Dan, the kids and I headed down to Klamath Falls to visit our families. He and the kids stayed at his parent's house while I opted to crash at my parents since we planned to leave at 4am to get to Medford in time for the race. I didn't get a whole lot of sleep, but the 4 hours I did get were solid ones where I didn't have to get up with any kids. After a quick 1 1/2 hours in the car (and maybe a little nap) we made it to the race start. Since the 5K was at 7am and the 10 miler wasn't until 8:20 I decided to run with my parents in their race too.
Here we are pre race:
|It seriously took me 5 shots to get this one, I kept cutting of my parents' heads... guess I just wanted to be a camera hog.|
And a few action shots:
|my mom, looking focused and working hard|
|a couple ladies in foo foo skirts|
My parents both did awesome. It was a lot of fun to encourage them along and watch them both finish. Overall, I had a lot of fun and ended up getting in a nice little 3.5 mile warm up in. Unfortunately though, I still had over 30 minutes to wait until my race started and by the time it did I wasn't feeling very warm anymore.
So, onto the 10 miler. This was the biggest race I have ever participated in. There were almost 1600 people running. I should have been nervous because, well it was a race and usually I am freaking out before races but for some reason I was amazingly calm.HERE about running your best 10 miles ever and used it along with some great advice from the super speedy Amanda to do it as a progression run (basically start at a pace and then get progressively faster). The start was kind of funny, they had some guys (and gals) in old time clothes with some muzzleloaders to shoot at the start. The announcer said "We're going to count down from 10... 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4" and then one of the guns went off, there was a brief second of silence and maybe a little laughter then all the other guns went off too... so we were off.
I expected to be running along some pear orchards and amongst the blossoming trees, given the name of the race and all, but apparently (ha ha, get it a"pear"antly) the orchards are on the other side of town. The only pears I got to see were the mile markers painted on the side of the course. Oh well. There was some pretty decent crowd support and the police did a great job cruising up and down the highway controlling traffic and blocking the side streets. There was also great volunteer support at the water stations.
I wasn't sure if I would need to fuel for this race, but took a Gu along just in case. I was feeling pretty good, but since I had it I decided to take it just before the halfway point. It was about that time I was super surprised to see my parents too. Even though they told me they were going to nap in the car until I finished, they had sped over to the turn around to cheer me on... and take this picture of me
|bad, bad heel strike|
And then I was off to finish the race.
Anyway, the race itself went really pretty well. My goal was to go out at around 8 min pace for the first few miles then work my way down to somewhere below 7:30 and maybe as low as 7 if I was feeling up to it. I'm really pleased that I was able to do just that. Here are my splits from my Nike+ band (which all of a sudden reports splits... hmmm, it's about time!)
Unfortunately, the Nike band wasn't very accurate, only measuring my run at 9.6 miles, so I don't have my final mile split and the rest are probably off a bit. I know that it was pretty fast though. When I hit the 9 mile marker I was still feeling pretty good and decided to pretend that it was the last of a mile repeat and give it all I had left. It was the longest feeling mile I have ever run but it was so much fun and I passed a bunch of people. I'm pretty positive I finished up well under 7 minute pace.
Here are the final stats (based off my chip time):
time 1:15:11, avg pace 7:31, overall place 193 out of 1586, 42nd of 859 women & 13th of 149 in my age group (30-34)
There was a street fair and a BBQ and some other festivities going on, but we opted to grab our loot (a hand towel and Gatorade) and head back over the mountain. We did make a quick stop at Sonic to refuel though. Mmmmmm.
|somebody needs to do something about that ugly Boise State sticker in the window. bleh :P|
I am so glad that I had the opportunity to run this race. I came away really feeling like I ran a smart race and confident that my marathon training might actually be working and that I will be ready in a few short weeks for Eugene.
Unfortunately, I also learned that my new Lululemon (sorry can't link the actual skirt, the site is under construction) skirt that I love and have worn on a few shorter runs will not be making it on marathon day, I spent the first couple of miles pulling down the shorts until they finally found a resting place that caused a pretty nasty chaffing on my leg. ☹ I still think it's a great skirt and will review it in full at another time, it is not however going to be part of my marathon outfit.