Date: 10/19/2008 9:30 AM
Type: Race
Course: Get Out & Run 10K
Distance: 6.2 miles
Duration: 1:07:15
Pace: 10:51 / mile
Shoe: Mizuno Wave Renegade 4
Weight: 🙂
Misc: Quality: 7/10, Effort: 8/10
Weather: 55° F, Sunny
Event URL: www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=233438
Notes: Get Out & Run 10K
Statistics: Calories: 839
VO2 Max: 28.1

Aren’t I special? I got a 3rd place medal. Well, that would be really special if there were more than 3 40 year olds running today. This was a very small race, and had some good and bad.

  • A 10K is not simply a 5K done twice. My first mile was 10:09, then 10:30, then 10:30. I’ll let you math wizards figure out the rest. On someone’s blog this week, I read this: Respect the distance. I learned that lesson today.
  • A beautiful trail by the American River is the perfect spot, even if there are four loops in one race. Simply stunning at 9:30am.
  • Ice water should not be offered to runners during the race, should it? I was given a cup at mile 3.1, and tried to sip, then sputtered. My throat froze!
  • Happy volunteers make the race fun. This was a very small race, as the Nike Women’s Marathon was happening in San Francisco, and there was a virtual race at Fleet Feet in downtown Sacramento. The volunteers were cheery. I like that.
  • At the same time, just because it’s a small race, I don’t think you should be picking up the pylons before everyone comes in.
  • Ditto with turning off the music. Yeah, there were only a few people there, but I paid my $25 for the whole experience.
  • Speaking of money. This is our 8th run this year. We’ve supported Hilmar High School track team, the Sacramento Zoo, The Edgewood program, which helps abused kids and Moms, raised money for the Ripon High track, women runners, and kids scholarships. We were talking about this at lunch, that next year we are going to be more selective in terms of where we put our money. This race supported a racquet club in Sacramento. I’m not sure what else.
  • Sharing the trail with two teams of bike riders was definitely hard, if not distracting. Who moves? Them or me?
  • I should have been wearing inserts the whole time. I picked up some at FF. Will try that this week.
  • Visualization works. During that brutal mile 5, I kept thinking of our runs around town, and pretended we were going over the catwalk.
  • The girl at Fleet Feet said I looked in my mid-thirties. I bought the inserts. Duh.

All in all, a fun day. Three (3) weeks until the Fresno Half Marathon. It’s Fresno’s FIRST Marathon!

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11 thoughts on “Get out and what?

  1. ok to this nonracerunner the line a 10k is NOT merely a 5k done twice was so powerful…and informative.

    I really had erroneously thought it would be…

  2. Mizfit, me too. I thought I could do my 5K pace twice, when in reality, I had to pace myself through mile 4. Obviously, I failed. When I was at 42:00 at mile 4, I thought I just had to do 2 miles.

    In reality, it was mile 5 & 6, which is completely different.

    Clear as mud?

  3. YAAAAAAYYYYYY CONGRATS!! Hey, 3rd place is 3rd place! Very nice! Very nice ;D ;D

    They have to move! At least that’s what I tell myself anyway HAHAH

  4. I love small races, I love medals!! Who cares how many people are in your age group, just don’t pose it in your blog!! HA!!

  5. Great race report, and wonderul pictures.
    By the way, love the new banner. Very festive.

  6. Congratulations. Don’t sneer at an award medal just because of the small field. Other people had a chance to join the race and, guess what, they didn’t show up. You did. You earned it. Great job!

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