I decided to participate in two 10k virtual races, Running Diva Mom's 10/10/10 10k race (here) and Running Off at the Mouth's Power of 10 Race to Finish Lupus (here).
I needed to do a 6M marathon pace tempo run as part of my marathon training, so I just decided to make it a 10k instead!
After I dropped my boys off at school, I headed to Wash Park, one of my favorite places to run. Wash Park has a running trail that goes around the entire park that is around 2.5 miles. It is always filled with runners, no matter what time of day it is. It always amazes me how many people come to run around the park, but it is just a beautiful place to run. Here are some pics I took before heading out.
One of the lakes you run around.
The trail that I run on. Isn't it beautiful?
Right from the start I thought it would be a great run. The weather was perfect and I was just excited to get out and run! I headed out on the trail and when I came to the west side all of the huge sprinklers were on and spraying all over the trail. At first I thought about running around them to avoid them, but then I changed my mind and just decided to run right through them! It was sooo much fun! The water cooled me off a little bit and it just made me smile. I think adults need to spend more time running through sprinklers like our kids do! :) The only bad thing about it was that the trail got a little wet and muddy, leading to this:
My shoes should be white! :)
Around the 3 mile mark, there was a guy that hopped onto the trail ahead of me. He was running around the same pace as I was at the beginning, but then started running a little faster. I was feeling good, so I decided to use him as my pacer and try to stay with him. We ran one lap around the park, then he stopped at a parking lot. I think he knew I was behind him the whole time because when he stopped he looked up at me. I said, "Thanks for pacing me!" and he laughed and said, "You too!" It was pretty cool.
I finished up my run and was really happy with my time! I've never actually done a 10k race, so I have nothing to compare my time to. But, I ended up running the 10k in 51:38 for an avg. pace of 8:18min/M. This is a little faster than what I was supposed to run, but oh well! I was feeling good and having a great time!