Independence 10k and other Holiday Running

On Saturday, July 2nd, the Dallas Running Club hosted their monthly free race - the Independence 10k (or 5k).  It may be no-frills, but who can turn down a free race?  Not this girl.  But I knew I had to leave immediately after to make it home before the hubs left for tennis, so for the first time in a long time, I drove to a race alone... kind of weird.

As soon as I got to the club house, I started seeing friends...

Me and EW (who was volunteering pre-race)
Me and Marcie (I really like looking like a giant next to my mini-sized friends)
Me with Robin D and one of her sweet daughters, Chloe
Down to the starting line, and I had decided I was going to go for it (I don't know what I was thinking).  The sun was hot and it was over 85 degrees.  I started the race with Marcie.  As we crossed the start line and she told her cousin she'd be back in half an hour, I realized she was doing the 5k and I'd only have company for a mile and a half... shucks.
Mile 1 - 9:17
Mile 2 - 9:17
Mile 3 - 9:16
The intent was to aim for 9:30s... I was going a little fast, but I got into that grove with Marcie and was seeing if I could hold it.  Pretty much as soon as I U-turned to head back, I'd get a big resounding NO answer to that question.  It was really starting to hurt, the temp had gone up to about 90 and the sun was just beating down on my skin.
Mile 4 - 9:36
Mile 5 - 10:00
Before I hit Mile 5, I was dizzy, I felt like I needed more fluid but couldn't catch my breath long enough to drink, and I was no longer running in a straight line.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I like to gut it out... especially in shorter races, but there is a fine line between gutting it out and realizing that you are potentially putting yourself in medical danger.  When I started to get really dizzy and hit the loose gravel next to the path (i.e. I was weaving), I decided this wasn't my day and I needed to walk... better than being carried off by an ambulance.  I stopped and walked (still keeping a decent pace) for at least a minute if not more... when I continued, my legs were like bricks.
Mile 6 - 10:59 (1:42 off my initial pace, but not bad considering the walk break)
last 0.29 - 8:59 pace (pretty sure you have to amputate my legs before I lose the drive to chick just one more person on the final stretch)
Total time 1:01:00
I'm not at all disappointed in the time.  It's really only 85 seconds off my 10k PR and I was in the blazing 90 degree heat, so I know I can bust that PR when it cools down.  I was, however, very disappointed with the complete crash and burn.  I always try to be realistic and keep somewhat even splits and that was a huge mudslide in pace.  Oh well, another day, another race. 
The awesome Robin D also had a really tough run and her pace fell off a bit at the end too (which made me feel a little better that it wasn't just me), but that crazy fast chick managed to pull off a 1st place finish in her age group.  Woo-hoo!!!  So excited for her.  (We also got to watch her girls, Chloe and Ashley, run their first ever 1k... they were so stinkin cute!)
Like a crazy person (do you expect any less?), I was back at it early the next morning (Sunday) cause I had agreed to accompany Robin D on her long run of 12 miles.  However, my legs were lead and I just couldn't pick up the pace... at 9.6, I called it a day.  Something I rarely do, but I knew I had yet another unplanned run on the schedule for July 4.
On Monday, July 4th, I invited friends to come meet me at a local park that has a 1.3 mile paved path.  I figured it would be the perfect location to be able to run with friends but people could do their own pace and could stop after however many loops they wanted.  Seemed perfect, but alas, with holiday plans, not many could make it... but we still had a total blast!!!
The Fun Run Crew - Jenn, Lily, Patrick, Paige, Me, Emily, and Holly C (not pictured)
Paige stayed on the playground with daddy, and we went out for loop one.  Little Lily darted off with Jenn and Emily.  I ran with Patrick and Holly C.  It was awesome to get to run with Holly C because I coach her, and this was our first time ever running together.  It really was a great opportunity to get to accompany her for some miles.  After loop 1, my kiddos, Patrick and Lily, joined Paige on the playground.  Emily darted off to finish a second loop in speedy fashion, and Jenn cooled her jets and ran with Holly C and me (are you confused yet with all the names????????).  After a great second loop... my son came out for another loop.  Even my husband sprinted a loop.  After loop 3, we were at 3.9, and Holly C had 4 on the schedule, so we went ahead and got in that last tenth.  After that she had to head out.  Patrick decided to go out yet again for another half a loop, so I joined him again.  Pretty sure his little legs got in almost 3 miles that day.  I managed to get in 4.6 at a relaxed fun run pace.  It was a fun way to kick off the day before more fun and fireworks with family and friends.