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BAA 10K RR and all that jazz (Read 64 times)


Hip Hip Hooray

    Executive Summary:   Asked Baboon, MBC, and Mr. Oski if they were interested in this back in May ... and of course they were and so I marked the registration day on my calendar - good thing because I believe they sold out within a day or so.  This was only my second 10k ever.  I didn't really go in with a goal and just wanted to run and have a good time.   Success!  Garmin time:  1:00:02.     Not a PR, but not too far off, either.

     

    The details:

    This was the first BAA event since the marathon - so a lot of tributes and such for the marathon bombings and the first responders.   We were instructed to wear our blue and yellow, so I was decked out in my BAA marathon tee I bought in April.    The race starts and finishes on Charles St, Boston Common.

     

    Mile 1 - The corrals were so packed, we couldn't even get into the corral until the first few waves went out.   MBC and I went out with the 9-10mm wave and spent most of the first mile dodging people who belonged in the wave behind us.  Such is life. Mostly on Comm Ave, and quite a few spectators cheering us on.     9:42

     

    Mile 2 - Feeling pretty comfortable here.  Nice shady part through BU and flat as a pancake. We passed the elites here on the way back and that was awesome and deserved its own thread. Big grin  I could tell my blister problems were back with a vengeance.  Thought to myself 'Gonna be a long day if it's starting at mile 2.'  9:29

     

    Mile 3 - This was the start of a pretty rough out and back along Comm Ave that was just a sea of people baking in the sun.  No shade, a little breeze and the only hill.   I pretty much roasted, and I spent most of this mile bitching to MBC.  (she's used to it though)   Here we passed Baboon (high fives all around!), my sister in law and another friend heading back.   This mile ended at the turn around point.  9:44

     

    Mile 4 - The rest of the out and back.  At least this part was the downhill to the mile 3 uphill, but still hot as hell.   9:41

     

    Mile 5 - OK, back into the shade of some tree and buildings!   Phew.  I think it was at this point that I pretty much wanted to be done with running.  lol   My foot was on fire and I knew the blister had started to take over most of my foot (ok, maybe not, it just FELT like that!)  I just tried to concentrate on finishing - the longer I was out there, the hotter it was going to get, so no point wasting time feeling sorry for myself or my poor foot.  9:37

     

    Mile 6 - I have done several races along this route and this part back to Boston Common always feels like an eternity.   I hit the final turn with absolutely NO kick.  None. Zilch.  9:36 and  final 0.2 10:00 (told ya)

     

    Crossed the finish line and then waited for MBC (only a few seconds behind me at this point) and we congratulated each other and then I said "I want my medal!"    Ridiculously excited for a 10k medal.  Big grin

     

     

    After the race was an awesome breakfast, regaling the tales of the day and a lot of coffee.   All in all, a great day.

     

    A few photos, a la Oski-style:

    The start line:

     

    The crowd of runners along Comm Ave:

     

     

    Waving! (the arm with no person is MBC!)

     

     

    Thanks for reading!

     

    So_Im_a_Runner


    Go figure

      Wow, very consistent on the splits.  Good luck figuring out the blister issue - sounds like a real pain.  It probably would have been too hot to run in the full Oski costume huh?  Those crowds would have made me batty...good job staying patient.  Congrats on 10k number 2.

      PRs:  Marathon (2:49xx; '13)  Half (1:25xx; '12) 10k (40:26; '11) 5mi (29:23; '13) 5k (17:33; '13)


      Bad Ass

        Nice job, Oski!

         

        Glad you guys had a great time and that you ran well.

        Damaris, Marathon Maniac, Ultra Runner

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        happylily


          I love your pictures, Oski. They remiind me of my week in Boston. What a moving and special race it must have been for everyone there! Congratulations on your race, excellent splits! So sorry to hear that you are still fighting the blister monster, though. :-(

          PRs: Boston Marathon, 3:27, April 15th 2013

                  Cornwall Half-Marathon, 1:35, April 27th 2013

          4 years racing, 16 marathons, 16 BQs     

            Good stuff Oski, too bad that blister was bugging you.


            Pura Vida

              Congrats on a well-run race!  I think it would be fun to run a 10K with that many people. Smile

              PRs: 5K: 25:35 / 10K: 53:03 / 10mi: 1:26:15 / HM: 1:55:02 / FM: 4:50:35

              Upcoming: Rest!


              delicate flower

                HOORAY!  That was a great day.  Smile  Nice job on the race, Oski.  Excellent splits.  It certainly does look crowded in those pics.  Do it again next year??

                proud sherpa


                Hip Hip Hooray

                  HOORAY!  That was a great day.  Smile  Nice job on the race, Oski.  Excellent splits.  It certainly does look crowded in those pics.  Do it again next year??

                   

                  I'm in!

                   

                  MtnBikerChk


                  running is bad for you

                     

                     

                    Mile 3 - This was the start of a pretty rough out and back along Comm Ave that was just a sea of people baking in the sun.  No shade, a little breeze and the only hill.   I pretty much roasted, and I spent most of this mile bitching to MBC.  (she's used to it though)   Here we passed Baboon (high fives all around!), my sister in law and another friend heading back.   This mile ended at the turn around point.  9:44

                     

                     

                     

                    That's because you were nice enough to pull me along for 4.8 miles.

                      Nicely done! Sounds like a great event & a memorable experience.

                       

                      I know that with the heat & your foot problem, you were singing "Let me go on, like I blister in the sun".

                      Dave


                      Hip Hip Hooray

                        Nicely done! Sounds like a great event & a memorable experience.

                         

                        I know that with the heat & your foot problem, you were singing "Let me go on, like I blister in the sun".

                         

                        I will never be able to get another blister without that getting stuck in my head now!     :bops head to song:

                         

                        kristin10185


                        I race in SparkleSkirts

                          sounds like a great race.... nice splits!! Must be fun to have a crew to race with.

                          PRs:   5K- 28:16 (5/5/13)      10K- 1:00:13 (10/27/13)    4M- 41:43 (9/7/13)   15K- 1:34:25  (8/17/13)    10M- 1:56:30 (4/6/14)     HM- 2:20:16 (4/13/14)

                           

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                          scottydawg


                          Barking Mad To Run

                            Nice report!  Congrats on your race!

                             

                            Wait..there is no photo of you and Mountain Biker Chick together?  I am SO disappointed!  Joking

                            "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt


                            Hip Hip Hooray

                              Nice report!  Congrats on your race!

                               

                              Wait..there is no photo of you and Mountain Biker Chick together?  I am SO disappointed!  Joking

                               

                              Actually, there is, from the pro photog.  You can see part of MBC and like, my shoulder. lol  It's a great photo of the guy standing in front of us though!  Joking

                               

                                Nicely paced race. Thanks for sharing and the pics.

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