Race Report: Purity Moosic City Dairy Dash 5k and 10k – April 11, 2015

I volunteered at this race last year, so I got to see all the yummy stuff that the runners get to eat post-race. I needed to get something close to 10 miles in, so I opted to run the 5k/10k combo.

I wasn’t quite sure how to pace this thing. If it had been an actual 15k, I would have started slower and finished faster. However, the 10k started 30 minutes after the 5k and I wanted to be at the start line when that happened, so I wasn’t straggling behind everyone else for the whole race. So, I decided I would push a little harder than I normally would for the first 5k to attempt to get in under 30 minutes.

Race Day

I woke up at 6am (much better than the last race’s 4am wake up time) and got ready. It was supposed to be in the 50s/60s and sunny, so I opted for shorts and a short-sleeved top.

purity moosic city dairy dash

I arrived in plenty of time. I had picked up my packet the evening before, so I had already pinned my bibs and attached my timers. I made a quick stop at the port-a-potties, then sat in my car for a bit (it was cold) until I got a message from my cousin Gillian (who was running the 10k) that she had parked. I met up with her, we got her packet, and then waited for the 5k to start.

purity dairy dash

With Gillian before the start.

5k, Mile 1: 9:43
There was some nice crowd support at the start of the race, along Athens Way. After a quarter mile or so, we turned onto Great Circle for an out-and-back section. I just tried to maintain a steady fastish pace. I was feeling pretty good.

5k, Mile 2: 9:34
The halfway point came and went without a water stop. I was kind of wanting some at this point. We had passed Athens Way for the second out-and-back section in the other direction. I just told myself it would be over soon.

5k, Mile 3: 9:18
The only water stop on the course was right at the end of mile 2/beginning of mile 3. I briefly stopped to gulp down some water, then pushed on. I started counting in my head to distract me from the discomfort of knowing that I really had six more miles to go after this.

5k, Final 0.1 (0.14 to my Garmin): 1:12 (8:44 pace)
I pushed with everything I had and right as I crossed the finish line, the gun for the 10k went off. No breaks allowed! I joined the throng of people heading towards the start line again.

Official 5k Time: 29:40
I liked that I managed to run negative splits on this race!

10k, Mile 1: 9:57
10k, Mile 2: 10:13
I was pretty tired from running a sub-30 5k, but I knew I could push on. I hoped that the 10k would have a water station before the two mile mark. Spoiler alert: it didn’t. While my strategy for the 5k was to run it straight (except for the water stop), my 10k strategy was a one minute walk at the start of each mile.

purity dairy dash 10k

I look exhausted already.

10k, Mile 3: 10:37
10k, Mile 4: 10:29
The first water stop of the 10k was at the start of the third mile right before we got on the greenway. We were on the greenway for the next three miles. You could just see runners for miles ahead of you. It was a little disheartening because you could tell you weren’t anywhere close to being done. I tried to enjoy the nice view of the river for these three miles, but I really was just ready to be done.

10k, Mile 5: 10:49
At the start of mile five, I started singing Disney songs in my head. I got through “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”, “Love is an Open Door”, and “Let it Go” before we finally got off the greenway for the final mile.

10k, Mile 6: 10:45
I continued with “Part of Your World”, “Poor Unfortunate Souls”, and “When Will My Life Begin” on this mile.

10k, Final 0.2 (0.26 to my Garmin): 2:10 (8:20 pace)
We were finally turning back onto Athens Way. The crowd support was back. I gave it everything I had, for my fastest quarter mile of the entire day.

purity dairy dash 10k

The exhaustion continues.

Official 10k Time: 1:05:22
A little slower than my last few 10ks (and my last 15k), but I’ll take it!

After finishing, I downed a banana, then went in search of mac and cheese. There wasn’t any. 😦 I guess all the 5k finishers got to it because all they had out were sausage balls. Instead, I grabbed an ice cream sandwich from the ice cream truck, and then met up with Gillian.

purity dairy dash ice cream sandwich

Yay, ice cream!

