It was a cold and windy day for the Ocean Drive 10 miler today. I was definitely nervous and thinking I had no business doing this run today, but in the end it turned out fine! I finished just under 1:55 which is a high 11 minute mile pace - very slow! - but it was a nice day.
With this morning's crowd and atmosphere, I was excited and ready to get in a run down the shore with a bunch of other people. The goal - finish! It was so cold though, all I could think about was that my boobs were killing me! I don't remember this with Nick in pregnancy, just after they hurt, but they have been hurting ALOT (and especially when it is cold!)
The first mile I felt like a normal runner. I started out with pants on. I can never be too cold so I couldn't start with the shorts! I had a bunch of new gear on - jacket I got for Christmas, bondi band, and compression socks (review soon). Lately, my calves have been so sore for the first 10 minutes of outside running - it happened again today. Mile 2 the pants came off - shorts underneath and I tied my favorite running pants around my waist for the next 8 miles. Mile 3 I was thinking, a 5k would have been a perfect distance, good enough! And by mile 5 I really thought, 5 miles would have been nice. I was hanging in there until around mile 8 when I got a side stitch that was killer! It was so windy and I wanted to be done! I had to walk on and off to the finish. All in all, it was a nice day, I was able to get in a run that I wouldn't have been motivated to do alone, and it was my third OD10 in a row : )
For me, when I am not racing, I tend to enjoy things that I don't notice otherwise - the scenery, the atmosphere, the fans. It is a decent but very quiet course that is mainly on streets through the shore towns. The last 1/2 mile was on the boardwalk - wish there was more boardwalk running! The marathon course is really flat, but you are on your own! There are not many fans out, and it would be hard to motivate. Last year I did 20 miles of it and it was definitely a nicer day and more people were out, but I'm not sure if I could run the full marathon after experiencing today. Some guy turned to another runner and said "I can't believe I paid for this" - he was doing the marathon.
All in all, it was a good experience, I am a little sore but feel good.
Nick and I post race: