Pints To Pasta 2014 Re-Cap

7 Sep

I did my 8th running of Pints to Pasta 10K this morning!

A couple morning logistics:
Packet-pick up: 6:15-7:15
Shuttles: 6:30-7:30—You are urged to park at the finish line and take the shuttle to the start.
Start time: 8:00

BEFORE THE RACE: We live right by the finish line (Old Spaghetti Factory). We walked down to packet pick up at 6:30. Took our shirts/swag home. Got on the shuttle at 7:10ish. Arrived at the start line about 7:20ish. Used the porta potty. Went out for a 10 minute “yog” to warm up. Did some dynamic stretching. Then it was GO TIME!



GOALS: No real goals. I am knee deep into my marathon training. I have been doing tempo stuff but no speed work. I love this race. It is always fun. I thought what the hell! This “race” was taking the place of my tempo run for the week. I had already done 8 miles of hill repeats and a 16 mile long run. I will see what I can do. 🙂

The start line! (the green balloons behind us)

The start line! (the green balloons behind us)

THE RACE: Here is the long and short of it.
The first mile is downhill: 8:51 (this is about what I usually do)
2nd mile is flat uphill to downhill back up: 9:13 (I wanted to work hard but not sure how hard I was working. I knew I would get a little relief)
3rd mile is short downhill to uphill over the Broadway bridge: 9:32 (I didn’t know if and when I should work harder??)
4th mile was downhill to flat: 8:51 (well that was definitely fast. Could I maintain that the 2.2 miles I had left??)
(The course remained the same but instead of running on the waterfront path we were running on the street. I actually liked it better!)
Mile 5 was flat: 8:53 (WOW! Still fast. I was working hard.)
6th and final mile was flat: 9:00 (It was hard. I was working hard. I was going as fast as I could. I thought I better let it rip. I was sure I would run out of gas before the end of the mile. I was on home turf I knew every curve and turn. I just needed to keep it together. Run hard. Run fast!)
Last .2 miles was flat: 8:19 (I had no idea where I was time wise but I did not want to regret slowing because it was hard.) 😉

56:28!! PR!!! I THOUGHT my PR was 57:20ish. I thought great about 45 seconds.!! Well turns out my PR was actually 58:27. Hello 2 minute PR. I was super excited!

POST-RACE: I found Dan and some other friends!

We went over to get something to eat: chocolate milk and Clif Bars. The pasta/salad/bread compliments of the Old Spaghetti Factory. 2 Beers from Widmer. I was pleasantly surprised that they had root beer too. I am not a drinker and definitely not a soda drinker but a few sips of root beer was delicious!

This was the first year they gave out medals. Pretty nice too!

Thanks for a great race Better Series! Already planning on next year!! 🙂

After the race I came home to watch/track Erin and Kecia rock their races at Ironman Wisconsin! Congrats Ladies! Awesome job today!!

15 Responses to “Pints To Pasta 2014 Re-Cap”

  1. Change of Pace September 8, 2014 at 8:47 AM #

    Congratulations, Leslie! A two-minute PR is awesome, and even better when it’s unexpected! Sounds like and great race. And all that post-race food sounds divine!
    Yes- YAY for Erin and Kecia 🙂

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats September 11, 2014 at 9:40 PM #

      Thanks Abby!! I couldn’t believe it! It is much more fun to PR when you aren’t expecting it either!! 🙂

  2. Heather @ September 8, 2014 at 11:32 AM #

    Awesome job, Lady! 2 minutes is HUGE in a 10k!!! They knew you were going to PR and had the medals made up just for you 😉

  3. Single-Tracked Mind September 8, 2014 at 3:13 PM #

    Congrats on the PR!! This looks like a fabulous race! A 10K race is a great swap for a tempo run!

  4. bayrunnerjamie September 8, 2014 at 3:43 PM #

    Congrats on the PR!! Awesome spread of finish line food! I don’t ever drink soda either, but a good root beer is tasty…I bet especially after a run!

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats September 11, 2014 at 9:37 PM #

      Thanks Jamie!!! It is funny to eat pasta at 9 in the morning! But it is tradition!! 🙂

  5. Kristen September 8, 2014 at 3:58 PM #

    WOOHOO!!! Congrats on a killer PR lady!! That seriously looks like a super fun race and it the weather was perfect. I can’t believe all the race swag and food you get. Oh the little things, right. Maybe next year I’ll join! 🙂

  6. FitnessFatale September 12, 2014 at 3:52 PM #

    Congrats on the PR!!! That’s huge for a 10K!

  7. erin September 27, 2014 at 7:42 PM #

    HUGE PR! Congrats, Leslie! And, thanks so much for the IMWI cheers and shout-out!


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