I ran the Vulcan 10K on Saturday, and I wasn’t really feeling it, because I felt like I couldn’t really race it. I knew no one running it either. But, I refuse to waste $25 on a race fee, so I got up before the chickens and somehow coerced my mom and Hubs to come watch. I know that it wasn’t either of their cups of tea for a Saturday morning activity, but I think they had fun people watching and heckling the finish line crew. Anyway, my goal was to start out at a pace of 9:30 and try to finish under an hour. My previous PR for a 10K was 59:43, and I wanted to break that, but just wasn’t sure it was in the cards. I ended up next to two guys that I ran with last Saturday while we were waiting on the gun to go off, and we were discussing races and whatnot, and found out they had already run the course this morning. I just don’t even know what to do with people like that.
Anyway, the course starts out pretty hilly and I am generally not a fan of running in the Highlands because of this. It doesn’t feel like hills, but IT IS. I started thinking, “This is really hard. Are you really trying to double this distance in a few weeks? I don’t know if I’ll be able to break 2 hours like I wanted.” You know… really uplifting stuff. I was keeping pretty steady on my splits and once we hit Five Points area, it was pretty much downhill and I started speeding up. I had less than 2 miles to go at that point and wanted to see if I could turn it up. I felt pretty good about coming in right around an hour. Once I hit mile 5, I started picking people off. I clocked the last mile in 8:37… say what?? At the end of a race?? Sure, that normally happens in the beginning with all of the endorphins and what not.. but not at the end!
The last girl I picked off, didn’t like that and caught up to me, I could see the finish line and checked to see if she was maintaining or pushing on.. she was just maintaining, so I gave it some gas and blew past her. It felt REALLY good, people.
I crossed the finish line in 58:15… almost an minute and a half PR. I will take it!!
As my reward, I got to go to Lululemon at the Summit, where my picture is in the window for a goals segment they did. The last time I was in there they were talking to me about running goals and asked if they could take my picture.. and what was I to say?? Hell yeah! I also now have my outfit for Magic City and I am excited about it. Unfortunately, it’s not pink, but I love it anyway.
It was not a bad way to start a Saturday morning, I can tell you!
Who else raced this weekend??
I doubt y’all will be shocked to learn that I signed up for a 10K at the last minute.
I ran a good bit with Donnie and Shannon this week, and running with them really showed me how much I have improved over this training cycle.
So, after running a total of 24 miles during the course of the week, 10 of the miles logged on Friday morning, I loaded up in the car and headed to Birmingham for the Village 2 Village 10K. It starts in Mountain Brook and runs to Crestline Village and back. It has some pretty intense hills, but since I have only ran one previous 10K, I was hoping for a PR and my ultimate, somewhat-not-really-attainable goal was for under an hour. I wasn’t sure how my legs were going to hold up after everything I had asked of them that week.
I stayed with Shannon through most of it, but she stayed a few steps ahead of me through the last two miles. I always had her in my sights, so I knew I was keeping a good pace (I’m trying not to obsess on my watch so much).
The course was beautiful.. gorgeous homes and views of the golf course. When I rounded the corner for the finish line, I saw the clock hit 1 hour and I got a little sad. But Shannon reminded me to look at my watch… 59:47. I had done it! My official time was 59:43.. a 9:38 pace. Not too shabby, y’all. That made is a 9 minute PR from my last 10K. So, I will take it and wear it proudly.
Gigi is the ultimate Spectator, y’all. She has to be on her death bed to miss a race. Even when I tell her it’s cold and to stay in her jammies. Love you, Karen!
So, with less than 3 weeks until Mercedes, this weeks training is intense and I am staying pretty exhausted. But, if it gets me a sub 2:15, I will take that as well.
Of course, all I can think about now is what I am wearing for Mercedes.. I bought a jacket, toboggan, and capris for it, but now I am wondering if it’ll be too hot for it. Typically, by Mercedes it’s pretty chilly around these parts, so it may have to be a game time decision.
Does anyone have an suggestions for me?
|Claire ran across her first finish line and didn’t dig it. Karen said the pictures of us running across the finish line were too blurry. So sads.
|Look, T! The makings of a Quad are there!!|
|Happy to be done.|
|My running buddy. The sandbagger. I mean, Robbie.|
|Running hills makes my eye stop working. Me, Karen, Claire, and Dad.|