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Market Square Day 10K Race Report

17 Jun

Sad to say I have no photos right now. I’m not even sure if the course had official photographers? Oh well!

I’ve had so little desire to write lately. Due to a new job in the family, I’ve been leaving my house before 7am, getting home around 5:30-6, running after work, and promptly having no desire to do… well, anything at all. I’ve actually been hitting snooze in the morning, which hardly ever happens.

Anyway, back to this weekend’s race!

I drove up with one of my friends on Friday night, and we spent the night at B’s apartment. We got up the next morning at 7am, got our numbers, and chomped down some amazing bagels from a nearby coffee shop. There were around 2,000 runners, so Market Square was quickly filling up behind the starting line. We killed the extra time before the race back at B’s apartment, and went down about 10 minutes before gunfire.

As we approached I told myself “don’t get caught up in the excitement, and don’t try to pass anyone in the first mile.” I repeated that over and over then BOOM we were off. About half a mile in I did start to pass people… but they were walking! Either they REALLY burnt out quickly, or they were walkers that decided not to go to the back of the start for whatever reason. If it’s the latter… come on guys, race etiquette. At least move to the sides of the road.

My friends zoomed off ahead of me and I got into the groove of my music. Side note: don’t you just love it when certain songs come on at just the right time? I kept glancing down at my Garmin, trying to maintain somewhere around a 10:00 pace. I hadn’t done a run longer than 4 miles in a while, so I decided to play it safe.

My first walk break came at a water station in mile 4. I actually brought my own water bottle filled with Gatorade Endurance, knowing that I needed the extra sodium. Even with the Gatorade, I felt a cramp in my foot around 4.5 miles. It slowed me down just enough that I ended up missing my goal time by 26 seconds. Ugh. Oh well, easier to PR next time.

Oh, and this course felt like it was TOTALLY UPHILL. Honestly, now. I think the downhills were gradual enough that they felt flat, then next thing you know you’re running uphill again. There was one last decent-sized hill in the last .2, ending on a wonderful downhill.

My final time: 1:02:26. I really wanted to get sub-1:02.

HOWEVER. The tangents I took brought my distance to 6.25mi, meaning that my average pace was 9:59. hahahaha yes! Victory.

9:55, 9:57, 10:08, 10:30 (cramp), 9:56, 9:48, 2:10 (.25mi)

The rest of the weekend was basically spent eating and sleeping. It was one friend’s first time in a timed race, and he was just chowing down everything. We made fun of him relentlessly. All in all a fantastic weekend.

Other new news: I started with my new running group, and I start personal training next week. Hello, more things to write about! If my desire to write regularly returns. Oye.


Tall Mom 5K Race Report

6 May

Mel aka Tall Mom put together another virtual race to go along with her Marathon for the Cure fundraising. This time around it was a 5K to be run on 5/5. My life made a few other plans, so I had to run it this morning instead. No matter! I still got it done and OH BOY am I pleased with the results.

Let me start with getting up this morning: last night I fell asleep pretty quickly, but it wasn’t quite enough sleep. My alarm sounded at 5am, and it took me a few minutes to register what was going on. I rolled over and sort of stared off into space until about 5:10; “Do I want to run? Oh but my bed is so comfy… but if I stay here, I’ll just be awake and regret it.” I finally pulled myself out of bed and laced up.

My pace has been so much stronger lately. I’m not sure if my new lighter shoes have anything to do with it, but I’ll take it! I started off great, mile 1 clocked in at 8:59. So far so good. Out of nowhere, I just run out of gas. 2.1 miles to go and I’m running on fumes. Fuuuuuuudgecicles. I took a walk break for a few seconds then decided to just go for it and finish the distance.

That. HURT.

A stitch formed in my side, my lungs burned, and the wind was working against me. That last part has nothing to do with my body but dammit I’m mad at the wind. Mile 2: 9:26 (with ~30 seconds of walking).

Time for mile 3. I don’t want to I don’t want to it hurts okay I’ll do it. My heart is completely crazy at this point. 8:51.

1/10 of a mile to go just KICK IT UP. Boom, 48 seconds.

Final time: 28:06

I PRed, baby!

It was painful and my IT band is currently hatin’ on me. But I’m so happy to have that time under my belt.

Yeah, listen to the panda, IT band. Showdown tomorrow morning. Same time, same place. It’s onnnnnnn.

Running Groups

11 Jan

Tonight I ran with my first-ever running group. Conclusion: I need to work on my speed ;) I actually wasn’t too concerned with speed, especially since I know I become a sniffling spitting neanderthal if I run in the cold, and it’s 25°F so there ya go. One runner (who happens to be a run ambassador for another store in the chain that runs the group) held back and was kind enough to run with me while the others went ahead. It was incredibly nice of him, especially since he averages a 7:10 pace and I can be anywhere from a 9-10.

Run totals
Distance: 3.71 miles
Time: 37:21
Splits: 10:04, 9:06, 10:42, 7:29
Elevation range: -59ft to 404ft (guh.)

I plan on doing this weekly, and I know that I’ll fall behind for a while. And I’m okay with that, and I don’t expect people to fall back for me. Worse comes to worse, I lose the group, turn around, and retrace my steps back to the start. It’s all on main streets in Boston, so there’s little danger in running alone *knock on wood.*

I think this group run brought me out of my running funk. I was cranky and whiny about my poor times and distances, so it’s a good thing I wasn’t blogging during that time. You all would have unfollowed me. I’m back in happy mode and ready to move forward.

Oh, and I PRed my 5K time. So, that’s cool too. :)