Until today. Laundry done, groceries done. Kids fed. I am actually sitting down for more than 5 minutes and it's not in a car!
So I'm going to start with today's race and go backwards and get you all caught up on my crazy running, mothering, and drawing (art) life.
Manassas Runway 10K/5K Race Recap. Manassas, VA. May 12, 2012
This is the second year for this race and my second time running it too! What makes this race so unique is that you get to run on the airport tarmac! The best part about this course? It's FLAT. Ok, mostly flat except for the tiny slightly steep grade around Mile 3 - but it's tiny as in 20 feet - and it's not on the tarmac.
Packet Pickup. A friend offered to pick up ours (The Hubs and I ran the race) which was a HUGE help considering Little Man was sick at home with a fever. Packet pickup last year was a breeze, so I'm sure it was the same for this year. Gotta love a small race!
I LOVE that this year's shirts are tech shirts! Yay for for tech race shirts! I never wear cotton race shirts unless they are a ladies' cut. So I'm happy about this one! I can actually wear it to races and to my workout classes.
Aside from a free frozen yogurt from Zinga's and a coupon to our local running store, that was it in terms of swag. Small town race, but I love it. No complaints.
Sleep. I was exhausted from the week's busy-ness: Football, Teacher Appreciation Week, Guitar, preschool Mother's Day Tea, Muffins With Mom, laundry, laundry, laundry! Felt like I was coming down with something. Little Man was down with a fever, and not running the race actually crossed my mind. After putting the kids to bed, I crashed. Hard. So it was a good night-before-a-race-sleep.
Getting to the race is the most stressful part of races for me because knowing me, I need to pee at least 2 times before a race. Once I'm standing at the start line though, I'm good and ready to roll.
Despite the traffic, it was nice to wait for the start indoors - inside the airport terminal - AND be able to use restrooms, NOT porta potties. The lines to the restroom wasn't long and race day packet pickup looked like a breeze.
|Just a few of my mommy friends|
Start Line. I couldn't find The Hubs at first. I knew he was anxious about this race, his first 10k race, so I figured he's already lined up at the start. I wanted to give him a hug and a kiss, and the mom in me wanted to tell him to be careful. LOL. He found me first so we lined up with the other runners and met up with friends running the 10K too.
|Don't do this pre-race (wpclipart)|
By the time I got over being so selfish and weird, the race started, and at that point, I realized I had lined up way too far up front.
Mile 1 split: 9:24 min./mile (CRAP!)
Mile 2: Finally get my groove on during Mile 2. Running on that tarmac was such a mind game. You think you're slow but you're actually running fast. It was hard to gauge my pace since there's not much around you but the tarmac, grass and trees in the distance. I keep looking at my Garmin. Everyone still keeps passing me, LOL. I scold my body and really make myself go closer to 10 min./mile.
Mile 2 split: 9:57 min./mile. Much better.
Mile 3: It's getting hot at this point. I end up stopping for just a few seconds to take a swig of water and feel better. I see The Hubs on his last lap towards the finish. I couldn't help but think he must be hot, and I bet he didn't stop for any water. I try to channel the cool swig of water to him as if that would help him.
Mile 3 split: 9:48
Mile 4: After Mile 3, I knew I could go back to doing 9:45 to 9:30 pace. I couldn't believe I was halfway there. Still feeling good at this point. I see The Hubs running the last 1.2 miles towards the finish and man does he look spent, but his pace is steady and strong. (I think he's just so awesome and fast! lol).
Mile 4 split: 9:29.
Mile 5: I had to take another swig of water after Mile 4 so I walk for a few seconds. Gosh it's getting hot. I'm feeling tired. I'm thinking now would be a good time to GU. I start thinking about how I prefer the longer races, then I switch to thinking about a song (I ran without music), grasping for a song to keep me moving. "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri comes to mind, and I'm like, "what?!" I start praying (really!) just to keep my mind off of that feeling of slowly slipping into a wall. Yikes!
Mile 5 split: 9:25
|Shoelaces untied! (wpclipart.com)|
Mile 6 split: 9:03.
Last 0.2 Freakin' Mile. I could see the finish line and think, "OMG, OMG, I want to stop, NO, I'm SO CLOSE. Thiiiiiis close!! Can't slow down now! Please don't trip, please don't trip, please don't trip, ok, if I trip, I'm going to dive for the finish line strips." I empty the tank, someone shouts my name, The Hubs is cheering for me. I cross the finish line without tripping, YES! I walk off that OMG-I'm-spent-leave-me-alone feeling.
Last 0.2 mile split: 8:35.
Official 10K time: 58:32:35, 11th out of 22 in my age group, 9:26 min/mile pace. NEGATIVE split for this middle of the pack girl! So happy.
I was so happy for my friends who finished their first 5K and 10K races. I was happy for friends who ran without taking any walking breaks. I was happy for friends who got PRs. I was happy for friends who placed in their age group. I was happy for The Hubs. Cannot be more proud of him. Love that man.
Overall, what a great small race. I think the people you race with makes the difference. I saw so many familiar faces, it was awesome. I hope BRATS continue to offer this race again and again. Definitely a race The Hubs and I will do every year. Oh and nice bling this year. Thanks, BRATS!
(NOTE: Photo of medal and tech shirt coming tomorrow. The photos I took today came out really dark, so hoping tomorrow I'll get better lighting!)