Race Recap: Boo! Run for Life 10k

Yesterday’s Boo! Run for Life 10k was AWESOME. After last weekend’s great Army Ten Miler, I was feeling so refreshed and renewed in my love for running, and yesterday’s race only furthered that sentiment. Not only did I make my goal of PRing, I CRUSHED it.

My goal was to finish the 10k in an under an hour, which had been my goal during my last 10k in December 2009. I crossed the finish line of that race thinking I had made my goal, only to find out I had finished in 60:01. Still a great time for me, but what a pesky little second!

The funny thing is, I seriously considered not getting out of bed to run yesterday. I was feeling so tired when my alarm went off because I stayed up too late putzing around on my computer, but I was finally able to convince myself out around 6:45am and I am SO glad that I did.

I (very quickly) got dressed…

Prepped my standard pre-race meal.

And was out the door by a few minutes after 7. Whew!

I decided to bike to the start line, which was about 3 miles from my apartment. It was definitely the best option because not only did it wake me up on the ride and get some fresh air in my system, but it was also the fastest way and it was FREE. I arrived in under 15 minutes and easily found a place to lock up my bike.

Compared to last weekend’s race of 30,000 people, this one seemed TINY.

There were just under 600 runners, so it was still a good size, but it’s all relative. I was able to breeze through registration, use the bathroom, and check my bags within just a few minutes. Since the race was to started right at 8:00am, I headed over to the start line a few minutes before 8, and before I knew it we were off!

Because the race was so much smaller than last week, it was a lot easier to start off at about the speed I wanted to. I knew I was going fast, but I didn’t know how much the little bit of weaving I was doing would slow me down. When my Garmin beeped after the first mile, I looked down and couldn’t believe it – 8:52!! Seeing that low number put an extra pep in my step and I was able to maintain a pretty quick pace during the entire race.

I know a lot of people are into negative splits with races, which means you try to run the second half of your race faster than the first half, but for some reason that does not work with me. Running is so mental, and when I go slower at the beginning I put so much unnecessary pressure on myself to go faster at the end, that it takes the joy out of racing. I prefer to keep it quick at the beginning so there is LESS pressure for me at the end, and then I usually end up going faster at the end anyways since there’s less pressure, if that makes sense. It probably doesn’t but at least I know what I mean. Winking smile

Anyways, my energy stayed pretty level during the entire 6.2 miles, so I didn’t need to fuel during the run at all. I did end up getting water at all three water stops along the way, but kept moving rather than walking through the stations. I knew I was on track to PR, so I just kept telling myself I had a sub 1 hour 10k in me and to keep pushing. And you know what? It worked!

Here was the final breakdown:

    • Mile 1: 8:52
    • Mile 2: 8:52
    • Mile 3: 8:56
    • Mile 4: 9:00
    • Mile 5: 9:04
    • Mile 6: 8:57
    • Mile .25: 7:55 (!!!!)

When my eyes caught a glimpse of the finish line, I seriously booked it. I passed several runners in that last quarter mile and could not BELIEVE I was seeing 55 minutes on the clock as I approached. I can’t even explain the rush of emotion that overcame me as I crossed under the flag at the finish.

My official time was quicker than my Garmin – 55:37 – which means 8:57 average pace. Me! Running sub 9:00 miles! For 6 miles straight. I honestly can’t believe it. That is insanely fast for me, and I am so proud that I was able to finish it so quickly.

The feeling of conquering your goals during a race, whether it be just to cross that finish line or to achieve a certain time or personal record, is seriously unparalleled. I was elated.

I ran this exact same race two years ago, and my time was 61:08. While still a very respectable time, in two years, I managed to shave 5 minutes and 31 seconds off my time, which is almost a mile a minute.

I walked away from this one so proud.

34 Comments on Race Recap: Boo! Run for Life 10k

  1. Katie
    October 17, 2011 at 8:38 am (9 years ago)

    Wow, that is such an awesome race recap! you are getting super speedy and making me want to break my 10k PR. Super cute race outfit, too!

  2. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle
    October 17, 2011 at 8:39 am (9 years ago)

    Wow that is awesome! Good for you!

    I have probably only hit sub 9 minute miles once in my life, and it was most likely only for a mile or two. Such an accomplishment!

  3. Bridget
    October 17, 2011 at 9:02 am (9 years ago)

    This is wonderful and you should be feeling elated! Hopefully this just confirms to you that you were right to scrap the marathon – think of how you would feel right now if you were still worrying and “forcing” yourself into training for something you really didn’t want to do – instead of all of that crappiness, you’re feeling GREAT! It’s a good lesson for all of us on trustong ourselves. Have a great week!

