Monday, February 18, 2008

Grrrrrr...I mean GAR....

Okay, here is the scoop: 2nd place, 8.15 miles in 47:56 (5:53 pace) GAR results

My race plan for the run-

Coach calls me the day before and told me the first 2 miles are his... I can not be a maniac (that is really what he called me!) He does not want me running like "a maniac" in the first 2 miles, I have to follow our plan and "pace, be controlled, be smart". THEN he told me I am on my own! I can go nuts the next 6 miles, no HR monitor, green light, just go be brave and run like hell! So... I did!

I was relaxed at just under 6 min. miles for the first two miles, then I went like a bat outta HELL! I got myself back into the race and about 3-4 of us girls hung together trading the lead. I knew 2 of them were UH cross country runners and they had a nice tactic going, the other Iowa chick (pro runner on her way to the Olympic trials in the 10k) was going for it and didn't like us so she would surge and we would respond. I did a time check and it said my mile 4 was run at 5:20, oh my dear gosh I thought! How is that for going nuts and trying to make up some time after my first "safe" two miles...

Have you ever looked at your pace and got scared? Like honest in your heart and head scared? Like maybe it is too good to be true and any moment you might blow. At that point you know you maybe should relax a bit or ease up... I mean, clearly you are holding a pace beyond any you have ever held, you are with runners you never run with because they are in their own league... that happened to me. I looked, I saw a pace I was scared about and in that breath I took a chance... I went harder... I passed all 3 girls...

This is what I was thinking...

And if there is even one second when 'it' all comes together in your heart......the gratitude......the love.......the peace of all that you are.........then you've won the race and had a perfect day.


My friend Jen "naughty" sent me that email the week of the race. I read it so many times over that I memorized it. Jen is my "mental mentor". I confide all my secret race dreams to her as if I were writing in my diary or something... she never ever laughs or makes me doubt that I am being unrealistic and the hard part- SHE HOLDS ME TO IT!

Anyway, when I pulled ahead and saw my 10k split at a 35: 16 I started to cry inside because I was really doing it! I had never run a 35 something 10k ever! EVER in my life! I tried to push harder, I kept repeating Jen's quote, I stayed ahead till the the final stretch and Mrs. Iowa passed me...

I then told myself I HAVE to go now! This is a sprint finish and I did not just push myself to a new pain and a new mental battle field to let her get me at the finish... I tried to respond... I moved a little but not enough.... I lost by 5 seconds.

So, GAR is over and I have a new PR and am really happy to be running this well in February after not even working on my threshold speed yet this season. Of course I wanted first, but like Jen's email said, "when it comes together I had a perfect day and won the race". So, I did have my perfect race and I am happy...

AND better than my "prize money check" I had my super husband and son with me!


Blogger Brooke Myers said...

I am so happy for you Bree, you did sound really good when we chatted and I knew you were proud of yourself too...

Glad the race was fun, challenging, and you pushed yourself beyond your limits. Glad you had a nice family time in there too.

I love the mental note from Jen.. E-mail it to me...
oh yeah, and if you want your Zoots clothes call me, or else they may end up as mine... Ha ha

February 18, 2008 at 5:25 PM

Blogger Eileen Swanson said...

CONGRATS! Super happy for you....way to go. You really did "win the race." You're awesome Wee....see ya so soon.


February 18, 2008 at 5:50 PM

Blogger Mel said...

EXCITING...I had happy tears in my eyes reading it!!!! I am sooooo going to follow you around St. Croix until I get a photo with you (my favorite little pro buddy :)...YOU ROCK!!!

Btw: I really am not a stalker...but sounded cute eh :)

February 18, 2008 at 5:51 PM

Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Incredible! You nailed it. You are awesome. You have SO MUCH to be proud of - and it shows. Cute pictures... you guys look great. Glad that you found yourself on this run... awesome.

February 18, 2008 at 6:24 PM

Blogger kerrie said...

um yeah!!! that is smoking fast :) is so great when you have those moments and you can just go with it and listen to your heart and ignore your watch. well done, you should be proud!

