Twin Sizzler 5k/10k Recap

I started my 4th of July weekend by running the Twin Sizzler and this year I decided on the 5k and 10k. Because I was going to be adding additional miles in between races, I had a different approach than a normal race day.

I started with a half mile warm up and made my way to the start line for the 5k. Knowing I’d be doing a ton of miles that day, I didn’t want to go all out. I also knew the course wasn’t flat, so running a PR wasn’t on my radar.

We started on the square and headed South on 57. The first mile begins with a downhill, but then has a continual uphill that really makes  you work for it. I felt pretty comfortable with my pace, but the humidity was a bit deceiving so I felt warmer than I had expected. I grabbed a cup of water, took a sip and kept going.

Mile 1-8:52

After we hit the first mile marker, the field started to spread out. I could concentrate on my breathing and making sure I was staying at a decent pace. My second mile is usually my slowest, so I did everything I could to keep my pace quicker than the first mile. The course was relatively flat, and I still felt pretty good.

Mile 2-8:44

The last mile started on an incline, but quickly flattened out once we got onto South Court. We were shaded by the tree lined street, so I was able to pick up my pace and not feel like I was wasting too much energy. We made our way onto South Broadway and were met with the brick road. I always love running this street because it reminds me of Muskingum, but it’s not always the easiest to run on. Knowing we’d be finishing uphill, I tried to work on my speed here before I got to the finish.

Mile 3-8:34

I picked up my pace, focused on the finish and crossed the line with negative splits!

Last .06-8:10 pace

My only 5k image

Coming into the finish

5k Results

Official Time: 26:45

Age Group 25-29: 11/34

Female: 100/342

Overall: 273/659

I followed up the 10k with a mile and a half with Mo, an MCRR member. We took it easy, and tried to figure out how one races a 10k, and what pace you should be at. I still didn’t know how to race a 10k, but figured I’d take it around my half marathon pace and keep it easy for the additional miles I’d still have to run once I was finished.

We lined up for the 10k, and we were off. I tried to keep a conservative pace, but couldn’t help but speed up a bit by everyone else that was running by. The first mile was the same as the 5k’s, and this time I had my water so I didn’t stop for a drink.

Mile 1-9:20

I knew we continued on 57 for a bit, but when I saw the sign for Montville Township, I knew we were in for some major hills! We started going up, and I did everything I could from walking, luckily I saw Renee at the top of the hill and that helped to push me through.

Mile 2-9:43

We kept going past the second mile marker and turned onto Lexington. I knew there was another hill, but wasn’t sure how big. At this point we had been running uphill for about a mile, and my legs were starting to crumble. We continued through the development, winding on the roads and continued to go uphill. Once we hit the third mile marker, we finally had a downhill.

Mile 3-9:47

By this point my legs were toast, so I stopped to stretch them. I slowed by pace down, but they were still in pain. I took a sport bean around this time, hoping I’d get some energy, but really looked at keeping a decent pace.

I was more focused on how many miles I had run for the day, rather than what mile I was running for the race. I was sitting between 8-9 miles and with all the hills, it felt like I had run about 11-12 by this point.

Mile 4-10:19

I made it to mile 4 and I think it was around this point that I saw Christy. Seeing her helped to motivate me, but my legs were hurting worse now. We had smaller rolling hills, but by this point, my knee and arch started to ache a bit. I stopped to stretch some more and slowed my pace.

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Mile 5-11:14

By now I was counting down the miles until I was done, my legs were in a ton of pain, and I just wanted to sit down and stretch for about 10 minutes. But I kept going, slow and steady, knowing that the last mile would be the same as the 5k.

Mile 6-10:15

We made our way onto South Court and I could feel my legs getting lighter. I finally had some flat ground and I could pick up my pace. We got to the brick road, and I did what I could to keep my pace from slowing down. I braced myself for the final hill and made my way to the finish.

Last .25-10:29 pace

Final push!

Final push!

10k Results

Official Time: 1:03:13

Age Group 25-29: 18/24

Female: 101/142

Overall: 233/290

I finished up the day with an additional two miles around town and the final mile in my development. I managed to get 14 for the day, but my legs were incredibly beat up.

Overall, I’m glad I ran both the 5k and the 10k. After the 10k, the 5k felt easy, and although I didn’t push myself too hard in the 5k, I was able to negative split and focus on my pacing.

As for the 10k, it was hard, and a lot hillier than I had expected. When you have an elevation chart like this, it’s not hard to see why my legs were so sore.

Hills, hills, and hills

Hills, hills, and hills

The Twin Sizzler has become one of my new favorite traditions in town, and I plan to run it every year I can. Except next year, I think I’ll stick with just the 5k.

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Love a Stray 5k Recap

I ran the Love-A-Stray 5k on Sunday for the third year in a row. I ran it in 2012 when they first started and had a fantastic race. Then I ran in in 2013 and they changed the course to a more runner friendly route. This year they kept the same course, and I had my best 5k yet of 2014! As I’ve mentioned before, Love-A-Stray has always held a special place in my heart. I volunteered with them in high school, and have adopted two wonderful cats from them. Knowing that proceeds from this race help their organization are always worth more than the run itself.

I originally signed up for the race as a recovery run from the Hermes 10 Miler. I was going to run with a friend and her puppy and enjoy the race from a different perspective. But when she couldn’t make it, the thought of truly racing it crossed my mind. Knowing that the 5k was the day after the 10 miler made me a little nervous. But I decided I’d play it by ear, and worst case scenario, I’d have three miles added in for the month of April.

