Wednesday, August 25, 2010

"Mama Goes Masters" Virtual Race Report

Tonight I ran in MCM Mama's "Mama Goes Masters" Virtual Race. There were 3 race distance options all based on MCM Mama's 40th birthday - 4 miles, 8.25 miles (honor of the big day!), and for the really ambitious 40K. Being in the middle of 1/2 marathon training I signed up for the 8.25 miles distance.

The race didn't start until about 5:30 pm and I was glad for evening start because there aren't enough of them. For a late August evening the weather was a pleasant surprise - mid 70's with a nice breeze coming off the lake. The course was a simple out and back and started around .25 miles from my front door. There were plenty of others out running and biking and many didn't realize they were part of my race. I made sure to pass several runners and a couple who would have been in my age group had they known about the race ;)

I started off too fast like I tend to do because I am still incapable of properly pacing myself after 7 years of consistently running/racing. Prior to this race I had 2 days off (1 being an unscheduled rest day!) so the legs were ready to go. After the first mile I decided just to go with it and see how long the good feeling would last. At the turnaround along North Beach I realized I would be finishing into the wind... ruh roh. At least it wasn't too bad once the path turned from being right next to Lake Michigan. I lost some gas around mile 5 and backed off a lot until after mile 6. At this point I found some renewed energy after playing leap frog with another runner. I finally surged and passed her on the one small hill along the course. I ended up finishing strong in the neighborhood park.

Finish time:
1:13:24

an 8:54 average mile pace

Even though it was much cooler today I still enjoyed a post-race popsicle - YUM!

Happy Birthday MCM Mama! Thanks for putting together a fun virtual race in honor of your new age group!

And just because... here's a little more Maggie cuteness to fill your day
It's what we call her super kitty sleep.

13 comments:

The Laminator said...

Congrats on your race, Jamie! Really fun and really great! Yay!

Jill said...

Sweet time on the race - yay!!! And that Maggie is just adorable!!!!!!!

Mark said...

Great time!! Congrats!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Great time for a great race! What a cool idea, I ran 8 miles yesterday, so I wish I had heard of it!!

Marlene said...

Awesome job on the 8.25! Sounds like a nice evening for a run. And it's never too cool for a post-run popsicle. Except maybe in Febraury.

TiffersRunsTX said...

Way to rock it, doll! Great time!

Jess said...

Congrats on a great race and an awesome time!

Anne said...

Great race report! You did good :)

Jill said...

And btw, I meant to add yesterday that I can't properly pace with 32 years of consistent running. :P

Candice @ I Have Run said...

GREAT race report and an awesome finish time! Somehow I missed getting in on the "Mama Goes Master" race. Next time!

ajh said...

OMG! Maggie is so cute! I need to go back and look for other pictures! Good job on the race!

Kaci said...

You rocked it!! =)

Thanks for stopping by ImPossible!

zbsports said...

Great race report. This is a very clear and informative post. I like it.