Date: 3/29/2009 8:30 AM
Type: Race
Course: Nutrition Fuels Fitness 10K
Distance: 6.2 miles
Duration: 1:09:09
Pace: 11:10 / mile
Shoe: Mizuno Wave Renegade 4
Weight: same
Misc: Quality: 6/10, Effort: 5/10
Field Placement: 306 / 370 (82.7%)
Age group: 7 – 79
Group Placement: 8 / 14 (57.1%)
Weather: 60° F, Sunny, Windy
Event URL:
Statistics: Calories: 867
VO2 Max: 27.2

We left our town at 6:30 this morning to get to Elk Grove, about an hour away.  When we finally got to the park, we had to park FAR away from the course.  Not realizing how windy it was, I didn’t even bring a sweatshirt, because it was a gorgeous sunny day.

Thank goodness for the Headsweat visor I won from Quadrathon.  It saved my run, because it was VERY bright!

I have sort of a head trip running a 10K, because I have visions of just turning and running into the 5K chute, except for the bright green number I have on my chest. 

Mile 1:  Hello strollers.  Is there a reason why strollers can’t start 10 minutes later?  We had people yelling, “left!”, “left!” as they ran by with their children.  I was secretly pleased at one point when one fell off the side.  The stroller derailed a bit.  Kim was far ahead of me.

Mile 2:  Jack Daniel Running  I was doing 10 steps hard, 10 easy…20 hard, 20 easy…but I couldn’t keep up with the music I was listening to.  It was a good mile.  I also read in one of my books, The Quotable Runner,

Run the first third of your race with your head, the second third with your personality, the third with your heart.

I tried to stay focused here.  I was at 10:45 pace for both of those miles.

Mile 3:  Houses.  Weaving in and out of streets, I slowed down.  It was then that “ponytail girl” starting back and forth running with me.  My thought was, man I can totally take her.  Um, not for the next 2 miles, however.

Mile 4:  Nausea.  What?  I had no idea why, but I started feeling sick.  I got a cup of water at 4.5, but the wind, the sun…I don’t know.  Ponytail girl and I were doing a bit of a dance, but seeing she was like 30, I needed to stay with her. 

Mile 5:  No Volunteers  Back in the houses, and no volunteers, and very few runners.  You can see how far back in the pack I was.  I was confused, but followed the white arrows.  I saw a new OLDER runner who was smoking me.  I would run up to her as she was walking, then she would sprint so I couldn’t pass her.  And I couldn’t.

This is when I got crazy.  The next set of volunteers started shouting,

You’re almost there!  You’re so close!

I almost slugged this girl as I passed her, because I knew we had almost a mile more to go.

Mile 6:  I’m Dizzy from Ponytail Girl’s shadow.  She is right on my tail.  At one point, I had to look away because her shadow was literally making me dizzy.  The sprint/walker was ahead of me, and I just thought I could maybe take her.

6.2:  Right as we neared the end, I kicked hard and beat both of these ladies.    I was so excited, even though I knew I wouldn’t have a good pace.  Overall, I was 8th out of 14, but not my greatest race.

At Mile 4, I could feel my feet on the pavement.  We took my shoes to Fleet Feet after the race, and the Mizunos have just tanked.  The Half Marathon is three weeks away.  I wonder if I need to gut it out, or if I get new shoes before the Half.

A good time, as always.  I love races, because I love the people.  It gives me the fix I don’t get from a gym anymore.  The schwag wasn’t good here though, and the food had pollen all over it from the windy trees.

10K.  It’s only my second, but we are in Week 11 training now.  It’s crunch time.

13 thoughts on “Elk Grove 10K Race Report

  1. Great job! If you’ve got three weeks before the half, you’ve got plenty of time to get new kicks. Just do it asap and you should have no worries come race day.

  2. Sounds like a great race! Congrats!

    Shoes? If you need them get them now. You’ll have a couple of weeks to break them in prior to your half. The last thing you’ll want is blisters at mile 10. Or mile 11.

    BTW – the pic on my blog last Friday was Mammoth Mountain back in January this year. Thanks for stopping in and taking the time to read my ramblings!

  3. Get new shoes now! Don’t wait any longer! You’ll have time to break them in and you’ll be very happy running the half in better shoes!

    Nice race! And I agree the strollers should start later or be in the back of the group or have their own race!!!

  4. Nice race, and way to beat those ladies at the finish. As above, get new shoes and get 10 miles on them and you’ll be set for the half. Stupid Mizunos …

  5. excellent race and great finish! I hate the ‘almost there’ when you are a mile or more away! Try hard, think of something else encouraging to say!

  6. GREAT job!!!! I love all your details in your reports 🙂 way to beat those girls at the finish line!! CONGRATS 🙂

  7. Great Race and Great report too! Get you new shoes now, if not you will regret it… I did the same thing when I ran my first half, I had new shoes and didn’t wear them, my feet killed me the whole second half of the race! I could barely walk when it was over and I was miserable, I should have never worn the old shoes. Three weeks is plenty of time to break them in.

  8. Awesome job, and i love the “its crunch time” attitude, keep it up! Totally agree with the stollers starting AFTER the runners, no need for obstacles, haha

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