Macon Labor Day 10K 2017 Recap

Hello, everyone! Today, I am getting ready to head to Washington DC with my wife to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary.  Our original plan was to take a Western Carribean cruise, however, our cruise was canceled due to Hurricane Irma.  My thoughts and prayers are with those that have or will be affected.

This past Monday, my friends and I ran in the 41st Macon Labor Day Road Race 10K. This is the 3rd time I ran in this race.  I ran the 5K in 2013 and again in 2014 (pacing a fellow runner).  This is the first time I have run the 10K.  I wanted to do something different for a change and it’s been over 2 years since I raced in a 10K.

Before the race, I knew going in that it was going to be a tough course.  The first 4 miles had 3 hills to climb.  I was confident I was going to do well because I always train on a variety of hills at least once a week.  From experience, a majority of the races I have participated in had some type of hill(s).

At 8:30 am, the race started.  I tried to take in slow and easy sometimes trying to stay behind other runners to pace myself.  About .30 miles in, was the first hill challenge.  An upward hill climb approximately .54 miles long.  I just ran up it at a comfortable pace and didn’t even think about it.  The next 1.5 miles was downhill and relatively easy.  Then came hill number 2 which measured another .50 miles.  This is where I started to pass multiple runners that were obviously struggling.  The last major hill was at mile 4.25 which measured about .32 miles.  For some strange reason, it seemed longer than that especially when I came to the “crest” just to find out I had a little more to go till I got to the top.  Again, because of my hill training, I was able to pass other runners with no issues.  Screenshot_20170904-101135.png

The rest of the course was relatively easy because it was all downhill which was nice.  I ran at what I thought was a comfortable pace. I never looked at my watch to see how fast I was going as I tend to do worse when I do look at my Garmin.

Soon, I was at Central City Park on the final stretch.  Spectators and runners lined up the street cheering the runners on as we approached the finish line.  Soon, I saw the finish line and I hit the gas and sprinted as fast as I could.  After crossing the finish line, I grabbed some water to rehydrate. Here is an awesome photo that my wife took:

FB_IMG_1504552336571.jpgMy wife soon located me to congratulate me then I turned around to head back on the course to run my friends back to the finish line.  It was a tradition I started recently to help motivate and encourage my friends.

After accompanying the final runner in our group to the finish line, I wanted to see how I did.  It took me a while to find my name but when I found it I was in shock.  My time was 51:54 – a new 10K PR!! My previous 10K PR was 52:17 from July 4, 2015.  I couldn’t believe it.  I just PR’d on the toughest 10K course to date.  When I run in the race, I usually do not have a specific goal.  I just run it.  If I happen to PR or even place in my age group, I consider those bonuses.  Other stats: I placed 90 out 312 overall and 8 out of 20 in my age group. Here is how my splits looked:

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One final fact: When I ran the 5K in 2013, my pace was 9:45 a mile. This year, I ran twice the distance at 8:22 a mile!

After the race, we had lunch and fellowship at a local sandwich shop.

I am very proud of what I accomplished, however, I am more proud of my running group. They mentioned that they were glad we run hills once a week because they were better prepared for this race.  One commented that she was able to overtake some runners herself.  One placed 3rd in her age group.  Regardless if they were fast, slow, or had to walk parts of it, they did it.

Well, that’s about it for now.  Time to start packing for my trip.  I plan on getting some training runs in while in the DC area and even considering running in a 5K race.  Enjoy the rest of your week and happy running!

Troy

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I am running 3 races – IN THE SAME DAY!

Hello to my fellow runners! First and foremost, I can’t believe that we are halfway through 2014! This year has flown by fast.  It feels like that it was yesterday that I made the choice of making running a part of my life.  It was the best decision I have ever made!

I will be kicking off the 4th of July weekend at midnight tonight with our first annual glo run (following our Independence Day celebration).  This will be my first time running in the middle of the night.  To my understanding, we have over 150 runners that signed up.  Since it’s called a glo run, I went to the dollar store and bought some glow sticks to wear.  And since we are celebrating the 4th of July, I bought a patriotic top hat to wear while I run. Shouldn’t be a problem since I ran 13.1 miles wearing a cow costume but then again the hat could slow me down..LOL!

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However, like the title said, I am RUNNING 3 races in the SAME DAY! 7 hours later, I will be running in the Firecracker 10K and 5K runs BACK TO BACK! Oh, did I mention that I have an hours drive to get to the races?  So as you probably figured out, I am going to get very little sleep tonight.  I will be home from the glo run at about 0100 and will be leaving town a little after 0500 to drive to the Firecracker race.  Come to think of it, this will be the first time of running 3 races in the same day.

So why I am doing this?  Well one reason is I wanted to challenge myself by doing something I haven’t done before.  The primary reason is that I am doing this for my running buddy Hunter.  Back in January, I found an organization called I Run 4 .  The purpose of the organization is to pair runners with someone who is not able to run (a running buddy) and all of the runners workouts are dedicated for the running buddy.  I signed up without hesitation and was finally matched last month! Ever since then, my running buddy has been an inspiration to me to push myself so that’s why I decided to run 3 races in the same day.  I really don’t care if I PR or place; it’s all about Hunter! I plan on sending him a care package this weekend and I will be including my race shirts among other things.

So who is racing this 4th of July weekend? Let me know in the comments.  Have a great 4th but most of all, Happy Running!

Troy

 

 

 

Half Marathon Training – Day 50

Good evening everyone! Last week, I noted that I was crazy for running a 5K race in the morning and running 11 miles in the afternoon.  Well, I graduated to REAL CRAZY because I ran my first 10K race this morning and ran 12 miles in the evening.

Even though I ran 6.2 miles this morning, I still wanted to get my mileage in for my half marathon training.  I thought I was going to run solo but one of my friends who missed the 6 am group decided to run with me.  I appreciated his company because it seemed to make the run go by faster.  Before starting my run, my goal was to FINISH the distance; I didn’t care what my pace was.  Since I pushed myself to get my 10K time in under an hour, I didn’t want to over do it on the 12 mile run and possibly injure myself.  The temperature was 80 degrees, so I wore my Amphipod waist pack with two 8 oz water bottles.  For the first time, I carried some pretzel sticks to munch on from time to time.

Well, we did it.  We completed a 12 mile run, which is the longest distance and duration to date.  I have to admit, my feet were sore but now feel better since I am soaking them in some Epson Salt.  Well at least this will be the farthest we will go during the remainder of our training; the longest distance we will run before race day is no more than 8 miles.

Well that’s about it.  I am going to relax tomorrow and do a walk on Monday for my cross training.  Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Troy

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My First 10K Race! (2014 Cherry Blossom 10K)

Good Saturday afternoon everyone! Wow – another week that has flown by.  I know that I haven’t been on here for the past couple of days but rest assured my half marathon training is doing great.  Two weeks from today, I will be running my first half marathon in Athens, GA.  I started to train in early January but it feels like I just started my training yesterday.

Well today, I participated in my first 10K race.  I was suppose to run in the 2013 National Veteran’s Day 11K Run in Atlanta, GA but to my surprise and disappointment, the event ended up being cancelled.  Instead, I did a virtual run:  I ran my 11K here at home and after I was done, I logged in my mileage.  I got a certificate, a medal, and lapel pin for participating.  My time for that was 1:05:01 with an average pace of 9:30.  Not bad for a virtual 11K.  But it wasn’t a RACE!

It was late February when I was scrolling through the local race calendar and I noticed that there a Cherry Blossom Road Race scheduled for March 22, 2014.  It was one of the many festivities to kick off the Cherry Blossom Festival.  In addition, the race benefits Wesley Glen Ministries, an organization that serves adults with mental disabilities. When I noticed that they had a 10K route, I signed up without hesitation.

Before I went to the race, I met up with the Run For God 5K and 10K groups that were training early in the morning at 6:30.  For the 10K group, they were running the longest distance that the training called for: 6 miles.  I didn’t run; I was out there to cheer them on as they past by while I was enjoying my toasted peanut butter bagel.

I couldn’t stay long, so I left and headed to the race.  When I got there, I “ran” into friends from the Run Fit Sports, Robins Pacers group, and even Air Force coworkers.  It’s funny how you run into the same people race after race after race.  But that’s okay, I enjoy seeing my friends! Since I had a little bit of time, I used the restroom (a must!) and did a couple of warm up laps around the parking lot.  Well the race was about to start, so we all got to the starting line.  And the race started and off we went.  For some strange reason, my Pebble SmartWatch was not syncing with my RunKeeper when I started so I said whatever and put my phone in my waist pouch.  It was a pretty good course that was out in the country, similar to what I was running in the For the Love of Kratos 5K last weekend.  It had some hills but nothing major.  The course was simple: run to the halfway point and turn around.  When I turned around at the halfway point, I cheered my friends as they passed by.  While running, I noticed that a train was passing by.  I was hoping that didn’t effect the runners up front (the tracks had to be crossed to get back to the finish line).  From what I heard, it did.  While I was running, I thought I had a good comfortable pace.  I could tell that I was pushing myself.  I didn’t bother pulling my phone to check my pace; my focus was to cross the finish line.  I think it was at mile 5.25 when one my running friends caught up with me.  It was funny because that gave me an incentive to pick up the pace, which I did.  Well, before I knew it, the finish line was in sight.  One of my Air Force friends was there cheering me on and I decided to sprint for the finish line.  Yes, I am done! My first 10K race in my life is now complete.  One thing I like about this race was that it was chip timed, so we didn’t have to fill out our results when we were done.

Even though this was my first 10K race, I did a some goals for myself.  I could have set the goal of just completing it but I knew I could do that since I have been doing all of this long distance running for the past three months.  So I set the goal of competing the race in an hour or less and to beat my 11K pace of 9:30 per mile.  I looked at what my RunKeeper but I wanted to see what the unofficial results said. Soon the board was updated.  According to the sheet, these were my results:

Time: 53:23 with an average pace of 8:36!!!! YES, I BUSTED MY GOAL!!! I couldn’t believe it.  I shaved 54 seconds off my average pace from my virtual 11K run last November.  And again, I didn’t think I was going that fast! Just for kicks, I compared my average pace to my 5K races and my pace today was faster than 8 of the 10 5K races I have run so far.  I even did a 4 mile run before Christmas and my average pace for that was 9:10 per mile.  I am just blown away on my achievements and seeing how my training has been paying off.  And I am just getting started!!

Well today was a great day! Now that I have an official 10K race time on the books, I have a goal for my next 1oK race to set a new 10K PR.  My next 1oK will be the Chick-Fil-A 1oK in Dublin, GA on April 26, 2o14.

Well that’s it for now.  But I am not done today! Tonight at 6pm, I am meeting up with some friends and running 12 miles. This will be my longest distance and duration run to date.  Even though I ran a little over 6 miles this morning, I still want to get my training miles in for my half marathon.  Somebody was half joking that I should run 6 tonight.  I could but that’s CHEATING..IMO 😉 

Have a great Saturday and happy running! Thanks for reading!

Troy

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