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7/24/2010 THE BIX 7

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Ya, I can run faster but I choose to ~TRAIN TO RACE NOT RACE TO TRAIN~

Today's stats:

Early morning
RAIN!

Plan:
The Bix 7

Actual:
7 miles (plus 2 miles warm and cool)
Time 1:25:44 (various intervals)
934 calories burned
153 av bpm HR
173 max

Splits:
1) 11:42 (167)
2) 11:34 (165)
3) 12:43 (165)
4) 12:43 (165)
5) 12:21 (167)
6) 12:39 (167)
7) 10:44 (157)

Shoe mileage: 316 miles

Today rates up there as one of the most incredible days in my life and I am not trying to be a drama llama with that statement. In all the years I have lived in this area I knew about The Bix 7 race held in downtown Davenport, Iowa but could never relate to it. In the description of the course they refer to two SEVERE hills and they are not kidding people! This is a very difficult race course.



I was thoroughly prepared for the race and knew exactly where to park and what to do as I had really done my homework in order to make this a seamless event for me. I slept a lot better than I thought I would and did not wake up until about 4:30 which worked out well given that I wanted to be out the door by 6am in order to snag a great parking spot. Of course, for the third time this year I look on the radar and was welcomed by a mass of approaching yellow and red coming our way. I did not freak out and grabbed a few extra items that I may need given the rain.

After getting situated in a very primo parking spot right at ground zero and close to flushing toilets inside the River Center, I ventured outside to get the lay of the land. At this time is was raining lightly. The atmosphere was rich with the sights and sounds of Bix. My adrenalin was flowing! Then it rained harder but with just a few cracks of lightening and it was time to line up in our appointed areas.

After the pre-race festivities, it was 8am and we were off and Brady Street hill loomed ahead. Oh dear God just help me up! I made it with just a few walk breaks and visualized all of my Spark running buddies at the top waiting for me. I made it to the summit and toodled on down the road with that small victory behind me and turned the corner. The miles seem to drag terribly as we were at just mile 2 and we came to a downhill grade and things were clicking along. Finally! I was starting to enjoy the festivities and music along the course. What I did not know was around another corner was yet a very bad hill. At this point it was only mile 3-ish and I was already very weary of the “severe hills” that was in the race course description.

It was time for the turnaround and I was a happy camper because up until then it was all downhill. Woot! I made the turnaround and guess what? What goes down must go back up and up and up and….. Oh dear God, please help me make it through the next few miles as I run UP this dagblasted hill! I GU’ed up and that really seriously helped. The grade became very manageable and I took it at a nice easy pace UNTIL the grade increased. This is starting to get old.

I stopped and refilled my Nathan QuikDraw Plus and scurried on my way. When does this hill stop? I even asked a fellow runner and they said just a little longer. Of course, the folks on the sidelines said its almost here…ya right. They always lie LOL. Then I cam up on a sign…BEER IN 2 MILES!!!! At that time, I turned in to the greyhound following the rabbit. That seriously gave me the boost I needed. We reached the top of the hill and I knew that there would be no more.

Before I knew it we were back on Brady Street and I knew the beer was now just a little over a mile away. The hill climbs were finally behind me and had the pleasure to run down Brady Street hill. The crowd of spectators was incredible and they do indeed give you the strength you need to finish. I finally reached the intersection of Brady Street and Third Street and rounded the corner. The finish line was in sight and I felt a rush of emotions come over me. I was going to successfully run Bix for the first time in my life! I was even beaming from ear to ear for the official race photographers. I had never done that before in a race as I always looked like I was in pain, but those have been 5k races where you put 150% fullout speed the entire time. This 7 mile race was different as I could pace myself without gassing out.

Through the finish chute and on to the post race party! Excitement was everywhere and it was party central with nothing but sweaty, rain soaked giddy runners with the one thing in common. No matter what finish times were, we all conquered the “severe hills” of Bix along with the elite runners that come from both far and near. Oh, and yes I did indeed enjoy my beer! Running truly ROCKS!!!

I gained so much personally from my Bix experience including the days before. I climbed out of my safe little box and ventured to a place I had not gone to by myself and attended my first expo even though it was a small one. A few ka-chings later I scored some running treats for myself including new Adidas and a gorgeous pink running skirt.

I also ran a long race WITHOUT MY IPOD and this is huge! I opted to not take a chance and ruin my Ipod from the rain plus I wanted to take in the whole ambience of the Bix experience. There were just a few times I really missed my music, but I lived LOL. It was fun listening to the music from the DJ’s, bantering back and forth with fellow runners, watching for the running Elvis’s and the cheers and encouragement from the spectators.

I RAN IN RAIN!!! I had never done that before as that is a little prima dona in me. Today I had no choice and you know what? It was so much fun and it was truly comfortable as it held the heat down. There was nothing dry on me expect for my feet. People! Get yourself some Drymax socks cuz those things are amazing!! They are pricey but so worth it. Love my socks! My skirt was dripping wet and I had to wring it out every whipstitch. My shoes and socks were filthy but I did not care. I was loving my runner’s high and did not have a care in the world.

