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Papa John’s 10-miler 2010

I am not even quite sure how to begin this post. This was probably the most fun I’ve had at a race in a long time, if not ever!

The weather at the start was perfect: it was warm (low 60’s), overcast and a bit breezy. I wore a tank top and capri yoga-type pants. The two previous years at this same race, I was dressed in layers!

Before the race, I had gone back and forth with my game plan. I thought about walk-running, but could I really stand to look at my watch that much? How soon did I need to start? Even though I had been thinking about this for a few days, I still hadn’t made up my mind.

So, Farrah and I decided to run the first mile and see how it went (9:18). Then we thought we’d do the first three miles before taking a break. Then we got into Iroquois Park and took it one mile at a time with all the hills.

The hills I had been dreading a bit and I have to say…they weren’t that bad. I should train at Iroquois before the races next year, because as soon as I get in there, I realize they really aren’t so bad.

Before we knew it, we were between mile 6 and 7 coming out of the park and it started to pour down rain. What?! It had gotten so warm though that it felt good. Both of us had some chafing after the race but other than that, the rain did not set us back very much.

It was also raining hard when I got back to the car later (luckily I got in before it hit really hard):

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When we got to mile 9, which is my least favorite of the entire race due to this massive incline up a road (which we do on our training runs sometimes), Farrah grabbed my hand and led me, running up that hill. I did it!

After that it was smooth sailing, into the football stadium and around the field one time before we hit the finish line…

WE.RAN.THE.ENTIRE.RACE!

  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Official time: 1:47:22
  • Average Pace: 10:44/mile

Edited to add: Another blogger who ran this race says the distance is actually 10.18 miles, so my average pace would’ve really been more like 10:33/mile 🙂 Sweet!

That was so not the plan! But, I seriously could not be happier with how I finished (my 2nd best time at this course). I was shooting for under 2 hours and incorporating some walking breaks but I really didn’t need them. This was also the first race I’ve ever done in the rain!

I did walk through the water stops (which I only took 2) and stopped to use the bathroom once. That was it!

The best part is, I feel great. I’m not very tired, my legs are just a little sore but nothing like previous long runs. I took Advil and put Golden Tiger on my calves and feet as soon as I was done.

I’ve been moving around a lot, I have found that sitting for long periods of time just makes me more sore. But I do plan on taking it easy tonight 😉

Thank you everyone for all your support. I can’t believe I get to do this all over again when I run the mini-marathon, three weeks from today! Having completed 10 miles, I’m feeling pretty good about it now.

NEVER underestimate yourself. You are able to do more than you think 🙂

Race day again!

Good (very early) morning friends 🙂

I am up and at ‘em getting ready for my 10 mile race this morning. It is already 62* at 6 a.m., it is going to be quite a warm race day!

I fueled up with some oatmeal since that seemed to work pretty well for me before the last race I ran.

001This bowl contained: 1/2 cup oats (cooked with 1/2 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup water), 1 tbsp milled flaxseed, 1 tsp agave nectar, one sliced banana and a tbsp of PB 🙂

I also had some coffee to wake me up at this ungodly hour (for a weekend at least)!

002  Even Suzie is like “What the heck, Mom?”

004 Now it is time to get ready!

003 Thanks everyone for all the supportive well-wishes and advice. I am going to go out there, have fun and enjoy the weather for this race (since it is normally in the 30’s)!

Hope you have a lovely Saturday. For a race recap, check River City Fitness (and Twitter) later today!

Anthem 5K 2010

When I woke up this morning to get ready for my 5K race, it was 25 degrees outside! I was a little anxious about that but otherwise, pretty calm and focused.

I had laid out my clothes and bib number the night before, so I was good to go.

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I picked up my friend Kim and then met my aunts to ride down to the race. It was super crowded!

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I met up with Farrah who told me to stick with her, but I knew that wouldn’t happen…that girl runs much faster than me and I didn’t want to burn myself out early.

When we crossed the starting line we were a little confused by the time and guessed the race must have started late. I also didn’t wear a watch (on purpose) so I really had no idea how fast I was running, just sort of “feeling it out” along the way. I also didn’t wear any headphones…I needed to focus on my run completely.

