Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Race Report - Freedom Run 10 Mile

So when we last left off, I was drinking a warm apple cider/Captain Morgan walktail and trick-or-treating with Curious George. After getting Sophie to come down off the candy high, I tried to take advantage of daylight savings time and get to bed early for some extra sleep.

Sunday I was at the door at 10:45 to get to White Bear Lake for the race. While I enjoy not having to rush in the morning for an early start, fueling before a 12:00 start is kind of difficult. I ate cereal at 6:45 with Sophie and then another little mini-breakfast at 10:00. This was a very small race (just over 100 people), so I had no trouble getting my chip and bib, and using the porta potty before the race started.

My legs were tired from the hard 5K Saturday. I wanted to use this race as a good, strong longer run and not worry about time too much. I had it in my head that I for sure needed to keep it under a 10:00/mile pace and if I could break 1:35 I would be happy. Although I've run a few 15K's, this was my first 10 mile race, so it was an automatic PR no matter what happened.

It ended up being a beautiful fall day for a race, and I am really proud of how I ran. I kept an even pace over a quite hilly course. I took two short breaks at water stops at the 3.5 and 7.5 mile markers, but otherwise, just kept chugging along. The finish was uphill and I really kicked it into gear, passing the girl right in front of me just before the mat. 1:34:03. I met my goal, and ran a strong race less than 24 hours after my 5K.

My legs were pretty achy Sunday night, so I took a much needed rest day Monday. Monday night, I was in bed by 8:00 (although this had more to do with being in the office by 4:30 Monday morning and working until 5:30 - yuck). Last night was back to kettlebells, and I've got 8 miles on the schedule tonight. Only two more 5K's left and my 2009 race calendar is finished! Where did the year go?

19 comments:

Running Through Life said...

Congrats on the PR! This year has flew by. It is sad to see it end, but there are new races to schedule for 2010.

Katie A. said...

Great race time on a hilly course! And way to keep going with an 8 miler waiting for you, too! Yes, 2009 has gone fast! :)

Marlene said...

Congrats on reaching your goal! That's amazing, the day after a 5K race! Ilove the 10-mile distance. It's *just* long enough. :)

busyrunningmama said...

Nice job on the 10 mile race! Great PR and great time considering back to back races!! You rocked it!!!

Mama said...

Great job reaching your goals!

MCM mama

Jeri said...

gotta love the auto-PR, but to also break your time goal is AWESOME. especially after back to back days of racing. Great job. :)

Jeri said...

re: Packers comment. I KNOW. I think about it while on runs randomly, and I get all teary eyed. I'm sure I'll be a full blown mess. I can't WAIT! :D

Jason said...

Nice job. Now we just have to make it through the winter. Yuck

M2Marathon said...

Great race! Isn't it fun when you really do beat your time goal?!

I abso-freakin-lutely hear you on the year flying by....faster and faster every year. Sigh.

X-Country2 said...

Wow, you're a racing rockstar!

Marci said...

Good job on your 10 miler!

Jamoosh said...

Dang - rock on with that racec time prediction!

Jess said...

COngrats! That's a great race!

Ali said...

That's awesome! You are hardcore. Congrats on the PR

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Congrats on your PR!! This year has gone by fast eh?

clunez said...

I must brag for my running partner since she is too humble to do that! Heather finished in the top 5% of all female runners in her age group (323 runners) and overall (901 runners)at the Anoka Gray Ghost race. She missed her 5K PR by 5 seconds while running in a red riding hood costume (I should no since she left me in the dust)! The next day she ran the Freedom 10 miler around White Bear Lake at a 9:20 pace and nearly bowled myself and another runner over with a kick at the end to beat us!

aron said...

awesome job!!!! love the automatic PRs but yours was a great one, esp right after the 5k!!

D10 said...

Well done. This year is flying. I can't believe we are already into November!

The Happy Runner said...

Congratulations! That's a great time :-)