Sunday, July 26, 2009

Suicide Prevention 5k PR

I wasn't going to write this but then I had nothing better to do with my time and thought about it, I PR'd and I might never run this fast again. So here is what all transpired leading up and through the race. Brief summary of race at the bottom.

I had heard about this race and thought that it was for such a great cause but never thought about running it, as my training had been pretty rough. I had done no speed work, no tempo work and hadn't used my watch except for the runs on Mondays with the Columbus Running Company team, and my failed 25 mile at race pace that turned into a slow 14 miler. So training was definitely not there. Well the cause of the race stood with me and on Wednesday at 1 pm, the day before the race, I went out and told Dad I thought I might want to run the race because of the cause being so close to my heart. I told him I knew I couldn't break 19 but would hope to break 20. Well Dad said if I could handle not breaking 19 (he thought I could run 19:20's on strength) then I should do the race. So I told him I would think about it and went back to my room. Well it was a crappy rainy day and I was scheduled to attempt the 25 miler again but we pushed those plans back because of the weather. So as we were getting storms I debated as I tried to wait them out. Then eventually I decided that I definitely wanted to run the race because what it stood for and I knew last years winning time was only 21:23.

So it is hard to wait until 7 pm for a race. What a different routine and everything. At one point I wasn't sure if I wanted to run it because my weight was majorly high. But then my heart was just drawn to it because of the cause. Since the race was only about 10 miles from my house we didn't have to leave until 5:45 pm. We got there registered, I got a new sleeping shirt but was super excited because they had a homemade cookie and cashews in the goody bag. After checking in we decided we would check out the course. Mom had been in town earlier and had seen part of the course while doing earrings so we had an idea. Well at the start you couldn't do the very beginning because it was a loop around the park that goes through a service type road that is full of muddy potholes and then a grass area. Then you took a right out of the park and did the hill, then a partial loop and up a road around part or a circular road then cut it short and go up another hill on a parallel road to the one you came down. Then you took a turn and went down a hill around the 2 mile mark then back up the hill but this time only 3/4 the way up the hill because you turned off on a side road to head back toward the park and loop around the parking lot. So for as flat as Circleville is they managed a hill in every mile. So again the goal became clear of just breaking 20 minutes.

Well it was time to stretch and no sooner did I get out of the car did it decided to rain. Well Dad tried to hold the umbrella over me so I could stretch but that really didn't work. Luckily I had an old Boston marathon jacket in the car so I got it out and went and warmed up in the rain until about the last 2 minutes it stopped. So I changed shoes and what not. And we headed towards the starting line but this time I stopped at the restroom before the race as to not have another accident.

I got to the starting line and almost everyone was lined up but they were like 10 feet behind the actual starting line I couldn't figure out what was going on, then some local guys came up and tried to figure out why nobody was on the starting line so we moved up together. The guys were kinda shocked to see a girl on the front of the starting line most of these were high school, or young college age kids. Well before the race started I heard one boy ask the other what he planned to run and he said he hoped to be at least 16:10 and wanted to be about 5:10 the first mile. So the gun went off at first everyone took off then there was like a delay and the group of guys besides the first 2 just slowed down, so I passed them. Then on the next section the gravel/grass road some of the guys passed me back as we were jumping mud puddle potholes. So we make it through the grass section and out the park and up the hill. Dad had got out on the course and the way the course was he caught me on top of the hill then at the mile mark as well. So I got out but wasn't sure how I was running because last year the time I would have wanted to run would have been in like the top 5 overall and this year I was further back. But I kept going I got up to the mile mark to look down and see 5:43.29 (less then a second slower then the open mile race that is on a pancake course). So this was also a second faster then the 10k that my previous 5k PR had came from. So I just kept pushing on. Got through the second mile where Dad was waiting again and I saw 6:03 on my watch, I forgot to look at the overall time (11:46.57) to know where I was but I knew that 6:00's would put me exactly on my PR from before. So at this point I just took off down the hill as to try to restart and pick up the pace a little. I tried to use the older guy that was ahead of me and the younger guy that was ahead of me to catch up to, but on the uphill the older guy pulled away and the younger one was coming backwards. With about a half mile to go I was about to pass the younger guy which I really didn't want to do because I thought he would just blow back pass me in front of everyone at the finish, but I pushed on. Well coming down this road I looked down on my watch and saw 16:05 and didn't think there was anyway of getting to the finish in 2.5 minutes but then I went what felt like a long way and looked down on my watch and saw it had only been 30 seconds so now I thought I might have a chance at breaking that 18:40 old PR but thought it would be pretty close. So I took the last turn on the straight away and just kept running as I got closer I looked up on their clock and swear I saw it say 18:41, 18:42, 18:43.... so I just gave up, thinking close but not close enough. But then I got like a foot from the finish and noticed that 3rd digit was a 1 and not a 4. And I had just crossed the finish line in 18:19.86 a new PR, so 6:33 for the last 1.1plus miles. I had won the race by over 3 minutes and set a course record by over 3 minutes and had come in 8th overall.

