Hyannis 10k Race Report

This was the 3rd 10k of my life.  I ran this exact race once before in 2006–in 53:01, an average pace of 8:31.  I was supposed to run the half that year but had awful IT Band issues, and bumped down to the 10k.  In July of 2010 I ran the Running With the Wolves 10k, completely blew up, and ran a 51:10 (8:14 pace).

I was going into this race just begging for a PR!  Luckily (for my coach!) I got it.

The race started at 10, so we headed over to the hotel to get dressed, wait in the bathroom line, socialize, and pick up our bibs.  You know, the usual.  It was chilly, and starting to snow/rain, so I was unsure of what to run in.  I went with tights, a craft shirt, and a wind vest.

Headed out to warm-up, and only got 8 minutes in before they started calling us to the start line.  Unfortunately the start chute was PACKED, so Michele (a QT2-er) and I got stuck in the middle/back of the pack which would haunt me!  You see, once we started, despite being in the “7 minute mile pace area”, we were STUCK!  There were packs of people running together at a conversational pace, and it was so hard to get around them.  I must have said excuse me 100 times.  Once we got to mile 2 it cleared out, and I was able to settle in.

Coach PW had told me to go out at a 7:20 pace, and I held onto that with all my might.  I wanted that pace so bad that I took a Double Latte Power Gel before the race started AND another one 15 minutes into that race!  Caffeine is a wonderful, wonderful thing.

Okay, so let’s get down to business:

Mile 1 – 7:20 Average HR: 189
-A lot of dodging and weaving but otherwise slightly downhill and uneventful.

Mile 2 – 7:21 Average HR: 194
-Pretty much the same as Mile 1. I actually thought to myself “Hey, this isnt that bad, maybe Im not going hard enough?”

Mile 3 – 7:25 Average HR: 196
-This is the mile where I took the second gel.

Mile 4 – 7:39 Average HR: 196
-This is where I started to lose it. The pace slowed, so I got worried and tried to pick it back up. Mostly because PW had told me there was a hill at Mile 5 and I didnt want it to kill the average pace!

Mile 5 – 7:46 Average HR: 198
-This is clearly where the long hill was! Somehow, my HR continued to climb. Evidence I was trying to push it, I guess!

Mile 6 – 7:30 Average HR: 199
-For some reason the last mile is the easiest to me. The whole race my plan was to just to leave everything out there the last mile. I kept saying to myself “You can do anything for a mile!”

Last .2 – 6:43 mi/min pace Average HR: 203
-I pretty much resigned to puke at the end of the race once I hit the end of Mile 6. I was legit sprinting, because of course I had a guy racing with me! Lucky for me (and more lucky for him) I did not in fact puke. And I cannot even remember which one of us won the sprint!

Final time: 46:15, Overall average pace 7:29 (the race clock has me a at 46:08 with an average pace of 7:28)

Overall Average HeartRate: 196   Max HeartRate (during race): 206

Nine seconds/mile off where I wanted but considering this race was at the end of my biggest week of running this season, I am really happy with it!!

And a 5 minute PR to boot, can’t ask for more!

Looking forward to the New Bedford Half Marathon on March 20th….my first half-marathon EVER!

Fitness is coming along, so I guess my biggest limiter right now is body comp. Does that means its time to step away from the Girl Scout Cookies?  BOO to that!!

PW also updated his blog with a race report here–he was 6th overall and ran a 1:16, it is worth the read!


A Week’s Worth of Workouts 2/21-2/27

Okay first things first, the daily photo journal.

Day 03 – A picture of the cast from your favorite show

Top Chef!

This probably comes as a surprise to…no one.  I have been a huge fan of the show since Season 1.  Richard  has always been my favorite contestant (PS, he totally should have won his season!), so I was really excited when he came back for the All Stars season.  He is in it to win it this year!!

Next up: Week’s Worth of Workouts!  This was my biggest week to-date, with a 10k thrown in for luck at the end of it!

