Sunday’s Shamrock Shuffle was pretty uneventful.
I was happy to be in Corral D – and achieved my goal/accomplishment of starting before Mike finished! By having worked my way up to Corral D over the past 4 years, I started after he was running for 20 minutes — he’d just passed the 5K mark but well before the finish line!
Look at all the green!!!
It was a chilly-ish day and I wasn’t sure how to dress. I ended up in a t-shirt & shorts for the race, with a long sleeve keeping me warm before the race. I ran comfortably, and was targeting a 9 minute per mile pace. However, I didn’t plan out for how I’d try to manage that pace, and got confused throughout as to whether I should be using the auto-lap feature on my garmin, nor was I prepared to do the math on clocks otherwise. I ended up with a 9:09 pace for a final time just 4 seconds off of last year’s PR.
What I’d do differently next year if I’m gunning for a time goal:
- Write out a race plan in advance. Detail my goal, and how I plan to manage toward accomplishing it. Include non-time goals as well.
- For the Shamrock Shuffle, turn off auto-lapping on the Garmin. This race is so much within the loop that the Garmin has trouble with identifying distance accurately.
I am proud that I didn’t get tired during the race – instead I negative split this event! On shorter races I have a problem of often going out too fast for my endurance at that speed, and I did not get tired or stop to walk at all yesterday. It was an easier run than last year’s PR.
It was cold after the race, so following my celebratory beer, I hightailed it home (well, to DD for a hot coffee & then home) to chill out and rest. This has been a high sleep weekend for me!
I also had another mini accomplishment (or two yesterday):
- Yesterday started my Ragnar Relay training! Following my not-too-hard race, I went to the gym in the afternoon for a short run on the treadmill. I’m going to try for a double run once a week throughout. This one was a very easy pace and just two miles.
- Part of the treadmill run was to try out new tri running shoes! I bought a pair online in two different sizes and wanted to figure out which one would be best for me! Figured that out… please feel free to send me more shoes in size 9.5 if you’d like!
Anyway, I’m off to a bike maintenance class tonight and maybe a “swim/strength” combo if I can make it through the rainy day!
It’s that time of year again! The Shamrock Shuffle is sold out and happening on Sunday! I’m volunteering for Ragnar at the Expo tonight, so stop on by & say hello!
Shamrock is going digital! Hopefully we don’t get a red shirt though!
2009 – My first year in Chicago. It was snowy this year, and life was crazy. I registered, but did not run this year.
2010 – My first year running the Shamrock Shuffle. It was cold. Mike finished the race before I even started. You’ll notice a trend. I was freezing, and I took a bathroom break (wtf!). Finish time: 59:11
2011 – A landmark year! I was in marathon training, and had just finished a 20 mile run the day before. I was battling some IT Band issues. It was super hot. Mike finishes the reace before I start. Finish time: 53:19
Post Race Party:
2012 – I spent the spring focused on speed & shorter distances. It’s warm but not super hot. I’m in Corral E, the first corral of the 2nd Wave. Mike still finishes the race before I start. Finish Time: 45:21 — my first PR at the 8K distance in 6 years!
So what’s in store for 2013?
My hopes & dreams are to start the race before Mike finishes! I am in Corral D this year, so I’m getting closer! We’ll have to see if that bump was enough to achieve this goal.
And for my race? I’d love to run faster than a 9 minute pace; basically a 44:44 or faster. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do it as I haven’t been speed training much (or outside running much) this spring.
Bonus Cookies! Guess the Bloggers!
Search query was “2009 Shamrock Shuffle Shirt” on Google Images and guess who turned up! See if you can find all the bloggers!
See if you can guess them all!
My goals for this past week (July 9-15) were:
- Monday: 5 miles Easy (AM) + Strength (30 Min – PM)
- Tuesday: Stroke’n'Stride Open Water Swim
- Wednesday: 50 min Spin Class + 1 mi brick
- Thurs: 5 miles – Bastille Day 8K
- Friday: 2 miles + Easy Bike Ride (without socks. Practice U-Turns, taking hydration on the run. Practice opening & taking from bento box as needed, or gu’s taped to the handlebars).
- Saturday: 11 miles – hopefully at least 6 with CES.
- Sunday: Open Water Swim Clinic + Bike Ride to 63rd Street Beach
What actually happened:
- Monday: 30 min Strength + 5.5 miles Easy (PM)
- Tuesday: Rest
- Wednesday: 30 min Strength
- Thurs: 5 miles – Bastille Day 8K 46:53
- Friday: Easy Bike Ride (without socks. Practice U-Turns,
taking hydration on the run. Practice opening & taking from bento box as needed, or gu’s taped to the handlebars).
- Saturday: 13 miles pacing for CES at an overall 10:40 pace.
- Sunday: Open Water Swim Clinic
Overall I’m pretty happy with my week. I didn’t get in everything I was hoping for, but I also took the rest when I needed it. I could work better at getting enough sleep during the week, but I’ve been enjoying watching the Tour de France!
Bastille Day 8K Race Report:
- This is a Chicago evening race that I’ve wanted to do for several years now. I’m happy I did it, and ran it with Anna, a friend from CES!
- It is a crowded Lincoln Park race, so it’s challenging to do well. It was very dusty – I felt a film of dust covering my throat.
- I forgot my Garmin for this race, so I ran “naked,” and tried to figure out my splits from the timing clocks. I estimated several 9:30 miles, which is about right for a 9:25 overall pace on the 8K.
- I got a cramp at the same spot near the finish as at the Turkey Trot. Is it all in my head? I think I did a better job pushing through this year.
- The Post Race party took place at the Nature Museum. We tried to go in, but there was a ridiculous line just to get upstairs where the party was. I didn’t know we were missing Britt’s win! Mike, Anna & I chilled outside for a while, and then Mike & I went out for some delicious vegan food at Native Foods Café.