I've decided to combine my blogs all in one place... you can get tri and race updates here!
So apparently, the Diva Race has sold out - OMG, I'm SO doing that next year!
but I'm going for the Brazen Racing event - Western Pacific 10k! May 5th
That's like twice around the lake... can i do it close to 1.5 hours? we shall seee!!!!!!!
Also, i found a 5k race, August 19th - San Diego, here i come!!!
America's Finest City Half Marathon & 5K
On February 8th, I registered for the Half Marathon... (REALLY?!?!)
What: Oakland Running Festival - Half Marathon
Where: Oakland, CA
When: March 25, 2012 - 9:15am start
none - seriously? seriously... (idiot)
well, i did go around the lake once to see how I felt on February 21st, a month before the race.
The night before, I ate, drank, and was merry with some friends the night before at Cha Cha Cha’s in San Francisco, and didn’t get home til 12:30. Additionally, when I got home, I pulled my things together, so I didn’t get to bed til around 1am. My get-ready list:
The race started at 9:15, but I got up at 6, got dressed, had a piece of toast with peanut butter and 1200mg of ibuprofen, and left the house around 6:40 and got there in time to get parking fairly close by (about 5 blocks away), to hear the national anthem, familiarize myself with the area, acclimate my body to the temperature, and cheer on my relay and 5k friends at the starting line.
30 minutes before start time, I decided to check my bag, went to the restroom one last time (it’s hard to do in a porta-potty with a full piece swimming suit on), and went to my pacing spot in the start chute, in the back!
Miles 1, and 2 were pretty uneventful, basically walked around downtown and saw all the people in front of me at the turn arounds! saw Consuelo on 9th street, and stopped for a hug! Ran a little, but was unsuccessful...
By mile 3, I gave up trying to run because my calves threatened to cramp every time i tried to start running...
At mile 4, the marathoners joined us (on their mile 17) - I thought, “I’m almost a third of the way there!”
Saw my friends’ dad while trekking to mile 5 (“good job! good job!”)
on the way to mile 6, i saw these ladies jog past me in bright pink and black shirts that had "I shall run and not tire - Isaiah 40:31 - In Jesus Name" I had to remember what Malou said about using running as her form of meditation and being thankful for each breath and step... it was pretty awesome...
at mile 6 heading into West Oakland, I thought, “I’m almost halfway!” As I get to the water and relay station between mile 6 and 7, I saw a bright pink sign that said, “Go Go Go! Isachu, with the biggest smile underneath it, from my friend Amy :) I also started to feel heat on the bottom of my foot, and prayed that it wasn’t going to blister!!
I Gu’d up, and continued on to mile 7, “I’m past half way!” where these two tall, foine-ass, Oakland Fire guys jogged right past me with the word “full” on their back - as in full marathon, 26.2 miles. Well, at least now I know I’m in good hands!
Between mile 7 and 8, Brown Sugar Kitchen was passing out orange juice, and my knees felt like they had swollen to the size of a basketball each - i stepped up to try to bend it, and maybe stretch it a bit, but my muscles started cramping. I stopped for a second, and took a deep breath, and felt really emotional and wanted to start crying. I teared up, but thought, “uhh...” and so I stopped and continued on.
by mile 9, I knew I was already heading back and that mentally just kept me going. Heading towards mile 10, there were these Raiders fans that just made my day... plus, as I was walking, I suddenly heard from the traffic on the other side of the road, “ISAAAA!” It was Heather and her family! Awesome...
at mile 10, I could see AND hear the finish line, it was only 3 blocks away, but i had 3.1 miles left to go, around the lake! I thought, “It’s just a loop around the lake, like starting all over, except that I am in immense pain... let’s go!”
those last 3.1 miles were the most grueling... my legs started cussing me out: “what the f were you thinkin?! signing up for a half marathon, mf-ing b.... and then actually doing it without training!!! iiiiiiiidiot!!! u lil mf-er!” Fortunately, MF is my middle name! haha...
it started to sprinkle after mile 11, “oooohh no.... no no no no no...” but that was it, and it didn’t rain!
at mile 12, I started to see more and more people walking back towards me with their 13.1 medals around their neck. “one more mile, one more mile, one more mile”
as I passed Lake Chalet, I tried to speed up, cuz it was the home stretch!
Around the corner, and MILE 13! i see it, and my phone dies, and i didn’t get a picture of the final mile marker... i walk up the little hill, fighting my muscles not to cramp, and as i see the finish line, i try to run it in, but my body wouldn’t let me.
