A few days before the race
I had a 10k race scheduled on my calendar for the Hal Higdon Training program that I am using.
I didnt' think that I would be racing, because I thought my son had a birthday party to attend. (that was the reason I couldn't race this event last year). It turns out that the party will be held at a later date, and my schedule was now clear to race on Saturday.
I did speed work on Tuesday, and then I tried to keep my workouts on the light side in anticipation for Saturday's race. I took Friday off completely as a rest day.
I was up early to bake, and assemble breakfast for my family. I really enjoy baking/cooking first thing in the morning. Last year for my birthday I received a wonderful Kitchen Aid mixer, and I have been using the hell out of that thing. I love to make home made bread from scratch,
and I also like to make muffins and waffle batter.
For my pre-race breakfast I whipped up a batch of Oat Hemp Berry Muffins. These muffins are vegan. Let me know if you want the recipe and I will post it.
My kids aren't vegan so they had Greek Yogurt Chocolate Chip Pancakes.
I also ate half of a banana, and I drank a cup of coffee.
The race had a 9am start time, which is a little on the late side for me, but it was nice that I didn't have to hurry up and leave, first thing in the morning.
The weather was going to be a crisp 42 degrees at the start. IMO it wasn't cold enough for tights. I went with boy shorts, a t-shirt, and beanie hat. I'm a terrible blogger and I didn't take a picture of my race outfit. I also wore my light weight shoes that I reserve for speed work only.
My co-worker Clarice was also going to meet me down at the race. She wanted to check out the LVTC race scene. She was so sweet she even made a sign for me.
It was great to see some of the LVTC members. I don't get to race too often, and half of the fun is saying hello to old friends, and meeting new members as well.
I was having issues with my Garmin the day before, so I brought my regular TIMEX watch just in case. I'm so glad I made that decision.
I ran a short warm up with my friend Jamie, we ran about 1.7 miles. I had tried to save the data on my new watch, and the data didn't save..... Uh oh.
I stretched, and did a few strides, then I striped off my warm up outfit (yoga pants, cheap target pullover), and went into the corrals. I lined up a few rows back and then it was go time.
|I'm behind the first two rows of dudes.|
The horn went off, and I started both of my watches. My Garmin was working as far as pace, and time. But, to be honest, I didn't really look down at my watches much during the race. For the past 5-6 weeks, I have been running blind and, I'm okay with just running by feel...After the run, is when it's time to analyze the data....
|unfortunately this is the only photo from the|
race that I'm in :(
I'm all the way to the left with the grey beanie on.
The first mile climbed 122 feet
Mile 1- 7:25
I hit the first turn around point and I noticed that I was the 8th woman overall. The course was well marked with mile markers at each mile point. The next two miles were downhill.
Mile 2-6:53 (-123 feet)
During this mile I noticed that my left hip niggle was starting to hurt... This meant that I was doing something wrong with my stride....*Sorry for the tangent***
As of late I am really trying to be diligent about proper running form. I have to lift my knees high enough off of the ground in order for my foot to land properly instead of an ugly heel strike.
|This was from the marathon, my heel striking|
is especially ugly on the left side.
No wonder my hip hurt!!!
After I got my photos back from the marathon, I was shocked at how much I freaking heel strike now. I can get away with it when I'm running a slower pace, but when you try to run fast (it's all relative), the force of the heel striking is causing some horrible things to happen with my hip....
I used to be able to do the splits with my left leg in front (gymnastics when I was a kid , and martial arts in my 20's).... I don't really have a practical use for doing the splits in my day to day life now, but by losing flexibility over the years, when I over stride I'm reaching out to the ground with my heel first... EWWWWW....
Now that I have figured out what bothers my hip, I'm am trying to increase my flexibility and strength on that side. Form drills such as high knees, butt kicks, and A-skips help, and in the gym I am doing side step ups onto a bench and single leg lunges.. **end of tangent**
Because my hip started to talk to me, I knew that I must be heel striking, I immediately told myself "lift your knees land with your whole foot, not just your heel". It seemed to work and the niggle went away.
Mile 3 - 7:03 (-82 feet) We were on a stretch of bike path that was concrete, but then we made a loop around a dirt track to the turn around point and then we headed back up the bike path
Mile 4 7:39 (64 foot gain)
I tried to just focus on the runners ahead of me.
Mile 5 7:50 (100 foot gain)
At the final turn around point I noticed that James A. (my arch rival, I'm kidding, but he never fails to out kick me) was closing the gap.
Mile 6 7:07 (-44 feet) During this mile I'm working my butt off to not get picked off, but sure enough James goes right by me. I held on though for a bit before I got dropped, and I was able to pass another runner as well.
Mile .2 1:28
I could feel the dry heaves coming. I crossed the finish line and then I puked a little bit. Good times for sure.
Watch Time: 45:35
|Please excuse my gross cuticles|
and runner feet.
Official Time 45:30
I ended up being the 7th woman overall and 3rd in my age group. There were some speedsters out there for sure.
|I borrowed this data from one of my Strava buddies that also ran this event.|
I'm kind of bummed that I didn't take any photos before or after the race. But, I am really happy with my finish time. I think now that I have addressed my hip issue, I will try to work on getting stronger, and hopefully race more often this year.
I'm sorry for this being such a long blog post.
Thank you for reading!