Storm the Campus 10 Miler

Sunday, I ran the Storm the Campus 10 miler at the University of Central Florida.

It was my last race of the season *sniff* and now I’m all alone and raceless until October. In the meantime, I’ll need to find another use for my treadmill.

The usual happened race morning – woke up, got ready, ate a PB&J for breakfast, and picked Michelle up. Ok, picking M up is not the usual. She always picks me up because I am spoiled. But Sunday, M got to be spoiled because, for once, the race was on the way to her house instead of the other way around.

Once we arrived, we immediately ran into our new race friend, Tyler.

That’s him vogueing on the ground for Michelle. (Do you drop the e in vogueing? These are things I’m too lazy to Google.)

I think Michelle finally found a pace twin in Tyler. We met him at Best Damn Race, then saw him again at the Winter Park Road Race. Now, we’re Facebook friends and meeting up at races intentionally. So yeah, it’s getting pretty serious.

We also ran into my insanely fast friend, Brian, at the start. He was so fast, I didn’t get a picture of him. (He ran the race in 1:01:09 and came in third overall because he’s a super badass.)

This was an inaugural race and a lot smaller than I expected – only 229 runners, but that’s cool with me because I love small races the best. This is what the start line looked like pretty much until someone yelled “go!”

The start wasn’t clearly marked so I was a little worried about the course markings. M and I even made a joke about having 16 miles on our Garmin at the end. Turns out, it was one of the best marked courses I’ve ever run that included signs for all upcoming bathrooms. All races should have signage for bathrooms. I zone out so easily that someone could be stabbed to my right and I probably wouldn’t notice so the signs were appreciated.

The race started at 7:30, which is late for a March race in Florida. We really lucked out with some cooler weather, but I think  it should start 30 – 60 minutes earlier in the future. Anyway, the race winded around the UCF campus, so it was really pretty.

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And because the race was on a Sunday, it was nice and quiet.

I ran one other 10 miler before this and that was a year and a half ago. I ran it in 1:45:52, so I was using that as my basis. I was pretty sure I could run a 1:40. I would have loved a 1:35, but I hate having goals. If I’m being honest, I suck at reaching them and I just end up letting myself down unless that goal pertains to alcohol or cupcake consumption. So, I was cool with a 1:40. Which I guess is a goal, but one I thought I didn’t really have to work for that was still a PR.

Just like my last two races, I felt like I was putting in a good amount of effort. It was manageable, but not exactly enjoyable. There was some nasty wind, and a couple turn-arounds that really screwed with my pace – one just after a water stop in which I almost ran into an oncoming car because I thought the last cone was the turn-around point and not a separating-runners-from-traffic cone. Everyone else was doing the same, so a cone for the turn-around would have been good. Or maybe a chalk marking.

I saw Michelle (and Tyler) three times during the race, which was fun. Usually I don’t see M at all, so I felt like I must have been keeping up pretty well. She even snapped a picture of me just before the finish.

Right in front of the burger place which seems about right.

Finish time: 1:31:15.  A fourteen minute and 37 second PR. And 7th in my age group! I’ve never been 7th in anything. (There were not seven women in my age group by the way. There were 29. That was my first question too.)

I loved this race and I’m so happy with the way I ran it. It gives me warm running fuzzies. If it were a half marathon, I would have had my sub-2:00. #bittersweet. Three PRs in a row is more than I ever thought I would get so I’m happy to end the season here and look forward to working hard to make next season even better.

 

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    • Paula says

      Hee! Michelle has one that I’m sure will be in her race review whenever she writes it! I’ll be better next time. We’ve already talked him into running a marathon with us. :-)

    • Paula says

      Exactly! I’ll definitely do this one again. I have to since next year’s medal is a C and the following year is the F. Well, I at least need the F to go with my U. ;-)

  1. Michelle says

    I feel like my blog post should just be a picture of Tyler (for the ladies), a cute picture of us, maybe a cute picture of Evan/B&L after — and then I’ll link everything else to you because I have nothing different to add. Sound good?

    Woo-hoo on the MASSIVE PR. I realized later that if this had been a half I probably would have PR’d. Maybe we just need to run our half marathons with the mindset that they are 10-milers?
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  2. Melissa says

    I don’t care about your PR, I care about Tyler and why you didn’t tell me he’s super cute. #rude

    Ok, I do care about your PR, and I am so super proud of you! I can’t wait to see how fast your marathon is in the fall, Miss Speedy Pants!

  3. Lindsey @ Happy or Hungry says

    Shitballs Paula, you’re a speed demon! Congrats on the super PR, you must have been pumped! And you have proved why not setting concrete goals is best. Fly by the seat of your pantaloons and you can PR by 14 minutes. That is the way to do it.

    • Paula says

      Thank you! And me either. These are my first PRs in THREE freakin’ years. I’ve been doing weekly tempo runs (which I never did before) and I think it helps.

  4. Army Amy says

    A 14 minute PR is big! Way to go! That’s a great picture of you running at the end, too. You’ve had a great streak here lately. I’m jealous. I’m in a PR wasteland right now.

  5. kathleen says

    Awesome PR!!!! I hope you went out for beers and ice cream after… at 9 in the morning. Obviously you deserve it!

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