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Ocean Road 10K with Cabot Fit Team

 Narragansett, Rhode Island & The Ocean Road 10K with Cabot Fit Team {Part II}

Cabot Fit Team & The Ocean Road 10K

Cabot Fit Team & The Ocean Road 10K

*Disclaimer: My trip and race entry were sponsored by Cabot Creamery Cooperative. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Sea mist blowing off the ocean, it was a perfect rainy day to board a trolley for a tour of Historic Narragansett, Rhode Island. Following our visit to EMMA Acres (In case you missed it you can read my Cabot Fit Team trip to EMMA Acres Dairy in Rhode Island) we were all hungry and ready to see some sights the day before we would run the Ocean Road 10K (which benefits the historical society). Our tour guide, Shirley was just perfect as she told us about the monuments (many of which we would later run past at the 10K) and famous landmarks and buildings around the city.

Trolley Tour with the Narragansett Historical Society

Trolley Tour with the Narragansett Historical Society

Some of the more memorable structures that we saw were Kinney Bungalow and of course the Narragansett Towers which sit right along Ocean Road by the town beach.

The Towers, Narragansett, Rhode Island

The Towers, Narragansett, Rhode Island

We were able to get a sneak peek into the towers which were all decorated inside with white twinkle lights in preparation for a wedding later that evening. You could imagine the fun to be had by the bride and groom and wedding goers dancing the night away in the towers. Another favorite landmark that we saw was the Wishing Well that sat right by the ocean near the final mile.

The Towers in Narragansett, Rhode Island

The Towers in Narragansett, Rhode Island

After our trolley tour we headed into town to pick up our race bibs for the Ocean Road 10K. As we were driving the skies turned black and a torrential downpour began. We all crossed our fingers and hoped that the weather would turn around before the 10K in the morning. We ate dinner that evening at Trio, an Italian Restaurant and also great conversation and laughs. I was having such a great time getting to know these awesome bloggers. Making connections with new people totally fills my cup!

Flat Sandy #willrunforcheddar

Flat Sandy #willrunforcheddar

After dinner we headed back to the Ocean Rose Inn. As per nightly pre-race rituals I laid out my “Flat Sandy,” pinned on my bib and hoped I would be warm enough but not too warm. For an unusually warm fall in New England it was going to be cold on race morning but thankfully none of the torrential rain. I was so excited to be running a 10K in the morning. It had been awhile since I had raced anything shorter than a half marathon. Since the Inn wasn’t open for breakfast I ate some instant oatmeal and a banana before heading down to meet the Cabot Fit Team.

Sunrise on the morning of the Ocean Road 10K with Cabot Fit Team

Sunrise on the morning of the Ocean Road 10K with Cabot Fit Team

We piled into the signature plaid Cabot Cheese van to warm up and drive down to the race start. The day was clear and crisp. We made sure to snap some photos of the team before heading to the starting line.

Cabot Fit Team

Cabot Fit Team, Sarah (Cabot RD), Christy – 80-20 Nutrition, Aggie – Aggie’s Kitchen, Amee – Amee’s Savory Dish, Heather – Through Heather’s Looking Glass, Nellie–Brooklyn Active Mama (Nellie was unable to run due to sickness)

The energy before the start was high. Everyone wanted to get moving since it was cold. In the end I would regret keeping on my long-sleeved shirt. Once I got moving and the sun started peeking out I was hot. The National Anthem was sung and then just like that we were off.

Ocean Road 10K Starting Line

Ocean Road 10K Starting Line

Having not raced a 10K in ages and having no pacing plan I tried to run for feel without going out too fast and burning it all up in the first 5K. The temperature was absolutely perfect for running, cool on your skin but not so cold as to steal your breath away. My legs felt fresh and it was easy to hit some faster paces. In hindsight once the race was over I know that I probably could have run even a bit faster. I need to relearn how to run the 10K distance. I love the 10K because the first couple of miles allow you to get into a rhythm. This course was perfect for this because there was a slight downhill for the second part of the course and it felt so good to pick up the pace! I wasn’t sure of my placement as I neared the finish but I made sure to start picking it up with 1 mile to go and then again at half a mile to go.

3rd place in my Age Group at the Ocean Road 10K

3rd place in my Age Group at the Ocean Road 10K

I crossed the finish line in 46:04. I was surprised! This was a PR (Previous PR was 46:49)! I haven’t been following any specific training this fall as I needed a bit of a break so this was hugely encouraging! Also, I managed to snag 3rd place in my age group (40-44) out of 162.

Cabot Cheddar #willrunforcheddar

Cabot Cheddar #willrunforcheddar

I recovered with some Cabot Cheese of course and some water and half a bagel with some Nutella and waited for the rest of the awesome Cabot Fit Team teammates to cross the line.

Ocean Road 10K Race Bling

Ocean Road 10K Race Bling

The Ocean Road 10K has great medals and in addition to my medal I got a plaque for my 3rd place finish! After the whole team had finished we headed down onto the beach by the ocean to soak our legs and feet in the cold ocean water. There was also of course time for team photos in celebration of all of the great running by the Cabot Fit Team! We were all excited too because later that afternoon we would be celebrating at a Cabot Cheese Beer and Wine pairing. What an awesome way to celebrate!

Cabot Fit Team takes on the Ocean Road 10K!

Cabot Fit Team takes on the Ocean Road 10K!

Stayed tuned for PART III of Cabot Fit Team Weekend–Cheese and Beer and Wine Pairing.

What do you like the most about running a 10K? Do you prefer running a race near the ocean or the mountains?

Organic Runner Mom

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9 responses

9 responses

  1. Congrats on your PR, and excellent finish!! I love destination races, and this looked like such a beautiful venue. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Cheers,
    Taryn

  2. This looks like a great event, and the medal is awesome!!! I don’t do a lot of 10K’s (because most events with 10K’s also have half marathons), but I’m actually running a 10K on Saturday. Every distance has its own quirks & features, but I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do. I’m almost 2 months back in my running routine, so it’ll be interesting.

  3. This sounds like such a fun experience! I love meeting fellow bloggers in the flesh. It’s always such an awesome time.

    Your pics are great! Looks like a really great adventure. Congrats!!

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