Completing the hat trick meant completing a 5k, 10k, and half marathon between the dates of October 15-18.
Thursday evening, I ran my 10k. I definitely felt my mentally shift this week, and this run helped to trigger that. There was nothing spectacular about it, but usually my weekday runs are 4-5 miles, and it felt good to have a real reason to push beyond my usual mileage.
|My conversation with Matt when I left the house:|
Me: Bye honey, I love you.
Him: Bring a towel; you're going to be so smelly!
I parked and got situated, used the bathroom, etc, with plenty of time. In fact, almost too much time; my legs started to really cool down! I did some dynamic stretching to keep them warm and lined up toward the back of the start.
This is one of those races that attracts lots of inexperienced runners. Usually there's a lot of dodging and weaving in the beginning, but this year felt smoother. I did play leap-frog with a couple who were running/walking, and didn't seem to know that walkers should move to the side...That was a little frustrating to deal with the entire race. But you now, sometimes things like that just happen and we can't let it get to us on the course!
|This was my first race of fall, and I got a little emotional in the first couple miles.|
|The packed-shell road from mile 4 to 5.5 is a little narrow, but I appreciated the shade!|
I also had to head out immediately after finishing because Elizabeth was coming over with her husband to help with drywall in our kitchen, so I didn't enjoy the usual post-race celebration this year. Although I really enjoyed the race and got a little emotional at the thought of race season starting again, this one felt a little more practical than festive.
(Oh, and just to clarify: Elizabeth and I hung out on the lanai while the guys worked in the kitchen.)
|Roniel and Matt making progress on the kitchen.|
|Obviously I'm going by chip time here.|
|Total mileage and pace Saturday.|
Finally, Sunday was the last run of the hat trick: the 5k. Elizabeth joined me at 6:45 and we just went out nice and slow and enjoyed the morning.
Three virtual races and my first real race of the season, done! I'm feeling really accomplished and a little impressed with my mileage this week!
|27 miles...not bad! I actually feel like I'm marathon training!|
Do you like virtual races? I like that they motivate me to get running, but I don't really count them as a real race.
Have you ever done a multi-race challenge over a weekend?