Hospice Hope Run 10k Recap & Boston Excitement

After a week filled with pink eye, a sinus infection and an allergic reaction to antibiotics, I was not feeling super prepared for this 10k Saturday morning. I knew it wasn’t going to be a PR race, but I also felt like it would be good to do it to get myself back on track after 3 full days without running. I was physically feeling better and got 10 hours of sleep Friday night so I was feeling rested and ready to go in the morning.

This was a big race for a great cause. They also do a 5k run and walk, so the majority of the people there were participating in that race, which started at 9:15. It was hot at the start, and only got hotter during the race.


The first mile felt great (and somewhat flat) and I was right around 8:10 pace, exactly what I wanted. Well, it only got worse from there. There were a lot of hills on this course… They were one after the other and my legs were on fire by mile 4. I knew I was slowing down, but I didn’t care. I just wanted to survive the next hill.

I turned a corner, coming up on the mile 5 checkpoint and I looked up and wanted to cry. The biggest hill of the course was staring me in the face. There were a few guys standing at the corner cheering people on and they said “Just don’t look at it, look down!” I was told to never run with my head down, but I took their advice and put my head down and started pumping away. I remember passing 4 or 5 people and all of a sudden I was at the top of the hill and I was running on a flat surface in the SHADE and there was a water station right in front of me. I thought it was a mirage. I stopped for about 3 seconds and chugged some water and then kept running. I felt like a new person… I ran the last mile in 8:21 and sprinted the last quarter mile towards the finish line. I ran a 52:20… about two minutes slower than my last 10k that I did a few weeks ago. I was so happy it was over.

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I ended up placing 2nd in my age group and my dad was 3rd in his age group (he ran 44:25). The awards were so neat!
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In other news… the Boston marathon was so exciting today. I was on the edge of my seat watching the elite women’s finish!! Congrats to Caroline Rotich on her win. Also congrats to Desi Linden on getting 4th for the women and Dathan Ritzenhein and Meb Keflezighi on 7th and 8th place in the men’s race. Watching Meb run will never get old. I almost cried when he grabbed Hilary Dionne’s hand before crossing the finish line.. what a guy. This is one of the most amazing races to watch and I was tracking a lot of fellow bloggers that I like to stalk on a daily basis 🙂

Those Boston runners gave me a little extra motivation to run faster than usual today.

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Did you watch the marathon? Did you know anyone running?

What is the most unique award you’ve seen at a race?


About Maddie @ Dixie Runs

I'm Maddie. I'm a long time runner who has finally decided to start training for my first marathon. I do a lot of running with my 3 year old redbone coonhound, Dixie. This blog is about our running adventures and a whole lot more.
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20 Responses to Hospice Hope Run 10k Recap & Boston Excitement

  1. awe.. way to toughen through that hard race.!! yikes those hills sound intense.
    I loved watching the Boston Marathon this morning also.! but I was super upset that Shalane didn’t win it 🙁 I really wanted her to.
    That’s a cool mug you received.! and Congrats on your race 🙂

  2. steph says:

    I run, but volunteer at most races. Peyton’s Wild & Wacky Ultra honored the son of a local coach who passed away at the age of 9. The shirts and medals featured Peyton’s artwork and his friends painted rocks in the style of the memorial at the track that is named for him as the awards. Pretty awesome.


  3. I see you in the pic!!!! 🙂

    Congrats on placing second in your age group!! And congrats to your dad too. I see where you got your speedy genes from! haha

  4. I love watching Boston! I was watching with my best friend and she and I both teared up when Meb grabbed Hilary Dionne’s hand! So sweet! He just seems like someone you want to be friends with!

    Sounds like a tough day for a run, but you did awesome! All those hills! Wow!

  5. Fallon says:

    Nice race with some tough hills! It’s so cool that you and your dad placed. I wasn’t able to watch Boston this morning but thanks to my DVR, I was able to tonight. Rotich’s kick at the end was kind of awesome!

  6. sounds like a tough race! Congratulations – you rocked it!

  7. Kerry says:

    Woohoo! Congrats on an awesome race. Sounds like you really kicked it’s butt, despite being sick last week. I think I’ll have to take a similar approach to the hills in my half in June.

    I love Meb so much. He is my absolute favorite runner. 🙂 I had a few friends running the race, and they all did so well!

  8. Suzy says:

    Your dad can run a 44 min 10K?!?! WICKED. Congrats on a tough race. Those hills sound BRUTAL and it looks really hot out. Running 10k races are tough but they’re great training for half marathons! I meant to run one 2 weekends ago until I faux broke my toe. 😛

    • Maddie @ Dixie Runs says:

      I’ve been trying to catch him for years!! I’ve done 3 10ks in the past two months and I feel like they have really helped my training.

  9. Congrats on the great time and the 2nd place in AG! Hills are brutal but they are the best training.
    My husband and I watched the Boston Marathon. We were rooting so hard for Shalane, Amy, Desi, Ritz, and Meb. What an amazing group of American runners! I also totally cried when Tatyana McFadden gave her laurel wreath for the wheelchair race to the family who lost their little boy in in the bombings.

    • Maddie @ Dixie Runs says:

      I thought that was so sweet too! She wore Martin Richards’ number during the race too instead of accepting sponsorships. Amazing.

  10. Boo! That stinks that you were feeling yucky! But, I’m happy to see you’re feeling better.

    Congrats on finishing your race!

    I watched as much of the live Boston coverage as I could sneak at work. 😉 It’s just so inspiring!

  11. Jason says:

    Great job! I love the award!

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