Race Review

This was a well-organized race with a unusual-for-Nashville flat course. I was a little worried about the logistics of running both races, but had no problems doing so. (For what it’s worth, next year they will be offering an actual 15k, so I doubt the 5k/10k combo will exist anymore.)

Now that I’m going on my third year of running, I am figuring out what kind of races I prefer. You’ve seen me mention before that I like a lot of crowd support. This one has some at the start/end, but not much elsewhere. (And it’s impossible to have any on the three mile section of the greenway.) Not necessarily a negative thing for other people, I just like more.

But the volunteers were fantastic, packet pickup was quick and painless, and the ice cream was tasty! And chocolate milk! I do wish I had been able to get some mac and cheese at the end, though. I was sad that I missed it.

Race Analysis

Fueling

Night Before: I think I had Zaxby’s. I was being lazy.
Pre-Race: half a bagel with peanut butter
During Race: just water
Post-Race: banana, ice cream sandwich, chocolate milk

Gear

Sports Bra: Gracie’s Gear
Top: Asics short-sleeved top (I need to retire this one and get a new white top; this one got stained with hair dye during the last race I did in the rain)
Bottom: Lululemon Speed Short
Socks: my trusty Injinjis
Shoes: Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2

Race Report: St. Patty’s Day Kegs & Eggs 10k – March 14, 2015

My cousin Gillian decided to run this as her first 10k. I signed up to join her and cheer her on, though I initially signed up for the 5k. I did this because the Tom King Half was the weekend before and I wanted a bit of a break. But then, of course, the half got cancelled, so I went ahead and upgraded to the 10k, since the cost was the same.

I wasn’t really planning on racing this, although it would be cool to PR, of course. I knew I was capable of PRing anyway, since I had beat my current 10k PR in the 15k I ran a month earlier. Gillian was aiming to go under an hour.

I don’t have any pics that I took since I didn’t carry my phone with me because (a) it was raining and (b) I didn’t have any pockets. And I somehow didn’t end up in any of the official photos. So all I have is this photo of my outfit post-race. Sorry I’m not in it.
kegs & eggs outfit

Race Day

I did not have a good morning. I had laid out my outfit the night before, but I still was rushing to get ready, despite the race being at a comfy 11am. I left and then realized halfway there that I didn’t have my Garmin. I also realized that my stomach wasn’t happy. I turned around, retrieved my watch and some Pepto Bismol and then headed to the race.

Once I got to the start line area, I found Gillian in line for packet pickup. It was long, so thankfully she was already halfway there when I found her. We got our numbers, pinned everything on, then dropped off our t-shirts at her car. It was time for the race to start and we hadn’t hit up the port-a-potties yet, so we ran to find them.

I think they realized that their packet pickup line was still crazy long because the race didn’t start until 11:10.

Mile 1: 11:19
The first mile is basically all uphill. It took about half a mile of sticking with Gillian for me to figure out that I was not going to PR and that this race was going to be miserable. I steered off to the side to take a walk break. I ran a little, then took another walk break. I just couldn’t catch my breath on the hills. Finally, after we hit up a water station close to the end of the first mile, the uphills stopped and I was able to maintain a pace for awhile.

Mile 2: 10:37
This mile felt decent, except for the horrible side stitches I was experiencing. I just tried to keep breathing. I only walked briefly through the water stop.

Mile 3: 10:25
Another okay mile. The 10k was two loops of the 5k course. I forgot that I hate this. This one added insult to injury by actually having us run through the finish line and then turn around and repeat the course. Demoralizing. Only a brief water station stop on this one as well.

I saw Gillian go by before the turn around and called out, “Looking good!” Actually, she looked like she wanted to die. I wasn’t about to yell that. She was probably three minutes ahead of me at that point.

Mile 4: 11:50
A repeat of the first mile except with longer walk breaks because the hills wore me out even more. My slowest of the race.

Mile 5: 10:23
I was pretty exhausted by this point. I just told myself to keep going until the water station.

Mile 6: 10:13
My walk through the water station at the end of mile 5 didn’t do much, so I took another one shortly thereafter. Then I took off, ready to finish. On the home stretch, with about a tenth of a mile to go, I heard someone pick up the pace behind me, so I picked up my pace too (about 7:30-7:40, it seems).

And then a car drove out in front of me.

I had to slow down to avoid dying, and then I lost concentration and the girl passed me one second before the finish line. Ugh!

Official Time: 1:04:25

So, my watch said this was 5.98 miles. I have no idea if the course was actually short, but it doesn’t appear to be USATF certified so it wouldn’t surprise me.

I met up with Gillian and she had finished in 58:45! She’s officially faster than me now. 🙂

Race Review

I’ll start with the things I liked. It started at 11am. They had tasty post-race food (hot chicken and a beignet from Party Fowl). The course went down roads I hadn’t ever ran on. There was free beer, if you drink beer (I don’t). The volunteers were great. I dropped my St. Patrick’s day sunglasses in the first mile and they were waiting for me at the finish line.

And now for the things I didn’t particularly like.

They didn’t have a lot of people working packet pickup. I don’t know if there was a shortage of volunteers or if it was just how it was organized, but there was only one person per race (5k and 10k) digging through a box of bibs looking for your number. It was inefficient.

For a not very cheap race, it was disappointing to get a t-shirt instead of a tech shirt.

I don’t like 10k races that are two loops of 5ks (may be a personal preference) but running through the finish line and then having to turn around was not cool.

The course was short (probably).

They misspell St. Paddy’s Day in the name of the race. (Okay, I’m just nit-picking.)

Besides the hot chicken and beignets, there was no other food, and you only got one tiny piece of each of those. No bananas. I don’t know what vegetarians were expected to eat. Also, the post-race party had alcohol but not water. So we were handed a piece of hot chicken and then nothing to wash it down with (if you don’t drink beer).

I don’t mean to sound like I’m complaining about everything (and truthfully, my bad performance is kind of playing into how I felt about the race as a whole), I just expect more when I pay $40 for a race.

The up side is that I didn’t have as bad of a 10k as the Franklin Classic last year, which was also during a slump. 😉

Race Report: Hammer Down 10k – November 15, 2014

I was originally planning on running the Rockin’ Marathon Relay again this year, which was scheduled for this weekend. However, a month or so before the race, they cancelled it due to lack of participation. Thus, I scrambled to find another birthday weekend race.

It’s a popular weekend for races because of the cooler weather, but, ultimately, I chose the Hammer Down because the charity they were supporting was Our Kids, who provide counseling and medical evaluations for victims of child sexual abuse.

They also had an appealing downtown 10k option. After my disappointing 10k in September, I decided I would try again. I didn’t plan on racing as hard as I had planned to race that one, but I did want to attempt a PR at the very least.

Race Day

This race happened right as our first cold snap of the season came through. It had been in the 60s earlier in the week, but was below freezing the morning of the race. Brr! I bundled up with a half-zip, jacket, tights, and some fun birthday socks that I had bought for the race.

birthday socks

I got to the race fairly early so I could get a parking spot before they closed down the streets for the kids’ 1k race that started at 7am. It was freezing out, but they nicely had some portable heaters out so we could try to keep warm before the start. Tearing myself away from that heater to head to start line was the hardest thing ever.

Mile 1: 10:03
This wasn’t a big race, so there was a pretty small group at the start (only 129 finishers between both the 5k and 10k). Most of them were faster than me, so, of course, I started too fast. Meaning, I was running at an 8-9 min pace before a hill finally slowed me down to a more reasonable speed. Also, my car key fell out of my pocket right after the start of the race. (I had unzipped my pocket to put my hand in to keep warm and forgot to zip it back.) I heard someone say something about a key, but by the time I realized it was my key, I was like, “Eh, someone will pick it up and turn it in. I don’t want to stop running to look for it.” Yes, I am that trusting of people.

