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Toad Suck 10K Race Recap – Conway, AR

Hey there!

How was your weekend? It’s been gorgeous here, and finally feels like summer is right around the corner. Yesterday I raced in the Toad Suck 10k, and had a blast! I was very pleased with the event overall, and came out with a PR, and some fancy tan lines.

Friday night I got everything together, and realized I haven’t raced since my last 10k in mid-March! It always makes me nervous I’ll forget something, so making a pile the night before helps. I really thought about running with my water bottle, but I knew there would be two good water stops, so instead I just took it with me for before and after. I used a packet of my InRefresh Ignite Naturals Electrolytes, and also threw a couple Power Bar Energy Blasts into my wrist band.

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And then it was race day!

Toad Suck 10K in Conway, AR

The weather was perfect! But, definitely a lot warmer than I had anticipated. I’m not completely used to running in the heat yet, so I was glad I wore a tank top because it got hot, fast! I’m also pretty sure I got too much sun, because the rest of the afternoon I was exhausted!

The course this year was much flatter than last year, but there were tons of turns, and I felt like I was running in a maze. The 10k and 5k had a 15 minute staggered start, which was great, but towards the end of the race, the courses merged together and I spent most of my last mile weaving in and out of the 5k walkers. I was not a fan of this layout, so hopefully they fix this for next year! Other than this though, I loved the course, and enjoyed running through more of a residential part of town.

I started off strong, but eventually the heat caught up to me. Whew, running into the sun is no joke, ya’ll!

Mile 1- 8:27

Mile 2- 8:28

Mile 3- 8:43

Mile 4- 8:41

Mile 5- 8:57

Right around this time I was dying for some water, but knew there wasn’t going to be anymore until the finish. Yikes!

Mile 6- 8:34

.2- 1:49

The last ~.2 are around the track at the high school stadium, and it’s always so encouraging to finish hard! There were tons of people around the track, waiting for their friends and family to finish, and right after I finished I met up with Adam. So glad he was able to come support!

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Official chip time: 53:38
Pace: 8:39
8th in my age group
533 total 10k runners
591 total 5k runners

I’m pretty pleased with my splits, but know mile 5 is what got me. If it had been closer to my goal pace like the other miles, I would have at least finished in 52:00 something. Oh well! Still a PR, so I’m happy! I told Adam before I started that as long as I beat my PR of 54:01, I’d call it a success!

The race’s shirts are probably the highlight of the event. They’re tech-tees, made by New Balance. The best part? The registration fee for this race is only $25!

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And in case you missed last week’s post on what to do with your old race bibs, you guys left some great ideas!

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-Katie, Katie Looking Forward

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-Meranda, Fairytales & Fitness

Did you race this weekend? How did it go? Do you have any races coming up?

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    Cecilia @ MommiesRun
    May 4, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Congrats on your PR! I can’t believe how hot it’s gotten and how quickly! I think I’m already ready for winter, haha!
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      Sweet Miles
      May 5, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Thank you! I know, right?!! I feel like we skipped spring, and literally went straight to summer! Ah!!

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    May 4, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Looking good! Also, the name of the race is adorable! + Congrats on the chip time! 🙂 Good job!
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      Sweet Miles
      May 5, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Thanks girl! Haha yea, it’s pretty typical Arkansas sounding. It’s actually part of a two day festival up in Conway called Toad Suck Daze, where they actually used to race toads, and there’s live music, booths, crafts, etc!

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    May 4, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Congrats on the PR! Your splits are pretty dang awesome (I would be thrilled to have these 10k splits). No race for me this weekend, just some relaxing and a little bit of running.
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      Sweet Miles
      May 5, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Thanks Carson! Aw you’re sweet! 🙂 Glad you had a relaxing weekend, always much needed!

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    May 4, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Congratulations on the PR! Can I ask what shorts those are? I’m on the hunt for the perfect running shorts and can’t find any I love. They either fall down or ride up! I bought a running skirt but I haven’t tried it out yet.

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    May 5, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Congrats on your PR! That is so exciting. You did great even with the hot conditions. I debate too whether to bring my water bottle for races. Maybe by not bringing it helped you reach your a PR:)

    And yes I did recap about Big Sur. Be sure to check it out on our blog:)
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      Sweet Miles
      May 5, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Thanks Lacey! Maybe you’re right! 🙂 OH, I’ll head over now!

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    Tia @ Arkansas Runner Mom
    May 5, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Congrats on a new 10k pr!! Yes, the new course was much flatter so I did love that but not so much the weaving in and out if the 5k runner/ walkers. That really made mile 5 difficult for me. I’m going to suggest a more staggered start time or something in the survey they emailed.

    The shirts have come a long way at Toad Suck. Love the new balance tech tees!

    Looking forward to seeing you at more races this summer! : )
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      Sweet Miles
      May 5, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Thanks Tia! Congrats on YOUR PR!!! I suggested too that the 5k and 10k should finish at different sides of the track, so people aren’t crossing in front of you on your final stretch!

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    May 5, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Awesome race!!! PR’s are always the best!
    $25 with nice tech tee’s is an awesome price. Most of the races I have been finding lately are SO pricey! There is a 10 miler that I was looking at doing…but it is $65! We cut back in a lot of other areas so that we can spend money on races and running…but that just seems expensive to me
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      Sweet Miles
      May 5, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Thanks Jen! I thought it was such a good deal!! Oh wow, $65 for 10 miles does seem pretty pricey!! Yikes!

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    Chrissy @Pink Polish and Running Shoes
    May 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Congrats on the PR! Sounds like you had a great race despite the heat 🙂 Way to go!
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    Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake
    May 5, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Congrats on the PR! Looks like a great race!
    Fancy tanlines !! I know how ya feel. Runner probs
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    Angela @ happy fit mama
    May 5, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Congrats on the PR!
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    May 5, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Congrats on your PR! Having to run around the other runners at the end would be rough at the end of a 10K. I have a 50K on May 10th. Hopefully, I won’t be running around alligators on the course, but it’s possible!
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