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October 12, 2010

Remember The Name. I’m a Racer!

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When in doubt, DON’T

Benji Franklin

Well if I’ve learned anything this fall it’s to not doubt myself.


I'm so glad that I have ppl who tell me that I'm (and I may be paraphrasing a bit) HOT SH!T 😉


Aaaaaaaaaaand I’ve also learned that partying with your childhood friends the night before a race might be a good idea.  Because that’s what I did the night before the Tufts 10k.  In all fairness we were celebrating my bestie’s birthday.  I tried to cut out early.  I always think that this is possible buttttt it never is.  Darn.  At the very least I tried to tame my inner Ke$ha 😉

While I’ve always maintained that my best runs come after a late night I don’t think I’d EVER think about applying it as part of a race strategy.  Live and learn right?  Or not because, as you’ll see, things turned out most excellent.

I drove back to my hometown on Sunday afternoon.  I was meeting up with Lacey beforehand and we were heading into the race together and my mom’s house is closer to the spot we were meeting than my apartment.  So I figured I’d get more sleep this way.  Well, I ended up getting WAY less sleep than if I had stayed put because of said party.  But it was fun. And I got to see peeps I hadn’t seen in awhile.  If anything it was a good way to take my mind of off the stuff that’s been making me mopey lately. No regrets.

Anyway. I met up with Lacey and we headed into Boston together. It was our one year anniversary as we met for the first time at this race last year.


Picture from last year's Tufts 10k. AKA the first time we ever met 🙂


I feel like I’ve known her forever though!


We actually got there pretty early (if you’ve been reading for awhile you’ll know that last year I had to hop a fence to make it to the start on time!). It was a noon start and we hopped off the T around 1030 in time to pick up our bibs and goodies.  There was SO MUCH FREE STUFF.  We didn’t hit up the expo until afterward (and literally loaded up our bags) but there was tons to see.  We, of course, sat down and tried to relax/get amped up.

I also put a ribbon in my hair, which Lacey tied the bow for and then said “Now you’re a real girl”.  Gee thanks 😉  I also wore my black spandex booty shorts and a black tank.  Because I truly believe that (in ANYTHING in life) how you dress is how you’ll preform and affect how you feel.  So that outfit = bamf.  And I had a pink bracelet on and the ribbon to soften it.  I may or may not overthink these things.  Oopsies.

The announcer started calling everyone up to the start and we headed to the very beginning of the 7:00 pace group.  I’ve never actually seeded myself that fast before.  It was all Lacey’s doing 🙂

But it was cool to actually be able to see the elites (because this was a national championship for the 10k) in front of us as there weren’t many women in front of us in the 6:00 and 5:00 pace groups.  Someone sang the national anthem and BOOM we were off.


Mile 1: 6:36 (6:36)

“Ummmm this is fast.  Can I hold on?” and then “ummmm this is close to my 5k pace. Holy #$%@” I was just trying to keep up with Lacey early on.  My lungs felt like they were on fire.  I developed, what I call, “smokers lung” and my lungs stayed COLD for the rest of the race. (in fact, as I sit here Monday night typing this my lungs still haven’t felt back to normal.  Boo.) And I lost my headband which threw me off for a second.  Oh well. 

Mile 2: 6:35 (13:11)

I tried to pull ahead of some of the women in front of me, as they looked fast and I wanted to pass them.  It was really tough but I wanted to keep trying to hold onto this pace because I wasn’t quite sure how long it would last. I just kept chugging along and I do remember thinking to myself that “after the first mile my body will adapt to this pace”.  Hey, I can dream right?

Mile 3: 6:51 (20:02)

Suspiciously close to my 5k pr time.  I definitely remember being SCARED of this thought as it meant that I could really DOMINATE this race.  Or I could crash and burn.  It wasn’t even half over at the 3 mile mark! Especially since I really felt the slow and the fatigue creep in.  Hence the almost 7:00 minute mile.

Mile 4: 6:55 (26:57)

Another bit of a slow mile. But I should say that my strategy going into this was a fast first 2, hold for 2, kick for 2.  So I can’t be too upset with this mile.  And it was still sub-7.

Around mile 4 we had to do a hairpin turn and then run the opposite way of where we just ran (on the other side of the yellow lines of the road.  If that makes sense)  As I turned and passed the 4 mile mark Lacey was headed the other way on the road and as we passed each other we slapped hands and said something to each other.  Likely this was along the lines of “keep it up” or “push it” and it lifted me immensely.

Mile 5 : 6:35 (33:32)

Another thing that lifted me immensely was picking off people.  I’ve also learned this fall that I’m WICKED competitive.  So picking off the women in front of me was a BOO-freaking-YA.  It made me feel really good to be going so fast.  Of course my legs hurt a bit but I’m truly a long distance gal and the longer I was out there the less my legs hurt.

