Today’s race was EPIC!!!
OK, maybe not that epic, but it was definitely a big race for me =)
The morning started out with a fairly early wake-up for me and the Boy. Since the Deena Kastor 5k didn’t start until 9am, we didn’t have to get up that early. Unfortunately, because we were driving from Orange County, we had to account for the long ass drive. We ended up waking up at around 5:30 (a.k.a. the butt crack of dawn), to get ready and head on over to Agoura Hills. We didn’t have any problems with traffic and we made it to Agoura Hills in a little less than 1.5 hours.
Before we left, I had printed out a map of all the parking spots and directions on how to get there, so I didn’t think it would be TOO hard find parking. But of course, things are never as easy as you think they’ll be, right? ;) We got there and it was almost impossible to find where these damn parking spots were. There were no signs, and the cops weren’t really helpful. We eventually stumbled across some parking lots but they were ALL full. It took us about half an hour to finally find a spot and make our way up the LONG ASS hill to the start line.
I was so eager to get to the race start, that I decided to forego using the park bathrooms and decided to just endure the horrific port-a-potties at the start line. Except… there were no port-a-potties at the start. When I asked one of the race staff where they were, they said that they were at the bottom of the hill. Dangit!!! I really had to pee! But with less than 10 minutes before the start of the race, I didn’t feel comfortable leaving and possibly missing the start. So, I figured I’d just endure it.
My Race Plan
1. No walking
2. Push it as hard and as uncomfortable as I could take it
3. Keep HR at least at 164 and try not to go above 175
4. Run mentally tough
The race started off on top of a pretty long, steep hill. So, the start was fairly easy. I forgot to start my watch until I was a few hundred feet into the race, but no biggie. I was close enough =) I clicked off the first half mile down that hill at 8:53. That’s actually a pretty amazing pace for me, but it was ALL the hill’s doing haha =) From there, it evens out and then you start a slow climb up. It starts off fairly subtle and then slowly builds up to where you can definitely feel the burn in your legs from the incline, but it wasn’t anything major… nothing like the Firecracker hills.
I knew I wanted to push it as hard as I could during this portion, and I promised myself that no matter how much it burned, I would. not. walk. And I thankfully didn’t. When I finally hit the top of the hill and things blissfully evened out, I wanted to make up some of the time I lost and really picked up the pace. My watch said that my average pace was at 10:20, and I managed to keep it there for the next mile.
About 1/3 of a mile before the finish line, we had to go up a fairly steep hill. I knew I was close and I didn’t want to lose my PR, so I pushed it really hard up this hill. I concentrated on keeping my strides short and increasing my turnover. I passed by a handful of people and when I finally made it to the top, I saw that the rest was all downhill. I smiled to myself, knowing that I would definitely PR. I started to pick up the pace.
During the final stretch, I kicked it into high gear and picked off a few more people, including 3 girls who tried to out kick me ;) Take that! muhahahahaha! My watch said that during that final .11 stretch, I clocked in at 7:30 pace haha! My feet felt like they were flying right under me!
My watch had me at 31:53 for a 3.11 run, but my official chip time was 32:16. I was slightly disappointed to learn this, but I’ll still take the PR =) chopped down 19 seconds, which I guess isn’t bad considering I haven’t really run in over 2 weeks! (shame on me!)
Here are some stats from the race:
Split 1: 9:44
Split 2: 10:51
Split 3: 10:27
Split 4: 0:49 (.11 mi)
Average Pace: 10:25
Average HR: 165
Calories Burned: 410
Shoes: Nike LunarGlide
Overall: 575 out of 1146 runners
Age Group: 28 out of 65
The post-race partay was pretty awesome. Bananas, oranges, pineapple juice, blueberry pancakes, chocolate peanut butter crepes, Rubios shrimp tacos and chicken tacos, a variety of bagels and cream cheese, breads and spreads… so many goodies! We left with full tummies.
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