I completed my first 10k back-the James Joyce Ramble 10k in Dedham, MA. Kristina enjoyed the race last year, so I figured it would be fun to join her this year and bring along Dave. The race was started by Martin Casimir Hanley, Dedham resident who loves literature and wanted to honor James Joyce, Irish novelist and poet. Along the course there are costumed actors reading Joyce’s work-Finnegan’s Wake, Ulysses, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Exiles Dubliners, and in the last mile, The Dead.
I was a little nervous about the race since I haven’t been so great about a strict running regiment, but I knew I should at least try. I aimed on running a comfortable pace just to finish the race. I had an adrenaline rush from being back in the racing scene so I ended up running much better than I had anticipated (a little under 9:00 pace). I loved feeling like I was part of the running community again, especially after the Boston Marathon. Runners united and were thanking the policemen and volunteers more than ever during the race.
Another thing that helped me feel less nervous was that my friend Sara lives right near the start of the race. She offered to let us park at her place and also grab some breakfast for us!! How amazing is that?! She had bagels, fruit and juice-perfect running fuel. I also just enjoyed her company and her friendly dog Koira. Playing with Koira helped me relax and also made me want to get a puppy ASAP! Then when it was time, Sara walked us over to the start and wished us good luck.
Once the race started, Dave, Kristina and I all went our own ways. There never really was a time that you were alone or that the race seemed to thin out too much-which I liked. I don’t like to be completely alone when I’m racing. I like to be around a decent amount of people so that I stay inspired and motivated. I also really enjoy a good crowd of spectators. Even though this is a fairly small race, there were enough spectators to keep you excited. There were a lot of kids waiting for high fives and some even out there offering lemonade or extra water. Some of the residents even had their hoses out and radios on to help keep us going.
Overall, I liked the race and was happy with my performance. It was the longest I’ve run in months…maybe even in the past year! It had a few hills that I chugged up, but they weren’t too overwhelming and kept the course interesting. I realized that I kind of like the 10k distance. It’s not too short that you feel pressured to go too fast right away and not too long that you need to make sure you are super trained for it.
I may not be ready for any long distance yet, but I think I might search out some more 10k’s to run! The only thing I would do differently would be wear shorts and remember sunscreen! I have been so used to working out in studios where the environment is controlled that I forgot to look at the weather and to protect my skin. I definitely have a few tan lines and am a little crisp. I usually am so good about it too, but it just shows how long I have been out of the running scene.
What’s your favorite race distance?
I will always have a special love for the marathon!
When and what is your next race?
Upcoming Local Boston Event to check out:
Bostonians! If you are in the area tomorrow night and feeling the need to start fresh this spring-check out Rachel from Healthy Chick’s event called Detox and Declutter your Mind and Body (without dieting) in Cambridge. The event is being hosted at the Breathing Room from 6-7 pm. She is handing out goodie bags with some swag to get you started on your spring detox adventure! More info here!