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I ran this race April 22nd.
Throughout March, I was training with a dual purpose. Train for the Monument Ave 10K and my half marathons in April. My track sessions and short runs went pretty well, my distance runs not so much, but I still felt fairly confident I could run decent races.
Saturday the 22nd I woke up and saw 72 degrees on my ceiling. I have a sensor on the side of the house that feeds temperature info to my clock :) I worried about my A goals for the race.
run the whole darn thing without intervals
finish under 2:15 (10:15ish pace)
I have been using intervals to run distance for over a year now due to the issues with my feet...very sore toes, and pain in the ball of my foot. Since I had not done my long runs in March my feet were feeeling a little less tender. I had hoped to try to run a half just to see if my feet could/would hold up.
run as long as I can without pain/switch to intervals if needed
finish under 2:18 (10:30ish pace)
My forever C goal:
don't pass out
don't get upset about a time, it is just running
feel proud, you just ran 13 freaking miles
I went downstairs, fulfilled my morning cat duties, ate some peanut butter nabs, drank a little ice tea and 24 oz. of water w/Nuun stood on the porch feeling how sticky and hot it was, and realized it was a C goal kind of day.
That led to the decision to rely on course hydration support, I really didn't feel like wearing my pack or carrying my handheld unless I really felt there was a legitimate shot to push myself; given the heat that was not realistic.
I also started taking a beta blocker for my blood pressure four days before this race. The Cardiologist told me not to over exert myself until I adjusted to the meds and to be kind to my heart in the heat, "Walk more. Avoid big spikes in your heart rate." The whole high blood pressure was still new to me...I was a little nervous.
It is about a 35 minute drive and I arrived about 40 minutes prior to the 7 a.m. start time. I had to pick up my bib, the line was crazy!! It was 10 minutes to start time, before my bib and race shirt were in hand. I bolted to the car to toss my shirt, and bolted back to the port a potty. I was in the POP listening to the National Anthem.
I caught the crowd moving across the line, it was much more crowded than previous years. This event has grown for sure.
I didn't even have time to think about how to set my watch (intervals or regular) I just started running.
There is a long incline uphill that lasts awhile close to mile two, it's only 50 feet up but it feels tough in the heat. As soon as I crested, I realized I wouldn't be running this thing without walking due to humidity, today wasn't going to be the day I found out if my feet could do it.
The third mile you enter Battlefield Park and it is rolling hills until mile 7 or so. The course as a whole has 426 feet of elevation gain, just enough to be a really fun challenge on a nice day...
I stopped my Garmin and scrolled to find my 4:1 ratio and hit start.
During the park section it became more humid and finally started spitting rain. A few times, it poured, but it never relieved the humidity, it just felt stagnate out. It would rain a few minutes, stop, rain again, stop... mile 7 is the last time I remember feeling any rain. I forgot to put my phone in ziploc and it got soaked! I took it out during the battlefield section to snap a few pics and all I could see was fuzz...
Civil war doing a reenactment during the race - pics from my wet phone
After it rained the sun came out strong for a few miles. I was super thankful the course had Gatorade at almost every stop! At mile 8, I passed a down runner who was being worked on, which bummed me out.
I dumped water over my head a few times trying to cool down at the later stages of the race. At the 10 mile marker I tried to dig a little deeper and pick up my pace, the energy stores were running low. I ate a pack of honey stinger chews running through the battlefield section, but I only had one pack.
Trying to run a little harder seemed to make me walk 10 x's slower doing my intervals.
I pushed on.
That last mile felt long! I told myself to relax, you are almost done, you feel fabulous (LOL), the Berry Gatorade at the last stop tasted wonderful, stop worrying about your time, etc...
My brain was telling me: you are way too hot, this isn't fun, I wish this had been a 10 mile race, your feet hurt. When I realized I had about five minutes to go, I shut the brain down and smiled. I had to override all that crap and tell myself...enjoy it, you just ran 13 miles in the heat, and you are fine, always a win!
I wondered if my phone would ever be normal again!
I crossed the line and a volunteer tried to put the ginormous medal on me. I laughed and said I'll carry that! LOL Too tired to wear it. The medal was so big it made me smile. Every year it gets more over the top and I love it.
Volunteers were putting cans of ice cold Miller Lite in a coozie and handing them to finishers. Nice :) I took it and enjoyed every drop.
I knew from the clock time I had not maintained anything close to what I hoped, and I admit I was kind of bummed for awhile, but by the time I drove home and showered I was feeling better about the whole thing.
My official time 2:22:17 (a 10:55ish avg)
Link to my finishers video
I was glad my average heart rate was nice and low, I got a red tech shirt, and I ran 13 miles, so all in all, it really wasn't a bad day at all :)
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great week :)
Anyone have a ceiling temp clock?
What do you think of the mega medal?! Do you run a race where you receive a mega medal?
Ever soak your phone?