Monday, April 22, 2013

Striders Classic 5 Miler Race Report

My friend and I took a little road trip for this race, and it was a fun little getaway. Friday night I did an hour on the elliptical because my friend came a little later. I didn't end up getting there in time to hit the mall like I wanted, but I stopped by the two stores I wanted to go to before I left on Saturday.

Saturday was a nice, chilly morning for a run! Luckily the sun was peeking out which made it a little better. I ran a faster pace than normal ("race pace") and kept it steady throughout most of the run. There were a couple times when I sped up, and as usual I ran hard at the end. I PR'd the race and I did not come in last. That was a huge fear going into the race, and even bigger on Saturday morning when I saw that most of the runners were doing the 10 miler, not the five. The number of runners for our race was pretty small. I'd say not coming in last and setting  a PR would make this race a success for me.

The race itself was fairly uneventful. There were a few hills on the course, which I'm not used to running. I really do need to get some more practice running hills. I just hate them so much! The course went through part of a town (we were on the edge of town) and then into the country. We ran on a dirt road at one point. This was also a new experience for me, as I usually stick to paved surfaces. The only trail run I've done was the mud run last summer. I know I slowed down a little when I ran that leg of the race... There was lots of loose gravel and some holes to navigate around. Of course there were potholes on the main roads too!

I didn't experience any issues during the race and it went pretty well. I picked out my "person" and made sure to stick with her. She was doing the run/walk method so we passed each other off and on, but neither was very far away. Then at the last mile I kicked it up a notch and pushed a little harder. I was ahead of her that whole last mile and finished at least 30 seconds in front of her.

As I mentioned my pace was a little faster than the five miler I did in November. I ran at a pace of 11:25, or about 5.25 if you think in treadmill terms. That's a pretty good time for me. I thought my speed had been deteriorating but I guess it's been improving a little! I had been running on the treadmill at 5.0 so my outdoor pace had been comparable to that. I guess the outdoor runs I've been doing are helping.  I'm almost back to where I was when I did my fastest 5K last fall (about an 11:10 or 5.3-almost 5.4 pace average). I think my goal for this year will be to hit the 10 minute mile range. This doesn't mean 10 flat. It just means under 11. I've been stuck in the 11 range for a while (but in the past the much higher 11-range; like 11:50). It doesn't sound like that much of a difference but it really is. I'd love to hit the 10:50 mark this year! I know that surgery will impact on that (downtime means that I decondition). Distances also make a difference. My increased pace is for a 5K distance, then I'll hope to increase it for longer races from there.

The swag was nice; a race t-shirt and what seemed like an endless supply of bagels at the end (plus protein bars, water - although it had sugar so we passed on it, and bananas). My friend won an award; third place in our age group! That was pretty exciting! They also did a raffle by bib number and my friend won a free pair of Asics!! It's a mail in card and she'll get them in like six weeks. I'm sure they're not the best of the best, but free shoes are free shoes!! Even if she can't run in them, it's nice to have a new pair of kicks for everyday wear! I liked that they had the raffle - pretty cool idea!!  For the raffle and winners they gave away the shoes, glasses, sweatshirts, socks, and pop (that one I thought was kind of silly, but Pepsi was a sponsor).

So that was the race!

I'm not going to write much about the rest of the weekend...  My eating was pretty good (although I was under calories yesterday). Oh! And on Saturday I ended up taking the Little Miss for a walk. We did a few miles and it definitely wasn't anything significant - just a walk. I was pretty sore from the race. In fact, my muscles were still sore yesterday! I think the elliptical on Friday night may have played a role in that too.

So that's that... I'm off to meet up with the cousin and Little Miss for a walk. It's a TF day but I need to get out of the house, plus it's warm and sunny.... Who wants to hide in the basement on a day like today!?

Have a great week!

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