Sunday, August 1, 2010

Gopher the Gold 10K

I ran a 10K on Saturday, July 24th in Shelby Township (about an hour from our house, but near my parents' house). My niece had stayed with us for the week and came to summer camp. We had a blast! From putt-putt to the Ann Arbor Art Fair, there wasn't a night we didn't do something fun. And, I got her talked into coming on my evening runs with me. With her on her scooter, she certainly kept me motivated to finish the 4 mile routes. I brought her home Friday night and stayed at my parents' house for the 8am 10K in the morning.

It had been raining all week and Saturday started off sprinkling. While we finished registration, it was barely sprinkling. I even went back to my car to put on sunscreen, being optomistic about the day. Another runner laughed at me and asked if I had bug spray. The race finally began and it was nice and cool, which was welcoming since it had been so humid all week. Miles 1 and 2 were just fine with little sprinkling. Then the skies opened up for mile 3, which felt pretty good at the time as the course just finished a large hill.

Mile 4 brought us into the trail part of the run, which was definitely different. I've never ran on a trail before; only flat paved roads. With all the rain and the many people that ran in front of me, the trail was a muddy mess. It was fun but I was getting tired. I kept waiting for the Mile 5 marker to show up, but it never came. As soon as I finally got out of the woods (which seemed like forever), I was mentally exhausted knowing I have another mile plus ahead of me.

However, as I turned the corner out of the woods, there was the finish line. I had ran 2 miles in the woods, not just the one I thought I had. All of a sudden, I felt a surge of energy and finished the race in 1:12:24. Yes, it was 5 minutes slower than my first 10K, but I still loved it! I took the scenic route home to my parents' and hung out with them all afternoon.

It was a great race and I'm looking forward to Running the Crim 10miler on Saturday, August 28th.

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