Over memorial day weekend we ran the 2014 Bolder Boulder 10k. It’s a huge race with 50k runners that winds through the streets of Boulder, ending at the CU Stadium. Michael ran it before when he went to school at CU and wanted to run it again. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend our long weekend.
The race was very organized. You have to qualify for the earlier pace waves with proof of another race you’ve run at that speed. We both used our times from the Turkey Trot last fall. I run a lot of races where I’m bobbing and weaving around people for the first mile. There was none of that at the Bolder Boulder. It was so nice to just concentrate on the race and not getting around people.
Unfortunately, Michael and I are notorious for running late. Even though we got up at 5:45am for our 7:10 start time, it was slow going into Boulder with all the race traffic and parking, so we were late getting to the starting line. I’m a somewhat anxious racer (at the starting line) so I was less than pleased that we were running late. Once we got close the starting line, we kissed goodbye and I sprinting toward my wave trying to catch up. I ended up missing my start time by 3 minutes but that only gave me more motivation to catch up with my group.
Going into this race I knew that I wanted to beat my current 10k PR, 49:50, from the Back in the Day 10k last summer. I’ve been doing longer runs, more speed runs, and felt really good Monday morning so I knew I could run a good race.
The first 5k flew by, even though there were some hills, and I struggled a bit on the third mile. I wore my watch which showed each of those miles as sub 8 which was my goal. Actually the goal was to keep most of my miles sub 8s, so I had a buffer for the last mile which I’d read was uphill to the stadium. As each mile ticked by my only thought was to keep up the pace.
I felt like I was slowing down on miles 5 and 6 but my watch was telling me otherwise. I made it through the last hill just fine and wound up and into the stadium. There were tons of people finishing and the energy was amazing. My legs and lungs felt great so I made a big final push for the finish line and crossed in 47:51, blowing past my PR by 2 minutes! My pace was 7:42/mile and I finished 2675th, which out of 50k isn’t too shabby. 🙂
Michael had a great race too finishing in 54:55. I caught up with him right after he crossed with a big grin on his face.
We milled around the stadium for a while to watch the runners come around the track to the finish.
Then grabbed coffee and walked toward downtown watching all the runners around mile 5.
We found a restaurant right on the course and had a nice breakfast.
From our table we had a chance to see the pros race past later in the day. They are amazing! I believe the men’s pro winner finished in 29 minutes and the woman’s pro in 32!!
It was a great day and I can’t wait to run it again next year.
Enjoy and Exhale!