What a great way to start the day. It wasn’t an early start, instead, 9am, perfect for this time of year. Jillian was going with me, so I had that much more motivation.
The course was perfect, just enough hills, rolling, not too long. It was on a golf cart path for most of the race. I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable this course was. The event staff was great just like I expected. The “Run-Toto-Run” I did in February was also put on by this group. It was a little chilly, but the staff, the participants, volunteers and the crowd kept it comfortably warm.
I set a goal of a 1 hour 10k at the beginning of the year along with some others. Going into the race I was 1 of 3 on attempted goals. My confidence was pretty high, any doubts I had were nullified by Jillian being there with me. Jillian signed up for the 10k, but decided to do 5k at race time. Having her at the finish line was great.
I saw David C and David K from work and Dave from MTC at the starting line. David C was shooting to be around 54 minutes (he finished 54:17) so I figured I would try to keep up with him for as long as I could. I started with David C. At the start, David was trying to get through the slower crowd. The first half mile was a little bit faster than we planned. We then settled in and found our groove.
My official finish was 53:17.8, easily a PR. My previous 10k was 1:11:49. Jillian says because I was hung-over during my previous 10k, that it doesn’t really count. Either way, this was a PR. Jillian also had a PR, 34:54.9.