Success!! I completed the Harvard Pilgrim 10K at Patriot Place without pooping my pants!
In all seriousness, finishing this race meant so much to me. A little over a week ago, I couldn’t even take Murphy for a walk around the block without an emergency trip to the bathroom. It’s amazing was some positive thinking, strong drugs, and a few dietary changes will do. A day later, I’m still smiling after my successful 10K finish.
Before the race yesterday morning, Mal and I met our friends, Elizabeth and Nick, to headed over to Patriot Place together. They picked up our numbers and t-shirts prior to race day, so we had plenty of time to hang out and ready ourselves before the start.
The race started promptly at 9:00 AM, but it was already super humid with the temps in the 80′s. The sun was blazing down on us while we waited in the corrals, so I started sweating even before the race started. Man, it was hot. Why don’t all summer races start at 7:00 AM?!
The 6.2-mile course started at Gillette Stadium, so the first mile followed the road through the parking lot and around the stadium.
The rest of the course was scenic and took us along a bike bath and through tree-lined roads and residential neighborhoods in Foxborough. It was very pretty.
Overall, the course was really flat with just one medium hill toward the end of the race– and it was nothing compared to the ones in Central Park!
The heat completely kicked my butt. I stopped at every water station (except for the last one), but the heat beat me. I tried to focus on driving my legs forward to keep up my pace, but my legs just weren’t having it. They felt like lead. Even still, the finish was so exciting, it was totally worth the effort to get there.
Just before the finish, you run through the stadium tunnel just like the Patriots football players!
And the official race finish is at the 50 yard line inside! So cool!
You can even see yourself on the giant 48-foot wide screen! Then, you can stick around on the field for as long as you want. It was awesome!
I finished in 54:18 (8:45), which wasn’t a PR by any means, but considering my condition last week, I’m really proud of my time!
- Mile 1: 8:25
- Mile 2: 8:31
- Mile 3: 8:42
- Mile 4: 8:48
- Mile 5: 8:57
- Mile 6: 8:46
Total: 54:18 (8:45 pace)
If your curious, my speed demon husband finished in 40:09 (6:28 pace), and placed 45th out of more than 3,000 people. He was en fuego yesterday!
I’m still not sure whether I’m going to run the Boilermaker next weekend, but I’m definitely on the road to recovery!