Sunday, September 28, 2014

September

Look at that, nearly another month flew by.

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...
And speaking of marathon training, I finally ran my first double-digit run since June yesterday - 12 miles with the last two close to marathon goal pace. I'm running yet another 5k in two weeks and I'm crossing my fingers that not only will fall have hit by then, but I'll finally PR again. My current PR is only four months old, but it took me about a dozen tries to break 24, which is crazy considering it only took me two tries to break 4:00 in the marathon. And two weeks after that will be the moment of PR truth at the Houston Half...

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...