Spring Forward 15k (1:04.15)
I nicknamed the Spring Forward 15k the Shenanigan 15k.
A few things made the Spring Forward 15k a challenging race:
- The Spring Forward 15k is already a challenging course.
- I am still recovering from my half marathon.
- I ran 70 miles in Texas last week, including a 12 mile run up a mountain chased by a 15 mile run on the trails the next day.
- I took the day before the race off…something I never do (I would take two days off and then do a shakeout run the day before), but my legs needed a break the day before more than I cared to injure myself at a race.
I knew running Spring Forward 15k was not going to of the same caliber as my last and you know what? I was perfectly fine with that. I love running and running injury-free…so that’s that.
I left my house for the Spring Forward 15k on Saturday at 6 am …not really any different than a weekday and headed towards Rochester. It was an easy 70-mile drive to Laura’s house.
Laura drove to the start and we got there with about 15 minutes to spare before the Spring Forward 15k started. That’s unusual and we both prefer a longer warmup and use the bathroom.
The porta-potty lines at the Spring Forward 15k were too long, there wasn’t enough time to warm up, neither of us cared and we just headed to a tree and then the starting line. I think we did about .75 miles running before the Spring Forward 15k…at least that is what my watch said.
The Spring Forward 15k started at 8:30 and we were off. During the first mile of the Spring Forward 15k, I noticed three girls in front of me and a few hills ahead. I knew it would take at least 2-3 miles for me to warm up and loosen up, considering I had taken the day before off and hadn’t done a warmup. I was still basking in the sun.
Long story short, I never felt fantastic during the race, but I didn’t feel bad either.
While 15ks aren’t common nationally, there are a lot in Upstate, NY. I thought of Spring Forward 15k as three 5ks, so that is what I’ll describe it as.
The first 5k of the Spring Forward 15k was chilly. I forgot my ear warmers and was wearing shorts. I hate being cold and I’m known to be overdressed.
The Spring Forward 15k was somewhat crowded and hit the 5k mark in 21:12. I passed one girl up a hill; then, she passed me back down the hill. She wasn’t amused when I said we would be a good team. She could run downhill and I’d run-up.
The second 5k Spring Forward 15k was much more hilly. I underestimated the hills for the Spring Forward 15k, but I realized while running…I run up hills well but I do stink running down them. During the Spring Forward 15k, I was passed on most downhills, only to catch back up during the uphill.
I crossed the 10k of the Spring Forward 15k in 43:30). I was feeling better, the later it got during the race so I tried to “bring it home”.
The last 5k of the Spring Forward 15k was up a giant hill. When I hit the 10k at 6:42 pace, I decided I wanted to average pace under 6:40 per mile. However, I didn’t know there was a 200-foot hill during the last mile of the Spring Forward 10k. That mile I ran a 7:10. During the final stretch of the Spring Forward 15k, it was an epic battle between was a high school-aged boy and myself.
He outkicked me on the downhill section to the Spring Forward 15k finish line (isn’t that anticlimactic?). I have no interest to outkick boys anyways…high school boys, college boys…older men…don’t care.
After the Spring Forward 15k, Laura and I hung out. I saw one of my friends from college who swam distance with me who did well too…it is always lovely to catch up with college friends and remember that was a part of my life (though it seems so distant now).
Questions for you:
Do you take any days off before a race?
Do you see a lot of friends from the previous schooling? College, high school?
For me being in a separate area, I generally don’t. I think if I lived where I went to college or high school I would obviously.