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Cypress 10K – 1999

July 24, 1999

The Cypress 10K was a TRH club run, so I decided to give it a try – I LO-OVE racing.  10K is a nice distance, usually less than an hour and then you are done.  Not a lot of pain even if you run hard.

Cypress is one of the more boring courses.  Basically, it’s 2 – 5K loops.  Each loop is a roughly equidistant square of straight-straight-straight.  There was a pretty good crowd of people while you are in the first loop, but then everyone else turns off to finish, and I turn off to run a second loop.

On that second loop, I see hardly any people at all.  It’s also quite hot out, though at least the race people included a “car-wash” that you could run through.  I sort of edge through it, so I don’t get my glasses wet (and also I might hit my head).  I finished in 43:29 (another good 10K) and go to look and see if I get a medal or not.

The number of medals the race gives out is largely dependent on how many runners ran the previous year in a particular age group.  So, in my age group, medals go 13 deep!  I get 8th place, and there’s really nothing I could do to change that place.  7th place runs 39:00, and 9th place runs 55:00.

Since the medal ceremony lasts so long (lots of medals in the 5K, too), I volunteer to pick up medals for anyone who gets bored and leaves.  My favorite moment is when I pick up a medal for Chuck (Roast) who is in his early 60s.  After picking it up, I turn to a person sitting near me in the crowd, and say, “Don’t I look fabulous for 62?”


Bastille Day 5M – 1999

July 17, 1999

Laura and I ventured down to Newport Beach to try the Bastille Day 5 miler.  This was an event I had heard good stuff about, but it was really disorganized.

I went out too fast (this seems to be a refrain) probably trying to prove that I am OK with my foot problem.  I finished under 35 minutes.

Laura had some success, too, breaking 8:00/mile pace in the 5K for the second race this month.  Laura and I have been training together.  She ran LA Marathon in 4:48 in March, which was a 40-minute PR.  She is preparing for Long Beach Marathon (I think she can go 4:15 or better) and I am getting ready for the Humboldt Redwoods Marathon.  We encourage each other and talk the whole way.  The camaraderie helps both of us do better.

ThomBob Kayak Run Relay – 1999

July 11, 1999

I participated in the TRH inaugural ThomBob Kayak Run Relay.  This race is named for the founders of the idea – Thom Lacie, the manager of the Second Street Runners High Store, and Bob Rice, the de facto leader of Team Runners High.

There are teams of two – and teams were not allowed to team up to form a “super-team.”  I was paired with Tom Williams, a member I had never seen at a run before.  We were an odd pairing, since he was shorter and stockier (and older) than I.

The way the relay works is that the first teammate kayaks 1K, then the second teammate runs 5K, then the first teammate runs 5K, then the second teammate kayaks 1K.

I opted to go first, as I was concerned about my fitness to be able to kayak AFTER I had run.  A few of my TRH/AREC buddies were there, including Laura and Bernard.

The kayak start was chaotic, and several people fell out of their boats trying to get a good start.  Several of us languished, because we do not do a lot of upper body workout.  As soon as I rounded the final buoy, I opted to beeline for shore about 50 yards early, so that I could pull the kayak in walking onshore (rules were changed the following year to prevent this).

While my teammate ran his 5K, I nursed the many blisters I suffered from the paddle chafing my thumb-forefinger webbing.  Soon enough, it was my turn to run.  It was as bad as running after you get off your bike in a triathlon… I managed 25:00 (and learned afterwards that the course was 0.3 long).

I was gratified that I wasn’t the slowest kayaker – Laura and Bernard both won kayaking lessons for that honor – because I was probably the only person who couldn’t sit properly in the boat.

These ocean-kayaks have foot pegs to help you get leverage.  You are essentially supposed to set them at a level where your legs are nearly fully extended.  My legs fully extended were about 5 inches beyond the furthest level.  So… my knees are at a difficult angle.

Ray Coombs gave me some advice, and I retorted, “Put on stilts and a 40-pound pack, and THEN give me advice!”  Still, I would do this race again.

Redondo 4th of July – 1999

July 4, 1999

Day 2 of the back-to-back races.  At least this was only a 5K.

I went out way too fast and covered my miles in 6:34, 6:30, and 7:34 (1.1M) to finish in 20:38, my fastest 5K of the year.

I think I am getting better at running somewhat conservatively in the first race and still having enough left for the second race (or at least doing the right thing to recover before a next day race).

Anaheim Hills 10K – 1999

July 3, 1999

I had the opportunity to run back-to-back races for the 4th of July weekend, so I went up to Anaheim Hills to try their 10K.  I had been getting over a cold, so running hard in a race didn’t exactly help me feel better.  None of my AREC friends were at the race, so I started up conversations with various people at the race, including a nice lady named Aurora (who was married in probably 10 years older than me).

Considering how I felt and the number of hills, I ran 43:15, which was my second fastest 10K ever (!), and the 43:04 in Alameda last year was on a totally flat course.  My foot still hurts, but I am managing the pain better… or in other words, I wouldn’t have run with the kind of pain I’m feeling when I first started running, but I tolerate a lot more now.

Summer Solstice 5M – 1999

June 17, 1999

I left work early in order to make this Thursday evening race in El Dorado Park close to my condo in Long Beach.  The traffic was so bad, however, that I barely got to the registration table by 6:00pm (for a 6:00pm start).  I got my bib on and fortunately, the race started 5 minutes late.

The weather was hot and windy (apropos for this time of year – almost on the Summer Solstice), but I maintained pretty even pace through each mile.  As I came around to the final stretch, I saw a guy about 100 yards ahead of me (with about 300 yards to go).  He looked back and gave me a sort of head-shake-blow-off.  I didn’t think I could catch him, but I decided, ‘screw it,’ I will try anyway… and caught him right at the finish line.

The result was a 5 mile PR – 34:22 – though not good enough for placing in my age group.

I’m starting to realize that it doesn’t exactly matter what the conditions are – hot, cold, wet, windy – you can still have a good or bad race, even recovering from an injury.

Hit the Road Jack 10K – 1999

June 6, 1999

I was home for a visit (to the Bay Area), and decided to venture up to Sonoma for a race with Riva.  In warming up for the race, I noted the vast difference between the kind of warm-up that I liked to do and the kind of warm she usually did.

The difference, for me, at least, had to do with how each of us got into running.  Riva started in High school and continued running throughout college, whereas I started running on my own, and did not follow specific race warm-up plans.

I usually did a bunch of stretches – stretching my calves and quads.  Riva, on the other hand, did probably a 7-10 mile warm-up run – hey, we’re only running 6 miles here!

The course was a flat, fast course through the burg of Sonoma.  I ran fairly fast and cramped afterwards.  I was happy with the 44:44 time (one of my top 3 10Ks), so I felt like I had mastered my issue with the plantar fasciitis.  Riva, on the other hand, ran 39:03, good enough for 3rd place (overall for women) and won 10 pounds of Jack cheese.