We had to leave 2 hours before the race even started, thanks to the logistics of a Point-to-Point route (i.e. no parking/drop-offs at the start line – must use the shuttle!). It was raining and cold, while we rode in a warm bus to Mt. Vernon; I did not want to get off that bus.
Luckily, when we finally got to the Start, the rain had cooperated and decided to leave us for the day. Adios! We were definitely in for humidity, but the 55-60* temps did us a favor and kept things relatively cool.I suddenly realized I had No idea what this course would be like: Elizabeth’s answer? “Rolling hills…” Oh, man.
Bathroom stop, stretch, contemplate shedding my long sleeve Nike shirt before running, line up with 6,000 runners, and GO!
8:40, 8:13, 8:08, 8:12, 7:59
The first mile, as usual with big races, was a cluster. There were no corrals or waves, so it was definitely a game of dodge-n-go. I took off my LS shirt within a mile and hoped it wouldn’t drive me too crazy tied around my waist.
As it turns out, GW Parkway defines rolling hills. Whew! Every time we went down, I knew it’d be matched by an UP soon enough. Figuring this out early was key; use that up/down hill energy wisely!
I Love reaching the halfway point of a 10 mile race – another 5 miles just never seems daunting…
7:54, 7:42, 7:52, 7:55, 7:52
Little did I know we were in for at least 2 more miles of uphill Parkway streets. In retrospect, it always helps to look at the course before hand and do a little training to be more prepared. But, with a marathon last month and this being the second of two 10-mile races this month, I had no concerns. So, I clearly did not do my research!
I’m really trying to work on the Mental aspect of running. I know I can run 26.2 miles, I know 10 miles shouldn’t be tough given my “training” over the last few weeks, and I know that I can power up a hill and use my energy wisely.
When I got to the top of one particular incline that seemingly lasted forever, I wanted a quick walk break. I kept thinking “just 10 seconds – just from this cone to that cone – just to take a breather – just uh…..Ah, JUST KEEP RUNNING”. I realized I’ll never be a tougher runner if I don’t push myself. Usually, I’m very relaxed about races, I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself. But, what will happen when I do? Well, why not find out today?
No stopping! I pushed past the fatigue and weakness, and reminded myself that this was nothing compared to those last few marathon miles. Buck up!
With the exception of one or two quick hills, we were mostly in for flat roads for the last 1.5 miles. During the final stretch, I had literally reached that puke-threshold. I thought the PR was out, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t end this one Strong 🙂
Chip – 1:20:53* – 8:08 avg pace
(Garmin – 1:21:06 didn’t stop it on time, oops!)
136/2143 – Females
11/123 – AG (20 – 24)
*New 10-miler race PR! Not my goal time (1:18), but I’ll take it!
Time to Eat! We went to O’Connell’s for an Irish style Brunch & Mimosas.
Needless to say, after an early morning and a tough but fun race? We were exhausted!
Nap? Nope. It was time to continue bike shopping (from yesterday!). I’ll get back t you on that – DOTR will soon be adding cycling to the repertoire…(!!!) 🙂