Run for the Parks 10k Recap

This past Sunday, I ran my fifth 10k! I love the 10k distance – 6.2 miles is far enough that I feel like I’m getting a really solid workout, but short enough that it doesn’t take too much out of me and doesn’t require much training as long as I’m running regularly.

Before Sunday came, I was really hoping to PR, or finish the distance faster than I ever have. Lately, as I mentioned in my half marathon training update last week, I’ve been running more mileage and covering it faster than I ever have, so I figured it would be no problem. But then as race day drew nearer, some circumstances made me readjust my goal and just want to finish the race strong.

Last week I ended up getting super sick and was out of work for two days, completely knocked out from a cold! Because of that, I hadn’t run since Monday by the time race day came (so almost a full week), and then, to boot, the weather ended up being very cold and drizzly on the morning of the race. Good conditions to run in when you’re getting over a cold, I’m sure.

Saturday during the day, I went and did my packet pickup to get my bib and was THRILLED to see the jackets we got for the race instead of t-shirts:


How nice is that!?

I laid all my stuff out the night before, per usual:

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And then woke up in the morning and made a standard pre-run breakfast:

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A cinnamon raisin whole wheat English muffin toasted with 1/2 a sliced banana and chocolate better ‘n peanut butter.

I made myself some coffee and got a water bottle, and then headed to get in my car. When I got down there, I realized that overnight someone had decided to park right next to me and essentially blocked my car into the space so I couldn’t move it. I was glad I’d left enough time and surprised myself by not freaking out at all, and (calmly) ended up walking to the race site, which was about 2 miles. I could have biked, but it was raining, and I get nervous biking in the rain so I just used my feet instead.

Walking to the race site kind of threw off my game-plan. I couldn’t bring my coffee or water bottle, and I just hadn’t planned on walking 2 miles before the race, so I wish I’d have brought more fuel with me for the race itself, buuuut I didn’t. So I dealt. Plus, the views weren’t too bad on the walk there…

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The other issue was, when I got to the start area, there was a HUGE line that I figured was for on-site registration and was glad to not be standing in.

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But then, I looked around and realized the line was actually for bag check (that little blue tend towards the left side of the above photo), so I needed to get in it after all. It was pretty much a cluster, so I just waited and hoped for the best, and then 5 minutes before gun time, they yelled “BAGS” and everyone just charged the tent and somehow I ended up checking my bag and getting to the start line in time.

I met up with my friends who were also running the race:

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Me, Stacy, Rhea, Caroline and Amber.

And off we went! The course itself was fast and flat, and an out-and-back. When I passed the mile 2 mark, the runners leading the pack were running past me in the other direction, already passing the 4 mile marker. They were going SO fast! It’s always fun to cheer for the people leading the race and get that extra pep in my step.

Miles 2-4 were pretty uneventful since before long I saw the 3 mile mark, and then it was time to turn around at the 5k mark, and then the 4 mile mark came and went.

Once I got past that marker, I started to struggle a bit. I was cold, wet, and was feeling pretty hungry because of the extra unplanned 2 miles I tacked on beforehand. I had to dig pretty deep to keep going, and just kept picking runners that were ahead of me to try to keep up with and follow their pace.

Before long, I saw the 5 mile mark, and then after what seemed like a VERY long mile, I saw the 6, and was almost there. I didn’t have it in me to sprint much for the last .2, but I knew I was cutting it really close to PRing so I just tried to go as fast as I could. And then, I crossed the glorious finish line and was DONE.

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I waited and cheered for the runners after me while I waited for a few of my friends to finish, and then went and checked the time reports to see if I had PRed.

And, despite the rain, despite the cold, despite the sickness, and despite the extra 2 mile walk, I did it! I finished 20 seconds faster than my fastest time yet, for a final time of 55:21, which is an 8:54 pace.

I was SO HAPPY to be done, to have a new PR, andddd to get out of the rain. This race left me feeling really confident with where I am with running, and that’s what matters the most.

21 Comments on Run for the Parks 10k Recap

  1. Victoria
    October 9, 2012 at 8:33 am (8 years ago)

    Congratulations on the PR!

  2. Katie @ thecarbmonster
    October 9, 2012 at 9:03 am (8 years ago)

    Wow! Talk about calm and cool under pressure! That is so an example I would have been like “It’s a sign I should stay home in bed”. Sunday was really cold and wet- such a contrast from the rest of the lovely weekend.

    Great job on the PR 😀

  3. Nicole G
    October 9, 2012 at 9:05 am (8 years ago)

    Way to go! I’m hoping to PR the 10k distance myself this weekend. 🙂

  4. Janice
    October 9, 2012 at 10:07 am (8 years ago)

    Congrats, Beth for the PR!! You are such an inspiration to me and many others!!

  5. Alana
    October 9, 2012 at 10:28 am (8 years ago)

    Amazing, congrats on the PR! I am really jealous of that jacket you got for entering the race. I ran my first 10K in September in 1:13 and am hoping to make it under one hour in the next year. You inspire me!

  6. Jen @ Jen and Company
    October 9, 2012 at 10:53 am (8 years ago)

    yay you! Nothing better than a PR – especially considering the conditions. Congrats Beth!

  7. Maria
    October 9, 2012 at 11:24 am (8 years ago)

    Wuhoo for reaching a PR! That’s great!

  8. Amber
    October 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm (8 years ago)

    I hope the “car-blocker” reads your blog 🙂

  9. Life's a Bowl
    October 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm (8 years ago)

    Congrats on the new PR, that’s awesome!!!

  10. Rebecca
    October 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm (8 years ago)

    Super random (and maybe slightly creepy) but I ran the race too and finished at the same time as you! I heard the announcer say your name and was like-wait a minute, I read her blog! haha. Anyway, congrats on the awesome PR! I got one too and was beyond excited 🙂

  11. nic.
    October 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm (8 years ago)

    WOW! That’s quick! Congrats!!!!!

    P.S. that breakfast looks delicious.

  12. Iris
    October 9, 2012 at 6:31 pm (8 years ago)

    Congrats, Beth!! I really want to start training for races (not a runner…yet!) soon, now that the weather in Arizona is no longer scorching at all hours. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  13. Jessica
    October 10, 2012 at 12:37 am (8 years ago)

    Congratulations. I just found your site and I am so glad I did. I have joined WW for the second time. This time I am hoping to do it “whole foods” style too. Thank you so much for sharing your story and tips. I wish you the very best!

  14. Lynette
    October 10, 2012 at 8:56 am (8 years ago)

    Congrats on your PR! All your hard work is paying off! Keep up the great work! 🙂

  15. Katie @ Runs for Cookies
    October 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm (8 years ago)

    That’s a very cute jacket! I hope more races catch on to giving jackets instead of t-shirts.

    I, too, love the 10K distance. A 5K is horrid because it’s basically a 3 mile sprint; a half-marathon is nice, but requires more time commitment to training. The 10K is fun because you can go fast enough to feel like you’re working hard, but not like you’re going to die 😉

    Anyway, congrats on the PR–great time!

    • Beth
      October 11, 2012 at 9:24 pm (8 years ago)

      Thanks Katie! I’ve been reading up on your marathon training and am excited to hear how the race goes! Though this will be my 5th half, I’ve never brought myself to tackle a full. Maybe next year!


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