This weekend I focused on taking running a little less seriously and enjoying myself. Running has always been an escape from the pressures of everyday, but it wasn’t until I started writing about it that I realized it was causing too much stress. After a terrible long run last week, I vowed to go out of my way to enjoy my runs and the company of my running friends.
A weekend recap on Tuesday? Yes, sorry I was too excited about the recipe I made over the weekend.
On Friday I long-run crashed my friends Erica and Bjorn, who I know from the Fleet Feet group runs. They both live in my neighborhood and wear a whole lot of Lululemon. They planned a 19-mile run that afternoon so they didn’t have to before the Ole Miss game the next day. Eek, I would have needed a run/process things after that loss.
I invited myself along for the first 5 miles and then I played and stretched with my niece-dog, Maggie.
She took me on a little trail through the neighborhoods and we ended back at the shop for a cup of coffee.
She was going to the Farmer’s market and grocery before going into work at Fleet Feet so in the spirit of socializing, I tagged a long.
Sunday was the day of the 2nd MRTC 10-miler. I was orginally supposed to race it, but we all remember my terrible long-run from Wednesday, right?
The course reminded me of the parks I miss in Nashville.
My coach was pacing one of his friends around 7:30 per mile so I joined them for the first 5. He asked me to take it easy, but gave me the green light to pick up the pace if I felt good.
Around 5.5 I felt great and was itching to stretch my legs so I booked it up the monster hill at mile 6. I recognized a guy next to me from some of the races and he was tagging along. At first I just wanted to run alone, but we started getting competitive and were back and forth for the remainder. I would go head on the up-hills and he would pass me again on the down-hills, but we were picking people off one by one. Like an idiot, I forgot about the switchbacks at the last mile so I started emptying the tank with two miles to go and then gassed out. I definitely didn’t PR, but it didn’t matter because I had no expectations and it was a lot of fun!
10 Miler end time: 1:11:24
My friend, Rita, PR’d with a 1:06:14
And my friend, Laura was really cold, but she beat her time from two weeks ago and ran it in 1:15:41
And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for….
Bad race day pictures, woo!! I wore my Oiselle singlet for the first time… sorry for bringing disgrace to the name. I also apologize for the logo over them, but I refuse to buy these!
Who raced this weekend?
Do you have a good community to run with?
Do you prefer running up-hill or down-hill?
-I prefer up!
What’s your favorite race distance?