On Saturday, I ran the Zooma Annapolis Women’s 10k. This race took place two weeks after my PR at the Cap Hill Classic (read about that here) and I set a goal of beating that time. I started to rethink my goal when I realized just how hot it was going to be. Saturday had temps rising into the 90s and that meant that I changed my goals to simply running smart and finishing strong. Well, I definitely didn’t finish strong…but I did finish!
I was pretty excited because my Law School BF (Tiff) and running buddy ran the race with me! We ran our first ten miler and half marathons together and I’ve still never found a better running buddy. We’re about the same pace, we push each other when needed and we don’t have a need to talk all the time while running (I can not carry on a conversation while running longer than a couple miles). I was also so excited because we had spectators – her finance (who is 6’7 so easy to spot), my boyfriend and my dad!!! My parents haven’t seen me run since I ran track in high school so it was particularly meaningful to have my dad there. Tiff, her fiance, K and I all met at my place about 5:30 to head to Annapolis. We got there with plenty of time to stretch and use the restroom.
I had a little bit of pre-race jitters but once my dad showed up, I felt so much better! Shortly after 7am, we were off! Because the race was small, there was not a staggered start. Unbelievably, a woman was walking within the first 2 minutes. I have to say, nothing gets my goat more than someone walking in the first .25 of a race! If you know you are going to walk, please be courteous and start in the back of the pack. Because the start was so congested, Tiff and I went out way too fast and expended so much energy zigging and zagging around runners. I would pay for this later in the race. 🙁
When my Nike+ app told me at mile 2 that we’d been running for 18:xx minutes, I knew I was in trouble. My typical pace is between 10:15-10:45mm and with the heat, I was shooting for somewhere between 10:30-10:40. I knew that those first two fast miles would hurt later. And sure enough…
I lost Tiff at the first water stop because she was using her water belt and didn’t stop. However, I kept her in my sights and told myself I’d catch up to her once I reached mile 4. As it turned out, that plan worked perfectly because there was a couple of race glitches that resulted in all runners not making a designated turn and therefore missing out on the second water stop. That meant there was no water from mile 1.75 – mile 4.5. While this enabled me to catch up with Tiff, I was so thirsty! I was kicking myself for not wearing my water belt. I caught up with Tiff on a huge (well, it felt huge at the time) hill and we commiserated for a minute about how HOT we were and how terrible the hill was. We ran together for a bit and then I felt sick of running, so I took off to try and finish!
Once we came down that hill, I knew the end had to be close. I was pretty excited to see our spectators again! I thought we wouldn’t see them again until the finish, so it was really exciting. However, by this point, I was so tired and hot that I could barely speak. My dad ran with me for a few paces and I just remember him saying that I was so close and me almost crying, “are you SURE?!” Haha, I was just SO hot.
Finally, we reached the Stadium again and I saw the finish line. I crossed and bee-lined towards ice cold water. A minute later, Tiff crossed and we gave each other a sweaty hug. Tiff hadn’t been running a lot prior to the race and I am absolutely amazed at how she rocked it!
It was so fun to have spectators and so cool to have my dad there. He was the first person to introduce me to running and now after experiencing how fun it was to have him at a race, I totally want to run a race with him. How fun would that be??
So after all that, how’d I do? My official time was 1:04:51, which I’m pretty proud of considering the heat and the rolling hills. I know the course was a bit short (about .2 according to my GPS), but hey, I’ll take it!
Overall, while there were a few mishaps, I’d definitely run a Zooma Race again. We got great swag (see below), it was a fun atmosphere and the after race snack was hummus, pretzels and an apple. Plus, there was shade and a band playing afterwards. It was a fun day and Annapolis is beautiful.
Did you race over the weekend? If so, did the heat affect you?