Friday, June 4, 2010

Corporate Challenge Race

Last night over 400 companies gathered at my old college and ran/walked the 3.5 mile Corporate Challenge!  There were so many people there, over 9,000 in fact and it looked like it was going to be a perfect run!  It started out sunny but soon the dark clouds rolled in and opened up on all the runners and walkers just as the race started.  Here is Brian and I before the race!


It poured through mile 1 and 2 and then began to taper off.  By that time I was soaking wet.  The worst part was that I wore my Nike Tempo shorts and they were like stuck to me and for the first time in my life I chaffed on my leg!  Here are some pictures of all the company tents and the finish line.


I felt great for the first mile, despite the rain.  I ended up running in between two other women who I knew - one the mother of a track teammate from college and the other a girl who was a few years ahead of me at my high school.  I passed the first mile at just under 7 minutes.  Just after that my right lung started to cramp up just like it did in the 5k I ran back in April.  It was quite painful and I probably sounded like I was dying to all the men around me but I just kept running along.  I passed the second mile mark at about 14:14.

The third mile was such a mental struggle.  I wanted to quit because my lung hurt so much but I knew I was so close and still on track for a huge PR!  As I approached mile 3 I saw a co-worker and tried to catch up to him and pass him but I couldn't.  I think I rolled through mile 3 at about 21:43 and just kept on going.  The last half mile of the race is the worst because you can see the finish line but you have to run all the way around this circle before actually crossing it.  I pushed to the end and finished in 25:16 (my secret goal was to finish in 24:30). 

This is a big PR from previous years.  The last two years I ran it in the same exact time of 27:21 so I feel like my overall running endurance is better.  I just don't understand why my lung seizes up on me in races.  Maybe I need to do more tempo running at my race pace?  Any ideas???


Brian and I after the race - soaking wet!

Overall it was a fun race! I guess the rain was better than it being 90F and humid!  Running at 7pm at night is hard - I think I need to start running before and after work.  I think I may have been the fastest woman from my company but I am not sure.  The first woman overall won the race in 20:02! Super fast! 

Today is a much needed rest day - I just have to make it through the work day and then I can go home and take a nap!

Happy Friday!

21 comments:

Staci Dombroski said...

Way to go!! It looks like it was a nice race :)

Molly said...

Congrats on the PR!! Not sure about the lung issue, but great job pushing through it. Hope you have a restful weekend!

Marlene said...

Congrats on the big PR, J! Sounds like a great event. I guess more practice running at race pace might help prevent your lung from cramping up when you're really pushing it in a race.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Well done! Congrats on the PR! I hope you figure out the lung issue. I am of no help unfortunately...

Oh, and you & Brian make a very cute couple!

Suzy said...

Congratulations on the PR!! I hope you can figure out what is going on with your lung..I have no idea what it could be. I love the pics of you and Brian.

runnernic.com said...

Nice job! Congrats on the new pR!!! The pics of you and Brian are super cute! :) You guys fit together! :) Have a good weekend!

Jeri said...

I swear you have what I had last spring to fall. Feels like someone's stabbing you in between your rib cage?? The only way mine went away was by reducing speed work majorly. I'm actually concerned it might crop up again when I start racing 5ks this summer. Hopefully not though.

Great job on the 5k regardless of the lung pain!!! amazing time too! Whoooo!!!!

Amy said...

Great job on the PR! Congrats! Great pics too! I hope you get the lung thing sorted out - I have no idea what that could be.

ajh said...

Nice fast race! Congrats! I don't like racing at night. You did so well.

Running Diva Mom said...

congrats, speedy!!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

That is so weird about your lung.. I dont get it.. I think running race pace for intervals is a good idea. I am soooo ready to race 5Ks once I am done with Marathons.

Her Name is Rio said...

Sounds like a fun, yet wet time. Sorry about the chaffing- hope it gets better quickly!

Great time!

Jamie said...

Congrats on the PR! Sorry to hear about the lung. Hope you can find the culprit soon.

Glenn Jones said...

Great picture of you and Brian!

The Happy Runner said...

Great job on the big pr! Congrats!

No advice on the lung but trying more tempos at race pace probably wouldn't hurt.

Tricia said...

great job!

Chelsea said...

Way to go! Sorry about the lung and chaffing issue. I have those shorts and the exact same thing happens to me if I wear them and it's really humid or wet. Ouch!

kilax said...

Great job! I hope your chafing feels better by today!

I ran the Chicago Chase last year and it was insane (30K people run it or something) but fun at the same time :)

Meghan said...

Awesome time, lady! Congrats!

LMC said...

Great job and nice PR! Sorry about your lung issues. Hope that gets better and that the chafing heals fast!

teacherwoman said...

Nice job, Speedster! :)