Have you ever heard of negative splits? Well, during this race I managed to have positive splits. Positive meaning not ideal. I definitely learned a thing or two this race that will hopefully help me in my future races :).
First thing’s first. My time – better than the Bellin 10k, but I am disappointed that I didn’t do better because I know that I could have done better. Oh well, time to move on. I finished in 1:02:58, averaging 10:13 per mile. Bellin was 1:04:03, averaging 10:19 per mile. Not much of a difference, but one thing that was a whole lot different was my splits.
Haunted Hustle 10k
I did so much better for the first 4 miles and then just absolutely crashed. I know it was a fueling issue. As in, I didn’t. Not a good idea. The main reason I didn’t fuel is because I haven’t had time to train while fueling. Since my month hiatus from running due to the tendonitis in my foot, and beginning training for my half marathon last week, I haven’t gotten up to a distance that I have had to fuel for in quite some time. I know you shouldn’t need to fuel for a 6 mile distance, but I know it would have helped my performance.
Obviously, I’m the good witch :). We stayed in a hotel that was less than half a mile from the start/finish line so it turned out perfectly. We didn’t have to drive, and I was close enough to go back for my post-run food between the time I got back from the 10k and Kinley got back from her half marathon. The race was in Middleton, WI and this adorable pumpkin tree was in the middle of the strip mall that was on the way from our hotel and the starting line. Someone loved our costumes and offered to take our photograph together – so nice!
Kinley insisted that we got to the start line by 7:15, even though her race didn’t start until 8 and mine didn’t start until 8:30. Definitely going to hang out in the hotel longer (and eat later) next year if we do it again to help with the previously mentioned fueling issue (I ate two rice cakes with PB2 and jelly around 6 or 6:30 I want to say?). Anyways, we at least got cute pictures before even though I was absolutely freezing and shivering for over an hour. I was so glad I picked up the pink gloves from Target the night before!
We watched the marathoners take off at 7:30, and then tried to stay warm by a heater until Kinley headed off. She left with the half marathoners at 8 and then I proceeded to go use the port-o-potty and stand by a heater until 8:20 when I lined up with the other 10kers. Costumes progressively got more elaborate with the decrease in distance so almost everyone was pretty dressed up for the 10k. I definitely do not blame the marathoners for not wanting to worry about a costume while running oh-so-many miles! I can’t believe the Wicked Witch was able to keep her witch hat on for (almost) the whole time.
At 8:28 or so (not to be exact), the National Anthem was sung and then the fire truck siren went off to signal the start of the race! This is when I did not take my time getting started and basically bolted out of the start. Not good pacing, but was successful in finally feeling warm for the first time since 7am! The race never felt easy, but that is what I was expecting since I wanted to do good and was not going to look at my iPod to see my pace. After this race, I definitely want to look into purchasing a Garmin to help with my pacing and be able to accurately gauge how I’m doing and to avoid going too fast at the start. At the halfway point I was definitely feeling it and was ready for it to be over. Somehow I managed to make it to 5 miles and that’s where it got really tough. The last mile was a loop, so I was seeing those nearing the finish when I still had a mile to go. It was so taunting!
I also got a complete sense of accomplishment when I saw a the timer only say 55 or so minutes and I thought I somehow managed to run ridiculously fast. I have no idea what was with the timer but it was a complete letdown! I was like dying at the finish and was spacing out when the person with the medal was asking what race i was in haha. I was sooo thirsty, I grabbed a cup of water, downed it, and then filled it up with the most delicious grapes I have had in so long! I also grabbed an orange wedge and went to find a bottle of water. I sat down for a few minutes after walking for a bit and tried to stretch, but there wasn’t really a good place to do so. I ate my orange and most of the grapes and then walked back to the hotel to get our protein bars, more water, the camera, and then go back and hopefully see Kinley finish.
Well, I missed the finish since she PR’d, that ridiculous witch. And then we walked over to get finisher pictures!
We also had a mini-photo shoot by some benches on the way back to the hotel. When we got to the hotel, we ate some hard boiled eggs that we grabbed from the breakfast spread and my Luna Protein bar (new favorite!). Also chugged a few Camelbaks!
The race was fun, but definitely not what I was expecting. I wished I felt better about my race but just can’t get over the letdown and my lack of preparation, that was both in and out of my control. For my next race, I absolutely need to not rush out of the starting line. It was part being absolutely freezing (as I had been waiting for almost an hour and a half in only a t-shirt, and part adrenaline. I also wanted to run my fastest and wished I could have maintained my sub-10 minute miles. I also need to be sure to not eat so far in advance. This was definitely part of the fueling during the race problem since I may have not needed to worry about that if I still had a little something in my system.
Lots of lessons learned, but a new tutu and race medal to show for it! Less than two weeks until my next 10k in Hawaii, but that will be in a completely new climate so need to work on having ZERO expectations. We also signed up for a Turkey Trot in Fond du Lac, WI the day of Thanksgiving. A nice + easy 5 miler… right??