Blessing numero uno: NO TRAFFIC! Well, very little compared to most Thursday nights when I am driving out to Folsom after work. This blessing allowed me to stop at the Folsom Outlets. Score. I am in dire need of work pants but the store I wanted to visit is on the other side of the outlets and I saw a sweet parking spot that I couldn't pass up. "Oh lookie here, it's right in front of the NIKE outlet. Score!" I am in some need of a new sports bra and Target (my usual spot for such things has decided to follow the trend and has added padding to the C9 compression bras WTF?" So into NIKE I went and what to my wondering eyes should appear? A SALE! I scored these:
Blessing numero duo: My favorte NIKE Tempo Shorts . . . for $9 each!!!! They are normally $28 a pair. So of course I bought 3 pairs along with two NIKE dry-fit shirts that were also only $9 each. Yes, I bought a sports bra that was on sale but unfortunately not a "deal" and I still miss my cheapo Target C9 brand.
Feeling much more chipper I left the store skipping. Okay, not really, more like running since I realized I might actually be late to my race. Whoops.
I arrived at Negro in enough time to hit the porta potty and even go for a warm up run with Captain Kirk. This is only the second time I've done a warm up run before the race and it has always been at the Negro course. I am starting to believe that maybe it helps?!
I took my obligatory pre-race Vanilla Gu because my tummy was growling. 6:15 pm is such a rough start time for a race especially when you come straight from a full 8 hour work day. You can't really eat before but you're kind of hungry.
The race starts and I notice that I was the first woman in the pack. Uh-oh, that can't be good. I was running steady for about a mile and a half when I heard the familiar foot steps of Big D coming up behind me. She passed me as usual. She's so strong! I kept her in my sights however for most of the run. At one point I noticed a woman behind me but I couldn't tell what age group she was in and just assumed it was mine so I wouldn't stop. I felt great compared to last week. Amazing what a good nights sleep will do for you!
Apparently last night I was also channeling Maria Sharapova because I noticed as I was climbing the hills I was one of those annoying runners that breathes super loud almost grunting. I realized what I was doing and sort of laughed and noticed as I was approaching the 5K runners from behind that they all heard me before they saw me! Note to self, must work on that, ugh.
The woman I saw in the beginning never passed me and as it turns out she wasn't in my age bracket anyways. I ended up coming in second female over all and first in my age group (blessing #3)!! I must state however that the girl who usually wins my age group, not to mention the 10K race overall, was a no show last night. Stacey Armijo whoever you are, you are damn fast but thank you for taking a night off to help boost my ego!
On my way home I stopped at Dos Coyotes and picked up the Yucatan Salad (vegetarian) for Vans and I to split when I got home.
Heaven! Vans surprised me by having a nice bottle of wine opened and waiting (blessing #4). It was a nice end to a craptastic week.
Now comes the part that I know most of you lurkers/follwers/stalkers really enjoy . . . the segment that is:
What does the Peanut do while trailmomma is out running? Since trailmomma and family are headed to Tahoe for a weekend of fun and relaxation, I most likely won't be blogging, heck, I might not even be running, so I leave you with . . . Peanut photo overload! Enjoy and happy Friday!
But first I need to take this really important call.
Then it is park time. Contemplating my route up.
Finally, if you are a compression sock lover like myself, head on over to SkinnyRunner and check out her review of the Zensah compression socks.