This past weekend, I raced my second 10k of 2015. I don’t run 10ks a lot but I really do enjoy the distance. It’s not the all out sprint that makes 5ks so painful, but it’s short enough that you can really push the pace. There is so much I can say about this race, so I’ll give you the high points first and then those of you who want to stick around for the details can grab a cup of tea and settle in. The quick and dirty: my face was on the bib (yeah, I know!), my run bud Julie was back for the weekend (amazing!) and I PR’ed. Keep reading my Clarendon Day 10k Race Recap for all the fun details!
This weekend was extra awesome to begin with because one of my favorite run buddies Julie was back in town! Julie accompanied her husband back to DC for work reasons and we got to run together twice and take a Pure Barre class together! Julie and Michael actually stayed with us Friday night so we had tons of time to chat and catch up and it was so great having her in town. I’m lucky that she’ll be back in just under a month to help cheer me on at the Marine Corps Marathon!
The race was on Saturday (holla! for Saturday races) and as I was getting ready, I checked into Instagram and discovered something fun. Apparently Pacers used a picture of me running the race last year on this year’s bib. That was a surprise and kinda fun. It was kinda weird seeing my face on everyone’s bib, though! In case you were wondering, no I had no idea this picture would be used and no, I didn’t receive any type of compensation. When you sign that waiver as you sign up for a race, you agree that they can use your image in promotional items. I didn’t mind – I’ll just make sure not to lose the bib! It’s definitely the most unique race souvenir I’ve received!
Before the 10k we got a pic we a bunch of Oiselle gals running and then it was time to line up. Since the race was the weekend before Wineglass Marathon (look out for my race goals for Wineglass coming up this week!), I didn’t have any major time goals. The race starts off downhill for about a mile and a half and so I knew I’d start out fast. I wanted to just try and hold on as best as I could after the fast start. I had no intentions of trying to PR. We lined up and I started running with Ivey and Sara, two local Oiselle gals. We ran and chatted and ran and chatted and the miles just ticked off. Miles 1-3: 8:48/9:03/9:14.
As we approached the turn around right before mile 4, I began thinking that maybe I would PR. I could not for the life of me remember what my 10k PR was but thought it was in the 56 or 57 range (it was 56:48). At this point, it was just Sara and I and we talked about PRs and goals and it was so lovely racing with someone. While I love running with folks, I very rarely race with people and I loved having the company and getting to know Sara. As I was running, I started to feel stronger and stronger and once we got to mile 5, I realized I wanted to push it for a possible PR. I took off towards the finish and was so grateful to see 56:xx on the clock when I crossed. I knew if I hadn’t PRed, I’d come pretty dang close. Miles 4-6.2: 9:13/9:09/8:56/8:48 (final .2). I finished with an unofficial time of 56:39, which is a 9 second PR. Talk about cutting it close!
As always, the race was well organized and easy. You could pick up your packet before race day or that morning – we arrived about 8:10 for our 9am start, found easy (free!) parking and got our bibs, tech shirts and then had plenty of time for pictures before the start of the race. Pacers raced are self seeded and people did a great job with that, in my opinion. I wasn’t tripping over anyone and neither was I passing or being passed by a bunch of folks. It worked. Only disappointment: this year they gave out medals to folks who did the double! Had I known that, I would’ve SO done the double again. The medal was realllllllly pretty too. Next year!
I followed up a great race with an awesome Oiselle Team brunch. Such such fun. This group of ladies inspires me, makes me laugh and shares the same love of running that I have. I’m so glad that we have these opportunities to meet up and catch up each month! All in all, it was a lovely day. The weather was great, I got to hang out with some fun ladies (including bloggers Jenny, Kathryn, Julie and Kathryn – and met Anne for the first time) and I set a PR.
Do you like the 10k distance? Has your face ever graced a race bib??