I ran my last race of 2018 yesterday morning, the Reindeer Run 10K! It didn’t go as well as I hoped it would when I signed up back in October but I had a lot of fun closing out my 2018 race season.
I did not PR as was my plan when I signed up. My training was going great until we got past Thanksgiving and with the cold and darkness, I didn’t feel like doing speedwork like I was. Plus, I was up on and off the night before and wasn’t feeling 100% race morning. But I’m still impressed that I managed a 9:44 average pace for this race feeling pretty comfortable (and even getting a little bit warm on the second half).
It was about 17° at race start so I so glad Mike was able to drop me off right at the start (because they hadn’t closed down the road yet) and I didn’t have too long to wait before the start. I’ve gotten pretty good at layering for winter and also had thrown some hand warmers into my pocket just in case I needed them before or after the race. I ended up not even needing them!
I ran into a couple of great people before the race started too. One was Bruce who has been reading my blog for a while and one of the photos I took at Stillwater was actually him, his cousin and his daughter! It was nice to meet both him and his cousin and talk a little bit. ANd then I ran into my fellow Nuunbassador Jessica who was doing the Yukon Challenge (10K and 5K) with another Nuunbassador that I didn’t get a chance to run into.
One downside to this race was that, even though it took place on a closed road, it was just a single lane which made it really tough to get moving at the beginning. I feel like for the first couple of miles, I was doing a lot of dodging and weaving between slower runners and the fact that there were cars parked along one side of the road. I had placed myself right between the 9:00 and 10:00-minute pace signs (which was perfect based on my finish time) so it was a little annoying having the weave around people walking in the first two miles. Probably more because it was a narrower road than I’m used to with races.
The 10K was two loops around Lake Harriet but the first two miles seemed to take forever to get to the mile markers. It’s probably because I started right by the 3-mile marker and passed by another mile marker before getting to the 1-mile marker. But once I hit the 2-mile marker, I had gotten into a great groove with my running and my splits were pretty even.
The nice thing about doing a double loop course was that you really get an idea of where you are on the course for the second half. With this course, you can also see across the lake and get a pretty good idea of where you are that helps too. And they had water (that only had a little bit of extra ice in it) right before mile 3 which was great since I needed it both times I passed by.
I finished the race in just over an hour, 1 hour and 28 seconds! Which wasn’t what I was aiming for but I felt great out on the run and it was an awesome run to close out the year.