Monday, March 24, 2014

Luck of the Irish Race Recap

Well, another year of the Winter Run Series is done! Luck of the Irish was the last race and I'm happy to report the series ended on a good note for me.

This giant medal includes logos from all six winter series races

Although not a goal race, I really wanted to race well. Along with wanted to end this year's series with a good race, I also wanted to do what I could to improve/secure my place in the age group points standings. Here's how the race went down:

My focus during the first mile was running a controlled pace. My legs felt great and I was so happy to finally race in a pair of shorts after a winter of being forced to wear tights.


Things started to get tough toward the end of the first mile when the hills started. Although the first hill seemed huge as we ran toward it, it actually wasn't too bad. Plus, after was a nice downhill to recover!

I was really making an effort to maintain pace during the second mile and think I was pretty successful. Until I hit another hill during the third mile. This one was so hard and I could feel my pace slowing to what felt like a crawl. I saw a few runners around me start walking but I was determined to keep running even if it was at a slower pace. But ouch - it hurt so bad!

After what seemed like an eternity, I reached the top of the hill and soon was running another downhill. And then I started the countdown to the finish. A third of a mile, two tenths of a mile, one tenth ... And the finish line!

Here are my race results:
Time: 21:51
Pace: 7:02 min/mile
AG Place: 4/38
Gender Place: 8/287

 

After crossing the finish line, I ran back on the course to find Mom - after all, it's tradition for me to run her in! So back up the hills for a nice little cooldown run.
 

I was pretty happy with how this race turned out and feel that my training with Coach Matt has already started to pay off. Can't wait to see what's in store for my goal races in May!


As for the series awards - turns out they will not be announced til April so I'll just have to wait in suspense to see if Saturday's race effort was enough to secure an AG series award!

 

My questions for you:

  • Have you ever participated in a race series? It so, what did you like/dislike about it?
  • Hills - love em or hate em?
  • How do you reward yourself after a successful race?

I actually like hilly courses - keeps things interesting and makes the miles go by faster!


- ST

4 comments:

  1. Great job! Keeping my fingers crossed for your series award! I'm jealous of the medal you got for this one. It sounds like a challenging but fun course! I'm with you on the hills, I think they keep things interesting- For my first half marathon the first half was flat to slightly downhill with one in the middle and the a lot in the last three miles, it was really hard at the time and I really wanted to walk, but concentrating on just one hill at a time made the end go by a little faster. :) We have a lot of race series here, so I've never been able to narrow it down to just one. I just pick and choose, but I think it's a really fun concept!

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    1. Thanks Hailey! I think it's smart to focus on just one hill at a time. Kind of like taking it one mile at a time during a race :)

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  2. Congrats on a great race! It sounds like you finished the series strong, which is awesome. That medal is so intense - I just can't get over how big it is! Hopefully you have room for it in your collection :)

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    1. Thanks Alicia! The race organizers promised a Monster Medal after the series and they certainly delivered. I'm actually not sure what to do with it because it is too big to hang on my medal rack :)

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