The course was flat and easy. The 10k was two loops of the 5k course. Adam kept pushing the pace with this long legs and we finished in 1:00.48--a PR for me. It was a good run and I felt great afterwards. I would highly recommend this case in the future--it was fun and relaxed. My only hesitation in recommending it is that if more people sign up in the future it may get too crazy and crowded. :)
This past Sunday I ran the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon. It was my 4th time running one of the P.F. Chang's races--my third time running the 1/2. I wasn't really excited to run this race again because it has gotten increasingly more crowded and crazy each year, but I wanted to try the newly revamped 1/2 course, so I sucked it up and signed up.
|The girls were ready to rock!|
For my race, things were a little more hectic and rushed. Adam and the girls dropped me off at the starting line, which was nice because parking looked like a nightmare. I arrived around 7:15 at the starting area. The race was scheduled to start at 7:50 so I had plenty of time to use the port-a-potty and get set...or so I thought. The first thing I did was jump in the port-a-potty line...which was pretty much the whole pre-race time period. Just after I stepped out of the port-a-potty, they started the National Anthem and then the race.
I usually like to eat an energy bar or something before the race and I had brought some salt sticks to use as well, but I didn't have water with me (there's usually plenty at the start). I didn't have time to look for water, so I figured I'd just take the first salt stick at the first water break, which is usually just after the first mile. I was in corral 9 and we started about 12 minutes after the first corral, which made me wish I had looked for water and then just got back in the corral, but oh well.
|Another RNR Down!|
Also, I think the hills in the 2nd half of the course really took a toll on me. No doubt about it, I was under trained for the race. Reflecting back--the only real running I've done since IM have been a 5k in December and 2 10ks in January...so that shouldn't have surprised me. All in all, the Rock 'n' Roll race series is getting a bit tiresome. The races have been really crowded and the expo is always a huge ordeal. And, there's nothing that exciting about the races (other than the cool medals) after you've done a couple. The race fees are always really high too...so this might be my last RNR for awhile.
I will definitely be getting more miles in before Ragnar in February!! I also need to get back on my bike, though I have been less than excited about that prospect since IM. I am hoping Kate and Annette share their adventures/misadventures on getting back on the bike yesterday.
Next up: Runner's Den Road Races in Feb.