Saturday, June 18, 2011

Heart and Sole 10k Race Recap and a PR by default

I got up early as usual and caught up on a few blogs before i started getting ready for my 10k today.  I decided to try out my new compression socks since my right calf has felt crampy.  I don't think it really helped, but I guess I don't think it hurt either.  Here is a pre-race picture.  Look at me all bright eyed and bushy tailed!  The race was 8:45 and I wish they would have started earlier.  It felt like I had too much time to wait around, plus it started to get a little hot during the race.  I think an 8 o'clock start time would have suited me better, but they didn't ask.  Whoever they did ask had the 5k start at 8:30 and the 10k and 8:45 which seemed a little backwards to me, but once again they never asked me.  What do you guys think does this seem messed up to you?


 My goal was to try and stay around  a 7 min/mile pace.  I wanted to finish around 44 minutes.  My Garmin time was 45:10. somehow the official time was 45:27, so not sure how that happened as I started my Garmin as I went across the starting line.  I do know that they never even had a time for the girl who won the 10k?  So I am wondering how messed up the timing was today.

Anyway the starting line is on a hill so the whole first part is downhill and right at the end of the first mile is a nasty hill.  I did the first mile in 6:38, I kept trying to slow myself down, but it was really hard.  I am a fast starter and am more used to the 5ks where it is just balls to the wall running the whole way.

Miles 2, 3 and 4  felt like they had a lot of uphill going on and I slowed considerably.  The route was straight for all of miles 2 and 3 which was really boring and a little hard mentally.  It just felt like we kept going and going.  The sun was really beating down and there was a pretty good little cross wind going on that made it feel a little harder.  At mile 3 we turned and started another uphill section that then wove through a residential area.

At mile 4 we were going straight again.  By this point my right hamstring and calf muscle started to feel a little crampy and I was tempted to stop and stretch it out, but I decided it wasn't that bad yet and kept running through it.  I was also feeling some dry heaves coming on.  I took some water at the 5 mile mark and that was a mistake as it only made the feeling that I was about to throw up worse.  After half a mile or so it went away though

Close to 6 miles we ran into a parking garage and up 4 levels of the garage, my legs were starting to feel like jello at this point, but as soon as we were out of the garage we were rewarded with a downhill all the way to the finish line.  Yayyy!!! 

I grabbed a couple popsicles and headed back to find my sister to run in with her.  She finished in just under an hour!  Yay!!

I ended up 9th female in the 10k and 2nd in my age group.  I wasn't ecstatic about my time, but I am not disappointed by it either.  Best of all though it is a PR by default since it is my first one.  I am signed up for another one in August so I will have something to shoot for.  I am not going to lie, it was tough for a girl who is used to 5ks.  I think I would have been closer to my goal time if the course were flat.

Here is a picture of me running my sister in, you can't see my purple popsicle in my other hand, but it was soo good!  She wouldn't look at the camera...pooper pants.


Now to try to figure out why my calf and hamstring on the right side are giving me grief.   I have the week off coming up, so I may try to get a massage this week and see if I can get it worked out.

Here are the splits from the race from my garmin.  I am going to go with my garmin time for my PR and not their official time, which I think is messed up. I didn't stop it right away, but when I looked at it after I was across the line, it was at 45:10.

Last chance to enter the giveaway for Chocolate #9, did I forget to mention there will be 2 winners?  Yup two winners will each receive   3 packs of  Chocolate #9.  I will draw tomorrow around noon.  

Only 5 more days until I find out if the Nuun people thought I was creative enough to be on their Hood to Coast Team.  Someone asked me about voting, I am pretty sure no one votes except whoever in judging the entries, but thanks for wanting to vote for me!  Everyone has been having a good laugh at my expense anyway if I don't win and if you can't laugh at yourself I think that is pretty sad, so I have been laughing too!

If I find any fun race photos I will post them later!

33 comments:

  1. OMG Girlie, congrats that is awesome!! You places 2nd, get it excited!!!! WOW really it is amazing!

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  2. Congrats on the 10K! That's awesome!

    Running up and through a parking garage? That's a new one for me!!

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  3. GOod for you! See, we all told you you'd do fine! :-) Love the pic of you and pooper pants! hee hee

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  4. You did great for your first 10K... even if it was a bit off the target pace. And how wild was it to run in and up four floors of a parking garage? That is WEIRD!!!!!

