“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” Napoleon Hill
Gorgeous views for all as we headed up to Los Pinos Peak from Lazy W Ranch. Approximately 11.75 miles from the Ranch to Blue Jay Campground finish line. Starting at Lazy W, around 12 miles into the race to about the Main Divide is where it gets brutal — 8 miles uphill with limited aid station access.
It had been a while since Ash and I had a full weekend planned out for ourselves so I was excited when we planned a run/hike at Mt. Baldy on Saturday before heading to check out a portion of the Leona Divide 50 course on Sunday. Just late last year we were on the go and I kind of missed that. We started with Cuyamca 100k in San Diego at the beginning of October and finished that month with Javelina Jundred in Arizona. In November I crewed/paced for Ashley’s 100-mile Chimera race before we headed to Joshua Tree to to do some trail exploring and then to Utah to log in some miles on the Zion 100 course. Finally, we left Utah and then headed to Vegas for Christmas to log in some miles around the city and in the Lake Mead area. Phew…that was exhausting but SO much fun! You just can’t compare a girl’s only road trip to anything else — we hop in the rental, turn on Google Maps, get a little lost, eat to our heart’s content and log in as many miles as we can. Oh, and we takes lots of photos. 🙂
So far this year, we have both been a little bit busy with different race agendas but we were still able to travel to SF for NF50 and Catalina for our 50-miler race in January; this past month we headed out to Lake Elsinore for the San Juan 50k and Old Goat’s 50-miler. Beginning this month until the end of the year, we won’t be running any races together but we will be there to support eachother in any way that we can.
Leona will be the first race that Ashley will be crewing and supporting me so I was really excited that she was taking her duties seriously and wanted to get me out on the course so I’d know what to expect. We got out to to the course on Sunday morning, familiarized ourselves with the logistics (pretty simple) and of course crewing and aid station strategies. We left exhausted from our two days worth of excercising and still have plans on getting back out there at least once more before race day. This is what I call a true friend.
Time: 18:04, 2nd W, 1st in AG. Click HERE for complete results.
Feeling super excited after my last race performance at the 30th Annual City of Cypress 5K. My goal for the day was to try and reach an 18:10 time but after disastrous morning up to the race start, I just hoped to finish without jumping into a porta-potty along the course. I guess mentally everything seemed to be going wrong even though it wasn’t SUCH a big deal that I had waited forever in the port-potty line only to jump in and realize there wasn’t any toilet paper (so didn’t use it) and after that I didn’t have any time left for warming-up. I did a few strides before I found my coach and teammates at the starting line. I simply went up to my coach and told her, “Tell me I am going to be fine even though I didn’t warm up.” She simply hugged me, gave me this kind smile and look directly in my eye and told me to get in a few more strides and I would be fine. I felt better but was still worried about my stomach that was still making all kinds of crazy noises!
This venue hosted both a 5K and 10K with cash prizes available for the 10K winners. I always expect fast competition at these events and I don’t mind getting my butt kicked if it could possibly mean faster race times for me. As you can see from the first line of this post, I took second overall in the 5K but because the both races started simultaneously, with the looping the 5K twice, I was surprised (pleasantly) when my boyfriend told me I was the second woman finisher behind my coach – SCORE! I remembered there at least a few gals in front of me as I headed down the dreadfully long mile finish but it made sense that they had kept going around for the second loop. Geez, they were pretty darn good. I only had enough fuel in me to get to the shoot before I hunched over in exhaustion.
Anyway, I just planned on consistent 5:52 splits to get me to that 18:10 but as soon as the gun went off, and I am noticing this in every 5K that I am running, EVERYONE takes off like a bat out of hell. Seriously, I glanced at my watch and we were running 5:36 and there were tons of runners in front going even faster (even kids)! It seems really fast but when you are in the race momentum, it really doesn’t seem that crazy until you pay for it later when you hit the wall. I made the hardest effort to slow down to stay on MY target pace and found myself right on at the first mile mark. A little after the mile marker, we turned right into a residential area and I totally got sidetracked, my mind was wandering all over the place. It was a good thing I caught that quickly enough to avoid losing precious seconds during that mile. My teammate Radell was near me at the point where I jumped back on pace and told me to hold my pace and not push it just yet. I was grateful for that although I knew I was only making up for the seconds I had just lost.
It seems that we had a few more turns in a residential area before we hit the final mile stretch and I was feeling pretty good. I kept glancing at my watch to check my average pace and knew I was right around my goal but I had to keep pushing if I was going to make it. By this time Radell had pushed ahead of me and I just kept my sights on him and down the road searching for the finish line balloon banner. The final stretch was pretty uncomfortable and I started to question my strength when I realized that this mile seemed so long! Thankfully I had adjusted my bezel settings earlier to see my overall time and I realized I was going to finish faster than 18:10 (no way!) and before I knew it, I was staring down the timer that was still showing under 18:00. I just kicked and kept my eye on it, finishing in 18:04. So close to breaking 18:00 and for a split second I questioned myself as to why I started to give up when I was so close but then I remembered that I had achieved my goal and to “always be grateful.”
Overall a great race venue that I would definitely race again.
Here’s to breaking 18:00 (next time)…
My teammates did so good! Left to right: Radell Hutchens 17:54, me, Coach Sylvia Mosqueda 17:20, Lydia (cheerleader for the day). Bottom: Mohammed Abed 17:16