A 10K and My First November Project Workout

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I ran the Cancer Center 10k last weekend in Santa Barbara and it made me realize how much fitness I’ve lost recently. I actually did a pretty good job keeping in shape while we were traveling, and had an enjoyable half marathon in Ireland at the beginning of September. Since then though, I haven’t run that many times, and I got sick and didn’t do anything for a week. I was hoping the 10k would be one of those runs where you surprise yourself and have a great performance, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. The first mile of the course or so is downhill, and I got excited and went out way too fast. The 10k course is two 5k loops, and by the time I hit, oh I don’t know, mile 3? I was spent. It wasn’t pretty, but I managed to finish strong and pass a few people in the last quarter-mile. IMG_2033

Half the reason I run this race - big breakfast buffet from the local Four Seasons Biltmore resort.

Half the reason I run this race – big breakfast buffet from the local Four Seasons Biltmore resort.

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There were pain au chocolats, croissants, mini quiches, sausages, bacon, bagels, frittatas, etc.

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Pretty excited to be wearing a different shirt to run in for the first time in seven months.

This is the third year in a row that I’ve run this race, and I like it because it’s a local, small race, and in 2012 it was my first ‘real’ race. Last year I set a 10k PR and came in fourth in my age group. This year I also came in fourth in my AG but I was a couple minutes slower.

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2012 finished in 60 minutes; 2013 finished in 56:07; and 2014 finished in 58:26. Nice chronological bib order though.

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This year’s splits: not pretty. I never run miles in the 8 minute zone, no wonder I crashed and burned quickly.

Anyway, it was a good wake-up call to get my butt back in shape if I want to start training for a marathon and break two hours in the half soon, which I was hoping to do this year but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. I’m trying not to get too down on myself though and trying not to compare my performance to this time last year, but instead just keep in mind that it is a slow progression and I’ve got to stick with it.

November Project

Yesterday morning, I arrived at the Hollywood Bowl at 6:30am for my first November Project experience. I’ve heard a lot about it through other people’s blogs and finally set my alarm at 5:30am to make it there. And it was just as fun as everyone says it is. I’ve done a few group runs/classes before, and I’m pretty quiet and keep to myself since it always seems like people have their own little group that has been established. But as soon as I arrived at the Bowl, people were introducing themselves to me and giving me hugs, even though it was still dark out. Hugging is a big thing in November Project, and I didn’t mind one bit.

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The entire hour was really fun, we started with a group huddle and some warm ups, some zombie tag (where a few other people and I had to act like zombies and whoever we tagged had to do five burpees), some freeze tag (but instead of freezing, again more burpees), then we partnered up and one person ran stadium stairs while the other did a series of exercises like push-ups, wall sits, planks, burpees, etc. I got such a good workout, and am feeling it today. I haven’t strength trained in months, and I used to do bootcamp when I lived in Santa Barbara, so this seems like a good way to get some strength training in once a week at least. November Project also meets on Friday mornings at 6:15am, but it’s all the way at the Santa Monica Pier, which would take 35 minutes or so to get there, before finding parking. BUT I really want to do it (last week they ran in the sand then jumped in the ocean afterward), so I’m going to try to make the trek either tomorrow morning or next week. My friend Liz is in town today and we’re going to her show tonight (she tours with a band), so it depends on what time I go to sleep tonight.

From November Project LAX’s Facebook page:

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What happens when it’s somebody’s birthday.

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This guy got the Positivity Award yesterday, he is about to embark on a ten-month walk across the continent of Europe. Way to show me up, man.

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Group picture. I’m in front of the flying baby.

Off-topic question: blog friends, is it worth it to go self-hosted? I’m sure I know the answer, but I was curious what people think about it. I would also pay someone to migrate my stuff since I’m spending all hours applying for jobs and it hurts my brain to even think about doing it myself. Thanks for any advice!

13 comments

  1. I really like being self-hosted, and I didn’t think it was too hard if you can set aside a few hours to really figure out what you’re doing. It really gives you a lot more flexibility. I’m sure it would be really nice to have someone do it for you- that would eliminate any of the stress that could be involved!

  2. Congrats on the race! Even if you didn’t have your best one, it’s always a success when finishing 🙂 I have been the queen of going out too fast in all my most recent races too and my splits have been HORRIBLE! Trying to work on that now… haha.

    November Project sounds like a great way to run and exercise with other people! I’m about to go for a group run tonight and Sunday and I’m so worried I won’t find anyone to run at my pace with…cross your fingers for me!

    1. Thanks! This is the first race I’ve truly gone out too fast, and now I know why everybody says it’s the worst. I hope your group runs went well, I’m sure there are other people running at your pace! I found that running with a group helps me run faster too.

    1. I’m excited to live in a city where November Project exists! I like the idea of self-hosted because of all the different options it offers and the free WordPress I’m using now is pretty limited.

    1. I was jealous too, and now I actually get to partake! I used to hate burpees but after having to do them so much in bootcamp last year I don’t mind them as much really. Planks are now my least favorite exercise.

  3. Great race, Lily! Thanks for sharing all of your gorgeous (as usual!) pics! Oh, my gosh…I’ve been totally intimidated by the thought of a November Project workout since I first heard about them, but I’m so excited that you were able to attend! We don’t have anything like that where I live (maybe I should start it – ha!), but your experience sounds super fun and not at all scary! I hope you are able to go back again.

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