A few months ago the team working with the Run for Shelter 10K got in touch to see if I could promote the event. Yes, of course! I’m happy to spread the word about local DC/VA/MD races – there’s never a shortage of options, and with all the huge ones around here it’s easy to forget that the smaller charmers still happen.
This was definitely a small and charming event. They wooed us with indoor facilities, free parking, simple logistics, a flat course and a great cause.
We arrived around 7am, with more than enough time to park (for free!), grab our packets, check our bags and sit comfortably inside while we waited for the race to start….
100 points to these race planners! We’re still scarred from the infamous (freezing) Hot Chocolate experience.
It wasn’t until 7:55 am that all of the runners finally started stepping outside to line-up for the 8am start. “5K people on the left, 10K on the right!” And, GO!
I had initially wanted to run this for a PR because the 10K & I haven’t really rallied since 2009 (MCM style!). Then reality reminded me that the month of running after a goal-race marathon isn’t often your speediest, and then we went to a concert Friday night and then the 5:50am wake-up call just felt so early.
Race-day plan: finish 6.2 miles without making it feel like 26.2. Enjoy the perfect race-day conditions (40-50* and sunny!) and have fun.
Race course: out and back, with one significant incline (up, over and down a ramp) that we hit at the beginning and then again right before the end.
Race-day running: the only trick I have yet to figure out in this running-garmin-free world is how to pace the first mile. From there I can tune in and figure out how it feels and what I need to do – but, until I see that first split I generally don’t have a clue what’s going on!
Mile 1: 7:35…
Oh, that’s how it’s gonna be? Alright fine, legs. You speak, I listen; we run. I could go for one more 2012 PR*…
We took the rest of those miles in stride, hitting each split right around 7:30 – some a little bit faster and some slower (or so the math in my head tells me). After looping around and getting back to the Mile 1 sign (on the other side), I checked in again. Exactly One mile to go: 39:05…
Run for Shelter 10K – November 17, 2012
46:05 – 7:25 min/mile avg
Overall: 38 / 414
Age Group: 7 / 53
*2012 has been a good year, here. Every race has been a PR (with the exception of a 5K that was for fun – and then ended up being 5 seconds off). I’m glad this one followed suit!
Huge thanks to the Run for Shelter 10K directors, planners, volunteers and community outreach-ers! We had a great time and would definitely come back for round 2.
Did anyone else race this weekend? Good, bad, awesome or other?
Who’s gunning for one more personal best this year?