February 21st -February 27th

Monday– 35 minutes (recovery zone)

Tuesday– 90 minutes with 2×10 minutes Zone 2

Wednesday-35 minutes (recovery zone)

Thursday– 80 minutes Zone 1

Friday– 33 minutes (recovery zone)


Sunday– 2 hours, warm-up, 10k race, cool down, then an hour on treadmill post race (15 miles total)

Total: right around 46 miles

Perhaps that is a factor in why I ate 13 girl scout cookies at work today. And why I have now requested PW hide them from me!!!

I am in serious need of a nap right now.  The first day back to work added to being away all weekend and a long run, makes me very sleepy!  I am halfway done with my race report…expect it later today!!

Weekend at….Ryan’s

My blog post title was supposed to be a play on “Weekend at Bernie’s”.  Didnt end up as funny as I intended though 🙂

So, I am writing this blog entry on the way home from Hyannis/B-water right now!  I will post it as soon as we get home to internet access.  I have about a million pictures to post from the weekend, so I think I am going to break it down into 2 entries: My race report, and then everything else.  So let’s start with everything else!

We drove to B-water to drop off our pups at the in-laws and then continued on our merry way to Hyannis, including traveling over the Sagamore bridge:

We stayed with our friends Ryan and Paul (perhaps you remember them from the Andrew Salmon Living Memorial 10k?)  It was a cute “little” cape house, in a neighborhood with the likes of Bob Kraft (yes, seriously).

Cape view!

This was our room (PS super comfortable tempurpedic mattress.  If Ryan ever invites you to the house, you should totally go if for this fact alone!)

We headed to a local Mashpee restaurant for dinner, Siena.  I hadn’t eaten lunch and was starving!  In typical ThatRunnerChick fashion, I ate 15 pieces of bread and ordered a large pizza.  I could not resist the pizza.  It was “The Alpine”—pesto marinara, smoked mozzarella, prosiutto, carmelized onions, and regular mozzarella.  Has my name all over it, right?!  Unfortunately, I could only fit 3 pieces in my belly due to all the bread (a poor showing!)–but that means leftovers!!

Ryan got a pizza too. It had eggplant on it. You wouldn’t know though, because it appears he just ate red pepper flakes for dinner!

We hung out at the house, watched Big Love, and digested a while before heading to bed.  This race has a super late start—10am, so no worrying about lack of sleep!!!  Woke up, the boys had applesauce I had a fruit leather and half a bagel (See, I made the race ‘not a big deal’ by not eating the breakfast.  I should have been more hardcore!)

Then the race happened, I PR’ed, ate 2 Double Latte Power Gels.  (Race report tomorrow, I don’t want to give too much out in this entry its already 100 pages long, so check back tomorrow for the OFFICIAL one!)  I hung out and waited for my peeps to finish the half.  We had a TON of friends racing, I cant even list them all!  So just know that PW Pr’ed and was 6th overall with a 1:16 half marathon! (Such a stud, right?!)

Here he is getting his award…

Post race I consumed a lot of Mix 1’s, a sponsor of the race, because I LOVE them!  And this happened:

(Matt, Ryan, Andy, MouthFullofBagel PW, and Sean.)

We had to hustle back because I had to run again before the YMCA closed.  Unfortunately this race was in the middle of a build week so I had to run a total of 2 hours.  With the race, warm-up, and cool-down I had run exactly 1 hour thus far, so I had to hit up the treadmill! I ended up with about 15 miles for the day.

I was pretty much famished at this point and thankfully my awesome mother in law was making us a sweet dinner: spaghetti and her homemade sauce/meatballs!!

I’d just like to note that a PR is great and everything, but something even more exciting happened: I had my first blog recognition! A woman came up to me, introduced herself (hi Kelly!), and told me she reads my blog! Hope your race was great!

Alright I am off to bed, it is back to work tomorrow.

Posts coming at you tomorrow:

1. Weeks Worth of Workouts for this week
2. Hyannis 10k Race Report
3. Daily Picture Journal Day 3 (since I missed it!)

So check back!


