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