Friday, September 23, 2011

Ten Ugly Men Festival 10K Race Report

While doing Couch-to-5K, Mike and I knew that we wanted to do more than just run for half an hour at a time.  I had found another running program called Bridge-to-10K and I thought that we should give it a try, why not right?

The beginning of the program felt like a step back from where we were, even though we were running for 10 additional minutes.  I think that the idea of having to do intervals again made it seem like we regressed rather than progressed.  It only felt like this for the first week though!

When we started the training program, I wasn't sure if I would be able to find a 10K that would coincide with our "graduation" date.  For some reason, I'm not really sure why, the 10K distance is not as popular as other distances.  It is also not a race that is offered as often as other distances, which could be the result of it not being as popular.  Or is it the other way around?  It's similar to the chicken and the egg, which came first?

I happened to find a 10K race one day while browsing races in the Rochester area.  The Ten Ugly Men Festival is an annual event that raises money for various charities.  The date of the race actually fell on the same day as our graduation from B210K!  In the end we had to tweak our schedule and the race fell on our second to last day of the program.

Since our second 5K was extremely hot, I obsessively checked the forecast for our 10K race.  I guess the weather wasn't meant to be because on that day it was a little bit hotter than our July 4th race! 

Regardless we toed the line at 9:30am (way too late in my opinion for how hot it was) and were ready to run 6.2 miles!  The race course was in Genesee Valley Park and it was really beautiful, even though at the time I didn't take it all in. 

Mike and I only ran together for about a mile, once we hit the bike path he took off.  I was really not looking forward to running 5.2 miles by myself and I was already really thirsty.  We had been told that there would be a water stop at the first mile but it was a little bit after that and the added distance was not helping me out mentally.

The entire race I thought that I was practically in last place.  Turns out that I wasn't but that was another mental block that I was dealing with.  Place doesn't matter, but to me coming in last would have been devastating. 

I'm not sure what was going on in Mike's head during the race but I think he was dealing with everything better than me. 

There he is in the white shorts

I really didn't want to stop and walk during the race.  I made it to the 5K mark and I just couldn't handle the heat anymore.  For the rest of the race I probably walked about ten times (it felt like more than that).  I was really mad at myself but I just kept pushing to finish the race.

One major issue during the race was that I had NO idea how long I had been running.  Mike was wearing our stop watch and I felt like I had been going for an hour and a half.  When I finally approached the end of the race and saw Mike he told me that I was going to beat my goal of 1:15.  

I crossed the finish line in 1:11:34 and came in faster than 19 people.  Mike's time was 1:01:20, he really thought he could get a sub 1:00 time.  

After the race we got some free food from the festival and then went home to relax.  I have since beat my 10K time twice unofficially.  Next time we do a 10K I hope that it isn't 85 degrees outside!  

After the race, we ran one more time to complete the B210K program.  

The proof


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