March 24, 2012

Azalea Trail Run

Sometimes it is really hard to positive. I have never particularly liked this race, even though it's the largest race in Mobile. First of all, I never run well at it. It's usually the first hot/humid race of the year, too. I always get talked into racing by my teammates and friends. A few years ago, they added a 5K, and it made the last half mile ridiculous to get through- your typical 5K merge problem.

We did our typical warm up, and were off to the race right on time. I had picked out my friend, The Postman to run with. We quickly became a pack of 4- him, Timmy, and Brad (all locals). Being that it was so hot, we had decided on Sub 40 as a goal. I just returned to speedwork, and I'm still only 3 weeks out from the marathon. Soo....

Mile 1- 6:24
Mile 2- 6:23
Right before the 3rd mile marker, The Postman suddenly tripped and fell! The road is pretty rough in that spot, and I guess his toe caught an uneven area. He fell HARD, and it really scared me. The other 2 guys just kept on running! I stopped immediately. He gets up slowly and is yelling at me to keep on going. I eventually do, but keep checking back. He must've been okay b/c he caught back up to us by the next mile marker.
Mile 3- 6:23
Brad makes his move and takes off. I'm already starting to hurt a bit. I am sweating like nobody's business! My shorts are saturated, and sweat is pouring into my eyes. Oh yeah, this is what it feels like to race in the south. Haha.
Mile 4- 6:33
All the boys have left me now, and I'm just running along. I see Postman pull away from Timmy, and I wonder if I can catch Timmy now that he's slowed down. A small carrot.
Mile 5- 6:26
I catch and pass Timmy, and now I have my eyes on The Postman. Right before Mile 6, I catch him, but I know he's going to outkick me.
Mile 6- 6:21 That's what I'm talking about! Fastest mile of the race! We hit the 5K merge, and I just take the course VERY wide and run on the outside of everyone. It's just easier than dodging and weaving.
Mile 6.2- 1:36
The last portion measured over a quarter mile on the garmin, likely due to taking the course so wide trying to avoid the 5k walkers.
Final time: 40:08

For this race there is always a big deal made out of the local winners. For some reason, my old address appeared on my bib, even though I registered with my current address. I knew I would be left out of the local awards, so I told them beforehand, asking them to change my address. Of course, it didn't get changed, and I was left out of local awards. :(

And, while I'm on a rant, who plans spicy food as race food? I mean, spicy chicken and red beans and rice after a race? No thanks. They also had a post-race nonalcoholic beverage shortage. Not everyone wants a beer after a race, thank you.

Anyway... Project Need for Speed has gone well, even though my results today didn't show it. I had a strong workout Tuesday- a pretty bunch of 200s, all under 40 seconds. I also had a good hill run Thursday. I did notice that even though this race was a suck-fest, it's the fastest I've ever run that particular race. (I've done it 5 times.)  YAY for progress!

We are on Spring Break this week, and I couldn't be happier. I have lots of R &R planned- sports massage, pedicure, dentist, haircut. We do have track practice, but that's fun, too! I'm also looking forward to my parents visiting next weekend. I haven't seen them since Christmas.

Run Happy, friends!

9 comments:

  1. Spring Break-so jealous!!

    Totally nailing a race you don't even like- that's so Badger!! You just take what you want-unless it's post race beer;). I never understood how anyone could do that either.

    Isn't it awesome when you actually look forward to your coaching job! :)

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  2. I've run the Azalea Trail race about 5 times back in the early-mid 90s when I lived in Alabama. Would love to one day go back and do it again! And I remember red beans and rice after the race way back then, too...must be some sort of weird tradition.

    Nice job on the race....progress is a good thing :).

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  3. That's so Badger? I love it!

    Yay spring break!! Have a fantastic week and enjoy yourself.

    Congrats on an awesome race. It certainly doesn't sound very well organized, but you killed it!

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  4. Congrats on your best course time! That is the most interesting post-race food I've heard of. Enjoy your week off, sounds like a lot of good things planned!

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  5. Congrats! Considering you don't like this race, you nailed it! Sorry you didn't get the local credit you deserved. And that is weird post-race food.

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  6. You know your my speediest local friend! Lol love you

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  7. Oh yeah it's me, larisa

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  8. Very nice! I hear you on the beer at the finish line. I never drink beer and it's become the standard finish line drink. I always give my beer tag to a friend. I can barely even stomach Gatorade after a fast race.

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  9. Gosh, every time I read one of your racing posts, it makes me want to go out there and rip it up. :) I hear ya on the spicy food after the race. No thank you. Hope your spring break was just what you needed!

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