Delmar Dash Race Recap 4/7/19

I’m not sure what it is about the Delmar Dash that always brings snow with it. The date seems to be always changing — it used to be in March, and I know some of my slower times were due to snow and ice on the road. Thankfully there was no snow on the ground this year, but there was snow and sleet on Friday night.

The upside is it’s a flat and fast 5 miles. This year I noticed that there were quite a few nice/slight downhills in the race.

Packet Pickup
Packet Pickup is in the gym of the school the race finishes at. It’s always easy. The race shirt was again short sleeved and ran large but I prefer larger to too small. It’s was also a nice burgundy color this year.

There are massages before the race, as well as after, although getting both seemed a bit greedy to me so I just stuck with my dynamic warmup. No warmup mile; I knew a 5 mile race would be challenging enough considering my lack of training.

I didn’t bump into Darlene @ Myfirst5k until just before the race.

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“Sprinting” to the finish (photo courtesy of Darlene & yes, I knew she was taking my photo)

My Race Plan
There was no goal, other than to finish feeling decent. I knew it would not feel easy. Heck, most weeks in the last month I barely ran 5 miles total!

So how’d that work for me?

  1. Mile 1: 10:26. Actually faster than last year. I don’t regret it; I knew I’d be running out of steam later in the race. I started near the beginning, as it’s gun time, and I knew most of the runners would be passing me, which they did. Chasing runners helps me to run faster, and in this case I think that was fine.
  2. Mile 2: 10:59. Not too shabby with a walk break around mile 1.5 for water.
  3. Mile 3: 10:48. So the first 5k went pretty well and then . . .
  4. Mile 4: 11:33. . . . Every year I slow down this mile, but I took two walk breaks for water, so that I wouldn’t have to walk my last mile (and I didn’t). However, this is exactly where I lost a potential PR. Oh well, I never really expected one anyway.
  5. Mile 5: 11:03. The longest I’ve run in the last month was 3 miles. No joke. Most runs were maybe 1.5 or 2 miles. At least it was faster than mile 4! The sun had also come out, and yes, I was just a little overdressed; always so hard to figure out those transitional runs between seasons.
  6. Last .04: 10:04. Usually I can sprint way faster than this to the finish. Definitely a lack of endurance due to a lack of training.

55:16 — Official Time
11:04 Average Pace
(my Garmin shows 10:58 for average pace due to the slightly long course)

Previous Years:
2018: 54:36
2016: 55:17
2015: 56:09
2014: 57:37
2011: 57:12

I actually feel I did much better than I had a right to — I knew I was way undertrained going into this race, but I also knew I could do it. My one concern was whether or not it would set me back in my recovery from the lingering whatever I’ve got; I probably feel about 90% right now.

I chose to run the race except with three walk breaks to drink some water — I am a thirsty runner, even though I was very well hydrated pre-race. I was roughly 30 seconds off of my PR. kind of wish I’d pushed just a little harder those last 2 miles after I saw that! I mostly ran by feel. So still having a speedy race (for me) was the cherry on top.

Now would I have chased down that PR using run/walk? We’ll never know. Run/walk intervals have helped me enormously, and I’m not saying I won’t revert back to them at some point. The point of using them from the start, rather than starting when you’re tired, is that they actually will help delay the onset of fatigue. They work great for fueling and taking photos, too.

So what’s up next for me? Dunno!

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Now there’s a look. I would regret the vest by mile 3 . . .

The weather & dressing
This was probably the best weather I have ever had for this race, and I’ve run it six times. Mid 40s. Little wind. Partly cloudy to start, although the sun did peak out around mile 3.

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My “Big Dream” for this race was to finish feeling decent

I went with my Pocketopia Capris, Wonder Wool Long Sleeve top, and Toasty Vest from Skirt Sports. I eventually regretted the vest — I unzipped it almost all the way, but I felt too warm. I know it would have taken me a couple of miles to warm up in just the Wonder Wool Long Sleeve but you finish right in front of the school where you store your stuff so it would have been fine (I just would have been majorly cold at the beginning of the race). I don’t really think it made a difference to my time.

I  wore my blister running shoes from Savannah (read about that race here), as they will now be known. No blister. Not shocking, it was just 5 miles and really nice weather. The shoes are probably coming to the end of their life.

