P and I spent the holiday weekend in his hometown, Huntsville, Alabama. P thought it would be fun to go back and run the 10K he ran when he was a kid. He also talked his brother into running again, so it would be a bit of a competition for the three of us.
The was the 33rd Annual Cotton Row run-the organization of it kind of reminded me of the Peachtree. They had packet pickup on Sunday along with an expo.
And, the expo had a $9.99 rack that we couldn’t pass up. We each picked up a few things, grabbed our race shirts (cotton, but not too bad) and the race instructions.
P’s mom made homemade spaghetti and meatballs on Sunday night and we enjoyed relaxing and staying in. I think I was asleep before 10:30.
We got up around 5:45 to eat breakfast and his brother came over around 6:00. P’s dad dropped the three of us off at the start and we had plenty of time to warm up enjoy the pre-race festivities. I tried to put myself close to the front but not at the very, very front. I didn’t think with the heat and my intense workouts the previous week that I would be setting a PR and figured it wasn’t too big of a deal.
I loved the tribute to our fallen soldiers at the beginning. Just after this-with gunfire and all-we were off!
I guess I was distracted by all of the patriotism and wasn’t focused on my race because I realized quickly into the race I forgot to take my inhaler. So instead of stopping I did my best to get two puffs in while running.
There were tons of spectators for this race! At mile 1.5 we ran through the neighborhood that P grew up in and his parents, sister-in-law, and niece and nephew were out cheering us on. It was nice to see a familiar face. His brother was already ahead of me and I knew he was going to most likely beat me.
I knew the course (we drove it the day before) and knew there would be a big, big hill at mile 3. The people that live on the street even play the Rocky music as you climb. I couldn’t catch my breath, had to walk the hill and finally stopped to take my inhaler.
The last 3 miles were going to be downhill and I was starting to feel better. I was next to a man for a few minutes (and had been near him at the start) and he started coaching me on how to run. Maybe he thought I was a newbie because of my skirt? I wanted to say this isn’t my first rodeo but I was polite and then kicked it into gear.
I was hauling it. I felt good. The crowd was fun and I got lots of “love your skirt” cheers. There were friendly neighbors out with their sprinklers and homemade water stations. I had avoided the sprinklers for the most part because my phone was in my ifitness belt but around the 5.5 mark I couldn’t avoid it-double sprinklers-I covered my phone as best as I could and enjoyed the cooling off!
The last half mile was tough-I wanted that sub 50 again so bad but couldn’t quite do it. The walking up that hill took up my time. I heard Suzanne cheering me on at the finish and was glad to be done.
I caught up with Suzanne and waited for P to finish. We met up with his brother (who did beat me) and grabbed some post race food. Which was awesome!! I had a mini ice cream bar and chocolate milk. They also had pizza and bananas and bagels but we skipped it and walked back to P’s parents house
Once again, a race that doesn’t use your chip time to place you. WTF. They used the race clock time. Guess I should’ve started at the very front. Not like a won, but again, principle. Oh, and I lost the competition to P’s brother. He finished in 48:29.
Official Time: 50:27
Gun Time: 50:40
11/145 females 30-34
I loved this 10K-heat and all. It was fun-the spectators were great and so was the post race. They had plenty of water stations along the course and I was never worried about hydrating. I would definitely run this one again and if you are ever in Huntsville for Memorial Day, you should too!