One of my biggest fears of running is being chased or attacked by a dog (or another animal) during a run.
After running 6.1 miles of Saturday morning’s McLeod Sports Medicine 10K, I turned the last corner of the race and revved up my legs to sprint the last .1.
Directly into the start of the Pet Walk.
Sprinting the last portion of a race is never easy. It shouldn’t be if you really ran your best pace for the first 3 miles or 6.1 miles or 13 miles. Needless to say, it’s a little harder when you’re dodging dogs and their people.
Fortunately, the friendly dogs didn’t try to be too friendly, and once I ran around all of them, I finished the race in 53:20 (8:36/mi pace).
As for the rest of the race, I ran this last year- my first 10K. It was kinda nice going to a race and knowing exactly what to expect :). The best thing about this race is that it’s a 5K, 10K, and a pet run/walk, so there’s something for everyone. The race also has lots of activities for kids and a pretty awesome post-race pasta meal from Stefano’s, which I enjoyed.
As much as you can enjoy solid food after running 6 miles, that is ;).
Tons of people were at the race, which was really great because I got to see lots of other runners who I know. It’s pretty cool how, in a small town, you see the same faces at each race and you get to know people. The best thing about running is that it brings together people from all walks of life like that. You always have someone to
chat shiver with at the starting line.
No shivering in this race! For once, it was unseasonably warm and a whopping 63 degrees at the 9 AM start. 63 degrees isn’t too bad, but anything over 70 is just crazy to run in, since your body feels 20 degrees warmer than the outside temperature when you’re running.
That means if you’re running in 80 degree temps, you should dress as if it’s 100 degrees, because that’s what it will feel like when you’re done.
Fortunately, as a lifelong resident of the dirty south who’s used to treadmill running, I was okay.
A couple of people from my job also ran this, and some other friends who said it was their first 5K or 10K. Always great to meet new runners, too- this is a great race for first-timers, by the way. I think everyone was super proud of their time and the effort it takes to get up super early on a Saturday to run or walk 3.1 or 6.2 miles.
Running isn’t easy, and sometimes the hardest part is having the courage to sign up for a race and actually show up at the starting line. Very proud of the first time 5Kers :).
Runners, do you wear your race bling for the rest of the day?