Saturday, March 21, 2009

St. Patricks Day 10K

I decided not to run this race this year. Ronnie said he was going to run so I thought I would just stay home with the kids then get my long ride in later in the day. I went about my normal training for the week.
Monday I did a 2200 yard swim in the morning and a 4.72 mile run that evening. My legs were sore from the half marathon on Saturday so I didn't even attempt the speed work on my schedule.
Tuesday I waited until almost 6pm and then I rode 20 one mile loops of my neighborhood. It was too pretty to be inside on the trainer but Ronnie was at Scouts with Bryce. So Casey played basketball in the driveway and waved each time I rode past.
Wednesday I got up at 3:30 for a 10 mile run at PMP. I did it in 1:27:20, a 8:44 pace (8:47 was goal). Then I went to Cindy's toning class. Wednesday evening was swim class where we did 3000 yards.
Thursday was REST DAY and boy was I ready for that.
Friday I ran 15 miles. Plan said PMP+20 seconds. I squeaked it out with an overall pace of 9:06. I did ab ripper after that for the first time in a while. Boy did that HURT!
So last night Ronnie tells me he decided to golf today. There went my plans for a long ride. I thought about the 10K and decided to make a game day decision.
I woke up at about 7 this morning and decided that since I had sufficiently carb loaded on Shock Top last night I better go run. I got the kids up and took them to Donut Palace to get them some breakfast. We got to the Rec Center about 7:45. I signed up for the the race then left the kids in the car to read, watch TV and eat donuts.
I didn't have big goals for this race, I wasn't even suppose to be there. I lined up in the middle of the pack. I took off on the "GO".
This course is rolling to hilly. The Rec Center sits in a hole so no matter which direction you run it is up hill right away. From there it was rolling until we got to Jail Hill, which we had to run up. Just as I was making the turn to head up the hill I heard one the the police that was directing traffic tell someone that he stopped that "We have a little marathon going on". I laughed to myself. 10K, marathon guess they are about the same right??? After making it up the hill, it was through town and around to the park where we had to run up another good size hill. We got to finish by running down Jail Hill and around back to the Rec Center.
Splits: 8:03, 8:02, 8:10, 8:03, 8:17, 7:32 and 7:11 for the last 0.2. Guess which miles the two big hills were at.
Total time 49:33, a new PR and good enough for 1st place age group (40-49).
After the race they had a kids one mile run. Casey decided she wanted to run it and Bryce decided not to. Casey did great and got 4th place but her and another girl complained afterward that the little boy that got second cheated by cutting the course short. Casey did get a medal and then Bryce was mad that he didn't run too.


david said...

For "tired" legs, that was a Great time. Congrats on the 1st place. The weather was a little better than last week!

jen said...

Whoohoo! Congrats on the PR and AG win on a spur-of-the-moment race. Awesome negative split!! Good luck with the week ahead. :)

Ron said...

Good thing I didn't run I would have slowed you down. Congrats on winning your age group. I'd like to give the little cheater a nuggie head.

Anonymous said...

Interesting. I agree with you totally. Furthermore I have another point to add. I think its essential that children today have a friendly and good swim instructor to guide them along. So that they will take to the hobby with delight, rather than find it a useless skill. But then again, most kids always love swimming afterall.

Lana said...

LOL - love the little marathon comment!!

Congrats on the PR!! Great job!!

Oh, and Alisha sure does have an interesting marketing strategy for her swimcoaching business. At first I was like, "Whoa, I missed Kasey on the swim team?" Funny.

Missy said...

Nice win! Hardware is good, I don't care who you are.

The 24 hour tri - I've only seen one or two and Colorado is the closest. It is definitely an 'event' and would take at least a weeks vacation + one motor home + race support team. There is some support but for food and stuff - you're on your own. Friends did it last year and said a motor home and a grill are necessary for this race. Can't live on 'cooler' food.