Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Columbus 10K

Randy runs the Columbus 10K every year. I usually run with the kids for the Grasshopper Kids' Dash then we three ladies spectate the 10K.

This year, the kids were going to be in Michigan with my parents so I got to sign up to run with Randy.

I'm currently in training for my back to back, coast to coast, marathon adventure this fall and registering for the 10K was kind of last minute so I wasn't really in racing condition but figured I'd push myself just a little to finish in under an hour.  My weekly long run was 12 miles a few days before the race do my legs weren't exactly "fresh".

I'd planned to start with the ten minute pacers then pull ahead after the first couple of miles.  Randy talked me into starting between the 9 and 9:30 pacers.  Why do I allow myself to be so easily influenced?!

Near the beginning...the first mile or two.

It was hot and humid...and daylight.  Y'all know I prefer 5am in December to 8am in June.

We started out at a 9ish pace.  Miles 1-3 were 9:02, 9:03 and 9:00.  Then I started to get hot and irritable.  Mile 4 was 9:16 and I sent Randy ahead.  I knew I couldn't keep the 9 minute pace and he was feeling pretty good (he had a rib injury a few weeks before so he wasn't in top shape, either.  What a pair we are).

Mile 5 was 9:38 and it was some time during that mile that I realized this was my first official road 10K.  No kidding.  I've never run a 10K!  I've run a trail 10K, but trail is a whole different animal.

At the finish.
I picked up a little speed for mile 6, 9:14, and my finish time was 56:11 (overall pace 9:03).  I suppose maybe I could have kept up the 9 minute pace.


Turns out that 10Ks suck just as much at 5Ks.  Running fast hurts.  It really is ridiculous that I'd rather run for four and a half hours than run for less than one hour at a faster pace.

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This was the 40th anniversary for the Columbus 10K and it's a super fun event.  The post-race food is great: pancakes, sausage, Skyline Chili....and my favorite: chocolate milk!  I love spectating this event each year and other than the heat and daylight (ha!) I loved running it, too.  Randy wants to run it together again next year.  We'll see...