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Race Report - Darn that iPOD!!

Monday, August 04, 2008

I ran the Lady Distance Classic yesterday. It turned out to be a nice day, and a course that was much hillier (is that a word) than I realized when I drove it. It seemed flat, but in reality only miles 1-2 were flat. I ended up with a time around 57:45, not a PR, but a 9:19 pace, which would be darned good in a marathon.

Lessons learned:
1. Drink more water - I was very thirsty at the start
2. Don't change how you wear your iPod at the last minute - I decided to try out the HUGE pocket in my running skirt for my iPod. Big mistake, because the iPod bounced around on my butt for 6 miles, until I took it out
3. Get enough sleep the night before.

OK, here's something that really annoyed me. This girl, couldn't have been more than 24-25, was bragging about how drunk she got the night before, she had been in a wedding party. Her hair was still in the "do" from the wedding. And...she BEAT me. Now that really bugs me - if I had been drunk the night before, there would have been no way that I would have been in a race that early in the morning.

But, the course was nice, the race was overall fun, and I enjoyed the break from training. Now, back to my marathon grind....gotta go ice my heel before I start my day.
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  • 10YEARSTOGETHER
    That is a great time for the 10k! And you're especially right about the hydration. The few days before a race I overload on H20. LOL about the girl - but we can't compare ourselves to others. I bet you're so much healthier than her!
    4493 days ago
  • ELFITZPA
    I haven't been able to wear my ipod in a lot of races lately, since the RD's around here have been cracking down on the USATF's no headphones rule. But I've definitely had my fair share of ipod trouble - new arm bands that chaffed horribly, headphones that stopped working mid-race, and of course it's flat out died a few times. WHY do I love the thing so much?

    Anyway forget that girl. She's clearly got some natural talent but she's squandering it by showing up hungover. All you can do is focus on your race and your training, and it sounds like you're doing pretty great! I HATE 10Ks, I think they might be my least favorite distance. It's short enough that you have to push it beyond your comfort zone, but it feels WAY too long to keep a good pace up for the whole thing.

    Good luck with your training! I seem to remember our marathons are on the same weekend or really close - I'll be reminding myself that I'm not really alone the next time I'm out on my long run!
    4503 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/4/2008 10:02:45 AM
  • JIFFINERLYNN
    I ran the lady distance classic yesterday as well, well the 5K, not up to the 10K yet! Funny that you had Ipod problems, mine died in the middle of the race, I was so frustrated. It was a great experience, I was so excited to see so many women there!!
    4503 days ago
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