Race:Double Decker Spring Run 2013
Location: Oxford, MS
Time/Temp: 7:30 am / 59°
Official Time: 1:07:27
Overall: 413 out of 815
Age Group: 14 of 17
Gender: 147 out of 159
First off, yes, I know I haven’t blogged about anything in ages. But I’ve been busy, and it’s fairly obvious nobody except me reads them anyway, so I only have to blog about what I want a record of for my own personal reasons anyway.
Now, to the race.
In case it isn’t fairly obvious. I’m not running very well anymore. I signed up to the Double Decker Spring Run after deciding to bow out of the Country Music Marathon this year. (Which apparently was a Monsoon on Saturday). I keep up a weekly running schedule, but to be honest, the intensity isn’t like it used to be. I need to work on that.
So, this is my first race since the GumTree 10k Last year. So almost a year without a race. That is part of the reason my intensity has fallen off. Less Miles over the winter, etc. etc. etc.
That all leads to some tough miles in the Double Decker 10k. I started off alright, slower than typical for a race for me, but faster than my training runs. But the Double Decker 10k course is tough. A lot tougher than I thought it would be. Pretty much anywhere in Oxford you have to contend with hills, but this one definitely feels like it tries to put in extra ones. That’s completely opposite of Gum Tree. Which is the only other 10k I’ve done.
That led to another revelation. I had to walk some of the hills on the course in the last half of the race. Which for a 10k walking any of it was disappointing. In the end, I came in at 1:07:27 which I suppose isn’t terrible. But isn’t great either. 10:52 per mile is like over a minute per mile slower than I was running for GumTree.
It did remind me of the fun part of running though. I have done so much training over the last year and never could work out a race as stuff kept coming up. I’m going to start training a little harder and getting back my running mojo. I really think I need to do a fall half or full. Probably only half, but I would still like to do a full. I’m also going to do a fun 5k with my daughter over the summer, so I’ll be getting in some extra miles as I help her train for that. Maybe it’ll come back to me soon.