I was supposed to run it with my cousin, but unfortunately her job took precedence. She's a field hockey coach (and an excellent one at that!), and her team had the last regular season game on that day. It was a game that had been postponed from another day due to all the rain we had this fall. Boo weather! Her team won 7-0, and they are in tournament, which means I am hoping to go see one of their games this coming week!
Oh, right - this post is about the race. Back to that. First off - love the shirt they had. It's a really cool red long-sleeve technical shirt, with the Devils Chase logo down around the right hip. I got a unisex small, which is kind of long (as usual). Red is not usually my color, but I love this one.
For the actual race, conditions were chilly. I drove over to the race and was able to park extremely close to the start line. That was a good thing, because after a quick port-a-potty trip I decided to spend 1/2 of the remaining 20 minutes before race start sitting in my car. Cold! ~36 when the race started.
I was a bit underdressed for the weather, although it wasn't exceedingly bad. I had full-on leggings, shorts, technical shirt, hat, and gloves. My upper body was chilly for most of the race, but hey - better that than hot! Gloves came off about halfway through - my hands get sweaty fast.
The race was crowded for the first couple miles, and I could not believe they started us straight up a hill. Really - the start line is right at the bottom of a hill. The course was good (but hilly). The funniest part for me was that we ran around this little park about 1.5 miles in, and while we were running there was a guy there servicing the port-a-potties. I had to jump over the hose that he had to clean them out! Luckily it wasn't connected because knowing me I would have tripped/slid in mud, and gone careening into it. Eww.
Not a lot of spectators, but the folks who were working the course were fun and dressed up. I missed the Thriller dance re-enactment. As I went by, they said that they had done the dance 7 times that day, and were taking a break. Understandable.
The important part of this post is - I had a goal...and I ripped it apart. I'm a turtle/penguin/whatever you want to call a slower runner, so my goal was modest - 10:30 minute average pace, 1:10:xx finish. I ended with 1:07:xx, 10:07 average. Holy cow! And to be honest - I think I could have done a little better. This was the first run where I pushed myself. I knew I had more in the tank than I thought I did - c'mon, I've been doing 13 mile runs, I can do an awesome 6.66! - so I just told myself to keep going. It was the first 10K (or close to 10K) that I've done without walking. Mental barrier broken!
I feel like this was one of my best races. Mostly because it was a mental breakthrough. I don't think I'll do it again next year (too many other options out there!), but I definitely can see doing another race by the same organizers. I also can't wait to do my next race - and push myself again!