Boomer’s Cystic Fibrosis Run to Breathe 10K Race Recap

Thank you for your wonderful responses last week to Marathon Training: Handling My Fear. It is helpful for me to know other people have the same struggles and can understand how I am feeling.

So, finally! My first race post injury is complete. I was supposed to run the Celebrate Israel Run 4 Mile race in June, but my hip was bothering me after brand new exercises in a new class shocked it into pain for a few days.

The 10K is my favorite race distance. My first 10K, the Joe Kleinerman 10K, was in December, 2009. I don’t know what I was thinking signing up for a race in 20 degree temperatures. I was freezing before it started! But I was also inspired at that time as I saw two older ladies, in their 60s,  next to me in the corral, discussing how they were running this race “just for fun” and not complaining about the cold. Once that race got going I warmed up and had a really fun time, finishing in a respectable 1:03:22, an average pace of 10:13 per mile — amazing for my very first 10K when I had only started running less than six months earlier, and amazing considering I struggled with serious knee pain toward the end.

The next 10K I tackled was about five months later in the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K, greatly improving my time and finishing in 1:00:37. But a few weeks after that I ran the Women’s Mini 10K and crushed that PR was a time of 56:05. Yep. I went from 1:03:22 to 56:05 in six months.

I love this distance because it is the perfect amount of running; an hour, give or take.  It is short enough to push yourself, but long enough to warm up and get into a groove. It is a nice, round distance.

So now, let’s talk about the Boomer’s Cystic Fibrosis Run to Breathe 10K.

My training plan had 8 miles on the schedule. I ran two slow miles around my neighborhood on the way to Central Park and arrived at the corrals for the race, where I met up with my friend Z.

My main goal was to not bust out of the start at a fast pace like I tend to do, which (1) would be difficult to maintain and (2) would affect my hip. I wanted to start off around 10:30 with a goal of negative splits. Z had the same goal so we decided to stick together for as long as possible.

The race started and I felt awesome. Within the first minute, this photo of me and Z was taken:

And subsequently placed on the New York Road Runners homepage.  My hamming has paid off.

I felt so awesome during this first mile. I was thrilled to be racing again! I love the energy of all the people around me. Running is so much more fun during a race. I looked down at my Garmin and told Z we were running too fast! “I know!” she responded. We both slowed down.

You probably know I love my race music and I love making playlists. I have an uncanny ability, no matter how fast or slow I am running at a given race, to time my playlist so perfectly that I cross the finish during the very last song on my list. Whether I PR by 4 minutes or don’t PR at all our run my slowest time ever — I just time it right. I don’t know how I do this and I am sure my powers will soon fail me, but at this race I once again timed it that perfectly.

[I promise I was struggling at Mile 6. Also, I think I need a new race photog pose.]

Even better than the total playlist timing was the coincidental timing of the song I ran up the Harlem Hills on and the song that played as I ran down. Uprising by Muse could not have been more perfect for pushing me up those crazy and long hills, and  Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap couldn’t have been better for coasting down after. Both songs were PERFECT at these exact times. I couldn’t believe it worked out this way.

The rest of my playlist was just as awesome. Thanks again Gena for introducing me to DJ Cobra. Final Escapade made me think of GOB Bluth, and then that made me think “But where did the lighter fluid come from?” And then I laughed. During the race.

So after that downhill, I felt pretty great. At the downhill that came after the Harlem Hills downhill, as I sped up, I decided to stay up with my newly faster pace.

At one point during mile 5 I looked down and my Garmin said my pace was under 9:00. Not. Good. I slowed down. But I was still running fast. I felt great.

Until the next mile when the race became immensely difficult. My pace was too fast, the weather too hot, and I needed the running to stop. I slowed down, but it is so funny how relative running is. After I relaxed on the too-fast pace, I felt like I was crawling. In reality, I was still running under a 10 minute mile. It just felt slow in comparison.

I didn’t think I’d have a final push in me at the finish, but I did. Something about seeing the finish so close makes me forget my pain for a few seconds. I finished with a smile and was so happy — happy to be finished running and happy with my strong effort. Happy my hip did not hurt at all. Happy to be ending on Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby.

[Mid-air finish!]

Splits (I started my Garmin a little early):

1 – 10:04
2 – 10:22
3 – 10:06
4 – 10:15
5 – 9:15
6 – 9:30
6.33 – 9:01

Official time: 1:02:22
Average pace: 10:04

NOT BAD at all! After coming back from injury and having already run 2 miles before the race, I am thrilled! I beat my Joe Kleinerman 10K time even after recently dealing with my hip injury. And I achieved my goal of negative splits from first half to the second. My first race back post-injury was difficult but it was awesome. I am happy to be back.

