Hola! It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted about any races. I just ran my last long race of the season (or so I say…that peer pressure gets me sometimes!). At any rate, the Stockade-athon 15k. My second 15k this year, and of my life.
So, to start off I was a little apprehensive about running because I was up way too late on Friday night (good job, Denise), and then I ended up having a stomach bug on Saturday morning. Stomach pains and nauseated, ugh! You got to love this time of year. I had to be near a bathroom all morning (tmi, sorry dude). So, the two combined made me wonder if I should even run. New strategy, I decided to just lay low and hung out in bed the majority of the day with my two little entertainers.
We missed a birthday party (lo siento!) but we made sure to send our wishes to Owen’s little buddy via email.
That’s pretty much how our day went. Just silliness while I consumed some nuun electrolyte tablets. My goal was to focus on refueling and rehydrating myself once the bathroom issues passed, which I did followed by a nice light pasta florentine for dinner. Hung out with the family for a bit and then when the kids went to bed, I went to bed too. I think I was sleeping by 8:00pm! I was whipped!
As always, it’s chaos here in the morning getting out the door when I leave for a race with my family in tow. No matter how much I prepare the night before. It’s hard to focus on myself when the kids need to get ready too (remember when I forgot my Superfeet insoles my last half marathon, ahhh!). Mostly thought, I was a little tired, and worried about having to use the bathroom a zillion times because I kept my morning race routine of coffee, water, and a clif bar. Not to mention I was completely indecisive about what to wear in this crazy November weather. 40’s and sunny while running, short sleeve? Long sleeve? Definitely tights. Do I need a jacket? I ended up wearing my leggings, a short tech t-shirt, a cheapo headband and gloves (clearance from Target last year) that I could toss. When I got to the race, everyone was all layered up in long sleeves, and so then of course I was all…should I put my jacket on? My friends, and random strangers looked at me like I was crazy. 1.) No jacket 2.) lime green sparkle (Love Team-Sparkle!) skirt with my running tights and 3.) probably because I looked all sleepy and tired as hell.
Rough morning? Whatever. I’m running this thing!
I met up with the Running Chick girls, hung out in the pavillion by the fire then headed out to start. Sparkling! I finally decided to go with the short sleeve tech shirt. Suck it up, buttercup, you’ll warm up!
Everyone took off together pretty much in front and behind me but I lost everyone within the first half mile because there were so many people, and I tend to hold myself back at the start. I really wanted to pace myself.
That being said, the Stockade-athon flew right by for me! I ran, I chatted, I made a few new friends and had a great run while doing it. I held back during the first half of the race which was flat, and downhill. Enjoyed running through the Stockade with a couple funny guys that made the run so easy. I took my first GU then so that my legs would be replenished for the hill. Then I got to State Street hill (mile 5.5), and caught up to a sparkler, and then proceeded to kick that hills ass (see below!)! I increased to a 9:30 min/mile pace and once I conquered it, I move to a 9 min/mile pace… and I felt relaxed and picked up my pace through the Vale cemetary. It was great! I did another GU during mile seven to help for replenishment again, and recovery at the end. It was a great move for me!
So, yeah I came in strong at the finish increasing my pace each mile. I felt great at the end! My knees felt good, and I couldn’t believe that I got a personal best on this course, and not even meaning too! I was so excited!
Coming up to the last mile around the pond! Sparkle Power! I ran into another sparkle chick!
I really enjoyed that run. Amazing to think how well I felt after the previous days sickness. Of course my knee was screaming at me on Monday so I took the day off. Did some easy yoga on Tuesday. But, ahhhh!!! It was such a fun and enjoyable race!
Take that, hills!!
Chip time 1:27:25 Chip pace 9:23
Gun time 1:28:02 Pace 9:27
See you at the Turkey Trot 5k where I plan to trot along with a friend!