I have started this race recap a few times over the past few days and then deleted it. I did not even want to think about the race because I was disappointed. This is the third year I have run this particular 10 mile race. Last year I ran it in 1:43:51 according to my Garmin. The race is not timed electronically so I pushed the start button when I crossed the start line. Because I did that last year, I wanted to stay consistent and do the same this year. I was really hoping to get under 1:40:00 but that was sadly not the case. I PRed by right under 2 minutes and I am happy about that. My finish time according to my Garmin was 1:41:52.
The weather was better than what I expected. Race start was 9 and the weather report was 32 and 30% chance of snow. There were some flurries but for a half mile at the most. I was concerned about what to wear because I did not want to overdress. I ended up wearing my Brooks long sleeve running tee, a short sleeve tee on top, my tights, throwaway gloves, and my hat. I tossed my hat to John around mile 8 but could have lost it sooner than that. The gloves were tossed somewhere between mile marker 2 and 3. I am glad I bought cheapie gloves at the expo the day before.
I ran with my Ipod which I have never done before while running on the road. I plan on having it with me when I run the Delaware marathon in May so I wanted to try it out. Now I am working on what songs I want to have on the playlist. I don't plan on running with music the whole marathon but I know Delaware will not be the Philly marathon and I will not have a ton of spectators to get me over the wall!
On the positive side, I felt strong. I feel like my training was much smarter going into this race than it was last year. I also recovered a lot easier. I took Monday as a rest day, ran Tuesday for 35 minutes, and a 40 minute tempo run this morning. My legs were heavy yesterday morning but I felt back to normal this morning! John also commented that I looked better at mile 8 than I have at any other race!
Next up.....Delaware Marathon on May 15th!!