Sunday I ran the BAA 10k, the second leg of the Distance Medley. And it was…magical.
The weather was almost ideal. 60’s and overcast. More humid than I like, but well, we can’t have everything. 🙂
The hubs (acting as “coach” for the day) and I snagged a photo
We met up with my friend Cara pre-race and got our shirts, scoped out the distance medley participant “VIP tent” (thanks Infiniti for the portable charger with the unicorn on it!) and had fun checking out some of the costumes people chose to run in. (Lotta unicorns – lotta blue & yellow)
Then it was time to race.
Standing in the Corral I heard the announcer say it was a fast course and a good day for a PR, or a course PR. And I remember thinking “well, since it’s my first time on this course it’s definitely a course PR”.
This race is “Disney crowded” and I knew when I started that I’d spend some time jockeying for position and getting around people. My strava later labeled a chunk of the first mile on Comm Ave as “frogger”. Which cracked me up because it’s spot on.
I knew I wanted to hit a good pace early, one that I could fall into and stay at. I also knew that I was not going to look at my watch at all during the race, because I didn’t want to know. If I was slow, fine. If I was fast, sweet. And whatever it was and the end, was what it would be.
I don’t remember too much of what I saw on course, because there were a lot of construction areas and I was more concerned with watching the road in front of me.
But I do remember a few things:
- The golden retrievers in the blue & yellow necklaces – awwww
- Hearing the volunteer before mile 2 announce the lead male had come by the other way (well past mile 4 for him. Wow)
- Seeing Cara on an out and back and waving.
- Seeing the Boston Strong painted on the underside of the overpass and raising my arm to it. 💙💛
- The car at mile 5 wth the 88.7 sticker. And thinking wow, that’s an odd distance to run. Oh wait…radio station. Lol
- The cairn terrier shortly after. This was special. I was struggling at this point, and thinking about trying to slow down when I saw him. Head raised I sent a silent thank you to my angel Gus, and surged on.
I made it to mile 6 and started looking around more. The dogs, the people, the “go Kelly’s”. And I felt stronger. I made the turn to the finish and held my pace, just for a minute, before sprinting all out to cross.
Check out those “sprint arms” lol
I stopped my watch….saw the 58:22 and grinned. Mouthed “F-ck Yeah” and thought of how far I’ve come back this year.
I walked past Dave McGillivray and smiled. I got my medal, and then heard that Desi Linden was now high-fiving runners at the finish line.
And my first thought was “dammit, if I’d just been a minute slower”.
It wasn’t until later, when I got home and looked up my PR records, that I realized I’d not only gotten a course PR, but a real one.
I beat the 58:28 I set at my very first 10k in 2009. Finally, I can stop saying that my 1st remains my fastest. And also, it eased the sting of missing Desi. Cuz PR’s trump all. 😁
Plus I did still get to see her. After the race we were looking for a place for a good photo and wandered by the stage in time to hear Des and Meb speak. They are both so nice, and humble and amazing champions. And I was lucky enough to snag a photo of Des.
After the race we headed over to the Public Garden to meet other friends. And took some photos with the ducks.
I took a moment to pose my medal with one…the whole time thinking of my friend Lori. And the time we did the same with our blue & yellow Boston Strong scarves we were gifted in 2014. Some things just become forever a part of us. 💙💛🦄
And…I’ll leave you with this. There is nothing like a post race high, to lead you to climb aboard a duck. (If only there’d been a unicorn statue!)