I had my first race since I started training with Coach Christina Enger. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Work has been a bit busy for me and I had to travel for work a few weeks ago which really got me pretty exhausted. Because I’ve been so tired, I have been taking a lot of unplanned rest days. I was bummed about them but also wasn’t too torn up about it because I knew it was taper time for the Foxboro Old Fashioned 10 miler.
I ran this race back in 2011 when I was in probably my peak running shape (pulled off a 1:13:13 – 7:17 pace) so I was pretty curious to see how I would do 7 years later. Prior to the race, I asked Coach if she had any suggestions for pacing. She suggested running kind of like my below/at/above pace runs. She gave me some guidelines but then said if I felt good to just go for it. I started faster than she suggested because I was feeling pretty good. My goal/reach pace is to go a little faster than 7:20 but Coach didn’t expect me to get this for this race because it’s my half marathon goal pace for closer to Chicago Marathon in October.
I didn’t hit my reach/goal pace but I clocked in at 1:15:14 (7:31 pace) which is faster than my half marathon paces I’ve had since my hip injury comeback. I don’t know that I could keep it for another 3.1 miles but that’s OK because this was a 10 mile race! 🙂 For the most part, I felt pretty good the whole time. I did have some thoughts “hm…do I really want to run 10 miles today?” in the beginning but I had to tell myself that I’d be fine and just keep running! The hills were a little tough for me and I felt a little out of breath once I got up them but was proud of keeping a pretty steady pace up them.
This was a later race starting at 10:50 am. I had to think a little about how I wanted to eat. Here’s what I ended up doing:
- 8:00 am – Oatmeal with craisins, walnuts, cinnamon, water and almond milk. 1 nuun tablet with water.
- 10:00 am – Cinnamon raisin bagel
- 10:30 am – Banana
- During race – One Honeystinger vanilla gel (not all at once–I had little bites) and wore my Camelbak so I could sip water when I wanted.
Race logistic notes:
- Parking is super easy! You park at the Schneider Electric parking lot (formerly Foxboro Company–hey that’s where I interned!).
- Start is about half a mile from where bib check in is
- You can hang out inside at the Schneider Electric cafeteria building before and after the race
- I didn’t use the water stops so can’t really comment on them
- It’s a pretty easy to navigate and low hassle type of race
- There is a raffle at the end and Dave was a winner! He got a nice pair of running gloves and hat!
Next up is Fools Dual Half marathon on April 8th and then Boston’s Run to Remember on May 27th. I’m trying to be better about writing race recaps so that Coach and I can use this data for the future so stay tuned for more updates! I’m really looking forward to seeing how I can keep improving and my journey to Chicago Marathon!
PS-If you want to run the run to remember, use my code (lilmissrunshineRTR) to get $10 off your registration fee!