Thursday, February 23, 2012

Coincidence (10K Race Recap)

My official finish time for the race I ran on Saturday was 43:54. That’s EXACTLY the same finish time of my New Year’s Day race. Crazy right? Especially considering my mile splits were all over the place again.


Well, before I get to that, let’s backup a minute.  Run the Reagan is actually a festival of races. There’s a 5K, 10K, and half marathon to choose from. I wanted to run this half marathon last year, but it just didn’t fit with the husband’s schedule.

Really my only goal for the year is this, and I don't have intentions of doing much else.

 Hopefully having a schedule free of races will quell my desire to push the pace on every.single.run. I know it's counter productive, and yet I can't resist.
But the Mr. happens to be on vacation this month.  It’s not often I get a Saturday morning to myself, so  I decided take advantage of the opportunity. Just one little race couldn't hurt....
With the mileage I’ve been running, I would have been fine physically to run the half marathon this year, but psychologically, I just wasn't feeling it.  In fact, the 10k was more distance than I felt like tackling.

This looked to be a decent sized event, and a short, sweet 5k sounded good. I haven’t raced one on my own since last September, so that’s what I registered to run.

As I was figuring out the race logistics early last week, I realized the 5k wasn’t scheduled to start until 11:00! Somehow I’d overlooked that important detail. Plus, the venue was an hour drive each way. I wanted to have a morning to myself, but I didn’t want to kill half the day being away from home. I emailed the race director and he was kind enough to switch my registration to the 10K which started at 9:15.

Like I mentioned before, I was excited for the 5k. The 10k required a lot of pep talk to get me out the door. It was forecasted to be a rainy weekend, so the night before I gave myself an “out”. If it was raining when I woke up I wasn’t going to go.
Nope the weather was perfect. Low 50’s and overcast. I got suited up, grabbed my waffles with peanut butter, and shuffled out the door.

My plan was to go out at 7:05 for the first mile, then 7:00 for the 2nd and 3rd, then give it everything I had for the final 3.

Nope that didn't happen. U-G-L-Y.


The course was a straight out-and-back. The first half of the course was slightly downhill, meaning we had a climb back to the finish line. Knowing this, I consoled myself the fast start was ok, and it was good to have the time in the bank for the way back.

I was passed by one woman around mile 2 and another one shortly after the turn-around.

Watching my pace slowly creep up was a big confidence crusher.  I should really retire the Garmin when I race. My best races seem to be the ones where I didn’t have it. However, I had both the women who had passed me locked in my cross-hairs. They were my motivation to keep going.

Around mile 4, I passed the first woman who had passed me. She didn’t put up a fight. I passed the second woman in the last half mile. We played leap frog for a bit, but I was able to open up a 10 second gap on her by the end.

Source
Official time 43:54. The same time I ran on New Year’s Day after staying up past midnight drinking champagne.

So I went from not caring about my 10k time and doing it for fun, to feeling like I should’ve done better and wanting a do-over. I’m now signed up to run another local 10K this Saturday in a second attempt at a better race.

That’s the problem with having Type A personality. Your greatest nemesis is yourself.

I was still quite happy to leave with a new little trinket though.


Stats:
Chip time: 43:54
Pace: 7:04/mi
Overall: 26/711
Gender: 3/367
AG: 1/49

16 comments:

  1. Congrats on your age group win! Speedy McSpeederson! :)

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  2. Thanks Amber :)

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  3. Congrats!!! You crack me up - you're like a cheetah talking about passing that woman and her not putting up a fight. Love it. :)

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  4. You realize you are your own worse enemy right? hahah! You compete with yourself, I love it! I can't remember, have you ever done a full marathon? I signed up for Team In Training a couple of times and didn't get to really train, but they always promised, a non-runner can run a full marathon. I always wondered if that were true...

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  5. Congrats on to placing well even if you weren't stoked about how you raced. To a slow poke like me, that pace just seems ridiculous to me for a 10K!

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  6. Wow, you're incredible! love that you are going to beat your time this weekend. You had a great time! I love your finish line picture too and snickers shirt. I need one of those. Congrats!

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  7. Oh good time! I am slalom, and I'm fine with that, not a natural athlete by any stretch just the fact that I run at all is amazing!
    I love my garmin, but maybe more naturals is a good idea for racing?

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  8. Thanks Natalie. When I look at the splits I get down on myself for not pushing harder, especially miles 4 and 5. Wish I'd given it more there. Still happy to have placed though :)

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  9. I've done 6, but the most recent one was almost 4 years ago and pre-Emily. We shall see how it all unfolds....

    You should check out Amber's blog www.gymclassdropout.blogspot.com She's big into TnT

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  10. My race times are oddly similar to each other too. For a long time, my 10K PR was exactly double to my 5K PR!

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  11. Congrats on an awesome race! I definitely know what you mean about going in on a fun run, and then being disappointed for not getting a better time. :) I also appreciated your comments on runtothefinish, I had similar experiences and sentiments.

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  12. Nice work, and congrats on the great placing! So does this mean you're all signed up for NYC??

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  13. Way to go!!! Is the race you're signed up for the Intown? Traci & I are running that one!

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  14. Yep, registered and eager to go!

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  15. Pilot wife and running mom here ;) Just came across your blog and wanted to say hi!! If you don't mind I'm pinning your blog on my pinterest under fav running blogs!

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