Newport 10k (37:59)

For the past few months, I’ve been looking forward to the Newport 10k.  It was an excuse to drive up north, see a few friends and race a competitive 10k.  My 10k PRs are usually from a half marathon or extremely hot race.  It’s rare that I get to run a 10k and even rarer that the 10k is in good conditions.

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Judging by the weather recently, I didn’t think I had to worry about a hot race, but life surprises you. We arrived later than anticipated to the race start, grabbed our bibs and did a quick 2 mile warm up.  I would give preferred 3 miles. However, I would have missed the start.

I lined up several rows back and found myself near Rob.  Rob is a good friend and North Jersey coach.  He’s a great runner with the best beard in NJ.  After the national anthem, the race was off.

During the first mile, I realized I had no idea how to run a 10k.  I felt like I was racing a half marathon except my first mile was a 5:55. I wasn’t sure how long I would be able to hold that, but I thought eh, I’ll race a 5k and then I’ll race another 5k.

During the second mile, I found myself in a pack of men.  None of them were my husband, but one guy was breathing obnoxiously.  I decided to surge because, honestly, it wasn’t pleasant to be running near.  To my surprise, I hit the second mile in 5:54, which was ultimately my fastest mile with a small elevation climb.

My goal of the third mile was to make it halfway.  I knew Danielle was cheering around mile 4. I ran with Rob for a little bit during the third mile.  I didn’t have the energy to talk which was probably a good thing.

I hit the third mile in 6:10 and the 5k point in 18:35.  I felt strong while running and didn’t feel as though I was working that hard.  As you can calculate, my racing probably wasn’t the smartest as I ran the second 5k about a minute slower. 

During the fourth mile, I found myself alone.  I could see my husband ahead, but he didn’t know that.  I saw Danielle and Amelia where I gave a meek smile and wave combination.  Their shout was enough to give my husband a clue; I was approaching.

I hit the fourth mile in 6:11.  I knew I was fading quickly.  During mile 5, I was running stride for stride with my husband.  I told him to go for it, and he did. I hoped he would surge and drop me.

Both miles 5 and 6, got hot fast.  All of a sudden, we were on the boardwalk, and there was no shade. I hit the mile 5 in 5:57 and 5 miles around 30:10.

The last mile went around the boardwalk.  There were a lot of turns and tangents I didn’t run them well.  I got caught towards the outside of multiple turns which ended up adding .06 to my race (maybe 20 seconds or so but who knows…).

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The last mile felt like it took forever but that’s because with all of the turns and heat it was my slowest mile of 6:27. I was 12th female overall and 6th in my age group do I’m able to use my chip time of 37:59.  My husband ran a 37:46.

I didn’t feel great running.  It was hot and humid as well as I didn’t nutritionally fuel well this past week.  Technically a 37:59 is a 10k PR for me, but I do believe I’m in better fitness.

Questions for you:
Have you raced a 10k before?
Would you rather a hot and humid race or pouring rain?