This 4 mile race snuck up on me. It wasn’t a big week in mileage, but I taught an extra spin class on Thursday and added in some leg strength workouts on Monday and Wednesday. My legs were tired Friday, so I wasn’t sure how this race would turn out.
I had signed up just for fun, and wanted to use it as another hard tempo run to push the pace. Just for fun… did I just say that? 🙂
The whole family came along. It’s always nice to hear them cheering (and to have a few photos- thanks, dear!) I got in a 2 mile warm up and then lined up.
It was a typical Houston morning with humidity, but not as warm as it could have been. The horn sounded and everyone around me took off fast! I tried not to get caught up in the adrenaline and found my own pace. Mile one- 6:37
I was feeling good in mile two and fell in pace with two guys right in front of me. Mile two- 6:41
At the half way point, we did a u-turn and started back into a headwind that I wasn’t expecting. The two guys I was following slowed down, and I was torn between using them to block the wind or passing them… I decided to pass them and pulled ahead, which probably cost me some energy, but I wanted to push the pace.
We turned away from the wind and then had an overpass to get up and over before the final stretch. I was telling my legs to move faster but they just couldn’t follow through and I could feel the fatigue from the week’s workouts. This was my slowest mile. Mile 3- 6:49.
I tried to pick up the pace for the final mile, but I was tired and ready to be done. I focused on closing the gap between me and the blonde woman in front of me to stay distracted. The game helped (and I passed her just 400 yards before the finish line.) Mile 4- 6:44.
Final Chip time: 27:06 (6:43 ave pace)
My goal was sub-27 minutes, but for the week of workouts that I had, I’ll take it. What’s 7 seconds, right?!
I was happy to beat last year’s time of 27:29. And because it was a small, local race, I also placed second in my age group.
After a mile cool down jog, I headed over to teach spin and finish off my quads mostly because I’m too lazy to find a sub. Crazy as it is, I love the back to back. Maybe I should start looking for a local duathlon…
Did you race or run long this weekend?
How do you distract yourself at the end of a hard race?