Sunday, May 10, 2015

2015 Redbud Classic 10K

I'm a little bit behind on the blog. This semester was the hardest one I've had in the interpreter training program, and I got fairly overwhelmed. I'm not the best blogger in the world on a good day, but add in all of that stress, and I'm now 3 races behind in recaps. So I'm writing them all at once, and setting them to post in the future so that I don't have to make one big massive post.


I ran the 2015 Redbud Classic 10K on Sunday, April 12. This was my first race way back when, so I wanted to do it again. Achilles issues forced me to drop from the Memorial full to the half (if shoes feel funky the first time you wear them, return them rather than hope that they'll feel normal eventually). I ended up taking 3 weeks off with an unhappy achilles, as I said in the last post. But anyway, I ran the Redbud this year. It was ROUGH. The weather was 79F with a 20mph wind.

We had a tailwind for the first half of the race, but a tailwind provides little relief from the heat. I seriously thought that I was going to have heat stroke. I wanted this race to be a dress rehearsal for the memorial, so I had my 2-bottle fuel belt on. I was wearing calf sleeves, and they always make me feel hotter. I'm pretty sure I was pouring water on my head by the 2nd mile. Once we got out of the tailwind, it became a headwind. Headwinds are great for cooling you down, but you get to work harder just to go forward. The redbud course is pretty hilly. I was sore for 4 days after this race. My left quad and IT band were not very happy with me. Since this training plan didn't go as well as I'd wanted, I finished about where I expected to, with a course PR but not an overall PR. My results were:

Time: 1:11:24
Overall: 774 of 1,151 (top 67.2%)
Females: 341 of 609 (top 56%)
F30-34: 68 of 113 (top 60.2%)

So, not my finest work, but it is what it is. I was so spent after the race that I was really stupid. My quest to find my car was pretty entertaining. Luckily they had a shuttle that ran from the finish back to the start. When I parked, I thought that the start and finish were in the same place, but they were not. I eventually found my car though (I had parked at the mall). It would have been incredibly easy for someone to kidnap me, if they had wanted to, lol.

I finally started riding my bike outside again. I'm a wimp who doesn't like to be cold. I've started riding most of the spring training rides, and they've been enjoyable. At least I don't have to learn how to ride a bike this year, lol. There's a Clydesdale barn on the Lake Overholser route, and I had no idea that it is open to the public. So I took a pic with a horse! On another day, I did a sunrise ride with a classmate and 2 of my cycling friends. It was really early, but made for some nice pics. I very nearly dropped my car key into Lake O, and that would have been awful.