Mile 2: 10:41
I don’t remember anything remarkable about this mile. I just tried to maintain a steady, comfortable pace. I wasn’t pushing at all. We passed the first water station, so I took a quick walk break. My fingers, which had been frozen the entire first mile, started to thaw out towards the end of this mile.

Mile 3: 10:20
Another comfortable mile. The people at the second water station wished me a happy birthday. While I had been grumbling to myself the first two miles about not wearing gloves, by this mile I was happy that I hadn’t.

Mile 4: 10:05
Around the halfway point, I finally looked at my watch and started doing calculations in my head. Yep, I was probably going to PR. I decided to push a little to see what I could do. There was a guy who had been running about a quarter mile ahead of me the entire time. I made it my goal to catch up with him.

Mile 5: 9:48
I passed him on a hill at the start of the fifth mile. He said, “Wow, you’re just floating up the hill!” and I thanked him for making me run faster so I could catch him. I continued on and passed another guy.

Mile 6: 9:02
I decided to give my all on the last mile. I passed two more guys, and I was trying to catch up with a woman who was ahead of me (just in case she was in my age group), but she turned her speed on as well, so I never did.

Final 0.2 (0.22 to my Garmin): 1:48 (8:19 pace)
I had been so steadily increasing my speed over the last mile that my sprint in didn’t even really feel like a sprint. As I got near to the finish line, I was in complete shock to see the time posted was an hour and one minute. I really hadn’t been paying close attention to my watch at all. I gave one final push to get in before the minute clicked over to two.

Official Time: 1:01:49

I cannot believe that I ran a 10k that fast. It surpassed all goals that I had set out for my September 10k. I had no idea I could, and I definitely wasn’t really trying to starting out. I ran pretty much the whole thing, only taking four brief water station walk breaks to make sure I stayed hydrated, and I felt strong the entire time.

After crossing the finish line, I grabbed a water, some chocolate milk, and a banana. I ate my banana, then found some official looking ladies. I asked who I need to talk to if I had lost something. One of the ladies said she could handle it, so I told her about my car key. She went and asked around and came back with it! See, I knew someone would find it.

The guy who I passed after mile four came up to me to tell me good job. He said he tried to catch back up to me but couldn’t.

hammer down 10k

Post-race and beaming!

Race Review

This was the inaugural year for this race, and I think they did a good job! The course was well marked with lots of volunteers and well spaced-out water stations. There wasn’t a plethora of goodies at the end of the race, but that’s not something I expect of such a small race. The goodie bags had some nice things in them like Mary Kay hand cream and Chapstick. The shirt was a long-sleeved tech shirt, which was nice, but I don’t think they were gender-specific, as the small was enormous on me, unfortunately. I don’t see myself running in it.

There was a finish line video posted to the website, which I thought was cool, until I saw that it cut off 10 seconds before I crossed the finish line. What’s up with that?? They did announce your name as you crossed, which is always a nice bonus.

Photo posting has been a little slow. (I delayed this since I thought they were going to post them soon after, but it’s been nearly a month, and I haven’t seen any yet.) But they are free photos, so can’t complain too much.

The age groups were a little larger than normal, so I fell into the 25-34 group. So despite it being a pretty small race, I still finished 10th in my group. It was a speedy group! (Meanwhile, if I had run the 5k instead, I would have gotten the 3rd place age group award!)

Race Analysis

I was generally happy with what I chose to wear that morning. Yes, a pair of gloves would have been nice for the first two miles, but I didn’t need them after that. I may look into investing in a few pairs of cheap gloves I can toss in situations like this.

