Swamp Rat Run 10k Recap

24 Jun

On a whim, I decided to sign up for the Swamp Rat 10k last Saturday (ETA: here’s some insight on how long it takes me to actually push the publish button. This race was now two Saturdays ago. For shame.).  I wanted to do 10-12ish miles for a long run last week, and I figured with a decent warm up and cool down, it’d be a fun way to get some miles in.

I got to the park early to pick up my bib and start warming up.  I was obviously taking it easy, but it was starting to get warm outside and I could tell my heart rate was higher than it should be.  I tried to ignore it and headed to the start, lining up a few rows back after seeing quite a few speedy people at the line.

Start of the 10k.  I'm tucked in there somewhere!

Start of the 10k. I’m tucked in there somewhere!

The wide start converged onto a narrow path pretty quickly.  I hear from much more legit runners than I that this is what cross country races are like.  It kind of makes me wish I ran in high school.  But I digress.  My real point here is that the pavement was very uneven, it was slightly uphill, and it was crowded.  I was immediately working pretty hard and was annoyed to see a 7:34ish pace on my watch.  About half a mile in I made the (stupid) mistake of not listening to my body and trying to pick up the pace to match what I thought my 10K pace should be (I wanted to be in the neighborhood of 7:10-7:15).  I accidentally cruised through the second mile (mostly downhill) in under 7 minutes.  Then I almost immediately felt like crap and was ready for the race to be over.

Hey, I never said I was good at this running thing, ok?  I tried to hang with a woman I recognized for as long as possible, knowing that she was typically good for a 44ish minute 10k.  I knew that I was in the top 10 women but I didn’t know how long I’d be able to stay there.

By mile 5, I was roasting and started to get dizzy.  I had to let go of my rabbit and didn’t even really care at this point, I just needed to concentrate on staying in one piece.  We started to venture up the hill I had previously cruised down so effortlessly.  It seemed to go on forever, and this kid in front of me kept stopping to walk, then speeding by me, then stopping to walk again.  It was really annoying and I was just so ready to be done.  I finally just said, loudly, “holy shit is this hill ever going to end?!”  Then laughed at myself for my outburst.  Nobody else seemed very amused.

The hill ended, we turned down the stretch of uneven pavement, but finally there was shade and I started to feel a bit better.  I tried to push my hardest through to the finish and celebrated the fact that I at least didn’t get passed by anybody during the second half of the race.

Official time: 46:58
9/94 Females
3/20 AG

Super sweet coffee mug age group award!

Super sweet coffee mug age group award!

This time isn’t exactly what I wanted to run, but conditions weren’t perfect so whatever.  My rabbit from earlier just barely broke 46, and like I said, she’s usually good for 44ish or just under, so I’m not going to get too concerned about it.  I ran a cool down and enjoyed the sunshine now that I was running much, much slower and just chalked it up to a fun way to put a little tempo into a long run.

Cheezin' post-race on the deck.  There may or may not be a mimosa in that coffee cup.

Doing what I do best: being a complete turd post-race on the deck.

I rocked a Oiselle Winona tank and Roga shorts which, much to other’s dismay, were so comfortable that I hung out in them for way too long post-race instead of taking a shower and changing.  Also there may or may not be a mimosa in that mug.  I cannot confirm, nor deny.  Weekend race days, you are truly the greatest.


2 Responses to “Swamp Rat Run 10k Recap”

  1. Laura June 24, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Freakin awesome as always. Congrats on a solid time, and great placing too. I tend to let “holy shit” out as well as other expletives on hills and when it gets hot, I seriously don’t understand why people aren’t amused? Maybe they just don’t get it. As for mimosa in race mug…sheer perfection, call me jealous.

  2. HollieisFueledByLOLZ June 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Um first in the middle of reading your race recap I just shouted (at work) ugh jealous for that coffee mug LOL. I really wish more people were chatty runners…it would make racing more fun.

    Hearing about the heat up there really upsets me. Mostly because it isn’t supposed to get hot up there…I just imagine racing in Lake Effect conditions all the time. I mean Mountain Goat was just as good conditions obviously…

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