Saturday, December 1, 2012

Schiller Chiller 10K

I feel like it's been forever since I properly ran, but that's not really the case. Especially considering a couple of my teammates ran the 10K without having run in a few weeks. They were still faster than me. Someday, y'all. Someday.
I had a great time though. This was my first ever trail race! I am fairly certain that the course was short a mile, but whatever. Still fun. It's not like it was a fully sanctioned race anyway.
This is the race as seen by my GPS watch
Before the race, I had free hot chocolate. Which is good, because it's not like there was any booze to put in it afterwards like was supposed to happen (they ran out!)(I'm actually not too upset because I didn't feel like drinking any alcohol anyway). They also had free chili for those who are omnivores, and free peanut butter pretzels. There might have been cookies but I, sadly, did not get any.

Miles 1-2.5 I may have been running a bit too fast for the distance. That always seems to happen at the beginnings for me. I slowed down a little bit after that. I also ate a gu because it was about 3 hours since I ate breakfast. I have to be on top of this whole fueling thing, right?
The trail wound around and around and around

Somewhere around mile 2 or 3 I got to jump some logs. I saw people going around (even though the flags clearly went over the logs) and I was all "MIGHT AS WELL! *Leap*!". One of the guys running about my pace saw me do this and I actually said "might as well" (sidenote: can that be a life philosophy? like, 10k or half marathon? Might as well do the half!). We chatted for about a mile but he sped up a bit or I slowed down, I don't know. I keep thinking of him as Aaron, but we didn't introduce ourselves so that is a completely made-up name.
I didn't take this photo, Muddy Monk had photographers on the course. Race photos! for free :) This is a different log than which I speak of in the paragraph. But it was a fun log. 

I took a silly picture of myself while running, too (not my best, but I like it, so hey)(so attractive! swoon!).
herp derp herp derp

My GPS watch and the mile markers were severely not the same. As in, my watch beeped 4 miles when the closest sign said 5 miles. I had no idea when the end of the race was going to be!
I finished in about 1:02:00, which makes me slightly more convinced that it was not full distance, because I should have finished slower than my spring road-10k. Similar, but I go slower on trails, so the finish time should have been slower. I really don't know and I wish I did.
My teammates all finished before I did (all the 10K people were faster than me and the 5k people finished before because they only had half the distance) and they were cheering me on! I got finisher-mug. Which I promptly filled with pretzels.

Here is our team photo; I am the one in the obnoxiously bright yellow shirt. We all wore rugby gear. Part camaraderie, part advertising. It sort of worked to, because I talked with some ladies and they asked me if I was part of that big rugby group and I got to explain to them who were were! Chicago Women's Rugby Football Club, aka, CWRFC.
Of course I'm in bright yellow :) 

All in all, successful Saturday. Oh and did I mention that the weather was cooperative too? It was in the 40s!
The shirt! and my face again!
[I originally published this race recap on my tumblr on Dec 1, 2012]

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Highwood Pumpkin Run 2012

1- pre-5K smiles!
 2-pumpkins! They're going for the record of over 32,000 lit jack-o'-lanterns tonight.
 3- the pumpkins have been lobotomized
 4- post-5K smiles!
A 5K in 33:29.

If you do this race, and are used to drinking water before 2 miles are run, bring your own.
I didn't and I was not happy about it. I didn't even know if there would be water.

It was really fun besides that-- as part of the Highwood pumpkin festival, there were many festivities.

[Originally published on my tumblr, October 20, 2012]

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Reily Center "Biathlon" (actually aquathlon)

I woke up around 6 and couldn't figure out what I wanted for breakfast, so I had peanut butter on graham crackers! yum!
I registered (for free) at around 6:45 and I was number 5. Ok, cool, I got this! And then a whole lot of student athletes showed up!
We started the race at 7:30, and I predicted that "red shorts" was going to be the fastest guy. Mainly because his legs were so...runnerly. lalalala I oogled. I gawked. I don't care.
I ran a pretty quick (for me) three miles, but I'm attributing to it being a track.
And then to the pool! 16 lengths x 50 meters. They arranged this by telling us to swim up and down each lane for 8 lanes. I chose to do backstroke because it's pretty much the only stroke I can maintain. I passed my friend, and then I passed one other swimmer. I managed to finish swimming right before the swim-team-swimmers caught up with me! They walked their track miles, and then they were beasts in the pool, as to be expected.
I finished it all in about 50 minutes. And then I got a t-shirt. White! all the races I do give me white shirts! I finished the running in 31:30.

Myself and my friend attacked the aquathlon together.
[I originally published this on my tumblr on April 14, 2012]

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Crescent City Classic 10K 2012

Flat Trish is ready to go

1:07:46 chip ; 1:16:09 gun.
10:56/ mile.
I'm very happy with my performance.
Woke up early, ate, got a ride to the race start. Used the bathrooms twice before the start. I had jelly bellies for a bit of pre race fuel. I also brought jelly bellys for my friends who were running their first 5K/10K (they ran the 5K and then run/walked the rest)!
My friends on either side of me, they ran their first 5K today.
Miles 1-4 were pretty speedy, under 11 minutes each, which was more than I was hoping for. I went out pretty quickly and had to slow down (dodging people is tiring) and by mile 3 I was a little pissed off at the amount of sunlight and heat. I do feel that the race should have started earlier, it was already quite hot by 8:30.
I got over that by mile 3.5 where we turned on to a shady stretch. Esplanade, in fact, in case anyone remembers it from the Nola RnR. I think I also had a gu at this point.
I slowed down in the last two miles, but I think that's because I was walking through the water stations longer than I should have.
My watch was registering 4.5 miles by the time I could see the art museum, so I was a little confused as to where the course was going, since the end was in the same spot as the Nola RnR. This part is annoying feature of this race course. You can see the art museum, then you run away from it! Towards the edge of city park, then you run a ways, come back up through city park (Marathoners, there was a tiny hill/bridge thing somewhere in mile 25, and we ran over that) and then we came back around the art museum to the finish.
It was very sunny.
But! My friend Gill was at the turn by the art museum cheering everybody on! I was so happy so I gave her a sweaty hug.
I finished strong.