Did you race this weekend?  How did you do?

Yep, 10k!  I havent done one since 2006, so a PR was pretty cool!

Whats youre favorite race distance?

As brutal as it is…I think I like 5ks the most!

Daily Photo Journal, Day 2

No running for me today!  I made P-Dubs an enormous carbo-loading breakfast (toast, eggs, waffles, hashbrowns–dont worry he had an additional 2 waffles!):

Now we are packing up, dropping the dogs off, and heading down to the Cape!  A nice ending to February break.  Before I go though, I wanted to squeeze in Day 2 of the Photo Journal.  I am going to bring my MacBook, but I dont know what the internet situation will be like down there for blog updatin’!

Without further ado…

Day 02 – A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest

A picture of us then:

And now:

We should have posed in dresses similar to the first picture, to get the full effect!  (Also, please remind me to never do bangs like that again, okay?)

So that is me and Nina (Niner), we have been friends for 27 years.  Which is since she was born, 3 months after me.  I used to call her ‘Neener Weener Carpet Cleaner], and I have no idea why (and our friendship might end now that I put that on the internet!) We are also cousins.  We grew up in towns 45 minutes away from each other, but now we both live in the same town!  She is pretty awesome, she works the nightshift being a police dispatcher (pretty hardcore, right?!)

Hope to be able to blog tonight…but if not, check ya after the race tomorrow!!  My only goal is to hit the pace the coach (PW) gave me!!!

30 Day Photo Challenge

My iPhoto is filled to the brim with years worth of pictures, so I decided it would be fun to do the 30 Day Photo Challenge I saw on Christina’s blog (PS I love her blog, check it out!)  Here are the 30 days:

Day 01 – A picture of yourself with ten facts
Day 02 – A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest
Day 03 – A picture of the cast from your favorite show
Day 04 – A picture of your night
Day 05 – A picture of your favorite memory
Day 06 – A picture of a person you’d love to trade places with for a day
Day 07 – A picture of your most treasured item
Day 08 – A picture that makes you laugh
Day 09 – A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most
Day 10 – A picture of the person you do the most ****** up things with
Day 11 – A picture of something you hate
Day 12 – A picture of something you love
Day 13 – A picture of your favorite band or artist
Day 14 – A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without
Day 15 – A picture of something you want to do before you die
Day 16 – A picture of someone who inspires you
Day 17 – A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently
Day 18 – A picture of your biggest insecurity
Day 19 – A picture and a letter
Day 20 – A picture of somewhere you’d love to travel
Day 21 – A picture of something you wish you could forget
Day 22 – A picture of something you wish you were better at
Day 23 – A picture of your favorite book
Day 24 – A picture of something you wish you could change
Day 25 – A picture of your day
Day 26 – A picture of something that means a lot to you
Day 27 – A picture of yourself and a family member
Day 28 – A picture of something you’re afraid of
Day 29 – A picture that can always make you smile
Day 30 – A picture of someone you miss


Okay so onto Day 1: A picture of yourself with ten facts


1. PW and I eloped.  The above picture is from my last hour of being a single lady!  My friend Pam took the picture, she had no idea we were running off to get married right after she took it!

2. I used to hate running.  Despise.  I was (40 pounds) overweight and couldnt run 5 minutes straight.  But, like most things, if you put your mind to it you can do it!

3. I was a psychology major in college.  I took a Statistics class required for my major and it made me fall in love with math!  Now I get to do it everyday 🙂

4. PW I started talking/getting to know each other after our mutual friend passed away at a triathlon, 6 years ago (cant believe it was 6 years, RIP PB)

5. I am still terrified of the dark, at almost 28 years old!

6. I did the backstroke, with my wetsuit unzipped, in my first open water triathlon.  I was terrified (and I still hate lakeweed!)

