I don’t get my obsession with this race, but it’s there, so I just accept it. And after months of runs/thoughts and dedication to making 2014’s Mountain Goat 10 miler my best ever. I finished the race with a 25 minute PR! (Sorry on instagram when I was trying to do math after running 10 miles I thought it was 30…not so, my apologizes.)
It wasn’t a smooth race for me in fact there were even some tears at the end but it was the best I’ve ever done.
The day started off cold, windy and rainy. A perfect combination when you want to run right? Blah I was hoping for 50-60 degrees with some sun. Instead we got 45-50 with clouds and a little rain for the last mile. Oh well mother nature is kind of giving us all the bird this year anyway so I should have expected nothing less.
I did however get a great parking spot! I got suited up, gulped down my chia squeeze, and headed out. I really wish I would have brought along my compression socks but at the last-minute I decided to run without them. In hindsight I would have liked to have them.
I made my way to the start area and was a little taken back by how cold it was out. I watched the 3k race take off and watched the top finishers all while looking for some people I knew were also going to be running the 10 miler. I’m not sure how I manage to do it every year but again I saw NO ONE. Side note I would make a terrible spy I’m not great at picking people out of a crowd.
I ended up camping out by a building that acted as a windblock but felt when the song #Selfie came on it was completely ok to snap one pre-race selfie.
And soon the race was starting. The first 3 miles felt good, they may have a been a little faster for me than they should have been but good. My sinuses were starting to clear out which was annoying but I was hoping it would be a quickly resolved issue. Not so.
Mile 4 was good, mile 5 was even dare I say fun, took my coat off and found a nice groove, my music picked up it was nice.The sun may have even broken out of the clouds for a minute at that point. About mile 6 though my GPS was sooo off it was annoying me to even listen to it. By the mile 6 marker my GPS was reading 6.25. I’m guessing the cloudiness of the day had a lot to do with it but it threw me off. (At the end my GPS clocked 10.83 miles not 10)
Mile 7-8 was rough, and by rough I mean there was serious walking going on. My ears started to throb and my nose was like a nonstop faucet. Stupid sinus infection. I think I knew it was bad when a lady stopped and asked me if I was alright…that’s NEVER a good sign during a race. I was struggling.
At this point I ran into a friend and she gave me a hug which pushed me through the rest of the race. I honestly don’t remember miles 8-9. I just kept repeating beat the goat, beat the goat. Sick or not I wasn’t going to get another shot to PR this thing this year and I wanted it.
At Mile 9, I knew all I had to do was finish…even if I crawled to the finish line I was going to PR! I was choking back some tears at for the last .5 miles as I realized my hopes of a sub 1:45 were gone, and I should have pushed harder through miles 7 & 8.
In my mind I was hoping for a sub 1:45 but I ended up finishing at 1:47 flat which for me is 25 minutes faster than the last time I ran this race so BOOM!
I learned today, I like a little sunshine when I run, I should ALWAYS opt for the compression socks and no matter what the time on the clock, I’ve made some pretty serious steps forward in my overall fitness since 2011.
To celebrate my PR I enjoyed my after run feast at Boom Boom Mex Mex…hello Taco Salad:
It wasn’t the run I had planned in my head but that at the end of the day how often can you can you PR-ed a race by 25 minutes? I’m guessing rarely… so I’m enjoying the victory. Next year I’ll shoot for those consistent 9 minute miles for all 10 miles not just the first 5!
Question of the day: What is your best PR? What is your go to after run feast?