Hello, thank you for joining me along my journey of becoming a Runner! I've always been an active guy, played sports in high school and continued into adult recreation sports after high school. As I started my family and found a career, the activity level slowly decreased. Well my Fiance had enough of our lazy ways and started on the Weight Watchers program and completely overhauled our daily meals. Step 2 was getting more active, so we decided to JOG our annual Juvenile Diabetes charity walk and actually enjoyed the activity. The month following the charity walk, we signed up for our first official 5K and had an absolute blast. From that point forward I have officially been BIT by the running bug and this is my journey to becoming a RUNNER!
Monday, May 12, 2014
The Night Run 10K Race Recap
Mrs Schlub and I were running in The Night Run 10K on Saturday night. Friends had talked to Mrs Schlub about it weeks ago, but the real attraction for us was that the finishers medal is a glow in the dark medal....that is SWEET.
Race packet pickup was at a local running store so we went together to pickup. Pickup was super quick, not a lot of people there when we arrived. With registration we received a white event techincal shirt, our bib, some energy bars, and a few glow sticks. We ended up going to the dollar store and buying a ton more for ourselves and our friends.
I wasnt super stressed going into this run as I was runnig with Mrs Schlub and trying to pace her to a new 10K PR. But I WAS super excited just to be racing and getting to run side by side with her. Still had my race gear laid out way in advance.
Grandma came over to watch the kids and we headed over to the event around 6pm. The race was in the same area as my work so I was pretty familiar with the area. The event had a few of the streets blocked off so there was a little bit of traffic but we still found parking easily. As we walked to the staging area, we found some restrooms and hit that before meeting up with our friends. Once we found our friends we kind of overtook the volunteer check in table laying out all our glowsticks and bibs getting ready for the race. Luckily the volunteer manning the table was nice and actually helped me with some of my glowsticks. We took pre-race pictures but unforunately Mrs Schlub and I had nothing buy blurry pictures, darn iPhone (little jab at Mrs Schlub because I dislike iPhones lol).
After getting glowsticks and bibs situated, we headed to the start line to get ready for the race. The countdown was on and soon we were off. The race route was pretty narrow and we had trouble finding space in a few areas as we went off. Despite the congestion she came out strong in the first quarter with a 9:45 pace, then we were able to settle into a smooth pace for the first part of the race.
Mile 1 - 10:14
Mile 2 - 10:11
Mile 3 - 10:31
The race route was a double loop so as we finished the first 3 miles, we came to the start/finish line again to start our second loop. I have to admit, even though I was running a smooth pace and wasnt tired, it was pretty frustrating to see the 5K racers pulling off when they were done knowing that we had another 3 miles to go, BUT on we ran. Mrs Schlub was doing amazing and was grinding through, but she was having trouble with her body loosening up. Despite her body not giving her a peak performance, she still powered through the second 5K with some great splits.
Mile 4 - 10:33
Mile 5 - 10:22
Mile 6 - 10:28
Last .2 - 8:15
We crossed the finish line 1:04:11 at an average pace of 10:20 min/mile. I am not sure what her exact time was for her previous PR but I think it was in the 1:07 time frame. So she pretty much killed her old PR by about 3 minutes, that is HUGE. As we finished together, we got our medals and had to display our new bling.
I had a new PR because this was my very first 10K and Mrs Schlub had a new PR but flat out grinding through this tough race.
Best part was we went with all our friends after to grab some good old bar and grill food and beers and had a blast just sitting around and enjoying the night.
1) The race route was pretty tough in a few areas beacause of how narrow the sidewalk was or they didnt cone off enough of the road. We were running on the public roads most of the way and there were many spots where the road was uneven and had cracks which could of created some problems. I know we saw at least one running fall from an uneven sidewalk.
2) Running at night poses a problem for Mrs Schlub. I wish I had brought my headlamp to help her see where she was stepping. Mental note if we run next year.
3) I was surprised by how little GLOW that was out there. You saw the bracelets and necklaces, but I thought for sure I would see full suit/shirt/vest glow attire. Didnt see any of that, was pretty dissapointed with others, I thought I looked cool lol.
4) Mrs Schlub has been battling a pain in her lower leg between her shin and calf on the inner part of her leg. We are thinking its shin splints but not positive. I told her that I think it may have something to do with the inserts she had fitted the last time she bought shoes. We will contiue to monitor this so she doesnt make things worse.
Question: Do you have special foot inserts in your shoes or are you running on the standard insoles?