and it was humid and hilly as all get out, so the fact that I finished makes me happy. Free race pictures also make me happy.

Not the most flattering but it is what it is.

I am in need of some new running shoes. Big shocker. After my hip injury, I ditched all three pairs of my Mizuno Wave Rider 17s. Now I’m wearing an old pair of Brooks Cloddhopper 10’s. They are so freakin’ heavy but I have no hip pain when I wear them, so I’ve been sucking it up (buttercup). I’m looking for a neutral shoe, no more than 8.6 oz, with an 11-13mm drop. That is apparently the rare unicorn of running shoes.

My next race is the Lighthouse Loop half in October and I need to start training for that next month, so hopefully the running shoe fairy will visit me by then.





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15 responses to “A running update and a 10k

  1. Kara

    You totally need to convert to Hokas. It’s amazing. They are so light, have a low heel drop and tons of shock absorption which your old lady body will appreciate.

    What kind of RD shows up late on race morning?? How is that even possible?

    • Paula

      I looked into those last week! The 5mm drop worries me because I’ve run in lower drop shoes before and they don’t feel as supportive. I need a sugar daddy to get me a pair so I can try them out.

    • Michelle

      This is exactly what I told her last week (about the Hoka’s).

  2. Once upon a time, I was on holidays in Zanzibar. Despite having stopped for a drink at a more upscale beach-front restaurant, when I asked to use the washroom I was taken on a 7 minute walk down a busy alley before turning into a not busy alley and being shown a small room with a squat toilet. (Imagine a dirt floor and it was pretty much this: http://ramblecrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Squat-toilet.jpg)

    I had been living in Tanzania for a while at this point so I wasn’t phased about any of this until I was getting ready to squat and spotted a cockroach in the toilet. I knew I wouldn’t make it back to my hotel to pee so I made a deal with the little critter that he wouldn’t move and I wouldn’t pee on him. The deal worked; he was still there when I was done. What I didn’t tell him was that I was going to dump the water bucket over him and “flush” him down the squat toilet.

    If he hadn’t still been there when I was done, I probably would have run through the streets of Nungwi with my pants around my ankles. *shudder*

    All this is to say, I feel your icky at the cockroaches in the porta-potty.

    • Paula

      I’m not sure which is worse, the roach or the 7 minute walk through alleys. Glad he didn’t move but now he’ll never trust you again after flushing him.

  3. Jenny

    Great job getting back out there! I haven’t raced since November and I can probably count on both hands the number of times I’ve run since then too. I’ve gotta get back at it. Maybe. 🙂
    We tend to have similar shoe woes. What about the Nike Zoom Vomero? 8.7 ounces with 11 mm drop. They feel like running on clouds, honestly. Love that shoe. Or the Saucony Triumph? 8.7 ounces with an 8 mm drop. Maybe going from 11 to 8 wouldn’t bother you as much? I’ve heard good things about them. Hope the Shoe Fairy visits soon. 😉

    • Paula

      November was my last race too! Once the lazy sets in, it’s hard to let it go.

      I have a pair of Saucony Rides which might be similar to the Triumph. They have the 8mm drop and feel pretty good but I can’t do distance in them, so I just use them for Crossfit now. I will definitely check out those Nikes tho!

  4. Michelle

    Sooooooooo glad you are running and racing again. Have I mentioned that???

  5. That’s a tough comeback race. Even the name kind of scares me. Haha! And as someone else who lives in a flat location, I know what a bummer it is when you are faced with hills that you aren’t used to. Sounds like you did pretty good, though. Especially with the whole roach thing. Ew!

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  7. Deb

    I use to run in Under Armour shoes, then I got a hip injury from running stairs (I’ll NEVER do that again). I pulled my hip flexor. I went to PT and also had my gait analyzed. I was told that I was an over-pronator and needed a different, more supportive shoe. I tried soooo many different kinds. Nothing worked – I would get terrible hip pain and also developed knee issues. Long story short (sort of) – one day I was so frustrated that I put my Under Armours back on for a quick run and they felt soooo good. I ditched all the advice and went with felt right. I love the UA’s – they are light weight and very minimal. Good luck!!

    • Paula

      I had the same thing happen! I had my gait analyzed and was given a supportive shoe when I’m a neutral runner. It made things worse and sent me on a shoe downward spiral. The Mizunos were really working for me for awhile but now I’m afraid to wear them again. Maybe I’ll give them another try when the next model comes out.

  8. Allyssa

    You really should try the Saucony Triumphs! They are NOT the same as the Ride…way more cushy! I have trouble wearing anything else. I tried various Brooks shoes but they’re never the right fit for me after I start out with them. And Mizuno’s gave me the worst shin splints ever! I don’t know how you did this race with the heat and humidity we’ve been having. Sometimes when I get up in the morning I’m upset that my kids are home from school and I can’t go out and run (why did they have to outgrow the stroller?) and then when I step out the door for something I no longer regret that whole running thing when the muggy heat smacks me in the face.

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