Hello and welcome back friends! Today I’m sharing my race Perfect 10 Miler race recap from Sunday so I hope you enjoy. Have a great day 🙂
I signed up for this back in July as a way to keep myself motivated during training. Leading up to the race, my coach had me doing long runs once a week. My longest was an 8 mile run two weeks before the race. It wasn’t the best run ever so I was a little nervous but I figured my last two long runs were bad so I was down to get a good long run/race right?
When I woke up Sunday morning, I checked the weather and it was going to be in the low 50s during the race. Since I hate being hot while I run from clothes, I opted to wear shorts and a t-shirt. For breakfast, I had peanut butter toast because it’s what works for me and I feel good during runs when I have it.
Getting to the race was super easy from the apartment. Alex came with to cheer me on and since he’s been to the park it was at before, he knew exactly where to go which was nice since I didn’t have to worry about getting lost or anything. Parking was really easy and the police and park rangers that were directing cars were very efficient at getting everyone where they needed to be. The parking lot we were directed to was really close to the start line which was a nice treat.
I wasn’t sure what to expect for this race because it was a women’s only field. The Perfect 10 Miler is for women and basically just celebrates how strong females are and that everyone is a 10. The start and finish were at the same spot which was convenient since Alex ended up walking 5 miles and not seeing me (more on that in a minute). You could tell there were a lot of groups of friends that decided to run the race together which I thought was awesome.
About 15 minutes before the race, I got into the start corral and took half of a gel. Alex snapped the above picture for me and watched me start. The race tried to have different waves of runners start based on how fast people thought they would run. Unfortunately, I don’t think that plan was communicated very well to the volunteers in the start corral and there was a small mix up but I went off without a hitch.
The first 3.5ish miles were on a street. The traffic was blocked on one side and all the cars going to opposite way were going slower than the speed limit. I didn’t feel nervous or anything and the course was well marked with cones every 10-20 feet while on the street so cars were well aware of what was happening. My first three miles were 9:52, 10:01 and 9:56.
We turned off the street and kept running along through a community college’s campus that is located at the park. There was a water spot just after mile 4 so I shuffled while drinking water and taking a full gel. Mile 4 was a 9:42. There was a photographer around 4.5 miles and I attempted to not look like I was dying in it. Not sure how I feel about any of my race pictures but they were free downloads so why not get them, right?
Alex planned on seeing me at the halfway point but the map wasn’t too scale and he had to go all over the course (and walked along on the grass next to runners). Unfortunately he missed me because of this. We were both a little frustrated about it since the course map made it seem like there was a cut through or trail from where the start/finish were and the 5 mile marker was. I was a little bummed I didn’t see him but decided to put it behind me and keep going. Mile 5 was clocked in at 9:43.
I thought I would start to lose it mentally around mile 5 upon realizing I had to run that far again but my mind was in such a good place! I was delighted to stay positive and not let missing Alex ruin my race. About half of mile 6 was through woods on a paved trail which was a tad annoying since there were no volunteers or spectators. Granted the race wasn’t packed with spectators but they were spread out enough that every little bit you would have someone cheering which was nice. To stay with it, I threw in random surges for the rest of the race. Miles 6 and 7 were both 9:32.
After mile 7, there was a water station where I shuffled a bit to drink some more water and finish the last half of my gel. Right after the water station there were some younger kids holding their hands out for high fives. I didn’t want to be mean so I would give them high fives which was quite enjoyable and fun plus the kids seemed excited. Around mile 8 I saw the course was getting close to the finish and I was still feeling great. Since I had no idea where Alex was or how getting back to the finish was going, I texted him at both the 8 and 9 mile markers so he knew I was getting closer. Mile 8 was a 9:38.
At the point there were more spectators so a lot of cheering was going on. I kept pace for a while and between 8.5 and 8.75, I started to pick it up so I could have a strong finish. I hit the 9 mile marker at a 9:20 pace. There was a out and back portion at this point which kind of sucked because I could see runners going back and being closer to the finish than I was. Once I saw, the turnaround I held my pace and after the turn threw in a little surge and tried to hold that pace. I wasn’t even paying attention to my watch at this point and was just focused on staying strong through the finish.
Once I saw the finish chute, I just let go with whatever I had left. Mile 10 was a 9:08! So happy and exciting to finish my longest run in years and to finish with my fastest mile. Alex was at the end and cheered me on. I saw him at the back of the chute and just went straight to him for a kiss. I grabbed my medal, water bottles and food bag before sitting down to stretch.
My goal when I signed up for this back in July was to run at less than a 10 minute pace and I did 🙂 I’m so happy to see my hard work over the past few months paying off. I already have some goals in mind for next year which I’m excited about. Now I just need to maintain my fitness and add in some strength training (which I’ve been saying for months…) so let’s hope that happens.
442 out of 1383. 14 out of 44 in the 20-24 age group range. 1:36:41 for a 9:38 pace. And it can only get better from here 🙂
Question of the day: Have you ever run a 10 mile race?