I spent the night at my parent’s house, and got to the race with plenty of time to pick up my packet, do a short jog, and get in one more bathroom break. The weather was a lot colder than the previous day so I added gloves to my outfit and hoped I’d be warm enough by the time we got started.

I positioned myself between the 8:00 and 9:00 minute pace signs hoping that I could be pulled along by those running a faster pace. Once we were off I tried to go towards the side to avoid the crowd. I didn’t want to check my watch until about a half mile or once I found a pace I was comfortable with.

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

I was feeling pretty good and decided to check my watch. I instantly slowed down once I saw I was pushing a 7:30 pace. I edged my way back and found myself behind a woman and her daughter. They were running just above 8:30 and I figured I’d join them for a while, there was no sense in pushing it this early in the race.

Waiting to make my move

Waiting to make my move

Mile 1- 8:20

We made our way around the woods and entered into the development before heading into the woods again. I was feeling good, but could feel a slight pain just under my heart and couldn’t decide if it was a cramp or my heart. I slowed down a bit and tried to focus on my breathing.

At about the halfway mark we reached the water stop. I normally don’t take water in a 5k, but I grabbed a cup, and threw some in my mouth and face. It seemed to help as the cramp started to go away by the third mile.

Mile 2- 8:48

Entering the third mile, I knew I had to pace myself properly. I remembered from last year that I started to get too excited to finish a little too early and wore myself down, so I tried to keep a steady pace the entire way. I was feeling good and actually felt better than the second mile. My only restraint was my legs, I kept trying to push them, but they just wouldn’t turn over quick enough. I knew this was from the race the day before, but I was honestly surprised they were still in the low 8’s range.

Coming in on the last half mile.

Coming in on the last half mile.

As we got closer to the opening at the end of the woods I had to hold myself back. I knew I had a few smaller turns before I could pick up my speed. As I made my way through the final turns I never once checked my watch. I relied solely on my legs and knew that whatever time I got, I had given it my all.

Mile 3 – 8:18

Done!

Done!

Last .1 – 7:27 pace

I squeaked in just under 26 minutes at 25:29. I needed a moment to catch my breath, but I was so excited and felt great! I had taken a minute and a half off my last 5k in March and completely passed over 26 minutes. I’m closing in on my post college PR, but honestly, I never felt so great or in control while racing a 5k. I didn’t know what to expect after the 10 miler, but knowing I left it all out on the course both days felt fantastic. The entire weekend showed me just how far I’ve come this year, and how strong I am.

Shortly after I finished, my sister and her boyfriend came over to greet me. They got to watch me finish and stayed for a bit to walk around and check out the vendors. It was nice to have someone at the finish for once, and it may have pushed me to run a little harder in the last mile.

Personal cheerleader

Personal cheerleader!

I can’t say enough good things about this race. Each year it gets better and better. And the competition gets faster and faster. The first three in my age group all ran 7:xx pace and completely left me in the dust. I hope to continue the tradition and run this race every year!

Race swag

Race swag

Results:

Time: 25:59

Age Group 25-29: 5/27

Gender: 26/227

Overall: 78/352

 

 

 

Flying Pig Half Training: Week Ten

This week was a total mix. I started off the week by switching my Monday/Tuesday run. Monday was my birthday, so I had a few things planned for after work. It ended up being an absolutely beautiful spring day, and I almost regretted not waking up early to run before work. And then I remembered how much I love sleep. Tuesday’s run was great. Over the past few weeks I’ve found about 10+ parks that are within 10 minutes of my home, so of course my plan was to check these out. I wasn’t familiar with the park or surrounding neighborhood, so I just followed one of the paths. The one I took ended up in a housing development, so it wasn’t exactly a park run, but the neighborhood was new to me so it went by quick. Once I got back, I had about a half mile left until the 3 mile mark. I followed another path and found it was exactly what I was looking for, a wide paved path between trees and beautiful green grass. I’m really excited to come back and run there again, and check out the other parks.

I also switched my Wednesday/Thursday run, so I could spend two hours on Thursday sweating it out. And then 5:00 Thursday came. I have a history of bad migraines, and they always start with tunnel/blurred vision. So when my vision was becoming spotty around 5:00, I knew I was pretty much down for the count. About 45 minutes later, I finally got my vision back and I was able to leave work. I chugged a ton of water and tried to eat a snack. I did a short run around the neighborhood hoping that the fresh air would help. It didn’t. Within 10 minutes of finishing my run, I was feeling worse. I decided to skip yoga and try to get rid of the horrible headache. By 8:00 I was finally feeling a little better so I did some living room yoga. I only lasted about a half hour and was back to laying on the couch.

The weekend however was filled with lots of running and racing! Saturday night I had my first trail 10k and it was such a great experience, I cannot wait to share the recap of this race. I followed it up with another race just 12 hours later. Both recaps will be coming up this week.

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 3 Miles

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: 1.5 Miles, Living Room Yoga

Friday: Off

Saturday: Yeti Set Go! 10k

Sunday: Love A Stray Fur Fun 5k

Total Miles: 15 Miles

I had a decent number of miles this week and I felt really strong. I’m looking to stay hydrated this week, as well as eat and sleep well. It may be the end of a training cycle, but it’s just the beginning of a great season of racing! Only 6 days until Flying Pig!

Also, great job to all of those who ran Eugene Marathon yesterday! Wonderful to hear about so many PR’s and BQ’s!

Did you race this weekend? Are you racing Flying Pig or have you in the past? Any tips?

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