Bermuda 10k (Race Recap)

28 Jan

Other recaps from the Bermuda Triangle Challenge: 1 mile racehalf marathon

On Saturday January 16th I ran the Bermuda 10k.  The 10k starts and ends at the Bermuda National Sports Center. For this race we opted to pay $8 to take the one-way hotel shuttle to the start, since there was no super convenient bus stops that we knew of, and we had to be there for an 9am start.  Unfortunately when we woke up on Saturday it was pouring rain and super windy. According to the weather reports it wasn’t going to let up until the afternoon, when we were done running.  Fortunately it was in the low 70s, which ment despite the rain we would be able to stay warm!

The bus left the hotel at 7:30 and got to the National Sports Center a little before 8. We were able to wait inside under cover until shortly before the race started. I had a running jacket that I debated on wearing but it isn’t a rain jacket and would have just absorbed water, so I opted to leave it in my bag to wear after the race.  I was so glad I had the foresight to throw a running hat in my luggage to keep potential rain out of my face too!

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There were plenty of (real) bathrooms at the stadium which was a nice perk.  I ate a honey stinger waffle around 8:30.  They had a bag check tent outside on the field in the sports center but due to the wind gusts they instructed us to leave our bags on the seats of the stadium under the area that was covered.  We had no issues with anyone mistaking their bags for ours and everything was there after the race.

Shortly before 9 we walked outside of the stadium to line up to start. It was still raining, maybe even harder, and the wind gusts sent a chill down my back. I wanted to get running to get warmed up. I had been hoping to get a shot at PRing this race, because I have been consistently PRing the 10k distance on training runs. But I knew the race was pretty hilly, and with the weather conditions I was feeling a bit uncertain. There were no corrals for this start so I tried to line up in a place that was a further ahead than my parents so I’d have minimal weaving to do.

The race started right on time and I started running. My placement in the corral was PERFECT, I barely had to weave at all. My plan was to run the first 2 miles and after that settle into 1:30/0:30 run/walk intervals. Even though I wanted to PR I also didn’t want to completely destroy my legs since we had 13.1 miles to go in under 24 hours.

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The race was tough.  The hills were much steeper than I expected and the rain and wind made it difficult to stay positive. I tried to focus my thoughts on how lucky I was to be running in Bermuda, which is a gorgeous country, even when it was raining. The race really felt longer than 6.2 miles because of the tough conditions but I just kept going and around mile 3 I knew I had a PR in sight. The last hill of the course was rough, but I walked a good portion of it because I knew I was going to PR regardless.

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I finished in 1:12:48, 1 minute and 59 seconds faster than my Hershey 10k PR in April! I am convinced I could do 10k in closer to 1:10 but given this tough course I was thrilled by the PR!

After I finished I hung out by the finish line cheering for other runners and for my parents when they came in.

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You can’t really tell but we were SOAKED in the above photo.

I was SO glad I had packed a spare tech shirt in my luggage and in my bag check, because I did a quick shirt change before we walked to the closest bus stop. By then the rain was stopping (figures). I only wish I had a pair of shorts to change into also.

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We took the bus back to the hotel with no issues and hung out and relaxed for most of the day. We grabbed lunch at the hotel and took it back to our room and put our feet up. For dinner we walked to the Swizzle Inn which was a super short walk from the hotel and it was nice to stretch out our legs a bit and get some pasta before the half marathon the next morning. My mom and I also stuffed our running shoes with newspaper to dry them out before the race the next morning. Thankfully this worked!!

 

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7 Responses to “Bermuda 10k (Race Recap)”

  1. dgobs January 28, 2016 at 9:14 am #

    Congrats on the PR! This race series sounds like such a cool experience.

  2. Darlene January 28, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

    Too bad it rained. Looked like a great race to do. Congrats on the PR.

  3. Run Away With Me January 28, 2016 at 11:48 pm #

    Great job on the PR and on pushing hard in the rain! My current 10k PR is actually the Hershey 10k coincidentally, and that’s with all of those crazy hills in the park. I think it’s so cool that you and I can claim PRs on hilly courses!

    • Becca January 29, 2016 at 8:19 am #

      That’s awesome your PR is in Hershey too!! Hershey’s course is NO joke, as you know!!

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