Sunday, March 15, 2009

Top o' the Mornin' 10K

I did an early St. Patrick's Day 10K this morning in Sparks, around the Marina - same course as the Turkey Trot has been on the last couple of years, actually. Funny - last year this race was a 5K (I actually PR'd there, thanks to a shortish course) but this year apparently they decided to make it longer. There was also a 2 mile walk/run, which my mom and kids did.

The weather seemed a little iffy - not terribly cold, but the wind cooled things down a little. Turned out perfect temperature, though - mid 40's, long-sleeve t-shirt weather. Didn't feel the wind at all once we started.

I was aiming for about 45 minutes - didn't want to push for a PR. Miles 1 was a little fast, miles 2-5 were pretty steady with a slight slowing trend, and mile 6 was back to mile 1 speed. The last 2 tenths I was able to speed up, and in the last 1.2 miles, I passed a bunch of people I had marked earlier in the race. Felt pretty good.

Still awaiting official results. My watch said 45:19 at the line, but I'm sure the official clock had 44 something on it. We'll see how they report it...

Here's a shot from right around the 4 mile mark, once we'd got back next to the Marina:

My mom and the kids had a pretty good time with the walk. There is a playgrond right near the start, so there was some crazy swinging before we got going:

Apparently there was some whining in the ranks, "I wanna go home's" and such. Then Sofia saw Miss Nevada up ahead, who had done the countdown to start the race and was doing the 2 mile walk herself. Sofia proceeded to stalk her (and her crown) until she got to take a picture. (Note Sofia's improvised fancy veil-thingy...) Thanks for being a good sport, Julianna...

The kids managed to do the 2-mile in pretty good time - I passed them on the last corner, with about a tenth of a mile left. So, I was able to get a finish line picture of them:

Again, a fun little race put on by the Sparks Parks & Rec department. (Again, a slightly short course, but whatever.) And hey - fellow Library Dork Dave was supposed to be there, but I didn't see him. Were you there, Dave?

Results have been posted. I finished 20th overall, 4th in my age group (so, no medal coming in the mail for me.) And the official time pretty much matched my watch, 45:18, so I didn't actually break 45 minutes. Oh well.


SnowLeopard said...

Sounds like you ran a good, comfortable race! That's a great time. :) I'm really bummed about our boys not getting to walk together- I hope Julien wasn't terribly disappointed...

C said...

Congrats on a good race! The pics of the kiddies are so cute too. :)