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Newport 10k: When I waited for a train longer than I ran and then only got a gun time.

After a long and busy week (and an impromptu Friday night Soulcycle class), I was ready for me and Justin’s weekly pizza and movie date. Turns out, last week was a little longer and busier than I thought because by 7:30pm, I was already passed out on the couch. Justin woke me up at 9 to get me to transfer myself to the bedroom and all I remember is saying, “how is it only 9 o’clock? It feels like a million o’clock” and then waking up naturally by 5am feeling super well-rested and ready to run (it was Newport10k day!).

With the Newport 10k in Jersey City, we left the apartment with tons of time to spare since we were at the mercy of both the MTA and the PATH trains. We got to 14th Street with more than enough time even if we had to wait a bit for a PATH train to take us across the river.

HA HA HA.

So yea, about that… we waited on the platform for the PATH train for longer than it would take us to run the 10k. The only announcements made in the station were about track maintenance on Sunday (it was Saturday) and to expect delays then. The platform got increasingly crowded with increasingly frustrated New Yorkers.

We didn’t get on a train until about 8:20am (the race started at 8:30 ugh) and ran up the stairs when getting into Newport. As we were exiting the station (which is right by the start line, thankfully), we heard the anthem being sung so if we hurried, we wouldn’t be too late to start.

Above baggage check – Taken post-race (obviously)

We went to go pick up our bibs and were turned away by police saying that we couldn’t go in the area with bags. We then turned to go deliver my bag to baggage check only to be told that we needed my bib in order to check a bag (I think smoke flew out of my ears at this point). The volunteers finally just wrote my name on my bag and put it off to the side. We then turned back around to run over to grab our bibs. I started my watch at this point because I knew my plan of getting in an extra 2 miles was shot so I figured we might as well count all this extra running we were doing just to get to the start line.

Obligatory jazz hands shot

Once we quickly attached our bibs, we hauled it over to the start line where staff were already dismantling the starting line. Were we really that late? There were no runners in sight except for those who had already turned around and were running on the other side of the street. I made a joke that “this must be what it’s like for the elite runners” before full-on panicking that we were going to get lost in Newport because I didn’t know this course and how else were we going to know where to go if we couldn’t just follow all the runners in front of us???

Luckily, the course turns were easily marked and there were volunteers at each arrow directing those of us in the back. By mile 1.5, we had already caught up with those who had started on time and joined the mix of runners.

Since I knew we weren’t going to be able to stick to my “run an 8 mile progression” plan and had already pushed the pace a bit to catch up with other runners, I figured we could just keep up that pace and make it more of a 6+ mile tempo run. My goal then became to keep us between a 9:20 and a 9:30 min/mile for the rest of the race since our longer runs lately have been in the 10-10:15 min range.

#NailedIt

I felt good with this pace and probably would have pushed closer to a 9 min if Justin had been having a better day but his legs just weren’t feeling it.

My positives and negatives of the Newport 10k are exactly those that I had when I ran the Newport half two years ago (well, minus the bronchitis). The roads aren’t even in many places and you really need to be paying attention to where you step. The wind can be brutal along the water. The boardwalk can be super slippery. That being said, the race is extremely well run (ha ha!), the course isn’t all that crowded (even if you start on time), the roads are pretty flat, and those views… omg those views.

Hey there, beautiful 😉

When we got home (OF COURSE the PATH came almost immediately for us after the race), I looked up our race results on CompuScore. My watch had us running for a total of 1:01:10 for a distance of 6.5 miles (PERFECT since my watch recorded us at .3 when we crossed the start line – yay for accurate GPS!) but I was curious to see our time and pace for the 10k.

Ummm what?!?

Now, I’m not one to say that my watch is always right and I definitely question the distance and paces it displays sometimes but I definitely don’t question the timer on my watch – and a difference of almost 5 full minutes is pretty glaring. Also, there is no way we were running a 10:35 pace. Even at our slowest, we don’t run 10:35 minute miles. Plus, Justin wouldn’t have gotten annoyed at me pushing us at the end if we were trotting along at a leisurely 10:35.

It took more time than I’d care to admit for me to realize what must have happened and check the results again.

Mystery solved

Aaaand there you have it. Gun time = chip time. It took us 1 hour 5 minutes+ to cross the finish line from when the first person crossed the start. Ah well. Luckily, this wasn’t a goal race for either of us and it’s not worth making a stink that our chips didn’t register at the start line. If it happened to Justin and me, this definitely happened to the handful of other late runners who “crossed” the start line with us. I hope this wasn’t a goal race for them either.

