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Arizona Rock n Roll Review

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Last weekend I participated in the Arizona Rock n Roll event. Let me start with it was so much fun. I enjoy traveling for races and Rock n Rolls are great events. This one started with a 1 mile run on Friday, 5k on Saturday, and for me a 10k on Sunday. There were 4 of us that traveled down from Denver to Phoenix to participate. What a great girls weekend trip.

The races were a mixed bag for me. First my goal was to run the whole mile. I run intervals - mostly 4 to 7 minutes of running and 2 to 3 minutes of walking. Since this was "just" a mile, I wanted to see if I could run the whole thing. I DID!! It was so much fun and a good reminder that I can push myself harder than I do. It was such an accomplishment for me to be able to run the whole thing.

The 5k was run as intervals (4 mins running, 2 mins walking) except for the last 1/2 mile, which I ran in its entirety. This seemed to be a big event for families. Lots of groups who you could tell didn't do many runs. This always inspires me. I felt great racing. I was able to run up hills and keep moving all the way to part that the day before I ran. So I did. I told myself if I could do it once I could do it again. It was a great time for me. I love these events.

Then came the 10k on Sunday. It started out great. I was doing my intervals that I changed to 6 minutes of running, 2 minutes of walking. We ran with the 1/2 marathoners until about the 5k mark. I felt good. Then the wheels fell off. I lost all of my energy and felt like I was running in mud. But I kept moving and tried to focus on just getting one foot in front of the other and enjoying the scenery. About mile 5, the route came around a corner and you looked straight up a hill. I wanted to lay down and cry. BUT I just kept putting that one foot in front of the other and focused on how fast I could get to the top (because what goes up must come down!). Once I got to the top of the hill, I started down and saw the the point where you turned towards the finnish line. It was like the world was smiling at me, I thought that we were going on the same route as the day before and this was not the same. It was however the same finish as the previous two days and so I told myself I had done it twice before I could do it again. So I ran the last 1/2 mile again. My time was not good but I finished.

You hear about people who have bad races and so this is not unexpected but the key for me is what did I learn. I looked first at hydration - which was not good, especially the day before and I know better, my body needs hydration. Next was nutrition. I am not a big eater before events. Usually I just want to get out there, participate and finish. So my focus as I train for Disney is to figure that part out. What nutrition do I need between races? What will work the best for this?

All in all it was a great trip and great events. We all agreed that the 1 mile is our new favorite distance!!
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