Was the race well run?
Always well run, and this year was no difference. Parking fills up early, so get there early unless you want to hunt for parking. The free massages are always a nice touch. The course is well marked, and there’s ample support on the course. The AG awards were cranberry colored pint glasses — I would’ve loved one, but this races brings out speedy runners: I would have to shave 20 minutes off my finish time — no exaggeration! — to earn one. Never gonna happen!

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

 This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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Delmar Dash Race Recap 4/15/18

This race keeps getting later and later in the year, and yet the weather doesn’t seem to improve. Two years ago, the last time I ran this 5 mile race, it was the beginning of April and it snowed. Our forecast was for an ice storm the night before — but for once, thankfully, the ice didn’t materialize — they were only off by a day (ice storm Sunday night).

Ok, let’s dive in!

Packet Pickup
Packet Pickup is in the gym of the school the race starts in front of. It’s always easy. The race shirt was changed to a short sleeve tech shirt from a long sleeve tech shirt this year. I always order up a size but now the tshirts run big.

Post run in downpour hair


Looking at the race shirt, I was initially disappointed. Then again I’ve just never been fond of the race shirt for this race. When I got home and tried the tshirt on, though, I kind of liked it. Not the design. And not the rather narrow cap sleeves (but remember I’d sized up). But the soft material. I won’t be running in this shirt but I’ll work out in it or perhaps hike in it some day.

I hung out with Darlene and another Wineglass girl — always nice to have a warm, dry spot to hang out in and real bathrooms to use on a cold, drizzly day (yes, in the 30s). I skipped my warmup mile but did do my foam rolling and dynamic stretching before the race.

My Race Plan
I went with my normal I-don’t-know-my-5-mile-PR-so-I’ll-just-shoot-for-this-time goal: 54 minutes. I also had a goal to try to stay below an 11 mm the whole race.

So how’d that work for me?

  1. Mile 1: 10:34. Just like the last time I ran this race, went out a little too fast.
  2. Mile 2: 10:45. Happy with this mile.
  3. Mile 3: 10:43. There is only one water stop halfway through this race. I know this. I also know that I like to sip a little water every mile. So I brought a small water bottle with me — or so I thought. So yeah, I had to stop at this water stop. A pretty decent time anyway!
  4. Mile 4: 11:00. This is exactly where I slowed down when I ran the race two years ago. No doubt that first mile coming back to bite me.
  5. Mile 5: 11:04. Usually my last mile is my fastest, but there seriously was just no gas left in the tank.
  6. Last .05: 8:49. There are a lot of turns in the race, so for most of us, it tends to run just a little over. Apparently there was some gas left, since I managed to sprint to the finish line.

54:36 — Official Time
10:58 Average Pace

Previous Years:
2016: 55:17
2015: 56:09
2014: 57:37
2011: 57:12

Much like the last time I ran this race, I came really close to my goals but didn’t quite meet them — but I know, I know, I’m splitting hairs. And I’m quite happy with this race! The speedy, serious runners come out for this race. I was 299 out of 327 runners, very firmly in the BOTP (back of the pack).

The weather & dressing
I would say it was a nice day for running, but the weather was actually good for racing — cold, but not too cold. Not too windy. And it pretty much stayed dry the whole race.

I went with my Wonder Wool Skirt, Wonder Wool Long Sleeve top, and Double Take Reversible Jacket from Skirt Sports. It was the perfect outfit for me. Don’t forget to use code 522CRJ for 15% off of non sale items at Skirt Sports.

Was the race well run?
Yes, as always. Just get there early because parking goes quickly! That and I’d like another water stop, please. Although I guess if you’re a fast runner maybe you don’t need it. Thank goodness I’d made it a point to hydrate well that morning!

There’s food before and after the race, but I brought my own snacks. And I always get my free massages after the race!

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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First Race 2018: 4/9 – 15 Weekly Wrap

As I was gearing up for my first race of 2018 my body was rebelling a bit with some unexpected tiredness. Or maybe it was just the weather? Not to mention the forecast for the race today was giving us all fits — ice! I kid you not.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how I geared up for my first race of 2018.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: PB Legs & Booty, Dogwalk, Volunteering with FTC, 5 miles easy overall
  • Tuesday: 4 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: PB Total Body, Dogwalk, Element PM Yoga
  • Thursday:  Feeling a bit meh so an unscheduled rest day
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, PB Total Body Kettlebell, YFPR Flexibility & Flow
  • Saturday: 1 3/4 mile WU with FTC, 1.5 miles easy + 8ish strides, Pilates Perfect Body Perfect Silhouette
  • Sunday: Delmar Dash (5 mile race)

Mileage: 17ish (NC)

JY = Jasyoga
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

Monday
It was a beautiful, sunny day with not too much wind — so naturally I completely forgot to take any photos. Too busy catching up with Running Buddy J after the training group.

