Saturday, February 6, 2010

Chattahoochee Challenge 10K Race Report

Ahh....I love being done with races.

Do I love racing them? Sometimes.
Do I love training for them? Most of the time.
Do I love the morning of races? Absolutely not.

This was my first race of 2010. And in my strange quest to constantly beat myself, there was some extra pressure. I was fighting off nerves all week....for a 10k! Sheesh. This morning was full of "my chest hurts, bronchitis for sure", "my stomach hurts, ow."...etc, etc, etc.

Goal? Beat 44:18. My time from last year on this same course.

This race
could not be easier for me to get to, or more comfortable. I train on these roads all the time. Flat and fast. Only if they could actually make it 6.2, instead of 6.29 miles (that extra .09 really makes a HUGE difference if say, you might be dry heaving since you kicked too early....not sayin' that I did that, doesn't sound like me at all.) ;)

Warm up with Jill and Andrea. So nice to have friendly faces at races. (Congrats to both of them for PR's and 2 and 3 in their AG!)

And.....(insert nervous girl talk about the increasing hotness of Michael Vartan and waning hotness of Bradley Cooper)...GO!

Miles 1-4, my goal was to stay around 7:00. Just maintain, don't be dumb and go out too hard. I love you, Garmin. I would have totally messed this up without the constant reminder to slow the eff down. I knew I would regret it later if I pushed too early.

Mile 1 - 7:03
Mile 2 - 6:52 (whoops)
Mile 3 - 6:58
Mile 4 - 7:04 (ow)

I was trying to fool myself into thinking that the real race started at mile 5. The first 4 miles were just a warm up. Get to 5. Get to 5. Get to 5 and then GO! Well, getting to 5 and GOING really just meant, getting to 5 and maintaining. Totally fine. I pushed as hard as I could until the dry heaves came. (They always come.) Then done!

Mile 5 - 6:57
Mile 6 - 6:57

43:50/Avg. pace 6:59
10th OA/1st AG


32 year old me was taken down. Slow whippersnapper.

Jill, Andrea and I took home some sweet necklaces.

10 comments:

Mama Simmons said...

Congrats, Kate!!! Nice even splits there... :)

Jennifer Harrison said...

YEAH Kate! Your text this AM made my day! You earned it! Congrats! :)

Angela and David Kidd said...

Congrats! Kick that bitch's ass!

The Chapples said...

Great job!!

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ADC said...

Wow, great race. And call those last 2 miles perfect consistency :)))

Rebecca DeWire said...

Just awesome!!!

Angela said...

nice job Kate! Great race.

Ange said...

Look at those splits!! GREAT run! congrats on the age group win too!!
race mornings are so hard!! I agree.

Mary IronMatron said...

OMG AWESOME! Those splits are perfect--so even and FAST! Congrats to you! Yeah!!!!
Oh, and I agree. Race mornings suck. That's the part of racing I can't stand...