|Cowbell medal (It works!)|
The Tenacious Ten took place Saturday, April 22 at 8:00am in Seattle, Washington. The race had two distances: 10k and 10 miler. I ran the 10k. [Race Information]
We registered before our move and when we found out flights were a lot cheaper (and direct!) from Bozeman, we decided to stick with it. As I mentioned in my goals post, the trip came at a weird time, but it all worked out. It was a nice break from all the moving crap!
We arrived Friday afternoon, road the train to our hotel, then walked to packet pickup. I had a VIP registration and since this race was presented by Oiselle, I received a Flyte tank, Roga shorts, a drawstring Oiselle logo bag, and a wristband for the VIP tent at the race. Alex and I both received the race trucker hat and temporary tattoos. (I probably wouldn't do VIP registration again because I now have three Flyte tanks and I like Toolbelt Roga shorts better.)
Oh yeah! On Friday morning I woke up with an aching ankle. It bothered me a few times during runs the week before, but nothing quite like the pain I had on Friday. I ended up buying athletic tape and wrapped and iced my ankle when we got back to the hotel. I think we went to bed fairly late (I blame cable), but the 6am alarm wasn't the end of the world. I forgot my normal PB and bread, so I tried to make do with whatever I could find.
|Gas Works Park|
I lined up near the back half of the 8:00 corral, chatted with some ladies, turned on my podcast (2 Dope Queens), and started my watch a little bit before we crossed the timing strip. I intended to run Friday to get used to Seattle air, but decided to rest my ankle. I was happy to find it was extremely easy to breathe! Finally!! I forgot what it feels like to be able to run 6 miles without stopping for deep heaving breaths.
|Free race photos!|
My ankle hurt until about mile 4 when my entire body started to ache, so I didn't notice it as much. ;) I can't really do a mile by mile recap because my GPS goofed (see map below). Plus, it was a pretty uneventful race. The scenery was mostly lovely with lake and city views, runners spread out so I never felt crowded, and traffic was perfectly controlled so I was never intimidated by cars. I didn't carry a water bottle, so I stopped at two water stops. There was a GU stop, but it was pretty early on. I think they should probably move it to a later stop next year.
|I swear this is an optical illusion, b/c I never saw these people near me! (minus the couple on the right)|
Around mile 5 the 10 milers split off and the 10k went up a hill and over a bridge. The hill was a butt kicker even though it was one of the smallest in the race. Again, very thankful for Bozeman. I felt sluggish and slow in mile 6, but I got into the 7s even on my bum ankle. I have to admit I was very happy I didn't sign up for the 10 miler -- and, of course, started to question running a mountainous 25k in June.
Regardless, I came around the final turn into the finish and I guess I sped up, but not fast enough to keep another Oiselle teammate from passing. I did not care in the slightest. I just wanted to be done!
I got my cowbell medal and water, then found Alex. He was beat. He ran a 7:00 pace and claimed he's "out of shape." He also hasn't run more than 2.5 miles in months. (What a turd.) But he was super tired the rest of the weekend (and even on our run last night) so I don't feel too bad. I could have run another 6 miles about an hour after the race ended. I guess I need to work on "leaving it all on the course?" Puke pace or bust?
The rest of the weekend included a few more Oiselle events: a tour of the O office, an O party at a brewery, and a photo shoot. More to come on that last thing.... assuming the photos look good.
|Messed up data. Green start mark at mile 1, yet it gave me mile times...(?!)|
Stats and Thoughts
First off, I would run this race again in a heartbeat. I'd like to imagine Alex and I in super shape next year. Since it's a direct flight (one of the few from Bozeman) it is a nice excuse to visit Seattle.
Final Time: 53:41 (8:39 pace)
Overall (10k): 160 / 651 (25%)
Female: 111 / 539 (21%)
Age Group: 24 / 106 (23%)
Honestly, this was a nice confidence booster. I've been struggling on nearly ever run in Bozeman. Even when my paces are good, I can't make it more than a mile or two before needing a short break to catch my breath. Perhaps I need to schedule flat, sea level races every time we travel. ;)
Up Next: I might sign up for a race this weekend in place of my long run. If not, we're going to run some 5ks in May.