Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Race Recap: The Flying Pig 10K

Ok, it is finally time for the second race recap of Flying Pig weekend! I didn't want to do them all at once, because I felt like three race recaps in a row might be a little bit uninteresting.

Saturday morning, May 3, I ran the Flying Pig 10K. As I previously stated, I signed up for this race simply so I can now state that I ran with Ryan Hall. (albeit, a good bit slower, but we ran the same race, crossed the same start and finish lines on the same day)
In my haste to get to the expo with my team for the relay the previous day, I completely forgot to pick up my packet for the 10K, which meant I had to get downtown a little bit earlier to take care of that in the morning. Luckily, since we had been downtown just the night before, J had given me some insight on the best way to get downtown from our new house, since it was not quite as straightforward as our old house. Let's just say J's new commute is definitely better than mine. It is shorter and way less traffic!

I parked in J's garage (perks to a husband that works downtown? parking pass that works on weekends/race days) and walked down to the river/ballpark area where the starting line and packet pick up were all set up. As I got closer to the ballpark, you could see them getting ready to raise the start line.
Now this is amazing to me. Because as soon as all of us 10K participants are through the start, they take this down and put up the 5K start. So that is a completely different starting line as there is a different sponsor and everything. You can see that start line in my Pig weekend recaps entry from last Spring. (Also, you get to see me in my last preggo race, definitely feeling worse for wear at that point.)

I had set myself a goal to PR in the 10K. I have only run 6 10K ever, and most of them were before I was really experienced running, pregnant, or just coming off of injury. My 10K PR actually came from a race that I ran when 22 weeks pregnant, and starting to slow down, so I knew that a PR was doable. I was not sure what kind of shape my legs would be in, in all honesty because I had just run my goal race the previous weekend, but I knew a PR was there.

This was a course I had not officially run before, but I knew it was similar to the Thanksgiving Day Race going into NKY with the bridges, etc. The course immediately heads over the Taylor Southgate bridge into Newport, running past the aquarium, through Newport, over a bridge into Covington, and then through the main bar section of Covington. There is ALWAYS a crowd outside of Molly Malone's, no matter what day, no matter what time, and that morning was no exception.

We then headed back to Ohio via the Clyde Wade Bailey Bridge, which is my least favorite bridge to run. It just feels REALLY LONG and the climb seems to last forever. Once back in Ohio, were ran through downtown and back by the casino to add the other 3-ish miles to the race. A lot of downtown Cincinnati races follow similar paths, so honestly, I enjoy running these familiar streets. I was still feeling pretty good, running without a watch or app, and knowing as I passed each mile marker that the PR was going to happen. As I cruised down Pete Rose Way toward the Finish Swine, I was smiling and kicking it into high gear.
(Marathon Foto)

I was clearly pretty pleased with myself (and showing off Oiselle's spring race kit!) finishing with a PR, and feeling pretty happy. I finished in 52:05 for a more than 3 minute PR.

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