I love this festival, because it has all the perks of big races (officially measured, chip-timed, excited participants) and none of the downsides (traffic, parking). The number of participants are in the great hundreds, but not in the thousands. It’s just a really well-organized and fun event. And the ability to do all five events for a marathon distance is fantastic.
The 10K was at 7AM and 32F with windchill, but the sunrise was pretty.
TH came to cheer me on. He is the best – always running around the course just to wave at me from different spots.
My marathon is next week, so I was just running to carry on the tradition. But my PR time was definitely in the back of my mind.
I didn’t bring my watch to time my splits, and Nike+ started going wacky mid-race, which I knew it would. I had a slow first mile with the crowds. My feet felt a little achy, like I tied my shoes too tight. I stopped to re-tie one of them.
The wind was rough and the gusts made me turn my head down.
I remembered running my first 10K here. I remembered looking around mid-race and seeing myself surrounded by men in their 70’s. I wasn’t going that pace today.
I swing my arms too much.
Anyway. I pushed the last couple miles, because I knew I was close to my PR. Really, really close. Like, maybe-if-there-wasn’t-wind close and should-not-have-tied-my-shoes close.
I pushed hard, and I sprinted, but it wasn’t enough.
54:09 — within 7 seconds of my PR! 12th in my division
Still proud of that time, considering I didn’t go into the race to PR and it was so gusty.
And 19 minutes faster than my first 10K in 2013! So, new personal course record! haha