I actually had a lot of fun running both races last Saturday. Keep reading for a race recap on both races, to hear about my PR, and to see pictures from the events.
The Quarter Marathon Doubler Race Recap
This race had an option to do the "Doubler" which means that you ran a 5K and then the Quarter marathon. Of course this Ginger and her Hubbo had to do the Doubler. There was a special prize for those who were crazy enough to sign up for both. (I'm a sucker for prizes.)
The race was set up so that the 5K started at 7:30 am and the Quarter Marathon started at 8:30 am giving participants an hour to do the first race and then start the next race. Which is a blessing and a curse at the same time. The nice part is you have time for a bathroom break in between the starting guns going off, but the bad part is your body has time to cool down. So while we were waiting for the Quarter to start you all just look like a bunch of stretching, yoga posing, wiggling weirdos.
Before the race I was trying to be realistic and not even consider to attempt a PR. (For basically a 15K)
1. Because doing the Doubler was actually a little longer than a normal 15K.
2 Because I haven't been doing speed work at all. (Boo Speed work!)
And 3. because frankly it just takes the pressure off. We all say it...Oh I'm just here to run, I"m not worried about time, or I'm not looking for a PR.
I know it's kind of cheating to call doing the Doubler a 15K PR because you have a break in the middle but hey, what can you do?
After the 5K started I looked down at my watch and noticed I was running a little faster than I had planned. But I felt pretty good so I decided to keep the pace and see where it would take me. I didn't get a 5K PR, but I was pleasantly surprised that I managed to finish it in under 30 minutes!
We kept running and just as we were about to hit riverside the Hubbo broke off to run at his pace and I was lucky enough to have Mike stay with me the whole time to talk to and distract me from the idea of stopping to walk. The race had a little more incline to it than I thought it would but it was good training for my half marathon in San Francisco next month! The rest of the race was pretty good and we even saw one creepy guy standing alone in a parking lot wearing an empty 24-pack Coke box on his head watching (really just staring like a creeper) as the runners went by. I decided not to invite him to join our run. No Creepers Aloud!
So long story short (too late!) the race ended up being 9.65 miles long and I completed it in 1:39:26 which is kind of a 15K PR for me. My previous 15K PR was 1:45:29 at the Tulsa Run last October.
I wonder why they gave us a pint glass? I'm pretty sure that runners don't even like beer. :)
On another note - why do I look like I am going to punch someone with my right hand but my left hand is super relaxed and creepy looking?? Race photos are always so weird.
One of the benefits of running with my running club is that they almost always have a photographer or two out on the course taking photos and they allow the runners to download them for free! Runners love free stuff!
In my next blog post I'll recap our second race of the day, The Corn Dog Classic 5K. You'll have to wait to hear if I managed to choke down that cotton candy, beer, and corn dog or not!
How is your running going? Tell me about a recent or favorite PR!