MacQueen’s Run For Your Life 10K recap

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Race: 10K, start time 9:00, temperature 45 degrees, sunny

This race was kind of a toss up for me. I didn’t really have any expectations, although I was pretty sure I was not going to do as well as I did last year (8:19 overall pace). It was just going to be a “let’s see” race, going by how I was feeling these days. Then I saw on our Moms Run This Town Facebook page that someone was looking for some company during the race. Pace to be 8:45. 8:45 was the pace that I have been targeting all of my full marathons (BQ attempts) for over the last few years. You’d think I would be able to pull that off for just 6 miles, right?? I agreed to join in at the 8:45 pace, but I got really nervous about the race. Running with friends? What if I crash and burn like I did at the OH/MI race earlier this year?? Ugh. I haven’t seen a lot of “8:” paces on my watch lately.

I volunteered at the race parking this year. I grumbled when I saw the meeting time as 6am. The race started at 9am, so I thought I was getting an easy gig, maybe arriving at 7am! I do run regularly at times earlier than 6am, but to have a race outfit planned, ready to go, complete with some makeup and my hair brushed prior to 6am??… that was asking a lot. Saturday night I started packing my race day bag full of everything I could think of. The forecast was for 37 degree weather at 6am, and 45 degrees at 9am. I grabbed gloves, sunglasses, a hat, long sleeve, short sleeve, headband, everything I could think of. I like to be prepared!

Volunteering at races makes me extra appreciative of the volunteers at the races I’m running at!  Here are the computers I helped set up at the race tent.

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With some good thinking on my behalf, I packed a headlamp (SUPER handy for setting up at the race), and wore some sweatpants over my race clothes. I also had those gloves (thank god!) and a warm jacket, so I was pretty comfortable during my volunteering. I also got to see this beautiful sunrise over the apple orchards and parking area! Directing cars to a parking lot was actually a pretty easy, sweet gig. I got to wave Hi to a lot of people I knew when they were arriving. I even got to use a walkie-talkie. So official!  I’d do it again.

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When race time got closer, I met up with several friends from the Moms Run This Town group. Love this group – we are always helping out each other with support, ideas and inspiration!  This was only part of our group.  We really need to get a flag so we can all find each other at races :)

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I ditched my warm clothes. The sun was coming out and it felt good! I thought I would freeze in my Run Toledo Ambassador singlet, but in the end I think I picked out a very good outfit. Anything more and I would have been uncomfortable.

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Finally it was race time! I decided to try out some Run Gum for my race. I figured I would need the extra energy, and I was very happy it did work well!  I chewed 2 pieces about 10 mins before the race while I did my warmup run.  When the race started I was with my friend, Danielle who had suggested the 8:45 goal pace. She was going a bit faster than 8:45 for the first mile.  We had both agreed that it was fine to let the other person run their own pace if they were having a good day.  I decided just to keep it a little slower and stick closer to 8:30. She passed me. I know she is very capable of a faster pace, so I just let her go. I was listening to music and my race was going pretty good, no problem with it. She did stay in my sight though.

The course was 2 loops. By the time I was hitting the end of the first 5K, Danielle was getting closer to me. Maybe she was slowing a bit? I did feel my Run Gum really kicking in, so my mile was a bit faster. Either way, I ended up passing her at the half way mark.  Here we are when we met up half way through…  (I tried really hard to get a good race picture “shoulders down”, “look at camera”, “smile”, “no freaky jazz hands”, “lift feet off ground”, “wear sunglasses to avoid squinting”…  I think my logic worked!)

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This race wasn’t anything like last year, where I had some pretty decent negative splits, but I was keeping a very solid pace which made me happy.  (except for that burst of energy at the half way point – Run Gum, or race photographer power??  who cares!

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After the halfway, I was getting overheated, so I pulled off the arm warmers.  Wasn’t sure what to do with them, so I just tied them to my tank top.  Looks like I’m laughing in this picture.  Race joy!  ha!

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The finish line was in sight, so I picked it up just a little (barely!), and finished in 52:14…. After I crossed the line I waited for just a few seconds, and there was Danielle crossing behind me! I had no idea she was so close behind me.  Woohoo for her, she was getting a PR!! My average pace was 8:25 and she ran 8:26. Even better than plan, so big smiles were in order.

