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Two-fer September 12, 2011

Posted by bettyjoan in Races, Running.
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So, the training schedule this past weekend called for a 10K race.  Truthfully, I hadn’t given it much thought, and I figured we’d probably just get the mileage in without actually racing.  However, when I saw that there was a Suwanee Day 5K/10K on Saturday, I decided that we should sign up and give it a go.  When I suggested doing both the 5K and the 10K, husband shot me one of his patented “You must be taking crazy pills again” dirty looks.  But then I reminded him that 1) the training schedule called for a 1 mile warmup AND a 1 mile cooldown in addition to the 10K itself, so really, adding the 5K was only netting us one extra mile; and 2) it would be pretty cool if we could PR in two races in one morning.  Rationale #2 definitely piqued his interest.  🙂

The 5K was up first, and it started at 8 AM.  The weather was gorgeous – cool and dry.  The race was largely uneventful, with the exception of the most massive hill EVER somewhere in the second mile.  This thing was 15-20% grade, for real.  Ouch!  We ran the whole thing, though, despite the pain in our glutes and the significant elevation in our heart rates.  And even with the hillier terrain, we shaved about 30 seconds off our Floppin’ Flounder time and set PRs with a 31:18 finish.  Miles 1 and 3 were sub-10, woo hoo!

After a banana and a bathroom visit, it was time to line up for the 10K.  About 20 minutes elapsed between the end of the 5K and the beginning of the 10K, so the legs felt a little heavy at the beginning of the second race, but since the first mile or so was downhill, things felt better relatively quickly.  The hardest part of the 10K was right around the halfway point.  It was an out-and-back course on the Suwanee Greenway, so we knew we would be turning around right after the 3-mile marker, but what we didn’t know was that the turnaround was at the top of a pretty significant incline.  It took me a little while to recover from the climb, and there were a few moments where I regretted my decision to do both races, but thankfully, what goes up must come down!  Despite the fact that the last half-mile of the race was pure uphill, we crossed the finish line in 1:07:21, which was a good three minutes faster than our Peachtree time back in July.  Hooray!  Also, as I was analyzing the data from the Garmin later in the day, I was proud of how consistently we kept our pace throughout both races.

So, now we can cross “run two races in one day” off our running to-do list.  🙂  Have you ever doubled up on races?  How did it turn out for you?

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