October 15th, 2012

Space City Ten Miler- Race recap

This report feels a bit anti-climatic after sharing the race results on Instagram and Facebook yesterday.  But for those of you who like the details, here we go…

After battling a sore throat and headache on Saturday, I actually went to bed at 8pm!  With my alarm set for 5am, I needed those full 9 hours.  I felt a bit better Sunday morning, and headed to the course to meet my friend Holly, her husband, and another blogger for  an easy two mile warm up.

Holly and I post-race

It was 76 degrees and humid, so we were sweating before we even started.  Bleck!

The first few miles felt easy, but I intentionally held myself back, knowing it was a warm day and would only get harder.  I settled into a 7:20-7:30 pace, and turned on my music.  This is the first time I’ve ever raced with music, and it definitely helped the first five miles fly by.

I had every intention of picking up my pace at the halfway mark, but with the sun shining down on us, my increased effort didn’t translate to speedier miles.  My splits stayed pretty consistent, although the last two miles felt much harder than they should have.

SPLITS: 7:22, 7:30, 7:21, 7:23, 7:29, 7:24, 7:23, 7:29, 7:20, 7:32, and final .1 at 6:01 pace.

FINAL TIME: 10.1 miles- 1:14:38

I was about a minute over my goal time, but am happy with it.  I met up with some of my running club folks at the finish for a quick photo.

After saying goodbye to Holly, I added on another slow four miles to hit 16 for the day.  I felt great, although there is one little spot on my shin that is still talking to me.  I wore my calf sleeve for extra support, and will probably cross train for a few extra days this week to ensure it has time to recover.

As I jogged back to the finish area, I saw results were posted, and was shocked to see I got second place in my age group! So I hung around a few extra minutes to receive the award.

It was a much too early morning for the rest of my family to join me, but I had a happy girl waiting for me at home.

I’m excited to be racing again. I have a Turkey Trot 5k Thanksgiving morning and recently decided to add the Tri Girl half marathon in December. I’d love to have some local runners join me at either one!

Unfortunately, yesterday’s nap time turned into a giant fight, and every time I was almost drifting off to sleep, L would start crying.  I had to go back into her room three times before she finally settled for a measly 45 minute nap.  This big girl bed transition has been much harder than we expected.  And a tired girl led to a few more melt downs before the night was up.  I think my toddler was more exhausting than the run yesterday!

An early bedtime for both of us helped, and let’s hope today is better.

How was your weekend?

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