Sunday, March 18, 2012

Leprechaun Lope 10K Recap

 




Saturday was my first race of 2012.  
Leprechaun Lope 10K by the State Capitol in Salt Lake. 


I went early to Park City on Friday to spend some time 
with my brother that I rarely get to see. 
Saturday morning woke up, had a banana and nut butter, little bit of water, and I was off to the race.  This was a smaller race so I had it in my head I was going to PR and get top 2 female.  Coach Teresa and I had decided this is was going to be a 'C' race to test out my fitness before Salt Lake Marathon.

Got to the capital and it was WINNNDYYYyyyyy! Did a 1.5 mile warm up with a couple strides.  Teresa had me take a 1/2 a GU 5 minutes before the race started to 
test out how my stomach fared.

Race started out great! Legs felt wonderful and ready to run.  

Miles 1-3 was ALL uphill gaining 761 (to be exact:D) feet up 
City Creek Canyon.  
I thought that it was going to be rolling hills, I was wrong, so I zoned in and pumped up to mile 3 the best I could.  
The rest of the race was flat and gradual down hill.  
All of mile 4 my noes was bleeding... then just stopped - never have had that happen before.  

Around 4.5 this guy in the red had pulled in front of me and I just held on to him the rest of the way.  I kept looking at his strong calf muscles thinking I want mine to look like his one day:):)

8:14, 8:37, 9:32, 7:39, 7:19, 7:09, 6:40




- Side and front wind the entire race was not fun at all.
- I need to learn to run the tangents better! (Ended up with 6.25 miles)
+Legs never felt fatigued, I felt like I had plenty of energy, and heart rate was in control for the most part.
+Taking the 1/2 GU never bothered my stomach and gave me an extra kick 
+I have never done a warm up/cool down after a race until today.  Liked this, but next time do a couple more strides before race start. 


If not for the hills, I really think I could have gone sub 45 for a PR. 
NEXT TIME!! 
After my cool down I had no soreness in my legs and 
completed a 2hour recovery run this morning :)

Finished
6.25 Miles
49:40:12
Avg Pace 7:56
2nd/55 Age Group 
5th/130 Female

Blurry cell phone picture!




5 Weeks to SLC!!!!!

15 comments:

  1. I know about these uphill races! That is a heck of a way to start..yikes.

    Sorry about the nose bleed. Next time will be a better course! Way to take 2 in AG!!

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  2. Woah!!!! You are speedy! That is some serious climbing at the beginning and your paces were still great. I can't wait to see what you do in SLC next month!

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  3. Great race! Congrats on 2nd in your age group! Great start to the racing season.

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  4. So so awesome! Love when C races are kick ass! Nice job girl :)

    tn

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  5. Great job! 10ks are a tough distance and one with hills and wind is even tougher!

    No family in Utah but glad you thought of me and that she is speedy too!

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  6. ummm seriously!?! that 10k had about as much gain as my half this weekend...i should stop complaining ;) you freaking rocked this!!! congrats on a great time! cant wait for you to rock SLC!

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  7. 2-hour recovery run?! :)
    I am awful at the tangents too! definitely something I need to work on as I begin to run shorter distances!
    I've never done a warm-up before any of my running races, and usually just a quick swim in the lake before a Tri...I always do about a mile or 2 shake-out run right after I finish, I swear by it for helping with soreness!
    next time you WILL have a PR!!
    I hope you have a great week ahead of you!
    xoxo!

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  8. That is a great time! Good for you! Those hills always suck! My cousin in racing in the SLC too! I think I'm going to head up there to watch her! She says it is one of her favorites!

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  9. That great. I like how you got into this. Not I'm curious if I can run. My "religious-everyday" run was 8 miles at 8 minute miles with hills, a zillion years ago. Running is a high.

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  10. Oh my goodness, I would have DIED with an elevation climb like that. You seriously are a freakin' machine!!!

    Just imagine what sort of more ridiculously fast time you could have pulled off if there hadn't been hills!

    Congrats!!

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  11. 5th woman! Whoot! that is a steep, steep climb, I would chicken out on a race with that. Nice work and wise preparation by practicing with the gu/warm-up etc.

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  13. FIRST OFF- Good luck at SLC next weekend! I'm going to be at the finish cheering in my sister in law. She won't be finishing until around 4:30. Maybe I will see you there??? If you stick around, that is.

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    GOOD LUCK AT YOUR MARATHON! I'm so excited for you.

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