Race Recap: River Bank Run 10k

Race Recap: River Bank Run 10k

After dropping down from the 25k to the 10k for this morning’s River Bank Run, I’ll be the first to admit I felt disappointment as this morning approached.  Don’t get me wrong, I know I made the right decision, but it was really tough hearing all the hype about the 25k this week.  Still, I went into this morning determined to run my best race!

Although my alarm wasn’t set until 6:16 this morning, I was wide awake before 6:00.  I lounged around for a bit to make as little noise as possible (and avoid waking up the rest of the house), but finally had to get up and moving if I wanted to get downtown in time.  I made it to the starting area around 7:30 which gave me time for one final bathroom stop and some stretching.  Then it was time to join the masses!

I think there were about 5,000 people running the 10k this year!  I love the River Bank Run because it brings out so many runners from all over the globe!

Gotta get the pre-race/ready to start running/killing time self photo!

By the time we finally got going, I was getting really antsy to start!  I wanted to run!  The first half of the course was pretty flat and I felt really great!  I didn’t stop for a walking break until about the 5k point.  I felt like I could have kept running at that point, but my knee started acting up a bit, so I knew it was imperative to listen to my body and walk when I needed to.  The first half may be flat, but the second is quite a bit hillier!

It was about the halfway point when I realized my iPod was acting goofy and repeating a lot of the songs on my playlist.  I think I only heard maybe half of the songs.  I went a little old school on this one and it was a blast!

By the last mile, I ended up turning my music off because I was sick of the same few songs repeating.  There was awesome crowd support though, so it wasn’t too bad with no music!

As I approached the last half mile, I was hitting my wall pretty seriously, but I knew I was so close to the end that I forced myself to keep my legs moving.  I knew that I was close enough time-wise that a PR was a realistic hope, but not close enough that it was in the bag.  Just keep swimming, just keep swimming… 

The crowds in that last stretch helped so much, particularly seeing my friends Katie and Cody – they shouted to me from the sidelines and it gave me that extra kick I needed!

My splits:

  • Mile 1:  10:55
  • Mile 2:  10:20
  • Mile 3:  11:11
  • Mile 4:  11:20
  • Mile 5:  11:57
  • Mile 6:  12:15
  • Mile 0.4:  3:53

My average pace was 11:14.  My Garmin says that my fastest speed was 18.6mph.  Pretty sure that’s not at all accurate, but a girl can dream!

My official time was 1:10:41 which was only 28 seconds shy of what would have been a 10k PR!  I was so. stinking. close.  As much as I really wanted that PR – and thought I had it in the bag the first half of the course, it just wasn’t meant to be today.  I’m okay with it.  I ran a solid race and finished strong, so I couldn’t be happier!

As much as I love the 25k, one really great part about the 10k was watching all of the elite runners come in from the full course!  It was such an inspiration!  Robert Letting was the male winner, coming in at 1:14:54.

What was the coolest moment, though, was watching Janet Cherobon-Bawcom not only win the women’s race 1:24:36, thus setting the new American 25k record, beating Joan Benoit-Samuelson’s time from 1986!  As the elites continued to cross the finish line, I got a bit emotional hearing about those who ran the Olympic marathon qualifying race earlier this year.  To think, watching some Olympic hopefuls run the streets of my city!

On my way home, a stop for a bagel and coffee was a must.

I’ve spent most of the rest of the day, thus far, curled up watching a mini-marathon of How I Met Your Mother – I am almost completely caught up on the show!

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