Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Madison Twilight 10k Race Recap

Whenever you race a distance for the first time, there are a lot of unknowns. You can train your tail off, but in my opinion, nothing quite prepares you for the moment when you line up and take off.

There were butterflies in my stomach as I said good luck to my mom and we went to line up at the Madison Twilight 10k. My goal for the race was a sub-48 minute time - which I felt was a nice goal since it was my first time racing the distance. Once again, I left my watch at home and was determined to race by effort only.

Of course, I was decked out in my Oiselle Team gear, including my new bunhuggers. I was a bit self conscious wearing them at first but eventually, I think they helped me feel more confident. I was dressed like a fast runner which meant I better run the part ;)

I heart my Oiselle Team Kit :)

The first mile went by pretty quickly and wound around the Capitol Square and over to Langdon Street, where I lived when I went to UW-Madison! Soon I was at the hill I was dreading most, Observatory Drive. It was tough getting up it and even tougher to encounter another hill almost immediately after.

Observatory Drive was just the beginning. But as tough as the hills were, they helped the race go by faster. It was extra satisfying to get past each hill, one by one.

I passed the 5k mark in just under 23 minutes but that was my only time clue throughout the race. All I knew was that I was working hard and was determined to keep my effort the same throughout the rest of the race. With each mile marker that I passed, I knew I was getting closer to the end.

Finally, I ran past the mile 6 marker and knew it was time to kick it in. I was super tired but forced my legs to pick it up. As I rounded the corner from State Street onto the Capitol Square, I could see the finish line clock and knew if I sprinted I would finish in under 46 minutes - a full two minutes faster than my goal time!

Here are the race results:

Time: 45:53
Pace: 7:23
Age Group: 2/137
Gender: 9/674
Overall: 82/1,140

I was so thrilled to beat my goal time and place so well! After training so hard last year only to race disappointment after disappointment and then getting injured, it was especially meaningful to remember that I CAN train and run the way I know I'm capable of. 

Mom and I after the race with our new medals

After the race, Mom and I took a walk down State Street and had dinner at Gino's, an old college favorite for both of us (Mom also went to UW back in the day). 

Tiramisu is the perfect post-race reward!

I can't wait to see what the summer and fall hold for running. I'm taking it easy this week but next week starts my marathon training cycle. But before I can get too excited about righting last year's marathon wrong, I have a half marathon in July. Last year's Chicago Rock n Roll was a bust, but this year I feel like the sky's the limit :)

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend! Here are my questions for you:

  1. Did you race this weekend? If so, how did it go?
  2. What are your favorite places to eat in Madison?
  3. What piece(s) of apparel makes you feel race ready?

I'm in love with my new bunhuggers and am sure I'll wear them plenty in upcoming races!

- ST


  1. Great job, Sun! You are SO fast!!

    I love how you run based on effort, rather than your watch. I think it's super smart and so much less prone to injury.

  2. Nice race, Sun! I wanted to run this race, but couldn't make it work out for me that day. Hopefully will be able to do the Zoo Run Run again. That is a fun run to do.

    1. Thanks Dale! I'll have to check out the Zoo run - I've actually never been to the Zoo in Madison!