On the 4th of July I decided to jump in and run the Red, White, and Blue 10K. It’s been awhile since I have run a 10K and this one sounded like fun and was local to me in Lebanon, NH. This race is put on by the Upper Valley Running Club. There were 109 competitors in the 10k. There was also a 5K run at the same time.
The atmosphere at the race was low key which was nice. I got my race number and also a little jug of maple syrup which they gave to every participant.
Then I went out for a little warm-up run. It was overcast but getting hot and the humidity was fairly high. When I got back from my warm-up I found my friend Kristen who was running too. We chatted until the race started and then lined up to run.
The countdown was simple and no timing mats at the start. The pace was speedy at the start. It is always tricky to get your pace under control when there is a 5K and a 10K starting at the same time. I definitely should have had a better pacing plan going into the race because I went out way too fast. My first mile was 7:29 min/mile. I felt sluggish and knew I couldn’t keep this pace up. the run quickly turned onto the Rail Trail. It was nice and in the shade which was great as the temperature began to warm. The 5K runners quickly began to turn to run back to the finish (the turn around for the 5K ended up being too early). I tried to keep my pace strong but my legs just felt heavy. Mile 2-7:45 min/mile, Mile 3-8:27 min/mile.
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The course was mainly flat but I just felt tired and couldn’t keep an even pace. Mile 4-8:30 min/mile, Mile 5-8:42 min/mile, Mile 6-9:12 min/mile. I tried not to look at my watch much during the run because I was feeling discouraged about the way that I was feeling. Finally we came into the finish. The last half mile felt extremely long. My finish time was 52:22 with an average pace of 8:22 min/mi. This run was significantly slower than my pace for the Wallis Sands Half Marathon and I am not sure why. The heat definitely got to me and when I was finished I felt a bit dizzy/lightheaded. Thankfully at the finish a nice volunteer gave me extra water and they had huge watermelon slices as well as Gatorade to help rehydrate. Overall I was 5th in my age group out of 12.
Now I am feeling like I definitely have a lot of work to do to get my speed back up or perhaps this race was just a fluke and I was off. My fastest 10K is a 46:49 so I have my work cut out for me. Oh well! It was fun to race anyways and I would definitely do this race again next year!