Friday, March 30, 2012

Fitness Friday: Spatula Runners 10K

So like most things in life, I waited until the last minute to enter my time and photo into Ali's Spatula Runners 10k, and seeing as I am just getting over this cold, and it is blowing 18 mph w/ 38 degree weather, I opted for the treadmill.

Now I almost always am slower on the treadmill, but add on the fact that I haven't comfortably run faster than an 8:20 in the past month anyways, and you could imagine the pain, fatigue and accelerated heart rate I battled to get through this.

I could harp on the fact that I really didn't feel strong and that it was my all time slowest 10k race (whether or not it was in real life or online), but instead I am going to smile and perhaps do a spatula fist pump, just for getting through this.

I ran a 0.55 mile warm up in about 5 minutes, did a quick stretch (my right hip and knee have been sore as heck lately) and got right to it.  There was a yoga class at 6:30 that I wanted to make it to, and knew I had to be speedy to get it done in time.  I put the treadmill at a 0.7% incline (which equals a flat road) and pumped the speed to 7.4 (which is usually my recovery pace for intervals!) and settled in.  The plan was to raise that speed every half mile - mile, but it took the first mile to get comfortable enough to up it to 7.5.  I hung out at 7.5 for the next 2.2 miles, and knew I had three more miles to get through.  I was hurting and it was tough breathing.  I was dripping sweat and could feel myself over-heating, but I kept on going.

At about 4 miles, I seriously considered stopping at 5.65 miles and just tacking on my warm up time to make the 6.2 miles, but I knew that was cheating/easy way out - so I quickly squashed that thought.  I did, however, turn the speed down to 7.3 - and was still struggling.  I turned the machine up to 7.6 as I closed in on 5 miles and told myself I was going to really push myself to speed up and finish strong.

I upped it again to 7.8 at about the 5.5 mile mark, and was sure I would be able to make it all the way to 6.2, but my legs had other plans and I had to knock the speed back down to a 7.3 to finish up 6 miles, I pumped it back up to 7.8 and sprinted in (my sprint is usually a 9.5 on the tready!) the final 0.2. I finished up the 10K in a 50:45 and a smile for pushing through despite some set backs.

I walked the final .25 cool down, and finished the evening with a perfect 7 miles and still made it to the yoga class without being obnoxiously late, score! The whole time I was running and yoga-ing, I was thinking about this Cinnabon Cake I wanted to make for Tripp, since he is going to be coming home while I am flying out so I won't be able to see him for another week, and he finished his final day (of 12 weeks!) in Oregon today - so I wanted to leave him something special.

I also thought, what better way to get my photo in for Ali's Spatula Runners Photo contest!
I ran to the kitchen, grabbed the spatula and got to it - no time for showers!
There will be no write up on the final product, because needless to say - I screwed it up somehow! There were two and a half sticks of butter and 3 cups of sugar, so maybe it is better it came out crappy? I still tried to eat some of it that was dripping in the excess was seriously a pool of buttery oil on the top layer, nothing like the delicious looking pick on the site - wonder what went wrong?

Did you take part in Ali's contest? It ends today, but she has some pretty great prizes up for grabs!!


  1. ummm that is the speediest 10k!!! way to go friend!! and i love your spatula pic too :) i took part in her virtual race and loved it! she put on a fun race and i was grateful for all of her reminders!

  2. Awesome job!! I also entered very last minute! It's so weird that I am actually FASTER on the treadmill than I am outside. I don't know what it is. Everyone I know hates the treadmill for the same reason as you but I feel like it forces me to be speedy! Love the spatula pic! :)


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