This week was a cut back week for me so I enjoyed the reduction in mileage. However, I couldn’t just have a normal cut back week. I decided to do a two-fer! On Saturday morning I ran a 5k that started at 8am. Then I walked .5 mile up hill and ran a 10k that started at 9am. And it was awesome. TOUGH. But awesome.
The Clarendon Day Double let runners run both a 5k and a 10k in the same morning. I needed about 10 miles so I figured this race would be a fun way to get my mileage in. This race was put on by Pacers and the whole organization of the race was fantastic! The 5k started at 8 and then the 10k started at 9. I was able to get to the race around 7:30, grab my bib and meet up with some MRTT ladies, Oiselle teammates and a BGR buddy! So many friends in this race, it was awesome.
My official time was 1:37:07, which means I had a total average pace of 10:26/mi. The images above from my app are misleading — I think the underpasses messed with the GPS signal, because I had both courses as running long. Which, let me tell you sucked when my app said “6 miles” and I WASN’T AT 6 MILES! Of course 6 miles was really 9 miles because I’d ran the 5k previously so I was all kinds of tired.
I’m not quite sure how I feel about running two races in one day. It was tough and I definitely wanted to just keep running instead of stopping and walking uphill after the 5k. However, it was fun to get my mileage in through a race and it was great to meet up with so many Oiselle teammates and run club buddies! Although there were no PRs for me, I was happy with my times. I definitely need to work on my pacing – I still go out way too fast, which always bites me in the butt. Overall, though it was a great race and I loved racing in my Oiselle singlet 🙂
Have you ever run two races in the same day? If so, did you find it as hard as I did?