It’s been 2 weeks since the B.A.A. 10K and a rainy morning in the Adirondacks is finally forcing me to sit down and write a race recap, with a Firecracker 4 race recap also forthcoming.
So, I haven’t been running much at all. I’ve been running once or twice between races (if at all), and I’m actually OK with that. Right now, running for me is about showing up to races I’ve committed to. I’ve been in a total rut (not just a running rut) because of stress at work and just generally being miserable. However, I accepted a new position and giving my two-week notice at my previous job gave me a huge sense of relief. I’ll miss the people and the work itself, but not the drama or the culture. My last day was Friday, June 30 and I am already starting to crave getting back into the swing of things, but I promised to give myself a total break while on vacation July 1-11 – no “real” workouts, no calorie-counting, all the beer and junk food I want, etc. But I can’t wait to start my new job on July 12 and get back into a healthy, happy routine.
So, back on Sunday, June 25 was my second B.A.A. 10K. It’s also the second race of the B.A.A. Distance Medley. I knew it would be hot, but fortunately it wasn’t humid like it was last year. I met my DFMC running buddy Jess and a few of her friends at the start. After two trips to the portapotties and retaping my arch for a second time that morning, we seeded ourselves in the 9:00-9:59 pace and waited for the gun to go off…and then waited some more. Anyone who has run any of the B.A.A. races knows that the elites are halfway done before you even cross the start line because there are just so. many. dang. runners. And I use the term “runners” lightly. Look, I’m all for health and fitness, but so many walkers and 13:00/mile runners seed themselves between 8:00 and 10:00/miles, and it forces me and many others to basically run-walk for the first half-mile or so.
Jess and I stayed together until just past the 2-mile mark, and then she told me to go on ahead without her. I knew that miles 3-5 would be hot and hilly with no shade, and they’re also a lot more crowded as you run on Comm Ave through the BU campus. Around the 2.5-mile mark, a woman had fallen badly and they had to stop runners for a few seconds to let an ambulance in. I think I was one of the last runners they let go before they stopped people, so I’m selfishly fortunate for that but I know Jess got held up so I never actually saw her again until the race was over.
At the 3-mile mark, you turn around and head back to the start. At this point, the tape was totally peeled off my my skin, pissing me off but not causing any pain. I knew I had another 3 miles in me, but I wasn’t ready to kick it up quite yet. 3 undertrained, hot miles can be a killer. I waited until Mile 4 to really go into overdrive, and I felt pretty rough for those last 2 miles, skipping water until the 9K mark when I thought I might die without it. I walked for a bit while slowly drinking my water, and thought about walking the rest of the way. I was just so hot and tired. But I sucked it up and somehow cruised to a 9:28 pace for that last mile, finishing in 1:01.39 – beating last year’s time by a mere 1 minute and 2 seconds. Last year, I trained hard for this race. This year, I knew a lot more about my body’s ability and do have some decent marathon training under my belt, even if I’ve fallen off the wagon quite a bit since April. And aside from Mile 2 being 3 seconds slower than Mile 1, I maintained negative splits:
- Mile 1 – 10:10
- Mile 2 – 10:13
- Mile 3 – 9:58
- Mile 4 – 9:47
- Mile 5 – 9:32
- Mile 6 – 9:28
- Mile 6.2 – 2:27
With an overall 9:50ish pace (according to my Garmin, not my official time), it was definitely not my best race but being my second and fastest 10K, it was a new PR for me! I ran into Aiko from the DFMC team a few times and we finished right around the same time as each other, and we hung out at the finish and got a picture with Jess. I love my teammates!
Afterward, Jess and I got brunch on Newbury and then I headed home for a relaxing day of sitting on the deck with Chip and trying to even out my tan lines.