And just like that…I DID IT!!
I can’t believe I’ve run 14 races so far this year and with several more to go. I might have a problem.
Lucky #14 was a very small 10K race hosted by my run club and regardless of any foot issues I was not missing it because it is part of their Grand Prix series which is starting to wind down now with the year more than half over. There are two races left after this one and I’m planning on possibly doing one of those although as I will explain in a moment, it’s really not necessary.
The race is called Too Hot to Trot because it’s August and generally sweltering around here. It was set to kick off at 7:30am before the heat of the day could really set in. Now due to global warming or whatever, the temperature at 7:30am yesterday was in the high 50’s. Not that I’m complaining because it was perfect conditions for running, but man I do love irony.
I arrived at a few minutes to 7, paid my $2 registration, and started my warm up. I was hoping if I got a mile in, my foot would settle down before the race. It was an out and back course on the NCR trail, starting at Sparks Road and heading south to Paper Mill – where I normally start my runs – and back again. Promptly at 7:30 we all lined up at the trail head for announcements and then without much warning we were being told to go and I was totally unprepared standing there in the back of the pack trying to get my Garmin started and my music queued up. Maybe I should take this as a sign that I should ditch the music.
Anyway my start was slow as I was fumbling with all the things and crammed in with a big group on the narrow trail, but there were only about 100 of us so things thinned out quickly and thank goodness for that warm up because I didn’t have to work through any of the first mile problems that I usually encounter. I was trying not to go out too fast because I needed to save my energy for later, but also trying to gain some ground on the leaders because we weren’t being chip timed.
This was my first race wearing my New Balance 1400s, AKA my Lisa Frank shoes. They are the shoes I got as part of my ambassadorship for Fit Foodie.
So much resemblance.
I used to love doing shorter races in my Pure Connects, but I am 100% sure that those shoes are what led to the complete destruction of my foot, so they have sadly been retired. After running with the New Balances I am definitely missing the Pure Connects less. I was feeling really good and my feet were feeling really fast. There were two instances while I was out there when I could feel the terrible toe pain coming on – it feels like someone is crushing my second toe joint with a pair of pliers – but I was able to adjust my gait and run through it without slowing down much at all.
I concentrated on reining people in; hanging back for a bit so I could pace them and then kicking it up a notch to pass them one by one. While I was working on my third mile, the fast men who had already gotten to the turn around started to pass me going in the other direction. I waited to see how many women there were and as I reached the cone I was shocked to see that I had somehow made my way into 4th place. And somehow I still had so much energy. WTF had gotten into me?!
I only glanced at my watch a couple times and not because I cared about my pace. I was more interested in finding a pace that was challenging, but also sustainable for 6+ miles. My watch beeped for mile 6 and I started running as fast as I could, around the last bend and then I was flailing my way across the finish line in third place with my second best 10K race time! Official:
What a rush! I looked at my watch to see how I had done running by feel. Holy moly I am SO PROUD of these negative splits!!
1 8:09.6 1.00 8:10
2 7:41.6 1.00 7:42
3 7:32.5 1.00 7:32
4 7:25.2 1.00 7:25
5 7:27.5 1.00 7:28
6 7:23.8 1.00 7:24
7 1:43.2 0.25 6:54
The awesome RD had a great spread of food and drinks set out for us including bananas, donuts, and ice pops. I hung around chatting with a friend of mine as we watched other people finish the race. I just love these events; everyone is always so welcoming and friendly and it’s so nice to talk to someone about running and not have their eyes glaze over. Then it was time for awards! I had no idea there would be awards!
So cute and so so so so unexpected.
Then I got even more good news…I came in first in my age group and I’ll tell you what that means because there’s no way you will be able to guess. The Grand Prix series results are taken from a runner’s 4 best performances during the season. So you have to run 4 races and volunteer for one to qualify, but you can run more if you want and they will just take your four best scores and use the others for tie breakers. WELL. This was my 4th race AND I came in first in my AG in all of them!! After having a lot of injury challenges this year, I am just on top of the world right now. I may run the GPS half marathon next month as a training race for Baltimore and then volunteer for the last one because 5 miles cross country…no thank you. I am so not a cross country runner.
Oh and then in true Piratebobcat style, I celebrated with tacos. Shrimp diablo. Mmmmmmm.
How was your weekend? Any good runs? Did you have any tacos?
My Muuyu giveaway ends tonight at midnight! So if you haven’t yet entered and want to, go HERE! I’m signing up for another class ASAP. Sore today. 🙂
Happy Monday, everyone!