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A Christmas Story 10K 2017

The past couple years I have gone back and forth on whether I want to run the Reindeer Run or A Christmas Story 10k. Ideally, I want to run both but currently, one of these races occurs on Saturday and then the other occurs on Sunday and my legs can’t handle racing back to back days anymore. This year, I decided to run the Christmas Story 10K.

I have been slowly getting faster again and been happy with the turkey trot results so I was eager to see where I would be for the 10K. And although I was feeling faster, I was not feeling anywhere near PR ready. It’s important to race for what your body is actually ready for, not for what you ran once months or even years ago.

I made one mistake and warmed up with Ryan and one of his super fast elite friends. We were all talking and I didn’t realize how fast we were going. A 3 mile warm up at a 7:38 pace…oops.

When the race went to start, I tried to ignore how fast I did the warm up in. The warm up was pretty close to the pace I had wanted to run so I didn’t to get into my own head. Overall, I was hoping to keep my pace around a 7:20 pace.

Mile 1 – 7:19

The first mile has a bit of uphill which I kind of like because it keeps me from going out crazy fast.

Mile 2 – 7:24, Mile 3, 7:25

Close to my goal pace but not quite there but if I could stay in this zone I would be happy. No matter how many times I look at the course map for this race, I always end up getting confused. All the sudden we were at the house! If you are running the 10K, you run to the Christmas Story House and then back to the start but if you are running the 5K, you end at the house. Which I believe included a heated tent area a beer this year.

Mile 4 – 7:27, Mile 5 – 7:28

This might be the most consistent I have been with paces while racing. Not quite my goal pace but close enough. I think it was around mile 5 I started to really feel it and had to really fight for my pace. There were a couple turns and some uphill and I started to feel like sludge.

Mile 6 – 7:29

Feel like sludge but still kicking! I never once felt like I gave up, even though it was getting tough near the end of the race.

Finished in 46:19, a 7:28 overall pace and fourth in my age group. My garmin had the overall distance at 6.23 so that is pretty legit for a 10K.

I was really happy with this time, even though it was not 100% what I was aiming for. I just felt really good while racing and like I was running smart paces. Hopefully this will continue into 2018!

(Apparently I was really busy this day and didn’t take a single photo!!!!)

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Brooklyn Heights 5K

You may remember a couple years ago Ryan and I were searching for a race to do and stumbled upon this Brooklyn Heights 5K. We were familiar with the company who puts it on but had not heard much about the race or even where Brooklyn Heights was. We were pleasantly surprised to find it was fairly close to us and had a very small town feel. Not what you would expect just outside of Cleveland. It also has some amazing views!

Once again, we were searching for a race and decided to give this one a try again since we had liked it the last time.

This race is small, probably one of the smallest I’ve run all year. Despite being small, every year there is some ringer who shows up and whoops people and this year was no different. I was shooting for a specific time so it was fine with me anyways and I was hoping they would pull me to a good time.

Right away, one girl pulled ahead and just by looking at her, you knew she would win. next was me and an older female. Now I say that with complete respect as this woman I thought was in her 60s but after the race I found out she is 67! Anyways, this woman was pushing me for the first mile!

Mile 1 – 7:01

However, I just couldn’t hang with her, 67 years old and she’s faster than me. I let her pull ahead and had secretly hoped that she went out too fast and that I could catch her. Even though I could see her the entire race, I knew halfway through the race that she going to beat me. And she did!

Mile 2 – 7:42 (this is how you know you went out too fast!)

I lost to a 67 year old female runner and could not be more proud that there is a female runner out there, at that age, still running. Not just running, but kicking butt! Kicking my 33 year old butt!

Mile 3 – 7:57

I ended up running 22:47, the course is pretty easy, some hills but I was definitely shooting for sub 22.

And for some reason I didn’t take any pictures. Totally unlike me but I wonder if I was in a rush and had to be some where after?

For those of you keeping track at home, Ryan was the overall winner for this race!!!!

