About the Race…
On Saturday I ran the Dr. Phillip O’Shaughnessy Walk/Run For Health 10K. This was the second year I ran this race, which takes place at Foster Park and along the Rivergreenway path in Fort Wayne. You can read my 2010 race recap here. This race is named after a former county coroner and proceeds go toward the Matthew 25 dental clinic in Fort Wayne, which serves people in need.
This race is one of the few 10Ks in the area in the summer, and a popular on at that. Last year nearly 160 runners participated in the 10K race alone. The course is mostly flat, save for about two mild hills. Four water stops are offered along the way and the course is manned by volunteers, many of which also volunteer at the clinic. Race swag is minimal – limited to cotton T-Shirts for participants and trophies for overall and age division winners. Post-race fare included bottled water, nutrition bars and fresh fruit.
The highlight of the day?
Official Time: 1:03:34
Age Group Placing (F 25-29): 9/12
Overall Placing: 128/158
Average Pace: 10:14/mile
Pre-Race (The sun is already blazing…)
• I questioned myself several times during this race, wondering if I would PR or not. The first mile I ran in about 9:47, but I knew I could not maintain that pace for a whole 6.2 miles. Overall my 10K time improved by about 4 minutes, or on average about 30 seconds faster per mile compared to a year ago. At this rate I will be running 7-minute miles by the time I’m 32. Sounds good to me.
• My knee held up decent, as in the knee pain I experienced the week prior did not factor into my race.
• The course has a turnaround so you can see the speedy folks pass you on the return. I love that at races. I was excited to cheer on the speedy folks, including the top women.
• Pushing myself both mentally and physically — this was a tough race for me. More than once I wanted to take a walk break. And I was consumed by reaching the next water stop (4 total). While the race starts at 7:30 a.m. it is July. It’s hot out. By the time I finished just after 8:30 a.m. the sun was already scorching.
• My right ITB flared up around mile 2. Talk about pushing through physically? That was rough. Basically I was in discomfort for more than half the race.
• The husband was supposed to run the 5K but got locked out of the car. He instead was on the horn to AAA. He ended up with a DNS.
• Race packet pickup was a bit rough. Because of the popularity of this race, a night before pickup would be great.
Post-Race. I earned that PR.
The trophy table.
I would still run this race again if given the chance. My main reasons are that it’s one of few 10Ks in the area and because the course is mostly flat, which is great for accomplishing a PR. Need I say more?