After the race holding my maple syrup
I'm feeling differently about this race now that I've had a nap. I have come home from two races that I can remember and been so exhausted I slept HARD. It was actually from this same race both times. I don't know what it is about it that takes it out of me but it does. It's not the only hilly course I do but that's how it is.
I went into it with a not very positive feeling about how I would do. Since my half three weeks ago I have done no speed workouts and concentrated a bit more on the biking. I did get my long runs in but I missed some of the shorter ones. I have mentioned that I think I may have overextended myself with my spring race plans plus the tri in June. But it is what it is and off I went to race this morning.
My first mistake was overdressing. It was cold before the race and I can usually convince myself it won't take long to warm up. This morning I left on my sweatshirt and within a mile knew I wouldn't be wanting it the whole race. But I left it on which is pretty much what I do even on runs, not races. It was a gorgeous day, sunny and cool, really perfect for racing. There were 500 people in the half plus many in the two person relay. (Which became annoying later when a) they zipped by you all fresh b) they finished and hogged the course like no one was still racing)
Very early - around where I saw my slow third mile
My miles today were all over the place. My first mile was fast. I was thinking about my new clip less bike shoes and thinking, "Wouldn't it be great if we could CLIP IN that first mile time and just maintain it with the same effort never tiring?" Right. I didn't catch the second mile split but when I looked at the third I panicked just a bit as it was 10:28 and I didn't want to go that slowly. So I picked it up although many times when I looked at my watch it was in the tens. When I would get to each mile I would still be under 10 minutes a mile but did not know if I could maintain it the whole race. The first half has hills but they seemed like nothing to me compared to the second half. It is also a loop which I love. The second half is an out and back and it has some killer hills. The last two miles contain the hardest, longest hill on the course IMO. I had a woman I traded places with several times. She ended up smoking me in the end and I found her later and mentioned it. Most of the race she was great to be around as I worked to catch up with her when I fell behind her. I would get ahead of her going down hill but eventually she would go by again.
This part of the course is the end of my bike
route I like so much - in the opposite
This race is nice because it is local and you see lots of people you know.
I did tell myself several times that a race was not all about the finish time. I was out running on a gorgeous day and even though I was tired and it was hard this is what I love to do. When I was at Mile 9 going up a hill I asked myself if I could do 4 more miles and I quickly answered (in my mind) no problem and I meant it. That was a good feeling. I did get to the point where I could not wait to get to that turn around and at least be heading to the finish. Of course the woman there said to everyone, "You are almost there," perhaps my least favorite words to hear. There were 2.7 miles left and those miles included one heck of a hill so no we weren't almost there.
Looking toward the Morgan Horse Farm (not in the picture)
I really really tried to get under 2:11 for the finish as I wanted my time to be under 10 minute miles. I did not do it. My time was 2:11:18 and my pace was 10:02. OFFICIAL BUT my Garmin paced me at 9:59 (I'm sure I didn't run the tangents perfectly) so hey I ran less than 10 unofficially.
This hill is a lot more fun on a bike - you have just
come down a hill that sends you right up this.
This is the first half which is not as hilly as the second.
Until I got home I thought it was my slowest half but I had two slower including my February one. The results have posted with no times which makes me think perhaps there is a dispute???? Not sure.
On the college campus now
So it wasn't my best by far but neither was it way out from previous times. I am happy with that and did put forth a lot of effort to make that happen. I can't say I am looking forward to yet another half in 3 weeks but both my kids will be racing. I will be doing the relay with my son and that is something to look forward to. And the VCM is a top notch race. So I'll get there with some enthusiasm.
The shirt - which is pink - I like the way they
show the sponsors.
At the finish line they handed us a bottle of water and a small container of maple syrup. Yum. But what do I do? Drop mine. (Hello I am tired and you are handing me glass?) They very nicely gave me another. I stood in line for food - a hard thing to do after a race and these lines moved slowly only to discover it wasn't worth it. There were two kinds of hot soup (vomit) and some salads. I'm sure many people loved this but I did not. I stumbled back to my car after running into Christa and Becky. I was frozen, tired, in pain and feeling a little sick. At this point I was not in a happy place. My heel hurt - and this always throws me into a bit of a panic and depression. (Right now it is feeling fine but we'll see.) I did stop at a great local bakery to get the best bagel out there and I may have gotten doughnuts too. Then I went to get gas and the price was down considerably and I got a soda. I was getting into a happy place. When I got home I just sat in my warm car for awhile, read my book, drank my soda and ate a doughnut. Strange I know but I was comfortable and not ready to move. My husband came out to chat with me about the race and bless him he didn't think I was strange at all.
My not very healthy but oh so good post race food.
So several hours later I am feeling pretty good about this race. Here are my stats which I like to have for reference for the future. You will see my miles are all over the place.
21/42 age group
Mile 1: 9:09
Mile 2: 9:53
Mile 3: 10:28
Mile 4: 10:07
Mile 5: 10:21
Mile 6: 9:22
Mile 7: 10:25
Mile 8: 9:34
Mile 9: 9:56
Mile 10: 10:06
Mile 11: 10:16
Mile 12: 10:25
Mile 13: 9:57 (proud of this one -hilly)
Mile .16 9:03