I need to remember to check my pockets and make sure they are sealed at the start line. (I clearly did not remember this in subsequent weeks when I lost both a glove and my keys again in two separate occasions from the same pocket. Maybe now I will.)

As for my performance, I couldn’t be happier! Check out these charts. This one shows the percentage of time I spent running at certain paces. Note that I spent over 40% of my time at 5k pace. This may mean I need to shift my pace zones down a bit, which means I’m getting faster!

hammer down 10k pace zones

I’m waiting for the day when something appears in the “I can’t run this fast!” zone.

This one shows my 5k splits. I ran the second half sub-30! My 5k PR is 29:14, and I was only 18 seconds off of that in the second half of a 10k, which is crazy. I also ran my fastest mile ever in 8:46.

hammer down 10k - 5k splits

This begs the question, should I actually try to race the Rudolph 5k in December or just wrap myself in Christmas lights and run it for fun? (Oops, I wrote this right after the race in November. We all know what happened with that now.)

Race Report: Franklin Classic 10k – September 1, 2014

When I started planning out my 5k and 10k training for the summer, I knew the first thing I had to do was figure out the 10k. Nashville just doesn’t offer very many of them; there’s maybe about one a month, if that. The It’s Just a 10k was a little too early (August 23rd), as it would only give me about a week of a break after the Country Music Half. I could have used the new Go Commando 10k as my target (October 19th), but I didn’t know they would be introducing it at the time. So the Franklin Classic 10k was chosen. Held on Labor Day every year, this is the 36th annual race. Yes, you read that correctly. Thirty-sixth. I figured if they’d been doing it for that long, they had to be doing something right.

I planned out my time goals a couple months ahead of the race. To remind you, they were as follows:

A Goal: 1:04:47 or better (the average 10k pace).
B Goal: 1:07:56 or better (better than my best 10 km time).
C Goal: 1:14:36 or better (a PR).

However, then I decided to stop my training and do low heart rate training instead, which was probably a bad idea. After I stopped LHR training, I noticed my speed and endurance had gone way down. In addition, I had only done one real six mile run in over four months. I thought my previously set goals were probably unattainable, but I was still willing to try for them, figuring at the very least, I’d get my C goal (none of my races–even the longer ones–have been at that pace in over a year, besides Disney).

Race Day

I woke up, got ready, and drove down to Franklin without any problems. I broke Rule #1 of racing in that I wore something new on race day, but my new clothes that I had just bought on sale from Lululemon were too cute to pass up.

franklin classic 10k pre-race

Obligatory still half-asleep pre-race selfie.

The forecast was for partly cloudy and in the 70s. Didn’t sound too bad to me, but when I got outside, the humidity hit me like a rock.

I hit the port-a-potties as soon as I arrived (they provided hand sanitizer too!), then picked up my shirt and bib number.

The start line had markers to section people off by pace, which was nice. It helped people to line up properly. I got in the 10:00-12:00 section. My plan was to start around a 10:30 pace and see how I felt from there.

Mile 1: 10:58
I started off a little fast (this is a 10k, not a 5k, Jess!), but soon found a good pace around 10:30. Looking up at the sky, I noticed that all the clouds were gone. It was going to be full-on sun with little shade for six miles.

There was no water station at the one mile mark, but I took a quick break anyway. I hadn’t realized how hilly the course was, and it was starting to take its toll on me.

Mile 2: 11:36
My hair, which was up in a ponytail and the way I’ve been wearing it while running for the past month or two, kept falling down. So another quick walk break to pin it back into place.

I enjoyed a nice downhill and then walked an uphill and through the first water station. I knew I was falling off goal pace, but I was still confident I could achieve my C goal and get a PR.

Mile 3: 12:33
This is the mile where it all started to fall apart. I started walking all uphills, which was most of this mile. The sun and humidity were killing me, and I couldn’t believe I wasn’t even halfway yet. I wanted nothing more than to be done. I started to doubt my PR abilities.

