Key Biscayne 10K Race Recap!

Hi there! I am apologizing in advance if this post is filled with errors, but I am writing this at 10pm on Sunday night after getting up at 3:30am to run the Key Biscayne 10K.

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The race didn’t start until 6:45am, but it was recommended that all runners show up an hour early. Since I live in Fort Lauderdale I had to leave my house by 4:45am to make it in time! *yawn*

Yesterday was the first time I’ve gotten to race in my Team PAWS singlet!

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On Saturday I spent a little bit of time adding Cecil’s name to the back. It came out messier than I hoped it would, but at least you can tell what it says ;).

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I just used fabric paint and some stencils I found at Michael’s.

Before I get off on a tangent about crafting and cats, let me tell you what I liked and disliked about the Key Biscayne 10K & Half Marathon.

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Pretty view of Downtown Miami from Mile 2.

What I Liked:

  • Very small race so there weren’t any crowding issues
  • LOTS of food and beverage options at the finish line*
  • Really pretty course along Key Biscayne
  • Aid stations at every mile
  • Out and back course (I know this is a con for some)

*At the finish line they had bagels with peanut butter, hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, bananas, oranges, three different flavors of Gatorade, bottles of water, 3 different flavors of Muscle Milk and beer. That was the biggest variety I’ve ever seen and I thought it was really impressive for such a small race.

What I Disliked:

  • No shade on the 10K course
  • Running the giant Rickenbacker Bridge x2

There really wasn’t much to dislike about this race. My friend Claire ran the half marathon and said after the 10K/Half Marathon split the course got really snakey which she didn’t like. It definitely makes it hard to run tangents when the course is very curvy.

Personally, I didn’t love running over the Rickenbacker Bridge two times, but that’s because the bridge I train on is a baby in comparison! I started running up the bridge but about halfway up the first time I realized I was exerting a lot of effort, which was never part of my plan for this 10K. I was supposed to be running this race as a fun run since I am in the taper and just a week out from the Chicago Marathon.

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Why does this bridge look so small in the picture? It’s huge!

I ended up walking up part of it the first time I had to climb it, and I ended up walking up most of it the second time around as well. There will be nothing like the Rickenbacker in Chicago so I don’t feel bad about walking up it at all!

After all the walking my overall pace had suffered quite dramatically but I didn’t care, I wasn’t in this race to PR or prove anything to myself. I ended up using a run/walk strategy the rest of the way and crossed the finish line in a time of 1:31 with an avg. pace of 14:42. I haven’t finished a race with an average pace that high in a very long time! Oh well, I earned my medal and enjoyed a beautiful morning on a course I’ve never run before!

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One thing that is really stressing me out right now is how tight my calves are. They’ve been super tight since last Tuesday and nothing seems to be helping them. I’ve foam rolled, I’ve iced, I’ve stretch, I’ve been super conservative with my pacing … it’s very frustrating because I’ve never experienced such INTENSE tightness before.

After my run on Saturday and again after the race yesterday my calves were painfully tight to the point that it took me a while to walk normally post-run.

The worst part is I can feel the tightness building up as I run. If I can’t shake this I’m scared of what my calves will feel like after 15 or 20 miles because they’re pretty bad after just 5-8 miles.

I’m trying really hard not to stress too much about it. I’m doing everything in my power to get my calves back to feeling right. Worrying about what might happen this coming weekend isn’t going to help at all. Instead I’m staying positive and trying to push the negative thoughts as far away as possible!

I can’t help but wonder what caused this tightness though. I haven’t done anything new, I’m not wearing new shoes, I’m well hydrated … what could it be?!

Any calf tightness advice/tips? At the advice of my coach I’ll be going to get a sports massage on Tues.



  1. October 5, 2015 / 5:05 am

    I hope the massage helps your calves! Nice job with the 10k. Looks like a beautiful course!

    • Kristina
      October 5, 2015 / 8:12 am

      Thanks Lisa, fingers crossed that the massage helps! I really need it to!

  2. October 5, 2015 / 7:53 am

    For your calves you might try compression socks/sleeves after your next run. If my calves are already tight I don’t usually like wearing compression while I am running but it feels really good after my run. Also foam rolling before AND after every single run. Good luck getting it sorted out before Chicago! And great job keeping it conservative during this race!

