Black Cat 10 Miler

Success! :mrgreen: I am so proud of myself! My goal for the Black Cat 10 Miler was to finish under 90 minutes, and I did it!!

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Monica, Chandra, and I woke up bright and early to drive to Salem for the race. We needed to pick up our race packets, so we made sure to get an early start. Unfortunately, we didn’t get there early enough because the race people “ran out” of t-shirts. Wicked bummer.

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Monica and Chandra each received a shirt, but I didn’t. I know it’s just a shirt, but the shirt is one of the best parts about running a race!! It’s a little memento that always reminds you of race day when you wear it.

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I guess what bothered me most about the whole thing was there was no rhyme or reason for giving out the shirts. The three of us pre-registered for the race months ago and we all picked up our packets at the exact same time. Plus, a number of runners, who picked up their packets after us, still received shirt. It made no sense. I know it’s just a shirt, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. Ok, I’m done complaining. Sometimes, I just need to vent.

Ok, back to the race recap!

Promptly at 8 o’clock, we lined up at the start line. 

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And then we were off!

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Monica and I stuck together for the first 3 miles or so, but I lost her on a big hill.

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My little legs just couldn’t keep up. She was en fuego!

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The course was a little hilly and very scenic. Salem is such an adorable town.

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I felt pretty good for the entire race. I lost a little steam around Mile 9, but I finished strong and ended up coming in at 1:29:23, which was an average pace of 8:57! That’s fast for me!!!

  • Mile 1: 8:39
  • Mile 2: 8:48
  • Mile 3: 9:00
  • Mile 4: 8:44
  • Mile 5: 8:49
  • Mile 6: 9:11
  • Mile 7: 9:02
  • Mile 8: 9:04
  • Mile 9: 9:20
  • Mile 10: 8:35

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After the race, I had a huge smile on my face! I was so happy and proud of myself– and I didn’t care about that stupid race shirt anymore.

I bought my own green shirt to remember the race by. It says: “The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.” Indeed it is.

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YAY!!! We did it!!

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After the race, we headed back to my house. On the ride home, we stopped by Marylou’s for iced coffee, and I snacked on a banana and a Matt Damon Cookie.

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All in all, it was a great race. I’m so glad that I had Chandra and Monica to run it with me! Good times.

132 Comments

  1. Congratulations on the race! You must be so proud of yourself! And I’d probably be just as cranky about the lack of the shirt. I’m glad you bought a shirt for yourself.

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  3. I love your shirt! Not just because it’s green either. 🙂 I just copied the quote, printed it out and stuck it on my pc’s screen. Need that reminder every once and a while.

    Congrats on the race! Boo on the race organizers.

  4. To be honest I think not getting a shirt is almost as bad and less understandable than having them run out of Finisher’s medals 🙁 I feel for you.

  5. I feel the same way about the shirt. I have so many and I love them and keep them all. When I did the Boston Marathon Walk for the Jimmy Fund, they ran out of medals!!! I was able to get one but most did not! It is very upsetting I totally agree with you. I think they did send medals to those who didnt get one but it is still a bummer. Great time!!!

  6. Just to clarify, The race shirt policy was that you were only guaranteed a shirt if you were one of the first 300 or so registered or you made the extra $5-$10 donation to the Allie Fund.

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  8. Because they donated to the Allie Fund – duh! No shirt guaranteed without some additional generousity. The is the first year they did the race, and it was for a good cause. The t-shirts were for people who recognized that. You should not smear a race meant to raise money for a young girl that was taken too early.

    1. I don’t think I did that at all! I just thought there was no rhyme or reason why some people got shirts and others didn’t.

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