To say I am a little disappointed with the results today is truthful. While I did shave almost three minutes off of my time (1:01:49 this year versus 1:04:24), I still had to walk for about 30 seconds and i really wanted to run the WHOLE thing. I also didn't get any pictures. It was SO hot that we just wanted to cool out and be gone. I also missed the door prizes, so I hope I didn't win anything:)
I was in good company though because the top three women overall were in my age group. I did see many people walk at least once on that course, and I know I walked at least three times last year. I was able to run down hill relatively fast and not trash my quads or get a side stitch. I also totally chicked a guy at the end (he was an older guy but very obvious a runner). I finished in 12th in my age group, 40th out of 67 women and 83rd overall out of I don't know how many total.
|My cheering crew bright eyed and bushy tailed|
Mile 2: (9:22). Boy, it's hot and I am feeling it. I wanted to stay under 9:30 for the first three miles and as close to 9:00 as I could, but l was already feeling the affects of the heat and dripping wet. We run past the finish chute to go out to get the first three, and I am sad that i won't be seeing it for forty or so minutes. I couldn't really find a pace partner, but I did have a few women I had picked to at least keep in sight. They did have a mist thingy that you could run under at this point, and while it really didn't get you very wet at all, I attempted it. I also poured a whole cup of water on my head at this point. I carried water and I am VERY glad I did. At every mile from 2 on, I took a small sip of water.
Mile 3: (9:38) I poured an entire cup on my head and chest every mile from 2 on. There is a hill close to mile 3 as well as the turn around for the 5 K people. I so wanted to turn around with them, because i knew what was coming. As we headed out to the monster hill that last from about mile 3.5 till almost mile 5, I kept thinking good mantras to myself like strong and powerful and you got this. I do lots of hill work, so I kept thinking to myself that this shouldn't be a big deal. The biggest problem with this hill is that there is 0 shade and you feel the heat running on pavement. I tried to keep off of the pavement and in the shoulder of the road, but I immediately started feeling the strain of the hill and heat.
Mile 4: (10:24) At one point I was having trouble breathing. I got this snotty feeling in my chest and throat that I always get when I am pushing the pace. I tried to clear my throat and almost choked on whatever it is that causes this. I had to walk immediately as I got super nauseous. I decided I would walk from one road sign to the other and that was all I allowing myself, even though many runners had been walking on and off the whole hill. I was also NOT looking at my watch and just going by feel. I feel like I couldn't have pushed any harder at this point.
Mile 5 (10:53) There is a small hill at the beginning that lasts for probably a quarter of a mile and is not nice after you think you are done with the stupid hills period. Last year, it caused me to walk again but not this year. I just laughed at that silly hill and kept going. I really did laugh out loud so hope the lady behind me didn't think I was crazy. I am shocked that this mile time was so bad. I saw 9s as I headed down the hill so not sure why Mile 4 on the monster hill was so good and mile 5 was so bad. I have been working a lot this last year on running down hill, as this is always my trouble spot, more so than going up. I felt great running down this year and felt like I was recovering nicely. Just not sure what happened here. I felt fully recovered from all of the hills. Did see another runner be attended to by the EMS going down. He is a speed demon and I think the heat got the best of him. I really wasn't looking at my watch much as I knew the entire hill spanned mile 5 so maybe my effort was hard but the time reflects how tired I was or something?
Mile 6. When I hit the mile 6 marker, I SPRINTED. My watch had clicked over to mile 6 a while back (probably 2 tenths of a mile before the sign) but it had been ahead of every sign every time (yes, I probably run the pattern of a bee telling the hive where the honey is). I passed an older gentlemen whom I had been stalking for a while. While he was older, he was obvious he was a serious runner and it makes me feel good that I passed him in the end. He cheered me on as I passed and sprinted down the finish chute. I was out of breath but feeling good BUT I made sure to drink two bottles of water and some chocolate milk. We didn't stick around too long. They were doing a fun run and some other things and I knew I was NOT in the medals at all so we headed to our new favorite hang out in manhattan, chick fil a.