Yesterday I ran the Founders Day 15k with two of my favorite people, Heather & Jen. We had all signed up for this race shortly after running the shamrock shuffle together in March. The day started like most race days: an early wake up call, bagels & anxiously waiting. We made our way to the course around 8 so we would have time to check things out.
The race itself was very small. It was the first running of this race and it was very exciting! The first two miles were good. It was basically the only part of the course that was either down hill or flat, so I kept a decent pace (Mile 1: 9:39 Mile 2: 10:03). After mile two the hills started.
My god. The hills.
“is this the last hill???”
The race started at 9:15 when the sun was already out and hot. By the time we were a couple miles in, it was easily over 80. Without any cloud cover, running up hill for what felt like forever seemed like some sort of punishment. I ran the first mile with Heather, but we broke up just before mile 2. She stayed close behind me though, and I spotted her behind me at mile 6 and waited for her. At this point in the race we just wanted to finish. We did a little walking, a little jogging and a couple of intervals before I left her at mile 8. We had made it back onto the bike path, which seemed relatively flat and shady. I kept myself going at what seemed to be a decent pace until the volunteers started telling me how close I was to the finish! Oh it never felt so good to be done with a race. I finished in 1:51. That averages out to a 11:47 pace. Considering the heat, the hills and the fact that I didn’t train for this, I will gladly take that.
Here are my final splits:
Mile 1: 9:39
Mile 2: 10:03
Mile 3: 11:52
Mile 4: 12:13
Mile 5: 12:50
Mile 6: 15:06 (this is a little off because I walked backwards to meet Heather and didn’t stop my watch)
Mile 7: 12:46
Mile 8: 11:14
Mile 9: 11:19
.3 : 3:32
I am looking forward to a month off from racing. I don’t have anything planned until the Firecracker 4 in July.
I always have a great time when I am running with Heather, without her this race would have felt even longer than it was!
Planned workouts for the week:
- Monday: Rest
- Tuesday: 40 Minutes Elliptical / Weights
- Wednesday: Hot Vinyasa Flow
- Thursday: 3 Mile Run
- Friday: 40 Minutes Elliptical / Weights
- Saturday: Rest / Long Puppy Walk
- Sunday: 4 Mile Run