Ok back on track...
Today Mrs. Schlub and I were running the Hot Chocolate 15K for our official 1 year runniversary. I have to tell you, the Hot Chocolate Run goes all out for the racers and is really one of the best runs we've done. Our registration covered the race, a zip up event sweater, finisher medal, and post race goodies. A whole list of favorite items for all of us racers.
We woke up around 5:45am, to arrive at the race location around 7:00am, with a race start time of 8:15am. We met up with our friends, made a couple bathroom stops, and of course had to take our pre race pictures.
Based on registration Mrs. Schlub and I were assigned to the first 15K corral but we decided to move back a corral to start with all our friends. Not the best idea for me but I'll cover that in a bit. 15K is an odd distance, not too many races around here have a 15K distance so I just wanted to keep my race plan pretty simple. The plan was to hold a pace around 7:00 - 8:00 min/mile which would have me finishing around 1hr 10min - 1hr 15min. Mrs. Schlub has not been feeling 100% this past week so she didnt have big expectations for the race but she wanted to run the race under 11:00 min/mile.
The corrals were packed and we had a 10 min wait between corrals which felt like F-O-R-E-V-E-R. Our corral got moved up to the start line and we were off and running. At this point I am not the fastest runner at any of the events we run, but I usually try to be up front in the corrals to avoid all the traffic. Well moving back a corral, I was surrounded by slower traffic and ended up weaving in and out for the first mile. I was lucky to click off the first mile just under 8 min/mile. After that I settled in and started to click off mile after mile. The race was pretty non eventful once things spread out.
I ended up finishing in 1:10:56 which is a 7:37 min/mile pace, and Mrs. Schlub finished in 1:38:49 which is a 10:36 min/mile.
We both nailed our goals and ran really solid races. After the race we got our finisher medals and our post race goodies. The post race mug was filled with hot chocolate, dipping chocolate for pretzels, wafers, bananas, and a few other treats.
|Awesome finisher medal|
|All the chocolate goodies, great post race fuel.|
One major take away from the race, I'm progressing and need to stick to the plan. This week was filled with around 30 total miles, quite a bit of elevation gain, and two days of strength training. Then on Saturday I played a little soccer at an event for our church and thought for sure my legs would of been dead for the race. Well I went out and ran some great splits and held a strong level pace for the entire race.
Great race, but need to keep building on this because 107th overall is not even close to where I want to be, back to the hard work on Tuesday.
Who else raced this weekend? Do you train on tired legs so you run strong on race day or do you need fresh legs to have a good run?