Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Race Report: Franklin Classic 10K

So I woke up super early on Labor Day to go run a 10K.  We all know that I stayed up too late, so it was no surprise to me that I felt pretty tired.  Nonetheless, I rolled out of bed, put on my new green running tank top and the skin tight shorts I have found a newfound love for, and headed out.

You can totally see how sleepy I look in this photo.

I don't have any pictures of me during the race, but here's one of me starting.

I decided to start off very conservatively.  My legs still felt a little heavy from Saturday's 15-miler, and I'm not looking to overdo anything this week with my 20-miler coming up.

I settled in quickly to a nice little 9:15 pace and enjoyed the scenery.  Then we hit the hills.  I thought the following: "Hills!?! Are you kidding me?  No one said anything about hills!......... Hmm, then again, I should have known to expect hills.  This is Tennessee.  There are always hills."

I found that the hills didn't really bother me though.  I attribute this to all the crazy hills on my long runs this training cycle.  This gives me more affirmation that running Chicago is going to feel EASY!

I turned on my iPod around mile 3 and just started enjoying the music and watching the scenery go by.  It was a pretty crowded race, so it was nice to always have people around me... until the guy pushing two 5-year-olds in a stroller ran by.  That one was rough.  I never did catch back up to him.

After I passed mile 4, I started trying to pick it up a bit.  I still didn't really push it, but I knew I could do the last 2 miles a little faster.  Who doesn't love a negative split?

When I got toward the end, I really picked it up and found that I still had a nice kick to sprint past quite a few people in the last .2 of the race.

I finished in 54:07, meaning I averaged 8:43.  Since I know I ran the first few miles in 9:15, that means I really picked it up a good bit in the second half!  I was pretty pleased.  I knew that I didn't really push that hard, so I could certainly do better if I wanted to.  I'm glad I took it easy, but it's nice to know that I felt good at the end and as if I could have done it faster!

I placed 19th out of 59 in my age group, 93rd out of 367 women, and 367th out of 898 total runners!  I was pretty pleased.

I found a few friends including my high school running coach, so we all chatted about the race and snapped a quick picture.

Am I going to run this race again?  Probably not.  Labor Day just isn't one of those holidays that cries out that I should get up early and go run a race.  Plus, they were out of small shirts when I got there... 40 minutes early.  This REALLY annoys me.  If we all sign up for a certain size shirt, we shouldn't have an issue getting them.  I know it sounds silly, but I mean... it matters.

All in all, it was a good race and I'm glad I did it this year.  I of course went home and took a nap before heading over to a friend's house for a fun game night.


the gazelle said...

I totally agree w/ you on the shirt issue! If you sign up ahead of time, they should have the right size for you.

Nice pace on your 10K!

Rachel H. said...

Great job on the race! And I too agree with your shirt issue! It happened to me once at my very first race, and I actually made a big deal about it until they got new ones made, and they hand delivered me a new shirt. It was a big deal to me!

Alisa said...

The shirt issue totally annoys me too. Though they usually have mediums however, I've started ordering smalls since the med are usually HUGE!

Great pace on the 10k! You did awesome.

Running and living said...

I feel the same about the T shirts. I don't get why they ask for size if they are not going to take that into consideration? I am always late for races, so my husband gets to wear the shirts.
Congrats on the race!

Kimberly300 said...

congrats on your race.. you did great! I just signed up for a 10 miler in Goodlettsville on Nov. 14th.. I am scared already! I've only done 1 5k before, although I've been running forever..

congrats again!

Chic Runner said...

nice job even with no sleep! I like races like that but sometimes they ruin the holiday just a little bit :) Good job no matter what though.

I HATE when they don't have good shirts too. It's like you know there are going to be women running, don't get all XXXXLs.

Nicole said...

Great job with the race!!! you did amazing!!! i love the tight running shorts! :) suppperrr cute!!

your going to rock chicago! :)

um the tshirt size really bugs me too! if you signed up for your shirt size, that should be the one you get!

MrsCJ said...

Congrats on a great race! I agree, if you registered for a shirt then yours should be set aside.


Amanda said...

Great race! That's really annoying about the shirts though. I love your bright green tank.