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Did I mention that there were donuts and cider at the end for all finishers?? OMG, cinnamony sugary donuts are actually quite delicious after a hard run!  No picture of that, because I pretty much just inhaled them really fast.  LOL!  Here’s another friend of mine.  Such a little bundle of energy.  Who do all of my friends make me look tall (I’m only 5′ 4!!)

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We met up with our friends and shared some race stories. I checked the finish times, and I had placed 4th out of 20 in my age group. Nice! Last year I ran faster, but I finished 7th in the age group. I know it’s a little thing, but age group numbers matter to me! Even better though – that night I checked the official times, and someone in my age group had been bumped up to Masters winner. Yep, I was now 3rd in my age group!! LOVE when that happens. Only bad thing was I left before I could collect my pumpkin prize for 3rd place :) Oh well, next year I’ll stick around a little longer if there’s any chance of a replay.

Given my pace, I’m thinking an 8:45 pace might be appropriate for my half in Columbus in 2 weeks. I’ll give it a try, and see how my day goes.  My hamstrings felt pretty good during the race, but now a few days out, they are feeling the stress of running hard.  Time to rest a bit.
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Q:  Do you use any pre-race (or during the race) energy boosts?

I really haven’t in the past – just the caffeinated GU varieties, but I have to be careful with stomach issues with that. Run Gum is a pretty cool idea, I will have to get some more!

Q:  What would you be wearing for a 45 degree race?

Q:  Have you raced in a costume before?

I was going for the “Run Toledo Ambassador” look that day, but there were some really good costumes at the race!

7 Comments

  1. Congrats on the AG award! This sounds like a fun race. I want to run a race with donuts and cider at the finish!! You have no idea how many times I “forget” to take pictures of the post-race goodies because I’m too busy eating everything in sight, lol.

    I always way under-dress for cod weather running because I get ridiculously hot. Unless the temps are below 35, I’m wearing a tank and running skirt, hahaha.

    • I had so much time at the race since I was volunteering, but I hardly took any pictures. I guess because I was actually working (gasp!). We also got apples (it was at an orchard after all!), also delicious! I’m with ya – the less clothes the better when I’m racing! Good thing I was wearing a tank because if it was long sleeve I would have taken it off, and it would have been “sports bra day” for sure. Being warm makes me cranky!

  2. Katie O.

    For long runs (anything over 8 or so) I use honey stinger gels! The caffeinated ones! :) I want to try that Run Gum…I might check into it for Detroit?

    I wear a tank and shorts for anything 40 degrees and above….compression shorts from Old Navy, that hit slightly above my knee are my go-to shorts….anything shorter than that ride up, and I don’t think anyone wants to see me in gym shorts that don’t suck my thighs in. Ha!

    I give credit to anyone that can run in a costume….I did see a shirt at Meijer the other day, that I wish I would have gotten….I tried to explain to my 8-year old what “Resting Witch Face” meant. 😛

    • Run Gum was offering free samples (plus $3 shipping), so this might still work: http://bit.ly/2ghynl4 I just ordered some more!
      I agree – 40 and above would be comfortable for a tank, and I would like the flexibility of arm warmers. Those compression shorts are comfy, and warm! Hey, I did not realize you were standing next to me in that picture until I saw you tagged on Facebook. I would have properly introduced myself! So many people in MRTT who I haven’t met IRL!
      Always fun trying to get around explaining that kind of stuff – the sticker on my car says BAMR, Badass Mother Runner. I can’t even remember what I told my kids the “BA” stood for, but it was something rated G for sure. ha!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Have a great weekend!

  3. I pretty much always wear a singlet and shorts for EVERY race. I get super hot when I race no matter how cold it is (and then get super cold after because I’m sweaty). It’s kind of ironic because otherwise, I dress very warmly and wear a lot of hoodies.

    If it’s 45 here, everyone is dressed for the winter tundra! I would definitely have on gloves and probably hand warmers inside those gloves but I always wear shorts :).

    You did a great job in the race! It’s proof that even if you don’t train super fast you can pull it off on race day. Sometimes I think it’s better because you’re a little more rested. So great that you volunteered and had people to run with, too. I love that you volunteer so much because I do too, it is a great way to give back and so many runners don’t volunteer at all.
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    • Well, makeup for me is mascara and eyeliner, and without those I look asleep. Blond lashes! I used to think it was silly to put makeup on to go the gym, but I’m all for a swipe of mascara now. Brushing your hair is totally optional 😉

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