Mile 4: 12:48
It seemed like everyone around me was struggling as well. I was still running near some of the people I had started the 10:30 pace with, so it seemed like several people were being affected by the hills and the heat. My PR, while still attainable, was starting to slip away.

Mile 5: 13:00
To really put the nail in the coffin of not getting a PR, I had some mad cramp start in my lower left side. It wasn’t a normal side stitch, which is usually just below the rib cage. This was much lower. It would only happen when I was running; while walking I felt fine. So I started running in about 30 second bursts until I couldn’t take the pain anymore.

My hair was still falling down (I think it was trying to sabotage me), so I finally just used one of my walk breaks to stick it in pigtails.

Mile 6: 12:23
Despite the cramp, I tried to push it a little more on this mile, knowing I was almost done. I managed a three minute stretch of running once there was only a half mile left in the race. One more walk break, then…

Final 0.2 (0.24 to my Garmin): 2:06 (8:56 pace)
I sprinted in with everything I had, in so much pain it was ridiculous. I hit the stop button on my watch and looked at the time. 1:15…so close.

Official Time: 1:15:41

One minute off of my PR. But I don’t think I could have pushed anymore. If that cramp hadn’t shown up, sure, but there was nothing I could do once it decided to make an appearance. I still don’t know what caused it. It wasn’t GI-related that I could tell.

Race Review

No complaints about the race itself! It was well-organized and inexpensive. Crowd support was decent, especially around downtown Franklin. The route was well-marked and the police controlled traffic nicely when we crossed major roads. Just be warned that the course is pretty much entirely rolling hills (though none of them are steep).

My watch time was about 20 seconds faster than the official time. No idea why. They are usually closer, but it’s not a big enough margin to think there was something off with the timing.

My only real annoyance was that I guess there were no official race photographers, but it’s not really a complaint because it was an inexpensive race where I wouldn’t really expect them anyway. I guess my complaint is that *someone* (that I thought was an official photog) took my picture right before the finish line, and I have no idea how to find that picture! Thus the delay in getting this posted; I kept expecting it to pop up somewhere.

Edited to add: The picture finally got posted on their Facebook page. Yay!

franklin classic 10k

Photo credit: Backroads Photography

Race Analysis

As you can see from this graph, it was really the hills that killed me. This is what I get for mostly trying to avoid hills all summer, since my target 5k was flat.

pace by elevation

While I spent over 40% of my time at the correct pace or faster, I also spent about 40% of my time walking. Not good. (By contrast, a race where I only walk water stops is about 1-8% walking, depending on the number of stations.)

amount of time spent by pace

We all have off days and bad races, however. I knew I wasn’t really trained for this race. I think the next time I run a 10k, it will be in the middle of half marathon training. Anyone know of any good 10ks around Nashville in January?

Race Report: Music City July 4th 10k – July 4, 2013

My alarm went off at 5:15am on the fourth of July. I hadn’t slept well the night before, so I begrudgingly got out of bed and into my race gear. I had pinned on my bib and attached the chip timer to my shoe the night before. I did a quick check of the weather; it was definitely going to rain the whole race and stay relatively cool.

I ate half a small tub of Greek yogurt to stop my stomach from growling, then popped a Pepto-Bismol tablet and two Tylenol (well, actually I popped some Midol because it was all I had that had acetaminophen in it…so added caffeine boost!). I grabbed my phone, slid my Garmin on my wrist, filled up my water bottle and headed toward downtown.

Once I had parked, I ran up to the office for my last bathroom break before the race. I checked the weather one last time and opted to leave my water bottle in my car. The course had water about every mile, so I wasn’t too concerned with not having enough since the sun wasn’t bearing down.

