Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mystery Bruises and Jelly Bean 5k Recap!

Good morning!

You know how farmers sometimes wake up to find big designs in their fields, presumably crafted by aliens or bored field mice or something?

I come to your planet to dazzle
 you with my wheat-trampling skills...

  Well, I've got something like that going on... only instead of in a field, it's on my leg.  And instead of sweet shapes... it's bruises.

Somehow, doesn't have quite the same awe-inspiring effect as the crop circles.
They showed up on my inner calf right after my run on Wednesday, and I have no idea what happened.  Is it possible I'm sufficiently uncoordinated to be actually kicking myself in my own leg when I run?  I should put that on my resume.

Anyway, the bruise-inducing run was none other than The Jelly Bean Virtual Race!

I'm in the jungle!
I had a serious case of pre-race jitters.  Ridiculous, I know, but it's the first 5k I have raced since July.  And I know it doesn't reaalllly count, but I wanted to push myself a bit to see where I am fitness-wise.

It was a bit windy and chilly, but otherwise a perfect morning for a run.  I thought I'd be all sly and choose a super flat, fast course, but apparently race planner I am not.

I ran for a few miles to warm up, tightened my shoelaces, and reset my Garmin.  Around the halfway mark, I turned around and retraced my steps.  I cruised over a bridge and through a park back to my starting point that was to be my finish line.  But somewhere in my oxygen-deprived haze, I miscalculated, and ended up having to run the last .25 mile uphill.   Not stellar planning, but that's what I get for trying to be lazy.

I finished the 5k in 24:03, which, drumroll please, is a post-injury (and post-pregnancy!) PR.  So that's pretty sweet.

7:46 average pace.  I'll take it.

So big thank you to Jess for putting on the race!

 And, an extra special shout out to my partner-in-crime, Rachel, who submitted the freaking funniest HTC application video out there.  I'm only a tiny bit biased due to my undying love to Rachel, and the fact that I got to help her make the video.  Go watch it now!

Thoughts on the bruising?  I figure I'll blame it on field mice and call it a day.

Are you applying to be on Nuun's Hood to Coast team?  


  1. Congrats on your PR! That's pretty damn fast.

    I have, on occasion, kicked myself while running. Yeah.

  2. Baam! You're so speedy! Rachel's vid is flipping sweet too! Excellent work! Yes, all these exclaimation points are necessary!

  3. You look so cute in your jelly bean picture. I have to do mine tonight and stop the lazy streak.

    Thanks for the plug of my video...and for helping me make it...and for just being the best person I know. :)

  4. That's an awesome time! I definitely have kicked myself while running. I can tell when it's muddy because there are muddy streaks on my pants/legs/shoes etc after my run.

    I have watched a couple of the HTC videos and these girls are funny! I was thinking about applying but I don't think I would stand a chance.

  5. Wow, great job on your 5K!!!

    I had some bruising on my calves last summer. I don't know the medical definition, but I'm guessing its less about kicking yoruself and more about something going on inside due to pushing yourself?

  6. Not applying, although I do plan on running H2C someday.

    Way to rock a virtual race!!!! For real. That is so exciting to have a post pregnancy PR. Great job speedy pants.

    I kick my ankle when I run. My left was has a permasore that I keep kicking open at least once a week. It takes talent to be as cool as us.

  7. Great run - in my dreams I run that fast. . . . but I most certainly KNOW that I look like I run that fast . . . oh ya . . . that is in my dreams too!!!!

  8. Geez louise, that's FAST!! Injury, really?!?!?


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