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Race Recap: Bolder Boulder 10K

race-recap-Bolder-Boulder-10KOver Memorial Day, I joined 50,000 other runners in racing the 34th annual Bolder Boulder. The race winds it’s way through the neighborhoods of Boulder, through downtown and then up a hill into the Colorado University stadium. I’ve run a lot of races over the years and before I talk about my run I have to give credit to those who organized this race. It was superbly done. By far the least chaotic and most enjoyable race I’ve probably ever run, even with the number of participants.

What made it so nice was that the starts were broken into waves and you had to qualify for your wave, proving you could run in that wave with a past race. I’ve never run a marathon so maybe this is how they set up those races but no other 10k has ever organized us in this manner. It made it so much easier just to run my race and not worry about weaving through other runners.

I’ve been training for this race. Ever since last year’s Back in the Day 10K, I’ve been thinking about my 10K PR. See, the thing is, I knew I could beat it. I’ve been running at altitude for 9 months now. I’ve been trail running and upping my distance and doing speed runs. I not only knew I could beat it –I had the wild drive to try to beat it by a lot.

I woke early as my start time was at 7 a.m. I psyched myself up in the car and tried to get out all the pre-start jitters with my yoga breathing. The race energy at the start was amazing. As soon as my wave was released I felt unleashed as well.

My goal was to keep my miles under 8 minutes. Or at least most of them. I had heard there was a climb in the last half mile up to the stadium and I wanted to have a little buffer in case that mile was slow.

Within the first half mile I’d settled into a nice rhythm. The race had mile markers and kilometer markers. Watching the kilometers tick away between the miles did something for my sense of accomplishment. I wish all races provided those.

I felt great as I approached the 5K mark. Running the following:

  • Mile 1: 7:38
  • Mile 2: 7:44
  • Mile 3: 7:56 (this was somewhat uphill)

Mile 4 weaved through downtown. There were a lot of people out cheering, which boosted the fatigue that was starting to set in.

  • Mile 4: 7:51

By mile 5 I was giving myself a pep talk. I hadn’t raced this fast to lose my PR in the last 2 miles. That was all I needed to get back on track, with mile 5 being my fastest.

  • Mile 5  7:31

I knew that the uphill was coming but as I started to make the ascent I realized it wasn’t nearly as steep as I lead myself to believe.  I charged up and into the stadium, finishing with the last sprint I had in me.

  • Mile 6: 7:38

At the finish line, I was exhausted but felt amazing. I finished with an official time of 47:51. Shaving 2 minutes off my 10k PR! It felt great that all my training had paid off. It’s even got me thinking about a half later in the summer.

Written by Lisa Chase.