Bayou Classic 10k Recap

Happy Monday! Hope you’re recovering from the lost hour of sleep… I’m not a fan of the time changes, but I’ll take the extra light in the evening.

So most of you saw that Saturday’s 10k was rough.Β  I knew a pr was doable… my last 10k was on a miserably hot and humid day where I bonked half way through (can you call it a bonk in a 10k? I’m going to.)

This one wasn’t much better. I was aiming for 42:30 ish but knew that was impossible by about mile 2.Β  They can’t all be fun.Β  πŸ™‚

At least I had some excuses to ease the disappointment.

Excuse #1) Unlike the half last Sunday in the cool, dry 40s, Saturday was 60 degrees when I woke up and muggy. I was sweating already in my easy mile and a half warm up, and knew it was going to be a tough one.

Excuse #2) Despite taking it relatively easy all week post-half, six days was not enough recovery time.Β  My quads were tired half way through and I could not will them to move any faster.

We started on time, at 8am.Β  I ran into a friend before hand, which boosted my spirits briefly!

L found a friend at the race, too.

The first mile or two felt comfortable but I was breathing much harder than I should have been.Β  By mile three, my quads let me know they were tired.

Cheers from this little one made me smile, but didn’t help my legs go any faster.

I forgot that this course ran under an overpass.Β  We dipped down and climbed back up three times to the half way mark, and then turned around to repeat those “hills” three more times.Β  Hills is a relative term, but it is pancake flat here and my legs insisted that they were climbing!

My split at the 5k was 21:27 but I was struggling to hold on.Β  The humidity was so thick- I have so much trouble breathing in those conditions.Β  On the way back, I passed some of my running group out for their Saturday long run on a parallel trail.Β  That boosted my pace for about ten seconds.

Final push to the finish

My pace was slipping away in the last mile.Β  I tried to pick it up for the final stretch but didn’t have much left.

Final time: 44:07 (average pace 7:06)

Not the pace I was hoping for, but still a one minute pr. For six days post-half, I’ll take it.

It certainly makes me all the more determined to find another 10k and try again.Β  But probably not until the fall… it’s only going to get hotter here! I’m going to squeeze in a few more 5ks before summer.

Afterwards, my family dropped me off to teach my spin class.Β  Not my brightest idea, but I made it through.

I stepped outside to find daddy and L on the nearby field, playing a “racing” game that L made up. Here’s how you play:

Pick a field with bleachers on opposite sides. The daddy makes a horn sound and the 3 year old takes off running across the field to the bleachers. When she arrives and climbs up two bleachers, she makes the horn sound, and the daddy has to sprint to her.Β  Then it’s her turn to run back to the original set of bleachers. Repeat until too tired to continue or until the daddy says it’s time to go home.

I even joined them for a few laps.Β  I’d have to say that was the highlight of my weekend. πŸ™‚

Tell me a highlight from your weekend!Β  Have you done back to back races?

96 thoughts on “Bayou Classic 10k Recap

  1. Ha, ha–love the game!

    You still ran an awesome time, especially one week post half. Given all that the day gave you, I am super impressed! It’s so hard to have heat/humidity thrown at you before you are acclimated. Next time will be the big PR you are after!
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  2. You did great for being one week post-half with that humidity. I think underpasses can be brutal — especially since you do the downhill first so there’s no relief at the top! LOL on the running game. I think you have another little coach in your family. πŸ™‚
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  3. Girl! I would die running a 7 minute pace! You ROCK! Congrats on the PR even though it’s not what you wanted. Yes humidity is rough…that’s what it’s like here 95% of the time and you never get used to it. The bleacher racing game is awesome!!!!
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  4. No matter … that time is still great!!! You were able to pull that off after the half and not so long after a full marathon! I haven’t run a 10k in a long time but I too find it to be a tricky race. It is just short enough to be one you try to gun through but long enough for some wiggle room.
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  5. I think you did a FABULOUS job! I honestly can’t even imagine going that fast haha πŸ™‚ The day I break 10:30 we can celebrate!! Kudos friend!

  6. You are a rockstar! Congrats on a PR, I know it isn’t what you wanted but it is a great time especially with all you have going on!

    I love the photo of your daughter cheering, makes me wish I had a little one to do that!

    I am beyond impressed with your training and how awesome your races have been, on top of having a life and a family!

    For the record, I love the added daylight at night, but the mornings are rough with the hour lost!
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  7. Laura, that is a fantastic time! Perhaps not the time you were going for, but keep in mind you have have training for marathons and half marathons so the 7:07 is a great time considering you’ve trained for endurance not speed. I’m so proud of you! Congratulations my speedy friend!
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  8. Nice job! Back-to-back PRs, teach me your ways.
    I was thinking about doing the Shamrock Strut 10K next weekend if I didn’t PR on Saturday but now I’m thinking I might need a little break from racing three weekends in a row. I’ll probably do another one in May even though it still probably won’t be “high chance of PR” weather, haha.
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  9. I’m so impressed! In the humidity! And you were brave to sign up for a fast race so soon after your amazing half….and then to set a PR! One minute is huge in a 10K. I hope you have some good rest planned now. :^)

  10. i reject your excuses because you had a great race!
    for a few years some friends and i would run the shamrock half marathon, then the monument ave 10k, which are always a few weeks apart. EVERY YEAR we’d be so pumped for the 10k because we just assumed we’d have amazing times after training and racing a longer race…but we were always wrong. we always needed more recovery time and ran so-so 10ks. oh well, it was fun!
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    • Thanks, Amanda! Yes, even when you’re feeling good, it doesn’t necessarily mean your body is full recovered. I didn’t intend to have these back to back, but found the half after I was registered for the 10k, and the half was more of a goal race for me anyway.
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  11. That’s awesome! Great job! I the summertime I do a lot of back-to-back races with my club. It seems like every other one is what I was hoping for.
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  12. You did amazing, considering what tough conditions you were in – both the weather and the fact that you JUST ran a super-fast half! And you were still able to PR by a full minute! Incredible! I can’t believe you went and taught spin after that, too. Hope you had a more restful day today : )
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  13. Your cheeks get so rosy, but you still look super cute! I look like a mess about to have a heart attack. πŸ™ Good job on your PR – even if it wasn’t as fast as you’d like. You still rocked a 10K less than a week after a Half and THEN taught spin, too. You. Are. Amazing!!
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  14. Great job Laura! If you can PR feeling sluggish, imagine how awesome you will do when you feel good! It’s been a long time since I have run a 10k, there aren’t many around here. I would love to do another one though:) Glad you had such a great weekend!
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  15. That’s a tough turnaround to try to PR in the 1/2 and then make your legs go SUPER fast again a week later! That’s a great time, considering the circumstances!!
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  16. A PR so soon after a half?!?! You are seriously a rock star! The only time I’ve done back to back races was I paced a friend through her first half marathon and then a week later ran a full marathon. It wasn’t really the best of plans for having nice, fresh, rested legs for a full.
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