We celebrated our finish with a solid nap and a nice dinner before hanging out with Sally Field at the Belasco Theater 🙂 

The Glass Menagerie on Broadway

It really is a shame that the PATH issues put such a damper on this race because I truly enjoyed running it. Next time, we’re going to have to couch crash at someone’s place the night before. Now it’s time to focus on our 11-mile run this weekend followed by the Brooklyn Half in just two weeks! Where does the time go?!?

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Thank you to the Riker Danzig Newport 10k for including me as an official blog partner this year!

I received a free race entry for detailing my experience during the Newport 10k. As always as usual, all opinions are my own. General disdain for weekend PATH service is a shared opinion among New Yorkers and New Jerseyans alike. 

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A race before a race: Newport 10k.

Spring running season is officially upon us! After a winter of many “eh” runs, I’m super excited to get my legs moving and log some glorious miles (in shorts… and a tank top… and obnoxiously bright neon compression socks). While I’ve gotten a few spring runs under my belt this year, my first taste of spring racing will be on May 6th when I cross over the Hudson to run the Newport 10K as an official blog partner.

I’ve never run the Newport 10k but a few years back, I ran the Newport Half as a goal race. If you recall, I managed to eke out a PR even though I technically had bronchitis (in my defense, I didn’t know I had bronchitis and blamed my stuffy chest, head, nose, and overall crappy feeling on allergies).  One thing I do remember fondly from that day is how beautiful the course is as you run along the water – and, lucky for me, the 10k will have those same beautiful views.When introduced to the idea of running the Newport 10k, I quickly looked to my Brooklyn Half-Marathon “training” schedule (I use the word “training” quite lightly here). Justin and I were scheduled to run 8 miles together and I figured running the 10k would be a great opportunity to get in a race as part of our long run that day. He agreed and quickly registered himself as well (it’s easy to get him to do things if you follow the statement with “we can go somewhere to eat afterwards”).

Visiting my friend Brian’s brewery in Jersey City after the Newport Half

Our goal for Brooklyn is to beat Justin’s time from last year so while we’re not planning to go out there and do anything crazy, we do have a time in mind and an approximate pace to hit. This makes the timing of the Newport 10k (two weeks before Brooklyn) perfect for incorporating some racing practice into our long run (hint hint for all you Brooklyn runners!).

Reasons to incorporate a race during training:

  • Practice early wake-up and travel. Especially with the weather being on the cooler side for all of our weekend training runs, Justin and I are never in a rush to get out the door in the morning. Seeing as though we’ll need to be  in a cab to Brooklyn before the sun even rises on May 20th, getting a practice morning is a really good idea so we can figure out the timing of how long it takes us to get ready, what we should eat and when, etc.
  • Practice pacing strategy in a race environment. Our pacing strategy for Brooklyn this year is going to be similar to last year: run the first 10 miles somewhat comfortably and then pick it up for the last 3. The Newport 10k will be a great day to practice aiming for a negative split while surrounded by other runners also trying to run a good race. Since we’ll be running 8 miles that day, I’m thinking we do the 2 miles before the race as a slow warm-up, the first 4 of the race comfortably, and then pick it up for the last 2.2 miles of the course.
  • Practice running through water stations. On all of our training runs, we stop for water at the water stations in the park. I stop my watch, we take a few seconds to sip water, and then we head back out on our way. This is not something that happens during a race. Time does not stop for us to drink water (although, wouldn’t it be great if it did?). We can use the Newport 10k to figure out what works best for us during the water stations (Are we going to walk? For how long? Are we just going to slow down? Is this even possible for Justin without spilling water/Gatorade all over himself?).

I love incorporating races into my long runs (proof: 2011 Staten Island half-marathon as part of a 21-mile, 2014 Bronx 10M as part of a 20M training run) and I’m super excited to run a different route than our usual Central Park or Westside Highway. Now that the Newport 10k is officially on my calendar, I’m really looking forward to it and Justin, well, he’s really looking forward to brunch. Stay tuned here and follow along for race-day updates on Instagram 🙂

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I will receive a free race entry to the Newport 10k in exchange for a pre-race post and a post after the race detailing my experience. As always as usual, all opinions are my own.

Register for the Newport 10K here. You can also save money now by registering for the half in the fall 🙂 Proceeds will be donated to the Jersey City Medical Center, RWJ Barnabas Health, the area’s only not-for-profit hospital, and the regional trauma center. 

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