I decided to jump into a race that my local running club OMRR hosts, accurately called Sweatfest, in Missouri's July heat and humidity. Albani and I both ran the 2 mile, which started at 8 p.m., and I ran the 10 mile, starting at 9 p.m. The state records in both events for my age were very weak, so I was able to break them. I also broke the overall female 2 mile state record (which was also clearly very weak - we all know short races are not my forte!) with 11:37 chip/11:39 gun (I should have gotten farther up on the starting line!). But the largest success of the night was that I actually fell asleep when we got home from the races!
Official results are here.
State records are here: 2 mile and 10 mile.
|We are very sweaty|
The perk of running a Saturday night race: my house was spotless by 10:30 a.m. The downsides of running a Saturday night race: I spent most of the day not resting, and also worrying that I was either eating too much or too little or the wrong things (spoiler: it was the third). I remembered why I don't want to do any evening goal races; someone suggested the Rock 'n' Roll Vegas marathon to me for an OTQ attempt, but I think I'd have to be carted off to the looney bin by noon on race day if I tried that!
I hadn't run this race before, but I usually volunteer at it, so I was familiar with the event area and course. Part of the "fun" of the race is that it takes place mid-July when it's inevitably steamy. They even have a contest for who loses the most water weight in sweat! There are 2 mile, 5 mile, and 10 mile distance options, with the 5 and 10 starting together and running the same course. OMRR selected these distances because there are not very many certified courses of these distance in Missouri, so the state records are easily attainable. The records for my age were 15:39 and 1:19:22, meaning that I could run my easy training pace and break them - if they had been fast I wouldn't have tried to break them in an oppressive summer night race!
I ran the 2 mile course for my "warm up" (it was 85 degrees with a dew point of 76, so I was sweating just walking across the parking lot), did a few strides and drills, and lined up to see what these marathon legs would do. I didn't really know what to expect considering a) the weather, b) the time of the race, c) I hadn't run anything hard since Grandma's Marathon 3 weeks prior, and d) I sure hadn't done any training for a 2 mile since, oh, high school! I also hadn't raced anything shorter than a half marathon in 10 months. I decided I was going to just run hard and see what happened.
|Thinking about lining up|
|The first bit of the 2 mile|
|Chasing two females|
|Towards the end of the 2 mile|
|This turn was terrifying|
|Seeing the clock at 11:29|
Albani ran the whole way in her 2 mile (no walk breaks) and finished in 22:06, for 4th in the 14 and under age group. She hasn't been running at all, but was really excited to do this race and is already asking to repeat it next year! She was disappointed that she didn't win an award, but I gave her my 2 mile trophy - we also realized that if I hadn't run she would have gotten 3rd in her age group, because the second overall female was 14, but don't tell her this. After watching her finish, I drank some water and ate some watermelon, we took some photos, I received my award, and then I headed out to jog a mile cool-down/warm-up.
|She begged to run this race, then made this face|
|See, this turn was terrifying!|
|Look at that stride!|
|Great finishing clock shot|
|Me being a dork at the 2 mile awards|
|First 100 m of the 10 miler|
|My headlamp is intense!|
|Around the halfway point of the 10 mile|
Although I felt immensely better after my pit stop, I was still fading (the 10 miler was another solid regression run for me, hah!). Nick had generously run up a little ways and eased off the pace while I stopped, so I caught back up with him. I told him he could feel free to go ahead; I could tell he was much stronger than me. He said there wasn't any reason to; we would finish together (he also had a huge overall male lead and even if he kicked it in he wasn't going to run a great time for him). Although my last few miles weren't pretty, they would have been much worse if I hadn't been trying to hang onto him! Around mile 9 my shoe came untied, and by that point nothing really mattered so I quickly tied it. I was pretty glad to see the finish line coming closer, and I told Nick, "I am not kicking", hah. We finished side-by-side, although my chip read 0.22 faster than his so I technically won overall. I felt bad about that because he would have had absolutely no trouble smoking me if he'd wanted to! My time of 1:06:16 was a new single age state record for females age 38, despite being a slower pace than my half marathon state record. I stopped my Garmin for my pit stop and shoe tying, which took exactly 45 seconds together.
I cooled down for a mile, which gave me 16.5 for the night and for my first long run after Grandma's. I grabbed my 10 mile award as soon as I could, but we still didn't make it home until about 11:15, so by the time I made a smoothie and showered it was midnight, i.e., way too late for me!
The best thing about the race was our awesome running community and club. Albani said the best part of the race was the ice cream truck!