Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Monster Run Race Recap

Between Lakefront Marathon and this past weekend's Monster Run, I logged a grand total of . . . 5 miles. Naturally, I was a tad concerned going into the race. 

Race bib and a super cute medal!

Fortunately, right from the start, I could tell my legs were turning over well and a faster 5k race was possible. I passed several people within the first half mile and hit the Mile 1 marker right around 7 minutes. Soon enough, I hit the turnaround point, when I counted four women in front of me. But I still wasn't quite sure how many were in front of me for the 5k race since the Quarter Marathon turn off wasn't for another half mile or so. 

The grassy areas of the park started to look quite appealing about midway through. I was definitely feeling the pace and the fact that I had done hardly any miles in the past two weeks. Huffing and puffing were the theme throughout the second mile. 

It was during the third mile that I made a bit of a miscalculation - I somehow managed to forget that the other race was a quarter marathon, not a 10k. When I saw the Mile 6 marker for the quarter marathon, I thought there was only 0.2 left in the race and started my kick to the finish line. Except the finish line was still more than half a mile away. Oops. Needless to say, I was frantically looking for the finish line and ended up fading - just couldn't maintain the pace.

As I got to the finish line, I was in for a fun surprise - the announcer said I was the 2nd female! Now, I'll admit, this was a slower race - my time would maybe get an Age Group prize at most in the majority of local races - but it was still quite exciting. I've been wanting to crack the top three overall for awhile!

After the race, trying not to collapse in the grass on the side

Here are my race results:

Time: 22:07
Pace: 7:08 min/mile
Age Group Place: 2/77
Gender Place: 2/442
Overall Place: 14/657

I was pretty happy with these results and feel it puts me in a good place going into my late fall and winter 5k races. With some actual training in the books, I'm pretty sure I can get some decent race times :)

On a side note, I did this race with my mom and niece, Kyley. The kids raced before mom and I lined up so we got to watch Kyley run. She was so nervous before the start, which was just adorable, but I totally understood how she felt since I get the same way before most races! It was so cute to see how excited she was when she got a medal at the finish line. Perhaps she'll end up coming to more races with us in the upcoming year!

Three race finishers!

I'd like to know:
  • How soon do you race again after a marathon?
  • What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

I saw some great costumes at the Monster Run - made me wish I was more creative when it comes to that kind of thing :)

- ST

14 comments:

  1. Nice job! I volunteered at race day packet pickup for the Monster Run. It was fun seeing all the costumes. I can't imagine running in most of that stuff!

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    1. Thanks Jessica! I agree some of the costumes looked pretty challenging to run in - I suppose that makes it extra fun for some people :)

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  2. That was a great run on just 5 miles of training! I ran the quarter marathon and saw your name in the top females. Congrats! The quarter marathon distance did throw things off for those used to a 10K, and I measured the course as being slightly long too (6.65 mi). I wore a Wonder Woman costume for the race, not very creative but very runner friendly. :-)

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    1. Thanks Cathy! Wonder Woman sounds like a perfect costume to wear to a race :)

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  3. i'm so glad you posted this! i've been nursing an over use injury and had to forfeit my entry to this race... $$ down the drain. :(

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    1. Aww, sorry to hear you had to miss the race this year! Hope you recover fast for some of the upcoming winter races in the area :)

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  4. Congratulations on a rockin' race!!

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  5. Love your Oiselle top! I have that one too! :)

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    1. Thanks Emily! I love the top, too - I can already see that I will have to have it in all three colors now :)

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  6. Sorry, Sun, but I had to laugh at the mix-up with the quarter marathon/10k confusion. I did the EXACT same thing during Rock n' Sole. I was cursing the event staff for screwing up the distance, and then I realized I was the one who screwed up. Way to stay strong for a 2nd place finish!

    I did Lakefront and am racing Marine Corps this weekend. I'm not saying I recommend such an approach to racing, but this is the second time I've done marathons in this manner and it's not totally defeating. I'm not sure I could get my legs to turn over fast for a 5k though, so props to you for that!

    Not sure on the Halloween costume - are you planning to do PRO's Halloween run? I'm still working on a costume for that;)

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    1. Chrissy, best of luck at Marine Corps this weekend! That sounds like such an awesome race :)

      I will definitely be at the PRO Halloween Fun Run. I'm also still working on a costume. Perhaps we'll get to run together for a bit!

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  7. Congrats on the race! It is so nice that you all did it as a family. In terms of racing after a marathon, it depends how I feel and I how I raced it. If I raced the marathon hard, I will wait until I feel ready to push again.

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    1. Thanks! I agree - best to wait til you feel ready after a marathon :)

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