Before we talk about the race recap I have to show you my favorite race outfits from yesterday. Awesome.
I found out the hard way yesterday that I actually was signed up for a trail 10k. Okay, so it was a little more than half trail and then the rest were roads but over the 6.2 miles we climbed 950 feet. I didn’t take my phone with me so the only picture I have of the actual race is this one below at .7 miles into the race.
6:23, 6:27, 7:49, 7:59, 6:22, 6:17 and about a 6:10 for last .2 (I bet you can’t tell where the 2 mile hill was that will leave my legs sore for at least one week). 42:33. 6:51 average pace.
So the hill. Going into the race the only thing I knew was there was one really hard hill (no elevation chart on the race website). After going uphill for about a mile I reached a sign that said ‘Welcome to the Hill.’ I thought that meant that I had gotten to the top and accomplished THE hill.
Nope. It meant WELCOME as in you are about to go straight up for a mile. I kept telling myself that the flat doesn’t make me stronger…the hills make me stronger. Added bonus was it was on a dirt trail and it was hot but we have to train our brains to like the hard parts of running.
The course support was incredible. There were a trillion signs and volunteers all along the streets and the trail. There were a few water stations and the scenery was amazing. Do the Firecracker 10k next July 4th.
And I met up with the incredibly speedy Laurel and her mom. We are going to do some training runs together, I can’t wait.
About the PureDrifts. They ARE my new racing shoe. They offered plenty of support for the roads and trails but they were crazy light and fast. I did have to stop and tie my shoe once during the race because I didn’t double knot them. I know.
I ended up taking 1st overall for the women (even though Brooke is trying to take all of the credit. I am also standing up there with the 1st place 5k winner). It was a blast and I got an iPod shuffle which is perfect because I recently gave up on trying to find my last one and I love the shuffle.
I had my normal bread with jam and gatorade before the race and then as part of your race entry fee you get an incredible all you can eat breakfast afterwards.
Brooke now has TWO teeth and she has a thing for pancakes just like her mom.
Thoughts about the 10k…love it, like it, never want to do it?
What have you been eating before your races?
What is the prettiest race you have ever done?
Pancakes or waffles….you have to choose one.