What a race! I absolutely loved the Cohasset Road Race by the Sea 10K. It was a beautiful course, we had great running weather, I had good friends to run it with, the race shirts were sweet long sleeve ones, and I PRed the crap out of it! Fight Gone Bad was no match for my legs!
I arrived at the race about 15 minutes before it started, so I quickly grabbed my number (hooray for an odd number!) and headed immediately to the start line.
The race only had about 1,500 runners, so it didn’t take me long to find Patricia and Ro.
Bridget was running a little late, so she joined the three of us just as we were about to start running. Phew, she made it!
And off we went!
The course started in Cohasset Common and then went through a residential area, which was mostly flat, so I started out strong and fast at a 7:59 pace. (FYI: I forgot to set the GPS on my watch, so it didn’t record the first 0.2 miles of the race, so my splits aren’t totally accurate, but they give you an idea how I paced myself.)
As we approached Mile 2, the course followed along the ocean. There were a couple of rolling hills, but nothing major, so I kept up my pace at 8:04.
I knew I was probably running a little too fast to keep up an 8-minute pace, so I slowed myself down for the next mile or so. Mile 3 clocked in at 8:16.
Miles 4 and 5 were pretty rough for me. I was losing steam and there were a lot of hills (short steep ones and long gradual ones), which I mostly made my bitch, but I could feel myself slowing down. Mile 4 was 8:25 and Mile 5 was 8:14.
At this point in the race, I ran into a blog reader, who told me I was doing a great job and gave me the encouragement I needed to push through to the end. (Thanks, Chelsea!!) I only had a little over a mile to go, so I told myself to toughen up and finish strong.
As soon as I saw the final mile marker, I picked up the pace. The last mile was mostly flat, so I cruised along and actually felt pretty good. Usually by the end of a race, I feel like death and have nothing left, but I surprisingly had some energy to spare. The final 0.2 of the race included a hill, so I grid my teeth and speed up it as fast as I could and then sprinted to the finish line. My final mile was 7:17. Who am I?
I saw the race clock as I crossed the finish line and it said 50-something, so I immediately knew I PRed. Woohoo! (My previous 10K PR was 54:18.)
Once I finished, I found Ro and Patricia.
And then Mal and Bridget a little while later.
Then, of course, I wanted to know my official time. I loved that the race folks posted them so quickly.
My official 10K time was 50:12 (8:04). That’s more than a 4-minute PR! Holy crap! I was so excited and proud of myself. I’m finally getting faster!
To celebrate our race, Bridget, Patricia, Ro, Mal, and I headed to The Red Lion Inn for some food and drinks.
I ordered the Lobster Bisque, which was quite tasty and perfect for a chilly April afternoon.
Since Patricia, Bridget, Mal, and I all do CrossFit, our conversation ended up being totally dominated by it. (Sorry, Ro!) It was fun (and funny) to share our CrossFit obsessions, and it also made me feel less crazy! LOL!
I’m still smiling about yesterday’s PR. It’s been more than a year since I’ve seen one of them. Hopefully, there are lots more in my future!