I signed up for a 10K a while back, because the distance seemed like a good fit with week 1 of my marathon training plan, and the town of Nogent is not far from where I live. Yes, location counts !
I knew it could be chilly if there was not a lot of sun, so I laid out my race outfit, long pants & long sleeve shirt included, I figured that would suffice once I got running. I often struggle with what to wear because I am easily cold.
My daughter offered to go with me, so we left about 90 minutes before the race start. Even if it is about 20 minutes from where I live I am always afraid of not being able to find a place to park. So we took our time and got there way too early. Hardly anybody was there yet.
I didn’t need to pick up my bib because I am a subscriber to the company that was timing the race, Top Chrono, and I have a permanent time chip. So we waited….
There was a 5 km race at 9:30 a.m. So I warmed up and watched that kick off. It was quite cold, we were outside, no direct sunlight.
At 10:15 a.m. on the dot we were off. All 177 of us !
I didn’t know what to expect from the course. It has said ”on roads, through a park, along the river, on gravel…” what they forgot to mention were the HILLS. Four.major.hills. The 10K was actually a 5K that we did twice. Do the math. That makes 8.killer.hills. They were not particularly long (at least not all of them) but they were very steep.
It is complete luck that this was the race profile, and I had hill repeats on my marathon training plan. I had chosen the race for the distance but it fit perfectly with the 5 to 7 hills I needed to do.
We ran by the river for only about 2 minutes. I had walked by (trying to warm up) while the 5 K was being run and there was some rowing going on. Must have been cold… needless to say, besides that, I didn’t see much of the river.
I finished in one hour and 16 seconds. I was 32 out of 50 women. I wasn’t looking to run particularly fast, so I am happy with my results. And I am thrilled that I ran up every one of those 8 hills ! I actually really like going up, but I am quite scared coming down. I pass a ton of people on the way up, and they pass me on the way down. I think I am afraid of falling, but also, I am worried about the amount of pressure that going downhill puts on my knees. Something to work on in the future.
Despite it being a small race there was plenty of water and food and it was extremely well marked. Definitely something I would do again.
I was starving when I got home, and this steak hit the spot. With a nice glass of champagne !
Four days of running this past week, and I indulged without any guilt.
Other key takeaways :
- I had fueled before the race with dried apricots, I find this is working for me. It is not the first time I have done this. It was only 10K, and I didn’t feel the need to fuel during the run.
- I must remember to bring toilet paper with me. While there were bathrooms, there was no toilet paper.
- I think there were so few people at this race because it was the Paris 20K today with over 30 000 people.
My next race is in 2 weeks, the Vincennes Forrest Half Marathon. Today I ran the entire 10K, but I am going to start doing my run / walk / run method on the longer runs.
Did you race today ? Do you prefer smaller races or larger races ?