A Little More Each Day

One working mama learning to run & to maintain my 100+ pound weight loss!

2014 Peak 2 Peak 10 Mile Race

on September 8, 2014

Spoiler alert: I included the year because I definitely intend to run this race again! The Omaha Running Club really does a great job putting on races.

I’ve heard great things about the Peak 2 Peak 10 mile race in Omaha since I started running a couple of years ago. Most years, this race runs along the Keystone Trail, a paved path along a creek through town. It starts at one running store and goes 10 miles along the trail to the other location of the store. I loved the idea of doing a point to point race. Alas, thanks to construction on the trail, that was not to be so it ended up as a loop along the trail. This is the same trail I ran on Monday for the Go Girl 5K, so I knew it would be a little narrow and I would have to pay attention to passing bikers and non-racers.

I will be taking my new socks out for a test run this week! I always like getting a new brand of socks to try without having to pay for them.

I will be taking my new socks out for a test run this week! I always like getting a new brand of socks to try without having to pay for them.

I stopped by the very quick and efficient packet pick up at Peak Performance running. We got a short sleeved tech shirt and socks with the race logo on them, which were cute and an interesting little bit of race swag!

Actually women's cut, which is nice!

Actually women’s cut, which is nice!

It was a gorgeous day to run and my goals were simple: to feel better at the end of this race than I did at the end of the 5K. To do that, I wanted to make a plan and gather the mental fortitude to stick with it. My plan was to run the first mile by feel. In a long run, I have time to recuperate from going out too fast and I know myself enough that I generally get those early race jitters out of my system in the first mile, so I wouldn’t do too much long term damage to my race. That also allows me to get to a happy place in the pack. After mile one, I wanted to stick to intervals of 3 minute run, 30 second walk until mile 9. At mile 9, I’d check in with myself to see what “finishing strong” was going to look like, depending on how I felt. I didn’t want to let myself peter out at the end. As a secondary goal, I would love to finish in less than 1:47:30 (10:45 pace) because that would be an 8 minute improvement on my predicted half marathon time from the McMillan site. I’m hoping that bumps me up a bit in my RunDisney corral for StarWars weekend.

A little over 200 runners and a speedy pack for the most part as this race was also the state championships for this distance.

A little over 200 runners and a speedy pack for the most part as this race was also the state championships for this distance.

I lined up too far back in the pack, but I did at least have a lovely chat with some girls back there about my awesome skirt. I ran most of the first mile, but tried to keep my pace a little slower. I had to stop and walk to a) remove my Gu’s from the back pocket of my skirt – having back there was making the waistband slip down! and b) switch my headphones from my Shuffle over to my iPhone. For some reason the shuffle and headphones weren’t talking to each other, even though they’re both working fine with other apparti since then. The first mile was the only crowded part of the course as everyone spaced out nicely after that point. For the first 5+ miles of the loop, we were going north and it was wonderfully flat. I kept to my intervals and a nice steady pace (like 2 miles in a row at 10:44 steady). I was happy to see that not only was I feeling great and sticking to my intervals, I was on pace to finish ahead of my time goal too!

My mind was firmly on running so I only took one pic on the course! Still, look at this gorgeous day!

My mind was firmly on running so I only took one pic on the course! Still, look at this gorgeous day!

This is the first time I’ve ever carried my own water bottle in a race and I have to say, I really liked it. It made it easier to stick to my intervals without stopping to walk through a water station out of cycle and I had frequent small amounts instead of over-drinking like I tend to at water stations. I’ll admit that I let my good feelings go to my head at the first water station and I grabbed a cup of water on the run and tried to drink it, still on the run. Yep, I’m still not coordinated enough to do that. I stuck to my own water bottle after that. I didn’t mind carrying it all.

The southern loop of the course had a lot of little dips and rises, which slowed me down in the next to last mile. From mile 8 was my only mile over 10:45 pace, which is pretty cool for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ The southern part of the course also included the 6.2 10K mark, which was a new PR for me according to the Garmin at 1:05 and change. That’s the only time I broke intervals, I’m proud to say, as I ran through a walk interval to hit that mark. Other than that, I stuck to my intervals the whole time and reminded myself that I was totally rocking my goal of being in charge of my running!

There was a photographer set up around mile 7, getting our pics as we made the last turn to head back to the finish! (Cute skirt, right?)

There was a photographer set up around mile 7, getting our pics as we made the last turn to head back to the finish! (Cute skirt, right?)

A couple of interesting things along the way: 1) I got lots and lots of comments from other racers, volunteers, bikers and random passerby about my super-cute skirt. Ah, the power of a SparkleSkirt.ย  2) I mentioned bikers? For some reason, a biker coming up through the middle of us at a slowish pace stopped without warning in the midst of the water station! I ran right into her and she gave me the evil eye, but what was she doing stopping without warning in such an inconvenient place? Thanks to the water station on both sides, there was a small path through the center to get through so there was no one to run but behind her. Sigh. Thankfully neither of us bit the dust completely.

I’ll be honest, around mile 8 it was getting hard to stick with things. My running slowed but I stuck to the intervals. I got quite a boost as I saw people coming back down the path after finishing the race wearing their medals. I didn’t realize we got medals! They weren’t big, but I like bling of any kind. ๐Ÿ™‚

Such a cute little medal!

Such a cute little medal!

At mile 9, I decided that given how tired I was feeling, “finishing strong” was going to be sticking to my intervals and running across the finish line under my time goal ofย  1:47:30. It turned out that I would have ended on a walk interval and there’s no having that so I definitely skipped that walk interval ran it all the way end from 9.6ish. It was an uphill run to finish but it felt good to be done and have stuck to my plan!! I also had my two favorite guys there cheering for me.

Crossing the finish!

Crossing the finish!

I mentioned that Omaha Running Club puts on a good race right? Not only was everything clearly marked throughout, with great volunteers and water stops (with Gu), they were handing out your times on a printed slip of paper as soon as you crossed the finish line. That was a first for me and it was great to see that I’d finished ahead of my time goal. I’ll definitely be updating my RunDisney proof of time. We got our medals and then headed back behind the running store, where there were plenty of tables, drinks and snacks (cookies, granola bars, pizzas). It was a great race and I’ll definitely be back to run it again next year along its traditional point-to-point route.

Our times were ready whenever we crossed the finish, rather than waiting until later in the day.

Our times were ready whenever we crossed the finish, rather than waiting until later in the day.

This race also makes me feel very good about my goals for the Des Moines Half Marathon. This was a great practice run for pacing and fueling and gear. It’s nice to know that the next medal I get will be for my second half marathon. Woo hoo!

Final time: 1:46:48, a 10 mile PR (as this is my only 10 mile race)

 

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16 responses to “2014 Peak 2 Peak 10 Mile Race

  1. Kristin says:

    Great time!! Great job!! You’re fabulous!! So happy you had a wonderful time at the race!! Yaaay to phenomenal races!! XOXO!!!

  2. Awesome job beating your time goal and getting that new 10K PR!! I bet it will definitely help you move up corrals at Star Wars!

    Love your Sparkle Skirt btw! Add me to the list of people who think it is super cute :0)

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