Hahaha... what was I thinking. today I lined up with a bunch of Seattle Running Club teammates and 160 college age kids that can RUN. I was off the back in the first 200 m.
I figured it would be good speed training for next week (and in general) but this was a joke. And I totally dorked my pacing! What a newbie mistake.
That said I wasn't last, there were exactly four people behind me. Suck it. Still, another giant slice of humble pie please. The winner was TWELVE AND A HALF MINUTES AHEAD OF ME. Did I mention it dumped rain during our warm-up?
But it was never cold! Thank goodness for small favors.
I was seriously laughing at myself watching everyone else run strides and jog around (my tempo pace totally) but hey, I wanted to broaden my horizons and this was going to do that.
We started in a grassy field and did a little lollypop loop before jumping on the gravel path that circles Lake Padden. We did one clockwise lap of the lake and then a counter-clockwise lap and then another tiny lollypop around the bathrooms and then it was a 200 m sprint to the line across that grassy field. For me it was more about not slowing down for those last 200 m.
I was running alone from about .25 miles on. Seriously. For a while the pack was in sight but that didn't last long and soon I was literally alone. There was some kid in a red singlet in front of me that I slowly caught by mile three or so but he ended up pulling away from me again soon after since I died a little during the fourth mile.
It's a cool trail around the lake and would be a great training loop...
As I ran by the first mile marker the volunteer yelled, "6:30!" I thought oops, that is not good. Honesty, Ii 'm, not sure why I bungled my pacing so much. I do a six mile run every Tuesday evening and I know that I need to start a little slower even if I'm feeling great. I guess the pull of the pack was overpowering today. Sure enough, mile two was around 7:00 and I slowed down from there. :(
Having gone out too hard, once I died I was in terrible shape. You know that feeling of wanting to push the pace but being totally unable to do so? Yep.
The rain did stop right at the start of the race and the sun came out about one mile from the finish and it warmed up. Luckily hypothermia was not on the agenda today and we could change out of our wet clothes into dry clothes without getting all the dry stuff wet.
After watching the women finish (90% of them were also faster than me) we headed out to Calle Tacos Tequila in Mt Vernon. It was awesome!
|Breakfast||6:00 AM - 4 eggs, 3 slices of bread w/almond butter & jam, tea|
|Workout Food||on the drive up - large bottle w/2 scoops HEED|
45 min before start - shot of Hammer Gel
|Time of Day||10:00 AM|
|Workout Type||XC race|
|Weather||upper 50s, calm, rain at the start, dry at the finish|
|Course||some grass, mostly on a firm gravel path around Lake Padden|
|Results||161st - Overall|
|Distance||10 km (my watch got 6.2 miles)|
|Pace||7:01 if it was really 10 km (6:57 if my watch is right)|
|Equipment||Brooks PureGrit 3, Garmin Fenix 2|
|Clothing||Injinji Lightweight Mini-Crew, Brooks Infinity 3" Split Short, Craft Active Extreme Short Sleeve Baselayer, Brooks Singlet|