Yesterday was an all around fabulous day!
I am super tired right now but wanted to post so I'm going to break this up, sorry for the lack of writing skillz here tonight:)
5K Race Recap:
Woke up and felt really excited. The weather was beautiful and I was so excited. We had had torrential downpours all week so I really felt like the Lord was smiling down on Lace and I:)
Met Lacey and hopped in the car. When we arrived we got our bibs and then realized we were FREEZING so we got back in the car and took a few pics:)
woohoo!! first race bib!
This is my super speedy friend, Becky, who is running CIM here soon...trying to make olympic trials with a 2:46 marathon! she used the 10K as a tempo run and ran the first 2 miles with me.
Yes we wore matching outfits:) Lacey is my BF and she moves to Canada in 21 days:(:( I'm a bit devastated about the whole thing:(
Warm up:Becky and I did a 1.75 mile warm up and I only got to fit in 2 strides before having to bust our butts to the start line:)
The path is narrow so they started us every 20 seconds in groups of 20ish or so. They had us line up according to our speed. I gave Lace a hug as we found our places in line and reminded her to Push it!! I told her I would be back for her, after I finished.
My PLAN was to run 6:30, 6:25, 6:20 and this is where I messed up. We started running and Becky kept yelling her time was 6:30ish and mine was saying 6:10...I didn't know what to do...My friend had also emailed me and told me to go out fast so I sort of let my mind get indecisive and decided to just go for it! This decision I regret. I SHOULD HAVE listened to John.
Us at the Start:
That's my friend Becky in the blue.
Here goes Lace!
Lace waiving at her little boys, I LOVE the face of True happiness here!
Mile 1:First mile was 6:18. Crap! I knew it was too fast and I was not going to be running this progressively like I should have!
at mile 1.5 there was a short but very steep hill....my lungs were already tired and I knew I was only half way done. It's funny, but it wasn't the legs as much as it was my LUNGS...does that mean I need more speed work or more endurance? curious.
Anyway...mile 2 was 6:35.
At this point, I relaxed too much. I thought I was still okay b/c I had banked some time in that first mile...but I should have trusted myself and known better b/c EVERY time I run my first mile too fast, I bonk!
Sure enough, my friend Sommer, ran by me at abuot a half mile to go and I had nothin left to kick in.
Mile 3 was 6:38. DANG IT!
I picked it up a bit the last .12 with a 6:22 pace but that was it:)
Final time was : 20:10 3rd place:)
Why is there a 10yr old kicking my butt?
Kicking it into the finish....there's my not so cute face:)
That face has "tired" written all over it:)
I am SUPER Happy with my time. SUPER happy...BUT I am mad that I didn't stick to my plan. Every single 5K i've ever run, I have run this way! I don't know why I can't run it progressively like the rest of my races, so my new goal is to run my next 5K progressive. I think if I do another one in a month or so, I will surely break 20min. I am more than pleased with 20:10 off no speed work and it makes me exited to get closer to the sub 19min 5K in the next year:)
As Lacey came in , I was screaming like a banshee!! I lead her in til about .2 miles to go then ran over to the finish line to cheer her on!
here we come.....
I was so excited I was jumping up and down...I'm sure people thought I was nuts!
she sprinted SO hard, I was SO friggin proud of her!
I bawled like a baby! so excited for her! she finished with a 29:19!!!!
I am sure she didn't want her picture taken yet! LOL
After the Race, we tried to warm up again...it started to rain.....we stayed a little too long in the car b/c the kids almost missed their kids race! they jumped in right at the end and only got to run about .20 of a mile! OOPS!
I won a delicious COSTCO PIE for my 3rd place finish and it was Devine!!! Becky won 3 for taking first place in the 10K:)
All in all, a GREAT race!
I recommend this race to anyone for next year. Well, run, beautiful course all in the park on paved trail:)
AJ, Meg and Erika after their kids race:)
POST RACE: Who spiked my Gatorade?:
This is when the day got interesting.
When I got home, I was SO happy and just feeling on top of the world!
I knew I had to run a lot more easy miles to hit my 55mile goal this week. I couldnt' sleep (nap) so I got up an headed out.
I have never felt this before, but my legs were just BUZZING! it felt like I had little fire flies inside them...I had SO MUCH ENERGY! I have NO idea why...I think it might have been the adrenaline rush I was feeling from my 5K. I really felt optimistic that if I had just run a 20:10 off base miles, then 2012 was gonna be a great year for new PR's.
I started to run and had EVERY intention of just running easy miles.
However, as I started running..I progressively felt more energized! it was as if I had not just run a 5K at all!
This is how my splits went: I really can't explain how the hell this happened? It didn't feel hard AT ALL. No heavy breathing or nothing. I just felt ON TOP OF THE WORLD! It was a super euphoric feeling:)
Mile 1: 8:31 (half uphill)
Mile 2: 7:56
*Mile 3: 7:38
*Mile 4: 6:42( mostly downhill)
*Mile 5: 6:36 (but this one wasn't! What the heck???)
*Mile 6: 7:39
*Mile 7: 8:08 (uphill)
*Mile 8: 8:25 (uphill)
*Mile 9: 7:45
*Mile 10: 7:35 (felt like I could have kept going for another 5 miles)
Overall pace: 7:41
So I pretty much ran a 10 mile tempo run! I could NOT believe the energy I felt.
I finished the day with 15.5 miles total.
It was one of the best days I've had in a WHILE. Days like this make all the hard days worth it!!!