Race Report: Seal Beach 10k

Unfortunately, I have no pictures from this race yet, so I’ll keep this report nice and short so as not to bore you guys.. or as short as I can possibly make it ;)


Sleep was elusive for me the night before the race. I went to bed at 10 only to be woken up by a text from a friend. I then didn’t fall asleep until a little past 3am. I managed to drag myself out of bed at 5am. I got ready, walked the boys, then left for Seal Beach, which was about a 30 minute drive away. I got there with plenty of time to find parking and pick up my bib and my race shirt. I could feel the tiredness behind my eyes… totally reminiscent of the RnR San Diego Marathon when I got only 2 hours of sleep the night before. I tried to nap for 20 minutes but I couldn’t fall asleep so I decided to walk on over to the start line. A quick stop by the port-a-potties and I was good to go.


This race was fairly flat with soft inclines and declines throughout the race. It sorta reminded me of the PCH portion of the Surf City half marathon.

My race strategy was to try to run negative splits. I used this little article by Jeff Galloway (thanks, Raciel!) to figure out my plan of attack. I planned to do the first 2 miles at about 11min pace, the next two mile at 10:46min pace, and the last 2.2 miles at about 10:35min pace. Even though I wasn’t feeling comfortable about getting my A goal (1:07:02), that’s what I was aiming for.

The race started and I felt totally sluggish. The first two miles were the worst. I could not, for the life of me, stick to an 11min pace. Either I was running too slow (11:30) or too fast (10:00). I spent the first two miles wasting energy, going between those two extremes. To top it all off, I was feeling really exhausted from having gotten so little sleep. It was seriously SD all over again.

Mile 1: 11:06
Mile 2: 11:20

I was averaging an 11:15 pace after the first two miles. Once I hit miles 3-4, I started to feel a bit better and I got into a nice groove. I started thinking… ok I can really do this! I can get my A goal! WOO HOO!!!

Mile 3: 10:36
Mile 4: 10:49

I chipped away at my average pace until I got down to an 10:57 average. Then, it all went to hell when I got into the 4th mile. I bonked and I bonked HARD. My left hip/thigh, which had sorta been bothering me from the start of the race, started to really scream. I was fighting off urges to start walking and to even just take a seat on the grass and take a nap. I was SO. Tired. I watched as my average pace slowly started to creep back up to an 11 min pace.

I kept telling myself that I could still get my B goal, if I could just push it harder. And push it I did. I can seriously say I left it all out on the course today. When I crossed the finish line, I had nothing left in me.

Mile 5: 11:14
Mile 6: 11:21
.2: 2:19

I felt faint and exhausted and I really needed to eat. After completely missing the food stations (and getting really irritated about not finding it), I finally managed to score me a few banana halves, orange slices, and a bottle of water.

I gobbled everything down as I fought off some serious light-headedness.

Then we waited for the results to come out. Maggie (my trusty Garmin) told me that I ran the race in 1:08:48, but I wasn’t sure if it was right since I accidentally started her way before crossing the start line. I normally wouldn’t wait, but there was just something in me that HAD to know right then and there, before I left to go home. So, I continued to munch and I chatted it up with some runners as we waited an insane HOUR for 10k results to be posted. Seriously, Prime Time, get your act together!

Official Chip Time: 1:08:22
Average Pace: 11:02
Average HR: 170

Overall: 1331 of 1675
Age Group:
117 of 168

Calories Burned: 823
Shoes: Nike LunarGlide

I’m not too disappointed I didn’t get my A goal. I just didn’t have it in me today. But perhaps with more sleep it would have been within reach. Based on my 10k time, McMillan says I’m expected to run a 2:32 half marathon but… I’m gonna train for a 2:29 half marathon and have 2:32 be my B goal :) My C goal will be 2:35. Either way, they’ll all be a PR.

Tomorrow, 3 recovery miles with a coworker =)

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About Sheryl

New mama, runner on the mend, crafter, DIYer, Harry Potter fanatic, dreamer, coffee guzzler, rescue mom to 3 crazy pups.

8 thoughts on “Race Report: Seal Beach 10k

  1. congratulations, sheryl! great recap. you couldn’t find the food stations – is that b/c they were not well-placed? good lord, how is your hip?

  2. Thanks, Chris! The food stations were TOTALLY not placed in a good area. I had to wander around for a bit before I found them. They were so overcrowded with people that you couldn’t even tell they where there!

    My hip is doing fine now, but this race was a reminder that I really need to strengthen my glutes and my hips. I got weak ones =/

  3. Congrats, I think you did fantastic, I ran 5 miles for the first time yesterday and ran that in 1 hour and thought that was pretty good, but I am still a beginner runner, I’m running an 8k this weekend and hope to get it under 1 hour.

  4. @Missy – Thank you!!! WTG on your first 5 miler =) 1 hour is a fantastic time. When I first started running, I could never get it in under an hour! Good luck on your 8k this weekend!

    @Raciel – Thanks, coach! =)

  5. awww thanks so much for the kind words, Dawn! And congrats on rockin’ the Notre Dame half! I’m totally in awe of your speed =)

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