This one was quite the event! After a day of Scottish music and dance on the main stage, we march around the street behind three waves of pipe bands, representing the different runner’s speeds. I don’t think anyone knew what wave they were actually in…After a high energy fiddle player played out the last three minutes, they fired muskets and we were off! I must have got caught up in the wrong wave, I could not negotiate a pace for almost two miles. Hey, last time I lined up with the faster folks I got trampled so I was trying to be polite! That’s when I realized I hadn’t switched my watch back to lapping each mile automatically (by the end of the race I might have been going 3000m pace, who knows?!) I had a fun little stand off with a man around the 4 mile mark, and decided to leave him in my dust after about 30s. I think I like being a little more competitive.
I was very happy with my effort for last half of the race, pushed hard enough without hating anything. I floated through the finish without the least bit of that want to die or puke feeling I always seem to have – but I regret it now! I purposely held back because I always want to die or puke at the end, but taking that away made the end…boring! I may try bringing my own fluids on a race like that, in the heat especially. Water stations really take energy to navigate at higher speeds, I guess that takes practice too. Running in a “skirt”, albeit wool, was nice and drafty. I would do it again, maybe for a whole marathon sometime…
Did I mention the FREE BEER at the finish line?! Now that’s how to end a race!
After a long winter of trying to get miles in for a marathon but being bombarded with bad weather, no treadmill, and illness, I have decided to dedicate my training to something I’m actually signed up for – the Guinness Book of World Record Contender for largest Kilted Run! The Perth Kilt Run! It coincides with my birthday, and happens less than 2 hours from my home. My only regret is I didn’t get a Cumming Clan kilt made in honor of the day. But how can I say no to an official kilt purchased at the time of registration for only $30?
This will be the first race I train to run fast. Every short race I have done previously has been an afterthought, or part of a build up to my “big race”. I have already done two weeks of intervals at 5k and 10k pace, and won’t be doing more than 11 miles at a time on my long runs (not that I don’t mind the break!). I have already noticed a huge improvement in my ability to enjoy the intervals, mostly because I’m learning not to attack them too hard or run too fast. Oh yeah, did I mention I’m doing all my speed work with a stroller? It’s just what time allows for, and I refuse to run indoors on a treadmill in this gorgeous weather!
It’s an exciting training program modeled off a 10K program from Brain Training for Runners, and since it’s only a month and a half away (yikes) I know I’ll get there strong. I will get a couple runs in with the kilt too in preparation for where I’ll feel the chafe! I’m going to say my goal is 8:30 per mile, but I know that on race day I’ll go out too fast and crash on the last mile, until I see the finish line where I’ll bust a nut to pick off the people ahead of me and pray I don’t end with an IT band flare up….lol… 🙂