(P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BABY BROTHER!)
Can you say Dom-Dom-Dom-Dom…DOMS?
Yes, I have serious Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness after a blisteringly fast (for me) double distance race on Saturday (followed by 90 minutes of Dance Trance). And I couldn’t be happier.
(Bad iPhone photo)
I signed up for this race:
because it offered a distance dare challenge — the option to sign up for both the 2-mile run and the 10K immediately following. I had a 9.5-mile run on the half marathon training plan anyway, and figured this came pretty close!
As I got closer to the weekend, I definitely started to feel butterflies. While I have been on track for my training, I’ve really been embracing the intervals, and had not done more than 5 without a brief walking break in a while.
I thought I’d try and stick with running at a 9:15-ish pace for as long as I could, while allowing myself the chance to take a break if I needed it. Instead, I blew my expectations away with a fast 2-mile run (thought it was going to be an easy warmup!) followed by a very fast 10K (including a PR for the 5K distance).
And the total time for the 2-mile plus 10K:
(My amazing friend Jackie did her first 10K and ran the whole thing! PR and PDR, baby!)
A few thoughts:
- It’s always fun to run on a loop rather than an out-and-back — and this one took us through beautiful Winter Park, including lakes, cobblestone roads and residential neighborhoods.
- Sneaky hills SUCK. I live in Florida. We don’t have hills. Except, apparently, on this course, where I encountered two pretty brutal climbs.
- When I started the 2-mile course, I lined up in the middle of the crowd, and found myself really fighting for space when I started out. I think I could have had a sub-16:25 time had I been able to start out faster. I learned my lesson with the 10K and lined up with the 7:30 pacers, which let me go out quickly (as you can see from the split) and settle in around 8:15 for the rest of the race.
- Volunteers are amazing. People that are willing to get up early and give up a big chunk of their weekend to hand out water, set up signs and more amaze me.
- I cried at both starting lines and finish lines. I don’t feel bad. There is absolutely nothing that compares to the feeling of making a goal and reaching it. And pushing your body to its limits is pretty cool, too.
- Eating toppings-laden frozen yogurt after 8 miles of running and 90 minutes of dancing is a must. New race rule.
Next up? The Iron Girl 1/2 Marathon in Clearwater AND some not-yet-scheduled triathlons…so excited it’s tri season!