Thursday, August 27, 2015

Emerald City Quarter Marathon 8/23/2015

Hi!  Long time no type!  I ran the Emerald City Quarter Marathon this past Sunday.  It was a perfect day.

I got up at 4:45, went down and ate breakfast (english muffin with crunchy peanut butter and honey drizzle) I also had coffee and water.  After eating, I went upstairs and got dressed.  Capris, sleevless t, balega socks, mizuno shoes, SVTC visor. I grabbed a long sleeved T to wear over to the race.

The weather was perfect.  It was cool, but not cold.  It was a dark morning, with little stars out.

My training for this race wasn't exactly as I had planned, I didn't get enough speed work in, but I did get the long runs in...I wasn't sure what to expect.  My original goal was 1 hour.  I honestly didn't think this was attainable, so I made a well, if the stars are aligned was 1:10. and to keep an 11 minute mile.  Last year when I did the race, I killed miles the heat and I wasn't sure what would happen here.

The race started.  My plan was to do intervals 3 minute run: 1 minute walk.  The first mile was great, I felt good.  I kept telling myself to slow down Mile 1 was 9:51.  Feeling good.  I wasn't taking the walk breaks, I was just trying to slow my pace to catch a breath.  Miles 2-3 were a little harder for some reason.  But still good 10:17 and 10:08. 

I was thinking and realized that I was under my 11 minute mile goal, so I thought I would see what would happen.  Miles 4 and 5 - 9:50 and 9:59...crap under 10...could I finish this race with an overall average of under 10 minute miles???? Mile 6 was a little struggle, I needed to walk a minute and regroup.  Mile 6 was 10:13.  Crap.  so the race was a quarter so 6.55.  My Garmin says I did did I do a good job of working the angles??? 

My final result was 1:05:01...with a 9:54 overall.  I felt great after too.  I did take a couple days off.  I went to spinning last night.

I feel that the FLAT of this race, coupled with the weather and nutrition were all the reasons why.  I ate the english muffin, then at 6:45, I ate a honey stinger chocolate waffle, at the 3 mile point I ate half a waffle and at the 6 mile mark, I ate a couple bites.  I carried water with me so I didn't need to stop at the water stations. 

As always M3SSports rocks a race.  Great job!!  I have 2 more races schedules OSU 4 miler and I am pretty sure the Hot Chocolate 15k.  Can;'t wait!!!