I think I’m still traumatized after this past weekend’s double shot of runs, the Shark Weekend 5K in Nahant, MA, and the YuKanRun 5K in Cape Ann, MA. Maybe I am suffering from residual heatstroke that manifests itself in the blocking out of salient yet humiliating details, but both runs have managed to blur into one.
If I hadn’t set myself this insane 52-week challenge, there’s no way I would have been outside exerting myself in such conditions two days in a row, especially when I could have broken a sweat just by standing still. It was my most grueling race weekend ever.
Good thing I am about to run a half-marathon on Saturday. What with the lingering trauma and all …
These runs weren’t just hot. They were also hilly. Swear-inducingly hilly. I’m normally not allowed to complain about hills, but this is an exception. It was comedy. A hill lurked around every corner, meaning maximum grouchiness and slowpokery on my part, especially during the YuKanRun 5K. About a mile into that one, I expressed myself in a manner not fit for a family blog.
Both runs were in lovely beach settings, which of course meant they were extra-tough. This is not the first time that has happened. Anyone recall the disastrous 3.5-miler on Salisbury Beach? (You mean you’re not committing the minutiae of my runs to memory?)
On both runs, I added a good chunk of time to my almost-PR of last week. It was brutal. There was a great deal of trudging, and I’m pretty certain I gave the race photographers nightmares with my death glare (a glance at the race photos that landed in my email confirmed the death-glare part). I’m so glad I had a group of lovely current and former colleagues there to witness my undoing at Shark Weekend. (Kidding, it was great fun.)
They were both fabulous events. The first-time Shark Weekend run, which raised money for the National Brain Tumor Society, handed out the best T-shirt I had seen in a while. Mostly because it wasn’t a T-shirt at all.
The YuKan, supporting the Open Door Food Pantry, included the option of completing a one mile/5K/half-marathon trifecta (15 minutes between each). I obviously didn’t do this, but Hubby did. An amazing feat of endurance on a sweltering day. He has run 13 half-marathons so far this year. Puts me to shame.
In two days I’ll be running the SeaWheeze half-marathon in Vancouver. It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so true.
The event: Shark Weekend 5K and YuKanRun Half-Marathon, 5K, and 1 mile
The location: Nahant and Cape Ann, MA
The date: August 4 and 5, 2012
My time: Shark: 36.02 (one of my worst runs ever); YuKan: 34.06 (pace: 10.59)
Hubby’s time: Shark: 21.21 (pace 6.53); YuKan: 5.31/20.30/1.53.35
The causes: National Brain Tumor Society; Open Door Food Pantry
The T-shirt: Blue cotton tank; white tech T-shirt
The aftermath: Bananas, oranges, bagels, roasted shark (we didn’t partake)