Aka….my first race of 2014. The year of the 10k. Except, not this race. I’m still getting over a sinus infection and haven’t worked out (really) in over a week. I had no business thinking I was in any sort of shape to run a 10k, so I’m pretty lucky that my friend Carol “ran” this with me. We talked, had a good time, and struggled through the tough course. Packet pick-up was Sunday only. The race started at 2:30. This was my second time doing this event. I ran the 5k back in 2009 and enjoyed it (though that year it was snowing in the morning and really, really cold.) I had forgotten that the course was pretty tough. And ends on an uphill.
Because all races in Asheville end on an uphill.
Some photos from the race:
The start was crazy chaotic, with no clear indication where the runners needed to be. I completely missed the fun run, and the 5k started 3 minutes after the 10k. There was a lot of confusion, and we almost ended up in the front of the pack (you know, with the sub-6-milers. Not where I wanted to be!)
The race started promptly at 2:30 and we were off.
We saw several snowmen that were just barely hanging on. And a lot of hills. (The photo on the right is the turn around before the finish of the race. The 5k goes further before turning around on this same road.)
The photo on the left is the road/trail condition before the finish. It was so muddy that we walked at one point, instead of sliding to the uphill finish. Photo of the right is the finish line (and also the start.)
Carol and I run races so we can eat cookies. We got the last of the Earth Fare maple cookies. I wish there had been more – they put out a different kind of cookie and it just wasn’t the same.
I believe my finish time was 1 hour, 8 minutes (1:08) which isn’t terrible awful. My splits were all over the place, but I just didn’t have it in me this race. My breathing was off, my fitness level was off, and it wasn’t the course’s fault.
I think I’d run this one again. The shirts were a nice cotton shirt that I’ll wear around home. Five years ago they were technical shirts that barely fit over my then-skinny arms. I sized up this time, and that was a mistake.
Do you ever run/walk 5ks or 10ks? Do you have any events planned for 2014? (Did you run this Frostbite race?)