Thursday, August 9, 2012

FIRE & ICE RACE SERIES 10K AUGUST 4TH 2012 RECAP



I am very thankful that the Fort Worth Running Company hosts these race series.  August-November is the Fire & Ice Series and December-February is the Winter Race Series. They are inexpensive no-frills races which fit perfectly into my race schedule and budget.  No frills racing, no medals, no t-shirts, just a bib and a beautiful race course through Trinity Park.  They have official timers, photographers, water stations and plenty of competition.  You can't beat it for $10 a pop especially when I have committed to myself to run at least one race a month in 2012.  Races can get expensive!

I went to the Fort Worth Running Company's store on Seventh Ave on Friday before the race to pick up my bib.  I can't walk into that store without buying something.  They had the cutest pink Nike boy shorts on display and I told myself that I'll just try them on, not buying anything today.  They turned out to be super cute and it was payday so I splurged a bit.  Now while I love fashion and shopping, I am not a big spender on clothes.  I've been known to walk the aisles in the Juniors department (yes, I am 38).  I am a bargain hunter for sure.  So $35 for a pair of work-out shorts was a little out of my usual spending habits.  I rationalized the purchase with three points:



1. I am supporting a locally owned Fort Worth business that gives back so much to the community.  I would rather give my money to these good people than to some giant corporate sporting goods store.
2. I have been on a no-spend lunch budget for the last three weeks.  That means no lunches out during the work week.  I skipped at least three $10 lunches out over the last three weeks.  At least now I have shorts, if I had bought lunches, I would have nothing to show for it.
3. Most races cost between $30-$50 to run, they give you a "free" shirt and you get whatever style they decide to give you.  This race only cost $10.  These shorts were kind of like my "free" shirt had I paid more for the race, only better, I actually like these shorts.

OK, done rationalizing.  I know you don't care where I spend my money.  Someone let my husband know. Onto the race.

The night before any race, I lay out my clothes and pull together all my running accessories.  I call it my "Flat Dummy," borrowed or inspired by, Moms Run This Town who do "Flat Mamas" on their Facebook page.



I get up at 5:30 on Saturday to prepare for the 7am start time.  This by the way, is about an hour and half earlier than I got up any day this week for work.  I drank my coffee and my two bananas and headed the race site. 

I stood at the starting line and waiting for go-time.   First rule of Running For Dummies? Remember to load your GPS satellites BEFORE the race starts! D'uh! I don't know my official time yet, because it took a minute or two for the satellites to load while I was already running.  My GPS watch is missing a couple minutes of data.  Nevertheless, I was off and was faster than my training pace, as is the norm for me at the start of races.  I tried to slow down a bit, but I really did want to push my pace this time and try to PR this race.  Since this was a shorter distance, I figured I could sustain a slightly faster pace than my usual long race pace.

I followed closely behind a guy with huge calf muscles, who unbeknownst to him, became my unofficial pacer.  I was determined to stay with this fast guy.  I was working hard and definitely pushing my pace a little outside of my comfort zone.  I was using my music and my new pacer friend to stay upbeat.  The first three miles were a breeze, then mile four and five started to get harder, but I sustained.  It was during the last mile, that I started to lose my pacer and I slowed.  I started to develop a side stitch, which never progressed into anything debilitating, but was annoying and effecting my breathing, so I had to slow down a bit.  Despite my issues at the end, I still maintained a respectable overall pace and even achieved a new personal record.

Mile 1 -8:09
Mile 2 -8:16
Mile 3 -8:23
Mile 4 -8:20
Mile 5 -8:25
Mile 6 -8:44


missing .12 miles of data because this dummy forgot to load the satellites before the race started.


The most amazing part of it to me is that I ran this same race a year ago and it took me 1:06 to complete the same 10K. It is very motivating to see how far I have come in the course of a year.  I was nearly 15 minutes faster than last year, but in the interest of full disclosure, last year it was raining during the race.  I wrote a blog about how I believe I came to be faster, if you are interested in checking that out (here).
 


Finished in my new shorts!
Update: I just found out that I placed FIRST in my age division!







Official Time: 0:51:23
Pace: 8:17
1st in my age division, females age 30-39
8th place overall


Hubby said, "Congratulations, you're the fastest old person I know."  Ha Ha!

What is your next race?

Keep Running,
Lea


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8 comments :

  1. Holy cow!! Congrats on that HUGE PR!! It's awesome when you can compare your pace to the same course :D

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  2. Love seeing progress like that. Keep up the great work!

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  3. That's great! I love the outfit. If only guys had so many options. :)

    My next race is possibly a half in sept.

    And yes races are expensive!

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  4. AWESOME JOB!!! thats a huge accomplishment and a big improvement in just one year of time!! you are very inspiring to me!! i want to be exactly like that when i am 38. you're giving me great strides to leap for!!! SPA love!

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  5. CONGRATS! I ran a race down there in March and visited the Ft Worth running company, loved the store! You've improved so much!

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  6. Wow congrats! That is an awesome time!

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  7. LOVE IT!!!!

    your BFF (you know, the one who USE to run with you and now doesn't!!! HA HA)

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