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Sunday’s 10K Race Recap

 

I am trying to pretend that the weather forecast is not telling me that the wind chill temperature is zero. I am ignoring the fact that the winds are gusting between 35-40 mph because I really wanted to run outside but ugh, I hate wind, especially cold wind!

Let’s just talk instead about Sunday’s last-minute Blue Ribbon Run For Prostate Cancer 10k race now, okay?

I tried really hard to time everything just right by leaving my house as late as possible to avoid waiting around in the cold and needing to use a porta potty prior to the start of the race.

Yeah, that didn’t work as planned. Even when I try to be on time/almost late, I am always early.

race

The potties were clean though and there was a warming tent set up at the start line (which was also the finish line).

race

A few minutes prior to the start (there was a 5k race which began five minutes before my 10k race), one of the trainers from Equinox led everyone in as series of dynamic stretching/warm up exercises.

race

It was super cold outside but my body was warm.

The only issue I have with running races in the cold weather is adjusting to the breathing in and out of chilly air.

It always bothers my nose, mouth and lungs but I think expecting it helped me to deal with it.

My first mile, per the usual, was fast (7:00 min/mile even).

I knew there was no way I was holding that pace for the duration of the race but what I loved about this race was that I stayed really consistent AND, most importantly, my thought process was happy and sane.

10k race splits

 

I. Felt. Terrific. Not one complaint to give you.

I felt as though I was running at my pace, not someone else’s pace like as if I stole it and had no business having it.

Does that make sense?

I felt really comfortable the entire time and in my zone, as if this was the pace for me.

If you recall from last year, I experienced some races where my thought process was crazy and not polite.

I would spend those races questioning why I run, swearing I would never run a race again and wondering why I did this to myself.

During those races, my pace would be similar to this race but I think it felt much more challenging to hold and didn’t feel like mine.

Aside from comparing the mental stuff, I don’t really like to compare one race to another since each race course can be different and the weather conditions may vary BUT  if we bother to compare anyway, this would be a PR race for me.

I noticed at the 5k mark that I was ahead of usual.

At five miles, I noted that I was much faster than my second place for age finish at the Long Beach 5-mile race and this was my best 10k out of the three I have run to date.

I don’t even know my exact finish time. I didn’t shut MapMyRun right away and the race only gave me the gun time which was 47:59.

Either way, I know it was my fastest race yet and I finished 35th overall, 9th female and 5th in my division. Not bad, right?!

How cool that it looks as though I was flying in this picture?

pro compression

Other things worth noting:

The course was slightly hilly at the start and again at the finish (which explains why I slowed a bit at the 6-mile marker) but nothing crazy.

I guess one can call the race course boring but it was local and fun to run on the service road to the LIE, through the local neighborhoods of Syosset, Woodbury and possibly Jericho (who knows, they all blend together) and the start/finish went through the Syosset-Woodbury park where I spent many a day with my son as an infant, toddler and preschooler.

I remembered how I never let him crawl on the ground when we had our baby playgroups at the park. I was nuts, I realize that now.

The race goodies at the finish line were the best I have seen yet:

cupcakes

A little blurry but the lady giving out the cupcakes thought I was weird for trying to take a picture so I did it real fast.

Speaking of food, I did really well considering the super late start time (9:35 am)!

I broke up my breakfast in two parts since I was most concerned that I would be hungry by the time the race began.

I split my oatmeal with mashed banana in two, having the first half around 6:00 am and the rest around 8:15 am. Both bowls with peanut butter of course and two cups of coffee (and water) spread out in between.

prerace oatmeal

I did not bring fuel aka jelly beans along for this race. I normally start popping them at mile 6 and since this race ends at 6.2, I did not find them necessary.

I always call my dad as soon as I cross a finish line (if he isn’t at the race).

He’s really the only one who cares (or pretends to care) when I go into extreme detail about the race, my pace, my shoes, my breathing, what the guy in front of me was wearing and how I felt at every step.

And then I call him an hour later to rehash it all over again.

After the race, of course I did my usual, could I have gone faster?

Of course I think I could have but the truth is, if I did, I may have burned out at some point, slowed later on or even worse, not enjoyed the race at all because I was too busy pushing myself too hard.

Tina and I talked real quick after the race about working on the whole starting out slower in order to achieve negative splits and I think it is something to consider.

More 10k races are also something for me to consider. There aren’t a ton offered locally but I may seek them out more often than just focusing on half marathons.

What’s your favorite race distance?

Do you start out too fast like me or are you good at pacing yourself from the beginning?

Are you a naturally early person or always late?

 

 

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  • Jessie November 18, 2014, 6:13 am

    Cupcakes at the finish line? Now that’s my kind of race. Now please go curl back up in bed (if you can) & enjoy a nice mug of hot coffee. Those temperatures sound frigid!

  • Sara @ Lake Shore Runner November 18, 2014, 6:32 am

    10K is a great distance. I think the half is a perfect distance to train for and run too! I love the post race treats of cupcakes. Not your normal banana and chocolate milk 🙂 Not that I can hate on the banana I always love when they give out bananas!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 18, 2014, 9:46 am

      I know, we need to love the banana but it’s nice to get a special treat once in a while that’s actually good and not in some package…I tried to comment on your post today but it wasn’t letting me. I will try again.

