Wednesday, November 8, 2017

2017 EQT 10 Miler Recap

I have only ever done one 10 mile race. It was in 2015 and it was in the single digits. When I was putting things together for the fall I was having a hard time finding a half marathon to fit in to my training schedule. I decided to add the EQT 10 Miler to my schedule to give the distance another shot.

I had the perfect early November outfit picked out. Then Mother Nature decided that we needed another warm and humid day in Pittsburgh. I had no idea what to wear. I changed my outfit three times. It ended up being around 60 degrees and humid at the start.

This isn't even what I decided on!

Hubs parked downtown and I ran to the start line. This race was part of my long run so this worked. I met up with some of my running friends before hand. It was so nice to see so many people. It was very chill. I liked it.

Remember Jen (in the dark blue next to me)

We made our way to the start line and I saw Amanda. I love her so much. She had hand warmers! I’m drenched in sweat and she is making me warmer! It was so nice to chat with her for a little bit. She really is the best.

Seriously, she is the best!

I couldn’t believe it was time to start already. As I got closer to the start line I realized I was lined up between the 8:00 and 8:30 pacer. Oh man. I guess this is the decision I am making.

The beginning of this race is pretty rolling. The road is wet and slippery. I just wanted to find my pace. I wanted to establish a pace that I could maintain. The 8:00 pacer was gone. I never saw them after the start. I didn’t want to look at my watch because I didn’t want to be super focused.

Mile 1: 8:11

Crap. I’m really fast. I was hoping to be around 8:45 for the first five miles or so. Well, no turning back now. This pace felt pretty good. I hate the West End in any race I run. Heck, I even hate sitting in traffic there everyday. It actually didn’t seem as bad this time. Heading up to the West End Bridge I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was Jen. She wasn’t feeling to well this morning and decided to hang with me for a little bit.

Mile 2: 8:13

So Jen and I chatted for a little as we moved through the city. We talked about her wedding, random 90s music that I was pumping and anything to keep us distracted. It was really nice!

Mile 3: 8:06

At this point I have realized my watch is off. I’m not weaving or anything. Jen and I are still doing well but after a slight uphill, she pulled a head of me. No worries, I just need to keep my pace.

Mile 4: 8:18

About a half mile in to this mile is the relay exchange. I know Gretchen is running the second leg of the relay and I am searching for her. I found her and screamed that I was fast and to let my husband know. I took my gel and salt tab and started on the bridge.

Mile 5: 7:56

This mile is the worst of the race. You have all of these people cheering on the bridge and then nothing. I saw hubs there and yelled to him that I was fast. He told me to forget about it and keep going. And then the air stopped moving and I felt the humidity. Holy crap was it humid.

Mile 6: 8:22

I remember hitting the 10k mark around 50 minutes on the clock. I am really putting together a great race! As I got to the final bridge I saw Jen struggling. I asked her if she was alright and she said yes. If she wasn’t I would have stayed with her. My watch was very off so I decided I would lap it at the mile seven mark to give me an accurate final three miles.

Mile 7: 8:29

I had no idea where we were going. I knew we were in the strip district, but I don’t know where to go. It is very quiet and my headphones have disconnected. I fixed them and kept moving. We turned down on to Liberty and it was the same end stretch as the Pittsburgh Marathon. At least I know where I am!

Mile 8: 8:37

The humidity was building and it was getting darker. The rain was coming and I really wanted to beat it. I heard my name called from the side of the road and it was Jen Bigham and her family cheering on runners. It was great!

Mile 9: 8:46

Last mile!!! Yay! At this point I know my PR is happening but I want a good finish. All of a sudden Jen comes up next to me! She told me she was just focusing on catching up to me. I told her my PR was a lock and I was coasting. The last half mile was electric. The crowd was rowdy and I really soaked it all in.




Mile 10: 7:52
Official Time: 1:24:51

Ladies and gentleman, that is a 14 minute 10 mile PR!! I couldn't believe it. To be honest, I still can't. I was aiming for just under 1:30 since I am marathon training. Wow, I just have no words. My body is doing some amazing work and I am thrilled to have had this experience. Plus, I finished right before the rain!



Overall, this was a great race. I am still not sure how I feel about the distance, but I totally get why so many people love this race. The only thing negative I can say about it is having packet pick up at Fleet Feet in the South Hills. It is really out of the way for me to get there and I didn't want to deal with race day pick up.

Below is the elevation chart and course map for the EQT 10 miler.



Have you done a 10 miler before? What are your thoughts on the distance?

5 comments:

  1. You killed it in this race! You looked so good and strong when I saw you so I knew a good race was in your hands. Happy to hear you kept it up and had such an amazing final mile! Way to go!!

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  2. Congratulations on your huge PR, you had a fantastic race - so speedy! The hard work is paying off :)

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  3. Congrats on that huge PR! I love that 10 mile distance--in fact, I wish there were more 10 mile races.

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  4. I love a good 10-miler! I think it's my favorite. Wish I could find more! Great job SMASHING your time!!

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