After the race for my cool down I went out a half mile and brought a group of people in to the finish that swore I was trying to kill them. Then after getting them in I went out 1/4 a mile and brought another group of people in to the finish, by this time basically everyone was in that was willing to run it was just walkers left on the course so I went and cooled down the rest on my own. I got my trophy finished the cool down then headed home with Dad happy owner of a new PR, that I don't know if I can ever reset. I am getting closer to running half the time I used to run my 5ks in. What a great experience for a great cause.

Race- Suicide Prevention 5k
Place- Circleville, Ohio, Ted Lewis Park
Date- 7-23-09
Time- 18:19.86 (5:43.29, 6:03(11:46.57), 6:33(1.1plus)) Course Record
Place- 1st female.... 8th/161 finishers overall
Weather- Just after rain shower- 70's (?)- humid -a little windy
Course- 1 hill on each mile
Feelings- SHOCKED- completely not expecting this at all- So very happy- but leaves you to think what if you would have known and trained for it

Thursday, July 9, 2009

20 mile training run 7-8-09

I have not been doing a lot of distance runs and when I do I never time them so Tuesday when Dad told me that Wednesday we would be trying to run 20 miles at 8 flats I didn't think it was going to be possible. I thought there was no way I could go that fast. I thought he was crazy for even thinking it. Before I went out I had to ice my knee, it had bothered me Sunday on my run and then a little during the week. I also had like a muscular or something pain in my side back. But I just told Dad we'll try and see what happens if not then try again tomorrow. So at about 3:15pm with the temperature in 80's I headed out.

I tried to go comfortable at 8:00's for as long as I could

No stopping for drink and gels- grab and go from Dad in car

1st mile- 7:50- This is the only mile that has the half mile marked and I hit it in 4:00 so I thought I was right on pace. But also didn't know if I could continue that pace for 19 more miles.

2nd mile- 7:53 (15:44)- Tried to slow down my pace from the first mile.

3rd mile- 7:44 (23:28)- Could tell my legs had just felt warmed up and were ready to go!

4th mile- 7:58 (31:26)- 2nd half mile up hill

5th mile- 7:52 (39:19)- hilly mile

6th mile- 7:33 (46:53)- down hill mile- Dad was late getting drink and gel

7th mile- 7:54 (54:47)- drink

8th mile- 7:57 (1:02:44)- a little tough

9th mile- 7:41 (1:10:26)- easier mile

10th mile- 7:37 (1:18:03)- easier mile

11th mile- 7:34 (1:25:38)- drink and gel

12th mile- 7:27 (1:33:05)

13th mile- 7:33 (1:40:39)

14th mile- 7:47 (1:48:27)- drink

15th and 16 mile- 15:32 (2:03:59)- 1st mile up hill mile, 2nd mile hilly mile- drink and gel

17th and 18th mile- 14:41 (2:18:41)- missed another mile mark but know I had passed it before 7:24- 2 drinks

19th mile- 7:08 (2:25:50)

20th mile- 7:08 (2:32:58)

20 miles- 2:32:58- (7:38.9/mile)

1st 10 miles- 1:18:03
2nd 10 miles- 1:14:55

Oh yea, got a blister on both feet before 5 miles never told Dad about it until I got back and there was blood all over my socks and shoes.