I was not too happy with the race organization-- More after the break.
[Originally published on my tumblr, April 8, 2012]

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

New Orleans Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon 2012

So! The time has come for my race recap. And what a race it was!

I woke up Sunday morning at around 4 am. I meant for 3, but I slept through two alarms! whoopsy. I set four alarms, since I know I can turn them off in my sleep. I popped out of bed after some water. I had made two jars of oats the night before, and I proceeded to eat one of them. I made the mistake of buying fatted yogurt, and it was in the oats, so that made me feel a teeny bit funny. I got over it pretty quick.

I did some internet things for a while, and then I left the house at around 5:20. I’m a little crazy about getting to races with enough time to spare. I almost missed the start of last year’s turkey trot. I biked the 5 miles to the start, and it was a lovely ride. I didn’t get killed at all! The only cars I saw on the road were going to the race as well. I also saw the official race people setting up mile markers. I live a half mile away from where the turn around on St. Charles was, so I rode along all of the St. Charles leg of the race.

I got to Lafayette square at around 6:00, parked my bike, wished a nice lady happy birthday, and ate a bagel. I ate it very slowly over 15 minutes or so. I had a lot of water and I peed 2 times before the start. I wish I could have peed once more, since I suffered an uncomfortable fullness of the bladder for the first 7 miles.

The internets and I took a group photo or two, and then I got a bit worried about cutting it close to the start of the race and I rushed off to find the corral. In the process I lost the internet (sorry!). I found them again when we were a couple waves from the start line.

At about 7:25 we finally got across the start, and I ended up running with Brenna for the first couple of miles. She really set the pace for my entire race! I settled into a comfortable pace. I was so surprised at how fast I was maintaining, and I figured I could keep this pace for the entire race. I did, too.

It was around mile 3 I was keeping a keen eye out for porta-potties. It was a bit rough, since all the ones I saw had long long long lines. At mile 4.5 ish, where the turn around at Loyola was, my dear friend Tess was there to cheer me along! She was surely the only one awake to do so. I got some belated text-cheers after the race from some friends who didn’t realize how early races start. It was cute, indeed.

I’m not sure when I started using my Gu, but it was pretty early. I decided to fuel myself really well for this race since I was undertrained. I think I made it through 6 Gu for the entire race. Call it a lot, but I burn upwards of 1,000 calories in an hour. I’ve checked. It’s not the standard “100 kcal per mile” for me. I also wanted the caffeine that was in a few of them.

I kept zipping along St. Charles, grabbing water and gatorade when I wanted it. Someone accidentally spilled their water on me and I was startled! It was strange. When I turned off St. Charles, around mile 7, the relay exchange was coming up. And there was the sweet sweet site of 4 porta-potties with only 1 person waiting! I peed really quick, and then I was off running again! There was a guy with a huge Chicago flag around mile 8! That was cool!

Turning into the quarter onto Decatur, I felt really good. And then I found Claire, who was awesome cheerleader lady! She has mad picture-taking-while-running-backward skills! She took the best running photo of me, too. Actually a bunch of them.

Going onto Esplanade and out of the quarter, in the last 5K, my knee started to tell me that I was indeed undertrained. My pace slowed a little bit, but I kept with it. I had one last Gu at mile 11. At this point Jason found me, I forgot his real name, and I didn’t realize it until I called him Justin. Whooooops. That was a bit after the race though. I still feel really stupid about that name mix up. I’m usually really good about names. I think it was just the miles.

At the half/full split, I playfully toyed with the idea of keeping onto the full, just to see how far I could get, and then my rational brain kicked in and said it was stupid. I definitely agree. I made it around the New Orleans Museum of Art, and then I was in the final straightaway. I didn’t have the same overwhelming relief that I did on my first half, but I was still happy to see the finish line. Some random dude cheered me on (“go Jazz! Come on!”) ( I was wearing my Jazz half shirt) (They call me...Jazz)(Cause I’m so cool).

I sped up for the end. I made stupid faces at the cameras--all of which went unnoticed, since there aren’t finish line picture of me. I made it across the line with a finish time of 2:37:35, which if you didn’t hear, was a super PR for me! Nearly 20 minutes down from the Jazz half! Absolutely crazy.

I got shuttled through the finish line recovery area. I got a pretty medal! And I got water, fruit, CHOCOLATE MILK <3, marathon bar (it was protein-full), and a space blanket! I got a space blanket of my very own! It’s out of this world!

The space blanket, paired with my marathon designated bib, had magical properties. Among them was the ability to elicit “congratulations” from marathoners that actually did the marathon. I think this is in part due to the fact that if I had actually run what my bib said in the time it took me to run the half, I would be one freaky quick lady. I had to take off my bib cause I couldn’t handle it. I felt like I was lying.

I cheered at mile 25 with the rest of the internet. We cheered everyone.

Eventually, when we were all done, we took the shuttles back to the start. I rode my bike home. I attempted sleep. I ate everything.
I’m going to attribute a lot of my success with this race to the internet. I also think there’s something to riding my bike right before. I warmed up my cardio system really well! And Gu. There is something to be said for that sticky stuff.

Thanks for a great weekend, y’all.
Until next time.
Love, Trish.

[Originally publish on my tumblr on March 7, 2012]