The only "race swag" was a t-shirt and trophies for age group and overall winners, but this is fairly typical for shorter distance races. However, there was a nice post race spread: water, gatorade, bananas, apples, granola bars, instant oatmeal bars, and rice krispies!
I wasn't sure what to expect of this race, I really have been struggling with running much more than 3-4 miles at a time. I really wanted to break 55:00 (my last race was 56:33), but didn't feel prepared to do that. However, thankfully, the weather was VERY pleasant this morning... actually a bit chilly at the start! That's not to say I didn't heat up quickly when I started running, but I didn't overheat like I did in May at the Frontier 10k. (I just realized I failed to recap that race - whoops!) This recap needs to be done soon so I can head to bed - gotta be up before the sun tomorrow to go visit family, so I am going to do bullet points!
- Started out mid-pack and tried to run easy, kept reminding myself
outloudto run my own race.
- Ran without music - seems to help me focus on running and breathing (remember for future races!)
- I groaned out loud as I came across several small hills at the beginning of the course, I was scared there would be more hills along the way, but that was it
- The first few miles were pretty uneventful, save trying to "reign" my pace in and not go too fast
- It felt like forever before the fast people started coming back in, in reality, it was less than 3 miles! ha!
- At one point, there was a VERY big branch across the path, it was partially broken but you could only go through single file, so I had to "time" myself right so I wouldn't have to stop for the speedy people who were going the other way
- I was SO thankful to see the turn around point. I made a deal with myself that I would not stop running until mile 5
- I checked my splits at every mile I was consistently well below 9 minute miles for the first 3 miles... I was banking time to walk later in the race (I always bonk)
- I struggled with mile 4, but couldn't do math in my head so I decided I couldn't risk walking because I would be so angry if I missed my goal due to walking just because I was "tired"
- Mile 5 wasn't any easier, I got passed by several people but I kept putting one foot in front of another
- I figured mile 6 would be my slowest, but at some point I found someone who was going a decent pace that I used as bait to keep myself moving forward. I stayed just behind him and refused to drop back, I ran a much faster pace because of it! So "thank you" to that guy - you helped me more than you know!
- The "home stretch." There was a NICE steep downhill and then I saw the finish line and I pushed it the best I could, turns out I had more left than I thought I did. I love that I can kick to the finish even when I am beat! I tried really hard to get ahead of my pace buddy, but he ended up finishing just before me - however, our official times are exactly the same.
- Victorious - a NEW PR by 4:11.8 AND I RAN EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
Mile 1: 8:22
Mile 2: 8:22
Mile 3: 8:33
Mile 4: 8:39
Mile 5: 8:50
Mile 6: 8:32
Last .2: 1:04 (6:39 pace)
Official time: 52:22
Age Group: 2 of 6
Overall: 89 of 163
Average Pace: 8:26
I would definitely do this race again, and recommend it to anyone in the local area. There aren't very many 10k races available and of the two I have done locally, this was my favorite by far. Far less turns and I LOVED the shaded greenway over the city streets!