Pulsator 10K 2017 Race Recap

I often (okay, make that ‘always’) have a time goal for a race I’ll be running. Sometimes I make that goal know on social medialike my sub-3 hour attempt last summer, and other times I don’t share itlike trying to break 40 minutes in the 10K this past weekend.

Coming off a 10 month long injury, I haven’t known what to expect for my racing performance this past month. My first race back from an injury was a 5K in April. I had barely been pain-free for a couple of weeks but ran a 19:51 at the race. At the time, I had secretly hoped to be closer to 19:30, but then only one week later I went on to run a 19:28 at the Get In Gear 5K in Minnesota. My confidence started to build!

Since my 5K three weeks ago, training has been filled with a moderate amount of mileage (35-40 miles per week), one track workout each week, and a long run each weekend. Everything has gone really well, but I know I am still far behind where I was last year at this timeand even behind where I was two years ago at this time. Two years ago I was 7 months postpartum and running 75 miles per week! Two years ago I ran the Pulsator 10K in 40:09 with the hope of breaking 40 minutes. I didn’t quite have it in me at that time, so I didn’t know what I would be capable of this year knowing I haven’t been doing nearly the same amount of mileage.

BUT you take a deep breath, give it your all and see what comes of it.

The Pulsator 10K is coupled with the Trent/Waldron Glacier Half Marathon, which I did last year and a few other times as well. I’ve said it beforeand I’ll say it again: if you are local, I highly recommend running this race because it doesn’t end on a hill! (Unlike so many other races in town.) It is a small race with some decent food afterwards and a mug if you beat your time from the previous year.

I was excited and nervous to race again this past weekend. My training had been going well, but I still get nervous because I want to do well. The day was cloudy and cool; for most people it was probably the perfect racing conditions. While it wasn’t terrible for me, it definitely was on the cool side with temps in the low 40s. After warming up for 30 minutes, it was time to race.

My first mile (per usual) was my fastest. I quickly settled into my groove and found a pace that was challenging but one I could maintain the whole 6.2 miles.

Mile 1 6:18

Mile 2 6:31

Mile 3 6:35

I knew I had to get to the half-way point in 20 minutes or less, and I literally got to the turn-around just as my watch was clicking over to 20 minutes. I had paid attention to what my splits were on the way out, so I knew I had to stay under a 6:30 pace in order to break 40 minutes. Luckily on the way back (It is an out-and-back course.) this course is slightly downhill, and I can always tell because it often feels like I’m flying.

Mile 4 6:25

Mile 5 6:22

Mile 6 6:27

I was running by myself for the entire second half, but I passed the 10Kers going ‘out’ and many of them offered words of encouragement, which was so nice. (If any of you are reading this, I’m sorry I couldn’t say anything back, I was out of breath!)

Running by yourself is tough because you really have to stay focused and not ‘let up,’ but I kept thinking keep pushing, go for the sub-40! Luckily it paid off, and I crossed the finish line with just a few seconds to spare.

Overall, I’m very happy with how the race went. I felt good and got my secret goal. Three days later I’m still sore, but it probably didn’t help that I was on my feet working all day on Saturday and Sunday. I’m just doing some easy mileage this week before running the Twilight 12K on Friday night!

Now let’s talk about the clothes I chose to wear. In short: I LOVED racing in this outfit! I was the first time wearing the shirt and sports bra, which I know I’m not supposed to do, but that’s how much I trust Oiselle’s clothing. The tank it so light weight, breathable, doesn’t stick to your skin, and I love the fun pattern with the sheer material. I purposely got the sports bra to go with the tank. The sports bra is a fun pop of color under the sheer tank. Usually I’m not that picky about my sports bra, but I especially liked this sports bra! It had a wider band, which made it so comfortable t wear during the race. My shorts are a little longer than some of my other compression-style shorts at 2.5 inches, and they were also very comfortable to wear during the entire race. Lastly, if you are on the market for a pair of racing flats, I’d highly recommend mine! This is a perfect time to try them out because they are 64% off right now. Check them out here.

tank | sports bra | shorts | watch | shoes | socks

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Memorial Day Sales

Happy Friday and happy long weekend!

I’m going to be busy working this weekend, and I am also going to run a race tomorrow morning! I’m excited and nervous, per usual. I’m going to run the Pulsator 10K here in Anchorage. I love it because it is a low-key race, you never have to worry about parking, bib pick-up before the race (because I completely forgot to pick it up on Thursday!), and the race doesn’t end on a hill! The weather is always perfect for racing, so I hope that trend continues. (Although, the weather is pretty much perfect all summer here for racing.)

I’ve got a post coming next week about how my training has been going, so I’ll fill you in more then, but spoiler-alter: it’s been going really well!

If you know me, you know I LOVE a good sale! While I’m not expert on the marketing areaas far as when stores have their best sales, but it seems like they always pair with a holiday weekend. So I’m not waiting around, and I am definitely going to be grabbing some of my favorite things this weekend.

