Long story short: 4th woman overall, 1st in age group, 59 second PR, 41:43
This morning I ran in the Bridge and Back 10k in Salem, Mass. My plan was to go out more conservatively and pick it up in the second half. Unfortunately, I went out a little too conservatively as I got stuck behind a group of women and had to dodge my way around them. I seriously need to work on not underestimating where I should line up. This has been a reoccurring theme for me.
My legs felt great today. This week was a bit of a down week for me, which was nice because I’ve been dealing with a tweaky groin. Shout out to me for getting one of the most awkward running injuries! Luckily, it’s just been gradually getting better and I didn’t notice it at all during the race. Once I got to the 3-mile mark I really cranked things up and picked off quite a few people. Towards the end I was definitely longing for the finish line, though. The course had quite a few short turns at the end and I kept thinking the finish line HAD to be on the next road. I guess that’s something to be expected, though, since I hadn’t seen much of the course. Here’s a few pics from today:
Thoughts on the Race
Overall, I really enjoyed this race! The course was great. It started in downtown Salem, went out over the Salem/Beverly Bridge, and did a little loop before heading back. The course wasn’t super hilly, but definitely had a few rolling hills, especially going over the bridge. However, sometimes I like that more than pancake flat because it helps to break things up.
There were 3 water stops along the way and a post race party at the Tavern in the Square. Personally, I would’ve liked a different location for the awards as it was very crowded and loud inside. There were probably more people than expected for the race plus there was a chance for thunderstorms around 10:00, so I understand the location. There were some bagels and fruit inside the tavern, but I unfortunately missed the frozen yogurt at the finish. Awww, man! When I came back from my cool down they had run out, but I got a coupon to get some free froyo at Orange Leaf so that makes up for it.
In conclusion, I’m extremely pleased with how my race turned out and am getting really excited for my fall marathon.