Sunday, April 11, 2010

Glencoe Icebreaker 10K

The game plan for this week was to arrive at the start line for the Glencoe 10K with tired legs.  On Tuesday I ran an easy 30 minutes.  Wednesday was my two hour long run.  On Friday I ran 53 minutes of speed work with 8 x 2:00 speed intervals.  20 some odd miles of running this week including speed work?  Crazy!

For Glencoe I figured I had nothing to lose.  My goal was to run uncomfortably…to push as hard as I could just to see what I was capable of.  If I blew up, oh well!  I could blame my hard week.  Best case scenario I might just surprise myself.  When I told my friend and teammate Sharon about my goals her eyes just lit up.  She told me that whenever I thought it was getting hard that I just needed to tell myself that I could do this and she was really encouraging.  (Sharon…by the way….is super speedy!)DSCN2998I didn’t want to make the mistake of starting too far back from the start line, so I got right up close.  This way I wouldn’t have to dodge and weave through the crowd early on.  At 9 am sharp, the gun went off and down the street we went!  I had no strategy…just to push.  I picked out a few folks in the crowd that I wanted to keep in my sight and just went for it.DSCN3056Mile 1 – 8:16

One mile done…let’s see whether I can hang on.  Near the end of the two mile mark is the big hill for the course.  How would my legs feel after tackling that hill?

Mile 2 – 9:00

I survived the hill!  Luckily there was a bit of net downhill to help my legs recover, and some beautiful city views and houses around to look at.  The kilometres seemed to be flying by, although I never was able to be quite as speedy as I was in the first mile.

Mile 3 – 8:48, 5K – 27:03

OK, halfway through.  Time to try and hang on and bring this home!  The best part about this mile is that it is through an out and back section.  I was able to see a bunch of teammates.  I waved at them all, although I didn’t quite have it in my to shout out.  The encouragement from seeing my friends was a nice pick me up!

Mile 4 – 8:55

The end of the mile was at the turn around for the out and back.  I got to see more friends along this section and then it was into Stanley Park for a few little hills along the way.  I tried to not look at my Garmin and just focus on running…one foot in front of the other.  People were passing me but I didn’t care.  I was just trying to hold on!

Mile 5 – 9:09

There was a sign and folks calling out our time with one mile left to go.  They were reminding us that we had breakfast waiting for us, so to just run hard to hurry up and get to breakfast!!  I knew I was in position to set a new PR, I just needed to keep this up.  I didn’t want to ease off and let a PB slip through my fingers.

Mile 6 – 8:51

As I hit 6 miles I arrived at the right turn on to Elbow Drive and the final push to the finish line.  Sharon was there waiting for me and as soon as she saw me she jumped in to push me through to the finish line.  I had forgotten that there was still a fair distance to the finish and I picked it up…but maybe just a bit too fast.  Sharon ran just a step ahead of me, telling me that my pace was great, that I had this, and she picked out people out ahead to focus on trying to catch.  I was wheezing…sounding like I was going to die…but I just hung on.  I couldn’t say anything to Sharon as that would have taken too much energy so I just did what I could to push.  Having her there, there was no arguing that I couldn’t do this!

All of a sudden there was the finish line and friends cheering me in!DSCN3183

Mile 0.26 – 2:08 (8:13/mi pace)

Final Garmin time – 55:10
Gun time – 55:16
Overall 264 out of 544
Females 30-34 – 12 out of 27

I couldn’t believe it, I set a new PR, and by a 1:11…and it was a whole 3:19 faster than the St. Patrick’s Day 10K.  I owe Sharon a huge thanks for pushing me at the end.  I was absolutely done at the end of the 10K so I know I gave it all I had.  So there we go…a super busy week of running and I still managed to eke out a new best.  I’m definitely happy!!!

24 comments:

Run Sarah said...

Awesome PR! I am hoping for a similar time for the sun run this year and I like your strategy!

Dano said...

Congrats on your PR Leana! Your hard work is paying off.

SSB said...

Congrats on the PR!

Missy said...

Way to smash your PR! Got to love that. ...and thanks for doing the km/mi equation for me;o)

Marlene said...

Congrats Leanna!! You ran a strong race, especially considering you were going into it on such tired legs. Way to hang on and push through!

k said...

Congratulations! I haven't gone for a 10K PR in close to a year- it HUUURTS.
Good job on that hill too!

lindsay said...

congrats on the pr! those are some great action shots of you running - a friend? very cool shots :)

Wes said...

PRing on tired legs is pretty awesome! Money in the da bank for IM training!

Julie said...

Way to go Leana!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so proud of you!!!! :) :) :) :)

Beth said...

Yeah! Congrats on the PR!

DGB said...

Time to update your PR's on the right hand side of your blog!!!!

Molly said...

Great job and congratulations on your PR!!!!!! Brrr, that looks cold with all the pants and long sleeves :)

RoadBunner said...

Awesome, awesome job!! I don't like racing 10k's. They hurt way too much! Great job!

RockStarTri said...

Great job!

teacherwoman said...

Nice job on the PR, Leana! Especially on tired legs! WahoO!

Sharon S said...

Yay!! I think you still would have done it without me there, but I was super pumped about your race strategy and confidence before the race I just had to see you in!!
And you did it on tired legs!! WOW!!!!

Beth said...

Woo-hoo PR!!! Congrats Leana! Many PRs to come I'm sure! :)

Ali said...

Sweeeeet! Congrats on a great PR!

Heather said...

Great time!!! Congratulations! It was nice to meet you and see you a few times on the course too!

J said...

Great job on the race! That really is an awesome PR especially with all that running during the week!! I have not run a 10k in so long!

Rainmaker said...

Dang! Over a minute PR!?! That's awesome. Congrats!

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

Yay!! Good job! That is so awesome that you just pushed through the pain to get a great time! You have been training hard, and you deserve this!

Badgergirl said...

Awesome job!

audgepodge said...

Wow, awesome job, Leana! I love how dedicated you are to your training and it really shows in your race performances - good for you!