Along with a new date came a new course. In years past, it was more of a down and back, which I liked because you could look for all the runners you knew and see who's ahead or behind you. The new course was more of a loop, but a lot of runners liked it too, and it went through neighborhoods with shade. I believe it also started a half hour earlier to beat the heat (not that that helped much). The race temps were sunny in the high 70s to start, and low 80s by the time I finished.
I met up with Fair Weather Runner, Mark, and a few other mutual friends before the gun sounded, and when I say gun, I mean a big, fucking loud, National Guard Howitzer (cannon) that makes you leap out of your shorts as it reverberates off of all the buildings around. On the plus side, after you climb back into your shorts, the adrenaline rush makes any pace seem easy. First miles of races are usually easy anyway, but I could tell pretty quick that I was heating up, and not in a good way.
By mile 3 I was a sweaty mess. I had planned on PRing even with the heat, since I easily set a PR at every distance I attempted in the past year. Alas, it was not to be, those 80º temps just don't like to yield fast times. To finish the race, I had to out kick another runner, which is more of an effort than I'd like to give when my heart rate is over 200 and I'm drenched in sweat.
Speaking of heart rate, here's my HR chart. I think it does a good job of showing my effort. By mile 3, I was averaging 191 bpm, which I figure is about 90% of my max HR. At the finish, it maxed out at 208. That is as high as I've ever seen my ticker get.
Here are my splits. Not bad that they were all within 13 seconds of each other except for the final 0.2 mi.
The month before I ran a half marathon in great weather conditions, and my average pace was only 5 seconds slower.
My mommy and daddy fought the crowds and waited at the finish line for about 45 minutes just so they could watch the last 15 seconds of my race. I owe my mom some thanks for snapping a pic of me running down the home stretch.
I finished with a chip time of 0:45:14, about 1 minute off my PR. I hoped I could find a positive from this race, so I went back through some previous year's results. I found that prior years I came in in the top 8th - 9th percentile. Since everyone else had to deal with the same conditions, I was able to come in the 7th percentile. So I guess I am improving.
|Wichita River Run 10k Stats|
|Max. Heart Rate||208|
Ideally, my post should stop here, and I would give my brain a rest. But that's not how I roll when I haven't posted in a few weeks. Now that the River Run is done, I've set my sights on the Pikes Peak Ascent in August. This race is about as close as I have come to being scared. It is only 13.3 miles, but it is up a mountain with lowering temperatures and oxygen as you get closer to the top.
About a week ago, I gave Pikes Peak veteran Jill a call for the first time, and we talked for over an hour about the race and running in general. It was awesome talking to her, and I'm glad I got to know her outside of just reading her blog.
I've done 3 incline treadmill workouts this past week where I set the incline to 12-15% and I try to find a pace I can sustain. It turns out 3 to 4 mph or 15 to 20 minute miles are about all I can handle. It's not that my heart rate skyrockets, my limiting factor is my muscle burn. I'm used to logging pretty decent mileage, so I have to get used to running for an hour and only having 3 or 4 miles to show for it. On the plus side, I am getting a really good cardio workout without the wear and tear on my joints. I think I've already noticed a difference on my normal runs where my pace seems more effortless.