I had meant to do a race preview on this last week and basically life happened. So in summary this 10K is an annual event named after a former coroner from Fort Wayne.
From what I have seem there are not many 10K’s around the area. This one had a really large turnout – more runners in the 10K than the 5K. The course was mostly flat and mostly shaded – amazing. The course was also at a park that I have run through many times before, so it helped to be somewhat familiar with the territory.
However, I will say I was pretty nervous going into this race. I had done 6-milers in my training but often times I give myself the luxury of stopping to re-stretch or get some water. This was the big dogs. I had to push myself on this one. My approach was to start off slow and steady and try to save some energy for the end of the race – I also didn’t want to walk.
Official Time: 1 hour, 7 minutes, 21 seconds
Age Group (25-29): 9/11
-Overall I am pleased with my time. I had estimated it would take me 1 hour, 10 minutes. And compared to my 12K in May… my pace was actually a little faster.
-Again I really liked the course and having shade… what a life saver. The race started early, at 7:30 a.m. which I was griping about initially. But considering it’s been in the 90s lately I was really thankful that the race started as soon as it did.
-I had enough energy, motivation at the end of the race to run faster/harder when I saw the finish line. That is always good.
-They had some decent post-race fuel. I had a banana and a nice icy cold bottled water. Thank you volunteers.
-I walked… twice. It was only a total of what I would confidently say was 2 minutes. So my race time would have probably been about 1 hour, 5 minutes had I not walked. Both short walk breaks were during the last mile of the race. I was starting to get that overheated feeling again and feared the worst — that I would get sick. So I took the breaks to get me through this race.
-I was hobbling around the rest of Saturday. Had some joint/knee pains but nothing horrible. Just enough to make me hobble and gripe. I think the ailments came in from having a faster pace. I always push it more during a race than training run. Don’t we all?
-The beginning of the race was hard as I saw so many runners pass me. I had to stay positive, remind myself that I was racing against myself and that my bigger goal is to complete the half-marathon without any injuries. I wish I had placed better overall — but that’s what next year will be for.