While the 10 Mile Road Race was held on Saturday, April 7th, it actually felt like Saturday, January 2893821th. This winter has SUCKED. SUCKED!!! Seriously, our son was born October 19th and he’s been cold ever since. Our trip to Disney World can’t come soon enough! But, back to the race.
Yes, it was cold. In the morning I checked the temperature and it was 7 degrees Fahrenheit. Ha ha ha. But, there was no wind. There was sun. And there was no new snowfall. All those things could have gone the other way and it would have been just awful. So since our bodies have just gotten used to this perpetual winter, race morning actually didn’t feel too bad.
The cold winter was definitely the reason the participant numbers were down. At least, that’s my assumption. All winter has been snowy, cold and ugly so unless you’re a nut job like me….you probably haven’t been running much. This race is actually called the 10/4 Road Race…there is a 10 mile distance and a 4 mile distance. Last year when I was pregnant, I did the 4 mile distance because I had not announced my pregnancy yet. I figured doing the shorter distance would trick people, I don’t know. Last year, there were 155 participants in the 4 mile distance. This year there were only 89. And in the 10 mile distance, there were only 38 runners this year compared to last year’s 92. With a much smaller field, it was hard to stay fired up during the race (especially once we got spread out in the river bottom).
I had set a goal to run a sub 1 hour 20 minute race. This equates to an 8 minute/mile pace, which is essentially my ‘goal’ marathon pace (or at least it was when I qualified for Vancouver in 2015). I also figured this was reasonable given my previous attempts at this race, but also a little ambitious keeping in mind I would be 5.5 months postpartum.
I had done the 10 mile distance at this race three other times. My race times were:
1:23.14 in 2013
1:14.49 in 2014
1:12.59 in 2016
The race is out and back from Lethbridge College. You follow Scenic Drive and head north. Once you get to Lynx Trail by the pedestrian crossing you head down to the river bottom. You follow the trail adjacent to the river and wind over to the bridge. You hit the turnaround before crossing Indian Battle Road.
The racers get spread out pretty quickly, and this year it felt even more spread out with so few runners. By the time we were heading down Lynx I could barely make out the two females who were ahead of me. When you get into the river bottom, all the winding messes with your head and you can’t see anyone in front of you. That is where my splits started to slow and get above 8 minutes. The turnaround itself helped boost my morale because I was able to see how close I actually was to the ladies in front of me (and the ones behind). I knew I needed to push.
Running back up Lynx is never fun. Usually, I do quite well on this hill in this very race. But I am still not back to where I was at before Andy, so I still need to get some more hill training in. I did not walk at all up the hill, but I definitely was going slow! Once I got to the top of the hill my vantage point of the runners directly ahead of me was much better than when we were in the river bottom. I could see there were some runners I could hopefully catch, and maybe even move up in the female placing!
I actually caught up to one of my grade 10 students on the hill. He was walking some segments of it, and when I caught him on Scenic I started giving him a hard time (he’s a kid I know I could without hurting his ego). I said “You know, I was pregnant 6 months ago….are you going to let me pass you?” He laughed and that was enough to get him moving again. We ran the last two miles together and honestly it helped push me a ton! I like to think that I helped push him too! Yes, he did beat me down the final stretch (he runs 400m and 800m in track and once we had only 800m left I told him he had to just gun it) but running with him in the last bit helped me pass a few other runners and also brought me into 2nd position for women! I finished the race 10th overall out of 38. I was 2nd out of 16 females and then 2nd in my age group of 30-39 year olds (only 5 of us in the division). My (rounded) splits were as follows:
7:24 (starting off a little too excited), 7:58, 7:44, 7:44, 8:02, 8:05, 9:18 (up Lynx!), 8:35, 8:10, 7:42 (nice final mile!)
Did I break 1 hour 20 minutes? No….but I got damn close! My final time was 1:20.39. Given the cold conditions, I’ll take it! Also, a shoutout to my husband who ran his third 10 Mile Road Race. He finished 5th overall with a time of 1:15.44. And as much as he claims he doesn’t care about “the bling” he appeared actually upset that he didn’t place in his age group during awards (The top three finishers were all males in 30-39). So he got 4th in his tough age group!
As long as I am in town, I will always do this event! It is a well organized race and I get to see lots of people I know at it. Hopefully next year we have a better winter and this race is actually a Spring event!