Saturday, March 27, 2010
Racing day it's racing day....racing day it's racing day....today's the day we race. Wow...it seems like forever since I last ran a race. About 5 months, actually. I met my personal goal of losing 10 lbs after dropping back on my mileage post MCM. Check. But then I hit a roadbump with my health and had to stop running altogether. In that time, I doubted if my running year would be as I hoped it to be (# of races and what and such). I think that I can still pull it off with no trouble, but have to stay vigilant on mileage. I will actually end up ahead on mileage from where I started out this time last year. Without further ado...the first race report!
I got up at 5am (on a Saturday, blean!) and headed down the road after a swig of coffee. I had a plain bagel around 6a since the race start was 8a. No traffic difficulties (except the jam at the post gate). Found parking and made my way to the stadium. Man alive was it cold! It was in the 70s last weekend. When I left this morning, it was 29!!!! Ack! I put a long tech shirt over a short one, but did not bring gloves. Mistake! I really needed those gloves. But I perservered. Tucking my hands in my long sleeved shirt sleeves helped.
There were some kind folks giving out hot drinks, so I got another swig of coffee. I had my Garmin set and the HRM on the other wrist. I started it up as I crossed over the first set of plates (there were two sets of two...so not sure the significance of all). I was pacing just fine, but did not pay much attention to the readings until I got to mile marker 1. Trouble! It was registering at .80 on the Garmin. No way was I finishing a mile in under 8 minutes! True story.
I thought to myself...do I want to walk every 4 minutes? I was so cold I did not want to stop. Whatever body heat I could produce...I needed it. So I kept going. I did not stop until the water stop just before mile 3 (which was not quite mile 3). Maybe 45 seconds of walking and then I got back into it. I focused heavily on breathing in for 4 and out for 4. Not letting up for anything, but not overdoing it either. I decided to walk once more just before mile 5 for 30 seconds and then get back to it. It was at that point that it could only be walking or running. I had to stick to my guns and finish out. Flying down the hill into the stadium was nice...but the last finishing steps I just had to push through.
According to the Garmin, the race distance was 6.07 miles. I finished in 1:07:39 and my pacing was 11:08. Really. Dang. Amazing what a year of gaining endurance, further dropping lbs, and not fearing the 'give it your all' approach to racing. Short of heaving on the side of the course...I'm close but not quite so I do need to be careful.
I waited around for an hour for the 1 Mile Sprint. My knees and hips and quads were saying "are you crazy to do anything other than what you just asked us to do?" But I was there...chatting it up with some lovely ladies...waiting for my wave to start. Man did the rubber lap lanes feel good. The joints were not happy with me. But I sucked it up and did my best.
My one miler was a total of 10:57 with an average of 10:32 and a max pace of 9:09.
When it was all said and done, I was pretty amazed and also proud. I feel like I am progressing well, and I can definitely improve my times on distances this year. I didn't think I could hang for 3 miles without a walk (even though I did this on the treadmill)...but I obviously can. But do I only pull this out during races and not training runs? Bueller?
So on to the Wild Woman 8k and then the Frederick half. Not with a respectible training plan...just kinda sorta what I did with Galloway last year (but changing up the walk/run ratio).