Road Race Series Recap – 10K
After a few weeks off from racing, we’re back for the 10K! I’ll get right to it — this race was awesome. The course was great, the other runners were fantastic and the weather was absolutely gorgeous.
Because of Labor Day, we had two weeks off between our second 5-miler and the 10k, which meant we’d run the 10Ks on back to back weekends.
I love this course! We ran around and through Shelby Farms Park, which happens to cover more than five times the area of Central Park in New York City. This is one of the largest urban parks in the country, and we’re so lucky to have it in Memphis.
The Park is currently undergoing a huge renovation project, which means the 10K course had to be modified this year. Not a problem for me, since I’ve never run this race before! I’ve run through bits and pieces of the park before, but all 6.2 miles of this course was brand new to me.
While Shelby Farms has all kinds of trails available to runners, the entire race route followed paved roads and pathways. No trail running for us — yet!
A word of warning — there are hills! I’ve heard runners talking about using Shelby Farms as practice for their Nashville races, but I had yet to experience any of that myself until our 10K.
The first 1.5 miles or so have some giant hills (or what Nashvillians would probably call gentle rollers) but the course flattens out miles 2 through 4. The remainder of the race tackles those same hills a second time with a killer uphill finish.
The race was awesome. It was 52 degrees at the start, which to me is perfect running weather. This was the first time we’ve had temps this low since May, and I was head over heels loving it. Fall is almost here!
I was both lucky and smart during this race. I happened to find a few other runners who were part of a training group and I stuck with the group running a 11:00 pace for the first 2 miles. I had no idea what was in store in terms of hills, so running with that group made it easier. If I hadn’t found myself with others right in my pace range, I probably would have walked early on in the race. This made me realize I really struggle with running a consistent pace by myself. Any tips for that?
The group fell back after the first water stop, so I set out on my own and managed to keep things together as we ran through the Penal Farm and down the Greenline back into the park. The views of the park are really beautiful — we saw lakes, horses, buffalo and the sunrise.
We hit the ‘small rolling hills’ again towards the end of the race and there’s a a nice ego-boosting downhill just near the finish. Of course that also means we’re left with one horrible steep hill to crawl up for the finish line.
I didn’t use any fuel during the race or bring a handheld. The temps were cool enough that I never felt overheated and we had water stations at miles 2 and 4.
Not quite a PR, but close!
- Fastest 6mi in 6 months.
- Fastest 10K in 6 months.
- Longest duration run in 3 months.
- Longest run in 3 months.
- Coolest run in 3 months. (!!!)
- Most negative mile splits in a month.
- Best performance in a month.
- Fastest finish in a month.
All awesome things! I’m so proud of this race.