      • Sara @ Lake Shore Runner November 18, 2014, 10:28 am

        Oh no, let me know if you aren’t able to later. I just looked and it seemed to work for me but I also am doing some behind the scenes blog updates and that could be the case. If you wouldn’t mind shooting me an e-mail if you aren’t able to I would appreciate it 🙂 [lakeshorerunner@gmail.com]

  • Rebecca@Running.Food.Baby. November 18, 2014, 7:34 am

    GREAT JOB!!!!

    I think I will like the 10K distance when I get back into it in the spring. I do love 5K’s, but they are rather short. I just haven’t raced a 10K since 2012! Yikes!

    I used to go out too fast, but with all the marathon/half marathon training, I have finally (4 years later) started to go out slow and negative split. Although with a 5K race, it is all out or nothing really

    I was always on time until I had Max – Now I’m always late 🙂
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 18, 2014, 9:45 am

      I hate 5k races, I need to find more 10k races to sign up for but there really aren’t many in my area. I need to keep looking, maybe I am missing something.

  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine November 18, 2014, 7:35 am

    Great race! I need to do another 10k soon, its been like a year and a half. I also have a hard time adjusting to breathing in the cold air. Lets not talk about how cold it is today…
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 18, 2014, 9:44 am

      I braved the wind and cold today because I decided we need to man up and deal with it or it will be a long winter.

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe November 18, 2014, 7:36 am

    That is so sweet that yo call your dad ASAP after finishing your race. Usually when I am done with a race, I don’t want to talk to anyone! I would however not talk to the cupcake lady and then just take the whole box. She doesn’t want me to photo them there? Well fine! This sounds a lot like my own 10k for run10feed10–you pushed yourself, but you found you pace to do it at–great job!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 18, 2014, 9:44 am

      You always make me laugh and without actually meeting you, I can picture you taking the cupcake box without issue. Ha. Most of the time, I don’t feel like talking to anyone but after I cross the finish line, I am busy dialing my phone to chat with my dad.

  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma November 18, 2014, 7:57 am

    Congrats on an awesome race! I usually start a bit too fast out of nerves I think. Must have been a great feeling to be flying like that and feeling no pain!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 18, 2014, 9:41 am

      It was a great local run to run. I see the registration opened already for the LI half? Do you normally run it?

  • Carm November 18, 2014, 8:10 am

    I am always arrive too early, even if I try to be late! Also I have the problem of starting out way too fast, so when I did my first marathon a friend helped hold me back. Have a good day and stay warm.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 18, 2014, 9:40 am

      Just like when we were super early for the Runner’s World races! At least we had those nice bathrooms and waiting areas! I thought about it over the weekend when I had to use a porta potty.

      • Carm November 18, 2014, 2:30 pm

        The RW Half and Festival was awesome, so awesome that we signed up to do it again. Also looking forward to doing the RW Heartbreak Half again too!

  • jill conyers November 18, 2014, 9:06 am

    Congrats on the race! I like 10Ks because there is always a local one to run. My favorite distance is the half! I’m a negative splitter and always early kind of person 🙂
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 18, 2014, 9:39 am

      I wish we had more 10k options here! 5k races are always available but not the 10k!

  • Sarah @pickyrunner November 18, 2014, 10:12 am

    Shockingly, the 10k is my least favorite distance. I think it’s SO hard!! You did such a good job despite the cold. I don’t think I could have run such a consistent race in this weather!
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  • Molly @ Motherhood and Marathons November 18, 2014, 10:59 am

    Great job at your race!

    Half marathons are becoming my favorite distance. Of course, I’ve never done a 10K, so maybe I would like that? Not sure.

    I used to always be early/on time, now that I had a little one I am always late.
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  • Molly @ Motherhood and Marathons November 18, 2014, 10:59 am

    Great job at your race!

    Half marathons are becoming my favorite distance. Of course, I’ve never done a 10K, so maybe I would like that? Not sure.

    I used to always be early/on time, now that I have a little one I am always late.
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  • Frank November 18, 2014, 11:38 am

    While I enjoy a variety of distance, I’m mostly a 5k guy, mostly because I like to train/run fast. Thru my 30’s, I ran competitively in the 100 and 200 meters so the 5k was like a marathon for me …

    My new (first) coach has me working to start slower, tho there’s reasonable research to show that starting 3-6% faster for the 5k, and maybe the 10k, is as effective a strategy as equal/negative splits.

    This year, I’ve mostly been late for races. Let’s me feel how fast I’d be if I actually arrived in time to warm-up and relax . . .

    Brrrrrr

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 18, 2014, 1:21 pm

    I have yet to enter my first race (convince me to do it next year!!!), so at this point the 5k seems like a good distance to pick as a favourite since I can’t really imagine running farther than that 😆 And I also imagine that I’d have trouble with pacing myself properly as well… I tend to get a little overzealous with things :mrgreen:
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