ok, lesson learned. running two races in less than 36 hours is a bad idea.
let's recap the eaten post of yesterday first . . . the morning started off well. i chowed on my favorite prerace breakfast (cinnamon raisin bagel with pb and sliced banana) and a latte. downed some gatorade a bit before the start. now, the race course had been changed at the last minute due to the flooding earlier in the week. the good news - it was moved to the bike trail that i run on regularly, so i was very familiar with the course. the bad news - it is NOT very wide, so i knew i had to get out there fast in the two blocks on the street before joining the trail. race start - i start in the front line
and chat briefly with a guy who was planning on finishing in 25ish minutes. he mentioned that the h.s. kids to our left were looking to finish in the very low 21s
gun goes, we fly. just before the trail, i was fairly certain i was far enough in front of the bulk of the crowd that i didn't have to worry about getting stuck on the trail, so i slow down to a more comfortable race pace. prior to this, i had been the first women. once i slowed a bit, three other women (well, one barely looked 15) passed me almost immediately. i held fourth through approximately a mile and a half, when another woman passed me. dh's grandfather was a course marshall, so it was nice to wave and hear some cheering at an otherwise un-spectated race.
other problem - miles are not marked
: it was an out and back course, so technically, i could have checked my pace at the halfway mark. the turnaround, however, was also the water station - and with the humidity, i needed to at least wet my mouth. so between getting around the cone, getting water, and not drowning myself, i didn't check my time. dh's cousin passed me almost immediately after the turnaround, and said he had been trying to catch me for almost the full two miles and couldn't
he ended up placing second in his age group. i tried to stick with him, but he was off like a prom dress. so i'm plugging along on the return trip, when a woman starts passing me - we actually stayed neck and neck for the majority of the return, which was excellent for my second half pace, i think. about a half mile from the finish, we started running faster, and when we turned off the trail, i started sprinting - but she didn't come along
i think i might have been able to finish a few seconds faster if i had that competition, but oh well. i didn't meet my ideal goal of 26 minutes, but i did finish faster than my last 4 miler (28:0something) in january.
anyway, yesterday was a great race, ignoring my course gripes. in the afternoon, we headed to dh's uncle's for a barbeque and then stopped by the roadrunners' clubhouse for the tail end of the picnic. i'm pretty much the new kid on the block, so we were going around with introductions (lots of spouses who don't come to the speed workouts), the president's wife said, "oh, you're the fast one [president] was saying started coming to the track."
so today was the third in a series of five summer 5Ks hosted by our local running club. the turnout was MUCH greater than the last one - three pages of results, so i'm estimating about 300 people. i wasn't looking to do anything amazing. i was sure i wouldn't beat my 20:44 from may, but i was hoping to be in the 21-22 range. now, it had POURED earlier in the day, and cooled off so nicely with a fabulous breeze in the mid-afternoon. well, six o'clock rolls around and the humidity kicks back in.
: not a bad race - but i felt like i just couldn't turn my legs around fast enough. my first mile was a 7:00, and i though if i could hold that, i would be pleased. again, i needed to grab water at the halfway mark just to get my mouth wet bc of the heat (i typically don't drink during a race unless my finish time will be over 30 minutes - i've heard it makes no difference) and managed to get a good quantity of water UP my nose, so i spent most of the next mile trying not to choke and die. i did well on hills, passing people on most of the major ones, but otherwise i felt like garbage - just couldn't move enough to close any distances. second mile split was 7:14 and the third was 7:24, with a final finish time of 22:13 according to the official clock. i was 4th in my age group, 40th overall, and the 8th woman. this is the first race that i haven't beat my previous time, so i'm a little bummed
: . on the other hand, it would have been an act of god for me to beat my early 5K time today, so i can't complain too much.
the barbeque and pot luck tonight were great - got lots of ideas about upcoming races.
runningmommy - i had never heard that about the tea. i drink it regularly and i don't think i steep it for more than 5 minutes and certainly not covered
: i'm in a bit of a bind - i can tell my supply is dropping, but ds is 15 months old and i'm not sure how hard i want to work to maintain it
: again. i go back and forth on an hourly basis about this.
cheryl - hope the bike ride went well.
: you are one strong mama
mamabeth - hoses?
and geo - THREE runs
: you win, you win.