Friday the CHALLENGE:
I set out on my lunch hour to get the 5K done on the flat track I do my speedwork on. When I turned on my Garmin I knew I was in trouble as the Low Battery signal came on.. UGH!! HALF a battery. I hoped that Garmin would make it, so I set out for HALF a mile warm-up heading the the start line. My internal Race director said "Go" and I was Off! I felt STRONG but my new black tank kept riding up exposing HALF of my stomach. I tugged my Running Skirt capris up and the tank down.. URGH!! I was clipping along at .46 I looked down and Garmin had turned OFF! Imagine being in a race, the clock goes dead and all the mile markers disappear, all when you are on pace for a major PR! Needless to say I was HALF ready to cry. I finished my run at a slow pace and had to re plan my RACE strategy..
Will NEVER wear this combo again they do not play well together.
- Saturday Try #2 and RACE day:
5K Results= 21:42 or 6:59 Pace and a PR!!!
To PR in a Virtual Race on the 4th day straight of running, PRETTY COOL!! I am thinking of doing a 5K up the road next week, I am excited to see what I can do on fresh legs. It will hurt, but hey it is over and done so QUICK!
- Half Marathon:
I reset my watch, caught my breath and turned to find my buddies. I am hoping I won't be disqualified for combining the miles of both races, but after Friday it is what I had to do. Janna had said they would go SLOW, which would be perfect after a fast 5K. When I found the girls they were not going slow. About 8:40 pace and I STRUGGLED to keep up. I let them talk and settled in just behind. There were several runners on the trail including some Fleet Feet training groups. I LOVE TRAINING GROUPS!! The Fleet Feet Marathon training was how I connected with the AMAZING women I ran with today. We cheered others on as we passed and tried to stay out of the way of the bikers. It was an overcast and misty day, the temp was in the 50's which is PERFECT for a long run. I had my GoLite Handheld, some Gu Chomps and the NEW Orange Burst Gu. MY stomach started to ache and I felt like I was getting a calf cramp, but I pushed the thoughts aside, I was too far from my car to let the pain in.
I was ZAPPED, did not care about pace, all I wanted to do was FINISH! The ladies planned to do 12, but were kind enough to add a mile for me. "I JUST WANT TO BE DONE!" I said. I am guessing that SPRINTING before running 9 more miles is not the wisest thing I have ever done. With my Garmin not matching theirs we ended with 13.4 miles and a GREAT run!
Half Marathon Results= 1:51:37 or 8:30 pace
GREAT for a training run after a 5K. I have not put in this kind of miles since Seattle Rock N Roll Marathon. I am hoping to keep up the Long runs on the weekends to PR in a Half Marathon the next few months.
- After the Run Janna and I walked to the nearby Latte stand for a pick-me-up, she was a dear and treated me to a tasty White Mocha Granita, THANKS JANNA!! On our way back to our vehicles I heard "Tall Mom!" Turned to find Kara walking toward us. Kara is a local runner, Bloggy and Facebook buddy, who is training with Fleet Feet for the Run Wild 5K. I love that she introduced herself and that I could meet someone new in the SMALL town of South Prairie, what a hoot!!! See you in September Kara if not sooner.
- How is your weekend??
- Did you run the Virtual Half and Half? If so, how did you do? Hope you did not have CHALLENGES like me.