Thank you for the kind comments on my blog, Facebook, and Twitter recently. As you can imagine it was very hard to drop out of a marathon at the last minute but it is what it is and I’m much better now- physically and emotionally! I think the hardest part was accepting reality and officially making the decision. I did get a kick out of some of the Facebook/blog comments. Particularly the ones who thought the thermometer was a positive pregnancy test! J and I are definitely set with this bunch!
There’s a lot going on in the training/ upcoming race world but first things first…
It’s time for the Chase Race 2 Mile Race Report!
Race Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Time and Location: 8:00 AM in Conway, AR
Was I primed and ready to race this?
Absolutely not. Just getting over an illness and running 3 times in 2 weeks is definitely not the best pre-race strategy. However, I was really looking forward to getting back out there and just running. After gearing up for a 26.2 mile run that never happened, running 2 miles sounded very doable! It is really a fun distance to race.
The Chase Race is an Arkansas Grand Prix race. This was actually the 10th Anniversary for this event which celebrates the life of Donald Chase Potter (1991-2005). Chase loved animals so the event features a competitive two mile race. Following this race is a one mile competitive or fun run for runners/ walkers and their leashed pets, as well as a “best dressed” pet contest.
The Chase Race is located in Conway, AR which is just under an hour from my house. My friend Kerri and her daughter wanted to run and Abi wanted to do it as well so the four of us went together. We ended up not getting on the road as early as we planned. That combined with driving a little slower than usual due to road conditions made for getting there at the last minute. Not ideal. My friend Kerri was very helpful and stayed with the girls while I squeezed in a quick (less than 1 mile!) warm-up after we grabbed our race packets. Kerri and the girls had not planned to warm-up. I had hoped for at least two miles (since this was such a short, fast race) but there was no time!
My last two mile race was last summer, right before my plantar fasciitis got way out of control. I ran an 11:43 in Benton but I had been doing a lot of short speed work around that time. I was hoping to come in just under 12 minutes if possible but I knew that might be a stretch based on recent events. Another big reason I was doing this race was for the points! Since it’s a Grand Prix Championship race I was hoping to score some individual points, as well as help my local running team place. Yes, I will be the first to admit that this whole “Grand Prix series” thing has sucked me in and I am hooked!
The starting line was really crowded and I just tried to squeeze in on one of the sides. I really should have pushed myself up to a better starting position because I had to get around a lot of people the first half mile. (At least race is chip timed.)
|Photo courtesy of David Meroney|
|Photo courtesy of David Meroney|
Mile 1- 5:57.
By the first mile marker I was really hot and knew I had overdressed. I rarely do this in a race but since it was only a two mile race I was a little more conservative. My headband/ ear warmer was the kicker but I didn’t want to mess with taking it off while I was trying to run a sub 6 minute pace. I just reminded myself it would be over soon so I had to suck it up a few more minutes! By this point I had passed all the women in front of me except for one.
Mile 2- 6:05.
Some where I fell into racing along-side another guy who seemed to be running my same pace. I just told myself to stay with him. I was also getting a little closer to the lead female runner ahead of me but I was running out of steam! At one point I checked my distance and it was 1.5 so I told myself to hold on for 3 more minutes. You can do anything for 3 minutes, right? I saw the clock on the last straightaway but I just didn’t have quite enough kick.
Official Time- 12:02. (2nd female OA). Results can be found here.
I feel really good about my effort. I will get back to the 11:40’s (or lower!) but I know this is where I am right now and I’m doing the best I can.
As soon as I finished I turned around and started jogging back towards Abi. I was able to see several other runners I know. Quite a few set PR’s. In fact, my friend Kerri also ran her fastest mile ever in her first mile! Abi came through the finish at 15:50. She said her first mile was around 8:04 so she must have really picked it up her last mile! Our ladies team from Searcy Rush actually won the Ladies race for the Grand Prix so we were pretty excited about that. We’ve had 4 GP races total (out of 20) so there’s still a long way to go but we are enjoying it. I must admit that it’s fun being a part of a team and trying to place again.
|The ladies from Searcy Rush|
Abi ended up placing 2nd in her age group so she was pretty excited about that. The trophies were very unique!
During the cool-down I jogged to my vehicle only to discover that in all the pre-race rush I had accidentally taken the wrong key off my key chain which meant I had locked the truck key in the truck! Not good at all! I borrowed a friends phone to call Honda road-side assistance and about 45 minutes later we had some help and we were able to get the door opened. Fortunately, the kids had some entertainment while we waited. There was the awards ceremony and a best dressed dog show. The local humane society was also there with some pets that were up for adoption. We also won some blankets at the race which kept the girls warm since all of our coats were in the truck. All in all (besides the locking the keys in the truck incident) it was a great morning and I would definitely recommend this race to local runners. It was a very family friendly, fun race environment and the dog race/ dog show made it really unique.
Last week was spring break around here so we had some fun of our own without going too far away. One day we went to Altitude Trampoline Park in Little Rock and the kids LOVED it. Ok, I’ll admit I had a lot of fun jumping too!
I also spent a little time with my oldest on a shopping outing.
|Lunch at Panera Bread in Little Rock|
One of the days we had the Harding Lady Bison basketball team over for lunch before they left for the National Tournament. They are a great group of ladies and we’ve enjoyed going to many of their games this year.
|Just another day around the house…|
Updated Racing Schedule
Spring racing season is here! I actually ran in the Germantown Half Marathon yesterday so a race report is coming at some point. (Great race and a very fun short girls trip too!)
For anyone interested, here is what is up on the racing schedule for the next month and a half:
- Saturday, March 21- Spring Fling 5K in Cabot, AR
- Saturday, April 4- Capital City Classic 10K in Little Rock, AR
- Saturday, April 11- Russ Vegas Half Marathon in Russellville, AR
- Saturday, April 25- Illinois Marathon in Champaigne, IL
So just about a little bit of everything! In May I will switch gears and focus on racing some shorter distances including another 2 mile race, a 1 mile race, and several 5k’s. I always enjoy the journey in training for longer distances but I LOVE spring/ summer 5k season and the change of pace that brings. Well, the actual race pace is not that enjoyable but at least it’s a shorter distance! It’s just fun to change things up a little!