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Friday Fitness: Scotland 10k Recap #ScotlandRun

by Nellie

scotland 10k

Let’s be completely honest here–I hadn’t set the bar very high for this race.  My “training” had been inconsistent at best and I really hadn’t run much since the Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon (I think I might have been slightly traumatized from that race but I digress).


In my quest to run the 2016 NYC Marathon (or at least have the option!) I will be running at least 9 New York Road Runners races to qualify. This was my second race. The NYRR races almost always sell out so I have ALL nine races paid for and booked for the year. Crazy crazy crazy.


The Scotland 10k would be my first full loop of Central Park–official or otherwise–so I was super excited to run this race. There were 8000+ people running and I found the BGR! ladies and chatted with them until it was time to go.


Despite my lack of training, I felt good about the race–I was properly hydrated, I spent a lot of the day before stretching and rolling and I actually got up and ate breakfast! I slept well the night before and I picked up my bib 2 days prior which led to minimal race day stress. (I NEED to do this more often!)


People were dressed up in kilts (SO CUTE!) and the bagpipes were being played so beautifully! The temp was in the mid 40s super windy and unfortunately I was completely over dressed with 4 layers. Stuffed sausage anyone? I just can’t wait until the weather begins to normalize and I can simply throw on a old race tee and capris without the worry of freezing.


The Race

When we got started I felt pretty great–I checked my Garmin and was kind of shocked that I was exactly where I wanted to be pace wise (anything in the 12 mm range is great for me!). The miles went by rather quickly and the Harlem Hill wasn’t as bad as I had heard.

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I was happy with my pace! This was my third official 10k and I ended up with my second fastest time and that was with very little training. I started feeling comfortable after about mile 4, I was hot with the layers on but still felt good in the legs. Plus there was this very yummy green cinnamon raisin bagel waiting for me at the end, which was just perfect.


I jumped on the train right after and headed right home–which was nice–racecations are awesome but I like being able to go right home and take a shower too!

3 takeaways from the Scotland 10k

  1. Proper hydration is a really good thing
  2. Too many layers! Seriously why on earth did I have 4 shirts on?!
  3. Great qualifier race to run & fantastic prep for the Women’s MORE/Fitness Half Marathon next week that does this same loop twice!

How was your food/fitness week? Have you ever over dressed for a race?

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Allie April 10, 2015 - 5:40 am

Hooray for race prep!!!! I’m so proud of you for hydrating, eating breakfast and stretching out before the race. Good for you!! As for clothing, Runners World online app “What to Wear” (under tools) is a fantastic way to dress perfectly for any weather. I use it all the time and it has yet to fail me.
CONGRATS on another great race my friend! *virtual hug*

Nellie April 11, 2015 - 9:39 pm

Thanks Allie–I will totally download the app but I am slightly anemic so I have to keep that in consideration too. I’m excited for the remaining races!

Janine Huldie April 10, 2015 - 5:43 am

Yay for such a great race because of all your prep work and race or no race though it seriously needs to start warming up around here now!

Nellie April 11, 2015 - 9:38 pm

Thanks Janine! I appreciate you!

Kristina Walters April 10, 2015 - 5:52 am

You are doing fantastic Nellie! You are killing it with these races! I am so happy that you love running this much! You are doing awesome and I can’t wait to hear what else you will be doing!

Nellie April 11, 2015 - 9:38 pm

Thanks Kris!! I have a ton more coming up before July, I’m just gonna do my best and get them over with!

Aliah April 10, 2015 - 8:51 am

You rock! I love your race reports and I take away so much from each one. Great points on hydration and yes I have felt victim to over-layering. I tend to be cold and forget your body warms up pretty quick during a race! I had a good fitness/food week. Have a fab weekend!

Nellie April 11, 2015 - 9:37 pm

Thanks Lia!! I heard the wind outside my window that morning and added two layers. I think I’d rather be hot and miserable rather than cold and miserable ha

Kim April 10, 2015 - 12:50 pm

When it’s cold out I pretty much always err on the side of too much!!
Love that you just keep doing races:)

Nellie April 11, 2015 - 9:37 pm

Thanks I have a ton more to do before July–trying to get them out of the way early!

Leslie April 10, 2015 - 12:56 pm

Congrats on such a great race. Sounds like you’ve got a groove started. Good thing too with so many races to go. Good luck on your next race, too!

Nellie April 11, 2015 - 9:36 pm

Thank you, it’s pretty rapid fire from here until July!

Yum Yucky April 10, 2015 - 3:49 pm

Gurrrl, my first thought was that you had traveled to the country of Scotland to run this race. And ya know what, it would not have surprised me. LOL!

Nellie April 11, 2015 - 9:35 pm

Lol omg that would have been toooooooo awesome!!

Tamara April 12, 2015 - 5:23 pm

I’m so glad you’re like me – and sometimes you just need a bagel. I’m all about getting my carbs from fruits and yogurts, but an occasional bagel = YES.
Love those kilts!
Love that you ate breakfast that day. It’s very telling to me how my day will go based on if I ate breakfast that morning.

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