It was a humbling experience not to be able to run across the finish line as people cheered me on, and said, “finish strong!” I hear the *beeeep* of the timing chip, and I didn’t even look back to see what my time was. I saw Louis, waved hi, and then saw Joemar, gave him a hug, and started to walk down the chute to the runners’ exit.
It wasn’t until I was handed my medal that I remembered that it had my name on it... I GOT ONE!!!!! which proves that I DID IT!!!!
on the way out, i took some apple, and a quarter of a bagel... as i exited, I took a picture with the finishing backdrop, and then Joe took that crazy picture of me. I walked up to get my bag, and then walked down the hill to get my two beers!!! Gave one to Joe, and then proceeded back up the hill (uggh...) to the medic tent (staffed by medics from Highland Hospital) to get some ice on my knees.
When I went in, there were 2 people laying on the cots, 1 with and IV drip. This guy, Eddie, helped me with some ice pack, liquid tylenol, and rubbed my calves with some ointment. As I was sitting there waiting on him, a lady (about mid-70s?) was carried in by 3 people, she could hardly stand, with the half marathon medal dangling around her neck. “it’s alright... we got you... congratulations... you did it... we got you... we got you... you did it!” they wrapped her up in the thermal thingys and then gave her an IV drip too... wow...
Eddie helped me wrap up my the ice packs on my knees and I walked out of there looking crazy as hell, like i had 2 basketballs taped to them!
With Joe’s help, I made my way back to my car 5 blocks away - the longest 5 blocks ever...
Will I do another half marathon? uuuhhhhh... not likely, but who knows? ^_^
This past Sunday, March 25th, I completed my first Half-Marathon... whoohooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Race Report to come!
MyFitnessPal is actually helping me out!
I was going to get a pecan roll the other day at Arizmendi's (MAJOR NOM!!!) but i DIDN'T because i was using myfitnesspal.com to track my cals... and yes, it probably isn't all that accurate, but it's more info than i would have had if i didn't do it!
here's myfitnesspal food journal: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/chooberino
plus they have an app for your phone at http://www.myfitnesspal.com/mobile, so you can add foods right on the spot, i love it! plus adding my foods during my meal slows me down just a bit, so i'm not inhaling my food, and also makes me think about what and how much of everything that i'm putting into my body.
so easy... it doesnt' have to be exact... even just estimating the number of calories helps a lot! HAVE FUN!
I'm so excited i found this... I hope it helps me somehow
wow... almost a whole year before posting races... ANYWAY - needless to say, i only completed 2 out of the crazy that i said i was going to complete last year, but HEY - that's 2 more than i would have done if i didn't make any goals... so here we go... my list for 2012!
oh, btw, this is my plan for the year... i couldn't remember if i posted this yet:
April: Emeryville's Shortest Triathlon Ever
May: Bay to Breakers
July: Pleasanton Tri-for-Fun
Aug: Santa Barbara Triathlon
Sept: Pleasanton Tri-for-Real
Oct: Bridge to Bridge (7k run)
Nov: something around thanksgiving (run)
my 2nd STE, and my 3rd triathlon overall - i came in faster than i did last year!!! whoohoo! ^_^ look look look!
i did better overall too! but there were a lot less people this year than last year...
It's January... time to train!
i haven't had a car since July and i've lost at least 8 pounds... i weighed myself at the end of the day (after dinner) and was 242#s - i weighed myself this morning, and i was 239.5#s - WHOOHOO!!! hahahaha... i'm back in the 30s! haha
i chatted with my sister this morning:
me: so guess what?
i'm in my 30's!
i've been going back and forth from 245, to 250 and then when i was really fit, it was 242...
me: i was 242 last night after dinner
Kay: then you pooped
me: so i weighed this morning, and now i'm 239.5!
Kay: always weigh in the morning after you poop
me: yeah, and i woke up hella hungry
me: i had coffee and a banana this morning for breakfast
it was a really big banana
and know i'm having half a scone
i was thinking about joining club ONE here in the city center
i can go swimmin gin the morning, shower, and then walk to work
and they're open on weekends
Kay: that's perfect
how much is it?
def a good time to join
they prob have their initiation fees waived for January
i'm not sure... someone joined for a month, and she said it was $50 for the month
come lunch time, i'm gonna use the time to go get my pants tailored, and check out the club one's membership prices and services... =) yay!
oh, and check out my anticipated triathlons this year on the top right!
June: Pleasanton Tri-for-Fun
Aug: America's Finest City 5k
Oct: Bridge to Bridge
Nov: Run Wild for a Child
- Shortest Triathlon Ever
- Pleasanton Tri-for-Fun
- Bridge to Bridge
- Shortest Triathlon Ever
- Pleasanton Tri-for-Fun
- Oakland Half Marathon
- Shortest Triathlon Ever