It was not my day but it's OK.
The weather was......PERFECT. No complain from me for that. It was overcast and in the low 70s.
The course was a double loop, not my favorite, the one positive to that is I get to see the kids more during the race. It was 100% flat.
Volunteers were GREAT.
I will do this race again.
Even with all this in my favor it still was not my day.
I still have major congestion, it sucks, I get the chills even when it is 90.
I started the race really fast. I am still running races like I don't have a brain. I stop thinking for some reason. I knew this pace was too fast. I knew I could not run 10k at that pace and I still kept it. So I ran the first 5k faster then my best 5k in a race. Yep that is dumb. I ended up with "positive" splits of course.
At mile 4 I had a really bad cramp in my right calf. I had to stop and stretch, first time this happens to me in a race. I was able to get back in the race and run but not without pain. About one mile later I felt pain on my big toe..burning...and I knew I had a blister there (and I did...huge one on the side of the toe between big and 2nd toe..aouchy) Well great just what I needed...!
But the icing on this crappy cake arrived at the end. With 0.5 mile to go...I got stopped at a light by a police officer who was directing traffic. What?????? Really???
I was kind of alone and he let a group of 6-7 runners that were in front of me go and when I got there he decided to let cars go! Well thanks! I wonder if he did the same for the "elite" runners that were leading the race....I am betting on NO. I did stop my watch there. No way I am adding seconds to my time because of freaking cars! I know that I am not fast and I did not place in the top 3 of my AG but they should let everyone go even if they are isolated on the course.
So no PR for me. It is OK. It was also not my worst 10k, that would be hard to beat now!!
I did 1:03:32.
My babysitter Rebekah, ran her first 10k with her dad who is an experienced runner and she finished with an impressive time of 54: something!
I was really happy for her!
After the race I saw blogger Girrafy from 365 days of awesome and I went to say hello. Was nice to meet you !
Other than the police who made me stop, this race was pretty great, well organized and really nice folks working at all the stations and packet pickup.
Will be back with the conclusion of my Q&A for the next post!
If you missed the first 3 parts you can find the links here
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Pictures from the race:
|Someone was yelling on the side near the finish line and we all turned our heads!|
|In pain and ready to be DONE|
|Announcer called my name, that made my smile!|