It hit me the other day that I’m running the Runner’s World Classic Hat Trick in July… which is literally only a month away at this point! Eek!!!
Given that I will be running a half marathon in just about a month and the next few weeks are going to involve some crazy traveling, I wanted to get in a long run this Sunday to cap off a week of pretty good runs.
I had signed up for a random little 5k a couple of weeks ago (found it through an email from Marathon Sports – the Just One Run 5k in Memory of Sean Curtis) when I saw it was being held walking distance from my apartment, in an area where I typically run anyway. I figured it would be just the thing to force myself into a fast finish for a 10-miler, so I headed out early to knock out 7 ahead of time.
I kept the first 7 really slow and easy, because annoyingly, my hamstring is STILL BOTHERING ME. Grr. I figured if anything, a long, slow warm-up would probably be good for it. Either that, or it would tire me out so I wouldn’t be so tempted to go crazy on the 5k (no such luck there.) I couldn’t believe how hot it felt at 8:30 am!! It was already sunny and in the low 70s and I was kind of dying in the capris I had opted to wear. I finished the 7 with about a half hour to go til the race start and went over to pick up my bib, drink some water, and stretch.
While it was a little hot, they really did have a gorgeous day for this event (especially compared to the 5k my mom and I ran last weekend!)
It took them a little while to get everyone started, but eventually we were all shepherded into the starting area. I knew it was going to be very congested at the front since it’s a route I run pretty frequently, so I made sure to get myself towards the front of the pack. I was thinking I could probably place in my age group, even with dialing it back a notch because of my hamstring. I was SO ANNOYED though when herds of little kids started pushing their way to the front of the group. I know, I know – I should chill out, it was a family event and not that big of a deal, but still. Weaving around them after they all slowed down by the first 100 yards got annoying. Mile 1- 7:20.
In the first mile, I knew there were 3 women ahead of me – two of them were really cruising, and I knew I wasn’t going to catch them. I was excited (although a little nervous), when I passed the third woman just before the first mile marker. As long as no other women passed me, I could get 3rd overall woman!! While I was waiting around for the start, I had noticed that they had some pretty nice trophies for awards, so part of me really wanted to get one. Mile 2 – 7:37.
In the third mile, I passed one guy who I had been tailing for the first 2 miles. He stayed with me all the way to the end, but didn’t pass me. I also kept looking behind me in this last mile, trying to see if there were any women sneaking up behind me. There weren’t. In fact, there was a gap of about 15 seconds to the next closest runner behind me, and another gap to the runner behind him. It definitely gave me that vibe that I was running alone and there was no real way I could screw up my place as 3rd overall female. I probably got a little complacent because the last mile was my slowest. Mile 3 – 7:47. Then again, if I look at it in relation to my whole 10 miles, it was one of my fastest miles! 😉 Official Time: 23:45, good for 2nd in my age group and 3rd overall female.
Significantly off from the PR I ran last weekend, but as I kept reminding myself, it was to be expected. I had run 7 miles and it was WAY hotter/sunnier than the week before where rain had kept me cool throughout. This was also a fun surprise-
I ended up hanging out, waiting around for an hour because they wanted everyone to finish before doing the awards. I wouldn’t have minded – except, I didn’t get an award. They only had them for first place in each age group and the overall winners. 😦 I was so bummed. I understand it was a pretty low-budget event, but still it was frustrating that I specifically waited around for the awards ceremony for nothing. Also, the age groups were super weird in this race. The woman who got first in our age group was 38 – how do we belong in the same age group???
Oh well. I just need to keep reminding myself the trophies really don’t matter. Overall it was a great 10-mile run for me (the longest I have gone since Delaware) and an excellent step in the right direction for half marathon training.
How was your weekend? Did you race?