Bridge Run 2013 Recap
This race marks the 1 year anniversary of my vocal cord dysfunction being less dysfunctional. It was last year when I ran my first race without any difficulty. Again, I have no idea why and I don’t care!
I had no expectations going into the race. I was on little to NO sleep ( what else is new?) so I don’t even use that as an excuse anymore. If I had enough sleep ( ha) I probably would not have done as well. That’s just how I function. Sleep is severely overrated.
The 10 miler started at 8:05 am. It was about 52 degrees at the start. Perfect! I wore capris and a tank top. The rain was scheduled to fall close to the end of the race. Oops, I think it started by 8:07 am! It wasn’t so bad though. And I think it only lasted less than 1 mile. Just a little sprinkle to wake up the runners. My first mile was well under 8 minutes and I felt fine. Miles 2-4 were pretty consistent at 7: 30 ish. It was around mile 4 that I decided to stay close behind these 2 dudes. I have no idea how to pace myself, but these guys were apparently experts at it. I’m smart so I stayed on their heels. Not literally, but you know what I mean. They were fine with it. How do I know? I asked. Ha. I recognized one of the guys from the gym and also as a parent on Miles’ soccer team from last year. So were practically BFF’s. He has also attended several of my spin classes so he pretty much owed me. 😉 I was trying to open my Sport Beans around mile 5, but as usual my hands failed me. They were so cold and stuck like claws.. Booooo! It took me about a half mile to get the package opened. I ate more than half of the beans to give me some fuel and energy. I also carried my handheld water bottle. I had it filled with Nuun. I have issues with Gatorade. My issue is – It’s gross. At around mile 6 I saw the kids and gracefully threw them my empty water bottle. By gracefully I mean it barely made it to them and part of it landed on the course. Ooops. I was feeling really good! I still didn’t want to get too cocky and pick up my pace too much, so I only picked it up a little bit. At mile 7 ish I thanked my pacers and pulled ahead to finish the last 5k strong. My last 5k was about 23:03 for a 7:25 ish pace. My official time for the 10 miles was 1:14:17. My slowest miles being 7:48 and my fastest 7:22– making the average 7:26. Woohoo! I’ll take it. It was a great day for a race!
Favorite song on my playlist: Incubus- Sick, Sad Little World. It’s fast and got me through a mental struggle during the race. And it’s a little on the angry side to get ya all fired up. Works for me!