I left you guys in the clutch after Bayshore (though if you are friends with me on any form of social media, you already know: I got a half PR - by 5 seconds). I ran that half just two weeks before Kona Run and I ran it feeling amazing the entire time. Sub-9 pace felt "easy" the whole time. I went out with zero goals and surprised myself. So, needless to say, I went into this race with some loose goals.
I ran the Kona 10 miler two years ago as my first "double digit" race and ran it in 1:30. I just ran a 1:27 10 miler at Cherry Blossom in April. So, my A goal was less than 1:27. B goal was to match 1:30. C goal was just to finish.
I got through packet pickup quickly on Friday night. It was so well organized with a giant board listing your name and bib number. I also got to chat with Detroit Runner for a few minutes.
I ate a good dinner and went to bed reasonably early. Then, I couldn't sleep. Normal for me. The race started at 7:30, so I met up with RunnerBro and Sis nice and early to head to the race:
It took us a little longer to find parking because we got there slightly later than planned, but it was still relatively easy. We made our way to the start and I got to meet up with twitter bud, Laura.
Before I knew it, we were off. I was feeling good, as seen here:
The course starts right on the horse race track (kind of cool, I think!) After you leave the track, you head out and up a "big" hill. It looks intimidating, but I honestly didn't think it was too bad. I felt good. The first two miles were glorious. At the 2.5 mark, I got to see one of the boys I nanny (the other was still asleep) and his dad. They were cheering me on and I stopped to give him a quick high-five (the boy, not his dad, haha). He looked somewhat confused as to why I was stopping then leaving, but it was still fun to see him nonetheless.
By the time I hit the 5k mark, my legs felt like lead. The funny thing is, I was going more conservatively than I intended, just so I wouldn't die out and I still felt like I was dying. The course is hilly, but not crazy. However, it felt a million times heavier than I remembered. I tried to slow and just hang on, but ended up walking right before the 4 mile mark. Some guy running near me tried encourage me to keep going. I kind of smiled and pick it back up. I ran again for about a quarter mile, then walked again.
By mile 5, I took a gel and texted Ryan that I was dying. I got a little burst and ran again, maybe for a half mile. This continued on. I would run, walk, text Ryan. It was awful. I was angry at myself, mainly because I didn't hurt, I just couldn't get a pace that worked. No matter how fast or slow, it all just felt so so hard.
Every time goal went out the window and I found myself walking way more than running. It definitely helped that the crowd support was good. The volunteers were excellent at cheering on runners and that motivated me to try to run.
I was so glad to see the finish line in the park and actually ended the last mile at a good pace, but crossed the finish in 1:40 or a 10:00 minute mile. 10 minutes off my B goal. At the time, I was mad at myself. Mad that I walked so much. Mad that 10 minute miles felt hard, when two weeks earlier sub-9 felt easy peasy.
It helped to get a cool-looking medal and a popsicle, though:
I waited for RunnerBro and RunnerSis (he was running with her) and found them a few minutes later. Along, with RunnerSis^2. There was lots of entertainment (music, yummy food, and just lots of socializing). The atmosphere helped my mood slightly, too.
we ran into some of their other friends and took a goofy pic
Now that it's been a week, here's my takeaway from the race: it's a harder course when you are only "casually" running through the week. (Rocket science here, I know). My legs were probably dead from casual running plus running Bayshore 2 weeks before and a 5k race the week before. Bad races happen sometimes. No need to beat myself up over it.
The race itself was well organized, love the bling and popsicles are a definite bonus! However, if I do this race next year, I may look to do the 5k or even volunteer! (I've been trying to volunteer for a race forever. This would be an awesome one to do!) If you want a slightly challenging course (it is hilly, but not crazy), it's a great one. The post-race party is fun, for sure!
As of now, I have nothing on my schedule until the Detroit Women's Half in September. I would like to sign up for something before then, but I'm kind of taking it one run at a time right now. No pressure is good. I can get through this last little bit of the semester and I'll be off for 7 weeks. Plenty of time to get in good runs, find a good race, and have a good experience.
Until then, I'll just be running for me.
A big thanks to Kona for allowing me to run this race for them!
Questions for you:
-Anyone run a race recently? How'd it go?
-How do you bounce back from bad races? Just take some racing time off?
-Who did something fun this weekend? Share!
PS - Happy Father's Day to my dad and all the other dads out there!