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Training and Racing-Global Energy 10k Race Report

I’ve been MIA from the blog lately. I know. Such a slacker! But surprisingly, I haven’t been slacking at all. Even though the race season is winding down I’ve still got a few smaller runs planned and one big run coming up-my very first ultra (anything over 26.2 counts as an ultra)! But that doesn’t mean stop biking or swimming all together. I’ve been picking up some tips for training from 2x ironman and 4x half ironman-Nigel. He’s definitely been encouraging to push past what I think are my own personal boundaries and challenge myself to push harder with the proper training and nutrition plans.

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Just yesterday I ran the Global Energy 10k race in Philadelphia. The really cool thing about this race was it was happening in 38 cities spanning across 21 countries. The race was in support of leading healthier lifestyles and food was being donated to food banks in every host city where a race was being held.

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The race started at 7:30 am and of course I had to have my normal coffee, multigrain english muffin with peanut butter and banana. I’ve learned to become a morning person.   With the race practically being in my backyard I was waiting till last minute today to leave my house. My Mom and I were both running the 10k. The weather conditions were perfect, warm, but not to hot out yet! The course was just along the Delaware River, flat and fast.

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I am happy to report that this was the very first time we BOTH received FIRST place in our respective age groups on the same day! The only frustrating thing that occurred was at the end of the race when I went to check my race time at the results tent it showed I was registered for the 5k, and this seemed to be a common error, I wasn’t the only one that had this issue. My mom, the next person in line behind and so fourth. After the time tracking company made a few adjustments my placing appeared!

Bam! First place AG and 7th female, I will take it! Great race for a great cause. My mom and I celebrated our success by having a delicious breakfast at Green Eggs Cafe. What’s next? Cow Run 10 miler next weekend with my mom and Nigel!

More training and travel details to follow!

xo

Leann

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Run the Vineyards 15k

My first trail race is officially in the books. When I signed up for this race I read it as a on and off road race. So in my mind I imagine it to be split-half the race on the road and the other half trail. Never assume! You know how the saying goes… just under a 5k portion of the race was on the road. The rest of the race took you directly through the vineyard- zigging and zagging through rows of grapes. If that wasn’t bad enough the dirt and sand farm roads were not even or compact. To say the least this race was a bit of a challenge. The grass between the vines was thick and uneven. And please don’t take my description as complaining I’m always up for a challenge and pushing myself to the next level.

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This trail race did challenge me as I usually train on the road or a treadmill depending on my location. I’ve never trained to run a trail, but maybe this is just what I needed to encourage myself to train a little bit harder. The weather overall was pleasant. A bit chilly to start, but it warmed up nicely. I ran out of my favorite pre race fuel- power bar simple fruit energy gels and resorted to trying a different gel from power bar. It got the job done, but the taste just could not compare. I just wanted to get it down as quickly as possible.

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The 5k race started about 5 minutes prior to the 15k. The race was clearly marked and roped off to determine which turn was for the 5k versus the 15k. I found a comfortable pace at 8:30 min/mile and tried to constantly stay there. I refueled during the race with some honey stinger energy chews around mile 5 and I was carrying my own water in my Nathan handheld running bottle. By mile 7 I was ready to be done running up and down the rows of grapes. Though the scenery was beautiful and a change from my normal city run I had to put my mind else where. I gave myself a short pep talk to finish strong and that’s exactly what I did.

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I finished 7th in my age group (30-39) out of 71 women. 17th out of 184 women and 32nd overall out of 229 runners. Not too shabby, but this is definitely fueling myself to train harder. Running this trail race put me a little outside of my normal running comfort zone, but I embraced every second.
Next up is the Global Energy Race 10k in Philadelphia. Catch me if you can!
Xo

Leann