Marathon training kicked off Sept.1 with the Alaina Dixon 5-miler. Unsurprisingly, it was a miserably hot and humid Houston and a PR didn't happen; instead I finished in 40:52, 29 seconds off it. Sub-40 should be cake by now since I finally ran a sub-50 10k by a longshot earlier this year, but 100 percent humidity always seems to crush me. I'll most likely be renewing my NYRR membership when I try my lottery luck for the NYC Half again, so maybe I'll have to jet off to NYC to try another 5-miler next year, since the Labor Day one seems to be the only existing 5-mile option in Houston?
|Pre-race. None of my coworkers want to touch each other because we're already sweaty.|
Speaking of jetting off to NYC, I did just that a couple of weeks ago and actually did PR at the 5th Avenue Mile. Even though the twin beat me by exactly 20 seconds, I was more than pleased with 6:45, considering I hadn't done any speedwork since February (meanwhile, Carla had been training for a goal half all summer) and don't think I'd run a sub-7 mile since the last time I ran this race in 2010. With actual training, I think I could do even better. I really wish Houston had a mile race option!
|I always look barely awake in our twin race shots. Meanwhile, Carla always looks sufficiently caffeinated...|
Lastly, this isn't totally related to running or marathon training, but a rep for Nakd Bars contacted me about sending me a sampler of bars in exchange for a blog review. I have a tendency to be automatically skeptical or anything vegan and gluten-free, but my beloved Smooth Caffeinator Picky Bars are both of these things, so I decided to give them a try. Some flavors, like Berry Crunch, are decent; others, like Cafe Mocha (sad; I had high hopes because of the aforementioned Picky Bars) just didn't taste good. They also look to be on the pricey side, so while I appreciate that I got the opportunity to try them for free, I'm not sure I'd buy them on my own. I received 13 samples and do plan to give them a try as work snacks...
|The sender almost made the ultimate mistake...|
Until next month, most likely...