Steve Stenzel gave me your email and said you may be interested in running in our race tomorrow. I know it's late notice but someone that won a free entry from Steve's giveaway is now injured and can't run. Email me back or simply ask for myself or my husband Mark if you arrive tomorrow so we can get your entry comped.
After discussing with future hubs the pros and cons of doing the race, along with figuring out how I'd incorporate the race into my long run, I decided to do it and e-mailed Kris.
Mark picked me up at 6:30 Saturday morning and we headed over to Deephaven Elementary School, where the race started.
|The ALARC Wall is a staple at the Twin Cities Marathon. It served as our finish line.|
|The Wall and results tent|
|In case you want to know what ALARC means...|
I was really happy that race participants received a Headsweats visor instead of a race shirt. I have way too many race shirts at home, and I really liked the visor. Also included in the goodie bag were coupons and a pair of Fitsok. Love those socks!
The rising sun and clear skies made the temps warm up fast, so I ditched the arm sleeves I was planning to wear and also changed into a pair of Mizuno running shorts.
|Pinning on my bib number before ditching the sleeves... strange expression on my face!|
After listening to announcements, the 10K runners started.
|Starting out all smiles!|
|Most racers opted for the 10K|
I was treating this race as a glorified training run, not a PR race, but I did want to keep a faster-than-8:30-per-mile pace going. However, it seemed like I was putting in a lot of effort to keep that pace going. My legs didn’t seem rested enough from Wednesday’s hill workout or the cumulative effects of my strength-training workouts that week. Oh well.
Sometime after mile 3, I came across a guy wearing VFF Bikilas. He had passed me early on in the race and was looking strong, but now he was struggling. I asked him how his feet felt, and he said they were sore. He said it had been awhile since he’d run a longer distance race in his Vibrams, and his calves really hurt. Poor guy! I wished him good luck and continued on.
Future hubs was at the finish cheering on the runners that were completing their races.
At mile 4 of the race (mile 5.1 at that point in the morning for me), I opened up my strawberry-banana Gu (thanks, Marlene!). I really liked that flavor. I consumed it slowly, taking a little bit at a time. Unfortunately, there were no water stops for the second half of the race to wash down the Gu. There was one water stop during the first half, and it was during the out-and-back portion, so the 10K runners hit it twice. I stopped both times, but I wish there would have been a water stop later in the course.
|First 10K finisher|
|This little guy just finished the 5K|
|His sister was hot on his trail!|
My 1.1-mile warmup had been on the last portion of the course, so once I reached a particular bridge, I knew that I didn’t have that much farther to go. I focused on keeping the pace and maintaining good form, which I had been focusing on throughout the race this time, not like Stillwater.
I had been trailing two of the older guys you see in the pictures above (the yellow singlet and the guy wearing the white hat) the second half of the course. It was good mentally for me to chase them, even though I didn’t pass them. I don’t think they would have let a young whipper-snapper like me chick them!
Soon, the finish was in sight. Stay strong, Richelle!
There were no timing chips, just an old-school finish chute where volunteers ripped off the bottom tag from the bib numbers. Even though Mark’s photos showed that I had finished just under 51 minutes, a few more seconds were added to my time, probably because they waited until I was completely through the chute. I would have been upset if I were going for a PR, but I wasn’t so I didn’t really care.
Official finish time: 51:12
Average pace: 8:14/mile
Overall place: 38/87
Gender place: 8/38
Division place: 2/12 (20-29 age group)
After finishing the race, I gulped down some water, then went for my 1.1-mile cool-down run. Gosh, my legs felt tired! Once I returned, Mark and I headed into the cafeteria where volunteers were serving a pancake breakfast for the runners.
We sat through a presentation honoring two new inductees into the Legends Hall of Fame, then it was time for awards. I won a certificate for finishing in second place in my age group… sweet! I’ve won a few 5K age group awards, but never a 10K award. I was excited!
|I'm not immediately hungry after a race, so I'm glad the pancakes were small.|
|Me holding my age group certificate and door prize|
|Receiving my door prize. Mark didn't take a picture of me receiving my certificate.|
This was a fun race and I’m thankful for the opportunity to have participated in it. I hope to do it again next year.
Don’t forget about my giveaway!
|The swag: lots of coupons, along with the visor and running socks|
Future hubs is training for his first duathlon in August. He would appreciate any advice you have to give. Check out his blog HERE.