7. I was a vegetarian off and on for years (HS/college).  Then one day, I just stopped.

8. My favorite food always has been, and always will be, pizza.

9. I worked at bike shops for 3 years (!!), and for a company that puts on triathlons for 12 years (!!!!)

10. I went through many different phases in high school/college: Goth, Hippie, Punk/Scene, you name it, I was there at some point.

Down but not Out

I cannot believe I didnt update yesterday!  I have been taking my vacation here pretty hard.  A lot of running, recovering, book reading, and cooking.  Yesterday included some errands that apparently took up too much time to blog (okay, maybe not, because Yesterday I also read an entire James Patterson novel!).

First things first, Wednesday night I made a delicious dinner.  I love breaded chicken.  Normally I made it myself, dipping the chicken in a breadcrumb/parmesan cheese/italian spices/flour blend.  I decided to try out a shake’n’bake because it only has SEVEN CARBS!  Way less than the bread crumbs I was using.  It was, of course, delicious.  Served with roasted potatoes and asparagus (on sale!).  I had about 50 grams of protein with this dinner which is kind of  a big deal for me!

Yesterday I had an 80 minute run on schedule.  Just regular ol’ Zone 1 run, no hill bounding, due to the race on Sunday.  I went outside and it was glorious.  My longest run outside since October (and that was 26.2).  I had to run outside to get my REAL zone 1 pace (not the treadmill one), so we could figure out my pace for the 10k.  Then I came home and proceeded to lay on the couch for the afternoon and read above mentioned book.

But before that run, I dropped my taxes off with my grandmother.  So happy to have them off and being calculated!  I also stopped my parents house to pick up any mail I had there.  I had a little package from BrooksID waiting for me! A sweet shirt. A little big for me (it is a small, but apparently I am an extra-extra-extra small?), but pretty cool to have!



I also love their motto. This is the back:

I agree: Run Happy!

I have a big day planned today. Do all my lesson planning for next week. Run 35 minutes on the treadmill (recovery–last run until Friday). And read another book!


Are you racing this weekend?

Yep, 10k on Sunday in Hyannis!

Whats YOUR favorite running shoe company?

Brooks, of course. I could run all day long in their Adrenalines!

Eat your dinner, Tina

The above quote is brought to you by the fact I watched “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” while on the treadmill yesterday.  They had a Napoleon Dynamite question.  But in all seriousness, that was just the tip the iceberg of my awesome day.

Yesterday, I updated the ol’ blogaroonie and then got ready for my run.  I was all set, then went to get my Garmin and couldnt find it.  This was a workout I absolutely needed my Garmin for. An HOUR later I found it on the drying rack in the corner of the basement with all my clean workout clothes.  I am so forgetful that I have a place where I put all my workout stuff, all together (shoes, garmin, HR strap, headband, etc all go in the same place).  Somehow I forgot to even do that!  I finally got to the gym and had (I dont use this word lightly) an epic workout.  It was scheduled as:

90 minutes total

45 minute warm-up in Zone 1

2 x 10 minute Zone 2 with 5 minutes Zone 1 between them

15 minute cooldown Zone 1

I set out and my HR was super low.  I ended up averaging below Zone 1 at 8:30s (awesome!).  Doing the math, it should have been around 8 min/mi. (I know, I know, the treadmill lies, but Ill take it!)

The Zone 2 is my favorite part though, I am so glad it is finally time for it again, because I love running hard. I started at 8:20’s and made my way down to 7:30’s for each interval.

I ended up with about 10.7 miles, and some seriously sore hip flexors (the yoga from Sunday is definitely haunting me and my workouts still!)  I have a super easy 35 minute recovery run today, which can be done outside because it will be a warm and toasty 40 degrees!

Post-run and post-endurox, I went into the fridge for a snack and found this:



YESSSS!  Thank you PW, bringer of new Chobani flavors into our home!  I have wanted to try this since it came out.  I opened that thing so fast, I barely had enough time to truly read the flavor (Black Cherry, btw)



It was, as I hope you would expect, delicious!  I love all things cherry, so this flavor was a given for me.  There are pretty big chunks of cherries in it, so if you have a texture thing about that, this yogurt would not be for you (however, the Raspberry, honey, or vanilla would be!)

