Sunday, October 2, 2011

Race Report: Shelby Bottoms Boogie 15K

I kicked off my fall racing season on Saturday with the Shelby Bottoms Boogie 15K.  This is the third year in a row that I ran this race, and it is still one of my local favorites.

Last year I ran a PR for the 15K distance in around 1:17 and placed in my age group.  This year?  Well, I'm definitely not in as good of shape as I was last year.  And there's this little race called the Chicago Marathon coming up on Sunday.  So I figured that it'd be wise to just run it for fun as a last long-ish run for the marathon.

I didn't wear my watch so that I could force myself to run by feel.  I didn't want to push it.  I listened to my music and made sure to keep a steady pace.  I allowed myself to pick it up a bit in the last two miles, but I still didn't really push.

There were a few moments when I questioned why I paid money when I wasn't really racing, but I knew that I liked this event and that chances were good I wouldn't have run at all if I hadn't signed up.

I finished in 1:23:45, which ended up being exactly a 9:00 average pace.  I felt really good, and I was glad that I ran faster than I thought I was running.  I could have sworn I was running more of an average 10:00 pace.

Then, I promptly went to brunch with friends and ate biscuits and gravy with a side of cheese grits.

Not even kidding.


Keri said...

I think you might surprise yourself in Chicago and bust out an under four hour marathon!

Amy said...

Great race! and dude.. you totally got some awesome pics!

Looking forward to Chicago this weekend!!!!!

Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen said...

That's awesome and I'm impressed you were able to withhold the temptation to "race." I have a half that I'm doing before a full and am wondering what to do about it…I need to run a 20 miler the following weekend…but I also want to see what I can do with the race…. Congrats!