I ran another 10k a few days ago, and I felt like it was a better start to the fall race season over this one. While the cool fall morning weather, the new-to-me course, and superb volunteer staff were great pros for this race, my 9:22/mi pace was the best perk of all .
The race was on a Saturday, but I had some time the day before to stop by and pick up my runner’s bib and goody bag.
It was a meager collection, but it was my first time ever getting a goody bag before a race (the most I’ve ever gotten before a race was my bib and the t-shirt).
I spent the rest of the evening at home going over some things for the GRE, as well as watching an episode of Shark Tank. I had a good, solid eight-hour rest, and woke up ready to get going the next morning. We were out of english muffins, and I wasn’t in the mood to get some oatmeal or microwave pancakes going, so I played it safe and kept it simple with a slice of whole grain toast and chocolate peanut butter. After putting on my Fila running socks and assembling all the necessities I felt was required for the race, we were off (four minutes early to be exact!!)
It was the first time I had put on a jacket to go running in months, but it was necessary since it was 50 degrees out! I did remove it before lining up though.
The amount of 10kers in this race was nothing compared to the 5k runners, walkers, and participants in the family fun run, but the rewards of being a 10ker included starting before everyone else—and in this race, we actually started on time !
- Mile 1 – I charged along right with everyone else. I found my place in the upper-middle of the pack, and felt like I was going slower than what Garmin was telling me. But in reality, I ran the first mile in 9 minutes and was pleasantly surprised!
- Mile 2 – By the time I reached mile 2, I was starting to feel bored, but a fellow runner came by and changed that. He was at my heels but broke the silence, and we chatted for a bit until he decided to walk.
- Miles 3, 4, 5 – These miles were all blurred together since at this point, there was a great distance between the closest person in front of me and the next person behind me. They had us run through some regularly busy intersections, but the police and volunteers did a fantastic job at traffic control.
- Mile 6 + 0.2 – I pushed real hard and ended up running 9:09 for this lap! What a way to finish .
After picking up a finisher’s medal and quaffing down a bottle of water, I scanned the foodie goods.
It was the usual fruit + bagel/muffin selection, so I wasn’t particularly eager to grab anything.
There was some Zumba-like action going on near the stage…I actually saw the lady who subbed for one of my Zumba classes a few weeks ago really getting into the music !
Even though there were a TON of booths, this race failed in regards to food samples (where were the bars?!?). Water bottles, sunglasses, visors, and bags were plentiful though…
They had a kiddie area with bounce houses, and they were even giving “my first 5k” medals to some of the kids which I thought was encouraging.
Overall, the race was outstanding in organization (the volunteers could be professional traffic controllers!!) and as far as personal accomplishments go. After having a sluggish summer (in regards to my pace), it was encouraging to see that my pace has improved with the changing of seasons. This race was also a great push to keep on truckin’ through my planned runs for my half marathon coming up in less than a month!!
Do you like adding shorter distance races into your half/marathon training?