Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ocean Drive 10 Mile Race Recap

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!!


  1. Congrats on the 10 Mile! Flurries in March -- I still can't believe it.

    As a side note, I run with my iPod as well and I have found it to be very helpful for inspiring me when I have no energy or push. Do you use a carrying case or arm band for it?

  2. Thanks!!

    I used an arm band. What do you use? Any good songs to suggest?

  3. Sorry I didn't see your response until now :\

    I'm looking for an armband for the warmer weather but I'm afraid of getting rubs. Do you suggest any good brands? I have a huge playlist of songs that I love, but at the top of them are:
    Firework - Katy Perry
    We Didn't Start The Fire - Billy Joel