I ran this race with my lovely daughters; Gabrielle and Alexis. We also had some very good friends (friends that are as close as family); Robert and Jackie Moody running the 5K race which started at the same time. The 10K distance is the next natural progression for our Walt Disney World (WDW) Marathon training. This was our first 10K which we were well prepared for since we've been doing this distance, or more, during our long run training on Saturday. It was great having a patriotic theme on this July 4th to help celebrate our country's Independence while at the same time my own independence from unhealthy living.
On July 3rd, we were a bit concerned since the weather forecast for the 4th called for 100% rain. On the good side, we knew that it would be cooler and likely make the run fast; even if we got soaked. Thankfully, it drizzled a little but there was no rain for the run itself. Like I predicted, the weather was also cooler at roughly the high 60's which is fantastic for July in Georgia. It could have been much worse.
Overall, I did very well on the race itself. As you can see from the chart below, I kept an elevated heart-rate that pushed me just slightly. At the start of the race, I felt real strong and actually had to slow my pace a bit since I was running under a 10 minute mile. I hit a mini brick wall at mile 4 but that only lasted for a quarter of a mile or so.
Undoubtedly Embarrassing: I have two cool stories to wrap things up. Firstly, I found myself a bit embarrassed during this race. You see, I bought a new set of clothes which were semi-patriotic in nature (red shirt, white and blue shorts). I bought my typical size (2X) shorts as I have been doing but hadn't worn them yet. As the race was progressing, I could feel that my shorts were slipping. I even re-tightened the string a couple of times (while running). As I approached the turn-around, I wasn't paying attention and all of sudden I found my shorts past the crest of my rear. I quickly pulled them up and re-tied. I imagine that my face was probably flush from the embarrassment. If you watch the video, coming out soon, and look at a few photos on my FaceBook page ( http://www.facebook.com/tminus110 ) of the finish, you'll notice that I'm holding up my shorts. I didn't want a repeat performance at the very crowded finish line.
Areas for improvement: My only gripes with the management of the race were surrounding the finish of the race. For some reason, they felt compelled to begin the 5K awards ceremony before the bulk of the 10K racers were finished. If this wasn't bad enough, they situated the ceremony at the finish line so when I turned the corner for the finish line, I was disheartened that they were already starting the awards ceremony and then I was having to weave past folks standing in-front of the finish line. I understand that you want to highlight your store but certainly you could have situated one or the other at a different location. If an earlier awards ceremony was necessary as to not loose your 5K audience, then it may help to stagger the 10K and start a little earlier in the race. Just a thought.
Overall, I was very pleased with the management of the race and would consider doing another in the future.
Here's a great video that Alexis did during the race: http://youtu.be/1UPN2_V2yIc