my initial thoughts: what a rush! i had so much fun pushing myself on this course. this was my second 10k/second trail race (ever!), and my second race in two weeks (most recent race was winchell cove on 1/11). my body felt good the entire race – hip flexor and feet are finally feeling better. based on my performance at the winchell cove 10k (59 minutes), my goal for this race was 58 minutes. i was beyond proud of my pace: 8:56/mile, 55:24 overall time (i placed 11th in my age group behind some super stellar athletes!). it really seems like another case of “practice makes perfect” – i can still hear my mom saying that when i would resist practicing the piano. with a 10k under my belt, i knew how to pace myself.
during this race, i kept a strong pace throughout the race. i also had an amazing playlist. i took the time to build a playlist that worked with me when i ran. slower songs for early in the race, pump up jams in the middle, and my ultimate pump up songs towards the end. i’m super motivated by music during my workouts, so it’s no surprise how much i loved having a solid playlist (i’m planning another blog post where i’ll dive deep into my music choices – stay tuned!). leading up to the race, i really focused on hydration and nutrition. i had another carb/protein packed meal the night before the race (tri-tip and pasta salad….yum!) with my race day favorite of oatmeal, almond milk, agave syrup for breakfast (and of course coffee).
for gear, i wore shorts for the first time on race day. it was a warmer morning and i’ve always preferred to work out in shorts. i felt free! i rocked a pair of injinji compression toesocks (side note: i’ve had these for years. i did pr for injinji wayyy back in the day when i worked at a local pr agency college, so they’ve always been a fave for me). i love the mobility of toesocks! another thing to note: since i was wearing shorts, i relied heavily on the glide anti-chafing stick. worked like a charm!