I ran the first mile sort of slow to warm up and just to navigate through the crowd. I lost Farrah about 3/4 of the way through, but felt totally fine on my own. Honestly, that is how I have ran the majority of races 😉

I was able to kick it up a notch through mile 2 and mile 3 seemed to go by in a breeze. There was never a point when I felt uncomfortable or that I needed to stop or slow down. I didn’t even take a water break (until the end)!

Before I knew it, I could see the finish line, so my arms started swinging to make my legs go even faster.

When I finished, I figured I had done okay but didn’t think that I had beat any times or anything. We went inside to have someone give us our official times since they have computers on site.

Well…

Distance: 3.1 miles

Time: 29:54!

Pace: 9:37/mile

Holy cow! I couldn’t believe it.

While this wasn’t my best 5K time (29:28) it was the 2nd best and the best time I have had at this particular course. I’m very happy.

I also felt GREAT after the race, I didn’t even feel like I had just ran and I wanted to go back and run it again. Wow!

And as always, it is great to share this experience with friends 🙂

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Last run before the race

I usually don’t like to run much the day before a race, even a 5k, because I am always afraid of hurting myself or being too tired to run the next day.

But today I really felt like I needed to feel the road again, especially since I have only ran outside a few times this week, which have been the first in a long time thanks to a rather brutal winter we’ve had.

Today we just did two miles and when we started, everything was great. The path we took was familiar, so I knew right where the 1 mile mark is…I looked at my watch and saw 8:44! I couldn’t believe I was going that fast. So I kept on going.

Unfortunately, about three minutes later, I started to get some really bad cramps (the female kind, sorry guys). So I had to slow down a little bit and I’m sure I was making some great faces if anyone saw me. So the second mile was pretty slow but we still finished and stretched afterwards.

Distance: 2 miles

Time: 21:29

Pace: 10:45/mile

I feel okay now but I’m hoping that time of the month-and-a-half (long story) is not starting tomorrow. But I’m going to take good care of myself tonight and hopefully be good to go for the race tomorrow!

Do you rest the day before a race?

Pre-race jitters

I was really excited about tomorrow’s 5K race until about 5 minutes ago. Where did these nerves come from?

Well, my friend/running coach/training partner asked me: “What is your goal for this race?” Meaning, what time did I want to finish. I jokingly answered her: “To not freeze to death!” Pretty funny I thought, since it’s going to be in the 20’s when we take off across that starting line. Yowzah.

But then I got to thinking: What is my goal for this race? What am I ready to do? Can I beat my PR (29:28)? Have I trained well enough? What should I wear? Where are we going to meet?

You can see where this is going. Now I feel sort of overwhelmed and nervous about tomorrow. Why am I nervous about a 5K, when I have a half marathon in less than two months?! This will also be my third time running this particular race and each time I do better. So why worry?

Since I am generally a positive person, I know this won’t last long. In fact, I’m already back to smiling because no matter what, I will have ran 3.1 miles. I just hope I don’t lose any sleep tonight! Wish me luck 🙂

Do you get nervous before races? How do you handle the pressure?

Annoyed while running

Do you ever get annoyed on a run? Oh my gosh, did that ever happen to me today!

I had a great attitude as I was getting ready and even when we first headed out the door, even though it was so windy! Talk about resistance.

But then, my arm band wouldn’t stay in place, my Pandora app wasn’t working on my Blackberry, the wind blew my hair in my face…ahhh!

Eventually, I got over myself and the run ended up being really great. How had I become such a diva?

Distance: 3 miles

Time: 30:14

Pace: 10:05/mile

We’re getting there! I’m looking forward to the 5K this weekend and not worrying so much about time. My PR for a 5K is 29:28 and at this particular course, my best time is 30:25, so I’m sure I will get close.

But I haven’t done a race since that disaster last month, so I’m just hoping to have fun this time!

It's real now!

I woke up this morning to find this email on my Blackberry:

Uh oh, it feels real now!

