Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a great new year and I wish you all the best in 2010!

Tomorrow Brooklyn will be two weeks old. It is an adjustment . . . living with a newborn. But, it is great. My New Year goal is simply to keep up running to some extent while I adjust to Brooklyn’s schedule and routine.

Getting running in is much harder. I have found that during the week shorter runs work best. I’ve tried to get about 3 runs in during the week between 3 and 4 miles each. I’ve mixed up the runs between the outdoors and the treadmill.

Last Sat., I was able to get out to Picchetti Open Space Preserve for a run. We started at Picchetti and then went onto the Fremont Older Open Space Preserve. I had to take Brooklyn to her first doctor’s appointment (well-visit) so I could only run for about an hour and a half. The rest of the group was going to run about 3 hours. I started with them and after 45 minutes turned around. It was great to be outside and enjoy two nice trial runs. The weather was great, it was nice and cool. A bit overcast. The main issue was making sure I did not get lost on the way back . . . one wrong turn and I’m late to Brooklyn’s appointment. Since the car seat is in my car, that means my wife would be very upset. Going out I was very careful to make sure I knew what trial I was on and each major turn we made.  I made it back in time without getting lost or being too slow on the turn trip.  Here are a few pictures.

This Friday, on New Years Day I was able to get out and run the Los Altos 5K run/walk. I had a PR with a time under 22 minutes. They did not have numbers, but they did have a clock. It was a very informal run. No numbers. No fees. It was four ½ laps in, near and around Los Altos Downtown. There were many walkers, which made it a fun family event. Yet, there were a number of serious and fast runners. I started with the lead pack but they were going at a 5/6 min pace and I had to fall off quickly. I ran it in a 7.22 pace. For a time of 21 minutes and 26 seconds. The problem is that my Garmin showed only 2.91 miles at the finish. I ran and kept pace until Garmin read 3 miles for a time of 22.05. Yet start to finish was 21 minutes and 26 seconds. I think the reason for the 2.91 miles is that runners stayed on the left and since there were a lot of walkers, we were on the far left. With just left turns (big loop), that cut off the distance . . . I think. So now I have to decide if this counts as a PR. I think so since it was a 5K and the time and distance was what they were. It was a great way to start the year.


Happy Feet 26.2 said...

Wow! That looks like a great trail to run. I wish I had more access to trail running.

As for the 5k, what I do on a short course is enter my pace into a calculator for 3.1 miles to get an idea of what my 5k time would be, but I personally do not count short courses for my prs. So your 7:22 pace for 2.91 miles would be roughly 22:50 for an accurate 5k (3.1 miles)but that's just my opinion.

Congrats on the new baby and the race. Way to start the year off right.

Suzy said...

Adjusting to life with an infant is exciting, but it can be hard to fit in things like long runs at first. You'll find a way to do it, just give it time.

Congrats on starting the new year with a race! I don't know what you should do with the time...I ran a 3.05 miler not long ago and didn't count it, but was very tempted to.

Meg Runs said...

Brooklyn is so cute, congrats again! It truly does get easier every day! I love the running trails in your pictures, gorgeous.

Becca said...

Wow! I just found your blog and what an awesome new adventure you are embarking on.

Being a bay area runner myself I look forward to reading about your adventures.