Dreaded Druid Hills 10K = Race 8

I had the best running weekend ever! Races 8 & 9 were definitely two for the books.  It was the first weekend of the summer and I definitely seized the solstice!  So here is part one of my double race weekend recap.

Saturday, I ran the Dreaded Druid Hills 10K.  The race is marketed as:

A torturous race by runners for runners through Baltimore’s famed Druid Hill Park, beginning and ending at the Moorish Tower and traversing the most wicked hills to be found in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area.

Seriously, the race lived up to its hype in many ways.  However, I was determined to finish this race.  I even wore my Under Armour Women #IWill tank shirt to remind me of that fact.

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The race started at 7:30am which was before it was too warm.  I somehow missed the BGR picture.  However, I met up with one of my sole sisters, Darlene.  She wanted to run intervals with me so that she wouldn’t overtax her knees and not be able to run the BWC on Sunday.  The first mile of the race wasn’t too bad.  It took us in front of the Conservatory and towards the Maryland Zoo at Baltimore.  After that, it got funky.  We ran towards TV hill then behind the old zoo grounds to a section of the park which I never even knew existed.  We started climbing up hill and then ran downhill which was doable.  We were feeling challenged but ok at the 3 mile mark.  This is where the fun started.  We started running up a winding hill.  We’d get to what we thought was the top only for it to turn and keep going up.  It was absolutely sick!  The organizers had a warped sense of humor.  They had spray painted messages along the way up that hill.

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Then when we finally got to the other side of the crazy hill from hell, we had to turn around and go back the way we came! Absolutely nuts!  When we were done with that madness, we headed back through the grove to the zoo in a different direction.  That meant a different set of hills to the finish. 

The only other 10K I have run was in January.  It was my second race since becoming a hysterrunner.  I finished in 1:34 which was fine with me as it was a part of my slowly increasing mileage en route to my first half in April.  On most of my training runs, I come in at about the 1:30 mark or a little longer when I get to that distance.  Because of the crazy hills on this course, runners are warned not to expect to PR.  So I didn’t.  But I did!  I came in at 1:28.56!  I can’t imagine what my time would be if the course was flat!

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Tomorrow, I will post about my experience at the Baltimore Women’s Classic.

Did you race this weekend?  How do you feel about running hills?

New Goals–What’s Beautiful?

Thanks to Mother Nature, I barely ran this past week.  Tuesday evening was stormy – thunder, lightning…so Twilight Tuesday was cancelled.  However, I found a TV exercise game online.  I did the exercises during Dancing with the Stars The Results show. 

I did get to Bikram Yoga on my lunch time on Wednesday.  I followed that up with a 2 mile run on Thursday morning before work.  All in all, not bad for someone who completed 2 half marathons in 8 days.  I probably needed the rest more than I realized.

Next week, I will be building back up my miles and beginning speedwork in preparation for my next challenge. Thanks to the encouragement of the wonderful Dr Shauna Harrison, I have signed up for the Under Armour What’s Beautiful competition.  If you don’t know, Under Armour Women “are redefining the female athlete by setting epic goals and pushing past where we’ve ever been and where we thought we could go.”  As a part of the challenge, you set goals for yourself with the hopes of crushing them.

I had already set a challenge for myself for 2013.  I planned to run 13 races in 2013, including my first half marathon.  Well, in the past few months, I have blown through more than half of my goals.  At this point,month 5, I have already run 6 races including 2 half marathons!!!  So for my challenge, I have upped the ante so to speak.  I am aiming for a sub-three hour half marathon! Yes, that means I will be running at least one more this year!  My specific goal is:

I Will run 13 races in 2013 including a sub-3 hour half marathon and rebuild my core.

I’m still working on my Summer/Fall race schedule.  However, I’m thinking Rock N Roll Philly and/or the Baltimore Running Festival will probably be on it.  One of those two will be my goal race.  This will mean running and training strong this summer to be ready to blow through this next goal. 

Classes are done for this school year so I get my Thursday evenings back.  That means 3-4 runs and 2-3 crosstraining sessions are back in the schedule.  Woohoo!  This week’s schedule looks like this:

Monday – Bikram Yoga

Tuesday – Twilight Tuesday Tempo Run 3-4 miles

Wednesday – ?

Thursday – Speedwork

Friday – Bikram Yoga

Saturday – Long Run 6-8 miles

Let’s see how I do this week!

What are your goals for this week?  Are any of you doing the Under Armour What’s Beautiful challenge?  Is anyone else sick of this crazy weather?

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Rock N Roll Philly Half Marathon

Race # 10September 15th, 2013
Aiming for a PR!
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