This past Sunday, I ran the Cohasset Road Race by the Sea 10K. I have run this race on and off for the past six/seven years (???), only missing one that I can remember when my back was injured 2 weeks before Boston 2010. The course might be my favorite race ever as a decent portion of it runs along Jerusalem Road in Cohasset.
To give you some perspective, here is the course map.
And here is the view on this road.
Although I set my PR in the 10K there 3 years ago, it is actually a pretty challenging course. Miles 1-2 are pretty flat, 3 is rolling, 4 and 5 are hills (steep and short and long and gradual) and 6 is flat. The change in topography is welcome though, as it really makes the miles go by quickly.
I had ZERO expectations for this race. I honestly have not run this far since January and was not sure if my rediscovered ability to run was still existent. I even did not wear a watch so that I was not focused on time, but just on getting myself and the baby belly to the finish line.
Needless to say, I surprised even myself. I did not have to stop to walk, even up the hills, and I just kept shuffling along trying to keep my breathing in check. Miraculously, I managed to finish in 1 hour exactly, for an overall 9:40 pace!
This race was nowhere near a PR for me, but managed to be one of my favorite race experiences. I enjoyed the hour immensely as it felt great to race without any sort of pressure and served as a reminder that I do love to run. Maybe sometimes I don’t love to race, but the actually running, well that is rather special.