An immodest race report

Monday, January 21, 2013

I'm training for a HM and aiming for a time goal; today's 10-mile club race was a way for me to "tune up" my progress. Like most runners, I always have many doubts: Is my speedwork helping my pace? Can I maintain the target pace over a long distance? Do I have the long-run stamina?

I was hoping to maintain my goal HM pace throughout the entire 10 miles as a way to build confidence and squash some of those doubts.

It was a beautiful morning for a small club race on an out-&-back course overlooking the Bay. After a too-fast start for the first half-mile I ran "comfortably hard" the rest of the way. The pace was comfortable enough to appreciate the view but hard enough that I had to keep my focus. I think this is a proper "tempo run", but maybe a few seconds slow.

The race directors had posted that there would be water on-course, so I brought Gu but did not carry water. This was a mistake, as I started the Gu at about 4.5 miiles and then had to wait until mile 6 to get water. Next time I rely on on-course water I'll bring my "juicy" gels that I can take without water.

The course had a small hill at the end of mile 5 and we climbed it going both directions. Thanks to the hill-work I've been doing I slowed down but didn't lose strength/energy doing it so I was able to cruise the downhill. I lost some focus and slowed down for mile 7, but that helped me make negative splits for the last 3 miles (barely!). DH cheered me through the final sprint to the finish! I checked the race-clock, I'd made my goal...sweet!

I walked a bit to recover, then went to cheer my running buddy as he finished. He answered by reminding me that we had agreed to do an additional mile after the I "owed' another mile! It was probably good for a cool-down, but boy did my legs feel heavy!

I got back to the start just in time to hear the race director call my name for the awards ceremony!

2nd in my age group! emoticon

The bling was a nice surprise but even sweeter was the strong feeling I had while running and slaying some of the doubt-demons (though I'm sure they'll reassert themselves by March).
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    Fantastic report...congratulations!!! I always bring water, just-in-case...sometimes I feel like a goober, like I'm the only one hauling it...but I never regret bringing it... Keep up the great work!
    3035 days ago
    Woo Hoo! Check you out! Nice race, finish and report!

    Keep up the motivation and training and you will do great on your half!
    3070 days ago

    Congrats! Sounds like a really great run!
    3070 days ago
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    Hat's off to you. Placing in your age group - that is wonderful!

    You're a true inspiration!

    3070 days ago
    Congratulations on a wonderful run! Congrats on the bling, too!! I always say that I'm running for my health and fitness, but the bling definitely adds some motivation, you know?? Keeping Running! Spark On!! -Marsha
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    Congratulations on your run! sounds like you had fun too!
    3070 days ago
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