On Halloween morning, I ran the Monster Dash 10 miler and did amazing! So why has it taken me so long to write the recap? I don’t know! I have been putting it off and I cannot figure out why! I am just not super excited about it.
It was a cool, windy, rainy morning and once I got off the lightrail I started to wonder if the PR I was so hoping for was going to happen in those conditions. As I made my way to the bag drop, I actually considered throwing in the towel before the race even started. I was little irked already with Team Ortho for not having electrolytes on the 10 mile/half marathon course so the weather was pushing me close to my edge. However, I had that internal conversation with myself, where I said you are not a quitter so pull up your big girl running tights and get your a** to the start line!
I had 20 minutes until the start so I thought it would be good to visit the port-a-potty before I got lined up. This race is known to draw a huge crowd of runners and it can be mad chaos. And that is exactly what it was at the port-a-potties. I stood in line for 25 minutes! The race had already started when I got out and headed to the start. However, there are so many runners that it takes a good 10 minutes to get them all across the start line anyway.
My plan was to keep an 11:48 minute per mile pace. If I did that I would cut 4 minutes and 20 seconds off my TC 10 Mile time. Not far into the first mile I saw the 2:30 half marathon pace team. The night before I had considered running with them to see if I could really push myself but thought that would be too much. Instead, I printed out my pace band and planned to follow that. However, we all know who it goes on race day, all your plans go out the window when you develop a new and better plan. I figured what the heck, I would keep up with them for as long as I could.
The race flashed before my eyes! Before I knew it, I was two miles from the finish! I had not only kept up with the pace team, I had been running a tad faster than them part of the race. I slowed down to ask one of the pacers what their pace band said for completing 10 miles, 1:54:30. Holy cow! I was going to blow the PR out of the water if I could keep that pace up for two more miles!
And then I saw it, the 10 mile finish line! I knew I was going to finish way sooner than I had anticipated so instead of pushing it I just kept my pace (or so I thought because again I ended up running my last mile the fastest) and finished strong! I felt good at the finish not over-tired but not like I had a ton left in the tank either. I checked my watch out and it read 1:53:36! Wow that was almost 8.5 minutes faster than the TC 10 Mile less than a month prior to the Monster Dash!
See, I SHOULD be so excited about this race! I truly rocked it! Yet, I am not. I am so happy and proud of myself but I am not (or ever really was) on cloud 9 like I was when I finished TC 10.
I wonder if I feel this way because I am getting more confident in my running or if I knew in the back of my head that I could have done it at TC 10 and there was no need to celebrate because I did that four weeks earlier… When I finished TC 10, I felt like I had so much left in the tank, so much so that I felt like I could have run another 10 miles (probably not but several people did comment that it didn’t look like I even ran 10 miles).
I did prove to myself that I could run 10 miles faster and much faster then I thought I could! I am really looking forward to what is coming because I can tell I am getting stronger and more confident in my abilities! So even though I am not as excited with the Monster Dash as I would like to be, it was an awesome race!