Team work makes the dream work, people.
Race am started with a rousing pep talk by Jocelyn. The gist of said pre-race talk was as follows:
Rule 1: Don’t look at your watch!
Rule 2: Stay with Laura
This will be painful! Just remember that it is supposed to be painful! It is not childbirth – think about all of your future patients in labor and how painful that is. You should especially be in pain the last 2 miles. You are faster than you think you are. Stay with Laura. Do it for 16 Handles.
Duly noted, coach.
I broke rule #1 and looked at my watch. I did not break #2 and stuck with Laura or, rather, she stuck with me. The two combined proved to be a PR producing duo.
Whenever I felt uncomfortable, but not in racing pain, I repeated to myself, “THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE PAINFUL,” which sounds completely miserable and uninspiring as I write it. I guess it just reminded me to push a little bit more rather than settle into “uncomfortable.”
Laura was a good little coach on the run, too. She talked to me a good bit and knew the course (it was her hometown, Northport, Cow Harbor 10K <– highly recommend!) so she knew the landmarks better than I. Plus, its nice to have a buddy to run with who also tells you “you’re doing awesome!” It was especially helpful on the ginormous hill that takes up most of mile 2. She also appropriately told me when to try to speed up and “that we must go now if you want a big PR!”
For you splits monkeys out there, they were as follows: 7:16 (downhill, yes!), 8:08 (uphill, no), 7:33, 7:16, 7:44, 7:11, 1:27 all rolled together for a time of 46:38, a new PR by 1 min.
[Coach Jocelyn also says I need to order a small in shorts, but you be the judge. I do medium everything and get nervous deviating from norm.]
I am lucky enough to have nice friends in my life who are willing to help me run a little faster, push the boundaries, walk the fine line of almost throwing up at the finish, and, most importantly, understand my type-A tendencies (“I need a checklist here, people!”).
[Seriously, big thanks to both Jocelyn and Laura. And, on a side note Jocelyn had a 10K PR even when not racing as she had a 22 mile long run the next day and Laura had a PDR on Sunday also with 22 miles – you go girls!]
TELL ME: FAVORITE RACE YOU’VE RUN WITH A FRIEND.
Next up – 5th Ave Mile which may be part of a long run (so will have to adjust expectations accordingly). It still should be fun.
Side note: Jocelyn swore she saw the RC on our shakeout run Sat (the RC was running the same race) and she bolted to try to catch up to “her.” I have devised a new racing strategy for Jocelyn – plant celebrity cutouts along the course so she gets excited and sprints to them…
Until next time…