Saturday morning I ran in a very last minute 2 mile race. That’s right- 2 miles. At any other time of the year a 2 mile race would probably sound like a sprint to me but I figured it couldn’t be any harder than racing one mile. A few days before the race I got an email about it and before I dismissed it I thought I’d ask a couple running friends if they would want to make the drive to Benton, AR with me. If no one else was interested I don’t know if I would have done it. Benton is about an hour and fifteen minute drive from my house and I didn’t want to drag my whole family there for a 7:30 am race. I knew waking up all the kids to leave around 5:15-5:30 would make for a rough Saturday. We also had a big VBS carnival later Saturday morning and that was more important than me running in another race.
My training buddy Jackie was up for the challenge so I checked with John who was all for me racing it- as long as he didn’t have to wake up early and take the kids. Online registration was already closed but even on race day it was only $15. What a deal! (I should mention that this race was actually FREE to students 19 and under who pre-registered and only $7.50 for all adults who pre-registered. You really cannot beat that anywhere these days.)
So I picked up Jackie around 5:15 and we made it to Benton with enough time to register and warm-up. There was a church right by the start that was open with plenty of restrooms for all the runners to use. I was very glad that the race started at 7:30. By this time it was already in the mid 70’s and humid! We did some strides and headed to the starting line.
|Photo courtesy of Arkansas RRCA- David Meroney|
To be honest I have not raced an all out two mile race since high school so… it’s been a while. (17 years?!!) My PR is from my senior year when I ran an 11:38 at a track meet. I have run a similar time in several recent 5k’s for the first two miles and I guess technically my current 5K PR from last summer is faster at a 5:46 average. Still, I really hoped I could beat my time of 11:38.
Mile 1- 5:50. I really had a hard time pacing this one. In my mind I wanted to race it like a 5K. A 5:50 felt very comfortable. This split was slower than I would have liked but I felt strong and like I had plenty of gas in the tank to keep going.
Mile 2- 5:49. Very consistent. Again, I hoped it would be faster but this pace just felt right.
Total time: 11:43. (Garmin had it at 2.01).
A few seconds shy of my PR but I really felt good. I ran strong and consistent the entire race. I think I could have raced another mile and it wouldn’t have been much slower. I definitely felt like I paced this more like a 5K. I would really like to race this distance again next year and push the envelope a little more. My goal next time will be to break 11:30!
After the awards we headed back home. I made it to the VBS carnival around 10:30 am- just in time to meet John and the kids. My older three went rock climbing and then we hit up a few bounce houses, snow cones and lemonade. Good times!
|My son (in the middle) made it to the top for the first time!|
|The girls starting to climb|
|We found some shade for the kids to eat their lunch!|
Next up on the racing calendar…
And after that? A few weeks downtime to hopefully heal this right heel!