Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Rampage 5k 2018

Back in June, or maybe even May, my friend, colleague, and fellow Skirt ambassador Michelle floated the idea of running a race together with our other friend, colleague, and Skirt ambassador Ashley. We thought it would be fun to all run together, because even though we work together, I've only gotten to run one race with them before. (Ashley and Michelle train together frequently and are currently training to run the Chicago marathon together.)
The last time we raced together.
Anyway, I had this race in my head all summer, but I never signed up. Then, last week, I decided to bite the bullet and sign up before I chickened out. Both Michelle and Ashley signed up, too, so we were all set to meet before the race, run it, and have breakfast together after.

I had a banana, a tbsp of peanut butter, and a cup of strong black coffee about 90 minutes before the race, then made the half hour drive to the park. The race started at 7am; the weather was cool (mid-70s at the start) but the humidity was no joke (94%). Before the sun was up, though, it didn't feel too bad.

At the starting line!
I had no goals for this race. I didn't even have a "I don't want to walk" or "I want to sub-30" goal. This race was literally just to help push me mentally further into the headspace I've recently been in, where real training and weekend runs are appealing to me again.

Based on my paces lately, I was surprised to find myself running in the 8:50s early on. I was sure I wouldn't be able to hold it long, but it felt really comfortable, so I just let my legs do their thing. 

My legs continued to do their thing to mile 2, but my hair threw the first wrench in my wheel. It's at a weird length right now where I can get it into a bun and keep it there with the help of a lot of bobby pins, but it started to come down and was really distracting. I took a walk break to shove the pins back into place, but as you know...once you walk, it's hard to convince yourself to get going again. I started to realize how hot it was. By this point, the sun was fully up and I was running directly into it.
I took this photo after fixing my hair. The last mile of the race was quite pretty!
I managed to run another half mile before I decided to take another walk break. I kept it brief. I think my need for it was more mental than physical. I made the decision to run the rest of the race at a much easier and more sustainable pace, which ended up being around 9:30. I was able to finish the last sprint at a 7:52 pace.
Here's a blurry screenshot from the finish video.
I know some of you (ahem, Megan) like finishing videos, so here's the one from this race. I come into view around 10:04.

I finished in 28:57 (or 29:00 according to my chip), 8th in my age group. 
I caught some photos of Michelle and Ashley finishing, and then after waiting to check our times, we went to breakfast at Skillets. 
I haven't eaten there in years, but it used to be my go-to post-race breakfast place, and it was a great way to end the morning.
Considering I had no goals for the race, I am very happy with my performance. And I'm happy with the mental outcome: I definitely feel invigorated and excited to sign up for some more races. I told Elizabeth last week that I don't really care about collecting medals anymore, but the elation of crossing a finish line continues to be one of the best feelings in the world.



  1. I love the name of the race, and a good one to wet your feet with!

    1. I joked with Matt that the race name was kind of silly because it was an easy, beautiful course. But the name is unique and I did feel like a beast out there, so it was fitting!

  2. You look SO STRONG! Thanks for including the finishing video. :) Your post race bfast looks divine. :)

    1. Thanks Megan! I was happy to surprise my self with a strong race!

  3. It probably seems silly to non-runners but when your hair starts coming out of place it can completely ruin your run. After my last haircut parts of my hair couldn't fit into even a low pony. I was able to keep them up with the back of my visor if I put it tight, but on the random days it would come out and I could feel it on my neck it would DRIVE ME CRAZY and it was all I could think about and would totally ruin the run! Smart move to fix it while you had a chance!

    28:57 is amazing especially for having no goals or expectations and allowing yourself some walking breaks and to go easy in the third mile. Remember when it was a goal to go sub-30 and now you don't even have to wish for it, you just do it! Amazing!

    1. Yes! Hair can be SUCH a distraction. Sometimes I see women running with their hair loose and I honestly do not get how they can stand it. The worst is when my bun starts to bounce and I know a complete fall-down is imminent and I have this moment of panic like "how long will it last before I can manage to fix it?!"

      My pacing is all over the place. I can't seem to stay consistent or build toward negative splits these days. My legs just go ALL OUT and then at the end I'm too winded to continue. My legs and lungs are not in agreement right now.