Santa Monica Classic 10K Race Review 2015

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Hot. Humid. Painful. Yet I still can’t wait to run another 10K. I have so much respect for 10Kers. It’s such a painful distance. Long enough to be distance, short enough to be a sprint. It’s like the 800 of distance running. I’m eager to master the art of the 10K. I’ll make this short and sweet because I have 10,000 things to do before school tomorrow morning, but in the spirit of balance, I’m gonna take some time to reflect on this race. The Santa Monica Classic is back after a year hiatus. I’ve never run it before, and thought it would be a good speed test before the New York Marathon. Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 8.41.14 PM

I’d been dealing with some stomach issues all week, so I was nervous about the race. Not because of performance, but because I didn’t want my stomach to be the reason I failed. An overload of probiotics and a diet of mostly white carbs on Saturday set me up for a decent race on Sunday. I worked HARD on Sunday. Don’t be fooled by the smile. At mile 3 while dumping water on my head I seriously questioned my decision to sign up for this race. During mile 4 as I was running uphill, struggling to run under a 7 minute pace, I knew signing up was a mistake. Miles 5 and 6 I managed a 6:31 and a 6:23 and just kept my sight on the finish line. I wanted to quit. FullSizeRender (64)

When I crossed the finish line I was super annoyed because I thought I was 4th female overall, but later learning that starting a little further back in the corral meant I was the 2nd place woman out of 700ish, only beat by Bria Wetsch. I’m OK with that, but still annoyed that my pace was the same as a half marathon pace. My legs just didn’t want to move faster. I’ll blame that on the heat and lack of any form of tapering 🙂 Ellen was the 10th woman to cross the finish line, and Marta was on pace to finish top ten, but stopped for a friend and still managed 14th. Out of 700 women. Amazing! Marta also had NO PAIN after a few weeks of dealing with some ITBS issues. She’s all ready for Chicago in a few weeks! Keep foam rolling like a crazy woman. The Three Amigos celebrated with Gjusta and pool time. During this whole dealio, Brent was off running 20 miles.

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Thinking of running this race next year?

PROs:

  • Easy race day packet pick up
  • Plenty of parking options (but you will likely have to pay)
  • Lots of porta-potties and toilets
  • Nice tech shirt!
  • Lots of post-race snacks. LOTS! Like enough for me to take some as extra snacks for school.
  • I personally liked the course. The uphill portion sucked, but I love running on Ocean Avenue and on Main Street.
  • One turn around to wave your friends on
  • Post-race festival was on the pier

CONs:

  • Start and finish are about a mile apart
  • HOT TIME OF YEAR
  • Timing issues at the end. My official time was 15 seconds off my garmin time.
  • Did I mention I was sweating before I even started? Maybe an earlier start time next year?

OK. Back to work. Have a happy work week!

Equitas Academy #3 is Up and Running!

I have so much respect for teachers, but Kindergarten teachers…wow…they are incredible. The first week of Kindergarten is no joke. It takes a village to teach new students the routines and procedures of a school. The EQ3 team was so energetic and positive this week. They showed so much enthusiasm, and despite the long hours never complained. Their love for our students was so evident. I felt so happy at work. It’s so nice to work with people who care so deeply about providing our students with the best education possible. In just one week our students have already made growth. I can’t wait to see how much they learn this year, and to see what we’re able to accomplish with our founders during their five years at our school. Check out our EQ3 scholars during week one…
Being the first week of school was no excuse to stop running. It actually helped me find balance, and take my mind off of all things kinder. Wednesday night I ran down to the bridge in Playa del Rey and ran 6 x 800. I ran all of them just under three minutes then ran home. It was a tough workout after a long day at school.

Thursday night Marta came over and we ran eight miles together. Catching up with the little sister always makes the miles fly by.

OK, back to school…check out Ashley encouraging her scholars to be brave and speak up. She’s building their confidence. Alaina and Ashley, this is cheesy, but I just want to say I am so proud of you two. You’ve worked so hard to establish yourself in middle school, and have been really successful fifth grade teachers. It is so brave of you to venture into the world of Kindergarten. You’re working so hard to learn this new age. You are asking for advice, trying new strategies, and are so eager to learn. I’m inspired by your willingness to try something new, and put yourself out there. You’re helping me as I learn kinder too. Thank you for your patience with me. I don’t say it enough. Thank you.

 Brent and I celebrated the end of my first week with dinner at Superba Snack Bar in Venice. We got the Burrata with Figs and Sweet Potato, Crispy Brussel Sprouts, Squid Ink Cavatelli with Chorizo and Octopus, Radiatorre with Braised Short Rib, S’mores and a big ole bottle of wine. Loved the atmosphere and the food was great, but my stomach was not terribly happy during my run this morning 🙂

Speaking of food in Venice. Last week we finally made it to Gjusta. Marta and I like doing splitzies so that we can try a bunch of stuff. I still felt so overwhelmed by the options. So overwhelmed that we’re going back tomorrow. That Cafe Au Lait was one of the best I’ve had…and I’ve been on a quest for the best cup of coffee in LA.

Before the craziness of last week started, I hit up the trails with these lovely ladies. It was so hot. Trail running is no joke. Here we are at Sullivan Canyon.  

And today is a lazy day of football and laundry. Marta, Ellen and I are running the Santa Monica Classic 10K tomorrow morning, and are having a pool party afterwards. Then it’s back to reality with these awesome women.Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 4.21.49 PM