Hello friends! I hope everyone is having a good start to their work week. I had a really great weekend relaxing, catching up with friends, and RUNNING! On Sunday morning, I ran the B.A.A. 10k, the second race in their 3-part medley. I ran the 5k back in April, and the 3rd leg is a half marathon in October, which I plan on running. This was actually my first 10k ever. I’ve run the distance before in training, but I had never actually raced the distance before.
In the morning, I did my usual routine – coffee, water, pb toast, and banana. My roommate Steph and I then headed down to the Boston Commons. I really liked how they had the race start at the Commons. They had everything spread out in the park, so it never felt too overcrowded. There were a ton of porta-potties, and the bag check was quick and easier than the 5k. It was a GORGEOUS day!
After a couple of warm-ups, we got in line in the 8:00-8:59 wave. The best thing that B.A.A. did for this race was the staggered, waved start. There were 4 waves, each going off every 4 minutes. This helped TREMENDOUSLY with the crowds. The race never really felt overcrowded, and we had a very comfortable start. I don’t think I’ve had that much room around me in a starting coral ever! On our way in, we saw some of the elite runners lining up. Just looking at them is so inspiring. They just LOOK fast just standing there.
Before we knew it, our wave was up to the starting line and we were off! Since I had never run a 10k before, I didn’t really know what to expect in terms of how I should pace myself. Negative splits are always the goal, so I thought that we should try to stick to 9:15 – 9:00 min/mil for the first mile or two, and then see how we feel. Steph was coming off of an ankle injury and I haven’t really done my long runs in a couple weeks, so we both had the goal of just having fun, which should always be the goal!
The cool part about this race for me was that it ran up Commonwealth Ave, the street I run up and down alllllllll the time. This is my neighborhood, I knew it well. At the 5k mark, we spotted a familiar face – Bernie! He took the train down to the midway point and cheered us on from there. Thanks Bernie! It definitely got me excited to see a familiar face. Around the 4 mile mark was when it started getting tough. The sun was beating down on us pretty hard. The whole stretch on Comm. Ave. was all sun. I started taking water at the 2 mile mark, and took it at every mile stop after, except for the mile 6 mark. At the mile 4 mark I heard the call of the Gods – “Gatorade here!” YES!! This warm, yellow Gatorade saved me in this race. I’m a heavy sweater, always have been, so I know now from experience (my bonk in the half marathon, anyone?) that I dehydrate faster than a lot of people. It was perfection. As we hit the 6 mile mark, we started to really push. We ran the last .2 at a 7:30 pace. We were flying! Before we knew it, we turned the corner and had a sprint to the finish. And then it was over! My official time: 54:30!
I think those are the most beautiful negative splits I’ve ever seen! All my hard work this Spring has seemed to pay off. I’m running faster, and stronger than ever before. I can’t wait to start training for the half marathon in October!
Overall, this was probably one of the most fun races I’ve ever run. B.A.A. is so organized – they have to be, they run the Boston Marathon for goodness sake – and super friendly. There were porta-potties at every mile mark. I didn’t end up using any, but I know how helpful that is when nature calls during a race. The water stations were great too. Having Gatorade was key in my race, and I’m sure many others’ since the heat was rising quickly during the race. The weather was gorgeous, and it’s so incredible to be able to race with such elite runners as Kim Smith (who won in 31:36) and Geoffrey Mutai (who won in 27:29). It’s an honor.
Another race with my favorite runner friend in the books!
Readers: How was your weekend? Anyone else run the B.A.A. 10k? Any other races over the weekend? Share!