Chico 10 {2011} Race Recap

by Hillary on September 17, 2011

HI! Goodness, it’s been a while. Coconut-Crusted Almond Butter {Stuffed} French Toast is old news. I have so much to share with you all… but instead of cramming the past two weeks of my life into one novel of a post, I’ll try to update you in an organized fashion.

First things first… Chico Ten 2011 Race Recap!

This morning I got up bright dark ‘n’ early to run the 3rd annual Chico Ten race in beautiful Bidwell Park. I ran the race last year and thought I might as well do it again to see if I could improve my time. I haven’t been running a ton these days, so I wasn’t feeling 100% prepared last night as I was throwing together my race essentials. I had no formal training plan whatsoever, but I know my body can handle 10 miles most days, so I had a casual outlook on the event and went to bed with little anticipation.

This morning I fueled up with my traditional pre-race breakfast of toasted (Alvarado St. 50-calorie) flax bread, creamy PB, banana, and honey.



Iced espresso roast coffee with a splash of 1% milk – time to wake up!

Late last night, I quickly complied a playlist and tattooed my arm, per usual, with splits a la CoolRunning pace calculator.


new tracks added:
  • Beautiful People – Chris Brown
  • In the Dark – Dev
  • Lights (Bassnectar Remix) – Ellie Goulding


Miles 3, 5, and 8 respectively.



The weather was ideal for a run at 8:30am – cool, with September sunshine beaming through the tall trees.

The run was no different than last year, a very flat course with no unexpected changes. I ran nearly the entire race without anyone within passing distance (a very small race*). I kept a steady pace, and just enjoyed being outside doing something I love, thankful that I have a strong body to keep up with me.

  • Mile 1: 7:18ish
  • Mile 2: 14:28ish
  • Mile 3: 22:30ish
  • Mile 4: 30ish
  • Mile 5: 37ish
  • Mile 6/Mile 7: ?

Mile 7-8 was the toughest. I wanted the run to be over and my GI was singing to me =/

  • Mile 8: 60ish
  • Mile 9: 68ish
  • Mile 10: 1:16:15 – a new PR! *Place: 28th/95 (men + women)

Chico Ten 2010: 1:18:49



Running by yourself for 76 minutes is tough. It is so simple slow down, or just stop whenever and wherever. A had a light side ache before Mile 4, but with the power of positive thinking, I was able to get it to go away.

“Running is mental activity with physical benefits.” 

Post-race, I refueled my depleted glycogen stores with a hot bowl of creamy buckwheat – my new favorite breakfast cereal!

Blueberry Buckwheat Bowl
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk + 1/2 c. water
  • 1/4 c. organic creamy buckwheat cereal
  • 2 T blueberries + 3 dried apricots
  • 1/2 T ground flax, cinnamon, vanilla
  • topped with:1 T roasted almonds + a small spoonful of sunflower seed butter



This afternoon I headed back to the park for a picnic with the nutrition club. Running, sunshine, cucumber shooters, healthy finger food, friends, playing with a happy Labrador, local mocha chip ice cream… it’s been a lovely Saturday.

Now I’m due for a disco nap ;)

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Maren September 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Good Job! 10 miles is no easy feat. And that buckwheat bowl looks absolutely yum-alicious.


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Nice job, you rocked that race!


Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog September 17, 2011 at 6:20 pm

That buckwheat bowl looks delicious! I never had it before. I wonder how it would taste like? Also, congrats on your run!


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 17, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Woah! Congrats on the 10 miles, that is really amazing! Enjoy your weekend :)


Shannon September 18, 2011 at 3:53 am

Yummy looking breakfast!
Great job in the race! :)


Sarah September 18, 2011 at 4:34 am

Nice job on your run! Running that long by yourself is super hard. I always find that I have better runs when I’m with someone. I’m too easy on myself I suppose, but I do enjoy my Sunday jogs. :)


Paige @ Running Around Normal September 18, 2011 at 5:15 am

Nice job, Hill! You look great, too :D


Alejandra @ Mouthfuls and Morsels September 18, 2011 at 8:33 am

I LOVE Alvarado’s flax bread. Always have some of that on hand!

Congrats on the race! You are super fast!! I just signed up for my first 10K (ran my first half-marathon in June). Super excited!!


Allison F. September 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Congrats on completing your run! I def agree that running alone for a long period of time is hard :/


Clay Parker Jones September 19, 2011 at 3:33 am

You’re getting fast, cousin.

Nice work!


Alaina September 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Great job on the 10 miler!! I love those cool, September mornings for running. :-)


Allie@LiveLaughEat September 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Congrats on a great race, Hill!!


Marie @ Chocolate and Wine September 21, 2011 at 6:14 am

Yay for PR-ing! I ran my 2nd 5K this week and shaved about 58 seconds off my first race. It’s a great feeling! And 10 miles… I dream of the day I run a 7:18 mile and go for 10! You’re a rockstar!

xo Marie
Chocolate & Wine


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