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Towpath Half Marathon 2017

Yes, once again I am very behind on blog posts. I am trying really hard to get caught back up!

I really wasn’t planning on running this race but after being really sick, I decided to do this one to see where my fitness level was at so that I could predict a goal finish time for the Cleveland Marathon. Spoiler: It wasn’t in a good spot.

I warmed up for the race and felt fine. I was aiming to try and run about a 1:45 half so it could be a goal time predictor but also a solid workout with out totally destroying my legs. As the race started, a nice downhill start, I focused on not going out too fast. Easy to do on a downhill start of a race when you are excited.

Unfortunately, I noticed right away a sharp pain in my hamstring/adductors. Sharp enough that I instantly thought about pulling out of the race. But not sharp enough to change my gait as long as I slowed down. Ryan came to spectate this race so I was trying to think where he would be if I wanted to drop out. But I also knew he was probably going to grab coffee and a newspaper so he would be gone awhile.

I eventually decided that maybe my legs had gotten too cool after the warm up and once they warmed up they would be fine. By mile 3 I was in so much pain but knew I couldn’t drop out where I was but promised myself I would drop out at mile 8. I was pretty sure the race looped close to the finish line around then and I could be done then.

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The pain came and went most of the race and I was constantly slowing down to accommodate my cranky leg. As I neared the spot I thought was mile 8, it was actually mile 9 so naturally I talked myself into running the rest of the race. I mean it was “only” 4 more miles at that point.

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This is what I call being “Over Doxied” Doxies in both arms and Doxie pants on!

 

I ended up finishing with a 1:50:11. Which was really hard for me to accept considering I ran a 1:40 in 2016 there. However, this race told me I wasn’t in the shape I thought I was in and this injury was holding me back more than I thought. Without this race, I probably would have continued training for the full marathon which would have been a horrible idea.

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Half Marathon #31 Complete

I have a feeling I will be back to run this race next year as I have some unfinished business in the half marathon.

 

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Turkey Trot 2016

I think the Turkey Trot might be my longest standing race that I have not missed. I am always in town for it, I always brave the winter for it and I am miraculously not injured for it. Looking back it looks like I’ve done the Turkey Trot every year since 2007, next year will be 10 years!

Luckily, last year and this year we have had pretty decent weather for this race. Last year, I easily wore shorts. This year, I also wore shorts but it was probably questionable on if I should have been wearing them as my legs turned bright red.

We started a new tradition last year where Ryan’s cousin comes with us. I love this because I hope it means she’s inspired to run. And she must like it if she came back again this year.

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Over the years the Turkey Trot course has changed a bit but always starts and ends in downtown Cleveland. This year was a new course and both the 5K and 5 mile started at the same time.

I was slowly chipping away at my race times so I had high hopes for this race but went in extra conservative and only wanted to run a 37:30. After listening to 3 patriotic songs the race started.

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Hanging out with The Healthsource of Avon crew.

It’s always hard when both the 5K and 5 mile start at the same time because you have to really pay attention to your pace and not get caught up with the 5K paces. I have no idea how I managed to actually go out at a decent pace and not go too crazy.

Luckily, the 5K split off early on so it was easier for me to guide my pace. I am awful at pacing myself by the way. With 2 hills, my pace was extra crazy and I was pretty sure I wouldn’t hit my goal time.

Eventually, the 5K and the 5 mile merge and chaos ensued. Okay, not complete chaos but it was definitely less than ideal. Basically, the 5K runners took up the whole course and the 5 milers were running single file or weaving through the 5K runners. This definitely slowed me down and caused a little frustration. However, I tried to remember a couple things.

One, I was not going to win or even place in my age group for this race. Two, the 5K runners do not realize what is happening and the problem they are causing. Three, it’s the Turkey Trot and it’s supposed to be FUN!

Somehow, I think being slowed down actually helped me out. I felt like I had so much energy for the last mile of the race. I was picking it up like crazy for the last mile and was completely shocked when I crossed the line with 36:56. WAY WAY WAY better than I expected.

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