10 Mile Race on Sunday!


Well, I am about to run my first race in almost a year this Sunday! I’m pretty excited about it which is a great feeling. You know I don’t race often so having this excited race feeling is making it really fun for me!

Although I did not train specifically for the City Manager’s 10 mile race, I have been making sure to taper this week. I have been following my taper week plan from last spring’s half marathon to ensure I don’t overdo anything. I know I can run the 10 mile race distance no problem so with an easy week, I should be good to go with plenty of energy.

The weather:

The weather for this Memorial Day weekend was not looking too good although the forecast is improving. I certainly don’t need abundant sunshine and warm temperatures anyway! Overcast skies would actually be perfect for the race.

The race takes place down in Long Beach which can give you a cool breeze since it’s by the ocean BUT provides zero shade which means it can be really hot and sunny too. I am really hoping for the cloudy skies, that’s for sure.


The plan:

We are dealing with a flat course with a portion of the race on the boardwalk. I will absolutely start out easy for a mile or two just like I would for a half marathon. Somewhere around an 8:00 minute mile will be just perfect.

Starting out too fast will only backfire and I know this. So once I ease in, I intend to pick up my pace and try to hold steady until mile 8 and then give what I have left.

The best part about a 10 mile race is that it ends at 10 miles!

When I ran this race in 2014, I finished right under 1:23. It was a super hot and sunny day for that race so hopefully I can go faster this year as the weather should be more forgiving.

I would think that if I am having a good day, 1:20 or less is doable but I won’t freak out if I am over 1:20 because I really don’t get hung up on these things. Just showing up and doing the best I can on race day is more than enough.

The fuel:

I always eat breakfast before a race (oatmeal and banana). I’ve gotten in the habit as of late of NOT needing a Hammer Gel for my long runs so I am a little curious to see if I feel the need to open one half way through this race.

hammer gel

Laura tells me that I can probably do it without the mid-run fuel but I plan to bring a Hammer gel with me plus some jelly beans as another option. Jelly beans used to be my mid-run fuel of choice. They are easy to pop into your mouth and may be just enough for me for this race. At least I will have the option!

I will check in early Sunday morning before I leave for the race to share my taper workouts from the week. Enjoy the long weekend!

Of Interest:

What To Eat The Night Before A Long Run

My 5 Basic Tips For Running Your Next Half Marathon

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Any big plans for the weekend? Anyone else running a race?

How is the weather looking by you for the weekend?

Ever run a 10 mile race?


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  1. says

    How early do you eat before a run? I have to eat like 3 hours beforehand or I have bathroom issues 🙁 No fun!

    I’m doing a trail run with friends on Saturday and probably some hills on Sunday morning and then heading up to help my mom do a clean up at the family cabin. We are also celebrating my youngest’s 10th birthday. I can’t believe all of my kids will be in double digits! We’ll be 87-97 degrees this weekend. Oy.

    • says

      so I have a pretty tough stomach I think – I can eat fairly close to running so for regular runs, I can eat 30 minutes before and really be fine but for a race, I do eat probably 2 hours before? at least two hours. sometimes what I do is eat oatmeal 2-3 hours before the race start and bring a banana to eat right before just so I don’t get hungry. I actually don’t run well on an empty stomach!