Friday, March 25, 2011

Mercer Island 5K

A lesson was learned at the Desert Tri 10K that I was NOT ready for that distance. So I plopped myself into a race half the distance instead. Over 20 TNM athletes were racing between the Half marathon, the 10K and the 5K, so it would just be "too" much fun to pass up. AND with a tempo run on my schedule it fit perfectly.

Race morning was the deceptive "sunny". While glancing outside you think tank and shorts but in reality its a much needed pants, gloves, and a hat kind of day. Luckily the 5K didn't take off until 9:30 when the temps were rising.

Zero expectations means pure enjoyment. The course is downhill'ish for the first mile and then you climb a summit for the last two. Reminder: you need MUSCLE to climb, mine have all disappeared, so these climbs were a strenuous dig-deep effort coming from the bone. My heart was left beating outside of my chest and by breathe sounding like a smoker. Enjoyment?! Yes, indeed! As for results: Luckily all the "real" runners were in the "longer" events I was able to win the age group and place fourth overall.

(Yes, that is a kid behind me!)

In other training notes, the sun has squeaked out here in Seattle. Old training buddies (and new, thanks Libby for the hook-up!) and the sparkly Specialized bike got out for an inaugural ride. Had to break the reflectors off to eliminate any harassing by the teammates! ;)

This day was a reminder of how much I LOVE this sport and the friendships. 28 miles blew by with humor, hard work, and the sun at our backs. Also happy to report there is no longer confusion when glancing at cadence and power numbers on the Cyclops Joule (it was a sad sight for awhile), feeling a little more robust each week.

We have successfully made it to the next Remicade treatment in superb health. Sitting here being pumped with more drugs and preparing for the next few days of rest I am thankful and happy with the way things are progressing.

The wishes of a solid training block are within days of reach!

Enjoy the sunshine, the races, and the friendships this upcoming weekend and beyond.


Kiet said...

Dude, kids are fast! They've got so much growth hormone pumping through their veins and did I mention how much speed those youngins' have?

Beth said...

Awesomeness!! Great news Teresa. Remicade to your magic and keep Teresa healthy! :) Enjoy the sun (and hopefully some warmth!). :)

Melissa said...

Wow, you have really flexible shoulders ;-)

SSB said...

Love that you're getting back to your normal training.

Molly said...

Congratulations! Great job! And I love the cute Lululemon outfit :-)

Matt said...

x2 was Kiet said, kids are fast, I have gotten smoked by some young dudes at a race or 2 :( Sounds like a great weekend, racing + fun+ training= awesomeness!

Christi said...

Yay for you! What an awesome race result. I am so glad that you are doing better. That makes me very happy. I hope the great times of training and fun continue!

Jill Costantino said...

Congrats on the WIN! Awww TN it is fantastic to read how things are progressing forward for you these days - AWESOME! Enjoy the sun lady!

Shawn and Tracy said...

Love the 5km race outfit!!! Lulu just might be my first love ;-) LOL
Happy to hear things continue to roll along.

LaVonne said...

Congratulations Teresa! I am impressed, happy for you and proud of your attitude and what you're doing!

But muscle? What's that? :-) It's funny how you can feel so strong at one point, and then realize how far you have to go.

Regardless of your placing and time, you did awesome! Look how far you're come!

And thanks for all of your inspiration!

- LaVonne