Omaha Corporate Cup 10k & a PR!

12,000 runners & walkers ran the Omaha Corporate Cup 10k or 2 mile run/walk in downtown Omaha. The event raises funds for the American Lung Association.

The day before, I ran the Mud Factor 5k obstacle course (which I still need to post about), so I really didn’t know what my legs would do today. And, the last 10k I ran was the Athleta Iron Girl 10k in Seattle, over a year ago.

I wore my ViewSPORT tank, Reebok play dry shorts & socks, Brooks Pure Flows and accessorized with a Sparkly Soul headband and Endorphin Warrior bracelet.

The shorts have a 4″ inseam and run a little bigger, so I was able to fold over the waistline.

Yes, I still have the old-school Garmin 305–if it ain’t broke…

I was so excited because Coach had a day off and could finally spectate one of my races!

We joined our friends at CrossFit Omaha who were also running the 10k. You guys know I have been CrossFitting and running equally, so let’s see how this plays out. It worked for Hood to Coast.

The course is a flat out and back, so I planned to be conservative the first half. After the elites took off, we were ready to roll. How can you not get caught up in the excitement of a race start?

My first mile always tends to be faster than anticipated.
Mile 1: 7:17 min/mile. Oops.

I’m not an experienced racer, so I had to focus on an efficient stride and not getting caught up in what others were doing around me. I was thankful I drank ProSculpt before the race for a little something more in the tank.

Mile 2: 7:29
Mile 3: 7:21

At the turnaround, I wanted to pick it up a bit. My breathing wasn’t labored , and I still felt really strong. I know 10k’s aren’t as painful as 5k’s, but I still didn’t trust myself to completely let go.

Mile 4: 7:25
Mile 5: 7:15

I don’t like listening to music during races because I want to take in the atmosphere and listen to my breathing and turnover. I figure if my breathing and strides sound even, I’m in a good (not dying) state!

With a little over a mile left on a flat course, it’s time to bring it home.

Mile 6: 6:59
Mile .2 6:06Β 

I was sprinting down the chute trying to chick a couple guys in the process! Time:Β 45:20

I just cut 4 minutes off my previous 10k time. What?!

I was pumped!

I had mentioned last post, that I haven’t been following a “plan” necessarily for running but combining short runs with CrossFit WOD’s. This isn’t going to work for everyone, nor would I try to run a full marathon with this approach. But, that’s why CrossFit Endurance was created.

Next weekend, I’m attempting the Omaha Half Marathon with very few long runs. We’ll see what happens. Race bonus: Uniformed Marines will greet us at the finish line with glass medallions. There’s some motivation for ya!

Are you looking for any October races? Β Runner’s World is hosting the Runner’s World Half MarathonΒ and a weekend of events with Runner’s World editors and some big names in running (Shalane, Yasso).

I’m so excited to be a part of this event! Time for hill training! If you’d like to register, you can use BLOGGER38 to save 10% of your registration fee.

Your turn:
Have you ever had a surprise PR?

Are you running the RW half marathon? I’d love to meet you!

Disclaimer: I was provided the Reebok shorts at no cost. All opinions are my own.


  1. Ugh, I’m still so sad I couldn’t do the Runner’s World half— wasn’t sure what my knee would be doing πŸ™ Congrats on your PR– that is awesome! I’m gonna try my first month at a box in a few weeks, and I’m hoping that the crossfit/running combo works as well for me as it seems to for you!
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  2. Wow…what a nice race with great splits!! so awesome your husband could be there with you to cheer you on…


  3. Wow Jess! That is an awesome PR! Congratulations & have fun with your upcoming half πŸ™‚
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  4. Amazing time! Can’t wait to hear how the half marathon goes! I’ve found that just in my training runs my time has improved by incorporating HIIT into my schedule, legs definitely feel stronger, yay for burpees!

  5. Woot! Way to go, Jess! I love it. Getting stronger is clearly paying off for you.

    I’m doing the RW event, too! Can’t wait to finally meet you. It’s going to be an awesome weekend!!
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  6. Awesome job chickie!!! CrossFit Endurance is certainly working for you!! I’ll have to check that out in a few weeks! I so wish I was doing the RW event…next year. This year I’ll be doing marathon feeding sessions!
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    • Thanks Nancy! I haven’t fully done CFE but my combo’s right now seem to be working! πŸ™‚ I’m pumped for you!! Can’t wait to see your beautiful baby!

  7. A fast lady you are! Well done!
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  8. Great job on Sunday! I ran the Corporate Cup 10K too, my first time so I also PR’d! πŸ™‚ Your time is much more impressive than mine, though. It was a great event, Omaha knows how to show up. πŸ™‚ I am off to start my first session of your fall training series, wish me luck!
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    • Oh Melaney, we need to meet! Are you running the half on Sunday at all?

