I've been really bad about training in general the last few weeks (which is a whole different blog post), but when the opportunity to do this race arose, I couldn't say no. This morning, Mr. R&R and I drove to campus and registered on-site to do the race. While we were doing that, I couldn't help smiling because the Marquette Band, which I was part of for 4 years, was playing one of my favorite songs from back in the day: You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon. How appropriate for the occasion!
|Yes, I'm somewhere in that mess! (circa 2000)|
The first mile was fantastic. It's a long, straight, down-hill run. I felt really good and had to keep reminding myself that a) I had 4 more miles to run and b) the pace I was running only felt good because I was running down hill! Mile 1 went by in 9:02. My favorite part of that mile? Running it faster than the Navy/Army ROTC group!
Mile 2 continued through downtown Milwaukee and then turned into a neighborhood known as 'The East Side'. I slowed down a little here, but still not bad.
Mile 3 contains my absolute favorite part of the race: Lafayette Hill. This hill is miserably steep if you have to run up it, but fortunately we were running down it! A free speed boost? I'll take it!
Mile 4 was a long, straight stretch of road paralleling the shoreline of Lake Michigan. It's usually a great place to run, but there was no breeze coming off the lake today so the sun was absolutely scorching.
Mile 5 just sucked. My pace, which had been pretty consistent for Miles 2-4, skyrocketed. I was hot, tired, and ready to be done; but I was also chasing a rabbit in my mind. I haven't run this particular race or distance since 2009 and I was really hoping to PR this race. That wasn't looking too likely given my average pace for the first half of that mile. After some quick calculations I realized that it was still possible, but I was really going to have to push hard. I went for it. I hated every minute of that last half mile and seriously thought I was going to puke afterwards, but I DID IT! My 32 year old self beat my 29 year old self by 36 seconds!
Official Finishing Time: 50:07 (Avg. Pace: 10:05)
Of course we all know my Garmin usually tells a slightly different story, so here's that data if you're interested: