A new turkey trot for me. And a 10K!!
To save time, I picked up my bib and shirt on Sunday.
Then yesterday, we had our first major snowstorm – almost a foot of snow dumped on us!!! I was nervous all night…wondering how much snow we would get, would I be snowed in, would the race be cancelled…?
But the snowplow came at 5 am and the race directors emailed that the roads would be cleared of snow.
It was cold…around 30 degrees but little wind. I brought extra clothes & shoes. I figured that I would take advantage of the bag check.
I got there early since I was unfamiliar with the parking situation.
I found parking in a garage about a block from the start but realized if I parked there, I would be stuck there until 11:15 so I moved my car to a lot farther away and made my way to the Atrium to stay warm.
In the Atrium, I checked my clothes, used the restroom and chatted with other runners. I met the coordinator of my STEM couch to 5k group and many members of my training group. It was nice to know so many people.
The 10K started at 8 am followed by the kid’s one mile race & a one mile walk and then at 10 am the most popular event, a 5K.
I was supposed to meet my friend Gina but I couldn’t find her. Eventually it was time to head to the start. It was very crowded and one of the runners from the training group & I squeezed in around the 10 min mile pace. We started together but it was so crowded that I lost her right away.
Well, my Garmin decided to be difficult and wouldn’t find a signal. The race began but I don’t know how long it took me to get to the start. I continued to play with my watch and it finally started midway over bridge.
It was probably a good thing because it kept my first mile slower rather than my usual burnout start pace.
The roads were a little slippery at first especially on the bridge and you had to watch out for puddles but as the race went on, it seems to get better.
Eventually, I noticed my friend Gina & another runner from the group, Deb, up ahead. They are faster and I wanted to catch up to them but I couldn’t.
I rarely looked at my Garmin because it was not accurate. I just tried to run at an even pace and to save some for the last mile.
I skipped the first water stop and even the second but I questioned my judgment because I was dying for a drink by the 3rd one.
There were timing clocks throughout the course -at roughly miles 1.5, 3, 4 and 5. I was on pace for a PR at each one but I didn’t want to get cocky since I usually run out of gas by the end.
Eventually I caught up to Gina and we chatted but she slowed and I ran ahead and then caught up to Deb.
Finally, I stopped to walk at the last water stop and take a GU. It was a little after mile 4. I walked for a while and Deb ran ahead.
This walk gave me a second wind, I think, because I was passing people all of a sudden. I caught up the runner that I started with and I even passed her.
As usual, it seemed to take forever to run the last mile….
but I couldn’t believe when I saw 56:XX on the clock. There was nothing left in my tank & I crossed at 57:xx. (My chip time was 57:03.)
I was very happy!!
I saw Hollys, another runner from our group, who was running the 5K. She yelled to me: “You got a PR!”
After getting my medal, I got a bag and filled it with food and downed some chocolate milk.
Soon all the others from the training group finished and we chatted. I think they all had PRs.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable race. The course was mostly flat and had 2 turn arounds which let you see the faster & slower runners. It was also very well organized. I will definitely run it again next year.
Here was the course:
By the time, I went back to the Atrium to get my checked bag, it was packed. Over 5000 runners run the 5K. Although I might have gotten an age group award for the 5K (I was 5th in the 10K), I am glad that I ran the earlier and less crowded 10K.
I was able to walk to my car and escape before the 5k even started.
So here are my abbreviated stats:
mile 1- 8:59
mile 2 – 9:04
mile 3 – 9:02
mile 4 – 9:44 (walked)
mile 5 – 9:21
mile .94 – 8:26
5.94 miles – 54:36
A. PR (under 58:28) – YES!!!
B. Finish under 1 hour – YES!!!
C. Finish under 1:04:54 – YES!!!
D. Finish happy and uninjured – – YES!!!
Happy Running! Did you race on Thanksgiving?