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!
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).
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!
- 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.
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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