Well I’ve been on a runner’s high most of the day today — thanks to a stellar performance at my 10K this morning! I ran the fastest pace I’ve ever run to date (12:18), ran a 9:1 ratio (even cut some of those one minute breaks short), and never felt like I was going to die or needed to slow down to finish. In fact, the second half of my race was faster than the first half — negative splits almost every mile!!!
Race base was Navy Pier, and the course ran south along the lakefront — familiar territory, yes, but some of my favorite places to be: Lake Michigan, three harbors (although empty now), Buckingham Fountain, downtown. Oh I could run the lakefront all day and all night. I can’t wait until I can live there. I ran Navy Pier about a month ago during my last long run for half marathon training. It sure seemed longer today — I swear that finish line took forever to rope in! I ran the entire length to the finish line and had my best kick / final sprint ever. I definitely earned today’s medal.
While the race started late, it wasn’t a big deal to me, although the updated race times were still incorrect and both distances started a few minutes prior to the new announced times. Oh, well. I was waiting in the last corral ahead of time so I was A-OK when the horn sounded. It was a bit of a relief actually since I dressed for a “warm” race and had on short sleeves and capris. For a few minutes I was jealous of all the long sleeve shirts and jackets, but once we got going I was glad I dressed so lightly. My outfit was perfect for the 50 degree temps.
I forgot to pack a couple of shot bloks so I planned to down a cup of Powerade on the course — except there was no Powerade on the course. In fact, there were only two water stations on the 10K course when there were four posted on the map. IDK what happened, and I survived, and there was water each time I passed the tables, but that’s a pretty big deal to have messed up. I managed to find a not too blackened banana post-race and grabbed a full-ish cup of water (yes, cup — poor ten mile runners!).
The lakefront path did get congested in some places, and I had to pass a few walkers / slower runners on the grass side, but it is what it is. Running on the lakefront path, I’ve come to expect that. I wish everyone just followed path etiquette and didn’t make themselves so wide. I’m not skinny by any means, but I do my best to stay far right and out of the way.
I’m starting to get really aggravated with Nike+. I use the app on my phone to track my runs, and it rarely lets me adjust the actual distance I run. I have no idea what the criteria is to edit your distance because that magic button only shows up once or twice a month for me. Today the tracking was off, again. I actually had considered running without music, but decided to put it on which meant I would hear my speed updates via the Nike+ app. In any case, I’m really hoping for a Garmin for Christmas. If I don’t get one from magical Santa, I’m going to have to find some money to splurge on one. Does anyone have suggestions, comments or critiques on any particular models?
There was also a near wardrobe malfunction with my Jubralee again. Thankfully it happened at the very end of the race, but a few seconds into my final sprint, I could feel the left strap loosening. I said to myself, “Ohnoyoudon’t!” and starting pressing like mad on the velcro. I’ve got to find additional options for running bras. I know some girls would love to have this problem, and I’m not really complaining about my wealth in this area, but it would be great if I didn’t have to think about these things during a final sprint. FWP.
So, that’s the story of my second 10K. I’m pretty sure I sliced over two minutes off my PR today thanks to my half marathon training. So despite that race being almost a crash and burn, it gave me this wonderful 10K performance today. I can’t wait for my Thanksgiving 5K.
Ciao for now!