I arrived at Public Square around 7:15 for the 7:30 start. I tried to huddle underneath a tree to stay dry, but it was a very thin tree and I’m pretty sure it dumped more water on me than if I had just stood in the rain. Around 7:25, they called for us to line up. I chose a place around in the middle, slightly towards the back and on the right, since I knew I would be run/walking the race. They made some announcements, none of which I could hear. The national anthem was sung and we were off a little after 7:35.

the start line

The course is a 5k that is repeated for those running the 10k. My strategy was to run the downhills and flats and walk up the inclines. Before I was injured, I was on pace to run a 10k in 1:13, and my last 10k distance time was 1:17. I had in my head that 1:15 would be a good time, but, overall, I wasn’t too concerned about time, just wanting to stay under the 14 min/mile required for the time limit.

The first mile starts with a slight incline and then is downhill for half a mile before leveling out. I ran for the first 0.6 and then took a 2 minute walking break before finishing out the rest of the mile running until the base of the first major incline just after the start of the second mile. We were running over the Korean Vets bridge, so it wasn’t a very steep incline up the bridge, just a long one, and it took about four minutes to get to the top where the first water station was. I grabbed a cup, chugged it down and then took off back down the bridge.

I walked up the slight incline between 1st Ave and 2nd Ave, then ran the flat section between 2nd and 6th. The course had us go halfway between 6th and 7th, then turn around and run down 6th through the new Music City Center. Once underneath the cover of the convention center, I took a moment to take off my wet sunglasses and shake them off. Then I took out my camera and took a (shaky) photo before running again.
running through music city center

I started getting a bit of a side stitch at this point but I made it to the next water station and was fine after that. By this time we had started on the third mile, which has the greatest elevation, but I didn’t find it as slow as the bridge incline. It would ramp up, then level off, so I was only walking a little at a time. The course took us up in front of the capitol building, around TPAC, and then down the lovely downhill of Deaderick Street. There was an annoying slight incline right before returning to Public Square that I walked the first time through and pushed through to run the second time, since I was so close to the finish. As I crossed over the halfway point, I could hear them announce that some 10k runners were already finishing! I can’t even imagine being that fast.

The second lap was pretty much the same as the first, except with a lot less people. In the first lap, I was constantly having to dodge people (especially the long lines of like 5 people who were run/walking and all stopped at the same time), but the second lap was less congested with all the 5k runners out of the way. There were a group of three people who were doing timed intervals, and we kept trading places back and forth since their intervals didn’t coincide with the hills.

at the finish

At some point the rain got to my Garmin watch and made it stop displaying my pace and the time. However, it still beeped at each split so I knew it was still recording data. So when it beeped at the 6 mile mark, I was thinking, “Woohoo, almost there!” Except there was actually about a half mile more to go. Due to either GPS inaccuracy or a miscalculated course (or both), the 6.2 miles turned out to be 6.6 by my Garmin. But I pushed through the last bit and up the last incline to the rainy finish. I was handed my medal (first one!) and the chip timer was cut off my shoe.

I hung out for a bit, ate a banana and had a cup of water, but I was freezing and really wanted to see my Garmin data. So I went back to the office and uploaded everything, then went home and took a nice long shower.

So how did I do?

Garmin said I ran 6.6 miles in 1:14, finishing 6.2 in 1:10. Strava says I busted all my PRs:

strava PRs

I like how the elevation map doesn’t even look like there is an incline on the bridge. I assure you there was. The really flat part on the pacing graph is where I ran through the convention center and the Garmin lost signal, so it just averaged out the pace from when I went in and came out.

map, elevation, and pacing

Here’s my half mile splits. You can tell where the bridge ramp was on each lap, since those were my slowest. Notice how I busted out some speed at the end at a 9:47 pace.
10k half mile splits

My official race time was 1:14:37, which at their calculation of 6.2 miles, put me at an average of 12:01/mile. Either way, it was a good race, especially in consideration of my injuries! Now I get to take four weeks off to heal before I start training for my next 5k and then half marathon training after that!

Shoes: Skechers GoRun 2