Race Report: Pink Feet 10K 2016

The 5th annual Pink Feet 5K/10K was originally scheduled to be run in October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The race ended up postponed to early December due to Hurricane Matthew. Proceeds from this race support local cancer patients and affordable mammogram programs. This local race starts at Gemini Springs and runs through my neighborhood.

Training & Goals
I was sick with a head cold that hit Thursday night. I felt okay except for the full nose. No particular goals for this one -- I just hoped to survive.

Race Day: December 4, 2016
Oh, I was running so late Sunday morning! I hopped on my bike about 15 minutes before the scheduled start. I raced by one of the 5K water stops (already manned!) on my way to the park. Luckily I had already picked up my race packet so all I had to do was find a spot to stow my bike and find the start. After I arrived I heard the DJ announce the race start would be delayed by about 15 minutes. Whew. I joined a sea of pink waiting for the race to begin. Conditions were pretty great for this race. It was clear and 63°F with 83% humidity at the start.

Mile 1: 11:39
I had decided to try running with different intervals, and this race was the first time I ran 2 minutes / walked :30. Since I had the cold I did walk each full interval (usually for races I skip or shorten walk breaks).

Mile 2: 12:08
Both the 5K and 10K started at the same time. The split was very clear, as I would expect from a Final Mile race.

Mile 3: 11:50
The intervals seemed to be working out okay. I liked this new pattern.

Mile 4: 11:48

Mile 5: 12:09

Mile 6+: 11:36, 2:15*
A personal worst finishing time for a 10K, but I didn't die! Afterwards I was feeling better and ended up having a fun day with mom and Arthur at Disney. :)

Chip time: 1:13:37
Placement details: 9/14 in Age Group; 57/93 overall
Race Amenities: Swag included pink stuff like a pink tech t-shirt, finisher medal, pink backpack, and pink water bottle.
Cost:
$35.00

*I often forget to turn off my Garmin after a race, so the final time is skewed.

Report written December 13, 2016

Running & featured photo (c) Almost There Photography

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