Goals for the Race
Reviewing my Goals
Up at 7am(7.5 hours of sleep! What what!) and got ready. We didn't need to leave the apartment until 745 so we had a lot of time which was awesome!
I got dressed and made breakfast. This is the first race I have used oatmeal as a base and it was awesome! Can't wait to do it again.
I had English breakfast tea, oatmeal with raspberries, peanut butter and a banana and also a few sips of Gatorade as well. I was full yet satisfied.
We left at 745 and the sun was already out which was a bummer! It had been June gloom all week until about 10 but not today. It got warm very quickly.
It took us about 10 min to walk and then we waited in a long porta potty line but walked over to the start like at 820 for the 830 start as the fast 5k were finishing it was amazing! 19 min 5ks are awesome!
We did some last minute stretching and got everything ready to go. The mayor did an introduction and off we went! I took 1 shot blok while the mayor was talking.
My plan was to take a clif shot at the halfway point and then anything else if I felt weak. I set out with the idea to pace 10:49 miles and try and push my speed.
There's a bit of congestion at the start of the course but I was able to escape and get into my groove.
I did an interval of 2:30/:30 and saw everyone start off too fast per usual. It was warm and sunny so I knew I would need to conserve energy for later on.
The course was 2 5k loops so I wanted to take the first loop slow and then use what I learn in the first loop to my advantage In the second.
I felt like I was going so slow but actually had good speed.
Mile 2- 10:20
we started the turn around and were in the shade and felt much better. I grabbed 2 water cups at the first station as I could tell it was getting warmer.
I could feel I was getting into my groove and could tell my legs were feeling good.
Mile 3- 10:03
I could tell my pace was great and needed to find out what my 5k finish was so I have an idea of how much I could push in the second half.
My 5k was about 32 minutes so I knew I could stay the same or push a bit harder, I would be in good shape.
Mile 4- 9:48
The clif shot and the music had me PUMPED. I realize I can definitely PR and probably break 1:05.
At the turn around point, I know I will be good as the finishing part is in the shade. I was able to take the short lines on the course (inside turns) and shade to conserve whatever energy I could.
Mile 5- 10:12
I do the math and realize I will break 1:05! I have to take slightly more walk breaks (quick 5-15 sec) as it is hot and I'm pushing myself pretty hard-which is why this is a much slower mile than before.
I take part of a shot blok and feel better and just know I need to hang on and I will do great.
Mile 6- 9:43
Almost done! I actually grab water and walk through the stop (most other ones I jogged through) and I know on so close to be done but not sure of my time.
FINISH LINE- 1:02:46 PR
There's no clock! I freak and check my iPod and it says 1:02:50! Wtf? Is this correct? I immediately tear up. I can't believe I just did that!
I also was insanely dizzy when I was done. I really pushed hard and I felt it. I thought I may pass out so I grab some water and my medal and some chia water and a snack and sit under a tree. My legs burn like never before.
I ate a bit and felt much better but I was drained. It's literally the fastest I have ever run in my life. My soreness equals what I typically have for after a half. But I did it!
I wait for Mallory and then get official times. 1:02:46! HOLY CRAP- IS THAT REAL LIFE? An over 4 minute PR from my last race (1:07:09 was my old PR but that was done on crazy hills).
Then we watched the kids races which was the cutest thing ever!
We walked home, shower and walked back to have an amazing lunch at kayanddaves-Mexican food may be a new calling after a race! They also had menu specials for runners so we had to get 5 dollar mimosas. My body was craving salt (they only had water stops on the course) and I felt so much better.
We ran more errands-home depot, Target (they have buy 1, get 1 50% off all C9 gear!), did a bit of work and went to see 22 Jump Street.
all in all, it was a great race and a great day!
I will write a bit more later about my pre-race day how I think it helped and hurt me but no matter what, a new PR is in the books!
I could not recommend this course enough. A great cause as well as a good price (35 bucks!), a flat course and great people!
Did you race this past weekend?