Saturday, April 11, 2015

Catalina State Park Trail Race

Last Saturday I raced in the Catalina State Park Trail race, which happens to be my favorite race that Tucson holds. It's not a huge race. There are about 300 people total. But it has breath-taking views, great support, and it's quite the challenge!

The route is a 10.2 10.5 miles (according to MY Garmin) race. There are 2 loops that you complete. Within the loop, there is a 92 stair climb. While running on trail, you're pretty much running on sand the entire time. Which is not easy! You pretty much suck wind the while 10+ miles.

The views are just incredible, though!

I did this race last year, and happened to place 1st in my age group, so I felt pretty serious about "defending my title". (another perk to a smaller race. Placing!!) I'm not elitist.

After I did last year's race, I got motivated to become a better trail runner. So I really started incorporating it into my workout plans.

And I definitely beat my time, but didn't do as well in terms of rank as last year!

Last year's results: Time: 1:39:16.  7th overall women. 1st in my age group
This year's results: Time: 1:31:48.  9th overall women.  1st in my age group

I had so much fun, and just smiled ear to ear the whole time. I did the race with a few other friends. By mile 3, another runner and I realized we were about the same pace - so we ran the rest of the race together. I was planning on trying to convert her to our running group, but unfortunately she lives in California!

Here are a few photos from the race:

Here is a picture of one of the water crossings and stairs we had to climb. I stole this off the Everyone Runs website.

This is an example of the views throughout the whole park! Pretty awesome, huh?
This is a photo of some of the "Ragnar crew". We were laughing because all had some form of "Ragnar swag" on at the race. We should get paid by Ragnar for marketing!  

This is a fun shot of me and my friend Amanda, who I work out with most days of the week. She beat me by a few minutes - but she was my "rabbit" during this race!
We both walked into this race saying, "let's just take it easy and have fun and not worry about pace" Ha! Everything changed once we crossed the start line. We are kind of competitive....;)
After the race we went to a local Mexican restaurant for Bloody Mary's and omelets. It was a great morning, and a fun race! Can't wait to do it next year!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Currently April edition

Here are my current currently's!

Reading: I am currently reading "The Kitchen House", which I am having a very difficult time really enjoying. It's a good book, but it seems to be moving slow. Or I'm just moving slow. One of the two...
Thinking: About how amazing my coffee tastes on my 1st free morning in several weeks, where I don't have a workout or work to rush to. These quiet morning are so therapeutic!

Frustrated: With the cactus hair-like-thorn lodged in the bottom of my foot from yesterday. And no, it wasn't from my race! It was from cleaning the pool, while walking around our back yard barefoot yesterday afternoon.

(Here's your Cactus Thorn 101 for the non-desert dwellers: There are some large thorns that can easily be pulled out. Then there are this little hairs of thorn that hurt 10x worse. Usually a tweezers can't grab them. So if duct tape doesn't pull them out, the cactus thorn removal is self-limiting. You have to be patient and them them "work their way out".)

Feeling: Very happy. I really can find nothing in life to validly complain about. I love my job, I'm surrounded by amazing people, my marriage is in such a happy place, and the sun comes up a little earlier every morning! Hurray!

Anticipating: Our Scuba Certification dive that will be in a few weeks. And hopefully squeezing in a backpacking trip in May!

Eating: Today I will be eat a very non-traditional Easter meal. (we are just having another couple over for a pool day). Ryan is making carne asada on the grill. I'm making a jicama salad, guacamole, and lemonade pie. Oh, and deviled eggs - because they are Ryan's all time favorite snack.

Sad: That I'm not spending Easter with my family. I miss family so much!

Working: At a new job, and am so happy! It feels really different to me, because my position is completely new. So I am "building" my position. There are also times where I feel like I'm going back to school, because there is so much to learn working in such a sub-specialty area of medicine!! Loving feeling so challenged!

Grateful: For those rare days that Ryan and I get off together - and today is one of them! Fitting in his 4-5 flights/month, in addition to his work and travel schedule can be challenging. But we have really learned to appreciate every bit of time we get together. Which is always good in a relationship -- for I think we take for granted the availability of one's spouse/s.o. sometimes.

Listening: Serial. My sister has been recommending it to me for the longest time. Now that I have a commute to work, I've tuned it. This is addicting!!

Wishing: You all a Happy Easter, Passover, and a beautiful month of April! (And I pray my friends and family up North get some spring weather!

What are your currently's?