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Army Ten Miler 2012 Race Recap!

Good morning and happy Monday!

I had a great weekend – the highlight of which was running the Army Ten Miler on Sunday morning with blogger buddies Tina and Theodora!

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The Army Ten Miler will always have a special place in my heart not only because my family is military, but also because it was my very first long race ever! I first ran it back in 2009 when I was just starting to get into running, and I remember being SO proud of myself for running that far. It was the first time I ran double digits and also the very first race recap I posted here on this blog, which was only about a week old by that point!

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I love doing races again that I’ve done in the past because you can really see how far you’ve come. A perfect example of that was the Clarendon Day 10k that I just ran a month ago; my finishing time went from 9 minutes/mile back in 2009 to 8 minutes flat/mile this time around! Crazy.

Anyway! Theodora arrived bright and early at my apartment (she was at a nearby wedding on Saturday night) and we had a quick breakfast of some toast, almond butter, and banana before heading out the door. The race started at 8 a.m. – it was still just getting light when we got there around 7:15! Beautiful morning.

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The Golden Knights (the Army parachute team) were putting on a show above us just as we arrived at bag check. So cool!

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Theodora and I wore matching Lululemon ruffled skirts for the occasion, obviously. ;)

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After hitting up the porta-potties, it was race time… but unfortunately I don’t have any photos of the actual race! The website (and people at the expo) said they would be confiscating phones/cameras in security – which turned out to be false, bummer. Should’ve brought it anyway! Oh well. :)

We had a great race. I was debating if I should to try PR (set a new personal record) – my current 10 miler PR is 1:28:27 (average pace of 8:51) from the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler back in 2010, which is a pace way slower than my recent half marathon PR (which was an 8:20 min/mile average pace). I’ve been wanting to set a new 10 miler PR but I figured given how busy I’ve been the past couple months (and the fact that I didn’t do a ton of long runs leading up to this), I’d take it easy on myself and just see how I felt.

The first 2 miles were REALLY crowded – there were 23,000 people running this race and we were literally shuffling and nearly walking at some points. Around mile 2, I had a horrible random side stomach stitch – I never usually get those and it was so painful I almost decided to stop running to stretch it out but I didn’t want to lose the girls. I sucked it up and luckily it only lasted about a half mile and I was good from then on out! By that point I had settled in nicely with the girls and decided to stick with them. Forget the PR – it was more fun to just enjoy the beautiful weather, fun scenery, and chatter with my friends. We talked nonstop pretty much the whole time and had a blast – I couldn’t believe how quickly the run went by! The race was nice and flat and we ran all through the city, by the monuments, along the water, etc. Stunning day for a race.

Splits:

  • Mile 1: 9:08
  • Mile 2: 8:50
  • Mile 3: 9:02
  • Mile 4: 8:49
  • Mile 5: 8:54
  • Mile 6: 8:53
  • Mile 7: 9:06
  • Mile 8: 8:49
  • Mile 9: 8:36
  • Mile 10: 7:44 (!)
  • 0.2 mile nubbin pace (my watch was a little off): 6:56 (!!)

We were flying the last mile – I felt great and a lot of it was downhill, which helped! I was pretty pleased with our time, especially given that we were talking the whole time and also stopped at water stops 3 times! Just goes to show how far I’ve come – when I first did the race I finished in 1:30:01 and that was HARD. This time, it felt much easier and we were faster, too!

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My official time from the Army 10 Miler website: 1:29:12. Tina finished with me in 1:29:11, and Theodora was right behind us at 1:29:44 (she’s doing the Marine Corps Marathon next weekend and wasn’t trying to destroy her legs by sprinting the last half mile like we did!).

Yay! I seriously couldn’t believe how quickly the race went by. The girls and I already decided we need to do more races together ASAP. :) We want to find a smaller, less crowded 10 miler and crush our PRs! Gotta love running – always something to work for.

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Here I am with the official race shirt! I paid an extra $10 or something to get a tech tee instead of a cotton tee. Worth it!

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We also received these Army coins instead of medals! 

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After the race and wandering around a little, we headed out for brunch! All you can eat buffet? Yes, please!

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We went to Ireland’s Four Courts in Courthouse, VA. Love this place for brunch.

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The food at the finish line was lackluster (packaged muffins and bagels – blech – I just had a Kashi bar and an orange), so we were all starving. I enjoyed a mix of fruit, bacon, roasted potatoes (more than pictured because I ate some while waiting for my omelette!), a veggie filled omelette, and some smoked salmon and tomato. Hit the spot.

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Fun day with good friends!

I also want to give a shout out to some other bloggers who ran the race that I met up with on Saturday – congrats to Katie, Madeline, Lani, and Lisa for rocking out the race yesterday as well! It was fun meeting/seeing you ladies :)

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I’m off to my first day of my final 3 week dietetic internship – have a fabulous day, everyone! Official wedding recaps will commence tomorrow – stay tuned. :)

p.s. Looking to run your own 10 miler but not sure where to start? Check out one of my previous 10 miler training plans – it was from the Cherry Blossom 10 miler and includes a complete 2.5 months of my day to day training.

Comments

  1. 1

    Congrats on a great race! I’m running a 10k in Chicago in a couple weeks. It’s a 10k & 10 miler and I was debating signing up for the 10 miler but I’m not sure my lungs and legs can there so quickly with how my last few runs have gone but I do hope to do a 10 miler someday soon. :)

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    Looks like a fun race and you did awesome! I really like the s-shirt they gave you guys.. This is defiantly a race to look into next year!

    Awesome Job!

  3. 3

    Nice pictures, and congrats on a great race! It’s so much fun running with friends. :)

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    Good luck with the home stretch of your DI! So great seeing you Saturday! Glad you had fun Sunday – I had a blast!!

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    Thanks for a great race recap! I plan to run my first 10 miler in 2013 so I will definitely be checking out your race plan!

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    I went to Ireland’s Four Courts the day after your wedding for a beer with my college friend – super cute place! Congrats on your race (I also checked out the throwback post of your first one – so cute!). Miss you! xo

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    Congratulations on your awesome PR’s on this race!
    Bravo -very well done.

    And love the running skirt!!!! ;-)

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    You girls look great!! It looks like you had awesome weather and an awesome time! I love to support any cause or charity but theres just something about a military charity that I love, and no, no one in my family is in the military. Congrats on a great finish!

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    Congratulations, Anne. I’m going to miss your blog for about a week. Leaving in the morning for Hawaii for 45th anniversary

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    Love those 10 mile races! I’m stoked for the Cherry Blossom Race this year! :)

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    Was the food at the finish line Little Debbie?? ;)

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    so fun that you all ran it together- I love all you gal’s blogs!! I have never run a 10miler but I am keen to train for one/a half marathon in march time next year! Congrats on running a great race!

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    Cute race shirt. I want that running skirt!!

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    Great job on the race!!!

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    Adventurer says

    Very well done, Anne. Great race — especially considering the shuffling start and talking the entire way! Imagine how you can smash your PR in your next 10-miler. Impressive!

  16. 22

    Great Race Anne! as always you did a good Job, and the brunch looks very nice!

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    I was wondering if they were actually strict on the cell phone rule! I might just hide mine in my running belt. ;)

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