And, just like that, with the inaugural Hot Dash 10 Mile, my 2015 season is off and running.
This was my first running race in about 18 months. Funny how quickly you forget that level of suffering… a completely different kind compared to triathlon. A whole lotta ouchie (my hammies! I hurt worse after this race than IMWI).
My race strategy was to get comfortable with the uncomfortable – coach told me to just let it rip – which is exactly what I did. I more or less turned off my brain during the race, only really paying attention when my 920 beeped mile splits – where did those times come from?! – to ask myself how I felt and to occasionally make sure the speedy Mill City Running ladies were within sight (because I knew it’d be a good day if I could keep up with them).
Nick and I arrived in northeast Minneapolis about 30 minutes before 9a start. Parking was a cinch, and I did a quick warm-up run to the porta potties and back to the car to meet him and Sonia, who was also racing. We lined up with about five minutes ’til start, and after an anticlimactic on your marks, get set, GO!, we were off, the soft pitter patter of 2,600 feet running down Marshall Street for a tour of northeast.
After a bit a weaving around folks the first half-mile or so, I settled in the low 7:00s, legs feeling great. It was fairly windy the first four miles until the first turn, but after that, smooth sailing along the mighty Mississippi. We lucked out with the weather, too; the first day in months it was warm enough to run sans down jacket!
By the time I reached the Stone Arch Bridge around mile nine… OMG. I’m dying, I said through a smile to Nick, my super Sherpa who was there taking photos. And, the last half-mile along St. Anthony Main… a beautiful finish line, but running on cobbles isn’t the easiest when your legs are trashed!
All in all, a fantastic race! Kudos to Twin Cities in Motion for yet another well organized race (this organization is the BEST). And, thanks to my super rad team for the support… xo, Coeur Sports and Osmo Nutrition (had my first preload of the season before this race)! Someone please remind me after every race to drink a gallon of Osmo active ;)
Love these two ladies, Nanette and Sonia… both had fantastic races!
OFFICIAL RESULTS // 1:11:33, 7:10 pace, 3rd AG (35-39F), 17th OA woman.
Garmin 920 splits: 7:14 / 7:08 / 7:07 / 7:06 / 7:03 / 7:06 / 7:08 / 7:05 / 6:53 / 6:51
I should note that even though this was the game plan coach and I discussed, I wasn’t positive I could pull off 7s, let alone drop the pace the last two miles, because all of my running has been 9:00+ pace the past four months. I only started speed work about a month ago! Running often and running easy is key, people! #slowisthenewfast