Elizabeth River 10k (42:07)

Okay I lied yesterday-I decided to post a recap today.  Not that it really matters. 

This previous weekend, I raced my first nonhalf marathon in god knows how long (close to 6 months!).  It was a weird, very hot experience.  I promised that I would take my summer races “easier” to allow to peak appropriately for cross country in the fall.  That is easy enough because I don’t have to try it’s so darn hot.

Anyways we (dad and I) got to the race around 7:00 I warmed up with the young kids running club.  (I help coach them periodically when I’m home).  They were racing the 1 miler.  I helped pace a female who ran a 7:25!  I’m so happy for her.

Anyways after the 1 miler, I quickly changed shoes and got ready the 10k.  It was already extremely hot but I was over it.  (This was the most I’ve warmed up for a race in well…at least 6 months because I don’t warm up for halves and 10ks are pushing my warmup factor).

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As per usual race start, I needed to get up front to chat to all my friends.  I NEVER go to the race start without chatting a bit.  (Saturday mornings are my big dailymile social hour).

The first mile I ran with a pack of four other females.  We were fighting for the spots 3-8.  (The first two ladies were god knows how far ahead! )  By the second mile it was me and two other woman and we were somewhat separated.

By the middle of the race I had sweat through my entire singlet (I’m not a big sweater..ever).  There was a water hose and I took full advantage of running through that.

This is where I caught up to the next female who had separated herself.  We are both rather small (meaning we don’t take up the entire two lane road between us), but she was running up my ass.  I wanted to pass her but she continued to cut me off (nearly tripping me several times).  Literally she would swerve in front of me and 100% prevent me from passing.

I’m not aggressive-at all (in life or running) but she about drew my last nerve.  I started to surge and then hault, alternating between 6:00 min and 7:00 min pace.  I ran to her left and then to her right.  Honestly, I was just trying to be as annoying as possible.   I like to get under people’s skin and this seemed to be rather annoying her.  She was trying to beat me and my antics were not amusing her…

Finally around mile 5 during one of my surges (I knew she was dying), I took off.  Downgraded and got my tempo going.  I ended up beating her by about 45 seconds. 

I was fourth female overall and first in my age group.  I’m certainly content with that.  Of course I’ve gone faster in half marathons and harder courses, but the heat is no joke and I’m not about to race like a moron. 

You might actually think I’m legit or something here…

Take away from this race:

Heat forces to you to slow down (good for my peaking for XC in the fall)

Question for you:  What are your optimal race conditions?