Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Beach to Beacon 10K 2013 {Race Recap}

On Saturday, I ran in Maine's premier road race, the Beach to Beacon 10K. I woke up early to meet my running buddies and make the trek down to Cape Elizabeth. 

So early, but beautiful.

It was overcast with temps in the 60s. Such a welcome change from the oppressive heat and humidity of the last two years I ran this race.

We hopped on a bus that shuttled us to the start. This was much nicer than where we got dropped off last year when we had to walk approximately a mile to get to the starting area. We got there in plenty of time to use the port-o-potties twice. 

Ready to run!

I eventually made my way to line up halfway between the 8- and 9-minute per mile signs and ended up standing right next to Superman.



Soon we started moving forward and two minutes after the gun, I crossed the start line and was off. I mentioned in my last post that I wasn't planning on racing all out and wanted to enjoy the race. And that is what I did. I ran comfortably hard at around 80-85% effort. By the time I got through mile two, I felt like I could sustain this pace forever. I was pleasantly surprised that miles one and two were both 8:22. There were water stops at each mile and didn't stop until mile three. I was starting to get hot and wanted to make sure I got through the hills in the last couple of miles. 

Mile three - 8:16

The crowd support was fantastic. People lined the roadsides for a majority of the course and I was able to smile and enjoy the scenery, something I didn't do the two years prior. 

Taken on the 3 mile walk back to the car, but this is part of the course.

There was a little drizzle coming down and I felt strong. My legs were feeling a little fatigued, but I was able to push through the discomfort and kept plugging along.

Mile four - 8:25

The fifth mile is when the hills start and I felt so good. This is where I had to do a death march last year and my only walking race picture was taken. But not this year! The hills didn't feel as big or long. I powered right up them, passing people left and right. 

White shirt, pink skirt and shoes on left
Previous three photos courtesy Maine Running Photos

Mile five - 8:17

My average pace was right around 8:20 and I knew at this point that I had a course PR in the bag! So excited!

I arrived at Fort Williams before I knew it. I could not believe how quickly the race flew by. 

Mile six - 8:32

I kicked it into high gear for the last .2 with my pace dropping down into the mid-6s! I crossed the line, said hello to Joan Benoit Samuelson who was congratulating runners at the finish, and reveled in the glory of a 2-minute course PR.

Wade, Jill, Me, Ward, Stacy, Heather

Could I have gone faster? I'm sure of it. But I'm loving even more that I was enjoying every moment of this race and PR'd the course without even trying. This just further confirms how having a go with the flow and stress-free outlook positively affects my performance. (And cooler weather.) I wasn't nervous at all, I was out there to have fun. So that's what I did.

Final stats: 52:07, 8:24 pace, 2169 out of 6247 overall, 666 out of 3135 females, 112 out of 495 in AG (35-39)

5 comments:

  1. Haha, we must have been very close at the start because I remember seeing superman. I wish we had connected. It was a great day. Awesome job on your course PR, you killed it! Apparently, I was the only one who didn't realize Joan was congratulating runners at the finish, I never even saw her. I've determined this is a race you have to do twice to take it all in. So amazing.

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    1. I am very happy that I did it this year. Third time's a charm!

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  2. I'm bummed I didn't get to run into you at the race! We would have made good running buddies. There's always next year.... :)

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  3. Good job! That first picture is gorgeous!

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  4. Congrats on a great race and a new course PR! I love the B2B. :)

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