Well, it was a free race. Don't see those too often, so, despite having a half marathon to run tomorrow, I headed out to Scheels in Sparks for the Nike Human Race 10K. Since I don't run with any of the Nike+ gear, this wouldn't really count for anything, but it was a free t-shirt, and I was hoping there'd be some nice swag. When Adidas sponsored a run here last year, they had a big demo truck and were handing stuff out left and right. Not so today - I'm sure all the Nike staff were in bigger market areas than Reno.
Less of a turnout than I thought, as well - maybe 100 people at the start? Maybe.
And a really loopy course - Starting at Scheels, we went around the parking lot, halfway around the Marina, out onto city streets, back to the Marina and all the way around it this time, then a shortened loop around the parking lot. My watch measured just under 6 miles, I think the second parking lot loop was shortened because of traffic.
Here's some photos from the race, all available at Flickr:
I didn't realize that the t-shirt actually had the "bib" number on it - I though the number was the date of the race. So that's why everyone was wearing their race shirts. Felt awash in a sea of red sometimes there...
I was trying to keep it slow - and succeeded, for a mile or two. My speed slowly crept up, and I ended averaging 8:00 miles. Here are the splits:
1 - 8:31
2 - 8:29
3 - 8:02
4 - 7:56
5 - 7:44
6 - 7:16
And the graph:
Fun little race - hope it doesn't tire me out too much for tomorrow. Got my recovery socks on...