Happy Monday! What a whirlwind of a weekend.
Yesterday I ran a small 10K race here in Toronto so let’s recap it for this week’s Marathon Monday!
I signed up for the race after I had a killer tempo run one day and felt like I was ready to set a new PR. I did all of the calculations the night before the race and realized that it probably wouldn’t be possible just yet. With my leg pain being on and off (yeah, it came back), I knew I wouldn’t be able to hit the pace I needed to in order to get my sub-45 (7:15′s). Instead, I went and decided to have a good time and challenge myself to run a consistent race. I always go out too fast so I tested myself to try to conserve some energy and hold my pace for the duration of the race. That didn’t really work out as well as I hoped but it could have been worse!
Here’s what went down:
2.5 mile warm-up: “My leg hurts. This is not going to be a good race. And it’s windy. Let’s just get this over with so I can go eat a burrito.”
At the start line: “Why is nobody inching their way to the front of the pack like they do at other races? This is weird.”
Mile 1 (7:21): “I’m first female! I went out with all the boys! I think there are about 10-15 guys ahead of me and THAT’S IT. I love small races! I feel strong.”
Mile 2 (7:38): “Damn it. A girl passed me. Now I’m second female but I’m okay with that. Imagine I finish this race and win second overall female?? How cool would that be?! There are rocks everywhere. I’m running on gravel. I did not sign up for a trail race. Oh no. Now they’re in my shoes. ROCKS IN MY SHOES. Q! Hi Q! [gives Q high five] Britt! Hi Britt! I love seeing my friends while I’m running. This is probably the only thing I like about an out-and-back course.”
Mile 3 (7:41): “SHIT. Now two girls who are running together passed me, putting me in fourth. Why did they have to be running together? If it was just one girl I could have still been in the top three! I’ll keep them in sight and then try to pass them in the last mile. Damn you girls. I’m also starting to get really hot. Need. Water. Now.”
Mile 4 (7:44): “Lost those two girls. No top three finish today. Let’s find someone to pace me because I’m starting to get tired. Hey there’s a girl in Speed Shorts! She looks fast. Just focus on her bright blue shorts and don’t let her get too far ahead of you.”
Mile 5 (7:42): “Okay time to pass Speed Shorts girl. I can run faster than her. Hey there’s Q again! HIIIII!!!!! [receives much-needed motivational words from Q] Britt! Woooo look at her go! Girl is a tank. I wanna be a tank. Is this over yet or what?”
Mile 6 (7:36): “The last mile. Finally. I wonder what happened to Speed Shorts girl. Stop thinking about her. Try and catch up to the guy in the lime green shorts. Why is he wearing LIME GREEN shorts? Who cares. Catch him. Yeah, that’s not happening. He’s too fast. How about those two girls I was supposed to pass??? What the heck happened to them? Ok let’s just focus on finishing this thing.”
The last 0.22: “Less than a quarter of a mile! I can’t wait for this thing to be done. Thank goodness I’m not running a full marathon this season. [looks at watch] Definitely not close to my PR but hey, I’m going to finish! Wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I SEE THE FINISH LINE!!! Run run run run ruuuuuunnnnnnnnn!”
Time: 47:38 (7:37 average)
0.5 mile cool-down
I did end up finishing fourth female and 17th overall (it was a VERY small race). All of my friends ran the half marathon like a bunch of rockstars. Brittany (on the left) was FIRST female in the half marathon and she did that after running 14km/8.75 miles before the race (she’s training for her first full). Q (on the right) also did the crazy 14km + a half marathon and finished in a ridiculous time but we don’t know where he officially stands because he accidentally crossed over the timing mat at 10K so his half time didn’t get registered. Ahahaha.
We topped our afternoon off with some fully loaded (and hella spicy) burritos from Burrito Boyz.
Running + friends + burritos = perfection.
Congrats to everyone who raced yesterday. I know there was a lot going on in the US (hi Ventura marathon peeps!) and hope all your races went well!!