It was a great morning for a 10k, not too hot or muggy, but comfortable. I brought most of the family today, except for DD1 who had a sleepover at a friends house. Last year she and DS1 ran the kids 1 miler before the bigger race and they both had done well. This year, the kids race was smaller, only about 10 kids down from about 20 or so last year. DS1 is six this year and was so eager, lining up at the start line, rarin' to go. They had a half mile out and back. I didn't catch his time, but saw him come around the corner with a 10 year old girl in pursuit. DW was part way down the course and heard the girl's father yelling at her to catch him. At first it looked like he was flagging, but he saw the finish line and charged on through. He was very excited to have won the kids race. Here is a photo of him charging towards the finish:
After all the kids came through, it was time for the main event. The race director said his spiel, they played the national anthem, and then we were off. The race is along NY state route 218, a very scenic stretch of road along the Hudson River between West Point and Cornwall. So scenic that BMW is closing the road down one day next week to film an ad there. Well, the race closed the road down so the runners had the road to themselves. The 5k and 10k started together and used chip timing. The course was out and back, so you turned around at the 2.5k or the 5k point and ran back to the start. There were 240 runners, 140 in the 10k race. The first mile was all downhill then there was a short climb, another descent, then a longer climb to the turn around; then we had to come back and do it again. I went out fast and the hills were challenging. The Garmin said 1400 ft of climb, but mapmyrun.com said it was more like 1000 ft. I was doing well, running downhill and maintaining on the up hills until the five mile marker. Mile six was a long slog up hill. I kept running, but it was a serious challenge.
Last year I ran with the two littles in the double jogger. I did it in 53:40 with them. They were in the jogger today, but I was on the fence about running with them or running for me. In the end, I decided that I wanted to try to break 50 minutes, something I have wanted to do in a 10k for a while, but I have not done for a litany of reasons. I decided that today was going to be my day. I had my Garmin and was tracking miles and average pace. I knew that at 5 miles I had a small buffer to play with, but the final climb was a doozy.
6:25 mile 1 down hill
7:12 mile 2
8:20 mile 3
7:55 mile 4
8:00 mile 5
9:36 mile 6 back up the hill
1:55 last 1/4 mile. (GPS said 6.25 miles)
That totaled up to 49:21 chip time, yay! I did it! It took a lot out of me and I had to walk it off for a bit to recover. In the end, I came in 40th out of 143 in the 10k, and finished 3rd out of 16 in the 40-49 age group, good enough for an age group medal. There were some speedy folks in the 10k, the male winner came in at 34:01 and the winner in my age group was in 43:something.
Here is a before picture:
A picture of DS1 with his medal:
And a picture of me getting my AG medal:
After running one for me, I think I am good to run the next one with a kid or two in the buggy.
After all that, we had our new and old cadets over in the afternoon, with some pulled pork, pasta salad, and apple crisp for desert. Yum!