When I poked my head outside at 7 a.m. on Saturday, it was shaping up to be beautiful race day weather. By the time we left at 8 a.m., however, it was raining and the temperature had dropped.
Good thing I had packed several clothing options — I had everything from shorts (yes, that’s the optimist in me) to a hooded sweatshirt. Ended up opting for a t-shirt, windbreaker and tights — just right.
The 5K was wet, but fast. I was surprised it was over so quickly. I ran it at a pretty consistent 8:05 pace. I can do 7:30s in the 5K, but…knowing I had to do a 10K a half hour later …I decided to stay at the 8:05…which was fine for me (been struggling lately anyway).
When the 5K was done, we grabbed a snack & some coffee and waiting for the 10K to start. Now…THAT race FELT like the full 6.21 miles, particularly when we hit the turn around at Beach 1 and ran full-out into the wind. I was swearing…I thought to myself, but….a friend running next to me confirmed that she heard a few choice words out loud.
I ran the 10K harder than I meant to or planned to — keeping an 8:07 pace — but all intentions of “taking it easy” go out the window in a race situation when the competitive side of me won’t be denied.
I am still sore today which, frankly, makes me crazy. It’s hell getting old. I used to be able to race on a Saturday, run 10 the next morning and run on Monday, too. Now…I’m “recovering” for at least a day or more. Ugh.
As I told a friend earlier…I can handle the gray hair, wrinkles and sagging body parts, but….the fact that it takes two days to recover from a run is completely unacceptable.
If anyone has any ideas how I can shorten that recovery time…I’d love to hear them. Am I missing some vital nutrient? Are my mostly-meat-free ways to blame? Did you notice that, with age, you required more time to recover from hard runs?
If you’re interested….
The St. Pat’s Day race results can be found here.
Winter Series results here.