follow me on Facebook, you already know that I did not PR. Not even close. I actually added a significant amount of time to my personal record. But, because this was an uber small race, I still got a medal. Hometown races for the win!
I got up early and headed over to Wheaton, a nearby suburb where I've raced before. For some reason, the Cosley Zoo 10k wasn't all that memorable (probably because I didn't get a time) and I didn't recall how hilly it was there. Meh.
Packet pick up was easy. There wasn't really a packet, just your number and a shirt. This race had both tech and cotton T-shirts and I had to go back and swap out my shirt for a tech shirt. The organizer told me it was because the race reached capacity and the had to order more with a quick turnaround. Jenny, Barbara and I hung around waiting for the start, checking out my competition
First mistake: I lined up to close to the start.
Second mistake: I went out too fast. My first half mile was blazing before I burned out. My first mile was like 7:40. Way too fast and not sustainable. So my subsequent miles suffered as I watched countless people fly by me.
Anyhow, because of all these things, I had to take walk breaks. I felt like a pansy. I mean, it's three miles. I got lapped by a 76-year-old man and a 9-year-old girl. Go me.
But, those people undoubtedly trained harder than I did. Let's get real: I can't accept a PR just because I go to CrossFit a few times a week and run once or twice a week. If I want it, I have to work for it.
When I finished, I immediately got a stretch from waiting physical therapists, then grabbed hot coffee. For a small race, they had a nice post-event spread with bagels, water, bananas and fruit roll ups for the kiddies.
I stayed for the award ceremony and found out I snagged third in my age group, which is great since I wasn't so happy with my time. The medal was really cute, too!
All in all, this was a great race. It benefited the Wheaton Lions Club and had maybe 600 runners? The weather was great, the course was well-marked and the shirt was nice. For $25 and a 20-minute drive, you can't hope for much more. Except for maybe a faster time. That would be great.
Pros: Easy to get to, free parking, nice tech shirt (if you knew to ask for it ... the cotton shirts aren't my favorite. I'm a snobby runner), well-marked course, decent post-race spread, post-race stretching with NO WAITING!, cute medal, fewer runners = greater odd of medaling!
Cons: A bit hill, weather could be unpredictable this time of year, I heard out-of-towners saying they weren't sure where it would be