I don’t know why but today’s run just felt hard. It happens sometimes. My resting heart rate was mildly elevated this morning, I was super tired Sunday evening & it was a rest day, so this bears watching (cue foreshadowing).

Tuesday
The weather. Oy! So unmotivated to do anything. The sun would come out for a hot minute, then it would look threatening. I procrastinated as long as I could, but finally I had to get out there.

A faster run than yesterday that felt easier. But seriously there’s nothing to take pictures of: no flowers, no leaves on the trees, no sun. It’s majorly depressing.

 

Great minds think alike (same print)

Saturday
Don’t let the sunshine fool you — it was darn chilly and windy (yet again). Warmed up mentoring the challenge group than ran another 1.5 miles on my own with some strides in the middle to get ready for the race tomorrow.

 

Some Wineglass Girls racing

Sunday
A week ago, when I finally registered for the Delmar Dash, the forecast was for afternoon showers. Which then changed to morning showers. Which then changed to ice! Luckily the ice never fell, it wasn’t even really drizzling, and although chilly, it was good racing conditions.

I’m leaving the recap for Tuesday. And that’s all I’m saying about that.

Poor things didn’t know it was going down to freezing!

Favorites of the week
My parents’ house is finally sold! I wouldn’t say that solves all their problems, but it definitely eases the bleeding money on a fixed income.

I finally saw these little bits of color above on Friday. It’s been so gray and drab most of the week, it’s nice to see a sign that maybe we’ll have a spring after all. Poor things won’t know what hit them with our weather over the weekend, though.

Good luck to all who are running Boston tomorrow! May the weather and running Gods smile on you!

Sorry, it was a busy week so I never got around to adding my favorite blog posts for the week! Hope to be back with it next week.

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This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Would you run a rainy road race with temps in the 30s — in April — seriously, where is Spring?

Are you watching the Boston Marathon tomorrow?

What’s blooming in your neck of the woods?

Genie, May I?

That’s the question this week’s  Tuesdays on the Run linkup asks.

What would you ask for if you rubbed one of your race medals and a Genie popped out and granted you three wishes? That thought just popped into my mind last Tuesday and I decided to run with it.

I love those people who are all like, nah, I don’t want anything. So not me. You’ve probably come to realize that if you read my blog for a while. I want things. I want lots of things!

But narrowing it down to the top three things I want when it comes to running? That’s tough!

Wish No. 1: Perfect weather for one half a year
I am not sure I have ever run a half marathon in perfect weather. Austin came close. Blackstone Valley might have been, but halfway through I was in so much pain I wasn’t really aware of the weather.

I’ve run cold halfs, I’ve actually run far more hot halfs, I’ve run windy halfs, I’ve run wet halfs (but luckily only a handful).

Just one perfect day a year — is that really too much to ask for?

 

Wish No. 2: Run injury free
As I pointed out above, what’s the point of great weather if you’re in too much pain to even notice it?

I’ll do the work; I promise. Anyone who gets to know me knows I put in the work to try to stay injury free.

 

Wish No. 3: A running coach who is a talented masseuse
Hey, it’s a genie and I can have anything I want, right? And what I want is a coach to push me, to cheer me on, to plan my workouts for me, and also to give me a massage after every run. And stretch me out, too, please.

It wasn’t easy coming up with just three wishes, I have lots of them, but these are my top three. I think. Maybe you have one that’s even better?

I’m sure Darlene will fill you in on the best local races, which is actually today’s topic, because God knows she tries to run them all. There’s Last Run, and the Delmar Dash — I always enjoy those two.

Tell me one thing you’d wish for if you found a running genie?
Or tell me all three wishes!
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I’m linking up today with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.

Delmar Dash Race Recap 4/3/16

 

Thankfully it wasn’t quite this bad in Delmar

This is never what you want to wake up to on race day — in April! Delmar is about a 20 minute drive south for me, and the roads were a snowy, slushy mess. Miraculously, down in Delmar all the snow/ice had already melted off the road.

