I know this happened in November and I’m just now getting my blog recap up about it.
I wasn’t gong to “blog” about it since I waited so long to actually sit down at a computer. But, then I changed my mind. I LIKE having them on this blog for me to go back and look at from year to year.
If I get to run this race again this year, I will like to have my comparison post to look back on.
So just bare with me and read my “old news” from a race that was in November.
When I first started thinking about signing up for this race, I wanted to do the 1/2 marathon. My running partner was training for a full marathon and I was tagging along with her on some of her long run training, so I thought I wanted to challenge myself with the 1/2 marathon.
After talking to several runner friends about this race they advised ME NOT to do the 1/2 marathon at this particular race because you have to CLIMB/RUN up a huge summit. They advised to just do the 10k instead because it was part of the Grand Prix race and would really be the main event at this racing event. I listened and took their advice.
Just recently I had ran a 10k and had a finish time of 45 minutes 10 seconds. So typically when I make a goal I either want to beat it or match it depending on the course.
But, with this course everyone told me that I should be happy with finishing 4-5 minutes over my goal time because of the summit.
That summit was NO JOKE!
The Spa Running Festival race was by far the hardest race I ran last year! There was wind, hills, and humidity.
I started out the race fairly well and felt good about it. I was in a good rhythm and comfortable pace, yet pushing myself.
I had a great game plan going into the race but when I reached the 3 mile hill climb- I knew I had to change my goals. It was one of those times when you are working really hard and really pushing yourself, but when you look down at your watch— you hope it is wrong because your pace doesn’t seem to match the effort you are putting out. I underestimated how tough it would be to climb a summit in a race.
Then…….. the summit came. I did not expect it to be such a STRAIGHT UP CLIMB! As soon as I hit it, I knew my goal was going to be DO NOT WALK and DO NOT GET PASSED on this straight uphill climb. As I was looking to my right and left most of the people around me were stopping to a slow walk. But, I was determined to keep it a “run”, even though you probably could have speed walked beside me! hahahahahah
But, hey, it was a run.
I did not get passed up the summit, but the whole time I was climbing, which seemed like FOREVER, all I could think about was how thankful I was that I didn’t sign up for the 1/2! Because they had to climb the summit 2x! TORTURE!
But- on a positive note it was a beautiful run and a well organized race.
After I reached the top, I knew it would be smooth sailing the rest of the way. The rest of the race was downhill and flat.
I still had enough kick and energy to push through at the end.
I finished with a time of 49 minutes and placed 3rd in my age division. I crossed the finish line as the 11th female, so I was 14 seconds away from finishing top 10. The runner ahead of me though is an excellent runner who I find myself trailing behind often.
So my finish time was about 4 minutes slower than the last 10k. My seasoned runner friends were about spot on with what my time goal needed to be.
This was a super hard race- but now that I know what to expect I want to come back next year and try to improve😊 .
So glad to have running friends to see at these races. They have all talked me into signing up to be a part of the Arkansas Grand Prix racing series this year.
I have signed up and paid my money! So, I will try to make as many as I can this year, but still balance being a mom and going to my kids Saturday activities.
Oh and of course a shout out to my mom—— who got up at 5:00 in the morning to come and hang out at the race with me. Mom’s will always be your biggest fan.
Happy Running in 2018!