First, I have a bad confession to make, when I first read about the Tufts 10K, I really didn’t think I would enjoy running with 8,000 women. I have traumatic experience of catty women growing up and being relative tomboyish I haven’t always been a “girl power!” type of girl. However, I was proven utterly and complete wrong. It was amazing!
I was running with 8,000 amazing, strong, healthy, accomplished women and the best part was that I wasn’t shoved aside, knocked into, or grossed out by any man grunt and sneers like I usually am in Boston 5k/10ks. Nothing personal men, I’m sure most of you are awesome courteous runners but something about running brings your caveman out sometimes.
Number Pick Up was super easy and I picked mine up on Friday at CitySports. In it came a LunaBar, some coupons/ads, and a pretty awesome long sleeve tech shirt. Last year it was cotton so I was super excited that they leveled-up to something I could use for those chilly fall morning runs.
The route was great, starts in the Boston Public Gardens, goes up Beacon street up a slight incline for the Mass Ave bridge and then up and down the Charles River on the Cambridge side. It wasn’t perfectly flat but it’s about as flat as Boston will get.
My Favorite Part?
The men in tuxes at water station 5!! Yes, men should always just serve women 😉
Tufts 10K Race Report
I was coming from work at an extended lunch break for this run so I was a little nervous about playing it last minute to the starting line. The race had some cool yoga and warm-ups but sadly I had to miss those.
The only thing cooler than blurry bathroom self portraits are elevator ones!
I was very grateful to find Robin at the starting line. Actually she found me because little sleep + lots of coffes + no glasses = blind Liana. How blind? I almost missed Joan Benoit Samuelson standing right in front of me!
In case you want some impressive statistics, Joan was the first-ever women’s Olympic marathon champion. Benoit Samuelson still holds the fastest times for an American woman at the Chicago Marathon and the Olympic Marathon. Her time at the Boston Marathon was the fastest time by an American woman at that race for 28 years!
Yea, I tried to run with her but about half a mile in I was coughing and gasping as I couldn’t keep up with a 6 min pace!
My original plan however was to try to keep up with Robin. The girl who just crushed her half Ironman, has a speedy record with her training runs being faster than my PRs. My mind equated keeping up with Robin = PR. I too lost her in the dust somewhere around 2.5 miles.
Regardless of falling into the dust of two amazing fast women I have to say I’m pretty proud of my own results
Miles 1 – 6:23 – The gun went off and I was blazing with adrenaline
Miles 2 – 6:43 – To be fair this was where the incline to the Mass Ave Bridge began
Mile 3 – 6:53 – Okay I was starting to get a little sad for not being able to keep up my speed
Mile 4 – 7:07 – I always have an inner battle mid race of any distance
Mile 5 – 7:05 – Okay so maybe my internal battle lasted 2 miles
Mile 6 – 6:57 – Men in tuxes serving water really pumped me up!
Mile 6.2 – I messed up my runkeeper but I kicked all the way to the finish line for a grand PR of:
112th person to cross the finish line out of 8,000 and 52nd out of 1,187 in my age (20-29) division, PR CENTRAL!
As for Robin, she ran a 41:52 without even looking remotely tired when I found her at the finish line. My other friend Ana ran her FIRST 10K at 1:03:00! Not bad for someone who barely trained. I wish I had time to catch up with her but after finding Tony and my other friend Adrienne, I had to jet back to work!
The Outfit – Because you need an outfit to PR
Reebok sponsored me and a few other FitFluential ambassadors for the Tufts 10K. In addition to allowing us to run this fun race, they outfitted us in style! A few weeks before we received Seamless Capri Tights and the Play Dry Short Sleeved Top that I have to admit I have worn religiously with each laundry cycle leading up to the 10K. True confession again: I’m cheap and most of my running tops are tech shirts I get through races or Target sale workout clothes. Those work but OMG the Reebok shirt is just soo soft and I love the V-neck! I’ve been searching for V-neck running tops but the few I purchased have always scratched up my skin. As for the Capri Tights, well it’s been love ever since! I’ve been wearing them for my recent AM pre-work runs when the sun hasn’t fully risen yet and they’re great as the weather shifts from chilly fall to sunny warm. They’re soft and even though I was a little too dressed up for the sunny weather, they dried up my sweat pretty quickly. And they make my butt look pretty good.
And yes, anyone who knows me well knows that I wear more purple than an elderly lady so my love for the color was no surprise. Plus #GetAfterIt is Reebok’s new campaign and I was pretty proud to be strutting the mantra for my PR.1
Thank you FitFluential and Reebok for the opportunity to run the Tufts 10K