Bridge to Brews 10K – Race Report

Today was the 10K that I’ve been planning on PR-ing since, well, last year!

But, before I get to my finish time, I want to air out my excuses.

1) I gardened for 5 hours yesterday. Not the wisest strategy the day before a race. I woke up this morning & my back & legs were SCREAMING!

2) I have the worst cramps. I only go through this every 3-4 months, and it’s that time. Last night there were tears & drugs & heating pads & more tears.

And now for my time:


PR by 2 minutes & 19 seconds.

The splits (today I didn’t have my auto-lap on, so I hit the lap button for every mile sign. My end mileage read 5.91 – others had closer to 6.1, but when I plugged it into sporttrack, it gave me 6.23 – so I’m just going to go with the official 6.2 mileage).

Mile 1 (uphill to the Fremont Bridge): 10:14 (at this point, I hurt so bad that I told myself that I was only going to try to equal last year’s time – no PR for me).

Mile 2: 9:41 – (I wanted to hit 9:40s consistently, so I felt a bit better)

Mile 3: 9:16 – (Ahh –  maybe I can PR after all!)

Mile 4: 8:42 – (Yeah – a PR is likely, but dammit, slow down!)

Mile 5: 9:38 – (Better)

Mile 6: 9:55 (up the Broadway Bridge)

Mile 6.2: 1:54/9:05 pace (yeah, I sprinted up that last damn hill to the end!)

It was great approaching the finish line & hearing Emily/her fiance & Jen & Zach & Alisa & Mr. Pi & Sarah all cheering for me. Maybe it’s not so bad being the last one in the group to finish – you get a built in cheering section (Full disclosure – I didn’t actually see all those peeps at the finish line, but I saw most of them, so I assumed that they were all there, anxiously awaiting my finish).

After meeting my fellow PB&Js, we headed inside for our complimentary food & beverages. I downed 2 beers pretty quickly – it was crowded & claustrophobic-making in there, especially when you’re a foot shorter than everyone else.

And now – 12:30, I’m home, and trying to decide if I shower now or after I play in my garden some more.

I’m leaning towards now!

I have three more weeks until my half marathon, and all the pace calculators say I can expect to finish in about 2:10, which would be a 15 minute PR. I think I’ll aim for 2:15 as my ‘B’ goal – anything else is gravy!

Recent Comments

  • kristen
    April 19, 2009 - 2:22 pm ·

    2+ minute PR. That’s so awesome. Good job (especially at mile 4). A 2:10 half would be sweetness for both of us! (but I would take a 2:15 too)

    • gazelle
      April 20, 2009 - 10:14 am ·

      We are both going to kick half marathon ass!

      Will Portland be your first marathon? It will be mine, and I’m already nervous/excited!

  • Jen
    April 19, 2009 - 5:18 pm ·

    Congratulations on another big PR for you!! You’re going to get another big one at the half too. You are on fire! I am so impressed. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  • maris
    April 20, 2009 - 6:27 am ·

    That’s wonderful, and a great time! I haven’t been running very often and I got on the treadmill yesterday and seriously felt like I was going to keel over. I used to run 5+ and could barely manage 2 miles….so um, yeah. I need to work on that!

  • Alisa
    April 20, 2009 - 8:34 am ·

    You did so great! Wow an 8:42! I think the Yasso’s are paying off. Great job! 2009 is definitely your year to PR!

  • Sarah
    April 20, 2009 - 10:10 am ·

    I’m so excited for you too!! you did great 🙂 And it was super claustrophobic in there. . . even if you’re taller!

  • Christine
    April 20, 2009 - 12:11 pm ·

    Wow. That was quite a lead-in for such good news. My heart was breaking for you for a couple of minutes!

  • michelle
    April 21, 2009 - 6:10 am ·

    WOW WOW and did I say WOW!!!

    I am incredibly proud of you GR! Way to go!!

    I ran my own 10K this morning in 1.04.06 – No where near what I want to run it in.