What a difference a year makes! I said this morning that I would PR the crap out of this 10k. And, safe to say, mission accomplished.

Above is the comparison of the splits between last year’s race and this year’s. Wowzer.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, let me tell you that I was not 100% in the weeks leading up to last year’s race. I developed what I assume was runner’s knee not more than a month before the race. I was unable to run much until the week of the race. With the addition of a knee brace (which I still wear every run to this day), I had zero problems with the knee during the race. However, due to the fact that I hadn’t been running, I was completely out of running shape. From one mile on, I was regretting every step of it. I thought I was never going to make it to the finish line. I ran when I could and walked when I couldn’t. I finally made it to the finish line. But, I wasn’t proud. I was embarrassed. If I ran that race a month earlier, it would have been much different results. Last year’s BAA 10k was a monkey on my back. I really wanted redemption.

And that opportunity came today.

As much as I was not proud of my performance last year, I can say that I am 100% proud of my race this year. I gave it all I had. There is no part of it where I can second guess myself. Sure, I missed my goal by less than half a minute, but I can take comfort knowing that I did everything I was physically capable of to try to reach that goal. It was hotter than hades out there. And, the course was extremely congested. I didn’t feel that I really had the ability to blaze my own trail until almost halfway through. Despite that, it was awesome. It is an amazing feeling being in the presence of so many folks with the same goal in mind. And, with this being the first event the BAA has held since the terrible events at the marathon on April 15, there was an added special feeling of unity.

I have redeemed myself. So, do I plan on being back next year? You betcha. But, this time it will just be to see how much more I have in me and to enjoy the moment, not to erase the memories of a race gone awry.

Next up, the BAA Half Marathon in October to finish up the 2013 Distance Medley. The 5k I shaved off nearly 4 minutes from last year, the 10k I shaved off over 11 minutes. Is another PR in the cards for me with the half marathon? Only time and good training will tell.

The Weekend is HERE!!!

You know what that means??? I get to do run 2 10k’s.  Yup, you read right, 2 10ks one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Saturday’s race is part of the YuKanRun series and I am super excited to keep racking up the points for this since I will be running the Half with Kimijoy.

Sunday’s race is the BAA 10K, the inaugural BAA 10k.  This is all kinds of amazing since I will meeting up with thereluctantrunner and will be running alongside, behind, way behind the current Boston Marathon champions, Geoffrey Mutai and Caroline Killel.  I know they will finish in about 30 mins, but still, its great knowing I am running what they ran (even if eons earlier). 

Its going to be a hell of a weekend filled with running, moving, IKEA, friends and brother (who is visiting next week, yay!).

Have a great weekend and good luck on your long runs.


Finished the BAA 10k today. Nike was a little off. HUGELY hugely impressed with my time, 1:06:22! I really pushed, like really pushed. I didn’t stop at water stations which were every mile. Simply grabbed and ran. People thought it was hot, which, I guess so, but it’s June 23rd in Boston, it could’ve been a lot worse. My really good friend Sage, who is also a runner and was supposed to run with me but didn’t because the race sold out in .2 secs instead came in and offered to drive me to the start!!! She’s the best, seriously. Then she even stayed and cheered me on, it was amazing!! I love love loved it. 

Overall it was a great race and I couldn’t be more pleased. My 5k time was 32:22 I think. 32 something. Which, two years ago when I ran the BAA 5k I finished in 35:55. Like WHAT? That’s amazing progress to me. I’m hoping I look back at 1:06:22 and think it is slow eventually, but for now I am hugely impressed by myself. I was hoping to beat a 1:10 finish. Wooo!

I was a little cold after, like getting the chills, which according to my friend meant I was dehydrated. So I sucked down 3 waters (yes, 3) and a gatorade. Thankfully I ended up being able to pee very shortly after and warmed up so it was good.

Then I went and checked out SOWA, which, decidedly  when I have money to spare I will spend loads of money at.

B.A.A 10K: Official time - 52:17!!!! :)

Wow, this 10K was such a good run for me!! I never expected I would get this time, I was going to settle for anything less than maybe 56 min…but I really did surprise myself on race day. 

I didn’t ever think I would be able to maintain less than a 9 min pace for 6 miles, but with this time my average pace was 8:24:30! :D

We had to self seed ourselves into the corrals, so I was debating going into the 9 -9:59 min per mile range or the 8 - 8:59 min per mile range… I’m so glad I went with the 8 min mile. I definitely went out a bit too fast, but that group kept me going. It was a pretty warm day, but having run the Boston Marathon in 95 degree heat, it didn’t bother me too much. I noticed my legs getting tired by the half way point, and I wanted to slow down so bad…but I said to myself, “Come on, it’s only 6 miles! Push yourself!”

I really did push myself. I sprinted in the last .2 miles, and when I crossed the finish line I almost fell over from dizziness. I was so dehydrated - I grabbed water twice along the course but poured it over myself, so naturally none of it really got in my mouth at all. I got my medal at the end and it felt like it took an eternity to walk over to the water. I downed a bottle of lemon lime gatorade and some food, which was such a bad idea - I had some interesting stomach issues after that, haha. Oh well, you live and learn. 

Here are my race stats:

5K check point was 26:02 - must have done something right with my pacing! 

T-shirt and medal!

I was so incredibly happy with this run. It’s great to come out of a race feeling accomplished - I almost felt defeated after the marathon (due to my time), so this was a bit more enjoyable.

My boyfriend is a runner, and a ridiculously fast one at that (his 2011 Boston Marathon time was 3:03:14!) But he made a bet with me that I could break 54 min. He’s been running for 8 years, so I know he knows what he’s talking about… but I completely didn’t believe him at all. He said that if I did break 54 min, he’d buy me a food processor, since I’ve been wanting one for a while. We shook on it, and I was like, there’s no way…

When discussing my time, I was like, “I never thought I would run that time!”

He said, “I did, that’s why I made that bet with you…!”

So in addition to a feeling of pride and accomplishment, an awesome medal and a cool t-shirt… I also get a food processor. :) 

I need to run another race.

I was thinking earlier about how I miss training. I miss putting in a set mileage for the day or week and having a goal in mind. I miss feeling that sense of pride and accomplishment when I cross a week off of training and can say with confidence that I didn’t skip a single run. 

I was contemplating signing up for the BAA 10K on June 24th, but when I saw the registration fee I was like, ugh…I really can’t afford to spend that right now. 

And then I got this really awesome, sweet message from a girl I was not necessarily close with in High School. We were on the Varsity Cheerleading squad together and were both Captains for Junior and Senior year.

This is what the message read:

“Hey, I know this is random and we haven’t talked in forever. But I constantly see you on my news feed. I just wanted to let you know when I run by your page I am inspired! I remember when we used to have to run in cheerleading and hated it (myself too, I am no runner.. lol). A mile alone was treacherous! You have come so far and just wanted to tell you to keep it up. I wish I could do what you did! Congrats”

I was seriously not expecting a message like this at all…it honestly brightened my night! I took it as a sign that I need to keep running.

I registered for the BAA 10K tonight, even though my bank account is crying right now. 

So, here we go. 10K will be like nothing, it should be fun! Who else is running this?