Recapping my fourth of July race at the Paul Revere 10 mile Run in Harbor Springs!So I learned two things from this race and I am going to just get right into them.
1) Running a race on the Fourth of July is a must from now on.
2) Running a race on vacation is also a must from now on.
Last week I ran the Paul Revere 10 Mile Run in Harbor Springs, Michigan. It is an annual race that supports the local high school’s cross country team. When I learned that there was a 4th of July race where I was going to be vacationing for the week, I knew I had to sign up. My dad and brother signed up for the 5k, but I figured since I was going to have to get in a long run on vacation anyway for the marathon I am training for, I might as well make a race out of it!
The race was on July 4th at 8am. I knew that it was going to be a hot race since 8am is a bit later for a summer race than I am used to (I feel like they are usually at 7am). But since we were staying about an hour away from the race, I liked not having to wake up too early. I was on vacation after all! ;). On our way to the race, I ate a bagel and right when we got to the race I had a nuun energy tablet with water. I have learned that I run so much better in the morning when I have some caffeine in my system. We parked a ways away from the race start, so my mom and I made the walk over to the start line of the 10 miler, while my brothers and my dad made their way to the start of the 5k.
Soon enough, the race was ready to begin. I did not warm up much, just a quick warm up jog, but felt good to go. I really did not have much of any goal going into this race. I wanted to treat it as more of a long run since it was my first long run of marathon training. I knew I was not in shape for a speedy 10 miler and did not want to go all out since it would make my runs the rest of the week brutal.
I took off when the race started and settled into a good feeling pace. My splits ended up being somewhat even. As much as my legs wanted to speed up and keep pushing myself, I had to remember this was more of a long run than a race. The training program I am following does not recommend racing often, if at all, while training for a marathon, so I really wanted to respect that.
The course was beautiful. Up north Michigan summers are THE best and this course took you along the water and along a road that took you through woods and more shaded area, and the course also took you through downtown Harbor Springs a bit too.
A couple miles in, I found runners around me that seemed to be going about the same pace as me so I tried to stick with them to ensure I did not slow down too much or speed up too much. It ended up working great. Overall, I felt good through the entire race and luckily the heat was not too bad, so I never felt like I was getting too overheated.
Mile 1: 8:33
Mile 2: 8:39
Mile 3: 8:56
Mile 4: 8:36
Mile 5: 8:45
Mile 6: 8:47
Mile 7: 8:46
Mile 8: 8:53
Mile 9: 8:30
Mile 10: 7:42
1:26:13 | 8:37 average | 111 overall, 4th in age group
As I made my way down the road that was leading me to the finish line, I started seeing more and more people who were cheering along all of us runners. Before I knew it, I could hear the music, see the finish line chute, and saw my family cheering me on. I sped up a bit to get to the finish line and made it right through. Apparently I sped up quite a bit… 7:42?!
I have to say, I loved running a 10 mile race! I was talking with my family before the race about running 10 miles and it really is a good long distance mileage to race. When I run a half marathon, that 10 mile spot is when I really have to start digging deep and grind it out for the last 5k, but when you do a 10 mile, as soon as you start feeling those miles adding up, you are already crossing the finish line. I am definitely going to have to start doing more 10 mile races — I am a fan of that distance.
After the race, my family and I went over to my cousin’s restaurant for breakfast and a coffee and vegetable eggs benedict was so good after the race! It was fun catching up with my family that lives up north and enjoying the holiday. I did not know at the time, but I ended up placing 4th in my age group! When I first checked the results, my name was not on it yet and ended up going to breakfast before checking again. I received a medal for placing in the top 5 of my age group, but since I was already gone when I learned of placing, my cousin is picking it up for me. It was a nice surprise to see when I checked the results again! The times that people in the top were running that race were FAST!
I absolutely loved running a race on vacation, even if it meant an early alarm wake up, because it allowed me to see a new area and join in a run with the locals. It also helped that it was the fourth of July and everyone was out and about cheering the runners on and enjoying the holiday. My legs felt tired the next day on my run, but I knew that they were going to feel that way. My long run paces are slower than I ran that race at, but whenever I get out on a race course I always end up running a bit quicker than I think!
- Did you run a race over the holiday weekend?
- Do you run races on vacation?