Name of the race: Newport 10K
Where: Jersey City, NJ
Date: May 6, 2017
Time: 8:30 am
Distance: 6.2 miles
Entry fee: $30 – until April 6
$33 – April 7 through May 3
$40 – Race day, May 6
As an official blog partner, I received a free race entry.
Swag: Cotton long-sleeved shirt and finisher’s medal
Post-race Food: Beer, Cosi bagels, Sun Chips, Nutri Grain bars, bananas, water, Gatorade, and juice.
Performance: Overall: 397/1578; Gender: 88/705; Age (30-39): 14/124
Weather: 57 degrees, 93% humidity, winds 5 mph (gusts of winds were much stronger)
My 10K PR is three years old and I’m due to get a new PR sometime this year. I know it. Ben and I were hoping that this would come Saturday, but Mother Nature had other plans. She saved her nice cool crisp low humidity weather for Sunday. For Saturday, she gave me a muggy mess.
As usual the logistics for Newport 10K went smoothly. Picking up my bib took a minute and Ben was able to get my shirt for me. There were no lines for the port-o-potties.
Saturday morning, we met up with Jake, Nell, and some of our other Jersey City friends for a quick catch up. I always look forward to the races in Newport because it gives us a chance to see our old JC friends. I did a quick little warm up, a slow mile with some strides, to wake up my legs. When I got to the start line, Ben looked at me and said that I must have done a hard warm up. I shook my head. It was simply very muggy.
My plan was to take the first mile between 7:45-7:50, which I ended up doing in 7:43. The humidity took its toll on me quickly and I slowed to 7:49 for the second mile. I already felt tired, so I knew I was in for a looong race.
I struggled to maintain 8’ish pace for the rest of the race. I failed to notice anything about the course and focused on not completely losing it. For Mile 5, I faced a fairly strong headwind, which slowed my speed down some more, but I was on familiar territory since we were on the Newport Jersey City waterfront. For two years I ran endless miles on this waterfront, so I knew every part of it and even remembered the small incline that used to trip me up in the beginning because I didn’t pick my feet up high enough.
When the course was back on the street, I knew it was a sprint to the finish line. I always find it easier to suffer when I know exactly how far I need to go. I heard Ben cheer for me.
By Mile 2, I knew any hopes of a PR was out of the window, but I did think that a sub-50 was not impossible. Sadly when I turned the corner and saw the clock, I knew even that goal was out the window.
I finished in 50:27, my third fastest 10K, and the second fastest time on this course. Overall, not at a bad workout, but I left the race feeling a bit disappointed in my race performance. My general philosophy is that if I give it all I got on race day, then no matter what the time, I’m satisfied. However, this time. . .
I am proud of myself for fighting all those miles and not just collapsing to 9 min miles as I was sorely tempted to do. I feel that I did give it my all, and yet, there’s some dissatisfaction gnawing away at me. I know I can run better. I want to run better.
After my cool down, I found Ben and gave him my free beer. We hung out for a bit after the race and then went to our favorite Mexican restaurant, Los Tres Chilitos, in Jersey Heights for brunch. I totally recommend going here and getting their huevos rancheros. DEE-licious!
Thanks, Newport 10K for inviting me. The Newport 10K is a spring race that we always look forward to doing. And readers, if you’re looking to join in on the fun, remember in September, there’s the Newport Liberty Half!
Disclosure: I received a free race entry in exchange for being an official blog partner. Opinions are my own.