Last night I ran a local 10K after a crazy late work day I rushed home, jammed some food quickly in my mouth, changed and drove back. As I ran in a at the final second to grab my race packet and meet up for my group's picture I was rethinking running. I was stressed and not feeling the racing thing right now! So much so the watch was left at home.
With 10 minutes to race start I guess my warm up was running back to my car to drop off my race packet, grab my hat and hit the start line. I met up with a friend who also wasn't feeling the racing and then found a third. We took off chatting the entire time with a little complaining and debating about quitting after lap 1. Mile 1: (the only mile split I have from a friend) 7:27 Oops I guess I'm feeling better than I thought.
Lap 1 done and 5K in 23:50 (avg 7:40)
We continued on completing the first lap and deciding to finish the 10K, my friends back off so I was on my own to navigate the annoying second lap, passing walls of 5K walkers of 5-6+ across. I'm not saying there shouldn't be walkers just some race etiquette or better course. There is no way to fit 2,000 runners on a single sidewalk for 3 miles! There was frustration all around as people passed saying "on your left" or "passing" or excuse me". Rude comments were made by those getting passed to not only me. I was once told run on the grass if I thought I needed to pass! I went into the race knowing these frustrations from last year and knew what to expect but hoping things had changed.
I came around the final corner and up the hill before the finish, another sharp corner and then done. 47:08 (avg 7:34) negative split for lap 2 23:18 7:30 pace lap 2!
Race is done, now the fun and time to hang out and relax with friends.
Are you a night time racer? What are the tricks? Give me a 5am race any day!