Wednesday, Mike and I took a run together shooting for 5 miles or so. Then on Thursday, we went to Edgerton to do speedwork at the track with the Hagens. We did a quick warmup and cooldown run of 1.5miles each way, then did 5 minute intervals of 400's x 6. I am really slow compared to everyone else there, so I guess I must need the speedwork the most, but I sure do hate it. I'll keep it up becuase it seems it is helping me a little and it's good for me, kind of like eating my veggies.
Ran the Cow Chip Classic today. Mike, Jeff, and I did the 10K, Michele did the 5K. This was a fun race and the first consecutive year event I have done. Last year I did the 5K, but I really want to be doing 10s from here on out. The run itself was fun. Michele and I ran together for a while until the courses split about a mile out. Immediately after the split, I headed up "Heartbreak Hill" which really was not as bad as I anticipated. I remember looking up it last year thankful the the 5K routed us away from it, so I knew it was coming and I was busily psyching myself out of it. I managed to pass my rabbit twice on the hill. Near the top of the hill she passed me and stayed slightly ahead of me until I passed her just after the 5 mile mile marker. Not sure what my deal is but when I look at my pace vs elevation, I often am speeding up as I go uphill instead of down - my theory is it is anticipatory pacing, but who knows. Today was my first negative split race, if that counts in something as small as a 10K.
Somehow while trying to run and reset my garmin settings from speedwork night, the garmin gave me credit for an extra mile, a 7.2 mile 10K....... ?? ...... whatever - it still registered my time correctly and I AM capable of doing the math. Garmin says..... 1:10:23.
my official result was 173/177 overall, 20/20 age group, 1:11:31 (11:31/mi pace). 10Ks are not really very good for my ego, I have moved WAY back in the pack despite a faster pace than I ran in the 5s, which sucks big eggs.
I wish I had had my camera today, there were some really interesting things we saw. First was the little Saab that was covered in brown foam with fake bugs and random stuff stuck to it so the whole car looked like a giant bug covered turd. We walked by it as we went to the start of the race, and a girl said to her dad "what is the brown stuff?" and he replied very seriously "it's poop honey." I thought I was going to die laughing - they were SO serious about it.
On the way to our car after the race, there was a lady on the corner selling homemade hats of the same brown foam material (maybe made of brown Great Stuff??) complete with fake flies attached. She even had gift boxes for them. She was charging $15, so I didn't buy one, they were cute but not THAT funny.
I will try to find a few pictures I can post here to give you a feel for the State Championship of the Cow Chip Throwing (at my house known as the Poop Toss). Check back for them later.
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