Woo Hoo, I did it! I ran and finished the Newburyport Yankee Homecoming 10 miler last night!
I was a little anxious as I haven’t run 10 miles yet this season. My training consisted of a 7 and an 8.5 mile run over the past few weeks. I was even trying to think of a way to gracefully get out of it. But since my two friends were meeting me at the race, and they were only doing it because I suggested it, I really had to go through with it!
The race started at Newburyport High School. As soon as I got there, registered and saw the crowds I was excited! I’d done this race in the past so I was familiar with the course, and the weather was good — a little cooler than its been and overcast — really perfect.
My strategy was to do the 10 miles as a run, not a race, so I ran at a comfortable pace most of the way… a very pleasant way to go! I was strong on the hills and very happy at the 8 mile mark. As I felt good, I picked it up a bit for the last 2 miles and gave it my all in the end! I ended up running it at a 9:33 pace. This was slower than my half marathon pace last fall, but I was trained and ready for that one!
All in all, I was happy. The race felt good and the pace was very good for a long training run.