Another day, another race. Today was the SacTown 10 Mile Race. Last year was the first time I have run this race. I really enjoyed it last year, and being an Sacramento Running Association AmbasSRAdor this year, I thought it was only right that I run it again.
Representing Kaia FIT Sunrise today!
The course this year was
a bit a LOT different from last year. Last year we ran through Midtown & East Sac. This year we went through Downtown and West Sac. And the course was a LOOP! I have to admit, when I realized this I wasn’t too thrilled. I have never run a race that was a loop and I thought it would be really hard, boring and repetitive. Honestly, it was the exact opposite (in my opinion). The Sacramento Running Association did a great job of making a fun and challenging course.
I have 2 more weeks until the SLO Marathon, so today was a training day for me. I ran a little over 5 miles before the race and then ran the 1o mile option – new this year was a 5 mile course. Here are the routes of my runs today:
Me with Tara & Katie before the race. Jasper Lou AKA Sticks photobombing our picture.
Maybe it was the fact that I ran about 5.5 miles before this race? Whatever the reason it was a real challenge for me. My pace was an 8:20. Which is usually a breeze. I ran this race last year about a minute faster, but it felt far less challenging. And I ran the Urban Cow, which is 3.1 miles longer than this, last year with a pace of 7:54. I have also wondered if my speed has been affected by my marathon training. In 2 weeks I will be running the SLO Marathon and a week after that I will be running the OC Marathon. My training plan is based on getting me through those back to back marathons. I am not concerned about speed. I am killing it on hills though! So I think that is my trade off. Totally not used to it, and I hope this won’t make it harder for me to get faster and BQ at CIM this year.
Running with my friends FitFam6 for a while. You can see my bf’s shadow. He’s a great race photographer 😉
This is Theresa. We met about 1/4 from the finish line. She ran up to me and said something about doing a great job, and we were going to finish together. She went ahead of me for just a bit, but I caught up and she grabbed my hand and told me I was doing great. How awesome is that?? As we were running down the chute and the announcer called our names she pointed at me and said, “My new friend”. She was pretty great! At the end of the race she asked me to look into joining her running club and told me what a great runner I was. That was really great to hear since I really felt like this race was a struggle.
My ladies finishing strong!!
I also want to say thank you to David and Paula (FitFam6 ). Like I said, I ran with them for a bit and they passed me but I kept them in site. My thought was if I can at least see them, I could finish this race strong. They kept me going from mile 4 to mile 9, when I finally felt strong enough to really pick it up. Thanks you two! You’re both such an inspiration to me.
Today was a great day. Since becoming a coach, an ambassador for SRA, joining a local running club…I have met so many people that I am thankful to have in my life. It is great to have so much support! Have a great weekend everyone – what’s left of it.