I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but back in the day my day used to be quite the runner. His premier race was the Army Ten Miler (which he ran in a crazy fast time) and there is a framed photo of him from the race in his office at my parents’ house. That photo was in the back of my mind when I decided to sign up for the Army Ten Miler this year. I also knew it’d be a good distance to run just a week after my marathon – I wasn’t planning on racing it but just wanted to get some mileage in my legs. I am really excited to write my first Army Ten Miler Race Recap!
I truly had no expectations for this race. I ran twice in the days following Wineglass – two miles and then five miles and while the runs felt fine, I still felt a little tight. I figured I’d go out slow and take it easy. A number of my friends (both from the Oiselle team and from my training group) were running and so I was hoping I’d have someone to run the race with. The expo was easy for me because it took place at the Armory, which is just a mile from my home. I really didn’t even look at the course map for this one – I just figured out the time I needed to be there and what I was going to wear.
The race started just after 8, and so I was there by 7 and meet up with my gals. We made a last port o potty stop and then headed over to the corrals. I started running with about four of my girls and it was awesome. The race was a bit crowded at the start but that’s to be expected in a race this size (over 35,000 runners).
The first few miles were crowded but it was fun just running and chatting. (10:26, 9:58, 9:49, 10:08). I’m not sure why I slowed down during that fourth mile but I think it must be water stop related. I also lost my run buds during this mile. So I did spend a bit of time turning around to see if I could find them.
My favorite thing about ten milers is that it’s so quick to get to the halfway mark. Before I knew it, I was approaching mile five. (9:14, 9:17, 9:16). As we approached the 14th street bridge (which I’ll run again during MCM), I realized that I could potentially PR. I made a deal with myself that I’d push on over the (very long and boring and hot) bridge and then if a PR was still in reach, I’d go for it. Well, it was. So I picked up the pace and really hustled. I will say that the race was crowded all the way through the end. The problem with that was the last water stop was on both sides of the road and numerous people just stopped in the middle. Ugh. Move, people! (9:02,9:06, 9:03).
I was really proud of how I finished the race. I ran negative splits, stayed mentally strong and was able to push past it being uncomfortable. I definitely thought more than once: “thank goodness I don’t have to try and runs marathon at this pace.” 🙂 I was rewarded with a 1:35:58 finish and a new ten miler PR. Those last few miles were really great for me mentally – especially because I really struggled during the “dark miles” of the Wineglass marathon the previous week. So what does this mean for my running and my goals for Marine Corps? Not too much – I’m going to run three times this week and then three more times next week and then it’ll be race day. Just six runs between now and MCM – crazy.
What I wore: Oiselle Singlet, Oiselle Stride Shorts, Oiselle arm sleeves (which I rolled down by about mile 6 – it got warm!), Zensah calf sleeves and my Mizuno Enigma 5 shoes. In the picture above, I’m wearing my warm up pants, obvi.
This was a fun race and a fun day. After the race, three of the ladies and I went to an awesome brunch at Tupelo Honey in Arlington. It was yummy. After a full day of racing, brunching and mimosa-ing, I was wiped out.
Have you ever run the Army Ten Miler? Do you like the ten miler distance as much as I do?