I’ve participated in this Mini Marathon the past two years but last year I did not train very well, so I decided to enjoy the course and walk. It was still a challenging race though!

Now that I have decided to run again this year, I’m a little nervous but at the same time I’ve made peace with it and know that no matter how I finish, I will finish and it will be a great time. And after my 5-mile run yesterday, I know that I can definitely get there.

I want to give a shout out to my girl Mari who will be running her first 5K very soon. I still remember my first one and it was such an awesome experience. Good luck girl!

Feeling like me again

I am so glad I took yesterday off from running, but I still got in a great workout. I feel like I’m finally breaking free of that all-or-nothing mentality I picked up from somewhere.

It used to be that I would always find a way to workout, even if it wasn’t what I had wanted to do that day. I feel like I am finally getting back to that point!

But today I did run, because my legs were rested and I wanted to, and it felt GREAT! 🙂

Distance: 3.36 miles

Time: 35:00

Pace: 10:25/mile

This was another treadmill run. I have just lost my patience with the cold weather and snow/ice. Hopefully, Spring is almost here because I would much rather be outside.

This time last year, I was struggling to run  after a hiatus over the Fall and early Winter months. But I changed my attitude and vowed to just run because I love to run and stop competing with myself and beating myself up for not keeping up with my training.

I took a real lesson from that today. Yesterday I was freaking out that the mini-marathon is in two months. I haven’t done a long run in several weeks because Saturday seems to be the snow’s favorite day to dump on us. In fact, I haven’t ran more than 5 miles since I can’t even remember when.

But…I didn’t stop running after the races I did last Spring. I achieved a personal record in a 5K in May. I ran through the Summer, Fall, Winter until now and that has paid off tremendously. I can easily run 4-5 miles right now, a little slower on the treadmill but at a pretty decent pace (under 10:00/mile) outside. I’m doing way better than I was this time last year!

I am going to run this mini-marathon, perhaps not as well as I did in 2008 (but surely faster than 2009 when I walked it), but that doesn’t matter.

I’m just going to do it!

For more running stories, visit my Races page.

Snowman Shuffle 4-miler 2010

Fear. Disappointment. Frustration. Those are just a few of the words that describe the run that did not happen today.

Today was one of the worst racing experiences I’ve ever had. I should have just stayed home to be perfectly honest.

The park roads were still covered with a lot of packed down snow and ice. I saw people slip and almost fall just walking to the start line. It was ridiculous, but then again some people were able to run 5:30/miles with no problem?

But me? I was so afraid of falling and hurting myself that I decided to walk. I was so mad, not that I had to walk, but that the course was in such poor condition. Shame.

Walking is great and I enjoy it, but it was so cold and miserable. I’m still chilled as I type this because it was one of those colds you just can’t shake all day.

Distance: Somewhere around 3.6 to 4 miles, who knows?

Time: 1:00:30 (minus a minute or two since they don’t use “chip” timers)

It’s behind me now and I’m still proud for going out there and getting a good walk in this morning. I’m definitely feeling it (hills) but I am so NOT feeling doing any more races before March from now on. I’m done!

I don’t like to dwell on the negative, but please tell me your bad racing experiences! I want to know I’m not alone 🙂

Upcoming races

I just finished a 5K race on Saturday, but I am already looking forward to all the races I have coming up this year so far!

  • February 13th – Snowman Shuffle 4-miler
  • March 6th – Anthem 5K Fitness Classic
  • March 20th – Rodes City Run 10K
  • April 3rd – Papa John’s 10-Miler
  • April 24th – Derby Festival Mini Marathon
  • May 22rd – Run for the L of it 5K
  • June 19th – Champions 4 Her 5K

By the middle of June, it is hot enough here that I don’t really like to run outside so racing season usually ends for me then. However, I’m hoping this year I will find ways to adapt to it, much like I have with the cold weather so far this winter.

*Edited to add : I think I’m going to try out the Southern Parkway Moonlight Mile & 8K Run, 8/21/2010, it is in the evening!

Got any tips for hot weather running? It will be here before we know it!