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October 12, 2009

Tufts 10k

Filed under: Race Report — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:42

Perfect fall day for a race! It was wicked chilly when I got up this morning but it warmed up pretty quickly and I think the temp when the horn went off at 1200 was 55*.  Wonderful. I wore my “cute outfit” but it wasn’t warm enough to actually feel comfy in a tank so I wore my Tufts 10k shirt from last year.  I still looked cute heh.

I got another great night sleep last night, 9ish hours.  I can’t remember the last time I got so many solid nights of sleep in a row.  Definitely making me feel not ill at all, I think I’ve finally kicked the virus.

In any case I hit the road to meet up with Lacey, her sister Amy and Elliot before the race and head into Boston together.  I am so glad that she offered to do this because it was sooooo stress free. We took public transportation in and got to the Commons about an hour or so before start time.  I had to get my race number, shirt and goodie-bag and the line was sooooooooooo long.  It seriously took me 40 minutes to get my number.  Sheesh! At this point I lost Lacey but I was hoping that I would catch her at the start.

By the time I checked my bag, used the porta-potty and actually headed to the start it was almost go-time! I didn’t have time to warm-up or even line up with the correct starting line (7 min/mi pace).  I think I was wayy back with the people aiming for 10 pace. Oh well. And as a little aside to how much I LOVE the running community, in order to get to the start on time me and another women had to hop a fence rather than wait in the bottleneck at the gate.  Seriously this fence was high and had spikes on it.  But we helped each other over.  Camaraderie right there.

So with all that chaos, it’s needless to say the first mile was a little slow to go.  I knew immediately that it wasn’t going to be my day to PR and I just set out to “run the best race I can”. Seriously, I am a dork and actually said that to myself. Heh.  It was also hard because there were SO. MANY. WOMEN.  Someone said 10,000 but I think about 7,000 actually ran it. Still a huge number of women.  Even some men.  I was happy that I painted my nails hot pink last night because I was so proud to be female.  Totally dorky but hey whatever.

Each mile after that first one felt great.  The ab cramps that I was feeling (stitch-in-side but on BOTH sides) disappeared as my body warmed up.  I was passing people left and right and it felt *good*.  I wish I could give you a play-by-play for each mile but the more time that passes, the fuzzier the details.  I do remember telling myself to enjoy it: great weather, great atmosphere and great people! I was also totally beasted by a girl running barefoot. She was moving sooooo fast.

I ended up with pretty good negative splits:

  • 8:16
  • 7:32 (15:48)
  • 7:52 (23:40)
  • 6:58 (30:38)
  • 7:00 (37:38)
  • 7:02 (44:40)
  • 45:55

The first 3 miles were tough and I needed to get into a rhythm.  Not quite sure why mile 3 was so slow, but oh well.  I’m extremely happy with how the last 5k went.  I finally was able to kick it into high gear.  Mentally there was a lift too.  I’ve said this in the past but running is so mental and I think there was too much “junk” going on in my head during the first 5k and I was able to buckle down and focus. At this point I started trucking and feeling really good.  I think, upon reflection, that I’m a looooong distance person since once I get warmed up I feel like I can go on foreverrrr.  Or maybe it’s just indicative of me actually needing to warm up for quite a bit before jumping into it.

Around mile 5 I found Lacey and Amy running hard and fast! I recognized them as I was coming up because of their cute shirts.  Major props to both of them, especially Amy as it was her very first race. Whoo-hoo!

So the overall time was :25 off my PR! I’m kind of upset because I know that if I was at the correct place at the start I could have beat that.  But I wasn’t and I ran the best race I could with what I had.  I’m also extremely proud because of how sick I was at the end of last week. However, this is the first race ever that I haven’t PR’d so that kind of stings.  But the hanging out with cool people and a cool race makes up for it.

Final numbers:

  • Time: 45:55
  • Avg Pace: 7:24
  • Place in AG: 105/1473 (Top 7.13%)
  • Place overall: 232/6020 (Top 3.85%)

After the race the three of us hit up and stuffed our bags with the freebies and all the food.  We made out like bandits! Sadly I was unable to go out to lunch with them so we parted ways.  But I was so happy that I got to chill with them.  Hopefully since we don’t live far away at all, and we’re even closer when I’m in my hometown, we can meet up at some other race or whatnot.  Unfortunately we’re entering winter and in NE there isn’t much in the way of winter races.  I’m sure there are some more fall ones but with Lacey running her first marathon next week I’m not sure how into racing she’ll be after that haha.

But we will definitely run this race again next year.  It’s such a great race and experience and I can’t wait for it.  Plus I want to really race Lacey 🙂

P.S. I didn’t take any pics, like usual, but she took a bunch and will prolly put them up on her blog later tonight or tmrw.

P.P.S. What a surprise I had when I walked back into my room and my school decided to turn the heat on today.  I think it was literally 90* in my room. Sheesh!


  1. Wow, congrats on your awesome race!! And your 7:52 mile was slow?? I am super jealous of your speediness, woman!

    Comment by Michelle — October 12, 2009 @ 21:00

  2. Congrats on the race!

    Comment by Matt — October 12, 2009 @ 21:16

  3. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hehehe. loved the recap!!! *yes* to the feel good passing people!!! but still a bummer to get caught in the back!!! next year you will KILL your tufts pr. you better believe it! and we are racing lady:) i cannot wait. already! t-364 days. lol.

    great recap!!!!!!!!!! i did not see the barefoot girl?!?! my goodness. pain?!?! and SWEET you are finally cured of your illness, time to rock and roll!!! ANYTIME you wanna come down and run down here we can totally hang out. you know your way and my doors are always open… well they are not really, but if i am here they are!! lol. metaphor. ya know. GREAT JOB TODAY. feels great 🙂 PICS WILL BE UP TOMORROW!!!!! my home internet is being sloowowwwwww. they will be up in the AM from work. thank goodness for work. lol!!! 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — October 12, 2009 @ 21:26

  4. Congrats on blasting the course and the competition!! Terrific time! What a week you have had … from bed ridden to passing folks in a race.

    Comment by a marathoner — October 12, 2009 @ 22:05

  5. Congratulations on your awesome time! Sounds like a great race, mine was freezing this morning.

    Love the fence with spikes. gosh.

    Comment by Katerina — October 13, 2009 @ 00:47

  6. LOVE the fact that you are a girly-girl! Also, crazy awesome progressive splits! Wowzers, way to rock it! You are so right that being a girl is AWESOME! Way to look cute, run fast, and represent us well.

    Comment by LARunner — October 13, 2009 @ 04:28

  7. congrats!!! what an amazing last 3 miles, especially. awesome race!

    Comment by sarah (ghost world) — October 13, 2009 @ 05:37

  8. Awesome race. And isn’t it great how the heating system works… it’s either freezing or burning up. No middle ground.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — October 13, 2009 @ 14:48

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  10. nice race! 25 sec off your pr is not that bad…especially since you started a bit off pace. Glad you enjoyed it!

    Comment by Liz — October 14, 2009 @ 00:42

  11. Congrats on your speedy race! I think after this experience, you definitely should warm up for like a mile before tackling the shorter distance races. Maybe that would have helped your time. Still, you ran the best race you could and accomplished your goal. There’s absolutely no shame in that! So congrats again!

    Comment by The Laminator — October 15, 2009 @ 00:42

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