Sunday, May 5, 2013

Run for the Zoo 10K - short version

Not sure if I'm going to write a more coherent race report or not.  This is pretty much just a brain dump.
  • It was overcast, cold, and windy at the start.  This is May, right? It felt more like March.
    Running partner and I shivering at the start
  • We lined up with the 10min/mi group, but ended up getting boxed in at the beginning of the race.  Took a lot of jockeying for position just to pull off a 10:30 for the first mile.  After that, we were able to run at a pace of our choosing.
  • My running partner and I were averaging just under 10:00 min/mi for miles 2-5.
  • Then the wheels fell off the bus for me.  I think part of it is mental.  But I just felt like I ran out of steam during that last mile. Had to let her go on up ahead. 
I'm not kidding when I say the wheels fell off at mile 6 
  • At least I had enough energy to pick up the pace for the final stretch once the finish line was in sight.
  • Not going to be happy with my 10K performance until I can master that last mile.  More long runs!  I'm going to keep trying until I get it right. 
  • Will probably do it again next year, but will line up with the 9s just to get a better start.
  • It's worth noting that my knee did not bother me at all.  Yay!
  • Went into the zoo for about 45 mins afterwards.  Got to see the baby rhino (that I love!) and a new baby giraffe.  
  • Got a photo of peacock strutting his stuff for us.  Loved it!
    Pretty Peacock. How cool is that?!?!
  • Official time:  1:03:02.  26 of 57 women 45-49.  Not sure about my overall placement, but the zoo site says that the 'average' time for the 5K was 01:05:00 for women and 00:57:00 for men, so I'm guessing somewhere near the middle, which is a good enough place for me.
  • My Garmin measured this course a little long and has my avg pace calculated at 10:03 (vs 10:02 at the race 2 weeks ago).   Maybe I should consider it to be a more a comparable race performance than it appears based solely on the finish time?


  1. COngrats! I am thrilled to hear you had no knee pain!

  2. 10K's are tough! Congrats on finishing well! I love seeing peacocks!

  3. Congrats on your race! Sorry the weather wasn't cooperative for you. YAY for no knee pain!

  4. Baby rhino? Baby giraffe? Where oh where are the pictures? Glad you had no knee pain.

  5. Congrats on the race. Good to hear that there was no knee pain.

    Last month, I volunteered at a zoo run, I thought it was a brillant idea, run through the zoo and then get to walk through the zoo. Better idea than those paint runs and foam runs.

  6. Glad to see you're still blogging consistently! Nice 10K time and pace! I like the 10K distance since it's long enough to be a challenge, but short enough to not get so beat up. :)

    Thanks for your comments on my blog. I've been slacking for the past two months, I didn't know if anyone was still reading. I appreciate you!

  7. So glad to hear your knee didn't bother you at all, that is the most important part! Love the fact this race is in a zoo! Sounds like a ton of fun!