Hot and Fresh FBG BMF 10K Race Report
Woke up not wanting to run at all. Have recently stepped into the most intensive marathon training so far for me and have been working back into fitness since time off at the end of Feb through April. Muscles were tired from the week and had not done any speedwork in ages but couldn't let TeamGrue down so after a 2x poop (I couldn't be left out of the double poop gang) and a bit of energy drink I stepped outside on a beautifully sunny day and made my way up to the highest point in Paris, Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre. I had thought about if this was really where I wanted to start for a variety of reasons but in the end it was not too far from home and provided a good mental mindset to know I wouldn't be overworking it in the first few km. I made a little gesture of goodwill to the big guy in the church to get my through this self-inflicted torture and was on my way.
KM 1 & 2 (4:12, 3:58)
If I had to do it over again, I would not start where I did for two reasons. Montmartre is full of old cobblestones and the first 500m were entirely on the cobbles. I was more focused on not twisting an ankle and just getting through it. At the same time, parts of Montmartre are incredibly steep and I found myself putting on the brakes and it took a bit to get to a comfortable pace. Found my stride once I was able to move to a proper sidewalk and maybe overcooked it for the second KM but still feeling alright at that point.
KM 3 & 4 (4:14, 4:04)
I had a route planned out and actually turned south sooner than I had wanted. Because of that my downhill route was a quick flameout after the first three KM. Tried to head back east a bit on KM3 to put me back on track but ended up a little short distance-wise at this part of the course. Would come back to get me at the end. My times saw me ease up a bit at KM3 as I was focused more on the route and once I had a holeshot to my next turn KM4 was back on a solid pace.
KM 5 & 6 (4:13, 4:00)
I don't race many 10Ks, fewer than five ever, and this was the point where I had to mentally suck it up. KM5 got to me a bit (this sufferfest is only halfway over!) and KM6 saw me power through down towards the river, right through some red intersections and luckily hitting the spots where the little man was red for me but it wasn't quite green for the cars.
KM 7 & 8 (4:17, 4:16)
CONTROVERSY ALERT! At the beginning of KM7 I hit an intersection that had just turned green. Cars were already on their way. Could I have made a u-turn or a left or right? Sure, but when you are balls deep in your own mind-#### and your heart is going full throttle, you're only focused on your game plan and the route that you had pre-determined to get you to 10KM. I waited until I could make my move and kept going. Happened again two minutes later. Was stopped for 40 seconds in total and completely ruined any momentum that I had going. I'll let the judges rule on this one.
The river has some ups and downs as you approach and move away from the bridges but I was glad for the ups at this point as they allowed me to keep focus. All I could think of at this point was to keep turning the legs over.
KM 9 & 10 (4:11, 4:12)
Was able to find a smooth transition to the running path right along the river and gave it my all from there. With about 700m to go there was a turn into the tunnel and a split. Either take the tunnel with the smooth roads and have the GPS all screwed up or go left onto the small, cobbly slice along the. river with literal waves of cobbles from old tree roots. I needed my GPS integrity so I took the ccbbles and that last bit was like a strange urban trail run. That was my payment for missing my turn earlier and lengthening the end of the course.
No matter how you shake it with the stopped watch and/or downhill route it was an all-time PR for me in the 10K by a lot so really stoked about that! One of my lifetime running goals is to break 40 minutes and hopefully by the end of this marathon block with some added speedwork I should get there.
Proud to be amongst all of you guys that got out there and did this. Awesome group we have here! #TeamGrue4Lyfe