Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Day Resolution Run (GRTC Freezeroo Series #2) Race Recap

Mike and I kicked 2012 off to a great start this morning! We may not have partied hard last night but we ran hard this morning and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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!

My new shirt

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?


  1. Congrats on a satisfying run! Going out to fast is an ongoing challenge for me in a race-- all the adrenaline from the crowds and other runners makes it so tempting... but having that experience now will help you force yourself to stick to a more even pace in future races, especially your marathon. Happy new year!

  2. Congrats on the great races!! My New Year's Day activity was a grueling 4.6 mile hike up Pemetic Mountain and it was wonderful...a bit scary at times with the ice on the trail but great to be outside enjoying the beautiful weather!! I will run a long run tomorrow!!
    Congrats on the great time!

  3. Congratulations on a great run today, and very cool that you both got to do it together. Going out too fast can be tough to overcome...especially when you line up with runners that are a bit faster that you plan on running. You'll zero in on your own pace though more quickly each time.

    Sounds like a great morning !

  4. Forgot to time my run! But it felt fast because I chatted with a friend through a good portion of it (in fact, we had to slow to walk a couple times to finish snipets of the conversation). We did 4.8 miles (though relatively flat)! Congrats on a great kickoff to 2012! Happy New Year!

  5. We were supposed to go snowboarding today, but still no snow in the mountains :( so not the ideal start to 2012, but it's hard to be 60 degree weather and sun on Jan 1! Good job on your run and so glad you're loving your Garmin too!

  6. Congrats on your great run(s) and placing too!

  7. I got in a 12 miler this morning. There were tons of people at the beach working out.

    And great job on your 2nd place!

  8. Awesome job! That race series looks really cool. Also, I love that orange shirt...WHERE did you get it??

  9. Thanks everyone! Normally I pace better but since these races are just for fun, why not see what I can do? The 8-miler for the series I will go out a bit slower. I'm going to push it for the 5K and 10Ks though!

    Ethusiasticrunner - Thanks! My mom got it for me for Christmas. It's Oiselle but you can get it for cheaper from and use the discount code skinnyd from Skinnyrunner it's only $25!