Today, I was lucky enough to be sponsored by Team Reebok and FitFluential to run in the Tufts 10k in Boston, MA!
It was really a perfect day to run a race! It was sunny out and the weather was cool. I started off the day in capris and a long sleeve T from Lululemon and my Team Reebok T-Shirt. However, once the sun was really shining I knew I had to ditch the long sleeve. I feel like a mixed bag of emotions about the race today, there were high and lows
There were things I really liked and really disliked out the Tufts 10K , so I am just going to lay it all out there.
First the bad (we will save the good for the end like dessert).
1. I felt that for a race that has been run for over thirty years it was really unorganized at the start.
First, we lined up with our pace groups, which were clearly marked with balloons. Seemed perfect at first. However, after after a few minutes “lining up” it kind of just turned into people meandering around (see above photo). Then the announcer (who announced the wrong starting place AND finishing place) told everyone to walk up to the starting line which was about .2 of a mile away from where the pacing groups were marked. ALL of the pace groups got mixed up! Everyone was looking around confused as to what group they were now in. It seemed like a really silly mistake for a race of this magnitude.
It also really slowed my pace at the beginning and I felt like I was constantly going to trip over someone every other second. It is frustrating and not safe at all. My first mile was almost 10 minutes and I spent the rest of the race trying to play catch up on my pace. PLUS, I am a little mad because I would have gone sub 50 without the delay, which would have been a big deal for me. But whatever. Not bitter (little bitter).
2. There were MEN running the race.
I don’t mind racing with men. I have actually never run an all women race before. However, when it is supposed to be a WOMEN’S Race there shouldn’t be men. It is just the principle of it. Just because men work at Tufts Health Care it shouldn’t mean they get to run in an all women race. It really doesn’t make any sense to me at all. If you are going to let one man in, for whatever the reason, let all men run. It just seemed stupid. Rant Over.
Things that I did like:
1. Beautiful and flat course.
If there was a race you were going to fly through this would be it. Running from the Common, through Back Bay, and up and down the Charles is an absolutely fantastic run. I think I would have liked the BAA 10K so much more if it had run this route instead of running up to North Eastern which is not a scenic route at all. I have to say this might be my favorite course.
2. It was for a good cause.
It is always a good thing to promote health and fitness for everyone. I like that many women were there supporting those who they have lost and those who could not run themselves. There were a lot of inspirational stories in the crowd that made it just a feel good event.
3. Tons of vendors and things for kids.
Cooper got to color a picture, dance, and play ball. I got to check out some vendor tents and got to meet up with the rest of Team Reebok and the other FitFluential ladies, which is always amazing!
4. I set a new PR for myself.
50:39. It was disappointing that my time was over 50 minutes, since for part of the race I really thought I was going to make it. But 8:10 minute miles isn’t too bad since I had started the race wanting to take it “easy” because of the race next weekend and the crowd confusion. I was just feeling so good, I really thought I could do it.
On a side note, my Garmin just got shipped back after being broken, so I had to run with my Nike Plus app. While I liked it during the race, I didn’t like that it lied to me and told me I finished in 49:53 Such a tease.
In the end I have to say that I would run this race again. The course just did it for me. I love running the Charles and it is something I wish I got to do more.
Question: Anyone run any good races this weekend? Or training for any coming up?