Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Race Report - Newport 10 Miler

Last weekend, I ran the Newport 10 Miler!

I really enjoyed this race and would highly recommend it to fellow runners! The course had some rolling hills, but nothing that was killer or anything like the hills around Hopkinton. (Thank you, Ash Street!) The views were great along the ocean with gentle breezes pushing us along. Near the end, we ran down a wide avenue with mansions on either side. Wonder what it would be like to live there... A girl can dream. The race started at Fort Adams State Park and ended with the finish inside the fort. That was pretty cool! In fact, the race began with the shooting of a canon. Not this one, though.  

I wasn't sure how this race would go for me. About 2 weeks ago, I was really sick. I missed a week and a half of running and was still dealing with a little cough as the race approached. I decided to shoot for 8:30/mile to 8:40/mile pace, knowing that I should be able to go a little faster than my half marathon pace. Thanks to my trusty Garmin, I kept an eye on my pace and adjusted when I started out a little too fast. I finished my first 10 miler with a time of 1:25:02! Yeah! 

Not that long ago, I was trying so hard to run an 8:30/mile pace for a 5K. Now, I can run that pace for 10 miles. That's what I love about running: When you really keep up and keep at it, you can make huge improvements. I'm not saying this to toot my own horn, but rather to encourage any novice runner or walker to not give up. Keep going, one step at a time. 

Running this race got me excited to run a fall marathon! Now comes the hard part: choosing a race. I'm considering Hartford, Philly and a few others. Any suggestions? 
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