Hmmm..... lets see anything else I'll add.......

Sunday, July 5, 2009

July 4th 10 Miler

Race- July 4th 10 Miler (Hilliard)
Date- July 4th, 2009
Time- 1:04:55 (6:29.5/mile)
Place- 1st Female- I think 6th overall (2nd female 1:07:29(closer then I thought), 3rd place 1:12:55)
Temp- 70's- Sunny
Course- Hilliard Bike Path- Basically flat maybe slanting at some places but nothing you notice
Award- Plaque
Feelings- BLAH more like a training run- Not a good race- Wasn't in to it- Never felt competitive-

We were suppose to leave at 6 am but again my Uncle was driving up with us and he was bringing his bike to try and get out on the course with me (which he was able to do after the mile mark) but was a little bit late. Dad hadn't decided until Wednesday that we were going to race. I have race 4/6 of the past weekends (now 5/7). We really wanted to take the week off from racing but how can you pass up a 10 miler, they don't come by every weekend like 5k's.

Pre- Race- Nerves/Anxiety got to me really bad before the race. As I was stretching my legs were shaking. I felt this the first mile so that didn't help.

Mile 1- 6:11- Way way way slower then I was hoping for. Was hoping to be sub 6 for the first mile. But at one point I had to take the lead of the entire race. I was pretty sure the guy I just met during the race (he introduced himself, Greg, he is on the CRC team as well) was faster then what we were going but they were playing around or something (he went sub 58 and won).

Mile 2- 6:19 (12:31)- Greg the guy at the time that was in 2nd place, and Rob (who is on team CRC and finished 2nd 61:48) all passed me. Now I was alone until right before the turn around.

Mile 3-6:25 (18:56)- already off of pace- knew I was in for trouble here- alone

Mile 4- 6:33 (25:30)- all alone

Mile 5- 6:43 (32:13)- WOWZA!- another guy passed me- here I thought I was in major trouble and going to slow down to marathon plus pace of 7 flats- saw at the turnaround I was about 1:30 up on 2nd place female-

Mile 6- 6:36 (38:49)- at least it came back down a little- alone

Mile 7- 6:35 (45:25)- still alone can hear a guy coming up though at a steady pace it has taken him a long time to catch me from when he first came into view behind me-

Mile 8- 6:34 (52:00) guy caught me- I used his pace for as long as I could just keep with him- and sometimes passing him and back and forth- knew from here I could go sub 65 if I had 2 sub 6:30's

Mile 9- 6:31 (58:31)- still staying with guy and going back and forth

Mile 10- 6:24 (1:04:55)- 3rd fastest mile of the day- the guy left me with about 3/4 a mile to go- he got a gap and that was it

Got to cool down some with Greg and Rob. Rob and I continued our cool down going back and yelling for everyone still out on the course. I love to do that. I still remember when it was me still out on the course and my Uncle would come back after his race and finish with me.

What can I say but I guess it was about time I had a bad race it has been since Toledo Marathon in April. You can't run a PR every time out there. To sum it up bad race, good training run and I guess maybe it's this attitude that has kept me from getting overly upset about it. I guess I am just thankful to God for being able to run and hey I got another win, too.

Hmmmmm..... Don't know if there is much else to say..... Did you race this weekend???? How did you do???? Good Luck to all the runners with a race this weekend!!!! Especially the Badwater runners this week and Vermont 100 the following.... And of course all of my CRC teammates at the CRC Mile Dash.