Danish Contingent March 2015

The week I got here a coworker invited me to do the Danish Contingent March here. It’s 25 kilometers with at least 10 kilograms of weight. My LT decided to do it with me, so on the day of the march we woke up at 0345 and met at 0415 to drive over and get our marching numbers.

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The start, at 0500.

There was a lot of people there. To accomplish 25 kilometers we did 12 laps around the post. It was all pavement and I think that helped a little. The last long march I did was the Bataan Memorial Death March in 2012 in White Sands, New Mexico and that was all sandy trails. My weight there was heavier, too, and the overall route was about 15 kilometers longer.

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We ended up doing a little over 25 kilometers and switched to running stretches in the last two laps to help break it up.

I finished in just under four hours, which I was happy with since I hadn’t gotten to train as fully as other people.

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Sausage fingers from the blood pooling in them.

We picked up our certificates and will pick up our DanCon medals in a few weeks when they come in. I had a blister on my heel that was nearly healed that is now back with a vengeance and a blood blister on the bottom of my foot. I had a limp for the rest of the day since we got to shower quickly and then head straight back to work for the rest of the day and night.

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Gladys and I glad to be done with the march

Today I’m still sore in my lower back from the weight, but my limp is gone (thankfully).

Next up, a possible half marathon in a few months on another base, attempting to keep what sanity I have, and continuing to work out.

5-1 5K 06 June 2015

In what will likely be my last race of the year, my husband and I decided to run the 5-1 5K today on post.

We picked up the packets yesterday. It was put on by a unit so it was pretty small. Actually, events up here seem to be pretty small in general.

We showed up around 0930 to say hi to some people, watch the kids’ 1K run and then we lined up for the 5K start. I put myself towards the front because I thought I was going to go fairly fast despite not having run anything over a mile in at least a month. P hung back because he’s still recovering and knew would be a little slower.

The course was around the airfield which was kind of nice because it was perfectly flat, but you could also see the whole course, the sun came out and it got a little hot and it wasn’t terribly interesting to look at.

I went out way too fast and at one point realized I was carrying a 6:40 pace. Don’t worry, that didn’t last. My first mile was 7:24 which was good, but I felt hot in my tights and ran an 8:22 second mile. I felt like I was fading so I focused on keeping it under that and did 8:17 for the third mile. I finished a little over 25 minutes. I’m still not completely in tune with my new Garmin Tactix and I know I started it a little ahead of the start and a little behind the finish.

I am definitely out of 5K shape, or any kind of running shape it seems, but it was fun to get out and run on a Saturday morning because I have all the rest of the weekend still. And we got these cool shirts which Zane is graciously modeling for us, kinda.

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At the finish they had water and bananas and cookies for the kids. They also had a table set up selling some things so I bought three boxes of Girl Scout cookies because I was starved.

Good things:

– T-shirt. I like races that have either a shirt or a medal (or both). When it’s neither I feel like I’ve been robbed for a training run.

– I didn’t feel bad on the run, just slug like and out of shape.