February 18, 2008 at 7:41 PM

Blogger Beth said...

What a great race report!!

Yes, I have been SCARED - really scared before when I see I'm running a pace I've never been to I know that it takes a lot of courage to push right through it anyway and resist the urge to back off!!! GREAT job Bree! Your running is so awesome right now and it's only going to get better - a testament to all the strength you've gained!

Anyway - congrats and again, love the pics of your family - too cute!! :)

February 19, 2008 at 12:06 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to have another excellent race and for sticking to your guns and going after YOUR race!! I loved the quote from your buddy, Jen...excellent! And, having the family out there is icing on the cake! Congrats, great race! Jen H.

February 19, 2008 at 3:46 AM

Blogger Marni said...

Great job bree!! But you didn't lose. To all of your blog readers we still think you are a winner. :)Seriously, you should be so proud of yourself and to only "lose" by 5 seconds is amazing!! Keep up the great work. I am so excited for you this season!!!

February 19, 2008 at 5:03 AM

Blogger Katie Weaver-Jongerius said...

Awesome job Bree! I loved reading your race report.

BTW-what the hell is that Iowa girl doing in Hawaii anyway?! Let me know if you need me to help "get her out of your way" next time! I'm not too far away from her! HA!

Loved the pics!

February 19, 2008 at 7:02 AM

Anonymous RR said...

Bree - you rocked. SO fast, and that must have been such a hard race. You should be so proud!! - rach

February 19, 2008 at 7:39 AM

Blogger Ashley said...

Yes!!! Everyone had fantastic races this past weekend. I just love love love reading about your race (Way to go!) - and Marit in FL - and ELF in the pool for 10,000. It's only Feb and I'm itching for tri season. I'll never get any work done... as I try to stay on top of all these blog updates.

February 19, 2008 at 8:25 AM

Blogger Kellye Mills said...

That is so awesome!! You're drive is so inspiring!! Thanks for giving me some insight into what it takes to push yourself to that limit!

Congratulations on am amazing race!

February 19, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Blogger TB said...

Great race report...favorite line is "the other iowa chick"...great job!

Pain is weakness leaving the body!

February 19, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Blogger Pedergraham said...

Way to go! How cool to finish in that giant stadium. (I always think that is the coolest thing about the Olympic marathon--that they get to end it in front of all those people in the stands.)

Hope your boys had good surfing fun. Loved yoru description of the miles you get to own and the one's your coach does!

Naughty sounds great!


February 19, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Blogger Bob Mitera said...

Hi Bree - Holy crap...great run. Awesome that the guys were there! The best races are ones you can enjoy with your family afterwards - or they can carry you to the car...either way nice work. I've run a 35 was in the matrix (my dreams). *PR 38:10 in a OLY tri. Its February!

February 19, 2008 at 11:12 AM

Blogger Iain Banks said...

Great race Bree. I have a 1/2 marathon in two weeks and am not looking forward to the sub 6min mile pace...perhaps I should follow the controlled plan and then let it rip the last 6miles.

February 19, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Blogger Bruce Jones said...

That pace is ridiculous. Congrats!

February 19, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

Great race and awesome PR! And to think you're still so early in the season -- SCARY!!!

February 19, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In all honesty... I predict you will win Ironman Worlds this Year.


February 19, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Anonymous Ness said...

Bree this is nuts. What an amazing performance!

February 20, 2008 at 3:17 AM

Blogger Trigirlpink said...

Holy Speed demon Batman! It must be the Bree Bread... I must eat more to GET FAST! :-)

February 20, 2008 at 3:27 AM

Blogger UntPawGal02 said...

Hey congrats on your run! I can relate to looking at the pace you are running and being absolutely scared to death you will blow soon!

February 20, 2008 at 4:32 AM

Blogger E.L.F. said...

This is not for real. 35 something 10K? That is sick fast. There is no other way to describe it. WOW!

February 20, 2008 at 5:07 PM


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