Thursday, July 19, 2012

Stupid Happy with El Scorcho 2012

2012-07-15 02.32.47The El Scorcho 25K race was a crazy good time!  I pretty much signed up for this race again since I was not happy with how I did last year.  Last year I was pretty toasted by the start of the 3rd loop.  That’s definitely not good when there are 5 5K loops.

This year the weather was better.  Instead of the weather being in the 90s… it was in the mid to upper 70s.  Still warm/hot, but by El Scorcho standards it was cooler.

It was great to see so many running friends out there.  One of the best things about this race is when you go past the finish/start line for each loop, there is a huge adrenaline rush.  Everyone’s cheering for you and urging you on.  Too cool!

imageI chose not to wear a hand lamp this year.  I did bring a small clip on light with me but never used it.  It was definitely dark out there, but my eyes got used to it.  I was able to use Felix’s light or others as we ran next to each other.  Also, after so many times around the route you pretty much knew where the curbs were coming up.

I had the plan of running 8:45 splits throughout the race and I’m so happy to say that I stayed on track.  Felix and I ran together for the first 3 loops and then I kind of snuck ahead for the last couple of loops.  I was feeling pretty darn good and wanted to push ahead.  He was understanding as it was a race.  However, it was so cool to run with him for those first 3 loops.  We train together a lot, but don’t run too many races together.  He’s usually further out ahead of me.

Last year I did a lot of walking, but this year I stopped twice for 30 seconds each.  Felix likes me so much better after I’ve ran in a well executed race.  I was definitely beside myself with being stupid happy!

Here’s a cool little video that we took while at the race.  Thanks to Cairo, Briana, & Briana’s friend, Victoria for coming out and cheering us on.  It was so cool to come around each lap and they were up ready to encourage and provide water, GU, & Endurolyes.

2012-07-15 02.33.03Here’s a picture of me knocking out Felix since I beat El Scorcho!  Last year I had a time of 2:50.  It’s so cool to be able to shave or scalp off 35 minutes with a time of 2:15.  The weather was definitely better and I know that I’m stronger than I was last year.

Would I run this race again?  Probably, but we won’t know until February when registration opens.  If you ever want to run this race, sign up early.  It sells out quickly!  I’d recommend this race to anyone.  You just have to do it!  I’m just not sure if you have to do the 50K… even though the thought has crossed my mind recently.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Two 10K Races–Two PRs

I’ve never been a fan of July races in Texas, but I signed up for 3.  Two 10K races within 3 days of each other.  The Liberty by the Lake 10K race on July 4th in The Colony and the DRC Independence 10K on Saturday, July 7th.  The crazy El Scorcho 25K race is on Saturday (midnight) July 14th.  That one will be brutally fun!

SAMSUNG            I wanted to safely push myself at the 10K races.  Of course, before the races, I looked to see what my 10K PR was… 51:19 which is a 8:15 pace.  I wanted to beat that time and had really high hopes of hitting sub 50 minutes, but that wasn’t going to happen.

The July 4th race seemed the hotter of the 2 races as there seemed to be more shade and more water stops at the DRC race.  I was pretty darn happy that I hit 50:58 at the July 4th race.  I was at a comfortable pace throughout and didn’t really push myself too much.  I had nice even splits of 8:07, 8:18, 8:19, 8:14, 8:17, 8:11, & 7:15 for the last .22.

SAMSUNG            At the DRC Independence Race, my Garmin time and the reported chip time were a bit off.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that I beat Wednesday’s time by 5 seconds with a time of 50:53.  I had a slow start at this race as I was messing with Pandora of all things.  However, I caught up with some nice negative splits of 8:39, 8:23, 8:16, 8:08, 8:02, 7:53, & 6:53 for the last .27.  It also helps to know the course very well.

Back in March I had a birthday that moved me up into the 45-49 age bracket.  The crazy thing is that with both of the times that I ran, I would have placed in the 40-44 age bracket.  Instead I placed 7th on July 4th and 12th on July 7th in my new age group.  There are some fast runners in this 45-49 age group!  We don’t get older, we get faster!

I had a great time with my running friends at both races.  July 4th was special for car pool buddy, Joey Q. as it was his first race.  He tackled the 10K instead of the 5K.  He said that he wanted a challenge… I reminded him that he was racing in July.  He did well for his first time.  I’m hoping that he’s got the running bug.  He said that it’s like getting tattoos… he wants another one.  I’m not sure about getting tattoos, but I definitely know the feeling about wanting to race more.

The next big race for me is the El Scorcho 25K on Saturday/Sunday.  It starts at midnight on Saturday night.  Gonna be a crazy good time!