This Thanksgiving, my oldest daughter and I decided to run the Loveland Turkey Trot in Loveland, Colorado. We’ve never run this race, and it was a new course that was right off I-25, so it was easy for us to get to.
Overall, the course was not the best. It was run on pavement and involved two switchbacks where you ran down a road and back. It basically felt like you were running around car lots.
There was little snacks and food afterward, the results were not posted immediately, and it was very disorganized. It was a beautiful day to run, but we won’t be doing this 5k race again.
I knew I’d pay the price for running a 10k since the last time I ran a 10k I was wrecked, but I did it anyways.
Yep, I paid the price. My legs stiffened after the race. The next day, my tendons were sore. The day after that, my calves were sore. Three days in, I got a massage, so the day after that my butt hurt because my massage therapist pressed so hard on my butt to release the tension.
Yeah, fun stuff.
I’m unsure why I pay ($45 race fee and $100 massage) for torture, but I continue to do so.
It’s just something I do and something I will continue to do until I can’t anymore.
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Well, first off, I did not know that a “heavy 10k” is actually an extra mile you run, so my 6 mile run turned into a 7 mile run. Nor did I realize this until I passed the 6 mile mark.
The course was not the best. The race started by running up a hill and through/by a subdivision. For a good two miles at least, we ran on the side of a big road in Windsor. The only good part was the trails for the last mile or so, which were pretty with fall colors.
However, due to COVID, prizes were to be mailed, and we were told to leave as soon as it was over. My prize? A small bottle of hot water.
The after effects on my body were horrendous. I couldn’t walk. My hamstrings were locked up. I was miserable. My massage the week after hurt.
I was a physical wreck.
I can’t do this anymore, especially for a race with a mediocre course. It was not worth it. I’m just too old. It ruined my whole week of CrossFit the next week, and I was just miserable.
The only 10k I may run again is the Garden of the Gods if people stop freaking out about a virus.
Other than that, I have to bow to age and my body.
Last week, I posted on how I enjoy the feeling of being sore and called it sadistic soreness. This does not translate to the feeling of being cold.
I hate being cold, so it’s always iffy when you sign up for a 5k in December. But The Turkey Trot was cancelled this year because of snow, so I was itching to run one.
This day in December was cold and icy, and to be blunt, utterly miserable.
My 5k time was ok. I had to slow way down on all of the icy spots and try to make up time where it wasn’t icy (which was few and far between). I ended up second in my age group, 15th overall. This was pretty good.
I wish I could say “never again,” but I’ll probably sign up to shiver my ass off next year.
I did CrossFit Hero WOD Luke today. I hadn’t done a Hero WOD since Murph, so it was time. Named for Marine Staff Sgt. Leon H. Lucas Jr. who died Aug. 1, 2011, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
The CrossFit Hero WOD is:
400 m run
15 clean and jerks 105 lb for women, 155 for men
400 m run
30 toes to bar
400 me run
45 wall balls
400 m run
45 kettlebell swings
400 m run
30 ring dips
400 m run
15 lunges at 105 lb for women, 155 for men
400 m run
Just under an hour for me (I still don’t have my run back after having problems since March), this was an excellent workout with relatively easy moves, except for the heavy barbell. Highly recommended, and a great way to honor those who’ve sacrificed for our freedoms.
Two months ago, I started doing HIIT (high intensity interval training) classes to try to improve my fitness and actually push myself, because one of the pitfalls of working out by yourself is not pushing yourself. Every time, I get my butt kicked in HIIT class. But overall I hadn’t noticed any significant change.
Until this week.
This week I went jogging like I normally do. When I jog, I do just that — jog. I don’t push myself. I just run up and down the street to get my heart rate up and get a little cardio in. Well, when I took a look at my heartrate report, I noticed something — I hadn’t hit peak heart rate the entire time I was jogging — I was in cardio the entire time. That’s when I knew; I knew HIIT classes were working.
Needless to say, I’m super excited. Not excited that I’ll have to push myself on my jogs now, but excited I’m improving. I’m itching for 5k season to come around, so I can really test HIIT classes and see if my 5k time has improved and I start winning more 5ks. Because, despite working out by myself, it is all about winning — no matter what I’m doing.