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  5. Nice going. Funny, I was wondering if there was a way of voting for you too.... I do so hope you get chosen.

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  6. Congrats on your awesome run! I did a 10k on my own today and it was rough. You have an amazing pace!

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  7. Congrats! A pr Is a PR no matter what. And congrats on the AG finish!

    Yes. The 5k before the 10 seems backwards. I don't think I've seen that before. But I haven't done too many 5ks lately.

    Running up through a garrage is just plain weird!

    Go get a massage/ foam roller/ stick and or TP kit. Your calf will thank you. :)

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  8. GREAT race!!!!! you have me dreaming about a 10k time with a 4 on the front now. :)

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  9. Holy great race! How awesome is it that you got to finish on a downhill??

    About the pineapple in my smoothie post, I use a pineapple corer. It's a gadget you screw into the pineapple, then pull out the rings with it.

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  10. Great job on your first 10k! I felt the same way about it being so different from the 5k..I wasn't sure how to pace myself! Either way your time and place is awesome and you should be so proud of yourself!

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  11. You are such a talented runner Christy!! Thank you for the M suggestions...it was a fantastic sight to see--oddly cold weekend though!

    GREAT JOB on your race! Totally go with your Garmin--I think that was backwards to start with the 5 k too?!

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  12. Great job!! I think the parking garage is kinda weird. Were there cars in it? Congrats!!!

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  13. Awesome as usual! I would not have liked the parking garage in the least. I can't wait to see how you do in August.

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  14. Awesome job! Automatic PR's are the best!
    The timing of the starts does seem off..10k after 5k?

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  15. Congrats on your first 10 k! Great time!

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  16. Awesome! Congrats to you. You held a nice, consistent pace there and even had some to drop at the end. Great work

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  17. those start times do seem totally backwards! i always wonder about compression socks that people wear WHILE they are running... you will have to keep me updated if you feel like they help!

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  18. awesome job! you are amazing! sounds like you pushed through some tough hills and then your legs and the not feeling great at mile 5! ummm wow...after all that you kept up an AMAZING pace. and you had to run through a parking garage??? really? that sounds crazy! congrats on your first 10k! loved reading your recap!

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  19. Congrats on a wonderful 10K!!! And a PR of course :)

    Your time was impressive, especially for such a hilly course. So proud of you!

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  20. Congrats on your first 10K!
    I think u did well despite it being a hilly course.

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  21. Nice time! Good job! I'm just working to get under 10 min miles, you are busting out!

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  22. Um your time was amazing, I don;t care what you say!!! This was an awesome recap! I have a 10k next month and can only dream to do as well as you!

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  23. Congrats on the 10K. That's a super fast time! I just did my first 10k a few weeks ago and my time was like an hour and 18 minutes.....I'm just ridiculously slow. Anyway, GREAT job!

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  24. Congrats on your PR!
    I would go by garmin time too! They totally should have started the race earlier considering the heat.
    Hope your calf feels better :)

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  25. My left calf muscle is being a turd! What is up with that?!? That's a pretty good debut if you ask me sistah. Run on!

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  26. Congrats girl! That is a great time, especially for your first 10k. I am really proud of you!

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  27. Congrats!!! This is an amazing time & placing! Great job!

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  28. Congratulations on a fantastic time at your first 10K! Placing 2nd in your age group is something to be proud of for sure!

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  29. Congrats on 2nd in your AG and your first 10k! Up a parking garage? That's cruel! We don't have much for hills around here so that's how I was going to do hill training. ;) Hope your calf feels better soon!

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  30. Awesome job on the race! I'm always curious about whether people like to run with compression socks. I'm assuming wearing those allows yours calves to expand enough as you run? I've worn them on plane flights before and to recover sometimes, but that is it.

    As for starting the 10K after the 5K, that sounds fine to me, that way the 5K is for sure over by the time the 10K runners are finishing. I have no idea on this though, haha

    Sounds like your race went really well overall - you ran up 4 flights of a parking garage?!? That sounds really tough and hilarious, haha The race did sound pretty hilly, I bet you could do even better if you did a 10K flat ground...

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  31. Look at you, speedy! Great job!!

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  32. Great job on your first 10k. :)

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