I woke up Friday morning with beginnings of a cold coming on. Ugh, not so perfect timing! But got to bed early for a 6 a.m. wake up call for the 10k. That seemed SO late considering how early Teal & I woke up for Princess Half!
First I should backup and say the packet pickup at Luke’s was pretty easy at Luke’s Locker especially since I heeded the advice from email to know my bib number before getting there. I walked up to the nice fireman, told him bib 962 and in under 30 seconds I was off and looking at the running clothes sale. 🙂 Kudos to this race for having firemen help with packet pickup! 🙂
I’d seen multiple things regarding driving directions to the race and I had every intention of following them until I found myself on the exact street it said to avoid. Oh, well! Quickly parked on the opposite side of the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge from where the race started, but ultimately I was glad because I got to walk across it twice in addition to running across it!
After crossing the bridge I found my friends Mary, Cory, Tom and Paige pretty quickly and in no time it seemed like we were off! Since Teal was on a field trip with her students I just assumed I’d be running this race by myself and I was totally wrong! Tom and I ended up running pretty much the whole race together. We chatted about anything and everything! Talking during races and even during training runs is not something I commonly do, so it was a nice change of pace. Tom kept me updated periodically on what our pace was. I knew I’d want to do another 6ish mile run later in the day so I was too concerned with pushing real hard in this race. Overall the course was fun, lots of awesome volunteers out passing out powerade and water. I don’t frequent that area of town all that much so it was fun seeing everything around there.
The results for this race were a little tricky to find or maybe I’m just not that use to having to click on so many links to be taken to a word document containing a link that holds my results? My chip time was 57:41, 201st female to finish and 661st person to finish overall. The thing I was most proud of in this race was the kick I gave at the end. When I stopped my runkeeper at the end it said I had been running at a 7:14 pace! So excited to see the difference my hill and tempo workouts have given me in a short amount of time! Would also, like to give a shout out to Teal’s workout buddy, Cynthia I saw out there! Wish I would have seen you after the race!
After the race was over I made sure to take a picture of one of the three murals that Shepherd Fairey recently put up on Singleton Avenue in Dallas. Tons of people were having their picture taken with the murals so I got just this one with no one else in the picture before I headed out.
On my walk back to the car I took advantage of the time and snapped some more pictures of the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge or as I’ve already heard some referring to it as #largeMarge. I’m going to hold out and put one of my favorite pictures I took walking across the bridge to the race on Facebook only, so come find it on our Facebook page! And if you haven’t liked us on Facebook yet – why not??
Later that afternoon I headed out for a 6 mile run that I was hoping would include some hills. I set off on a bit of a new route for me, and to be honest in the beginning I wasn’t completely feeling this run. As I was nearing the halfway point of my run which also was the point where I was running down my soon to be monster hill to run up, I saw a police officer and contemplated asking him to give me a ride home if I wimped out on the hill. But let’s be honest – no matter how much I wanted to wimp out I wasn’t going to. The hill was hard, but once I did it and recovered from it I felt great! The whole last half of my run was fabulous! I get more of a high from running when I accomplish something hard out in the course than if it was just completely flat. Run #2 on Saturday felt like another victory for my tempo and hill workouts!
Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! There were so many people out racing and Teal & I are both excited to see your race recaps! 🙂