This weekend I ran the NYRR Bronx 10 miler, my longest distance in months and the 6th race in my 9+1 for the 2013 NYC Marathon. I haven’t seen many 10 mile races around so I was excited to see how I would do at this distance!
The race was held up in the Bronx near Yankee Stadium, except we never saw the stadium during the course. Bummer for sure for this lifelong Yankee fan! The morning of the race I woke up at an ungodly hour to take the subway, but wasn’t quite feeling right. The night before my neighbors decided to have a crazy, college party and played techno for hours. Lucky me! Safe to say I didn’t sleep too well and I think that affected my excitement level.
It was a bit crowded at the start, but I was able to meet up with some new friends I’ve been talking to via twitter and blogging. So I met Beth, Kristine, and Annie for the first time and they are all as awesome in real life as they are on their social media sites! I’m so glad I saw them too, because they were all so positive it took me out of my funk from not sleeping the night before. Plus its always nice meeting new people, and potential running partners!
After the race started, Annie and I stayed together for the first 5 miles since we were running a similar pace at the time (she ended up rocking it and finishing first out of all of us). The course was an out and back route around the Bronx so by the time we crossed the start and reached about 3 miles, the leaders were already on their way back at mile 7-8. It was really cool to see them run by and cheer for those awesome runners. They are so fast!
I started off the race wearing a knee strap for some “Runner’s Knee“-type pain I’ve been having in the area below my kneecap. I know, my right knee is just a disaster. That was my mistake of the day. Early in the race, it started bothering me more than it helped honestly. My IT Band wasn’t feeling too great either which was weird to me since its been great lately. I realized that that strap was compressing the end of the band and causing it to rub against my knee.
So around mile 5 I decided that strap had to go. I took it off and immediately my IT Band stopped hurting. The area below my kneecap was still bothering me a bit but it was manageable. Because I had to stop to fix the strap, Annie and I split up at this point so I was on my own!
Around mile 6 something happened to me that never has before in a race: I really had to use the bathroom. As much as I tried to ignore it, by mile 7 I realized I couldn’t make it to 10 and was forced to stop to take care of business. This really really annoyed me since I followed all my normal food routines and didn’t do anything different than normal. I lost so much time and missed my goal of finishing in 1:38. Runners totally understand the frustration this caused me!
Despite these issues I ended up finishing in 1:40.22. Not my best pace by a long shot (my first half marathon pace and almost all training runs were better!) but honestly I am just so happy to be running again that I’m trying not to be too hard on myself. I’ll run it again next year for redemption!
The medal for this race was unexpected but totally appreciated. I love the orange and was so happy to add this to my race medal wall After the race we all headed out for some much-needed brunch which was just what I needed. Even though my finish time wasn’t great, I had a great time even with the two issues I had. The rest of the race was a ton of fun!
My favorite parts of the race:
- The 10 mile distance. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this because I haven’t seen many 10 mile race, but I really liked it. Its a bit shorter than a half but is still a decent distance.
- Just like any NYRR race, it was very organized and efficient.
- The weather was AMAZING. It didn’t really get much better that day, luckily for me since I really am not a fan of the heat.
- Getting a medal at the end.. totally unexpected!
- Having a running partner for almost half the race, makes such a big difference in my motivation.
What I didn’t like:
- I would have preferred a more scenic course. While we were near Yankee Stadium, we never actually saw it. I wished they incorporated that or maybe even the Zoo so I felt like I was really in the Bronx.
- The out and back course. I’m more of a loop person.
Did you run any races this weekend? Tell me about them!
Have you ever run a 10 mile race?