this was a short tune-up workout for saturday. i'm excited to race now that i have several weeks of training under me. i have far fewer miles on my legs than i normally do at this time of year (des news season!), but i feel like my fitness is in a good place. my 10k PR is fairly weak at 38:11. i think i can pull off a 37-something on saturday, so that is my goal.
Peachtree Road Race (6.214 Miles) 00:38:32, Place overall: 24
Marathon Pace Miles
VO2 Max Miles
today was my first running of the peachtree road race, the largest 10k in the world. the field was capped at 60,000 runners -- today's official count was 54,284.
overall thoughts:i didn't run as fast as i thought i could, and i didn't feel great. i thought for sure i could break 38 today, but the whole race i was feeling like i couldn't get up to speed (i was missing my target splits by 10-15 seconds, not good). my fitness is just not there yet.
i've been picturing that this race was going to be a hot-humid-july-sweat-fest-party, but today it was actually quite cool and gloomy. there was a steady rain about an hour before the start, but it cleared up and things were very pleasant at the starting line. by the end of the race, it was pouring rain again and it didn't let up for a couple of hours after.
the weather alert system was at the yellow stage when we started, but it went to the red stage by the time i finished. it actually reached the black level for a bit due to lightning, which delayed the race for 30 minutes for some of the later waves. james and i walked home soaking wet and shivering...in july...in atlanta. y'allz, this is crazy.
splits: 6:13, 6:03, 5:49, 6:33, 6:17, 6:16, 1:17
i heard this course described as everything from "all downhill" to "all uphill" -- it had much more downhill than uphill -- there was basically one steady climb in mile 4 (cardiac hill) that offered a bit of a gut-punch, but nothing too terrible. the rest of the course is pretty forgiving -- there's plenty of flat and downhill spread throughout and overall i think this is a pretty fast course. hopefully i'm in better shape next year to take advantage. i was frustrated with how i felt today. i started getting some confidence back after putting in some good track sessions, but i misjudged my fitness today. i'm still missing some elements (more mileage, more race pace work) -- that should happen in the coming months as i start focusing on the half. more patience. more time.
as for the race t-shirt, there is a design contest each year, and the shirt is not revealed until you pick it up at the finish line. the woman modeling the shirt in this photo is this year's winning designer:
here's a post-race soggy phone pic of me loving life in ATL:
and here's a video of the start of the race. see if you can spot me. i'm the woman messing with her watch in a panic because i forgot to change it to the chrono screen before the horn.
am: ~20 mile hike from sunshine village ski resort to assiniboine lodge in the canadian backcountry. we ran about 4-5 miles throughout the day, but mostly hiked in. we kept a good pace and never stopped for too long because the mosquitoes would eat us alive within 30 seconds. it took us ~6:50 to get there.
we stayed in this small hut for two days:
we also had access to the wonder lodge cooking shelter, which was a big community kitchen and hang out area where we spent a good amount of time eating, playing games, and talking with other travelers about their adventures.
i also really enjoyed tea time -- mountain style happy hour with tea, cake, and our favorite canadian beverages:
am: ~20 mile hike out of mt. assiniboine and back to sunshine village. we ran most of the way (~15 miles), hiking a few steep or otherwise not-as-runnable sections. it felt better to run than to hike, and we made excellent time, covering the same ground as monday but shaving off a solid 2.5 hours (official time for me was 4:25:50).
the hardest part was coming down the steep dirt road at the ski resort over the last 5k. it was a quad smasher and made me feel like i was running des news (that's a good thing though -- i needed my des news fix for 2015).
the hike in and out of mt. assiniboine was my favorite part of this trip. i especially loved the run out. we ran through a meadow full of wildflowers in the morning sun and it was so beautiful -- probably one of the neatest runs i've done to date. i think all of us were pretty tired this day, but we were still on a huge high -- doing what we love under blue skies and the amazing backdrop of the canadian rockies.
pm: drove from banff to lake louise. we did a very short evening walk/floating log traverse up to the overlook point at moraine lake:
am: 7 miles on the trails at the canmore nordic centre before heading to the airport and flying back to hothumidland.
i failed to mention that i ended up destroying my shoes after developing some nasty blisters on the hike into mt. assiniboine. i used jake's pocket knife for the surgery and turned them into you-can-still-run-with-blisters shoes, a design patented by andrea back in september 2013. it worked great.
5 loops around centennial olympic park. my legs were beat up from yesterday and it was slow going.
my mom called me this morning, telling me that she was at home doing nothing because i wrecked the pioneer day tradition. :)
my family has been participating in the des news races in some form or another for as long as i can remember. when i was little, we slept out on the parade route and watched some combination of my family run and/or volunteer at the 10k (grandparents, parents, siblings). i took my first stab at the 10k the summer between 9th and 10th grade, and ran it again after my junior year (both times with my mom, which was awesome). after i graduated from high school, i decided to try the marathon -- and that's where i found my love for the sport.
like most people who grew up in utah, i have a special fondness for the pioneer day holiday, however quirky and overdone it may be. i always thought it was cool to celebrate my roots by running down the same canyon that my ancestors #trekked through to settle in the salt lake valley. they were some tough people.
needless to say, i was missing home yesterday. but -- atlanta is cool too, y'all.
i finally added some more races to my calendar. i haven't raced much at all this year, so i'm excited to have a good dose coming up throughout august and september. i still don't know what i'm doing in the fall -- half, full, nothing? i'll have a better idea after the first two races in august. i would really like to break 18 in the 5k again soon.
recovery: 800m jog between the two mile sets and 400m jog before the 400.
the last mile on the second set was tough. i was about 100m into the 5th lap and my legs started rapidly losing power. my HR shot way up and i was just hanging on from there. the last two laps were some of the more miserable minutes of running i've experienced in recent memory. but i had sweat dripping off of my eyebrows so that was nice.