Race Recap: Resolution Run

Race Recap: Resolution Run

On the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, I ran the Resolution Run for the third year in a row (2010, 2011).  It has become one of my favorite races of the year, although all signs point to the fact that I really shouldn’t love it.  The course is a loop I run quite frequently, it feels somewhat unorganized (the starting mats get set up about five minutes before the race begins), and there’s no medal at the end.  Yet, I still love it.  I think there’s something great about wrapping up the year with a race.  The me of a few years ago still shakes my head in amazement that I would say that.

Admittedly, I didn’t have the highest of expectations this year, especially in light of my week of laziness.  Still, I was ready to give it my best shot, but more importantly, I toed the starting line with one goal:  have fun.

This is the face of a girl ready to have four chilly miles of fun!

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I wasn’t sure what the snow situation would be along the route, so I wore my new Yax Trax just in case.  I just bought them, knowing I plan on doing more outdoor running this winter.  It was my first run in them (always a poor race day decision).

yax trax

As it turns out, I could have gotten away without them, but there were sporadic points where I was glad to be wearing them.  More on the Yax Trax for another day, though, once I have a few more runs properly using them.

The first mile, I was quickly discouraged.  I was apparently closer to the starting line than I realized because I kept getting passed…and passed…and passed.  I tried not to let it get me down, but it was hard!  I checked my Garmin a couple times at that point just to be sure I wasn’t going a lot slower than I thought I was, but I was actually keeping a great pace, so tried to block out all the runners and run my own race.  After that, I tried really hard not to check my pace because I wanted to just run however felt comfortable, not worrying about keeping a certain pace.

The middle half of the course was really uneventful.  I found my stride and really just zoned out.  My legs were getting a bit angry from not running outdoors for almost two weeks (oops!), but I tried to just keep going and not let that get to me.  Easier said than done!  There was one section where we were running parallel to a busy road, and the drivers were honking at us as they went by.  A bunch of runners, myself included, were waving and cheering back at them – a mood lifter, for sure!

I did really well with taking no walking breaks, up until the last mile when there was a hill with a pretty steep incline.  I made it about 3/4 of the way up before I knew trying to run it was sapping too much energy.  Rather than burning myself out with that last bit of the hill, I took it as a chance to walk, work out my muscles, catch my breath, and get ready to rock out to the finish line!

As I turned the bend toward the finish line, I gave it all I had left – I picked out people one by one and passed them – take that first mile passerby!  I crossed the finish line with a smile on my face, and that was what this race was all about.  Sure, it was tough, but I felt so proud of how well I did!

The breakdown:

  • Mile 1:  10:07
  • Mile 2:  10:15
  • Mile 3:  11:06
  • Mile 4:  11:11 <- even with a walking break!  What what!

My Garmin time was 42:40, with an official course time of 42:52.

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A PR by well over a minute (and over three minutes faster than two years ago)?  BOOM.  I will most gladly take it!  Ahh, I was absolutely thrilled!  What a great way to end out the year.

Resolution Run 2013, I’m looking at you for another PR – I would love to really go big with a sub-40 minute finish a year from now!!

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