Believe it or not, despite the fact I had a fabulous run, and my husband surprised me with the yogurt I have wanted to try, my fay continued to get better.  I checked the mail and found these:

Attune Foods coupons from HangryPants Heather! I am going to hit up the grocery store today to try some stuff!

Post coupon receiving, and dancing a little, it was time for more trivia (I know! 2 nights in a row!). We lost, unfortunately. And I had a mediocre (at best) BLT, unfortunately. I did have a lot of fun with my friends though, fortunately. Which was sort of the point of going!

I have just been informed we are staying down the Cape this weekend for the Hyannis race. If you are going to be there, come find the QT2 table right near the awards in the banquet hall to say hi! There will be 20 of us, most people wearing baby blue (I will be wearing my fluorescent yellow Brooks uniform!), so we are hard to miss!!!

The ABC’s of ThatRunnerChick!

This has been going around the blog world, and I thought it would be a fun way to start a blog entry!

A. Age: 27

B. Bed size: Queen. Yep, 2 people and 2 dogs in a queen! Luckily, I sleep like a dead person, and wake up in the same position I fell sleep in!

C. Chore you hate: Cleaning the bathroom. And putting laundry away.

D. Dogs: The best pet! Our dogs cheer me up and make me happy no matter what the situation!

E. Essential start to your day: Taking the dogs out, within 60 seconds of opening my eyes. They are little, and have little bladders!

F. Favorite color: To wear….black. Other than that, pink!

G. Gold or silver: Silver, by far.

H. Height: 5 feet 2 inches of lean, mean, fighting machine!

I. Instruments you play: I played the Clarinet in high school. My musical talent stops there. Wish I could play the piano though!

J. Job title: Mathematics Teacher Grades 9-12

K. Kids: 2 furry ones that I refuse to call my “fur babies” (blech)

L. Live: Central Massachusetts. AKA Snow Capital of the lower N.E states right now!

M. Mom’s name: Marlo

N. Nicknames: Coco, Court, Wheelermania, Smalls (like in The Sandlot!), I also answer to “Miss” a lot

O. Overnight hospital stays: None!

P. Pet peeve: People waiting for parking spots near the entrance to someplace when there are plenty of open ones further away (this is especially annoying when it is at the gym!)

Q. Quote from a movie: “You have a baby! …In a bar!” (I have no idea why I say this all the time, but I do. I put different objects people are carrying in for the word baby!) Its from Sweet Home Alabama

R. Righty or Lefty: Righty.

S. Siblings: A little brother who is 19, and a brother and sister in law!

T. Time you wake up: 5:30am for work, 7-8ish otherwise

U. Underwear: weird question!

V. Vegetables you dislike: Peppers. I dont like any kind of peppers!

W. What makes you run late: I am RARELY late. I am almost alway early, and if I am not, I am on time!

X. X-rays you’ve had: teeth, wrist, ankle

Y. Yummy food you make: Please refer to recipe tab at the top of my blog!

Z. Zoo animal favorite: The monkeys. Baby baboons to be specific!!

Okay, now that Ive done that, I need to go get ready to run. Yesterday I had to do a 35 minute recovery run (usually Mondays are off to recover from my long run on Sunday) because of the race this weekend. I was hurtin’! My delt’s, hamstrings, and hips hurt so good from yoga!

I am off to do 90 minutes now, it is freezing cold (legit freezing, real feel in the low single digits!), so it will be on the treadmill!

Last night we went to trivia at the BBC in Framingham. It was fun and we came in 4th place! We were in 1st but lost it on the question “What month does the most mail get sent through local post offices?” (Whats your guess??) Ah, well, another night of trivia awaits us TONIGHT at The Horseshoe Pub!

Before I go, here is a little math humor to brighten your day!

Yoga and Bike Rides are for winners!

