4 mile tempo in 5:55 + 4x400m
5 Miler Race in 28:44, 2nd place, $400
13.5 mile long run for Boston
This week marked my third week out of four in which I headed out of town for a race with prize money. I did not taper for this race and hit my highest mileage for 2013 with 70 miles. For that reason, I had a fairly easy workout on tap for Wednesday, which I ended up doing alone. By race day, the effects of the workout still hadn't cleared my system or my legs were tired from 3 consecutive weeks around 70 miles.
I got out of my car in Columbia, SC for the Women's Heart and Sole 5 Miler with high expectations to win. It was my fourth year in a row running here and each year seemed to get better. In 2010, I got third behind stiff competition (Janet Bawcom), in 2011 I held hands across the finish line with Meagan, and in 2012, I ran my fastest time on that course by over 45 seconds. Hoping to best my time from last year, I came expecting to win and to push myself alone on the course. I was so wrong!
On my warmup, I scoped out my competition and found basically no one. However, on the start line, literally like 3 minutes before the race, the same chick that raced with me for half a mile at the Burrito Dash popped out of nowhere. Off to the side stood her trusty coach and I knew it was going to be a good competition. At this point, I hadn't discounted myself out yet. After the gun went off, Joan (Burrito girl) and I took off for the $500 win. By 1 mile, after we went through in 5:40, I knew that I was going to be out of the game. On the downhill in mile 2, Joan took off and literally left me in the dust even though I ran a 5:20. The hilly third mile began as I watched her gap even more distance between us. While she probably split a 5:40, I split a 5:56. At this point in the race, I basically just gave up. I knew that she was going to win handily and I also knew that there was no competition anywhere near me, so I settled. I hate that I did it, but I did. I gave in to a mental weakness and let her go and didn't try nearly as hard to catch her. My splits are a little slower than last year, when I ran basically the same time but completely solo. The key takeaway with this comparison is that I was able to motivate myself to go faster in those final 2 miles alone last year better than I could this year because I was "losing." In the end, I crossed the finish line in 28:44, just 1 second off last year's time. Fortunately I still came away with $400, which was great. In the end, I know that I can beat Joan, but I just didn't have the heart to go for it this time around.
Sunday was highlighted with the Run for Boston at McMullen. It was great to see 200+ runners come out in the rain to support Nicole and Michael Gross as they recover from this tragedy. We enjoyed some soggy miles, great company and delicious homemade food for a couple hours in the early morning hours and I wouldn't have changed it for anything else.
Now on to next week, where I'll focus on my prep for the USA Half Marathon Champs
The 2017 Boston Marathon
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