This 10km course has a reputation for being a little tough, in fact I know a few people who ran it a couple of times, had terrible runs and then never did it again. It is a hilly 10km with winding narrow paths, and on this particular day it was raining. Sarah and I were running a little behind schedule so we hopped in at the back of the pack.... I think this was our first mistake, we should have been in the blue corral running with people aiming to finish in under an hour.
|pre-race pic taken by the lovely Sarah|
|Sarah and I pre-race rocking our Sweat Pink gear!|
We started the race at a great pace! According to my Nike Run App we were running under 10 min miles, I felt strong and confident running for the first time since I first injured my hip.... I felt like I was having the run of my life! However, when we hit the 5km mark I noticed we were at the 30 min mark, which I found surprising since Sarah and I both run 5km in under 30 min usually. The hills were really slowing down our pace. Regardless we kept moving along!
By kilometer 8 the hills and lack of training began to take its toll and our pace slowed down to 10:14 min miles, the lack of speed didn't get me down though! I was happy to find that although my run was slower than usual, it was comfortable and I was not experiencing any hip pain other than a slight twinge here and there.
|here we are on our way to the finish|
|our awesome Sox Box Socks!|
This race ended up being my slowest 10km ever! Normally I would be disappointed with my performance, however the goal was to run the race and not experience any pain, so mission accomplished! I am hoping that if I continue to train and increase my mileage slowly, I "may" be able to run another half marathon in the new year.
|Finally done our long 10km race|
Would I do this race again?? My answer is NO. This race was fun, but it was expensive ($80) which I think is a lot for a 10km race. We did receive a race shirt and medal, but other than that our race kit was pretty weak, it was just filled with a bunch of race flyers and a juice box. The end of the course was VERY disorganized, we literally had to dodge our way through the 5km races in order to get back to the parking lot. On the bright side we got to go for a walk through the zoo!
|our race swag!|
1) Tell me about the WORST race you have ever run. Why was it such a bad experience ?
2) What is the most you will pay to enter a race? What influences this?
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