After a busy 4th of July with the family (filled with lots of food, fun, and laughs), I knew that I had to get a 7 mile run in on Sunday July 6. Knowing that a 10k is just .8 miles less than my needed 7 mile run, I went online to see if there were any 10k races going on close to my house.
Since I live in the Chicagoland area, there are numerous races all over the suburbs all the time. I was shocked to discover that there was a 10k in my work town of Arlington Heights! And I could register the day of the race for only $35 and get a t-shirt… sign me up!!
The race started at 7:30 am and registration started around 6:15 am. Since I had to get in a 7 mile run in, I got to registration early (the start line and finish line were about .5 miles apart) and parked at the finish line. I ran to the start line, got my registration done (super easy and they had my tech t-shirt size), and ran back to my car to put my t-shirt away (I refuse to wear the race shirt to a race…another race shirt is cool, but not the race shirt). After completing my .8 mile run, I had about 30 minutes to kill before the race started.
About 10 minutes before the race started, the race director told us to line up at the start line according to how fast we were. There were no pacers, but people were pretty good about lining up correctly. At 7:30, the director told us to go! I crossed the start line about 30 seconds into the race.
In addition to the 10k race that I was running, there was also a 5k run/walk going on as well. So right around the 2.5 mile mark, the 5kers broke off from the 10k and there were much fewer people running on my route .
The race was held thru a neighborhood, so there were a few people out in their driveways cheering us on, pointing their sprinklers at us and there was even a little girl with her own water stand! I’ve never done a hometown race, so it was pretty cool to do so.
Overall, the race was pretty flat and I was just running by feel. I knew with a small race I won’t be the fastest one out there but probably one of the slower ones (but who cares—I’ve done 6 half marathons… I’m more of a long distance girl!).
I’ve only run 1 10k race before and that was last summer the week after my first half marathon when I was super injured so I knew I’d be able to PR in this race. I ended up PRing by almost 7 minutes with a time of 1:03:24 (10:13 pace).
–Lots of aid stations (at least 5 in this 10k race) with both water and Gatorade!
–Not many people—so it wasn’t crowded at all!
–I was able to sign up the day of the race, no problem!
–Got a fun tech t-shirt!
–So much food after the race (bagels, watermelon, oranges, yogurt, water, and so much more!!)—more than the usual races
–No medal—hahaha—I love medals!
–Not many people—I like big races because then I feel better about myself and my running abilities 🙂
Overall I’m super happy I signed up for this race. It was fun running in the neighborhoods of my soon to be old work town. It was a well supported race with lots of water and snacks!