I learned how to pace myself on hills in a race situation. I also ran the longest race so far for me as all I have run is 5k races. This was a great experience to get me ready for my Half Marathon in September here in the Quad Cities. That is invaluable to me and gave me some new tools to keep in my running mental toolbox.

Most of all, I ran the Bix 7 race and I have the tshirt and finishing time to prove it. Time…1:25:44 which is a 7 mile PR LOL. I am now anxiously awaiting the official photos…the ones that I will be smiling from ear to ear. I now have a goal for next year when I will “BIX AGAIN LIKE I DID LAST SUMMER!!!!!!



The Bix 7 ~ standing in front of The Bix 7 statues of Joan Benoit Samuelson and Bill Rodgers
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DHSPARK 7/27/2010 9:54AM

    Wow Laurie! Congrats! Woot! Awesome!

What an accomplishment! I love how you tell your stories...so descriptive that I feel like I'm right there with you! You work so diligently and consistently I'm not surprised that you have great finishes!

It IS fun to run in the rain (best when not a downpour) but those hills are another thing! Way to go! I'm a flatlander but can do hills when required! And I smiled when you mentioned the sign for the beer and you took off like a greyhound chasing a rabbit!

Love your picture and your enthusiasm. Reading your blogs is one of the many things that has inspired me to 'get back to it'. I walked 5 miles around our lake yesterday in 1 hour 20 minutes...not too shabby for an old gal!

Keep on, keeping on...
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GOLDFISHLIZ 7/26/2010 4:29PM

    Got back from our weekend away to find the news I knew would be waiting - lovely Laurie has run her race!You are such an inspiration - I really wish I could run, you even make me say that!!
Well done, my clever energetic US matey!
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 7/26/2010 11:04AM

    What a great report. Sorry I am late in commenting - I am so behind in everything.

I am so proud of you. That is an awesome accomplishment . You deserve to be so proud.

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FREEDOMSTAR 7/26/2010 9:58AM

   
Laurie- great report I felt like I experienced your day right along with you. Ive enjoyed seeing you progress on your journey since Ive been on spark you have become so much stronger, and above all you have the heart of a runner, you truely enjoy it and thats what it's all about. You had a great time look at the conditions major Hills, Rain. Cant wait to see your Photos posted all over your spark page

enjoy the Glow
Cheers my friend
John

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PHDMAMA06 7/25/2010 9:07PM

    Look at you in your cute running skirt!! The Bix sounds like SO much fun and it makes me want to come down to Quad Cities and run it with you next summer!! Congrats on a great race, and I'm so proud of you!!

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DEEJ4FITNESS 7/25/2010 3:54PM

    I am sitting here both laughing & crying!! WOW what an experience Miss Laurie! LOVE the whole thing but ESPECIALLY the greyhound chasin' the rabbit part!! That's when I cried laughing! Oops, had to get a grip to keep from waking my napping hubby!!!

You're a MESS & I love you!!! Someway, somehow, I've GOT to run with you!!

You're such an inspiration..... keep that Spark burning!!!!

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GSDMIKE 7/25/2010 3:48PM

    Congrats on a great PR. Sounds like you had a lot of "firsts" today.

I cracked up at your description of the finish line grimace in your 5Ks. I think the only grimace I've ever had was at the Sedona race, climbing those hills. Despite going 150% full speed, I always seem to have a smile on my face at the end. Maybe because I know it's over. Probably more because I know I left it all out there.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 7/25/2010 2:06PM

    Way to go! Sounds like so much fun. Sure wish I could have run it with you!
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SIGOSIX 7/25/2010 1:50PM

    Thanks so much for such a wonderful and detailed report! The fun and excitement definitely came through! You make me wish I’d have been in the event too. Keep up the great work Laurie!

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CHUBBYSISTER1 7/25/2010 1:43PM

    Thanks for sharing such a great race report. Wow! You proved you are tougher than nails!! You so totally rock. I'm still in awe of that hill.....omg!! Thanks for always being an inspiration to me!

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CRZYRUNRGRL 7/25/2010 1:35PM

    What a great race report! You did awesome girl, and look at that last mile split! Woot! Congrats on your longest race run, this goes to show that you will sooo kick butt on that half girl!
I love the picture too!

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GRACEISENUF 7/25/2010 1:33PM

    emoticon CHEERS TO YOU...You little ROCKSTAR! I LOVED, LOVED this blog and felt like I was at the race with you when I read it. You make me laugh out loud and that is a VERY good thing!

I am SO proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BILLALEX70 7/25/2010 1:22PM

    You rock!

Even if you're a llama.
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RUNNER_TIFF_07 7/25/2010 1:21PM

    Awesome job!! So glad you had such a great experience. It was nice to read your race report :).

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KAYALI 7/25/2010 1:18PM

    Way to go!!! You did it and you will do it agin next year... emoticon

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