Before I get into my race recap, I want to share a super cool story about the race I did over the weekend. You know how I preach that anyone can run? Get this...an 80-year-old blind man ran the 10K on Saturday. He even set the record for his age for a 10K in Memphis. He had a friend or family member running with him guiding him and pacing him, but he was out there pounding out the miles. Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is inspiring. No excuses.
On to the race recap: Saturday, I ran the Valentine's 10K with a friend. It was her second 10K, well, technically first 10K, since her other one was actually the 7.43-mile race.
First, let me tell you about the weather Saturday morning. 24 degrees. Windchill of 15. Super windy. And snow flurries at times. Beautiful, right? Not. I actually ran with my hood on over my hat for the first 3 miles. Insane.
Anyway, we waited until the morning of the race to pick up our packets. It was well organized, and we got our numbers and goodie bags pretty quickly. Included with the race entry was a sweatshirt. It's not the cutest thing in the world, but it's SUPER comfy.
The race started at 9am, with the 5Ker's starting first. The 10K started about 9:10. We started off at about a 9:30 pace, but we slowed down for a few miles. Ashlea wanted to stop and stretch at about 2.5, but I'm mean and told her "no." Luckily, we ran the last 1.2 faster and made up a minute and a half, getting us to the finish line at 1:02:41. Not half bad, especially considering she just started running in September! Super proud of her.
The race after party was pretty cool, too, especially for a small race. They had pizza, fruit, bagels, cookies, water and coffee plus live entertainment. We hung around for a bit and chatted with friends and Ashlea's husband ended up winning 3rd place in his age group!
Definitely a fun race. Check it out next year.