Weekends have two purposes: homework and races. Ok, fine, three purposes: Netflix (granted this comes after completing purposes one and two). Saturday was the 36th Annual Sailin' Shoes 5/10K. Per usual I stressed myself out and didn't push as hard as I could have, at the same time I ran a well calculated race which involved keeping my eyes peeled for possible age group competition. It was strategy that proved effective - I won my age group by something like 6 minutes. I started the race sore after directing a science camp on Friday which included bottle rockets and dodgeball (which is more intense than you'd think). That said, I took my time settling into the race, but upon hitting the four mile mark I was good to go. Unfortunately in a 10K the four mile mark is ⅔ of the way done. For that reason I actually preferred the Garden 10-miler; I simply had more time to run which is just how I like it. Exhausted yesterday afternoon I spent the rest of the day with my dog, textbooks, foam roller, and Netflix (and a delicious burger from the Skirted Heifer).
To finish off my weekend of speed work, I ran the Spring Spree 10K this morning with an average pace of 8:00/mile, which is fast for me. There was a chilly wind, which may have helped my cause for no other reason than that I wanted to get out of said wind. This event has potential, but it only drew 50 runners or so and was not chip timed. I was the second woman to finish overall, but that's debatable. From the anecdotes flying around Memorial Park after the race it seems that everyone ran a slightly different course - two laps around the lake of three, three laps around a field or four? I just followed the directions of the course marshals and kept running, if I was misdirected, sorry - I promise it was unintentional! Yet, I feel like a horrible person not quite knowing if I went astray - this is where good signage and volunteers make a difference. If you just want to put in some miles, this is a fine way to do it. It you want a more serious race with reliable results, I'd skip this particular race.
Next stop: Summer Roundup on July 6th. In the meantime, I have some miles to put in on the mountain and some cross training to do so I can continue this awesome injury-free streak (knock on wood).