Jones Group Realtors 10 Mile Race Report

This morning I headed off for my first race with the Goon Squad Runners, the Jones Group Realtors 10 Mile Race, a USATF Grand Prix event.  I met up with the three other Goons heading to the race at a funeral home, which just happens to be a team sponsor.  Their contribution to the team is a limo to use as transportation, and they pay for the gas too.  Not bad huh?

When we got to the race I proceeded to get wicked anxious about what I was going to wear (after having been anxious last night for the same reason).  I went out for a 15 minute warmup in my Asics running pants with asics shorts that have built-in spandex under them, a New Balance sleeveless base-layer and my Mizuno BreathThermo top.  Accessories were Brooks Vapor gloves and Brooks ODP running cap.  After about 5 minutes on the run I knew it would be a long hot day if I stayed with that outfit so once we got back I did a quick change into a Mizuno tech-tee with a lightweight vest for some wind-protection.  I even switched into a lighter pair of Nike gloves.  In retrospect I wish I’d just taken off the pants too, but what can you do?

So, now, on to the race.  Coming into it, I’d run 10 miles 3 times, all on a treadmill, none with a particularly difficult hill setting.  My best runs were around 7:51/mile.  I also had barely run outside over the winter, meaning my hill training has been ever-so-slightly north of 0.  Can you see where this is going?  This course is described on the race website as “slightly challenging,” with a hill mentioned at mile 3.  In the annals of understatements, this is somewhere up there with “Houston, we have a problem.”  The course virtually started uphill, and I went through the first mile in 8:07, after which I proceeded to press the stop button instead of the lap button, ensuring I wouldn’t have a good record of the race, oh well.

Mile 3 presented the long, difficult hill but by that point my day was already shot.  I know I should have taken the first mile slower and for whatever reason I just couldn’t get my breathing back under control after that.  The race also featured a couple miles of dirt road that wasn’t too muddy, but pretty puddly, not ideal.  For the first time I can remember, I actually walked some uphill parts because I figured I might as well try to save whatever energy I had for the flats, which didn’t seem to come up all that often.  None of my precautions helped though as my calves started to lock up around Mile 7 and continued on and off up until about 200 yards before the end of the race.  Calf cramping has always been a problem for me.  Maybe I should look into that.  I finally finished the race in 1:30:35, around 9 minutes/mile.

When I finished the race I was tremendously discouraged.  After all, I just busted out 4 miles under 7 minutes/mile on the treadmill on Thursday! Oh, wait, on the treadmill.  OK, so take the treadmill out of the equation and make my runs on roads, I think it’d be reasonable to think somewhere around 8:30s.  Add in a brutal course and the 9s start to look like where I should have been, not that it makes it any easier to take.

Today was a gut check, I hope I can answer it and grow from the experience.


3 Responses to “Jones Group Realtors 10 Mile Race Report”

  1. RunToFinish Says:

    Wow a limo, that’s a sweet way to get to the start. Those hills…can tear you up! At least now you know so next time that treadmill will be cranked up on an incline…that’s my plan to make it to Seattle!

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