“Just Die Already!”

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??

Bike Lead Grinches!

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 πŸ™‚ She is amazing!

2nd Place Female (me), 1st Place Costume Winner (Satya), 1st Place Female (Renee) for 2011.

Kris, Not Satya Santa, & Renee

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 πŸ˜‰

Have a great week everyone!!


29 thoughts on ““Just Die Already!”

  1. I love reading your race recaps. It’s like this: I know that I will NEVER be as fast as you (well, in my dreams;-), but I love how you capture the emotion that every runner goes through. Good days, not so good days. Rest, injury, speed work, and training. No matter the pace of the runner, there are often parallels in the journey and you relate it beautifully.

    Great job out there! As always, so impressed and inspired. Enjoy your rest!


  2. Great recap and congrats on the 2nd place finish! I’m in the same boat with the tendinitis and have been taking extra rest. Wishing the both of us happy, fast healing!


  3. Great job, a second place finish in a race like that with your time is amazing. Glad you guys had great weather for it too and it looks like a cool event. I’d love to do a 10 miler one day, but I can agree with you on taking some time off after a race, definitely take a week or so off running!


  4. Oh well glad to read you are human. πŸ˜‰ 2nd female overall is certainly nothing to sniff at, although I guess you should be thanking the Grinch?!!! Anyway, great job and love the pics. I ended up bailing on my Run with Santa 5K in Reston because my calf decided to talk to me all night. Had my husband tape it and then realized how ridiculous it was for me to race. So I didn’t. Hope that foot heals fast for you!


  5. How about reaching that goal on rollar ski’s (I’ve been in North Country too long…ha)? That would be more fun. I know you can reach it too Kris. Great time for a meh race and I have heard nothing but awesome things about that race (as to why I wanted to do it badly!).


  6. I never trust those calculators.. too many other factors that lead to race performance. I hope you enjoy your well-deserved break. I don’t know what it is with road races but I have a similar problem with going out too fast, probably because the majority of my races have been 1500-5k and I forget how long a 10 miler really is until I’m in the middle of it. Congrats on your race!


  7. “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 β€œgrateful” but looking on the bright side of things at the very least”

    So on board with this sentiment right now. If I HAVE to manage for an injury and miss some basebuilding, now is the time, right?

    Seems like 63′ on a “meh” day without targeted training bodes well for 61′ on a good day — I bet you’ll be there soon. πŸ™‚


  8. Congrats on another stellar race, even if off from last year. And how fun to go 1-2 with your friend.

    Try to enjoy the rest and remind yourself that you don’t have many chances to do so. I’m coming off time off post-marathon and then sick, and I’m feeling ok with it. You might be surprised!


  9. I was that runner on Friday, and it took a long time for me to setttle into a pace that didn’t make me want to throw up. It wasn’t actually any fun.

    Great job on your race! I love the Grinches on bikes.


  10. That race looks like fun. You’re amazing, I know you felt sluggish and you were a tad slower than last year but you’re just incredible, that’s all.


  11. Could we combine our strengths are create a super duper race?!
    We race exactly opposite!
    My first mile is always slowest, I have no speed so I’m the little devil that comes from behind!
    10-seconds is nothing! especially with the foot/resting as of late!!
    and 7-days is nothing! (and that’s coming from a crazy who wants to run 2x a day everyday!)
    just think about the result of your resting: you will feel great and tendonitis free!
    it’s better to rest now, before you build your base, than push through and have to rest in a month or two.
    You are one of the toughest runners, I know you will be strong and ready to BUILD in no time!!


  12. Haha, I love the quote! I hope your foot feels better soon. I’m taking at least 7 days off too. Starting PT next week for some hip issues that have creeped up on me. Like you, I’m “grateful” that it’s happening now as opposed to the middle of training for Boston. Wishing you all the best!


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