Almost two months ago I got an email from one of the speed work coaches at Boulder Running Company. She asked if I was still interested in the BRC running team. Um, yes! I realize I haven’t actually written about this, oops. At first I was waiting until we got our race kits and then I just got lazy. Why am I finally mentioning this? Because this past weekend I ran my first race as part of the team and could not be happier.
Initially I was planning on using this race as more of a training run with no goals. But its been months since I’ve raced and I was a little nervous going into the race, especially with a team of people there supporting and depending on me. It was a weird feeling, but I kind of liked it!
I started out rather conservative, running just on feel as I left the Garmin at home again. I had my sports watch on so I was able to do math in my head along the course. Math in my head is hard, especially when running, but it keeps me distracted. I hit the first mile at 8:25.
I was shocked. It felt good. Slightly comfortable but not unbearable. There was a chance I’d be able to maintain this pace for 5 more miles. Just maybe.
Turns out that was a very maintainable pace. Heck, my first mile was probably my slowest! And I know my fastest full miles were between mile 4 and mile 6. I don’t remember my exact split – I should have written them down right away – but I know I was hitting 8 – 8:05 in the last two miles which means I was definitely running negative splits.
For the entire race I was chasing a girl ahead of me. She was wearing white shorts and a white t-shirt. She was the “white chick” I was so focused on catching up to. But I couldn’t I tried, so hard, for 6 freaking miles. The space between us stayed consistent throughout the race, give or take 10 feet or so. I wanted so badly to catch her in the last mile but it wasn’t happening. But I can’t hate her for it – she kept me moving forward…and faster! So thank you, random chick wearing white!
Turns out I was a mere 4 seconds behind her…and had I gotten in front of her I would have managed to get myself an age group award! So close! Four freaking seconds! But man, four seconds sure looks like a long ways out when you’re chasing someone!
Even though I don’t have a fancy bunny medal to make me feel cool I did run my way to a PR! Going into the race I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pull off a PR. I had no idea where I stood when it came to actually racing. Turns out I haven’t completely forgotten how to play it smart out there!
I crossed the finish line in 51:26 which gave me a pace of 8:17. That definitely trumps my 2009 PR of 55:55! It only took me a solid four years to beat that PR. Although, I would like to point out that I haven’t run many 10Ks over the past few years…so I don’t completely suck as a runner!