And as I passed the 5 mile marker there was a little boy, maybe kindergarten age who was yelling personalized things to the runners.  Mine was: “nice ponytail”! Which made me chuckle and I turned to give him a big thumbs up!  I was also running down same area as Boston Marathon, and at the Comm Ave / Hereford intersection I remembered pushing hard there.  And it gave me some kick to fight home.

Mile 6: 6:37 (40:05)

I rounded the corner to the finish at mile 6 and I got maybe halfway down this stretch and was KICKING the heck out of the course.  I was probably close to a full out sprint (or at least as close as I could be after the effort) and Joan Benoit Samuelson was being announced as crossing the finish line (she ran a 40:30 I think).  Which was cool because she is FAST and I wasn’t too far behind.  Of course, she had just smashed some marathon record the day before in Chicago (2:47:50!!) and was not running her “A” game here.  But it was cool nonetheless.  As soon as she crossed the line she turned around to high five all the runners coming in, like she always does at this race.

But during this final stretch I was determined to not let any of the women pass me.  And I actually passed one or two myself.  Which is exciting. And made me push through the fact that my legs didn’t want to run any faster.  But I made them dammit.

Total: 41:27 (clock)

41:23 (watch)

41:20 (chip) 6:40 pace

This is a 3:49 minute PR

Age Group: 41/1594= top 2.6%

Overall (and women because it’s a all women race): 72/6690 = top 1.1%



So I’m VERY proud of myself for this race.  I really wasn’t feeling it mentally.  Like I’ve said (and it’s probably come across in the tone of my posting lately) I’ve got a lot on my mind lately and being able to focus on one thing RACING is hard.  Concentrating on one thing PERIOD is hard. Granted this worked out for me in my 5k where I really let my mind wander but I’m happy that for 6.2 miles my mind was on racing.

And I’m happy with how I executed it too.  Like I said above, my strategy was go out strong and fast for the first two miles, then hold on for the next two, then kick it to the end.  And my splits reflected that.  The next step is obviously holding a strong pace for the WHOLE 6.2 miles 😉

I will say that, as happy and on cloud nine as I am, my pace (6:40) is not that much faster than my 5k PR pace (6:26). Hmmmm.  I don’t really know what that says.  And my legs didn’t feel drained and completely done-zo at the end.  Another hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Especially since I met up with a high school running buddy for some “easy miles” which *felt* easy but were at 8:00 pace.  And since I had a big mileage weekend beforehand (silly weather being so tempting!)

Oh well.

I’m extraordinarily happy with how my fall “racing season” (if you want to call it my three — untrained for and not really planned — races) went.  I smashed records (my own of course 😉 ) left and right.  I may have a Jingle Bell 5k that I’m thinking of doing in December but all my “serious” races are done and over (as the December one would be a costume-y one. YAY).

But seriously.  I learned another thing this fall: I am a racer. I live for this. Granted every single time I step to the starting line I want to back out.  But I don’t because I love the thrill of pushing myself.  And the feeling of wanting to vomit because apparently I want to do it every time I cross the finish line.

Therefore I want y’all to

Remember. My. Name.

This is 10% luck,
20% skill,
15% concentrated power of will,
5% pleasure,
50% pain,
And 100% reason to remember the name!


  1. There’s nothing wrong with overthinking a race outfit. It’s very important.

    And sometimes a girl just needs a little pink. And that’s that… 🙂

    Nice race, lady! So speeeeeeedy!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — October 12, 2010 @ 13:09

  2. Way to go, girl! Nothing like taking an old PR out back and beatin’ it up.

    Comment by Chelsea — October 12, 2010 @ 13:25

  3. All black = ninja = bad ass! Nice choice!!!!

    AWESOME race, you are so fast it is amazing!!! You smashed all your goals, and way to get a major pr, I have been so impressed by all your races, great job!!!

    Comment by Stephanie — October 12, 2010 @ 13:28

  4. “I learned another thing this fall: I am a racer. I live for this.”


    Great job on your race. Both of you look so cute! 🙂

    Comment by Kim — October 12, 2010 @ 13:34

  5. I LOVED this post 🙂 Amazing, awesome job – I’m so happy for you! You totally deserve this – all of your hard work paid off! You and Lacey are so adorable. I totally do the same “overthinking” with race outfits. I think it’s totally important to feel “bamf” hehe. CONGRATS!

    Comment by mealsformiles — October 12, 2010 @ 13:37

  6. 🙂


    great recap! i have our first mile clocked in 6:24…? do you realize we now have identical 10k pr times!!!!!!!!!!! my super sunday time was exactly that 41:20. lol. i also managed to run my first 2 ever tufts 10ks in EXACTLY the same time: 44:37- how the heck do you do that. anyway.

    THAT SONG RULES. one of my all time faves and a forever on my pump up playlist.

