A friend stated the titled quote post race and between the context and the silly mood I was in, it made me choke on my gatorade. It references all racers who go out WAY too fast (me me me!). You are aware that they will not hold that pace the entire race and are just waiting for them to fade while secretly cursing them for making the entire pack you are with surge and surge again. As a former expert crash & burner (I’ve done that a million times) I do have a ton of respect for anyone who lays it all on the line like that buuuuut “Just die already!” Quote of the Surf-N-Santa race day for sure. It made me smile only because I am that runner.
My race went so-so. After the post race high of a great Twin Cities Marathon and a great 5 mile race in Philly I was expecting another good race but it was just okay. The thing is I can’t even explain why. You win some, you lose some, and you keep on training hard. Surf-N-Santa is my favorite Virginia Beach race so no matter how I felt during race I will say the race was perfectly organized and tons of fun.
Some races you feel like you are floating and flying and other days (like Saturday) nothing feels smooth. I did not go out too fast. The first mile split was 5:54 so okay, maybe a tad, but nothing too crazy. By mile 2 when I am usually fully warmed up and feeling ready to go I was already telling myself to get to mile 5. I hit the 5K at (I believe) 19:20ish and then there was some major fading until around mile 7 when I started to feel better. I do believe my splits were faster the last 3 miles.
The last mile we intersected with the 5K walkers so there could have been an issue but there was none. J & A Racing had cyclists lead the way for you and for this event they were dressed as Grinches. I LOVED that! All the little details that the race organizers put into it make this race a personal favorite of mine. My “Grinch” cleared the way for me to run and not only that but motivated me to really kick it in hard. Here is a picture that I stole off the Surf N Santa Facebook page of the Grinches. How cool are they??
Here are my race stats:
Second place female with a time 10 seconds slower than I ran last year. If I had to be honest time-wise I would have expected exactly what I ran. I’ve done zero speed stuff and I’ve been taking it real easy with the tendonitis in my foot. I took a much longer break off after the Twin Cities Marathon than I did last year also. So in theory a similar time would have been fine except this year there was no wind on the boardwalk. Last year we all hit a very strong wall of wind for 2.5 miles that knocked me off my Nikes by a good minute or so. So no, I’m not super excited about my time. The McMillian running calculator (Genius tool and personal favorite of mine BTW) says I should be able to run a sub 61 minute 10 Miler. This WILL happen. I might be on roller skates but it WILL happen.
As for the post race party. I loved chatting with everyone, there was plenty of food, entertainment, and beer. Here are my standard blurry iphones pictures. The first is last year’s picture and the second is this years. Renee and I have gone 1st and 2nd place two years in a row now 🙂 She is amazing!
What do I have up next? REST, lots of REST. Last week I took two days off before the race and my foot felt so much better but the race set be back again. I hate to take anytime off when I should be in the base phase but I have got to get this foot 100% healthy. I might try to swim a few days this week but I’m committing myself to a minimum of 7 days off. In the grand scheme of things this is no time at all and I’m actually grateful this occurred now and not two months from now. Okay maybe not “grateful” but looking on the bright side of things at the very least 😉
Have a great week everyone!!