cow run 10 miler
Running, Training

Cow Run 10 Miler 1:15.00

Cow Run 10 Miler (7:30)

The Cow Run 10 Miler was the longest and fastest run I’ve done since the 18.12 Challenge. I had no idea what to expect. The weather forecast was decent, although we dealt with a headwind most of the race. I was too concerned and my goal was to start and finish healthy, something I hadn’t done in 5 weeks.  Plus, I was wearing a $15, one size fits all Cow Dress. It was the first time I feel like a costume hindered my running, but that’s okay.

The 6th annual Cow Run 10 Miler ends in Salem County, NJ. Most people don’t realize, but southern NJ has a lot of farmlands and a lot of cow pastures.  One year, actual cows chased runners in the “great cow chase.”  Luckily, this year at the Cow Run 10 Miler, no cows chased us…or turkeys…or anything.

Anyway, my husband and I got to Salem, NJ, around 7:45. We met up with friends Grace and Lom and took the bus over to Cow Town Rodeo. The Cow Run is a 10-mile point to point race. Unfortunately, that meant we dealt with a headwind for most of the race.

cow town 10 miler

Anyway, I warmed up 1.5 miles with Grace (who ended up winning for women). I felt like garbage and my mind couldn’t comprehend I was going to run 10 miles. The Cow Run 10 Miler start was delayed due to one bus running late.

We finally started. During the first mile, I thought I felt “pretty good.” Maybe I’ll surprise myself, and that quickly faded. I ran the first mile in 7:00 and knew there was no way I could hold that for the entire race.

During the second mile of the Cow Run 10 Miler, my body started to heat up. We ran up a couple of hills and I was already sweating through my dress. The dress was not moisture-wicking and maybe I should have practiced running in it beforehand. Truthfully I wasn’t out for a PR or to run fast, just to have fun and get a solid workout in.  I completed stopping and taking off the dress but just decided to keep it.

During the third mile of the Cow Run 10 Miler, I ran alone. I was running near a man playing music out of his phone, it annoyed me, but I bit my tongue. I just kept plodding along.

The next mile of the Cow Run 10 Miler, felt like it would never end. We were running a straight, boring road, into a headwind. My dress was flapping around with the wind, and I was overheated. It was not pleasant and I questioned myself every step of the way.

I hit mile 5 around 37:00 minutes and just chuckled. It’s been challenging to adjust to paces the last six months and what is hard effort versus easy. I was overheated and running in headwind and I tried not to let that get me down.  I reminded myself, “you’re halfway there.”

The next mile went by a little faster, but we were just running into a headwind. I began counting down. At mile 6, I was like just half an hour to go. A few women went by me between mile 6-7. I just kept plodding along.

Mile 7 felt like I hit a huge wall. Since the Cow Run 10 Miler was my longest run in 5 weeks, I began to hit a wall. Hitting a wall in a 10-mile race makes me question running a marathon next month, but I just progressed on.

During mile 8 of the Cow Run 10 Miler,  we passed a hospital. Two more miles, I told myself. I just kept trying to motivate myself.

The last two miles went by without notice. I was just counting down. I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to my watch but just trying to run around effort. I thought 7:30 pace would be good.

By the time I knew it, we were in downtown Salem sprinting towards the finish. My sprint was more like an “in my mind I’m sprinting but not really,” and I crossed the Cow Run 10 Miler finish in 1:15.00 exactly.

It was fun to see so many actual cows at the Cow Town 10 Miler finish. I wanted to take a photo with the cows. Apparently, they just wanted to lick my cow dress because of all of the sweat and Gatorade I spilled on it.

Cow Run 10 Miler Thoughts:

I felt decent and my hamstring seemed to hold up. It’s a bit sorer than I would like post-race.

Questions for you:

Have you ever run a race in a costume? I’ve done many and I really enjoy it.

Have you done a cow run?

NYC training cycle, Running, Training

Training for NYC W1

Well I’m going to start naming my posts “training for NYC w (week) 1”.  Because it’s original and while I’m still training for life…now I’m training for a marathon.  Training for New York City Marathon Week Number One…is to long and blogging lingo says I can abbreviate…derp.  So that’s that. (Did I really just use derp on my blog?).  That being said, it’s still exactly the same thing I would have done whether this post was named training for life, NYC or to not be out of breath while walking up stairs.

Moving on.

Monday: Triple R Ranch Cross Country 5k 19:34 (with warmup/cooldown) 6 miles
Tuesday: 11.7 miles easy (8:40)
Wednesday: 11.15 miles with two local (awesome) runners (8:58)
Thursday: AM: 10.7 miles easy with cows (8:45)
PM: (really it was 1pm and hot) heat box tempo 5.3 miles at 6:45 pace
Friday: OFF
Saturday: 11 miles easy
Sunday: Run for the Dream Half Marathon
Total: Roughly 75 miles


Okay well let’s talk training I suppose.  I’m getting into higher mileage training and it’s hot so my pace for easy runs has slowed down from 8:30ish in NY cool to 8:45-9 min pace…which is fine.  I’ll acclimate soon enough.

All my runs were pretty successful.  It was a pretty hard week of training with technically 3 speed workouts (Monday and Sunday are races) and Thursday’s tempo.  The rest easier pace (for me).

Here is a photo of the cows.  Yes, I stopped and took about 10 photos…real runner alert.  I hear you are allowed to do that when training for marathons…or 5ks…or walking up stairs…Since I was only a couple miles away from home, I waited to instagram them until post run.  (I run with my phone when I’m alone incase a: I get lost (most likely and I can have siri tell me how to get home…you think she is bad when driving…try having her yell at you through ear phones while you’re running), b. I get kidnapped, c: any other emergencies).


Last week’s tempo I ran at an overall pace of 6:47 (same route).  This weeks overall pace was two seconds faster and I had a lot of factors rooting against me.  My am and pm runs were a lot closer together due to my work schedule and it was a lot hotter (high 80s and very humid).  So I was quite pleased with my results.  Really, I’m always pleased when things get faster I suppose.

Since the Run for the Dream race starts at 7am…you are probably reading this and I’m done running so maybe I’ll update that…maybe not.   Who knows if I’ve mentioned it but it’s a beautiful hot, hilly, hellish course that I fully enjoy.  So that’s that.


Where is my training going next week?

Let’s see here, now that I have a better idea what to expect with my new work schedule I can do a bit more planning with my running and working out.  I’ll be adding back some cross training again to keep my legs happy and not so running focused.  (Plus it’s June now and my first open water swim is June 23rd LOL).  I’m running another cross country style 5k next weekend (I love those) and I hope to keep my milage around the same.

I feel like this post has more random musings then training…oh well I’m training for a marathon’s like me on roids…

Questions for you:

What do you do differently running outdoors in the summer time?

How was your weekend?