So it took me a day longer than I thought to get this wrote out and published. Oh well, sometimes with kids, things don’t go as planned and that’s OKAY! So this was my first 10k race. I had done 5ks, a 15k and a half marathon, but never a 10k. I really enjoyed this distance. Requires a little more stamina than the 5ks but not the mental strength that the half marathon required.
The race started at 8 am and I was meeting my friend Jennifer so that we could drive to the location together. From my training last year for the half marathon I knew parking in this area was limited. So I woke up at 6 am to get ready and be out of the house by 6:30 am. It was so hard to judge what the weather was going to be like. High was low 50’s but it was still dark out and I knew it would warm up. I opted for my running tights, a thermal shirt, my vest and gloves. I am always cold, but I tend to sweat a lot too once I get going. This ended up being the perfect choice for me. I always save my run shirt to wear AFTER the race is over.
So I managed to get out of the house on time as I had set up my playlist on my iPhone the night before. Got my usual breakfast of one slice of toast with 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter, half of a banana and a drizzle of honey. This is always the perfect combination for me along with a little bit of coffee to get me warmed up and energized. So I met up with Jennifer and we got to the race with plenty of time to spare. Parking really wasn’t all that bad and we got to wait inside where it was warm until the start of the race. I always have to make a pit stop pre race for the bathroom.
It ended up being a beautiful day for a race. Sun was shiny. Not too cold, not too hot. PERFECT race weather! This race was along the Arkansas River on the paved trails and was relatively flat. Just a simple out and back, but with the gorgeous views of the river and of course good running company! Next year Jennifer said we needed to do the 25k, as this race there was a 5k, 10k, 25k and a 50k. I of course laughed but told her let’s get her through a half first than we would talk about a 25k. I think it would be doable though. Plus it’s coursed through Turkey Mountain. I still have yet to make it out there.
So my finishing time for this 10k was 1:07:12. I just wanted to enjoy this run, weather and company. We are both moms so it was nice to get out and enjoy a run together and chat without interruptions! No matter what I did it was a PR right? HA! I think these pictures definitely show the fun/joy that running brings us. Yes this was at the END of 6.2 miles and we are SMILING! *gasp*
We were trying to find someone who would take our picture post race without feeling like we were bothering them. We happened to find a couple that had run the race and were sitting off to the side enjoying the quietness. The man just happened to be a photographer so we was all worried about getting the right lighting and the river in the background. I think he did a GREAT job! <3 Memories
Left this part out as children kept coming in and talking to me, oh and the husband! Thanks for the reminder Jennifer!!! <3
Post race we went back to the start as they were serving food and drinks. Everyone ALWAYS talks about how good beer tastes post race. So we each had two beverage tickets. Decided it’s free beer what the hell. EWWW!!! Gross!! I am not a beer drinker for one, but this beer was worse then the other name brands that most of my friends choose. Plus, beer at 9:15 a.m. not a fan. I’m more of a coffee at that time kinda girl. I can say I tried. At least I wasn’t wasting my money. HA!