    • Beth
      October 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm (9 years ago)

      Honestly, these past two races have taken away any doubt that’s been lingering as to whether I’d made the right decision for me… I definitely did!

  4. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    October 17, 2011 at 9:05 am (9 years ago)

    That is INCREDIBLE!! Awesome job on crushing your goal of under an our- and having an amazing new PR! What a great day for a race, too!
    I finally got your mag. And you made a little appearance on my last blog post, too. 😉

  5. Theodora
    October 17, 2011 at 9:23 am (9 years ago)

    55:37??? That’s awesome. And faster than my 10K PR! Good job!!

  6. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    October 17, 2011 at 9:36 am (9 years ago)

    Great job! However, I know the frustrating feeling. I was trying to break 40 for my 8k time… and got 40:00 exactly. Bah!

  7. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    October 17, 2011 at 9:37 am (9 years ago)

    Great job! However, I know the frustrating feeling. I was trying to break 40 for my 8k time… and got 40:00 exactly. Bah!

  8. Jenny
    October 17, 2011 at 10:19 am (9 years ago)

    Great race! Love that pink top too…details, please 🙂

    • Beth
      October 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm (9 years ago)

      It’s from Target… my new favorite running top! Built in sports bra that is supportive enough to wear on it’s own!

  9. Liz
    October 17, 2011 at 11:47 am (9 years ago)

    Congrats!! Awesome PR!

  10. Liz
    October 17, 2011 at 11:49 am (9 years ago)

    Great job Beth! You should definitely be proud of yourself.

  11. Jennifer
    October 17, 2011 at 11:54 am (9 years ago)

    Congratulations, that is amazing!!! I’m sure you were on Cloud 9 after that race, and maybe still are! 🙂

  12. Roz
    October 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi Beth. WOW….you are a running rock star!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!

  13. Jess
    October 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm (9 years ago)

    Congratulations, that’s awesome! And totally agree on the negative splits thing, not for me either!

  14. Leanne
    October 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm (9 years ago)

    Way to go, Beth!!!

  15. Sara
    October 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm (9 years ago)

    Congratulations on an amazing race! I’m currently training for my first race longer than a 5k – the Rothman 8k in Philly during Philly Marathon weekend. You are a big inspiration!

  16. Katie for Life
    October 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm (9 years ago)

    Awesome job, Beth!

    I’d like to start running. I printed out one of those couch to 5K running plans and just have to get the motivation to start it. I’ve always been a Zumba, Jazzercise, fitness class kind of girl, so running is super intimidating for me. But you inspire me!

  17. Christine
    October 17, 2011 at 7:06 pm (9 years ago)

    You are a machine!!!!!!!

  18. Lauren
    October 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm (9 years ago)

    Great job Beth! The hardest step is always the first one but you convinced yourself and ended up having a killer race! Congrats girly. 🙂

  19. Hilary
    October 17, 2011 at 7:40 pm (9 years ago)

    Nicely done! I think 10 k is a great distance…long enough to feel like an accomplishment, but not so long that it eats up a lot of training time.

  20. Maria
    October 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm (9 years ago)

    Congrats on your pr!!

  21. Mindy
    October 18, 2011 at 9:11 am (9 years ago)

    That is so awesome! You must feel great! I finished my first half marathon this weekend and was debating whether or not to continue to run long distances… I don’t really enjoy running all that much, but I know it’s a great way to maintain weight loss. I think I might continue but not as intensely (yet!) Thanks for sharing! Rock on Girl!

  22. Heather
    October 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm (9 years ago)

    Woot!! So speedy! Congrats on the PR and finishing strong, proud, and happy. That’s the best feeling in the world. 🙂

  23. kathy @newlywedindc
    October 19, 2011 at 8:41 am (9 years ago)

    I love this post. Way to go! This reminds me so much of my recent 10K – Run for the Parks. I also wanted to break an hour, and also surprised myself by finishing just under 55:00. I know just what you mean about that feeling of elation at seeing sub-9:00s. Great job!

  24. Jill
    November 7, 2011 at 8:21 am (9 years ago)

    Congratulations – how GREAT!!!

  25. Jill
    March 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm (8 years ago)

    Just curious if you have tried any other type of GPS running watch, or why do you love your garmin? I am in the market and I just dont know what to get.

    I had the Garmin 305 BUT i hate how it went dead so quickly.

    any advice would be great! 🙂


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