Jenna and I recently raced in the Rothman Institute 8K. Below are our separate reactions, post-race!
Q: What was the best part of the race?
Jenna: There were so many great things! I was so happy that Rose was able to come and run with me. We made a mini weekend out of it, and I had an amazing time. It was also really easy to get to! I hate when races require a painful trip to the start. Another “best part” was when I came around the corner and saw “47:32” on the clock. My goal was to finish between 50 and 55 minutes, so I was very pleasantly surprised that I was able to push myself that hard for 5 miles. Official time: 47:01.
Rose: Being with Jenna, duh. But seriously, that was a key factor in me being successful at the race. It was fun to team up together and tackle a healthy challenge. We ran together for about five minutes before I started lagging behind (right on schedule). But I appreciated that fast start, and I ended up with a time of 51:44, which is great for me (10:24/mile). The race also was organized really well, and the course was easy to follow. After running a few half-marathons, I was pleasantly surprised at how quick the race ended. And all the runners had a lot of energy!
Q: What was the worst (or most difficult) part of the race:
Jenna: Well, considering I beat my goal by quite a bit, there were many parts of the race that were really hard because I was tired. Walking entered my head a few times. I also wasn’t feeling that great when I woke up (had cramps and some stomach issues. good times.) so some stabbing pains occurred while I was running. Honestly, I think this also helped my time because “just get it over with” definitely entered my mind a few times.
Rose: Well, let’s be honest. I didn’t train a whole lot going into this. So my legs got a bit cramped after mile 3. Anddddd the course got a little boring toward the out (I hate out-and-backs), but I pushed through. There was a little hill at the end, but nothing like those Pittsburgh mountains. So all in all, I’d say the last mile was my hardest battle.
Q: How do you feel now that it’s completed?
Jenna: Ah-mazing. I know its wasn’t the half marathon, but it was the longest organized race I’ve done to date! I was really happy with my time, and just had such an amazing time. Between getting to run and catch up with Rose, AND us completing something so great together (I mean, we ran 5 miles by 8:30am!), it really was an awesome weekend. I can’t wait for us to run more together. I’m thinking some 5ks, 10ks, and maybe even a half in our future 🙂
Rose: Really, really good. I mean, I can barely move my legs, and I’m still sore two days later, but really good. I kid. It wasn’t that bad (though I am still sore). I’m just happy that 1. I followed through on a race longer than a 5K and shorter than a half marathon and that 2. I did it with my cousin. It makes this whole living-on-the-east-coast thing a whole lot sweeter. Tell me you don’t feel the love (and I agree with Jenna – many more races in the future!)