A few weeks ago Mike and I signed up to participate in the GRTC (The Greater Rochester Track Club) Freezeroo Series. We missed the first race of the series due to it happening the day after the It's a Wonderful Run 5K, but that's alright since you only have to run 4 of the 6 races to qualify for series prizes (not that I think I have a chance, but you never know!)
The weather in Rochester has been extremely unusual this time of year. We have only had real snow once and by the time this morning rolled around it had all melted. It was actually 40 degrees out and sunny! Perfect.
The race was scheduled to start at 10am and we got there around 9:10am to pick up our bibs and warm-up. They use timing chips for these races and it was actually our first time having to wear them on our ankles. It wasn't too bad once you got used to it.
After the early starters took off, we had about 20 minutes until our start time. It went by quickly and before we knew it we were lining up to start our first race of the year!
Looking back we probably lined up too close to the front, but what can you do?
I just want to say that this was probably my most sporadic race in terms of paces. I was wearing my new Garmin 405cx (thanks, Mike!) and wow they are special.
Have a look:
Lap 1 - 8:23 pace
Lap 2 - 9:33 pace
Lap 3 - 10:07 pace
Lap 4 - 10:12 pace
Lap 5 - 10:12 pace
Lap 6 - 9:59 pace
Lap 7 - 10:42 pace
Lap 8 (.56) - 9:35 pace
Total Time: 1:14:31 (I stopped the watch after the guy took my timing chip off)
Average Pace: 9:51 minutes per mile
My official time is probably a little bit faster, but overall I am happy with the result considering I could have bonked at any time in the race because of that first mile. I'm not really sure what I was thinking but I just went with it. My legs ended up feeling like lead the majority of the race, but I'm glad there were some downhills to help stretch them out. Mike ended up finishing the race in roughly 1:04, he did great!
Side-note: I did have a Clif Shot Energy Gel with me, but there was only one water stop at the half-way point. I went back and forth on whether I wanted to use it and I decided against it. I'm sure my stomach wouldn't have been too happy if I used it, especially since I barely got any water down!
The race actually took place at Mendon Ponds Park which is where Mike and I ran XLMIC's Jingle Bell Hell Virtual Race. Some of the roads that we ran on where the same but in the opposite direction of JBH. It was still nice having somewhat of an idea of what to expect.
I also ran portions of this race as the 5K legs for two virtual races that I ran today.
First up, Kiley's New Years Virtual 5K!
I ran the first 5K today in 28:52! Not too shabby!
The second 5K of the race was dedicated to Amanda's Resolution Run. I ran the 10K in 1:00:26, which means that I ran this 5K in 31:34. I was so close to reaching one of my goals, only 27 seconds off of a sub-1 hour 10K! I'm definitely going to do it soon!
Resolution: Run a 4:45 Marathon!
Edited to add: The official results came in and my time was 1:14:20 and Mike's was 1:04:32. Even more of a shocking update, I came in 2nd in my age group!
I hope your 2012 is starting off wonderfully as well!
If you ran today, how did you runs go?