In other news…

Check out my latest NBC New York: GO Healthy NY review:

Dori’s Quest: Indoor Cycling at Flywheel Sports



And this video from the launch event to Make NYC Your Gym. Missy and I are interviewed (I am the one dripping in sweat in a colorful headband) and a quick scene from our IntenSati launch event class is shown:



19 comments on Boomer’s Cystic Fibrosis Run to Breathe 10K Race Recap

  1. cameo
    July 19, 2011 at 9:21 am (7 years ago)

    Your version of sweaty is a lot less sweaty than mine! While I love you, and I love your interview, this lady stole the show: “You got Kentucky Fried, you got your Chinese Restaurants, and that food tastes good.” hahaha! Love her.

    So happy that your 10K was a success! Great pics, too!

    • Dori
      July 19, 2011 at 9:21 am (7 years ago)

      HAHAHAHAHAHAA. So true.

  2. melissa (fitnessnyc)
    July 19, 2011 at 9:42 am (7 years ago)

    Great job! So impressed with your time. You’re going to rock the marathon. And you got to be the face of NYRR!

  3. Ali
    July 19, 2011 at 9:48 am (7 years ago)

    Damn you and your perfect race photos. Seriously. Teach me how to be an adorable runner, please. You’re like the pretty runner poster child.

    Loving following your training so far. Your splits for the race are solid! You got so much faster throughout the race! That’s awesome. Glad you’re being smart and taking care of yourself. That injury has nothing on you!

  4. Amber
    July 19, 2011 at 11:27 am (7 years ago)

    Awesome race Dori, and as always, gorgeous photos. Aaaand I kind of want to steal your playlist because it looks amazing. I’m so excited for your comeback!

  5. Jess
    July 19, 2011 at 12:34 pm (7 years ago)

    YAY on feeling “back” in the game again. You ran a great race!! I find it SO funny that you time your playlist that perfectly, that has to be a rare skill I must say 😉

  6. Missy Maintains
    July 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm (7 years ago)

    I am obsessed with your race photos! So perfect every time! Great job on this race! Yay for our video!

  7. Sam @ Mom At The Barre
    July 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm (7 years ago)

    Great job on the run. A very respectable finish time. I agree with Ali, you are the pretty runner poster child. I’m scowling in almost every race picture.

  8. Jess @ Fit Chick in the City
    July 19, 2011 at 9:33 pm (7 years ago)

    You two are so cute in the video!

    Congrats on making a come back and on having your photo on the NYRR homepage!

  9. David H.
    July 19, 2011 at 9:40 pm (7 years ago)

    Great race! Welcome back. :)

  10. Katherine
    July 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm (7 years ago)

    What is your trick to having the race photographer take a close up of you?! I love that you actually had to SLOW down, nice run time!!!

    Are you ready for the Queens 1/2!? I’m getting kind of nervous because the heat…

  11. Krissie J @ A Philly Nerd Girl
    July 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm (7 years ago)

    Your running poses are cute! My current ham-pose is throwing my arms wide out to my side, with almost jazzhands. 😉 You had a great race coming off an injury! Nice work!!

  12. Rachel Wilkerson
    July 19, 2011 at 11:08 pm (7 years ago)

    Yay Dori and Missy!

  13. Allie {A Teaspoon of LIFE}
    July 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm (7 years ago)

    Omg! You smiled and waved! That’s freaking adorable. My race pictures look like someone just killed my best friend and then made me run a race.
    Loooove it!

  14. Lindsey @ Eat, Read, Run
    July 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm (7 years ago)

    Nice race!! Glad you are feeling better after your injury. I wanted to run that race, but it didn’t work with my schedule. I love, love your photo that made it onto the NYRR homepage. Ha! Of course it did. I don’t know how you manage to look so good during these races. :-)

  15. Kathy
    July 23, 2011 at 10:54 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Dori! I know this comment is unrelated to this post, but I just wanted to thank you for all your great class reviews. Reading your blog inspired me to try Core Fusion a year ago, which i still enjoy, and more recently, I’ve gone to a couple Refine classes after reading one of your reviews, which is now my favorite class ever! I love it and hope to go more regularly – please keep doing what you are doing!

  16. Becky
    July 28, 2011 at 10:03 am (7 years ago)

    i know this was awhile ago, but I ran this too and I would just like to say, wow! That day was sooo hot and humid, I had a terrible race. But look at you! Major negative splits and smiling! Love it.

  17. Juliette @ Finish Your Broccoli
    September 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm (6 years ago)

    Hey Dori! Do you have any resources for 10K training plans? I’m running my first in October – the Rock ‘n’ Roll 10K in Prospect Park – and I’ve never run more than a 5k!
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