    GET IT GOT IT — YOU GOT IT 🙂 fist pump high five bear hug WOOOOOOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hold on to this feeling 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — October 12, 2010 @ 13:44

  7. Great race! You kicked some ass!

    Comment by Matt — October 12, 2010 @ 13:54

  8. Holy smokes you are FAST.. Good work hanging on and picking people off.. I love that it was Lacey and your friendiversary, I just celebrated with my buddy Amanda, then she moved away. BOOOO!!

    Hugs keep up the good work..

    Comment by Tall Mom- Mel — October 12, 2010 @ 14:13

  9. Congrats on that PR! Lots of fast people in that race, wow.

    Comment by Jess — October 12, 2010 @ 14:23

  10. Great job! So happy (but not surprised at all) with your HUGE HUGE pr!! Although if you consider your racing season “untrained for”… I’m afraid to see what insane efforts training entails- you’re a workhorse, own it!

    Comment by kristinschleicher — October 12, 2010 @ 14:28

  11. WOWOWOWOW!!!!!!!!!!! great race and HUGE PR! congrats!!!! i did 49:14, my goal was to just run it at my marathon pace since my race is in 5 days i didn’t want to push it. wow, you did SO well!!!!!!!!!! awesome!!!

    Comment by Bethany — October 12, 2010 @ 14:49

  12. You ARE an amazing racer! Congrats girl, I am totally in awe!!!

    Comment by Jill — October 12, 2010 @ 15:22

  13. Great race! Great recap! I love your thoughts throughout the race. I can totally sympathize with not wanting to start a race but then when you start and you’re pushing yourself, you love it.
    I’m so sad I didn’t get to run this weekend or meet you! Tear. Maybe another time : (

    Comment by BostonRunner — October 12, 2010 @ 15:48

  14. CRAZY fast. I could only dream of that time. Nice work!

    Comment by Shutupandrun — October 12, 2010 @ 16:13

  15. Ok I seriously don’t know what bamf is. It must be because I am from NY and we don’t know any cool phrases lol. And how do you pronounce that

    Great job on the race girl! You totally killed it. Guess you could get an even bigger 5k PR now too! SO happy you and Lacey did well and ran so fast!

    Comment by J — October 12, 2010 @ 17:36

  16. Whoa girl, you are just surprising yourself left and right! That was a huge PR. You must giggle like a loon for 3 days after these things. Woohoo and congratulations!!

    Comment by Flo — October 12, 2010 @ 18:47

  17. WOW!! Awesome race! I’d love to see how you’d do in a marathon in the next couple months 🙂

    Comment by Jenny — October 12, 2010 @ 19:15

  18. You amaze me seriously. If I even run 1 mile in less than 7 minutes I’ll amaze myself, forget 6 🙂 Congrats a MILLION on your PR. Partying the night before is the way to go haha, at least for a not early in the morning race?

    Comment by Kelly — October 12, 2010 @ 20:25

  19. I wish I could say this out loud in your comments in some kind of growling WWE wrestling voice: “TOTAL DOMINATIONNNN!!!”

    Yeah, so you just OWNED fall racing. Looks like you found a pretty effective strategy with the whole “go out hard and hang on” thing. Congratulations!!!

    Comment by sweatykid — October 12, 2010 @ 20:50

  20. dang i thought for sure there was gonna be a reference to the song. definitely 100% reason to remember you, speedy! flippin’ awesome time!! happy anniversary to you and lacey!

    Comment by lindsay — October 12, 2010 @ 22:08

  21. Well done, well done indeed! Very impressive run you had there. I know what you mean about racing. I like racing because it’s RACING. I like being up front and not necessarily worrying completely about time so much as making the damn podium.

    Comment by Running Manz — October 12, 2010 @ 23:08

  22. Amazing race! Well done! Nice ponytail is such a cute thing to say haha 🙂

    Comment by Laura — October 13, 2010 @ 04:07

  23. GREAT JOB LADY!!! That is a FAST time. You should be wicked proud (see?! New England! I try to talk like you!) You has so much darn potential. It’s awesome.

    Comment by sarah — October 13, 2010 @ 08:51

  24. you ARE a racer and a FASSSSSSSST one!!!! congrats girl, you are on FIRE!

    Comment by aron — October 13, 2010 @ 12:41

  25. NICE JOB! Top 1% is wicked fast! And true story – I partied till 3am the night before I ran my 10k PR. Oops.

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — October 13, 2010 @ 14:28

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  27. AMAZING! 🙂

    Comment by Tricia — October 13, 2010 @ 15:14

  28. Incredible! Job well done woman! & what a great race to participate in!

    Comment by northlandrunner — October 14, 2010 @ 11:16

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  31. This is such a great post. You are a true racer, and you have the speed to go with it, for sure. Keep these words close and remind yourself of them when things get tough. You have everything you need within you and you will keep getting it done as you can see what you are capable of. Brilliant, well done!

    Comment by Ian — October 19, 2010 @ 05:32

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