My training plan had me on the books for a nine mile long run this week. I figured I could do the 6.2 for the 10K then get home and finish off the other three.
And then I ran a 10K in temperatures right around that of Hades' bumhole and I figured six was good enough for me!
My friend, B., was in town from Chicago. She's doing the same thing as me, running at least a 5K every month so she asked if I wanted to run one with her while she was in town. We looked around, found this race, Escape to Belle Isle, and both figured why not go for the 10K. It was her first.
We went into it with a plan of running a minute, walking thirty seconds. B. doesn't use the Galloway method, but was perfectly fine following that plan. Her goal was to finish with a smile. I love goals like that!
I had to register on race day so I picked B. up around 7:30 on Saturday morning. The race started at 8:30. I got my packet, she got hers, we stashed t-shirts in the car, and headed back to the start line to wait. The race director made multiple announcements about how warm it was and how we should take our time. There was a U-Haul working as a sweeper so if we encountered any problems on the course we would have someone there to pick us up if needed.
At the start of the race the "feels like" temperature was 85 degrees.
We started at the same time as the 5Kers. There were about 500 people there all together, slightly more 5K people than 10K. This course is the exact same one I will run in September for my half marathon except that one will be two loops around Belle Isle instead of the one we did.
I could tell the wind was moving, but we weren't feeling it so I kept B. pumped up by telling her when we rounded the west end of the island we would have a breeze.
Thankfully I was right.
There were four water stops in all. They originally had two planned, but with the temperatures, they added two more, plus the race director drove around in a convertible and offered us a bottle of water towards the end of the race.
B and I stuck to our one minute of running, thirty seconds of walking pace for the first half of the race. Then the heat got to us and we said fuck it, and went one minute of running, one minute of walking. I honestly am most impressed we kept up with the running. I think both of us wanted to walk, but we both also knew we would just be out on the course LONGER if we just walked. We sucked it up and kept running.
|Tiny bits of shade and some breeze. We'll take it!|
It was a really well run race. And as a back of the packer, we crossed the finish line to lots of cheers as people were standing around waiting for the Kid's Fun Run to start. There was plenty of bottled water and food left, too, which is always a good thing. I love a race that comes prepared for everyone from first place to last place to have the same sort of finish line experience.
And then I took the Guys swimming! We have an extremely lot, but super fun weekend. Hope you did, too!