I just got home from my first Bikram Yoga class in 2 years.  And my second ever.  Yep, once I went that first time 2 years ago, I never went back.  It was way more awesome than I remember it being. It was still brutal though!  The first half is sooo hard for me because my arms are so weak!  It takes all I have to keep them in the air!!  I was surprised at how much more 1) flexible and  2) stronger I was than when I went last time.  I think 2 years of consistent running has really REALLY affected my lower body strength.  I felt awesome afterwards!  Might be a new post-long run ritual.  I am not sore at ALL despite running 2 hours in the treadmill earlier today.  PS it is totally true that you sweat from places you didnt think possible.  Like, the tops of my feet and the inside corners of my eyes!


Now to the Time Trial this morning.  PW’s heat went off at 8 so we got there at 7 and I socialized while he warmed up on the bike.  The cool thing about these time trials (the BTT , Boston Triathlon Team Time Trial in particular) is that there are a million triathletes here so its like a reunion, seeing a bunch of people you havent seen since October!  He hopped on the bike and took it out hard while Landon (B.Hughes’ son) and I hung out and took pictures.  And ate dried mango.  And I drank a caramel macchiato.


Here are PW and Sean near the end. And Michelle in the background!


It was a QT2 heat, so almost everyone was on the QT2 Systems Triathlon team.

This was the front row (including Charlie, Jen, Adam, Sean, Cait, PW, and Jay!)



And the back row (Rick, Brian, Tim, and Amanda and Michelle down the end!)



And this picture is just because it is hilarious. Adam photobombed my picture of Charlie!

If we are facebook friends, you can see the rest of my TT pictures on there, I just uploaded them all. There are plenty!

When we left, PW was in first place for men and Cait for women. No official results yet (it was an all day affair!). I will post when I know them though!

I just drank 48 ounces of water but I feel like I need to go drink another bathtub full, so…over and out!

Long Run Sunday

I did accomplish one of my goals yesterday, I slept until 10:30.  It was oh so sweet.  And it was good I did it because the rest of the weekend has been action packed.

We had a dog emergency yesterday afternoon.  Kona jumped off the couch, and then all of a sudden went limp.  She couldnt get up, her gums were white, she was throwing up, and she was out of it (if you know Kona, you know she is nothing if not a fighter!)  We rushed her to Tufts Vet Emergency Room, where they diagnosed it as a vaso-vagal reaction and said it was probably a fluke.  It was so scary, glad this little lady is alright:

This morning we got up bright and EARLY (emphasis on the bright part), at 5am.  We zipped down the Mass Pike to Landry’s Boston for PW to do a Time Trial.  Entry on that (and about a million pictures of it) coming later!

Post TT, I had to get right to the gym for my run.  I was going run outside on Comm Ave but real feel was -7 which is beyond the ability of this cold blooded runner girl.  So we rushed home and I popped on over to the Y.  118 minutes, 22 of them at Zone 2. I took that run to the cleaners!

Okay, no I didnt.  I averaged the VERY bottom of Zone 1.  Like, not even a beat in.  The bottom.  Ah well, at least I was in the zone at all!  My sister-in-law was already running when I got there and she awesomely killed the first 30 minutes with me, talking so the time flew by.  By the time she left, I only had 90 minutes left which seemed like a piece of cake at that point!  Nonetheless, the run is over and next week is my first race in 2 months!

I am making this a quick blog entry because I need to get ready for YOGA!  Our first Bikram Class starts at 4 so I need to go get directions and stand in the snow for an hour so that the heat is refreshing.  Picked up this bad boy to christen with pools of sweat this afternoon:

I am off to go hydrate like a madwoman so I do not faint in yoga!  Nuun is my friend today!

Check back tonight for a synopsis of my first yoga class and a recap of the TT, results + pictures included!

PS. Hello to whoever googled “How to make your blog hilarious” and got to ThatRunnerChick.com.  I hope you found many ideas from my blog on what NOT to do, so yours is ACTUALLY funny.