Saturday, May 8, 2010
Wichita River Run 10K
This race was for fun. I was fresh home from Boston and was just signing up to join in on the biggest road race in Kansas. It was a delightful morning. All my fellow Boston runners got a chance to wear their long sleeve race shirts too! As I walked with my Dad to the starting line he asked me, "What are you going to run today?" I hadn't even guessed at a time. I just planned to have fun.
Fun turned into a great run. The gun went off and I felt good. So, I just went with it. I never looked at my Garmin until the last mile. I was on track to make a huge PR.
I finished smiling and so glad that the love of running can provide such great days.
I beat my Sun Run PR. I finished in 41:28, taking 2nd in my age group, 8th overall. Not bad for a "fun run."
The race was tricky! An immediate "storm" up the dam nearly wiped me out. From there it was mostly grass covered horse trails. The grass was just high enough to hide the ridiculous amount of divots from the horses. It was nearly impossible to get a stride going. Every time I broke into a pace, I'd nearly fall over from stepping in a hole. It was a great place to twist ankles. It was mostly out in the great wide Kansas open.
I held my position among the females for over 10 miles. Around mile 9 I passed a few men, but I spent most of the morning alone. The course got fun around mile 11.5. It became a real trail run. The course ran into the woods. It was completely tree covered on soft dirt. Many tree roots became obstacles and even some downed tree trunks had to be jumped. I was still all alone and didn't see a course marker for several minutes. I started to get worried I had lost the trail. Luckily, an orange ribbon appeared as I rounded the corner and left the woods. I came back out on to pavement and had to round one more grassy corner to be able to head into home.
After the race I had a blast congregating with my interweb pals. I completely forgot about all the woes and irritations about the race. It was the first time I'd met Mark and the first time I actually met up with Fairweather Runner at a race. We'd met once for a jog at dawn and since, we've missed one another at nearly every local race. So, this was our first daylight meet up!