First race of 2016 was a success! I’m looking forward to writing more race recaps for you all. They’re my favorite stories to tell! (well, most of the time)
Going into this race, I really wasn’t sure what to expect from myself. I have skipped more than my fair share of training runs & my left knee cap has been really bothering me the last week or so. A while ago, I had planned on racing this, but the closer the race got, I figured I’d just go out there & take it easy & hope for the best.
Luckily, this race went way better than expected. There are three distances to choose from: 10, 15 or 20 miles. I went with 10, since I have no plan to ever run above 13.1 miles. The race is located out in North Park – & the course is just loops around the lake. This lake is so beautiful – both in the winter & the summer. I don’t run out there a whole lot, so whenever I do get to run out there, I enjoy it.
The race started at 10am & it was cold!! If it wasn’t for the wind, it wouldn’t have been too bad. To my surprise, I dressed perfectly – except I didn’t wear gloves. I should have. When running into the headwind, my hands were literally frozen – but I got to warm up when the wind was at our backs. I ran with Jenn – of course! We make such a great team. I have really enjoyed running with her these last few months, & I’m glad I finally caught up to her pace wise! Our first loop around the lake was nice.. it wasn’t crowded, & Jenn & I were basically just hanging out & going for a nice run. The pace never felt too hard, it really did just seem to go by really quickly.
1st loop (5 miles): 58:59. Sweet. So far, we were on pace to PR. Originally when I planned on racing, I wanted to PR – which was anything under 2 hours. Little did I know I could do this without feeling like I was racing!
2nd loop was okay – I was kind of dreading going another loop around since I already knew what to expect & exactly how much I had left based on landmarks. The volunteers at the waterstops were great – I stopped probably 2 or 3 times during the race. By mile 8.5 or so, Jenn & I both mentioned we were getting a little stiff. But we were so close! We powered through & saw our coach Matt around mile 9.25-9.5 & that last 3/4’s to half mile were run at a pace of 10:23 haha. I always love sprinting to the finish line – it always feels like I have nothing left to give but I get myself across the finish line like a champ.
2nd loop (5 miles): 57:57 (negative splits!!)
Finish: 1:56:55 11:42min/mi
That time really made me happy – I didn’t feel like I was pushing myself at all & the fact that loop 2 was faster than loop 1 was awesome. Afterwards, we ate pizza & got stretched out by Keystone PT & got sports massages (I really need that after every race!)
Overall, this race was a really nice one. It’s a great half marathon/marathon training race. Next up: Just a Short Run 1/2 marathon 03/26!! Did anyone else race this weekend? How did it go?