On Saturday, I ran in one of my favorite local races - the RC Cola and Moon Pie 10-Miler in Bell Buckle, TN. This was my seventh year in a row to run in this race, and I had such a fun morning!
I haven't exactly been running as much as I should lately, but I knew that I didn't want to miss one. It's true that running is mental in a lot of ways. Is it wise to run 10 miles when you haven't run more than 5 miles at once in about 3 months? Probably not. But I tend to be a little crazy like that sometimes.
My folks went with me, and after checking in I had plenty of time to snap a photo by the Historic Bell Buckle mural.
I headed over to the start and found a spot in the middle. I knew I was going to take it easy from the beginning and just run for the sake of having fun running one of my favorite races. It was about 72 degrees at the start and only warmed up to 80 while I was out there, and there was a nice breeze. I've run it years with temps in the 90s at the start and way more humidity, so this wasn't so bad.
I found myself running steady 10-minute miles and feeling pretty good. I walked up the two hills that I didn't think were worth trying to run, but I otherwise ran a steady pace the whole time.
I even had enough in me to kick it in a bit and pass a few more people at the end. I finished in 1:41:13 and was totally pleased.
I also didn't feel like death like I sometimes do after really running hard in a warm race, so that was nice.
I definitely enjoyed a cold popsicle after I got done.
And then I enjoyed a fried moon pie. Because this is the south. And it's the RC Cola and Moon Pie festival. And I ran 10 miles. So why wouldn't you enjoy a fried moon pie?
A friend of mine came for the festival and brought his little boy, and we all wandered around and checked out the booths at the festival for a bit before heading to our traditional lunch spot - Miller's Grocery.
I just always have a fun day when I do this race. I definitely don't treat it as a race very often due to the heat, but I can't say I have ever not enjoyed myself by participating in this one.