Monday, January 30, 2012

The Hearnish 10K (GRTC Freezeroo Series #4) Race Recap

Sorry to keep you in suspense after my post on Saturday, but the photos are finally up and I can write my race recap for our third (the fourth in the series) Freezeroo race!

I'm going to start this recap with the description from the GRTC website of the Hearnish 10K:

"It is hilly, it is challenging and it is longer than advertised! At 6.385 miles, it is the longest, and maybe the hardest, 10K you will ever run. (The 10K is certified, so you can get your time - I can almost guarantee it won't be a PR!)"

Well, most of that was right. It was definitely hilly, challenging and long and it was the hardest 10K we've ever run (we've only done one other 10K before), but we both got PRs (official ones anyway).


The location of Freezeroo #4

The race took place at Powder Mills Park in Perinton. It actually went in and out of three towns: Perinton, Pittsford and Victor. Which also meant that it went in and out of two counties, not as fun as two countries but I'll take it!

Unfortunately, I had been experiencing some foot pain but I toughed it out anyway (FYI most of the pain is gone now, good thing)! I wasn't sure how the race was going to go since Mike and I had driven the course and knew what was waiting for us. The course was HILLY and my warm-up runs weren't feeling that great, but I put it in my head that I was going to run the entire race no matter what.


Mike posing for the camera


I'm in the teal right near the sign

The start of the race was a little bit icy, but after the first road it wasn't too bad. The first 5K of the race had two hills that we had to run up. The first one was a baby hill but the second one was probably about a mile long! There were some breaks here and there but for the most part it was up, up, up!

I was feeling pretty good and my foot was cooperating, thankfully. I just tried to keep my pace as close to 10 minutes per mile when running up the hills and to take advantage of the downhills (even though toward the end of the race these were bothering my foot more than the uphills).

I hit the 5K mark at 30:33 and kept on pushing for the the last half, even though I knew that the worst hill was waiting for me!

When we started the race Mike and I weren't sure if there was going to be a water stop or not. These races are just for fun and I know that they don't get a lot of volunteers, but thankfully around the 4th mile there was one! I think I have finally perfected how to drink out of a cup while running and I was glad to have something to drink.

Then it happened. I ran up the WORST hill I think I have ever run up in my life. I was the ONLY one running up the hill from what I could see and Mike later told me that he was the only one running up the hill in his group of runners too. This hill was worse than anything we saw at our half marathon, which was probably the most hilly race we had ever run up to this point. Mike and I both think that proportionally this 10K race was hillier than our half marathon.

The one thing that I said to myself to get up the hill and not walk was "don't walk, don't surrender" over and over again. I would sometimes add "there is a downhill coming". I think this helped and even though I was probably running at the same speed as everyone else walking, I'm happy that I ran up it!


Go Mike!


Happy the uphill is over!

After running up the hill, the rest of the race was smooth sailing and mostly downhill. One interesting thing was seeing a car hanging over the edge of the road, I'm not sure if the driver was trying to avoid runners and then drove off the road or what!


I've never seen this before during a race

Right around the 6 mile mark, I was passed by this girl who I recognized from where I work and who I thought was in the same age group as me. I really wanted to beat her so I kicked it in at the end, but she JUST beat me (by 4 seconds).

She asked me which age group I was in and she said "I thought you were in my age group and I really wanted to beat you!" I told her I thought the same exact thing, but we are in different age groups. Oh well, she gave me some good competition in the end.

My final time was 1:03:00 and here are the splits from my Garmin (time was 1:02:57 according to that):

Lap 1 - 9:19 pace
Lap 2 - 10:17 pace (part of the long hill)
Lap 3 - 9:53 pace (the other part of the long hill)
Lap 4 - 9:42 pace
Lap 5 - 11:01 pace (the massive hill)
Lap 6 - 9:32 pace
Lap 7 (.42) - 7:43 pace (that's what competition does I guess)

Average Pace: 9:49 minutes per mile

In the end I now have an almost 9 minute PR! I have run faster than that in other races and training runs, but since they aren't official I am going to go with 1:03 as my new 10K time. I'm hoping that I can break an hour during the last Freezeroo race, an actual 10K. Mike ran the race in 54:47, which was about a 7 minute PR for him!

Do you try to run up every hill or do you walk occasionally?

24 comments:

  1. I always run up the hills, maybe not too fast, but still run up them!! Hey, first time I've seen Mike in running pants- nice!!! Great job by both of you on that tough course!!

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    1. Thanks! He was actually wearing pants during our last race (the 5K on January 14th), too.

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  2. Haha. I am a huge walker, which is terrible. I really should put some glutes into it and run hills. Nice job guys!

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    1. Thanks Rena! If this was earlier on in our running career I'm sure I would have walked up the hills! I did at Ten Ugly Men!

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  3. Sounds like a tough course! Well done! I usually run up hills in a race, though as I ease into some ultra training I have started to use the rule: if you can't see the top, walk.

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    1. It was really tough, but a good tough. I like the challenge.

      That's a good rule for ultra training! Good luck!

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  4. Great recap - what a tough course!!!

    I usually try to run up hills in a race, although right after the kiddo was born, I walked quite a bit. :) We'll see if I stick to that rule when I do Knoxville as I hear that it's rather hilly.

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    1. Thanks Mandy!

      I would imagine that having a kid would change some things in terms of your running! Hopefully you don't have to walk too much during Knoxville!

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  5. Btw, I tagged you and Mike for the 11 things. You should do it if you have time.

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    1. Mike told me that he wants to do it as a guest post, so hopefully it will be up sometime this week!

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  6. I always do a lot of hill work...that is all I have around me when I run and I think it makes you tougher!! Great races for the both of you!!

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    1. Thanks mom! When we visit in the summer, Mike and I will get a lot of hill work in since we will be doing long runs at that point and will probably have to run around a good portion of the island.

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  7. HOLY COW!!!!! great PR :) and you know what it was probably b/c of those hills. b/c the downhill can add such speed ;)


    ....ya so I'm so proud of both you and Mike but can't get over that car in the ditch at the race!!!! WTF?!?!?!??!?!? I hope they're ok

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    1. Haha, thanks Ali! I think that I've also gotten faster since our first 10K. My pace was about 11:30 for that race and I walked SO much! It's amazing that I have about a 2 minute difference in my pace.

      I know it was really weird, a cop and a tow truck were there. Hopefully they were ok!

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  8. Wow, great race! Congrats!! :)

    That car accident is super scary. So glad you weren't there (and potentially in its path!) when it careened off the road.

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    1. Thanks Alyse!

      I agree, it's pretty scary especially since we don't really know what happened!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'll definitely check out your infinitelifefitness blog.

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  10. Great race you two...and those are MASSIVE PR improvements. Well Done !

    I haven't done a lot of racing, but to the best of my memory I've always run up the hills in a race. I really enjoy passing the other walking runners (even if they pass me again later)...it's a good feeling and energizing !

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    1. Thanks Michael!

      It does feel good to pass other runners who are walking, that happened a few times during the race. Even though they did eventually pass me again!

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  11. i have to be honest, i'm not sure i'd sign up for a race billing itself as ready to kill you :)

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    1. Haha, we signed up for the series and then Mike told me to look at the race course description two days before the race (we figured it would be hilly, but not as bad as it was)!

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  12. Great job, Jamie! That sounds like a really tough course... I no longer have hills around me, but in Ithaca there were a few were I had to stop and walk portions. That's an awesome time for such a hilly course! Love the story about the competition at the end, too. :)

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    1. Thanks Laura! It was really tough!

      It was funny that we were trying to beat each other so badly and then we ended up being in different age groups!

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