This weekend I wrapped up my spring (?) racing season with the 2017 Lawyers Have Heart 10K. I was feeling run down after my week of tough workouts last week, and really cut back in the days leading up to the race. I think that paid off since I ran my second-fastest Lawyers Have Heart ever!
Although I was able to ease up on my workouts, the rest of my week was not easy. Monday I had an oral argument. Tuesday I got my son and his girlfriend off to Germany for two months of “studying” abroad. Wednesday I spoke on a legal panel hosted by The Atlantic and filmed at The Newseum. Thursday I had an all-day meeting with an expert witness from England. Friday I had to say farewell to a colleague who is moving to North Carolina. And then Friday night I realized that the race started at 7:00 instead of 7:30!
2017 Lawyers Have Heart Race Recap
The Lawyers Have Heart race starts and ends right by my office, and while there are gorgeous views along the river, the race course doesn’t take advantage of any of them.
Enjoying the scenery before the race.
Instead of following a path along the river, the course is run on the freeways that cut through the city. Instead of hills, there are on-ramps and off-ramps. There’s no crowd support anywhere–I always wonder if that’s because nobody wants to cheer on a bunch of lawyers!
My goal for the race was to run an 8-ish min/mile pace. I thought I was pacing myself well based on my infrequent glances at my Garmin, but I see from my Garmin data that I started out too fast, running the first three miles at 7:52; 7:56: and 8:06. I know I slowed down after that, but I decided not to push myself again until mile 5, which is reflected in my last three miles splits: 8:23; 8:44: 8:17. I was pleased with how I felt during that last mile, and pushed it to the finish with a 7:37 pace for the last 1/4 mile measured by my Garmin.
I know those slower middle miles would keep me from a PR, but I was satisfied with my second-fastest finish. I collected my medal and headed to my office for our post-race brunch.
Monday: Strength workout at home
Tuesday: Easy neighborhood run
Thursday: Strength workout at home
Friday: Two Jasyoga programs (~45 min total)
I broke the “nothing new on race day” rule and
wore my new ProCompression socks,
trusting that this tried-and-true brand
wouldn’t do me wrong.
I couldn’t resist how well the blue pattern
coordinated with my law firm’s LHH team shirt
–another new thing I wore on race day!
Do you have any races coming up this summer?