Sunday, March 15, 2009

Shamrock 15k Race Report

Before I get to the race report I'd like to give a toe update! Thanks for all the advice. I did soak it in bath salts (thanks Gazelle) and I did try to drain the rest of the blister...I also bought new shoes. My love affair with Mizuno is officially over, I'm on board the Saucony train. Toe is sore, especially after today's soggy race but I think the new shoes are helping.



Thursday I missed my tempo AM run but ended up with new shoes by the evening and took them for a maiden journey Thursday evening. 3.1 miles - 33:05 - 10:40 AP



Friday I slept in and headed out for a post work 5.5 miler. It was gorgeous on Friday. I ran in my cheetah pink running skirt and a long sleeve top and wasn't cold. I did 4 miles by myself, I purposely took a hilly route than normal since I knew the Shamrock run was going to be a tough course. I grabbed the dog for the last 1.5 miles. 5.5 miles - 57:00 - 10:21 AP The shoes felt great and I was thoroughly enjoying the sunshine and warmer temps.



Saturday I spend the day with "Junk."* We had planned to pick up our race packets and do some living room yoga but ended going shopping and eating burgers instead (way more fun)!



Okay...race report time...



I woke up at 5:45ish to the sound of hard rain and fierce wind. My first thought was--SERIOUSLY???!!!!! Mr. Pi and I got geared up and headed downtown for our wet, cold, hilly race. A bunch of other bloggers were running too but with the weather and the crowds we only saw Sarah. However, we did see this girl speed by in her triumphant 5k finish...AND I ran into HTC leaving the post-race festival area. Poor Gazelle's is home with the flu! These two were there but I didn't see them. So was, one half of this team.



Anyway, it was pouring down rain, windy and cold. I knew the course was going to be tough but I had a good attitude about just wanting to finish (secretly hoping to stay under 11:30 miles despite the ~1300 feet of elevation gain). Here is Sarah and I at the start.



Yes, I ran in a poncho! I swear it helped keep me dry.


The buzzer went off and we were on the streets of P-town in no time. (Actually, 3 minutes or so past the buzzer). My strategy was to NOT walk until mile 3ish. I succeeded and actually felt great on the first few "speed bumps." As soon as we wound our way up Terwilliger I implemented the walk/run strategy. I kept this up until mile 5ish when we hit the downhill.

This is the first race I've ever managed negative splits! My slowest mile came in at 12:15 and my fastest at 9:45. Miles 5-9.3 (9.65 according to G) were all at 10:45 or better...averaged around 10:15! The first 5 miles (except mile 1 which was flat) were all above 11:00!

According to G, 1:45:05- 9.65 miles - 11:06 AP. Who knows what the official results will say...I'm thinking slower since G says I ran an extra .35 miles. I met my "secret" goal and felt pretty great at the finish other than getting cold very quickly!


Sarah and Mr. Pi were waiting for me at the finish. Mr. Pi had an impressive finish 1:06 with his last 3 miles all under 7 min pace! Poor guy, I need to get faster so he doesn't have to stand out in the cold so long. I'm not sure when Sarah finished but definitely before me. I'm sure she'll have a race report up soon! (Thanks for waiting for me chica!)


I have three weeks to prepare for my Half Marathon. I have a very ambitious goal, which I'm not ready to post yet, BUT the course is flat and Julianne has said she'll help pace me, so I'm hopeful.


Big shout out to all the many racers today! I hope that everyone had a great race and I'm looking forward to reading all the race reports. I know many of you PR'd!


*We were laughing yesterday about how a lot of bloggers refer to me as The Ambitious One or something to do with my blog title and how Sarah is glad no one has called her "Junk"...well sista, someone just did =).

26 comments:

  1. Way to tough it out in the rain! The green poncho adds to the Shamrock feel too :)

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  2. Nice job!! It's hard to run races in cold, wet weather...so nice work! :)

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  3. Yay, awesome job! (Especially with the sub-par weather!) Glad your toe didn't fall off!

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  4. you did great! those are great splits, especially on terwilliger (the road that screwed up my butt cheek). woohoo! i might tag along with you and julianne for the roses hm!

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  5. Thanks so much for cheering me on! That was awesome!

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  6. Great job with the negatives in the rain, wind and hills! That is very awesome!! Can't wait to hear your 1/2 goal.

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  7. Nice job! That rain was pretty rough but at the same time it was fun to run in it.

    Sorry we didn't make the picture - we'll have to reschedule for Race for the Roses.

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  8. Awesome job, especially with the rain, with negative splits! :) Hope the shoes continue working for you!!

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  9. Good job. So impressed given the toe situation earlier this week. I can't wait to hear your goal for RFR half.

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  10. Great run hon! You are really coming in so much more upbeat and like you had a great time. I love to see that... it's even worth hanging out in the rain for!

    Turns out my official stats weren't as impressive as my Garmin's stats. Oh well, a PR none-the-less, and a race I am very happy with.

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  11. YAYYY awesome job girlie!! way to tough it out in the rain, especially for a rain hater! you did great on a very tough course!!! glad the new shoes are working out!

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  12. Awesome job! Way to hit the negative splits. Can't wait to read about your half marathon goals.

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  13. Awwhhh you look so cute in the rain :-)

    Look at you go chica! Nice job on the negative splits and all under 11:30 min/mi! Very nice!

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  14. great race! sounds like you guys all had a really good time running and hanging out.

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  15. Congrats on beating your secret goal! Love when that works out.

    Good luck with your half. :o)

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  16. good job - so sorry I wasn't there, but no one likes a barfer on the course :)

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  17. nice job on the race! with a hurt toe in all! glad the new shoes are working for you :)

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  18. WOW! good job on that race! How fun to run in cold wet weather...or not. Anyways, great job

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  19. Great job in the race and for not letting the weather get you down, sunshine girl! Wow on the negative splits. And welcome to the Saucony bandwagon. :)

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  20. Hey, great job on the race roomie. Seriously, I am NOT one to run in the rain so I give you MAJOR props! :) Glad the toe is healing too!

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  21. great job girl. Way to brave the elements and the distance!

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  22. Awesome race especially considering the elements weren't to your liking!! Rain? Cool? Cloudy? I'm so there!!!

    Congrats! And I hope you had a green beer afterwards!!!

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  23. Great race, especially in the rain! And a big two thumbs up for the cheetah skirt;)

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  24. Great job out there! Rain makes things much more uncomfortable, that's for sure. It makes you feel tougher afterwards, though. Congrats.

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  25. How did I not comment on this?? I swear I did. Hmmmph. NO OFFENSE!! I love that you threw it out there :)

    Now, let's go tanning!

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