St Paddy’s 10 Mile Race Recap

Hey friends! How was your weekend?

I felt lucky to have my parents here for two days to help at the tail end of my week of solo parenting.  I powered through but by Friday I was so thankful knowing I would wake up and soon have two willing helpers.

I took advantage of it by jumping into a 10 mile race at the last minute.  It was the highest mileage week I’ve had with 20 miles on tap for the day, so the plan was to warm up with 3-4 miles, run 10 at marathon pace, and finish with another 5-6 miles.

10 mile race

I started with the 3.5 mile warm up and then shivered until the race began.  It was windy and cold!

You know what’s silly? As soon as we lined up, I started plotting how I should go for a pr as it’s been years since I’ve run a 10 mile race.  This is why racing “for fun” doesn’t work well for me!

So of course I was frustrated when my legs felt heavy from the week of work (fatigue likely from last week’s 20 miles, the mid week 10 miler and some strength work).  On top of tired quads, there was some crazy wind and a lot of rolling hills.

I started out too fast and paid for it- oops! I felt so sluggish and slow in the second half- I kept trying to find that next gear and my legs just refused to cooperate.  At first, I was really doubting my fitness and training but my rational side later reminded me that I did not taper and this is why tapers are helpful when you want to race well.

At the end, I realized it wasn’t awful.  I came in around 1:14 (7:28 pace).  My last minute pr goal was for a 1:10.  But my original goal was marathon pace- this was faster than I plan to run the marathon so I can be happy with that.  Still, I want a rematch with this race next year!

I headed out for my remaining 5.5 miles and swung back by the race just in time to learn I had won my age group.  That helped to lift my spirits a bit- we were all struggling out there!  And then I got this crazy guy who still makes me smile when I look at him:

10 mile st pattys race award

And of course, L was thrilled with my gnome and thinks I’m a rock star no matter what, so there’s that.  I love coming home to my girls!

I got in just over 19 total miles for the day.  And now there are just 5 weeks left until the Boston marathon!

Did you ever feel yourself struggle through an entire race?

Jealous of my gnome? 🙂

41 thoughts on “St Paddy’s 10 Mile Race Recap

  1. That is one of the best prizes I’ve ever seen…and I have an Elvis potato head! Congratulations!!!! YES I’ve definitely struggled though an entire race and beat myself up mentally, just as you did. Why is it we are so hard on ourselves? I guess that’s what makes us better runners 🙂 Awesome job Laura!!!!
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  2. YAY! Congrats on the award, and what an awesome prize! That is one of the coolest trophies I have ever seen! So much fun! I ended up missing my award ceremony, because they wanted us to hang around for another 1 hours after I finished cooling down, and I was already freezing from the rain! They said they will mail it….we will see! Congrats on your race though, you are gonna be ready for boston, and I can’t wait to hear how it goes! This is the time the accumulated miles build up, so dont worry about feeling fatigued legs….I am sure you know that by now 🙂
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  3. I’ve had a few races that I felt terrible during and it was a struggle to finish. Nice job though! I had a few friends that did that race and I was jealous of their Garden gnomes…those are so fun!
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  4. Great run! Sometimes I find that the days I think I’m gong to feel fast are the days I feel really slow. I guess I overthink it and am too aware of how my legs feel. I’m running a it Big Sur the week after Boston. I’m only on 15 miles this week. Lost time due to illness. Hope I can stay healthy these last 6 weeks and get in all my long runs. I will be rooting for you!
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  5. LOVE your gnome and so do my kids :)!!!!! Yes…last fall the bird in hand marathon! It was insanely humid and I did not adjust my time for that and so by mile 6 I was DEAD! I finished a good 10 minutes slower than when I should have. Congrats on a great race!!!!
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  6. Love the gnome! (What IS that on the stick though? A flag? a pork chop? lol.)

    And LOVE how you always show UP! That “why don’t my legs GO” feeling is frustrating, but there’s no arguing your sunny disposition and results! Woot!

  7. Really great job with the wind and hills, that is a fast race 🙂 I too am not the best at racing “for fun” and I’m skeptical that there’s even such a thing! Racing for motivation or a pick me up, yes, not exactly for fun though 🙂
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  8. Silly girl–that’s a rocking time in the midst of a 20-miler during your peak marathon training weeks! Not to mention a tough week of single parenting, which all adds up. Feel good about it.

    LOVE the gnome!
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  9. I saw your photo of your gnome on Instagram and it totally made me smile. Again, congrats on your race, and isn’t it funny how sometimes we do best at the races where there is no pressure?

    Glad to hear that you had some help at the end of an entire week of solo parenting. I can’t imagine an entire week — I’m only four months into being the mama of two – and I’m nervous about having to take care of both of them for more than a day or so.
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  10. Great job on the race and congrats on the AG award, especially considering the wind, hills, and tired legs! The gnome is such a cute and unique trophy! I can never race for fun either, I’m so competitive with myself! I struggled through the last 4 or 5 miles of my first half marathon – we had like 25-30 mph headwinds and it was so hard to keep pace!
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  11. That award! Too funny 🙂 I would have been taking all sorts of pictures with it.. 🙂
    You executed your original plan, and then some!! Quality workout, long run, and a another step toward your bigger goal. Nice work, Laura!

  12. Awesome race! Congrats! How do younrun for so long at still breastfeed? I’m hoping to run a half in the spring (I’ve done fuels, but only re-baby), but I’m not even sure I can swing the timing/pumping/ etc. Tips?

    • Thanks, Laura! And that is definitely the hardest thing about this whole training cycle. For this run, I pumped before I left at 6:30 am and again immediately after the 19 miles (as it was an hour away) which was around 11:30am. That’s longer than I would typically go between feeds but I had thawed milk for my mom to give her and it was fine- just threw me off schedule for the day. It is not easy. I will miss breastfeeding, but definitely not the juggle around my schedule and running! As for tips, I’d say keep a stash in the freezer if you can and don’t worry about occasionally supplementing with a bit of formula if your supply drops on a long run day- it comes back up. But it really takes commitment, that’s for sure!
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  13. I love the prize! he is so clever and cute. And I totally get that competitive drive that wants to toe the line and go for the PR. I did a race as part of a 20 mile run last year and it’s a good thing I was pacing my friend because otherwise I would have gone for the PR.

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