This past Sunday I ran Run the Hook 5k/10k. The race included a 5k and 10k, the four of us signed up for the 10k. All last week the race was sending out emails with directions for parking, the race course, and most importantly, the weather forecast.
I hadn’t paid too much attention to the weather, although most of the week was pretty miserable and rainy, Saturday was clear and looking up. The night before we got our final update email that said the forecast included a little rain, but it would only be about an inch over a 24 hour period. No biggie, or so I thought.
When I got up in the morning it had already started to rain, so I got my light rain coat and headed to my friends to drive to the race together. We were commenting on how the email had said it would barely be raining and how we were not looking forward to spending the next hour in the rain, but hopefully the trees would protect us from the wind and that it wouldn’t be too bad.
We had to walk about 3/4 of a mile to the start and by the time we got there I could tell my socks were already getting wet. I was happy I wore leggings instead of shorts because it was COLD.
Finally, the race started and we were off. The 5k and 10k both started off together, about 2.5 miles in the 5k runners turned around to head back to the start and the 10k runners pushed on. At about 3.5 miles the 10k runners returned to the 5k course, but had to continue past the finish for the last 2 miles. Sounds confusing, right? It was, but they had signs up each time the 5k/10k course differed or intersected so that was pretty helpful.
In all their emails, the race continued to stress the course directions, but I didn’t pay too much attention. I figured that I’d just follow those runners in front of me and it would all work out. Fortunately it did!
This race felt GREAT. I knew I wanted to run at a 9 min/mile pace, but I also didn’t want to focus too much on my splits and just run what felt good. I wanted to push it, but I didn’t want to stress about it too much. Fortunately, my competitive personality takes over when I start running a race and I need to catch the person in front of me. I like to take it easy and slowly pick off the runners ahead of me. This is also lead to most of my runs being negative splits. I like to start of strong and steady but then slowly pick it up.
I checked my pace during the first mile because I felt I was running a little faster than I should be and it was exactly 9 min/mile. I decided that was good and I’d stick with how that felt for the rest of the race. That felt like a breeze the first 4 miles but at about 4.5 the rain and wind picked up, and we had to run right past the finish line. The last 1.6 miles were down and back and felt like they it was NEVER going to end. This is where I felt I was definitely losing my speed but I kept telling myself I was almost there.
About half way through the race I could tell my “rain jacket” was NOT waterproof and that my clothes were completely soaked through (see picture below). I’m usually one to hang around at the end of the race and enjoy the post-race festivities, but after we all finished, we immediately headed back to the car to change into warm, dry clothes.
I finished at 52:28. This placed me at 95th overall (419 runners), 34th out of all the females (273 women), and 10th in my AG (20-29).
Splits: 8:50, 8:35, 8:42, 8:37, 8:33, 8:22, 8:14 (avg 8:36)