      • I am not doing the Omaha marathon or half, my hubby and I are getting away for the weekend. But I have to admit, I was mighty tempted when I saw the beautiful finisher’s medals. We are doing the Beer and Bagel run in November in Ashland. Good luck this weekend!

  9. Congrats on a really awesome 10k time! Sounds like that Crossfit Endurance concept has a lot of merit. My hubby ran the Air Force 10k this weekend, I did the Air Force Half. I really like the 10k distance and am thinking of looking for a good one near me soon. The last 10k I did was back in early March. It’s such a nice number of miles to run! Many congrats again to you!
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  10. Wow! Impressive!

    I don’t cross-fit, but I do weight lifting 2-3 times a week, plus 4 runs a week, and yoga whenever I feel like it (usually 4 or 5 days a week). I don’t know if it is coincidence or not but I did run what was supposed to be an “easy” run the other day about 2 minutes/mile faster than my “easy” pace! lol. No race PRs… yet. hehe
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  11. AWESOME JOB on your PR!! I’ll be back on my home turf in Omaha next Sunday as well, running the full. Hope to possibly meet my fellow FitFluential Ambassador from the Big ‘O’.

  12. Congrats on the amazing PR! I had a surprise PR in May at the Omaha Women’s Triathlon… 14 minutes!! Have fun at the Omaha Half, I ran it last year and the hills almost killed me. But, what doesn’t kill you… πŸ™‚
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  13. CONGRATS on the PR!! What a great feeling cutting time πŸ™‚
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  14. I have the same Garmin! love it.

    Congrats on the PR. I am surprised you haven’t done much racing, you seem like a natural.

    …running my first marathon this weekend eeeeek! fear and excitement ensues.
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    • When I lived in Pullman, there weren’t many races around, now that I’m in Omaha, so many more options! :)GOOD LUCK on your FIRST mary!!!!!!

  15. WHOA! congratulations, speedy!
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  16. Wow, congrats on an awesome PR. I love to hear stories of strength routines making people faster!

  17. Wow you totally rocked that race! Congrats on your PR. I bet having your husband there to watch put a little speed in those legs too. I know it always helps me when I have my personal cheerleader there πŸ™‚

    Last year was my surprise PR at the Boise See Jane Run half. I had a full (Seattle RnR) the next weekend so just went out there to run and surprisingly ended up with a huge PR!

    That RW race with Marines sounds awesome!!
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    • Thanks Cynthia! yes the Omaha Half Mary with Marines will be such an honor. And, the RW excites me beyond no other!! I’m kind of scared actually!

  18. What I like the most about this post (aside from the obvious congrats on the PR thing) is that photo of you running. Your arms look MASSIVE. I mean that in a really, really good way πŸ™‚
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  19. Wow! Congrats girl! You ran a great race! Looks like it was a hoot!

  20. seriously, you couldn’t be any prettier or sweeter if you tried.
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  21. SO SO SO amazing, Jess!!! 4 min off a 10k is insane!! Congrats!! And good luck next weekend!!!!!!!
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  22. Sounds like a ran a perfect race! Running almost pure negative splits every mile is really hard to do in a 10K, nice work!
    And how about Stanford vs USC on Saturday, epic game!!!!
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  23. Jess- you are a beast!!! Congrats on the PR. I’m running my second half marathon come end of february. I’m excited!! What’s your favorite pair of running shoes?

    • I don’t know about beast, but thanks! I am loving the Brooks Pure Flows for distance and Reebok real flex for CrossFit Sprints!

  24. Congrats on the PR! Speed demon!
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  25. What a ROCKSTAR! You go girl! So proud of you!
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  26. so many things! 1. you are killing it and running less-makes me want to try crossfit once my ankle is healed (assuming it involves jumping and i am not there yet). do you think that the supplements have made a difference too? 2. your form in that running pic is badass- and the pic of you and coach is too cute. 3. pencil in a house guest for the omaha 1/2 next year, k? 4. SO FLIPPING EXCITED to get to hang out again at the RW 1/2-i’m holding that 4th spot for you in our room if you want it πŸ™‚
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    • You are so sweet and I hope that ankle is healing because we are running the RWHalf! what what! I cannot wait to see you! And you know you are welcome at our pad–we are setting up your room right now! πŸ˜‰ You have to run it–glass medallion!

  27. Congrats! I think Cross Fit is ideal for runners. It strengthens all the problem areas that lead to injury and really builds stamina. I can’t wait to see what happens for you in the half!


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