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Nov 24 / Jane

Perfect 10 Miler 2014

I wanted to run this race because lots of other women I know were racing this race. CGI Racing, who organizes the race, usually does a nice job with lots of nice race perks. But by the time I signed up, it was a little pricey (I paid over $86), and the reason I didn’t race it last year (the first year) was because of the course: a boring loop through Mercer County Park and the parking lots of the neighboring community college. I decided to give it a chance this year regardless and try and make it a fun experience with some fun ladies.

I worked a bit of the expo on Saturday for Girls on the Run, after my 5k race. I got to visit with Meghan and my co-worker Amanda, who was volunteering for Ryan’s Quest. It was a small expo that made me grateful this is a local race for me: I’d be disappointed having to travel for something so small any other time, since CGI does not offer race-day packet pick-up.

Race morning it was chilly, colder, and more windy that anticipated, but I felt well-dressed in long sleeves and knee high socks. I found Keri and Alison easily at the start line (I’d first met them both in June on a “Run to River Horse” that Meghan organized and then didn’t run, but that’s another story). Then we met up with some more of the ladies from RAP. I lined up in the front with Keri and was really hoping I could match my time from the Army 10-miler a couple weeks earlier.

Ladies before the race.

Ladies before the race.

The race started and I went out a little fast. I was able to sustain it for about 3 miles. I ran mile 4 to 5 with Keri as we headed into the parking lots of MCCC, but then she went on ahead. I was hurting, cramping a bit, and feeling really discouraged with my performance and my view of the scenery (so boring!). I was thinking to myself how the water stops and promised Halloween candy on the course were not there. I took a Hammer Gel at mile 8, it was delicious. We were back in the park and heading towards the finish. Then you hit mile 9 and watched the finish go by on the right. That was rough. It was the longest mile ever, super windy too. And then you got to the super narrow finish chute, in the grass.

I finished in 1:30:26. It’s a totally respectable time, just not what I was hoping for. I think it was very much mental for me, I could not get past the fact that I didn’t want to like this race. So it’s a true one and done for me. I did not like the course, although I did enjoy an all-female field. I was also not impressed with the “perks.” I feel like CGI over-promised and under-delivered. They made a big deal about the mimosa bar after the race, but never mentioned that it was not included in the race fee! The water/fuel stations were not at the announced intervals. It was over-priced.

So I guess I got what I deserved. I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of this race in the past, and I, unfortunately, focused on what I didn’t like about this race so much that I did not perform well. And I only have myself to blame. I think a lot of the awesome women I ran with had a fabulous time. And I do very much love a race that embraces “Girl Power,” but this one isn’t for me.

Some of the RAP ladies after the race.

Some of the RAP ladies after the race.

After the race, Keri, Alison, Stephanie, and I went to the Americana Diner. It was fabulous! Bonding with some amazing women, that was my favorite part of the day. That and pumpkin pancakes. Yum!

Race bling.

Race bling.

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