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:

59:24.

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!