The rain hit early that morning and was gone by the time we arrived at the race. We hit the restroom and then searched for our friends. Standard pre race photos took place.
Mrs. Schlub and I hit the restroom one more time then headed to the start line. She grouped up with our friends while I headed to the front of the line to avoid all the traffic. Major take away from last weeks race lol. The announcer counted us down and then we were off. Right away we hit the trail and it was definatley going to be a muddy day. I'm sure it's pretty common but I've noticed that when I'm up at the front with the lead pack, I tend to come out way too fast. Luckily, I was able to settle in after the first mile and knock out another solid run. Mrs. Schlub had another solid run as well which makes back to back solid runs for both us. I finished in 55:47 with an average pace of 7:29 min/mile and Mrs. Schlub finished in 1:21:41 with an average pace of 10:58 min/mile.
Great finish for both of us and after a great run you absolutely have to celebrate with your finisher medals.
Although I came out fast, I was able to hold a steady pace for the remainder of the race. Once again a huge surprise for me because I am normally terrible at pacing myself. I guess I'm starting to find a good stride which allows me to get into a solid groove. Not by much but I guess you can say I negative split the last two and a half miles lol.
Major take away from these past two races, my stride has changed A LOT. I feel like a much different runner from even a couple weeks ago. The past two races my calves have been really sore which means I am using more of a kick motion rather than a glide motion. I have been focusing on taking a longer stride in an attempt to use less energy and I really think it's working. In a way I am trying to use a butt kick stride which is why my calves being sore really makes sense. So the items I have been working on over the last few weeks seem to really be working and have me on the right path closing out races in 2014.
Do you have more of a kick in your stride or do you tend to glide more with very little leg kick??