Half-yearly Sale at Nordstrom with savings up to 40%. This is one I’ve heard a lot of people talking about!

I have these booties and love them.

I have been eyeing these boyfriend distressed jeans for a while now.

If you are on the market for a racing flat, I highly recommend these. (But they only have sizes: 5 & 12 left. Boo!)

These are my favorite training shoes for under $100. (Not on sale but a great deal.)

40% off everything with the code VACAY

I more than likely will be buying this dress and this shirt!

Beautycounter is offering a FREE full-sized product with a $150 purchase. This is a perfect chance to stock up on sunscreen for the summer, try a facial oil, or the Dew Skin.

For your free item, you can choose between:

  • Body Butter
  • Nourishing Day Cream
  • Nourishing Eye Cream

Personally, I would pick the Nourishing Day Cream. I recently purchased it and absolutely love it!

Brooks Running Spend $100 on footwear and receive $20 off a full-priced apparel or select sports bras.

You could buy my favorite running shoes (I want the Anthracite/Beach Glass/Silver color.), and then use the discount to buy this tank, which would be very light and airy for hot summer runs. Plus the tank would end up being 50% off.

Oiselle Take an additional 30% off sale items with the code SUNRUN.

Express Up to 50% off everything.

There are many, many more deals, so check your favorite stores!

Companies With a Greater Purpose

Recently, I’ve started to notice companies who are going above and beyond what most other companies are doing. These companies are taking the time improve the greater good of this world by giving back, supporting fair-trade and appropriate-pay, or trying to keep jobs in the US. I realize there is a lot that goes into running a business, but it is encouraging to see companies working to make a difference. I appreciate their efforts and hope more will jump on board.

I’ve highlighted just a few of companies who have recently been on my radar. I realize there are MANY more, so if you want to give a shout-out to a company or business who gives back to their community or takes time to help others, be sure to leave a comment below!

Oiselle

Just go onto Oiselle’s Instagram account, and you will see a strong following of female runners who adore this company. This womens-only running clothing company really takes a stand for women’s rights and help empower women with all sorts of programs throughout the year. They are currently working to donate 2000 sports bras to teenage girls and communities in need.

Some of my favorite Oiselle pieces: Lux Layer | Aero Tights

Wear It To Heart (WITH)

Everyone loves a comfy pair of high-waisted tights with fun patterns, but unlike most companies, Wear It To Heart (WITH) manufactures their products with sustainable and sweatshop-free labor. They provide training to local mothers and offers them a healthcare clinic and on-site child care. The process for dying their fabrics is 99% chemical-free and uses 85% water. (Read more here in their About Us section.) Plus these are high-quality leggings with a 4-way stretch, so they are designed to move WITH you when doing yoga, running, or while working out at the gym. I picked a few of my favorite patterns below, but you can shop all the patterns here!

Just Black Denim

I recently purchased a pair of Just Black jeans from Primp (a local boutique in Minnesota while I was home), and I noticed the tag on the jeans said they were made in the USA, which is always a good feeling. They fit really well, and I can tell I’m going to get a lot of wear out of them.

PlayHard GiveBack

It isn’t too apparent by the name, but the company PlayHard GiveBack sells trail mix and energy bars. When you purchase their products, they will give 5% of the proceeds to Hope Sports, which uses athletes to help build homes for those in need. If you are interested in purchasing any of their products, use this coupon code for 15% off: RunnersPlate15. They have several items currently on sale too!

Balega

Our rep for the running sock company Balega came to speak to us this morning at the store, and he talked about the manufacturing of their products. Balega uses US threads, and they really care about a superior product with high thread count and ultimately a product that lasts longer. They also partner with other organizations through their ‘Steps to a better community’ programs.


Leave a comment below and tell me about a company you know who has a great purpose!

Springtime on the Farm

Today is our last day in Minnesota. Boo! It never gets easier to leave. This will always be home-home.

 

We’ve been busy playing on the farm but also doing work: trimming trees, moving pigs, buying parts, picking up rocks, planting, etc. Actually I didn’t help out with much of this; I drove the tractor instead of pick up rocks and watched Cullen when everyone else was busy. My mom also watched Cullen a lot, so I was able to go running whenever I wanted, work on Beautycounter stuff, and prep blog posts.

 

Grandma showing off her tractor to Cullen. There are only green John Deere tractors allowed on this farm. Cullen loved pretending to drive it of course.

Cullen has been loving every second being on the farm. There were two things Cullen requested to do each day: go play with the kitties and see the pigs.

I found many vintage toys while at home, including this cow on wheels along with this barn that I think many other people my age had growing up. (Craig said he had the same one.)

As any boy, Cullen loved climbing onto the big tractors and trucks and pretending to drive. That smile cracks me up!

Riding the Rhino with Dad. He loved taking rides on it!

 

While this wasn’t a true vacation, it was still a nice break from the city-life and hopefully we’ll be back soon!