|Scenic Upcountry Maui|
The race gets it's name from it's start time at 4:30 p.m. and the location, which is at approx. 3,000 ft elevation, along a shady, hilly, meandering road. Temp at race time was about 75 degrees (and a chilly 67 when I left at 6:30!
I had anticipated running a sub-1 hour 10K this year, but several things conspired against me:
- I woke up that morning with a sore right hip. Felt like IT band issues, but my knee was not bothering me. It was reminiscent of the time 10 years ago when I suffered from tendonitis in my hip while long-distance running.
- As much as I love this race, I completely forget about the altitude, which makes a bit of a difference for me.
- I also forget about the awkward running angle on this course - the road camber is very pronounced, so my right hip was not happy and neither was my left foot.
This time I thought I'd get creative and set my Garmin to beep if I was running slower than 10 min miles (my goal). I did pretty well going out, with a couple of slow-downs on the climbs, but really started to drag on the return (so much for a negative split!). Since I found myself shouting, "All right already!" to my Garmin as it beeped for what seemed like the millionth time on the return, I pressed stop, took a break and turned off the notification for the remaining 2+ miles of the run. I think I will set it to beep if I run too fast next time, since the report I downloaded said my fastest pace was 7:30 (somewhere near the start!)...too much excitement and way too fast. No wonder I burned out at the end. I definitely need to work on pacing, especially if I have a 1/2 ironman in mind for next year.
A couple of "wear testing" side notes:
- This was the first race that I "dressed up" for. I tested my new Athleta runzip skort, which I love. Very cool and comfortable - nothing like feeling pretty for a race (a first time for me, since I usually wear what's comfortable). I often tell myself that "exercise is not a fashion show," so this was fun!
- I wore my new Nathan Elite 1+ water carrier. I LOVE IT! The only drawback is that the zipper pouch is not large enough to carry my iPhone (or any phone, really). But I can sew and I'm going to make a waterproof pocket that I can add on - more on that later.
- I also wore my CEP compression calf sleeves. They were perfect - comfortable and supportive, like I've come to expect. I really want to try out their cushioned socks one of these days.