newport 10 miler was ok at best. i've been getting used to standing more working at follain, but my legs have been tight and knotted constantly. and then there was my foot pain! way back in october i face planted while running in beacon hill and tore part of my plantar fascia (and also hurt my pride). i had to drop out of a half marathon i had been training for while i rehabbed my foot. this spring it's been feeling better, but if i don't stretch enough i feel a dull ache. so instead of pushing myself this training season, i cut back whenever i felt that pain, and i'd run again once it felt better. sometimes, that would take a whole week.
needless to say, i had low expectations for this race. initially i had been hoping for 1:40, but as my training fell further and further back, i figured anything under 1:50 would be a success.
but as i toed the start line on sunday, something just felt really good about the day, the race and my running. so i decided i'd push for the 1:40. i've never sustained 10-minute miles in a longer race before. i usually hover around the 10:35-45 area, so if i could manage this, it'd be huge.
i started off fast (of course), with a sub-10, and i actually managed to hold around a 9:30-minute mile for the first two miles before i fell back closer to 10-minute miles. i kept telling myself, the glory of this finish would last forever. walking could wait. i kept pushing.
the course was beautiful, all along ocean drive in newport, and past the glorious mansions. the fabulous houses and beautiful ocean views kept me interested in the scenery, even though it got a bit hot on the long stretches by the water. with no shade and bright sun, we all got sweaty pretty quickly. and there were a lot of hills. rolling hills, mostly, but my god they just didn't stop.
|stride by captured by my best cheerleader, craig|
about 90 minutes driving) so it's easy to get to, and we were home by early afternoon. the only downsides are no medals and the race shirts aren't technical shirts, but for a $40 race, i'm not picky.
so there you have it! a great success out of a super shitty training season! hooray! great races leave me feeling on top of the world, so i'll be walking on clouds for a few more days.