Race recap: Runner’s Knees Virtual 10 Miler

The Runner’s Knees Virtual 10 Miler was race #12 on the year and was also a PR for me!

It all started with this tweet:

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A chance to run the same race (kind of) with DanielleAmy and Rachel?!?! OK — sign me up!

My training schedule called for a four mile slow run on Saturday and a 10 mile steady run (9:20-9:40 pace) on Sunday. I decided to just flip flop the two workouts and then be OK with running the ten a bit slower if necessary.

By the time I went to bed on Friday night, I had kind of already gotten it in my head that I was going to do this race on the treadmill. After Thursday’s awful run, I wanted to avoid having anything about this run feel similar to that.

So I woke up around 6:30 on Saturday morning and had a baked breakfast cookie and some coffee. Around 7:30 I headed to the gym and jumped on one of my favorite treadmills. I was crossing my fingers for something nice and distracting to watch to get me through the ten miles. And I lucked out — Wimbledon! (I miss tennis. Thinking of starting on another women’s singles league if I ever stop training for marathons.)

I felt pretty sluggish from the start — again with the heavy legs. I could feel my tight calves and my left shin was also bothering me a bit, but I wore my PRO compression socks (because it’s cool to wear compression socks indoors on a treadmill) so the discomfort was much more bearable than on Thursday. I had my water bottle full of Cola flavored Nuun (LOVE this flavor. Thanks, Maria, for giving me a sample!) and I also had a Huckleberry flavored Hammer Gel (I took half at mile 5 and the other half at 8).

Finally — somewhere past the halfway point, I started feeling warmed up and increased the speed a bit. For the rest of the run I kept increasing the speed and finished the last mile at a 9:13 pace.

Total time – 1:37:56 (old PR was 1:39:02) I did hit the 10 mile mark at 1:28:16 during my most recent half marathon so I know I can keep improving on my 10 mile time!

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Congratulations to the rest of the Virtual 10 Miler participants and thanks to Runner’s Knees for putting it on! (check out this awesome recap that Runner’s Knees put together.)

I can’t wait to get my medal!

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9 thoughts on “Race recap: Runner’s Knees Virtual 10 Miler

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  2. erin

    Nice job, Hyedi! I can’t imagine running 10 on the dreadmill, too 🙂

    Also, do you like your PRO compression? I need a pair SO bad!

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