I was back at the Best Damn Race, Safety Harbor, for the 10k this year. Last year's half marathon was torture on this hilly course so I opted for the 10k instead. This was only my second 10k ever with my first being in Oct 2012. I planned to PR.
I was running consistently and training with interval and tempo runs weekly. I was ready to ROCK the 10k!
Feb 7 was a crisp, cool morning with perfect running weather temps in the low 50s. Once I got to Safety Harbor, I met up with my running buddy, Melanie. With all things considered, like cool weather, previous interval and tempo run times, I thought we could finish the 10k in about 55 minutes. My 10k PR was 59:39 so anything under that was good. Melanie and I planned to try to stay together and pace each other throughout the 10k course.
We started out in the middle to back of the pack of runners so had to dodge to get around people. The beginning of the course was beautiful, running along the water. We navigated the ups and downs of the Safety Harbor streets, hearing the cheers from fellow Striders as we passed.
The 6.2 miles of the 10k seemed like nothing after my marathon and half marathons of the fall. But, I was extremely happy that I wasn't running the Best Damn Race Half Marathon every time we passed a half course sign pointing us in the opposite direction with more hills!
Here we were heading into the final .2 mile stretch where we sprinted to the finish line almost causing a pass out or puke incident.
|Photo by David|
|Free photo from Best Damn Race|
|Post race picture with fellow Suncoast Striders|
I loved the Best Damn Race's post-race food this year. They had Dunkin Donuts' coffee, hot chocolate and heart donuts (filled with cookie dough or brownie batter); Jimmy John's sandwiches; and Pollo Tropical's black beans, rice and chicken. Yummy!!!
This year, I had the BEST Damn Race with a 10k time of 55:15 and a PR of over 4 minutes!
Age Group Place: 16/119
Overall Place: 222/1047
Gun time: 56:24.0
Chip time: 55:15.9