Saturday, August 3rd, was my 3rd time running the Clark Lake Run 12K. 7.456 miles for those who care not to do the math. :-)
It's a challenging course with lots of rolling hills. My goal was to start out fast and hang on for as long as I can. May not be the smartest race day strategy but whatever.
I really, really wanted to run a 7:10 pace. This would give me a 53:26 finish time. My first two miles were negative splits; 7:05 & 7:02 Great! Now to hang on there. Well, that didn't happen. After the first two miles, my splits were all over the place with one of the remaining miles at 7:24! I think that may have actually been mile 3, then they fluctuated between 7:13-7:16 through the rest of the course.
I ended up crossing the finish line in 53:50, 7:13 pace. I am satisfied with those results. It gave me a new 12K PR and course PR. Downfall? My husband beat me by 10 seconds. He's not a runner. He's extremely fit, but not a runner. He lifts weights and has big muscles, while running is MY thing. He is so strong at hills though. I wish I could run hills the way he does. He makes it look so effortless! We are running 2 more hilly courses over the next couple weeks; Run thru Hell 10 mile on the 10th and Somerset Stampede Half on the 17th. I may have to quit running if he beats me at these 2 races. Not really, but I am extremely competitive. I don't like when he beats me. My dad made a good point though, I have been so focused on distance running that I don't know what its like to run a short, fast race (like the 12K last weekend). Here's to hoping I can push it hard at Run thru Hell.
So, my 53:50 finish time at Clark Lake was good for 2nd place in my age group. They always give out a nice award too. The previous years I ran, we received tall ceramic mugs. This year we received pilsner glasses. I love when I receive an award I can actually use!
A/G Place: 2nd/17