    • Kristina
      October 5, 2015 / 8:13 am

      Great idea, thanks Heather! I hadn’t even thought about wearing my compression socks. I usually only wear them after long runs, but I will definitely give it a try today!

  3. October 5, 2015 / 8:23 am

    I can’t believe you got up that early for your race! You are my hero. I really don’t know what to do about calf tightness. Maybe this taper week will help you? How much running do you plan to do this week?

    • Kristina
      October 5, 2015 / 8:26 am

      Not much at all. I spoke with my coach yesterday and she recommended the sports massage and only doing a few 20 min runs this week!

  4. October 5, 2015 / 8:33 am

    Looks like a pretty race. Make sure you are hydrating well, and getting enough potassium. I would echo other comments about wearing compression socks after each run, and make sure your work shoes aren’t contributing to the tightness…enjoy the taper!

  5. Molly
    October 5, 2015 / 9:27 am

    I had quite a bit of muscle tightness in the last week leading up to the Twin Cities Marathon (yesterday!) and I was sooooo worried! Honestly, I didn’t end up feeling it at all during the race! I’m not sure if that was due to 1) Being in race mode, 2) The fact that I took it REALLY easy the week before the race (4 easy 3-4 mile runs and that was it), or a combination of both. I’d just recommend keeping the pace easy and runs short during this last week!

  6. October 5, 2015 / 9:42 am

    OMG that wake up time, you should get the medal just for that part. Good luck with your calves, my guess is that compression sleeves and massage might help. Hopefully they loosen up a bit for you and in time for Chicago. You are going to rock that race!

  7. October 5, 2015 / 9:52 am

    3:30 is a veryyyy early wake up call for a race! I would try rolling your calves with a frozen water bottle! And like everyone else has said compression socks for sure!

  8. October 5, 2015 / 11:52 am

    Great job on the 10K! It is a very pretty view you posted 😉 I swear pictures never do hills justice lol the bridge does look monstrous. That is how my calves were feeling last year, I think Conch is right on, short slow runs and a massage for sure. I would be living in some tighter compression socks. I like Pro Compression, they are great for recovery. I wear compression socks to work almost every day now. I hope the massage helps!
    Keep trying to alternate ice and heat, it can not hurt. Best wishes to you this week, I want you to feel better.

  9. October 5, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    You’ve probably tried it but since you didn’t mention it, how about compresson socks? When my legs get super tight I’ll wear my calf sleeves 24-7 until the pain is gone. Might be a placebo effect, but whatever works!

  10. October 5, 2015 / 4:04 pm

    Sounds like a fun race! I try not to get too upset at hills even though I don’t train on them, however it is important to know what your strategy will be for them!

    I agree- sports massage will help. Worst case, acupuncture can help release them too. In the mean time, you could foam roll your calves a lot!! I try to get all my weight onto just one calf to get the tightness out a bit.

  11. October 5, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    Good job sticking to your plan to run the race for fun. Sometimes it can be hard not to get carried away in race day excitement. I don’t have any tips for tight calves, but I bet the sports massage will help. Love Cecil’s name on the back of your top!

  12. October 6, 2015 / 11:51 am

    Gorgeous pictures. I love that you painted Cecil’s name on your running shirt. I’m sure he appreciates the love!

    I swear, pictures never do hills justice. Actually, the bridge in that picture does look pretty long and up up up! I would definitely get a massage for tight calves…and stretch! Lots of stretching and TLC until Chicago. I would also wear compression socks if you have them. ☺

  13. October 7, 2015 / 5:41 pm

    Nice job!! I’m coveting that medal…I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve earned one!!

    It’s hard to run a huge bridge in a 10k. My Turkey Trot course runs the Ringling Bridge in Sarasota, and then they changed it into a 5k so you literally run the bridge twice without any reprieve. So painful! I believe you that it’s bigger than it looks!

  14. October 7, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    Wow, nice medal! Sounds like a fun race. As far as your calves, lots and lots of stretching/rolling and wearing compression socks (even to sleep!) usually does the trick for me. And get some rest! You’ve put in the training…now all that’s left to do is gear up to CRUSH CHICAGO! Super excited for you! 🙂