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Running a 10K

Monday, February 18, 2013

Over the weekend I ran a 10K. It was part of a "Winter Racing Circuit" which includes 5 races. I am not sure that I will do all the races involved in this series, but I sure did this one.

It started at 8am in Ogden,UT. There was quite a turn out. I never know how many people are going to be at these events until I am actually there. I have been at races that have only a handful of people and then I have been at races, like the Ogden Marathon, with thousands of people. There are benefits to all sizes of crowds.

Here is a picture that I took as the crowd was lining up for the start.

It was a cold morning. It wasn't as cold as it has been. I think that it was about 30F or 0C. I was ready for the cold though. I had my trusty hat and my gloves. I was really looking forward to running.

At the start line, I would estimate that there were a few hundred people participating. I was a little intimidated. Some of the people look like they were avid runners. I am a runner, but I wouldn't say I am a fast runner or even a talented runner. I go out there and run until I finish, even if I am the last one to cross the finish line.

After a brief countdown, we were off. I was surprised by how many people there were. Sometimes it is easy to go too fast in the beginning, but I didn't give in to the temptation.

There were many up hills and down hills. Overall, the course kicked my butt. I had to walk most of the last mile because I was out of gas. I was glad though. I needed to be pushed and I wanted to test my limits.

My best time for a 10K is 72 minutes. This one I finished in 80 minutes. The hills were a real workout. I hope that I can beat my time next time.

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