Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pizza Party Series Finale 10K (GRTC Freezeroo Series #6) Race Recap

Yesterday was the last race in the Freezeroo Series hosted by GRTC! Mike and I really enjoyed this series and we are definitely planning on doing it again next year, hopefully we can do all six races instead of just the last five.

I had been checking the weather throug
hout the week and I was worried that it was going to snow. We were actually supposed to get snow Thursday night into Friday morning, but when we woke up nothing had happened. Friday it rained most of the day and on Saturday morning there wasn't much snow on the ground! Perfect for a race.

Unfortunately, the race was in a different town and as we got closer we started to experience white-out conditions. As cars pulled off the exit that we had to take to the race, I knew that they were all runners! Who else would be out in those conditions?

I was a little concerned about the weather and I wasn't sure if I was goin
g to be able to accomplish my goal of officially breaking an hour in the 10K. Luckily, right before the race started the snow diminished and the roads were pretty clear!

Right at 10:00am we took off and I tried to pace myself. My first two miles were 9:08 and 8:44! I really don't know where that came from but I'm glad that I pulled that time off.


Still doing pretty good

The course was an out and back and as we neared the turn around the road conditions worsened. The road was covered in snow and it was hard to keep up a fast pace. Mike and I saw each other and, of course, cheered each other on and waved.


Mike "hearts" sweat too!


Snowy roads

I was a little bit disappointed th
at there wasn't any water at the turn around! I had been expecting it and in the end I really needed it, I think I was a little bit dehydrated at the end of the race. This was the first race in the series, except the 5K, where they didn't provide any water.

When I turned around I just kept telling m
yself to get back to the clearer roads and I would be golden. I knew that if I could speed up the last two miles that I would get a PR.

The weather had other plans. The wind was horrendous! I h
ad to push really hard to even feel like I was moving! I kept looking at my watch and I was so frustrated when one time it was above 11:00 minute per mile pace! I did lower it, but I wasn't so confident about breaking an hour anymore.

After 5 miles, I knew that it was going to be close. As I neared the end of the race, I saw Mike on the sidelines and he cheered me on because he knew that I had to push to break an hour.


Giving it his all!


So ready to be done!

As I crossed the finish line the clock was still under an hour! My final time was 59:54 and I was really happy that I accomplished my goal. I know that if I had gone 1 second slower per mile (average pace) that I wouldn't have accomplished it!

Mike's final time was 51:28, he did amazing!

After the race we went in and got some water and food. We waited around because they were going to hand out the series age group and overall awards and I knew that I might win something.

Before they started the awards, I saw the paper with the results and I came in 2nd in my age group overall! Good thing I saw the paper because when the announcer called my name, he totally butchered our last name!

Want to know what I won? $15 or as Mike said, "cash money".

Now that I have accomplished my year goal of running a 10K under 1 hour, I have my sights set on a 55:xx 10K. I've got this!

Edited to add: I did this as my 10K for Livin the Fit Life's Grandma Lill's Happy 95th Half Marathon/10K Virtual Race! I did have pink on, my hat, but I had to take it off a mile or so in, I was too hot!

You still have time to enter the virtual race if you want!

28 comments:

  1. Congrats on your PR!!! Keep it going you two!!!

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    1. Thanks! We're just going to be getting faster and faster.

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  2. Nice work - especially in those conditions! I swear, the weather makes all the difference in the world!

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    1. Thanks Meghan! I agree, I can't wait until spring races!

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  3. YAYYAYA!!!! you are going to SMOKE the relay....my goal is to break an hour too. I hope I'll be able to. I can't believe you PR'd in those conditions I think your goal of 55 is totally doable in the spring :D

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    1. Thanks Ali! You will definitely break an hour during the relay!

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  4. Congrats! Great run under crap conditions!

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    1. Thanks! The weather was a little bit annoying to say the least!

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  5. Awesome race time!! You will definitely be doing 55 in the spring!! Congrats to you both!

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  6. Congrats on the PR!! That is a huge accomplishment in those crazy conditions!

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  7. Awesome job! I can't believe you ran in that snow, impressive! Way to go on your PR and your 2nd place finish:) Glad you could join me in my virtual!

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    1. Thank you, running in the snow wasn't too bad, the wind was worse!

      I'm glad to have joined you too!

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  8. I'm so impressed by you two! I'm not sure I would have been able to get out there once much less 5 times in the cold & snow like you guys have. Awesome job and Congrats on sub-hour 10k!

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    1. Thanks Sam! Only three of the races were snowy and cold, but I'm still really glad that we did it!

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  9. I love seeing your progress! You have come so far in a relatively short amount of time. Great PR given the weather conditions!

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    1. Thanks Kristin! I'm amazed too! I was telling Mike that in 7 months I took 19 minutes off my time (our first 10K was July 23rd so almost exactly 7 months. Crazy!

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  10. Congrats on the PR in bad conditions!

    I always bring my handheld bottle now because I'm such a wimp about no hydration.

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    1. Thanks!

      Yea, I was really surprised that they didn't have water when they had it at every other race! Live and learn I guess!

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  11. Congrats! You ran such a good race for such awful conditions... and yay on the pr! When those nice spring days roll around, you'll have no problem getting the 55 minute mark!

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  12. Congratulations!!!! I think since you won money for a race you are now a running professional!! Congratulations again on reaching your goal and having a great race. You rock!

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    1. Thanks Ricole! I'm not so sure I would call myself a professional but it was a fun surprise!

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  13. Congratulations on a great race! You guys are sooo fast!

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    1. Thanks Suz! We are working hard, we hope to just get faster!

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