Baltimore 10 Miler 2014: Race Recap

This past Saturday, I ran the Baltimore 10 Miler. I went into the race with no expectations, but I of course wanted to do well and give it my all. I drastically cut my mileage to recover and let my knee heal, so I wasn’t quite sure how running 10 challenging miles would go.
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The race was scheduled to start at 7:30 am, but it ended up starting about 15 minutes late. The reason they gave was “due to the traffic in the surrounding area”…people were running late I suppose.

Start line selfies!

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Barefoot runner…

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We lined up with the 1:20 pace group and started off at an easy pace. We settled into a nice, sub-8 minute pace for the first few miles. Right before we reached the half way point (slightly under 39 minutes), we passed the 1:20 pace group.

Our goal was to try and keep pace for the second half, but the second half is HILLY. It was definitely challenging and I thought I was going to have to walk during a hill at mile 8. The last two miles were brutal for me and I gave everything I had to keep up with Jeanette. I finished right next to Jeanette in 1:18:14.

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I am very happy with my time. My knee felt great the whole time (3 Advil did the trick :-)) and I beat my time from last year (1:22 ish).

The after party is always a great time. Running, free beer, and good friends. Such a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

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And the best way to spend a Saturday evening…

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Boordy 5k Recap!

Let me just start with the most exciting part…I placed 3rd in the 30-39 age group! PS this is a huge deal to me because I never place :-).

Chip Time: 22:05
Gun Time: 22:07
Pace: 7:07
Overall: 37 out of 657

The race began at 6 pm, so we headed to Boordy Vineyards around 4:45. They had volunteers to show people where to park and there seemed to be more than enough room for the 800 registered runners ( race registration was capped at 800).

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At about ten til 6, they let everyone line up at the start line. I was brave and got right up front…I knew that I didn’t want to have to weave in and out of people. The race started right on time at 6 pm and we were off running. Here is a view of runners crossing the starting line. Looking good Michele, Matt, Kim, Alison, Andrea, Katie, and Brittany!

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Photo from Charm City Run

The course started on a field, then made a sharp right turn onto some gravel, then back to grass, and finally onto the road. Since my Garmin never started, I’m not sure how long we ran on the grass/gravel but I’m guessing about a half a mile? Anyways, it was an out and back course with about the first and last half a miles spent on the field and the middle portion was on the road with some rolling hills.

It was tough from the very start. By the time I hit the road, I was struggling for air and I was convinced I would have to slow down or stop. I put mind over matter and gave myself a pep talk and kept running as fast as I could. I crossed mile 1 at 7:05 and mile 2 at 14:15. This picture was taken between miles 2 and 3 and I just couldn’t even pretend to be happy at this point.

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Photo from Charm City Run

Thank goodness the finish line came when it did. I was spent. I can honestly say that I went as fast I could in the moment…the 2nd place woman in my age group passed me in the last .2! I crossed the finish line in 22:07 gun time and 22:05 chip time. PS this was way better than I thought I could do :-).

Ice cold bottles of water were provided at the finish line along with an assortment of cheese, bread, crackers, grapes, and sodas. I took some food but couldn’t think about eating until about an hour or so later. Chris did have this waiting for me when I was done and I enjoyed a glass a little later on. BTW, we were given a Boordy wine glass as part of the entry fee. 🙂

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I was super excited for the awards because I thought that I had a chance at placing. It was really fun to hear my name called and to see that my hard work is paying off. The rest of the evening was spent drinking wine, listening to the band, and hanging with other friends who ran the race and Chris, my mom, and Annabelle who came to support me.

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(Me, Kim, Andrea, and Michele)

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It was a really fun race and Charm City Run did a great job!
The night concluded with something that I had gone way too long without.

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A week of workouts.

Please check out Erica Sara Design’s Boston Strong necklace.  During the month of April, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the victims and their families.

Baltimore peeps, Charm City Run is hosting a Run for Boston on Monday, April 22nd at 6:30.  Check the website for locations.

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Last Sunday, I ran a 10k and finished in about 52 minutes.  It was a very pretty day and a fun run.

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After the run, Frank and I hit the bikes for a 15 mile ride.  This was my first time on a bike in a long time and it took me a little while to get comfortable.  Those skinny tires on road bikes make me so nervous!

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Sunday was also my mom’s birthday.  Happy Birthday Mom!

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After Sunday’s activities, Monday was a much needed yoga day.

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Tuesday was a gym day…30 minutes elliptical, 3000 meter row, 10 minutes on stair climber.

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Wednesday, YOGA!

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Thursday was another gym day…40 minutes elliptical, 2000 meter row, abs

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Friday was a great workout!  25 mile bike and 6 mile run 🙂  Frank is training for an Olympic distance triathlon so I tagged along.

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I ate fro yo 3 times this week…it’s getting out of hand.

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Here are some pictures of Annabelle…just because 🙂

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Tomorrow is an exciting day…one of my dearest running friends is getting married!  I can’t wait to help her celebrate her big day :).

What do you think?

Did you try a new workout this week?

Fro yo or ice cream?