On Saturday, I ran in Bell Buckle's RC Cola and Moon Pie 10-Miler for the 6th year in a row.
Why yes, I did just stay awake for 35 hours straight to run 19 miles over 3 legs in a relay from one city/state to another 7 days before... but hey, I couldn't miss one of my favorite races.
I knew that I was still worn out from the relay, so I showed up to the start line with the game plan of staying steady and enjoying one of my favorite races.
It wasn't as hot as it has been some years. The temps were around 75-80 during the race, and it was kind of cloudy and breezy since a storm was moving in. It was still humid so I was drenched in sweat after the first mile, but it wasn't as miserable as it could have been.
I listened to my music and kept running along at a comfortable pace.
As I neared the finish, I knew I was worn out and just tried to keep a consistent pace. I had nothing in the reserves for a finishing kick.
I finished in 1:37:59 and was totally pleased with a slightly under 10:00 m/mile pace. I grabbed soe snacks and a drink to enjoy as I cooled off and then got into some dry clothes.
We always wander around the festival for a bit and check out the booths, etc. I didn't get to see the world's largest moon pie before I left, but I think it's neat they have it.
We headed to lunch at Miller's Grocery, our post-Bell Buckle race tradition. I had a tasty chicken salad sandwich, fried okra, fried corn nuggets and some Mississippi Mud Cake. YUM! (This is why I run people.)
I came home and took it pretty easy for the rest of the weekend. It's time to start training for the Chicago marathon, but I haven't managed to make out my training plan just yet. I think that's ok though... I think I'm starting it off from a good place.