Monday, July 25, 2011

Crystal City Twilighter 5K: race report

After I ran this race last year, I swore I would never do it again.  The heat was just plain ridiculous plus I went out hard and choked.  In a 5K.  But when first the poet, and then I stumbled across free bibs, I said okay, but there was no way I was going to race it after declaring my hatred for evening summer races a few weeks ago.  A 3.1 mile easy run with water stops sounded great to me, plus I had lots of mafia blog buddies running the race as well.  


I tapered for the race by doing a 3.5 hour brick much earlier that morning with Emily.  We went out and rode the Reston inner loops again.  The hills felt much easier than even 3 weeks ago, and I really concentrated on keeping my HR low while climbing.  As it turned out, we averaged a faster pace over the 51 miles than we did the first time.  It was starting to get pretty hot when we got back to the car, so I whined obnoxiously convinced Emily to only brick for 15 minutes and then we headed back.  My legs felt wonky and weird for the first 5 or so minutes off the bike as usual, and then settled down and I just felt tired.  


We showered and had lunch, and then I completed the second half of my taper by napping for over four hours.  I woke up with just enough time to down several glasses of water and head up to volunteer at packet pickup.  I was drenched in sweat after standing still handing out teeshirts for an hour.  The poet and I agreed again to just run easy, and I even joked that if I felt tired, I'd drop out when we ran past the finish line at mile 1.5 and hang out with Lauren, who had come down to cheer and take pictures and hold our giant pile of crap while we ran.  


The starting corral was PACKED with sweaty nearly-naked people, and it was a relief when the gun went off.  My blog friends had higher aspirations for the race and took off.  I hung back and started telling the tall girl about my gait analysis - she had decided to run the 5K about 15 minutes before the race started, after biking 10 miles to the start.  Badass.  We chatted for a bit, but the poet and I lost her in one of the many turns.  I ignored the water stops because I had my baby handheld, and the "cool water misters" were actually just blowing out hot air.  I had set my Garmin to only show time of day so I wouldn't stress about time, and it was too dark by the first mile to see the split.  The poet and I kept chatting and dodging people walking, but a bit after the first mile marker, my naggy shin yelled hello up at me, so I stopped to walk for a few seconds.  Walking was worse than running, so I took off again almost right away.


I had told the poet to go on without me (SAVE YOURSELF!) but caught up with him around the next turn.  Somewhere before the 3-mile marker, my shin pulled again, so I stopped to walk again for about 10 seconds, and then just decided to haul ass into the finish.  My head felt like it was boiling and about to explode.  We crossed the finish line right around 30 minutes.  My mile splits were roughly 9:30, 9:45, 9:30 - exactly what I would do on an easy run.


We hung around for a bit afterwards taking pictures and dripping and robbing the finish line.  Melody (nice to meet you!) found us after the race and stood around making everyone feel bad about their abs chatting with all of us for a while. 
And that was that.  I think I'm finally getting used to the fact that I'm just going to run like crap while it's this hot out, and I'm okay with it.  If I don't get faster when it cools down, well, then I'll have something else to complain about.


How was your weekend?  Did you run any disgustingly hot races?

27 comments:

  1. I think you are all insane. Way more insane than somebody who was biking 50 miles Saturday morning and running 9 miles on Sunday morning. Because those, those were in the morning.

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  2. race directors who plan races in july must be sadists!!!

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  3. Tapered for the race with a 3.5 hour brick workout...brilliant.

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  4. Uh, who is talking about abs here? I see a sixpack on someone named Katie. I exposed everyone to my 12-pack running shirtless on Sunday AM 'cause it was just that goddamn hot...at 6:30 am. My SHORTS were dripping. But I've become totally forgiving of my minute-slower-than-usual long runs. It's 40+ degrees higher than my ideal running temp and I can't do anything about it.

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  5. Stop making me jealous with your abs. That is all.

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  6. I hate running in the heat. Ask Amy- I was on my death bed on Sunday morning!

    And I am happy to hold your crap anytime!

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  7. I agree with KateKirk - you have rockin' abs yourself!
    I can't imagine trying to will myself to run fast in this heat. Hope your shin stops screaming at you.

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  8. Races in July, no matter where, are just way too hot! Great job sticking to the easy pace. I thought for sure you were going to decide to race it or something. LOL!

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  9. Your abs look good, girl.
    And nice race. Perfect for that heat. I mean, if you for some reason go for a run instead of sitting still with a drink that contains ice and alcohol.

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  10. I'd say that's a nice line-up of abs, including yours! Next year I'm gonna join you all for the evening sweatfest!

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  11. I still think running a race in that heat was nuts, but looking at the pictures I understand it was just an opportunity to show off the 6 pack. Now I approve.

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  12. I had fully planned on doing that race after my 12 miles earlier in the day. Then I decided to be a little bitch, sit in the AC, and stuff myself with sushi instead. Well done!

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  13. sweaty nearly naked people just doesn't sound appealing right now! You had the right mentality and handled this situation way better than I did! Great job! I've totally been napping on the weekends after my workouts and I'm not a napper!

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  14. Blech the heat. at least you didn't throw upon anyone! ;) Congrats and shhh - your abs look splendid!

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  15. I'm thinking of doing some night races in August and plan to take them all nice and easy...racing in that heat is crazy!

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  16. Summer night races = evil. Clearly just an excuse to wear minimal clothing and show off your abs. Glad you all had fun!

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  17. ha, thanks for the abs comment - but seriously, your abs rock, too! It was awesome meeting everyone (finally) :-)

    I thought the misters were just stinking Crystal City with gas fumes - did not like those!

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  18. Nice abs! Looks like you had fun and got a nice workout in. Congrats on pushing through the heat during your "taper" and race!

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  19. Racing in July is hardcore! Well done.

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  20. nice pace with the heat!! you are awesome! raced this morning and SOMEHOW it was cool out...the racing gods must have been smiling down upon us because I could hardly believe it. Hope the same happens Saturday...haha! Great job!

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  21. These two sentiments perfectly sum up every summer-evening race I've participated in: The starting corral was PACKED with sweaty nearly-naked people, and it was a relief when the gun went off/My head felt like it was boiling and about to explode. Why do we do this to ourselves? (I know, I know! Because much like running in the rain, the awfulness makes us feel extra hard-core.) Nice recap—and nice race, considering!

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  22. I always run like crap when it's hot out. Always always always. I have just learned to accept it:( That's why I made my A race Kinetic, in May, instead of one later in the year, haha:).

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  23. ugh. when am i (we) going to learn that it's ok to have horrible runs/races in the middle of the summer? it just sucks. bottom line. good job getting it done and enjoying a free race!

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  24. this is just like my midnight 10K. hot as crap and i'll never do that ish again.

    good job on running easy when you mean too. that's a lot harder than people think.

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  25. Be honest - your flexing in that pic

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  26. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun at the hot hot race! great job

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  27. Good for you sticking with your plan. That can be difficult when you actually get I the race environment! And hello six pack! Girl you are ROCKING this abs! Planks - they do a body good! Apparently!

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