14 Days- Honoring those worthy of honor

My friend Debbie is currently pursuing her dream… to be in the LAPD. When she told me that there was a 5k coming up this weekend in honor of a fallen officer, I excitedly accepted her invitation. It had been a tough week at work and had really affected my workouts. I opted for 4 good, solid ones rather than to lose sleep and have mediocre ones. The most I can hope for right now, two weeks out of the event is to boost my VO2 max by some high intensity WODs. Other than that it is just about staying healthy and injury free.
Randy Simmons was the name of the police officer and after doing some research, I found out that he was the man that the CrossFit workout ‘Randy’ was based on. Although I could not currently do ‘Randy’ to standard, I could certainly run a 5k on his behalf. There was a great energy to being at the Los Angeles Police Department, gathering to start the run. The race would be challenging, very hilly, so I certainly couldn’t expect a PR, and with the tough competition of those that had been through the Police Academy, I decided to use this as my last time trial, no pressure on finish time, just enjoy the day.
I saw Sarah Rodriguez at the start with her CrossFit LaVerne clan. She is a little faster than me but I stayed on her tail as long as I could. As we started up the first hill, I knew it was going to be a tough training run, but I was having a lot of fun. It was an honor to run with those around me. I crossed the finish line in 27:56. Nothing great in terms of time, but I noticed that not that many people had crossed yet. It was definitely a tough run, no doubt. I went to check the list of finishers. The first girl had finished in over 22 minutes, reconfirming the obvious. Then I saw my own name, not that far down the list. Division: 1. Why the heck was I in division 1? I thought that divisions were based on age groups. Then it dawned on me. That wasn’t my division name, it was my PLACE. I had won my division!
It was an honor to accept my award from Randy’s brother. I shook his hand and smiled. Today was not about me. I hope that if I died doing something honorable, people would get out and race too.
Next week is my last week of training before it is taper time. My goal is to keep things short and intense. Here was my training log from this week:

Sunday 10-11-09
Long Beach Half Marathon – 2:09:09 (8 minute PR)
28 burpees
Monday 10-12-09
29 burpees
Tuesday 10-13-09
4 rounds:
25 sit ups
20 push ups
15 KB swings (26 lb)
10 squats
30 burpees
Wednesday 10-14-09
31 burpees
Thursday 10-15-09
3 x intervals up Glenoaks to Verdugo – 2:33, 2:42, 2:25
(times from 8-12-09: 2:48, 2:49, 2:39)
32 burpees
Friday 10-16-09
33 burpees
Saturday 10-17-09
Randy Simmons 5k – 27:56
34 burpees

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