Showing posts with label Monument Ave.. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Monument Ave.. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Some Days are Go Days

When I run alone I often just scoot out with a loose plan and readjust the plan as needed. The heat has caused me to function like GPS.  I leave the house with a route in mind and recalculate when I feel off  (based on how well my body is tolerating the humidity). 

There was a break in the humidity today so no excuse, just go run.

I thought easy pace and maybe I can get a decent distance in. My last long run was 9 miles on August 18th. I have run several times since but all under 4 miles. I realized shortly after taking off  I probably couldn't get more than 7 in before it was too dark so I figured I just better go hard a few miles and burn off the Milky Way (mini) and pound of Humus I ate earlier. 

When I started off  I felt fatigue in my legs and recalculated my 7 miles into a 10K. I kept trying to pace myself, but when I slowed down I felt worse, it was really exhilarating just to keep pumping hard. 

What always puzzles me is that I can't really predict how I am going to feel once I start running. I experienced a little of the "lead legs" when I took off, but by a few miles in I had a decent rhythm going and was jamming to my music. I feel good I pushed myself today. Some days just aren't meant to be an easy pace kind of day. 
 9:33, 9:35, 9:38, 10:12, 10:00, 9:52 , and .2 @1:45

This is a good time for me.  Just once though, I'd like to shave it to under an hour even if it's 59:59. It'd be a bonus if that happens at the Monument Ave. 10K this year.

I love my Brooks, for short runs they are super comfy, but I am not sure if they are the perfect long run shoe for me. 

Still on my search to find something super cushy under the ball of my foot. 

Cool air makes me think of Fall - my favorite time of the year. Oh, I am wearing my compression sleeves while I write out my thoughts. I seriously love how they feel. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Monument Ave 2013 10K What a Difference a Year Makes

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Love that quote...the 10K truly was a day I can smile when I think about it.

The announcer pumps you up to go. There’s lots of excitement. It’s loud! Kasey and I were ready and the plan was to finish in an hour. Her hubby was chewing gum and decided to get rid of it, he went to a trash can, and we never found him again. It was so crowded with people and they kept slowly moving us toward the front as they released each wave. It was sad to lose Chris, little did I know it wouldn’t be long and we would all be on our own.
Chris & Kasey pre-race

38,000 participants make for a very crowded start. We started in a 63:00 minute wave, 1500 people per wave. I expected everyone would start out running, well (sigh) the first mile people were dropping and starting to walk all over the place and the crowd hadn’t thinned out much at all, so lots of dodging was going on. Some folks never even ran. Took a few elbows, none intended, just the product of being packed like sardines.
Pre-race Kasey & me

The day went in a blur…I ran by so many cheer-leading squads, bands, people on their porches, dj’s, runners in costume, and well-wishers I can hardly recall details of any of them. I lost my running buddy early on and we had lost her husband before the event even started. I kept trying to keep tabs on Kasey, but there was so much dodging sometimes the “hole” wasn’t big enough for two people. That part was especially hard the first two miles, I just couldn’t believe how packed in you are. I ran by someone who was walking talking on her phone, lines of folks walking with arms linked, people stopping to watch a band; obviously everyone is not on a time goal. Throughout the race I had to so some self talking…I kept looking around for Kasey trying to keep up with her, mile two was the last time I remember seeing her. A few times I looked over my shoulder she was right there; I lost track of her again and saw her a little ahead of me. I lost her the final time with her ahead of me…thinking I must need to pick it up. I dodged a few groups of walkers and I never saw her again. This bummed me out when I couldn’t find her, but I kept telling myself to just keep going forward. We’ll have something to smile about when we meet up at the end.

So no buddies to help me keep pace. I hadn’t acquired my awesome Garmin watch (it would have been perfect) yet, so I had to pace off feel. You would think it would be easy to find someone around you to “keep pace” with, but I don’t recall seeing the same person twice. It’s a hard race to get into a rhythm. I had my pedometer on my IPOD running, but it was a little off the mile markers when I checked it and really you can’t be pulling it out trying to look at (it was so loud I couldn’t hear the announcements for pace from the app). A lot of the Monument Ave. 10K is on cobblestone road. You need to pay attention or you make catch a toe and go down.

Half way is exciting! The course turns and you know you made it half way. I remember picking it up and thinking I need to find a groove. Then I worried I was too fast and let my brain believe I may wear myself out. Mile marker four and five I felt like I had a pretty good groove going, but I never quite got the perfect mojo for the end. I wanted to sprint, but I didn’t want to go too soon…looking back I just wished I would have gone the first time I had the thought “time to take it up a notch” I felt slightly thirsty at this point and took water at one of the very last stops and then picked it up but I guess not enough! Or I would have finished in under an hour. There was lots of self talk during the event. “You feel great, this is easy!” and a borrowed mantra from a blog I’ve been reading (thanks Chris!)…” my world, my record, my pace” I thought of that several times, and then a new phrase popped into my mind, “my record I have to live with…and look at all year!” I wish I would have thought about that on mile 2!!! It was the motivation I needed to push harder and finish strong. Seriously, when I came in (after a bottle of water) I thought I could go run it again…lol yea, probably not, but it was nice to feel good enough to think so. I didn’t hurt at all! Hallelujah! My knees are a work in progress, and they will defy me at times. They stiffen, won’t bend, and rob me of sleep, but I keep finding different ways to train (trail running saved me) and that has cured enough of the ailment so I can push on, but that’s a different story…

Overall, I made my goal. I really wanted to knock it out in an hour. I ended up with 1:01:40 which averages to a 10:07 pace. 31:21 was my 3 mile point. For me that’s an accomplishment. Last year my overall time was 1:22:41 that’s 42:38 at the 3 mile point. I love numbers! You can see progress!
So even though I didn’t get to run with the two folks I went with, I still had a great day, went and conquered (almost) what I set out to do.

So next year…seeded wave! Big Smiles!! Half the people, only 700 in a wave and the opportunity to make a good stat I can enjoy for the year to come. I can’t wait!

The last mile of the 10K

Finish Line 2013!

2012 Monument Ave 10K-it rained that morning! Bad hair day lol