Believe it or don’t, but this was my first ever 10K. Done tons of other K races, but this was my first time to race 6.2 miles. Bad news is that I hadn’t trained for this distance at all. I was still taking a break from doing three 1/2 marathons and one full marathon in the span of 4 months. So not quite ready for this. But it was for a good cause and the medals were cool.
I barely escaped being trampled by the galloping metal ponies!
The race was in Irving, TX and ran down their new hike and bike trail. It was nice, but the paved trails didn’t seem wide enough for all the runners – especially after we hit the turn around and were running upstream (on the right side) on the way back. And B to the W, there was no chip sensor at the turn around or on the trail at all that I saw. What’s to stop someone from turning around early? I don’t doubt there were some cheaters out there…and not just the kind from the TV show.
And can I just say that a summer run in Texas is going to be hooottt. Holy sun-oly! I’m not ashamed to admit I had to stop and walk through the water stops. I was hurting from not being in shape for that distance and from the heat. My god, the heat! And it didn’t help that the race started waaay late. The sun was up and in full effect by then, dude.
But I got done with a PR (remember, it was my first 10K) that I have since shattered by like 5 minutes. So all’s well that ends…well.
Well, that is all. Peace.
Categories: Race Recaps
Tags: 10K, 6.2 miles, healthy-living, heat, irving, medal, ponies, race, run, running, texas, wounded warrior
This will be short and sweet cause I be busy as a beaver bee. So here it goes…
4th of July 2012 me and a few friends decided to run in a race since a) it was a holiday and b) why not. There was a 5k and 10k, but it was HAWT, so I opted for the shorter distance. The location was nice – right on a big ole Texas lake. The course was OK, it just went through some neighboring neighborhoods. I was trying to get in better shape at the time, so I called my speedy friend Mary to come pace me. She agreed, but when we got there she said she wasn’t “feeling it”. So right after the race started, she said she was going to turn around and try to find our friend Joseph who was also running. Jo saw her coming and didn’t want to run with her cause he knew she’d make him speed up, so he hid behind other runners. It didn’t work, she eventually found him.
Here I am with Joseph and Mary. (sounds so biblical)
I did OK. Despite the massive heat I ran 7:16 miles, good for 6th in my age group. Pretty good for being somewhat not in shape. But here’s the kicker – Mary got second in her age group. And remember that she spent a good deal of the race running in the wrong direction! I told you she was speedy!
Anyway, the post race party had free beer and a free view of the lake, so that was lovely. You’re lovely too.
Peace out home slices!
Categories: Race Recaps
Tags: 4th of july, 5k, biblical, healthy-living, joseph, lake, liberty, mary, race, running, texas, the colony