My Charlie Post Classic Goals weren’t too crazy:
– Finish well
– Stop and stretch if I am in pain
– Run at a 10min. mile pace
I kept my goals simple because I knew nothing about the course, it was my first ever 15K, and I had spent this whole week going to bed early and missing workouts since I felt like crap. Germ warfare from my kiddos I am sure. Plus I had just run my first race in over a year, the Charleston Half Marathon, the weekend before.
Let me start of by saying I would happily do the Post 15K again. One thing I love about little local races – I left my house a hour before race start and T and I still made it there with 30 minutes to spare. Heck, next year I’d probably even sleep in an extra 15 minutes. We found parking in no time a block from the race start and when we went to leave it was so simple, we didn’t have to wait at all to get off the island – the logistics were great.
The course did loop a bit with you covering some of the same roads on the way out and back, but I really didn’t mind it. First, it was a flat course which always helps me run a bit faster. Also, January in SC is a beautiful time to run (a cold time to wait for races to start though) with run temps rising from the low 40s to 50s while we ran. On top of that Sullivan’s Island is a cool place. I got to see old forts, gorgeous houses, and a fewer killer views of the Atlantic on my run.
After she stuck with me all last week and helped me to make it through my first race since injury I knew I was one my own on this one. T was planning on running a pace I have never hit, not even healthy. She ended up finishing the whole thing at a sub 8:30 pace. So proud of her.
So this race was all about me, about proving to myself that I am getting healthy again, becoming faster, able to push through when I need to. Lots of races I really rely on T and her pacing. She keeps me on target, helps me run good miles, and talks to me the whole time. This time it was just me. On top of that – I ran the whole thing without music. At first that was because I forgot to lay my iPod out, but instead of being upset I turned it into something. I made this race about proving to myself that I can do it. That I can reach my own goals without T or music or anything else pushing me. So for 9.3 miles it was just me, my thoughts, and the road… and I DOMINATED!
At mile 1 I looked down at my watch and realized I was doing it – right below a 10 minute split. I was so proud. Ever since I have come back from injury hitting 10s has been really hard. However, today it felt good, don’t get my wrong I was pushing, but I didn’t feel like I was dying like I did my first couple long runs back when I tried to keep that same pace. The race flowed along super smoothly and mile after mile I looked down and always saw those 10 minute mile splits. Now I don’t have a Garmin, or some other GPS, so I don’t know my pace when I am running. I just wear my Polar Watch and every mile look down to see how long that last one took. To be able to stay right between 9:50-10:00 felt great. I was pacing myself – T wasn’t pacing me, the music wasn’t getting me through, some fancy watch wasn’t telling me how fast I was going. My body was falling back into it’s old rhythm. Good heavens it was a brilliant run!
When I hit mile 7 felling good I was able to pick it up, boy was that tough, and bring my last two miles in closer to 9:00s. Overall my time was 91:10, not bad for 9.3 miles. On top of that I now have an official 15K PR (you know since it’s the only one I have ever done). Race 2 of 13 in 2013 was a success!
Who needs a medal when they give you breakfast burritos instead? Win!
Heavens knows I’d rather have food than bling anyway.
Sausage, bacon, or veggie? Which one would you have gone for?
Have you ever run a 15K? P.S.- I also gotta admit that I was shocked we got nice long-sleeved tech shirts for such a cheap ($30) local race. I am usually not excited about race shirts,but am stoked about this one because it is blue-grey instead of white.
Nasty, sweaty, runners and white shirts – Who thinks that is a good idea? Really!?!