Before I post about my workouts this week, I wanted to do my recap of the HCSO 15k. It’s a race I decided to do less than a week before, so it wasn’t intended to be a race for me as much as an opportunity to run with people. Sometimes running long runs alone week after week gets to be a bit daunting. Since this week called for a 9 miler long run, I decided to tack on the extra .3 and go for the race.
The race had the options of a 5k, 10k, and 15k. The 15k was the 10k loop plus the 15k loop, and though I had seen this map before running the race, it did little to prepare me for what I was in store for. For so much of the race I kept wondering if we had run through this area before or if this was a first. All the loops got me so incredibly turned around. But more on that in a second.
I got to the packet pickup at about 6:20 to have time to update my playlist, get my bib, and use the restroom (twice). The race was pretty well organized, although I had registered online ahead of time and they didn’t have me in the system. I had to fill out a registration form, which wasn’t a big deal. After using the restroom a couple of times, I head out with Kat to the start. We were off right at 7 AM.
My goal for this race, as I mentioned Friday, was to NOT PR. It was a strange goal for sure, but since I just had major abdominal surgery on August 7th and had to be completely workout and running free for 6 weeks, I’m trying to get back at it slowly. And for me, trying to go slow is not something I’m good at. I’m much better at racing myself or the guy or girl ahead of me that I’m trying to catch.
The course was incredibly hilly for me. I’m used to running completely flat in my neighborhood, so when I continued seeing long stretches of uphills and downhills in front of me, it was a mental game. There was a huge downhill in mile one that was really exciting, but I head someone saying to a running partner, “if we’re going down this much we’re going to have to get back up…” True. And we did. Several times.
There were water stops well placed throughout the course, and I was overall pleased with everything. I kept my music going the whole time and wanted to run between 9:45-10:00/mile pace. I was successful in that for most miles, but mile 7 seemed to be a bit too fast and led me to slowing down a bit in miles 8 and 9. Oh well. I had only run 7 mile long runs the last two weekends, so I extended my PDR (Personal Distance Record) for this training cycle yesterday and it showed. I did sprint the end, so those last tenths were a bit faster. I guess I could have picked it up a little.
In the end, since this wasn’t a goal race, or really an intended race at all for me, I didn’t think that much about it going in other than taking it as a long run and not going too fast. I’m kind of tired of the “not too fast” mentality, and in the next week or two I’m going to scrap that.
At the finish we got medals, which were fun! I met up with Kat (who set a PR and is training for her first half marathon) and walked around for a few minutes before getting some juice and water and heading home to eat (and eat).
I’m so glad I did this race, though, for a few reasons.
It got my race juices flowing, and I’m ready to run a bunch more this fall (I’m going to post my race schedule this week).
It made me proud of myself that I did this race less than two months after my surgery and was able to run a sub-10:00/mile. I did tear up a bit in the first mile just thinking of my goals and that I’m on track to reach them.
Now my workouts this week in full:
Tuesday (10/2): 3.1 in 28:23. It was my birthday, and I was determined to get a good run in at a pace I was happy with. I was sick of the high 9 paces, so I decided that I didn’t care what the temperature was outside, I was going to get low. This run I was pleased with.
Wednesday (10/3): 4 miles in 36:22. This was a great pace for me, but it was on a treadmill so those are always faster than outside. I was happy with it, but it wasn’t anything that I remember having any feelings about.
Thursday (10/4): 3.1 at 8:32. It was also on a treadmill, but it was one of those treadmill races where the person next to you is trying to prove a point. I decided to also prove a point. And I now know I’m not the only one who does this because of seeing this someEcard floating around.
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