This is a popular local event. It draws thousands of participants for the various races (10K, a 5K run, a 5K walk, and a 1 mile fun run). Many of the participants stay to visit the zoo afterwards. We tried to arrive early to secure decent parking, but still ended up walking quite a ways to the start area and standing in a very long line to get our chips. Not to worry though, we had sufficient time and weren't rushed before the race began.
We decided to line up somewhere between the 9min and 10min pace signs. I was hoping for a PR today with my sights set on a finish time in the 01:03:00-01:05:00 range. Husband looked over at me at the start and said "You're on your own this morning." I nodded, knowing that he had intended to run his own race today.
This race doesn't have a start mat, so I started my Garmin when the gun went off. We were off like a herd of stampeeding turdles. It took about 25sec to hit the start line, and then I was able to find space to run.
I'm not feeling particularly bloggy at the moment, but I annotated my splits graph to give you some idea how the race went down for me.
I'm quite pleased about my 10K PR, but not so happy about how my right leg is feeling at the moment. More on that later...
Next weekend is the Virtual 10K on the 10th. I'm participating, but will not be trying to better my PR. I need to give my legs (particularly the right one) a chance to recover.