So I started this post back on the day of my race and then got sidetracked with other things, typically my full-time job and my family and basically not having enough hours in my day to do everything that I need and want to. I think that is life in general though, don’t you agree?
So my race went better than I actually expected. My unspoken goal was 90 minutes as I have only ever done one other 15k and it was while I was training for something else, so I was much better conditioned then I was coming into this.
This race actually took place on my “turf” if you want to call it that. I always run out along this route. Always some hill work involved and some good flat areas as well. Plus not to mention I love the scenery!
So the race had a fairly late start compared to most races with a gun time of 8:30 am, which I think is mainly in part due to the fact this IS a family friendly race which I love. I got to sleep in compared to most other races and get up at 7 am. I had my usual whole wheat toast with PB, half of a banana and some honey. This works perfect for me. I good amount of complex carbs, protein and easy energy with the banana and honey. Once I had my breakfast and got dressed, I headed to the race venue. One of my favorite things to watch is the fun run. I love being able to watch the kids and families take part in a healthy lifestyle together. Plus I love watching the competitiveness of the little ones! They melt my heart!
After the fun run got underway, they got set up for the 5k and the 15k. We were both starting together, which I kept having to remind myself in the beginning to pull back on the reigns as I kept wanting to stay up with those doing the 15k. We looped around the park and then headed out towards NSU college grounds, which are absolutely gorgeous! Somewhere around the NSU grounds is when a man came up and introduced himself as Mike.
I absolutely love the running community for the simple fact that everyone is typically friendly and will come up and just start talking. This was Mike’s first run since his half marathon over a year ago. His goal was under 90 minutes as well. We chit chatted most of the way about our spouse’s and our kids and our “why” for running. It’s so neat hearing everyone’s reason. Along the way, he kept pointing out all of his B.A. Runner friends and even pointed out one that said he would give him $20 if he could pass him somewhere along the way. Mike just chuckled and said he had to do this. GAME ON! Once we got onto the actual trail system where the hills start to take over, this is where I just look down and running becomes mechanical for me. Right before the first big hill, we manage to come up to the gentleman that Mike said he had to pass. Needless to say we did!
Hills are not enjoyable, but yet I find myself easily getting into a steady rhythm and pushing forward. I began to pull away from Mike and he told me not to wait up and that he was going “to cry like a little girl up this hill.” HA! I just had to chuckle to myself and kept going. Somewhere along the way after that first hill, Mike caught back up to me for a little bit before his running watched beeped at him, letting him know that his heart rate was too high so he kind of pulled back some. We still have a few miles to go, so I pulled back some too as the sun was taking its toll on me and starting to get a little warm.
I kept drinking more and more of my water and was getting towards the bottom of my bottle. As we started up some more of the smaller hills, Mike slowed down and I just pushed forward. The last mile was rough as you could see the finish line the whole way. It was just pure torture as it was too hot for me at this point.
I felt like the ending was rather uneventful as I had pushed myself enough during the whole course that I had no umph to finish it off with. I was happy to see though that I had beat my goal and even set an PR for my 15k time!
Another great year for the Rooster Day run!