Long Beach Pajama 10K Recap
|July 2, 2012||Posted by Carrie under 10K, Running|
I ran my second 10K on Saturday. I think I love this distance. It’s long enough that it requires effort and training, yet not so long that it’s life-consuming.
We spent the day on Friday at Disneyland. Checking out the new Cars Land and the other amazing renovations at the park. See what I mean that a 10K isn’t life-consuming – - – I was wiped from Disney, yet totally fine for the race.
The Long Beach Pajama 10K course was entirely along the shoreline of Long Beach. We started with a pretty view of the Queen Mary and headed up the bike path for 3.1 miles and back.
As the name suggests, it was a Pajama Theme race. I chose not to wear the normal ratty randomness that is my sleeping attire and picked up a cute Hello Kitty nightgown at Target to wear for the race. My friend K (who has been sick and decided to run the 5K instead of the 10K) picked me up at a very humane hour of 7AM for our short drive to the race.
This was a very low key race. No chip timing and the bibs looked like someone printed them on their home computer. It was super fun.
There were several water stations on the course and a whole slew of pj clad runners. I’m not sure how the people wearing flannel fared for the race, I’m hoping they were 5K’ers as it got HOT out there.
My plan for the race was to hit the first mile at 11:00 and then gauge how I felt. I was hoping to average around 10:45 for my pace.
I made possibly the best move ever for me during a race at the start. It was a little crowded on the narrow bike path and I was about to start weaving around people. I decided it would be better if I relaxed and just stayed where I was. As I’ve read from so many other bloggers, the bobbing and weaving at the beginning of a race uses up a lot of energy. So, I stayed put.
After a few hundred yards, I looked down at my watch and saw my pace was averaging at 10:30. I was shocked! I felt like I was going slower, I was feeling great. I decided to stick right there and just hang on for the ride.
The course was great – super flat and 95% on the bike path at the beach. I had brought Cliff Blocks along to try to take at around mile 4 (after my terrible run a few weeks ago and because of the heat, I thought it would be a good idea). But, I didn’t bring any water… partly because I didn’t want a belt to mess with my outfit. How awful is that? Really, that’s why I didn’t bring water. I planned to take the blocks as I got some water on the course hopefully around a good mileage point.
It turned out that there was a water station at about mile 3 that I thought to hit up after the turnaround. But, I knew it’d be before I hit mile 4. But, I also knew it was best to drink water when eating the blocks. So, I walked through the water station (I haven’t mastered that open cup and running thing – has anyone?).
At about mile 5 there was another water station. I knew from the walking and starting up again a mile earlier that if I walked again, starting was going to be even harder. I was following behind a woman and had been in her shadow for a long time. I couldn’t decide if I needed water. So, I decided I’d do whatever she did. Well, she didn’t stop. So I kept going too. As soon as I passed the water, I instantly thought I made the wrong choice. But, I think I was just being mental at that point.
That woman eventually started to pull away from me, but I knew that I was keeping my pace rather steady and my legs were starting to get tired, so I just stuck with where I was.
I finished in 1:05:33! A 1:21 PR from my first 10K 17 months ago! Yippee!!!
K got a picture of me heading in to the finish
(sorry for the blurry pic)