Sunday, April 2, 2017

Lakefront 10 Miler


Before the race - I like to stand out in all pink!
I've said it before and I'll say it again, there is nothing stopping me from running a sub-10 minute mile half marathon except myself.

Once again I had a good race at the CARA Lakefront 10 Miler and 5k. I finished in 1:33:34 with an overall pace of 9:22. According to my good friend McMillan, I should be able to run a half marathon in 2:04:48 or at a 9:32 pace. That's great - but that's about eight minutes off my current PR of 2:12:12 which is a 10:04 pace. So clearly McMillan knows something my body (or head) doesn't.

The Lakefront 10 was a good race - even though it was a bit chilly - or maybe because it was a bit chilly. This year we once again ran up Cricket Hill twice. But in a new exciting twist, we finished on the Wilson track. Finishing on the track is run, it gives you that "I'm a real runner feeling" - it was also easier to know when to really start sprinting because you know exactly how far away the finish line is.

Before the race we all stood around on the infield. There were the usual pre-race pictures and discussion on everyone's expected pace. I didn't have a specific pace I wanted to run, I just figured I would run at least a sub-10. I've had some pretty decent mid-week runs these last few weeks, so while I wasn't setting out for a PR - I had looked at last year's time several days before the race, but of course I had forgotten what it was - I knew I should be able to run a good race. We made our way over to the starting corral on Wilson, which was thick with kids from Chicago Run doing the 5k.

As Aliza, Adrienne and I made our way past a bunch of kids the first couple of miles, I mentioned how cool they look in their matching sweats and then have the brilliant idea that our group totally needs matching track suits! We're working on a team name and logo now.

I assure you that is a grimace - not a smile on my face.
I managed to run the whole way up the hill - the first time.
We headed north first and then turned back south along the inner gravel path before swinging over to the path by Montrose. Up until this point, Adrienne and I had been keeping up with Aliza, but at a water stop around half way we decided to slow down a bit and let her go. The turn around is at Fullerton, and of course the minute we turned back north we feel the wind. It's not terrible, but it's there - a seeming constant this last few weeks.

At mile 9 we started to push a little bit, which was good because unlike Adrienne, I couldn't charge up the hill a second time. I made it about a quarter of the way before I started to walk. But once I got to the top, I sprinted to catch back up with Adrienne. As we made our way onto the field I realized that yes, we do have to go around more than once. As we are close to the finish line the first time, I saw a friend who I know runs faster than me just completing his second time around. He happily let me know that we have one more time around to go. But that's not what's on my mind - I was just astonished I was so close behind him.

I put it all out the last 100 meters - huffing and puffing my way across the finish line. My watch said I ran a 9:17 pace, but had the distance at 10.08 miles. Even with the distance adjustment, I was ecstatic that I ran a 9:22 pace - and set a new 10 mile PR by three and a half minutes.

Adrienne and I met up with Aliza and my sister and then cheered on all of our other friends. All in all it was a great race - even if we did have to go up that damn hill twice.



4 comments:

Pete B said...

Congrats on the massive PR. That course is fast and of course but it could be far faster if they didn't make you run up Cricket Hill twice! Sounds like you should be able to crush your half marathon goal with your current fitness. Are you signed up for one?

Melanie Higgins said...

Pete - I am. A bunch of my girlfriends and I are doing the Kentucky Derby half at the end of the month. Just need to stay in shape and healthy until then.

thanks!

Pete B said...

Yes, here's to both of us staying healthy! Good luck at the Kentucky Derby Half! :)

dissertation writing said...

As a runner I know how it feels after going through such situation. Keep up your spirits and hopefully it will work out well. Was good to read the recap of your marathon.

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