Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I think I can, I think I can

Coming off a bad race, I want so bad to have a good St. Patrick's Day Dash. This is my 5th year running this race and I so bad want to PR it.  I want the PR because every year I have ran I have PR'd this event.  I just don't know if my body can handle it. Is anyone else being impacted by the time zone change as much as I am. I am down right exhausted. I went to bed at 8:00PM last night, and this morning almost 10 hours later I still want to sleep.  Either way I am going to try my best to get another PR.

Past results for this run:
2011 - 45:33
2010 - 47:57
2009 - 56:44
2008 - Unofficial time was 64:xx
The course is interesting. This is what I posted last year about the course and it is the same course: I mapped out the race on MapMyRun to determine the grade increase. Because at times it just feels like it is unbearable. According to MapMyRun the hill is about 1.5 miles long. The highest percent of increase is 7% - eeek!  But after the 1.5 mile long hill it is almost all down hill! Honestly, I can't wait to see what the Garmin says this year after the run.
Course Map
Here is what my mile splits looked like for last year (using Nike+). The race is just under 4 miles:
Mile 1 - 11:22
Mile 2 - 13:06
Mile 3 - 10:53 (downhill)
Mile 4 - 12:36 (mostly downhill, a small up hill and then flat)
Total time: 45:33

If I get some energy today, right now I have enough to sit on the couch and blog I plan to run 4 miles today. I am going to try to mimic the hill as much as possible if not with a higher incline to prepare. Although my lack of hill training and only 2-3 days to prepare for the hills might not be enough,  I feel like I can do better then last year.  The goal for this year's run will be faster mileage the second half of the race...I mean its down hill. I just need to stay strong for the little dip and small climb at the end.

What do you think of races that toss a killer hill in it? Do you tend to avoid course will hills? I usually sign up for the event, then look at the course and go....what did I get myself into. 


  1. I'm doing a St. Patty's race (5k) as well and I'm hoping to do 9-10 min. miles. I'm hoping to beat a time of 35 mins. for my race. Your goal is a good one! Good Luck! can't wait to see how you do!

  2. Good luck on your race! I am sure you will do great!

  3. The Netherlands is pretty flat so I've never done a race with big hills.

    We didn't have a time change yet (in 3 weeks we do) but I hear you on being exhausted, I can sleep all day it seems.

  4. i don't like the hills but the hills like me, don't like the hills the hills the hills.

    sorry. couldn't resist. i enjoy running hills, but my pace? not so much.

    1. ahh yes I am super slow up the hills also. :) they do make me feel stronger after I conquer them.

  5. I avoid them if i can at all costs! I know I need to do them but I'm not there yet with my running!

  6. Good luck on your race! I really hope you set a new PR!

  7. good luck to ya! i cannot give my thoughts because in our part of Texas, there are NO hills...anywhere! lol, so the only "hills" they usually throw in are the interstate ramps!! it's true!

  8. you're going to PR! I just know it! Say hi if you see a girl in a green tutu in the beer garden! :-)

  9. Avoid hills! They scare me! Lol! Time change is killing me! So tired! Have a great race!

  10. I love hills! Some of the most enjoyable races for me have had hills. Great job!!