Dreaded Druid Hills Redux

Last Saturday, I ran the Dreaded Druid Hills 10K for the second year in a row.  For a recap of last year, click here.  This year, I wanted to run it again, especially since I was beginning to miss racing.

The hills were still dreaded.  Over the course of the race, there is a 123 feet climb. Seriously, absolutely crazy climbs.  Last year, I was too busy focused on getting up the hills to realize how twisty the hills are – there are some ridiculous spirals.

My focus was on finishing not on a PR.  I was glad for that as my time was 1:36 which was slower than last year.  One thing I didn’t do this year was wear my ProCompression socks.  A decision that I did regret later that day when my calves were on fire! From now on, I will #KeepItTight!

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Do you train on hills? How do you recover after a hot, sweaty run?

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?

Faith & Fitness Friday–Believe

Mark 9:23 –

Jesus said unto him, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

One year ago, I was excited about running my first 5K at the Baltimore Women’s Classic.  Today, I picked up race packets for 2 different races – the Dreaded Druid Hills 10K and the Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K.  I would have never imagined doing this last year.  But, I have always believed in Jesus and that he will order my steps.  That belief has led me to overcome so much in the past year. I am truly thankful that I have become a hysterrunner.

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Are you racing this weekend?  Have your beliefs inspired you to be better? 

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Rock N Roll Philly Half Marathon

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