Another MCRRC low-key race is in the books! And guess who has a new PR?!
I woke up Sunday morning feeling rested. Xander has been sleeping much better and seven hours of consecutive sleep makes for a much more alert mama on race mornings. I got as much of me ready as I could before opening up Xander’s door. He would need to nurse and I would need the relief. The three of us managed to get out the door swiftly and drove to the local race. I just had a feeling about this race and had told John I really wanted my boys to be there.
As luck would have it, we pulled into the park and realized something was different. In fact, we thought I messed up the race location entirely. There were no cars in sight and nothing happening at the visitor center. The New Years Day 5K was at this same park, so we were quite confused! Turns out the park officials didn’t like the parking set up with the New Years Day 5K start/finish… so the race was moved to a different location, further into the park.
We parked and I headed to the start line. While I was locating my mom friends, John was getting Xander out of the car and heading to the starting line himself. We both quickly realized there was no shelter with this new set up. We were counting on the visitor center shelter for Xander to stay warm and entertained. The boys managed to set themselves up around mile one and after a few (nice) yells back and forth as I was passing by, it was determined that my friend Danielle would take me home and the boys would head home early to stay warm.
I’m not gonna lie and tell you I wasn’t bummed, but I knew it was for the best for Xander. It’s too bad the weather wasn’t just a little bit warmer because there was an amazing playground right near the start/finish. Now we just have excuse to take him back to that park! Anyway, Seneca Creek Park is full of rolling hills. I was feeling strong and determined and conquered hill after hill. I’ve really been practicing with my form on hills and have been able to maintain my speed during the incline much better than before.
I was running with Danielle and the miles just ticked by. John had both of our phones and the camera, so I didn’t get any photos until I came home.
The boys were happy to see me, proud of my new PR, and little man was anxious to nurse (and nap).
My official stats for the Piece of Cake 10K:
- Time: 1:00:38
- Pace: 9:46
- Overall Place: 225/346
- Female Place: 74/160
- Division Place: 10/15 (places 6-10 all finished within a minute of each other!)
Maybe I will actually start to like the 10K distance after this race! My body used to get really confused with the distance – you have to hold back more than a 5K, but you don’t have to leave as much in you like when you run a half marathon. Time will tell! I’m feeling very confident in my running lately and am excited to be seeing improving times with many of my races!
Anyone else race this past weekend!?
PS. The race name is not because the race is a piece of cake! It’s because it’s the race that celebrates MCRRC’s birthday!