Ah, the Clarendon Day Double. When I ran this race last year, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to run the double again. Yet, somehow I found myself lining up for two races this past Saturday.
I felt really laid back about this race and my only goal was to come in under my time last year. Well, that’s not entirely true. I knew I’d come in faster than last year’s double, simply because I’m a faster runner now. Last year, I ran the double in 1:37 and this year I shot for 1:30ish. I knew that I’d start out fast, since the races both start off with a significant down hill. I wanted to reign it in during the 5k because I knew the 10k would be starting at 9am and race day was warm for September, with high humidity. The best laid plans, right?
When my first mile beeped on my watch and I saw 8:05, I knew I was in trouble. That was WAY too fast and I tried to back way off. Mile two was still way too fast at 8:18. I slowed it way down for mile three and ran that in 8:57, for an average pace of 8:36 (finish time 26:43). I knew I was in trouble for the 10k as soon as I crossed the finish line. I’d unintentionally run my second fastest 5k ever…and then had to walk 1.5 miles (mostly uphill) back to the start line and run a 10k. I really need to learn how to run by feel because I am terrible at pacing myself. Sigh.
We managed to get back to the 10k start line a few minutes before the race started. I had originally thought that maybe I could run sub 60 in the 10k but knew that after pushing it too hard in the 5k, I should just focus on running fast enough to come in at 1:30 or less. By this time, the sun was blazing, the humidity was high and there were long uncovered stretches along the road. I was hot and cranky because of the humidity. On the plus side, I got to run with Sue of This Mama Runs for Cupcakes for about half a mile. I kept trucking along but by the time I got to mile 4, I totally lost all will to run and just desperately wanted to be finish. I felt SO hot and uncomfortable and all I could focus on was putting one foot in front of the other. It was pretty miserable and I say that having run in all kinds of weather conditions. I’m not sure exactly what the problem was but I think some things were vastly messed up with my hydration and fueling because as soon as I crossed the finish line, I felt awful. I was dizzy, hot and just wanted to sit down. After a few minutes, we had a good contingent of bloggers so we were all taking pictures, but again, I felt like I needed to sit down. My sweet blogging buddies gave me some food and made sure I had water and I started feeling human again – but still definitely felt slightly off most of the day.
10k splits: 9:28, 9:23, 9:33, 9:55, 10:33, 10:48 (ugh). What an example of how NOT to race a 10k. Meh. I was very glad to be finished. 10k time: 1:02:35. Which meant my 5k+10k time was 1:29:18 — a huge PR from last year’s double.
So, this wasn’t the best race for me, but I am really proud of the progress I’ve made. And, luckily, I had a fun Oiselle Team brunch to look forward to after the race…which meant of course, this:
My brunch order was bacon, a croissant, fruit and a mimosa. Because why not? Of course, in retrospect, I should have gotten something with more protein. I definitely needed it. But, the bacon was yummy, per usual!
Such a fun brunch with a great group of gals! Now, please, please, remind me of this post next year when I try and sign up for the double again, haha!
Back to back races: awesome or crazy? (I know my answer!)