Run Report

This weekend was a "cutback" week. That means only 10 miles, that's the good news. The bad news was that my ten miler was a race at the Twilight Zone uphill loop:P I was nervous about this race...the course is really tough. I hate running uphill!
I kid you not, this was a race for runners in the know. We drove 40 minutes out of the city to the forest preserve, and it was like a Dead Show for runners. There were runners everywhere, and these folks looked fast! At one point, I was in line at the port-o-let and two guys were talking, it went like this...
Guy#1: "Wanna do a warm up?"
Guy#2: "Sure, what'cha thinking...1 or 2 miles?"
Guy#1: "I'm thinking 2 miles?"
Guy#2: "What's your race strategy?"
Guy#1: "I'm gonna go out slow, maybe a 6 min. pace and then kick it up at about the halfway point..."
Holy moly, that guy thinks a 6 minute mile is going out slow!!!
The race start was broken down into 4 starts, fastest to slowest heats. I, of course, was in the slowest heat. The bib color was how you knew your heat (white-elite runners, red-really fast, yellow-normal, blue-me).
I kid you not, there was four minutes between each start and when my group went, the announcer actually said "this is all the big girls, right? There are no guys in this heat?" like it was some big funny joke! What an a**! But, I kept my cool.
I went out at a sub 9 min. pace and held on. I ran up every hill that course threw at me. In the last 3 miles, I started passing some yellow bibs, then I started passing red bibs! The red bib folks had an 8 minute head start on me! I passed them! I was so psyched by this:)
It was a tough race, on a hot day, and I held my own. I came in at the front of the blue pack and ahead of many of the yellow, and even some of the reds. I'm OK with how it went...The down side, my shoes didn't make it...I'm off to buy new shoes this week. Can you believe I blew out my shoes?!?

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21 comments

  1. woohoo!! Look at you go girl! I am so impresed with your running.. are you linking the seimming part of your training too?

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  2. WOW! 9 minute miles! You are a super stud!! YIPPEE!! :)

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  3. That's awesome! You passed people who had a head start - wow!

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  4. I don't even know what "blew out my shoes" even means! That's how much of a non-runner I am...

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  5. I love the are you my mother bird in the nest, I read that book to my kids all the time.

    WTG on your run, how do you blow out a pair of shoes??

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  6. Holy crap I am impressed by you. The last time I ran a mile under 9 minutes I was in middle school.

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  7. Girl! You more than rock! What an awesome race!! And you ARE fast! Way to go!!! Enjoy some awesome new shoes!!!

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  8. You totally and completely and positively kick major butt!

    I'm so impressed with you!

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  9. Six.....minutes?! Yikes! Sounds like you totally rocked the race :)

    I don't think I EVER ran a 9-minute mile.

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  10. Ty Peppy the Dog Pluffie Plush Animal. This would be great for the dog lover in our family. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Good luck getting some new shoes, I hope the next one makes it the whole race.

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  11. congrats, you should be so proud of yourself, and blowing out your shoes! That's hot!

    I have been working (fartlek) on increasing my speed and I shaved a minute off of my mile time!

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  12. You did a 9 min mile for 10 miles! Oiy! That is awesome!

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  13. One more thing, I went and bought new shoes on Saturday and I can't believe the difference. It felt like I was running on springs. Awesome.

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  14. I'm not even going to tell you how many YEARS I've had the same athletic shoes. I'm so embarrassed.

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  15. Whoa you are amazing. I couldn't imagine doing what you do. Keep up the good work!

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  16. Ran across your blog this morning. I love running so I read this post. Great job on the run. I hope to graduate and do a 10K this fall. Way to go :)

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  17. I've heard of many a blow out...from tires to diapers, but never shoes! Holy! Good job!!

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  18. I'm so proud of you! Not only did you stick with it, you kicked some ass. Woohoo!

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  19. Wow! So impressive. And I love that you said "only" 10 miles.

    I had a blow out of sorts too once. It's a long story, but let's just say a fartlek was involved.

    Sorry, that was sooo bad....

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