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Looking for a race is pretty easy when you have a great site like active.com to guide you. Luckily, I found out that the city of Encinitas was holding their inaugural Cardiff Kook 10 on Superbowl Sunday. After last week's 5K Trail Run, a quick 3.5 miles on a hotel treadmill and the 10K at Miramar Lake on Friday, I was thinking that I could "easily" come in under 60 minutes. Logging into my Garmin Connect and pulling up my Cow Harbor Results, I set my goal at 55 minutes or if anything, beat my previous 10K record of 57:27.2. In all seriousness, being an official 2012 2XU Brand Ambassador, all my races this year have to be PRs! That's qualifies as SWAG right?!
It was a beautiful but chilly morning clocking in at 52F. My breakfast consisted of Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal, a banana, a can of FRS and coffee. My stomach was feeling okay but right before the race, it started to grumble a bit. I arrived almost 30 minutes prior to the chip pickup, but the volunteers were early and ready to hand them out. I pick up my Gemini timing chip, which I guess almost makes for zero waste but it wasn't my favorite.
I set out immediately at a great pace with everyone leaving me in the dust, but I knew that I was doing it right. I clocked in at 8:52 for the first mile then a 9:02 for the second mile feeling great. Approaching the turn around point, the course itself got a little narrow and almost led to a speed walk so I took a picture of the great view! I still was able to clock 8:38 for mile three but I'll admit that it was a little downhill. Running along the PCH with waves breaking and the sun shinning...you couldn't ask for a better scenic route.
The way back would prove to be a little much at the past where the next two miles clocked in at 10 minutes a piece but I was still on pace. I would have to sprint the last mile but I felt like I was up for it. Unfortunately, I only had .2 in me and finished at an official tag time of 56:52.2. I was happy to make it a PR, but I have a lot of work ahead of me.
One of my friends, Brooks Butler, told me about doing some Tabata Intervals specifically "15:00 min warm up. 20 sec on. 10 sec off running for 10:00. As fast as you can set treadmill. Then 5:00 cool down." I have yet to do some crossfit this week and looks like I'll be out a whole week due to the yearly pilot tests and ground school that lie ahead but I can't wait for that next race!
The medals between the 5K and 10K weren't differentiated and but all in all, for a first time event, the turn out was high, the costumes awesome, the weather amazing and it made for a perfect start to Superbowl Sunday.
Here's one of the best costumes of the races and yes, he ran the 10K helmet and all!
Two things. 1) I've just been accepted into 2XU's 2012 Ambassador Program and I'm super stoked. I can already feel that it's giving me that extra edge to not only train but to bring it to the next level! If you have the time, check out their awesome clearance section for some great deals of up to 40% off! Just click here.
I've been stuck on my current level of physique weighing between 165-190 lbs for the last two years and I need to manage that. As of this morning, I'm at 186.6 w/ a HIGH BMI of 26.0 / 146 lb Lean mass and 40.6 Fat mass. (all these measurements have been calculated with Withings iPhone App WiScale) I paired it up with a Tanita Irongirl scale because it was on sale at 75% off so until I find the need for the BC1000 or when Withings producers a better scale with more readouts, I'll hold off.
Eating on the road has its challenges and working out at hotels does have its drawbacks. Because of that, I'll be taking it up a notch and actually be documenting it more here on elijahnicolas.com. That's just an intro to number two; my dedication to Crossfit. Check out my buddy Ryan Espiritu's blog. He makes an awesome comparison between "Marathon Ry | Crossfit Ry" and he definitely is a great inspiration.
I let him down last week after he took one for the team partnering with me for the partner WOD and I blew chunks 5-8 minutes into the workout. Way to pull for my slack. SWAG!
Crossfit Ry takes better race pictures than Marathon Ry.
This post won't last long because having pictures of Ryan on my blog aren't my type of thing.