One Hour Track Run- Recap
The past few years I have wanted to signup and try the Arkansas Grand Prix racing series.
The Arkansas Grand Prix is a series of 20 races throughout the year and points are tallied for team and individual throughout the course of the racing season.
The first year I decided I wanted to run in the series was 2016, I found out I was expecting baby #4 and would be pregnant that entire year, so I decided not to run in it then.
The next year came and I wanted to commit to trying to run in the series again, but I was just coming off having a baby and knew there was no way I could train realistically. My goal for 2017 was to recover from having a baby.
All of my runner friends encouraged me to just take the year easy and focus on getting back and that there was plenty of time to try the series another year.
Well, so this year, I wanted to try it again. But as I was looking at the racing schedule there are very few races that I can actually make due to scheduling conflicts with family activities.
I went ahead and signed up for the Grand Prix racing series, and my goal is to just make as many of the races as I can, but also not sacrificing family and totally stressing everyone out with crazy schedules.
So, my first race of the year was going to be at the end of March, and I’d be missing the first 5 races.
But, then the team captain of our Searcy Rush running team encouraged me to sign up for the One Hour Track run, which is the first run of the season.
I didn’t realize that it was a Sunday afternoon race, and when I figured out that I could fit it in my schedule I signed up two days before the race.
I was able to run in the first Grand Prix race of the racing season! Yay!
It was an interesting race. You run around the track for one hour with a goal of getting as many laps as you can before the time runs out.
I thought that I would be completely bored the entire race and was honestly dreading it a little.
But, it really wasn’t boring at all. You were on the track with all the runners the entire time. I had no idea how I was comparing with all the other runners because you are all together the entire time. I never got bored.
My goal was to negative split each mile (which is always my goal). My paces were fairly even, so I’m okay with that.
Just last week I was running in frigid temperatures with 2 pairs of gloves on, 3 shirts, cold gear, and ear warmers and this week I ran in a tank and shorts with a tornado watch.
I really wanted to get in 8 miles before the timer went off. But I came up short. I only got in 7.84 miles.
All of my mile paces were under 8 minutes, so I was good with that.
Mile 1: 7:23
Mile 2: 7:41
Mile 3: 7:38
Mile 4: 7:41
Mile 5: 7:59
Mile 6: 7:53
Mile 7: 7:36
Mile 8: 7.21 (pace- but didn’t get to finish a full mile)
I’d really like for a race like this for my miles to be more around the 7:20 – 7:30 mark for all the miles.
(I ended up 6th overall female and 1st in my age.)
The best part about the race though is competing with a team.
I joined the Searcy Rush team and am looking forward to running with them at the races this year.
Another high point is that I conned one of my longest standing friends to come along and hang out with me.
So my friend of over 20 years at last minute notice spent the day with me at a race. That is a good friend!!!
The best part about running is running friends and post race meals! I’m definitely a social runner. So, I was glad to have my pal with me for the day. She may have not ran in the race that day, but she definitely is a running friend——- because I have probably ran more miles with her than anyone else if you count all our time from “back in the day” and I mean that literally and figuratively.
And just for laughs– here is a picture of me running that day. My hair is always looking crazy during runs!
A friend of mine was teasing me about all my running endeavors, and made the point that rarely is anyone smiling in their running pictures. HAHAH- When I see the camera next race, I’m going to make sure and smile big and CHEESE it when I run by! hahahahahah