|Plaza 10K Start|
Way back in April I signed up for the Plaza 10K. I was at the Rock the Parkway expo and they had a booth. You could register for really cheap and be entered in a giveaway for a $100 Plaza Gift card, so it seemed like the thing to do.
Fast forward a few months and I might not have made the same decision. This ended up being my 3rd consecutive race weekend (which will end up being 5 weekends when it's all said and done). I had just done a 20 mile training run (half marathon + 7 miles) the Sunday before so this was supposed to be a "recovery" week. My training plan called for 12 miles. Knowing I had the 10K on Sunday, I decided to do 8 miles on Saturday and then the 10K Sun. I probably could have done the 12 miles Saturday, but I wanted to leave a little something in the tank for the race and I figured 8 miles, plus 6 hard miles over the course of two days would sort of be the equivalent of 12.
|Sun coming up over Brush Creek|
So, to say I wasn't PR ready is an understatement. I knew my legs would be a bit tired from the 8 miles the day before, and I really had not planned to try to PR. But I had decided that I wanted to run the race pretty hard. Like I said above, I've been doing a lot of slow running, and I hadn't been pushing myself much, so I figured this was a good way to get in some miles and a "speed" workout at the same time. I needed to push myself a little. My goal was to finish around an 11:30 or so pace.
Race morning arrived and we had cooler weather - thank goodness. My previous long run had temps in the upper 80s. Race morning was not hot, but wasn't exactly cool either. It was 71 at race start with humidity around 70%, but considering what we'd been dealing with for the last several weeks it was a welcome break.
|Me & Sporting KC mascot|
We got to the race and I was surprised by the number of people. This is really just a 10K race, but they do also have a 2 mile run and a kids race. There were over 3,000 people in the 10K - 418 finishers in my age group alone! The race course really is beautiful as it runs around the gorgeous Kansas City Plaza and other well known spots. It's also...mostly....flat, though it has one major hill that caused me some issues.
After spending 25 minutes in the porta potty line, it was literally time to race. I ran from the porta potty straight to the start line. Within just a few minutes we were off. The first 4 miles of this race are mostly flat to downhill and I immediately found myself running at a pretty good pace. Mile one went by very quickly and I looked down to see a 10:25 pace. Hmmm....could I hold that? I decided then I would try. I knew right after mile 4 would come the long hill, so I would try to hold around a 10:30 pace for those first few miles. My PR was a 10:41 (on my Garmin...a 10:50 official) so I knew I'd probably need to be around 10:30ish to PR. I hadn't planned on PRing, but maybe I could.
|Steady climb from mile 4 to 5, not my strong suit|
|Pretty consistent pace until the hill|
I found Jim and guess what - he had a 1 minute and 11 second PR too! What a coincidence! We both had PRs so it was a great day! I think I have a much faster 10K time in me if I'm not training for a marathon, but time will tell I suppose. I would love to do this race again next year and see how I do.
|Me & Jim post race, both celebrating new PRs.|
|Stained Glass medal...pretty cool|
|Medal & Shirt|
Up next: Fox Valley 20 Mile race. This will be my last really long run before Chicago and will hopefully give me a good idea of what I can do come race day.
Did anyone else PR this weekend??? Or at least just have some cooler weather?