Packet Pickup
Packet Pickup is in the gym of the school the race starts in front of. It’s always easy — no frills with this one, you get your long sleeve tech shirt and your bib. End of story.

I ran into my friend Jan almost immediately, and hung with her and her friend Christina, after using the facilities. Christina, in an odd twist of fate, had been on the bus to (but not running due to an injury) the Celebrate Life Half Marathon.

I saw Darlene but she was chatting with her own friends initially. She came over and I introduced her to Jan, who has a place in FL in the winter and we know how Darlene loves FL.

We all continued to chat and my friend Denise showed up — I wasn’t sure she’d brave the weather!

Despite the RDs trying to convince us to get outside early, we stayed inside for as long as possible.

My Race Plan
This is a flat and fast race (but small — 440 runners) that has always been kind to me, even when I ran it while recovering from a very nasty cold. With the initial snow, I was planning to treat it as a training run, but when we got down there and there was no snow or ice on the roads, I knew I’d be racing. I wanted to come in with an average pace under 11 minutes per mile.

So how’d that work for me?

  1. Mile 1: 10:49. A little too fast.
  2. Mile 2: 1054. Still moving good.
  3. Mile 3: 11:12. Water stop — and I knew the last 2 miles would be a struggle, due to going out too fast. Also Denise had caught up to me somewhere in mile 2, and we were chatting, but eventually she had to drop back.
  4. Mile 4: 11:03. A girl ran up to me and asked me if I was doing run/walk, and I said, yes, but that I was a slow runner. She thought I was about her pace. NOT! But we stuck together for about half a mile and chatted — she was banditing; just getting back into running and her parents lived in the area. Then I ran with another girl for a little while; we chatted, and she was also trying to run a half in every state; she’d already run one in Kauia, so I pumped her for information about that.
  5. Mile 5: 11:00. Denise caught up to me again, and we crossed the finish line neck and neck with each other.

55:17 — Official Time
11:04 Average Pace

So I didn’t quite make my goal, but I was darn close. I know some of the running I did with random strangers and my friend did slow me down a little bit, but I also know I probably started out a bit too fast too. All in all, I’m very pleased with this race.

Denise & I crossing the finish line neck & neck

The weather & dressing
The forecast was for cold (20s) and gusty winds. I was also planning to complete another 5 miles after the race with Darlene and Denise, so I packed clothes to change into. It’s nice to have the use of real bathrooms at the school.

I went with my heartbreaker skirt with built in tights from Skirtpors (love them — more colors, please!), a half zip, and my thermo ball. I brought another long sleeve tech shirt and a medium weight jacket to change into after the race.

Unfortunately it didn’t really get windy until after the race — I should have worn the medium weight jacket for the race and the thermoball for the miles after the race.

Sporting the race tee later in the day

Was the race well run?
Yes, as always. Everything about this race is easy — except for parking — you really do need to get here early because the parking lot fills up fast.

There’s food before and after, although I made goodies so I didn’t sample anything. Plus I got my massage first — free massages after the race! I don’t why my massage therapist seemed to take more time with me, but I was grateful.

Darlene, Barbara, Denise, Jan, and I hung around a bit chatting and refueling for the next 5 miles, although Jan wasn’t running more and Denise decided to go home and finish her miles later.

That left me, Darlene, and Barbara. Barbara was just going to do a couple of extra miles but then she just kept going and going and going . . . until they saw people looking up — yes, this is the race we saw the eagles flying around afterwards.

The wind got crazy afterwards, and Darlene wanted to do one mile more than me, so she ran me back to the school (and I was thankful my car started!). We chatted a bit but I really couldn’t take being out in the cold by that point. I don’t know how Darlene ran another mile!

I definitely recommend this as a flat, fast, well run race. So far it doesn’t sell out, so there isn’t pressure to sign up early. When I’m here I always try to run it.

Almost a 1 minute PR over last year — although last year there was some icy/snowy patches on the road I had to walk through. It makes you wonder: was I really faster this year, or did the walking slow me down that much last year?

I’m linking up this race recap with the  Weekly Wrap (Weekly Wrap goes live on Sundays at 5 pm) from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin.

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I’m also linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup, because I’m a little bit under the weather this week — I’m losing my voice and sound a bit scary — and trying to rest up. In between chores.

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