Race Recap: L.L.Bean 10k 2013

On the Fourth of July, I ran the L.L. Bean 10k in Freeport, ME.  This is the second time I was able to run this race.  But this time, my hubby, Jake, and my blogging friend, Kara, ran it with me.  Kara and I had plans to run together and pace one another.  I have to say that it was such a treat to have her to run with and I wish we lived closer to that we could run together more often!

Time to Wear the Eagle with Team RWB! 
My favorites – Zensah & Pure Connects = Happy Legs and Feet!

With a crowd of 1,500 runners, we arrived at the start about a half hour before the race.  I was able to link up with Kara and soon after making it to the starting area, chopping on a Honey Stinger waffle and drinking some Nuun, we were off!

Start – Mile 1:  The quick downhill start brings you down Bow Street to the turnoff on to South Street.  Kara and I wanted to stick to a 9:00 minute mile but it is easy to get carried away on the downhills of this section of the course.

Mile 1 – 2:  As you continue on South Street, there are a few low rolling hills but it is mostly flat.  I almost missed a water stop somewhere in here since there was just one table set up on the left hand side of the street and we were running on the right.

Mile 2- 3:  At just about the end of the second mile, you turn off South Street and make a couple turns to start your journey back into town and head for the hills.  A couple smaller hills made the end of this mile a little tough but I was thankful that we were half way done.

Mile 3 – 4:  Just after the Mile 3 marker, there was another water stop.  This time I stopped to walk as I drank a cup of water and poured a cup down my back.  There was also a sprinkler set up just before the water stop; it was awesome.  The heat was definitely starting to hurt me.   At this point, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to keep the pace I was hoping for given the hills and rising temperature.

Miles 4 -5:  This mile was complete with more hills.  I wanted to quit but at least after giant uphills, there are downhills.   That is just about the only positive thing about this part of the course.

Mile 5 – 6:  I felt like there was nothing left in the tank as we headed back into town on Main Street.  At this point, I told Kara to go on ahead.  I needed to walk and didn’t want to hold her back.  I slowed a lot and could not even pick it up in the home stretch.  I have never had that happen in race before and I always have something left for the finish.


Place Divpl Tot Div   Guntime Nettime  Pace  Name      Ag S Race# City/state
736  37/ 82 F2529   58:29   58:28   9:25 Lisa Pokorny  28 F  1103 College Park MD

My time was slower than last year but given the heat, I’m okay with that.  I just really need to figure out what’s up with me!  From mile 3 and on, my stomach was a bit cramped, I felt like I had to use the bathroom and I could not stop burping for the life of me.  The last time this happened was at another  hot and humid race, ZOOMA Annapolis.  I am beginning to wonder if heat and humidity don’t mix well with my stomach and what on earth I can do about it.  It is frustrating to have these issues!

Either way, it was a very well run race and I hope to run it again next year.  And after the race, I even got to meet Jen from Running with the Girls!  All in all, a fun, hot day to wear the eagle!

My favorite little race cheerleader!

Did you race on the Fourth?  How was your run?



  1. […] For the fourth year in a row, we celebrated the Fourth of July in Freeport, Maine.  It’s one of my favorite places to relax and run!  After missing out on the L.L. Bean 10k last year, I knew I wanted to be in town for the 2015 L.L. Bean 10k & Family Fun Run.  I love the support that the Freeport community brings to this race each and every year.  With no more than 1,500 runners, the size of this race is perfect.  And, if you are curious, here are my recaps of the 2012 and 2013 L.L. Bean 10k! […]

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