Tuesday, July 5, 2011

L.L.Bean 10K Race Recap

I finished my first 10K!

On Sunday, Ian and I took a motorcycle ride and went over the course so I could better visualize the hills, and felt much better after that. We also went down to Cape Elizabeth since he is riding the bike mechanic around on the bike portion of the Tri-for-a-Cure Triathlon later this month, which just so happens to share some of the course with the Beach to Beacon. So now I have a more recent knowledge of that course too.

The day started with a 5:30 AM wake-up. I'm definitely not used to getting up that early, but it was surprisingly easy. Maybe I really can start running early in the morning? Ian got up along with me to take out the dogs and make coffee for himself, I woke the boys and got them dressed, and we were out of the door at 6:13.

We got to Freeport and found a parking spot right behind Bean's. We had brought along the portable DVD player for Zeke and he was watching Toy Story 3 while I went to get ready, scope out the starting line, etc. There was plenty of time, about 30 minutes until the 7:30 start. It was pretty foggy with substantial cloud cover. I was thankful for that, but it was pretty sticky out. I couldn't decide if I wanted to wear my sunglasses in case the sun broke through, but brought them back to the car in the end. I headed into Bean's to use the bathroom. So much better than a port-o-potty! They even have those Dyson Airblade hand dryer thingies now. Fancy!

I walked/jogged back down to the starting area, established a spot about 20 feet from the line, they did the opening announcements, played the National Anthem, and we were off. I was just a little nervous, but just kept reminding myself that I know I will be able to cover the distance and just do the best I can.

The start was slow and it took me about 10 seconds to reach the starting line. The pace didn't start to really pick up until after the first turn. Half a mile into it I was HOT! It was a weird, sticky hot. Because of the fog, the skin of my hands and arms felt cool, but the rest me...yuck, already. I was so glad the sun wasn't shining!

Like always, even in training runs, I start too fast. My first mile was 7:42 and knew I wouldn't be able to keep up the pace. My second mile was 8:02 and already my legs felt fatigued. Great, I thought, we haven't even hit the hills yet! The mental demons were creeping in. Mile three clocked at 8:41, very close to my goal pace, but at the next water stop, I walked to drink and wish I didn't. It was hard getting going again. At around 3.5 miles I saw Jen @ Running with the Girls run by. Great job, Jen! Shortly after, I saw a college track teammate, Maggie, pass by. Mile four was 8:55. Still not bad considering there were some hills here. Mile five had a hard hill with a good descent after, but the uphill climb and my tired legs showed with the 9:34 it took to get through that one. Once I hit the mile marker with only 1.2 left I felt a bit of renewed energy knowing in less than 10 minutes I would be done. Mile 6 was complete in 8:49 and a sprint to the finish! Total time of 53 minutes, 40 seconds (53:29 by my watch) was good enough to get me 495 place out of 1262, 31 out of 90 in my age group, and a pace of 8:39 a mile.

Ian was armed with the camera at the finish, but it shut off right as I was coming up. So no action shots. But I did get a picture with my friend, Meredith. I hadn't seen her in about 15 years! We were friends in middle school, went to band camp together, competed against each other in cross-country in rivaling high schools, and our moms knew each other before all that. Oh, and she is an incredible runner!!!!! She was the second woman to cross the line (11th overall) with an awe-inspiring time of 37:21! And I knew her before she was famous! :-)

Meredith and I
So overall, my first 10K was a success. I beat my goal time and pace and got to reconnect with an old friend. I'm also looking forward to the Beach to Beacon next month and seeing what I can do in Maine's largest road race. I hope everyone had a great 4th. Mine ended with watching the fireworks snuggled up with my boys on a blanket in our backyard. A perfect ending.


  1. You have lots left in you! Stacy was telling me about what a track star you were and how your record is still standing. Way to go!

    It was great meeting you on Monday!

  2. Thanks Jen! I am definitely looking forward to the next one.

    It was great meeting you too!


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