I’ve ran several races in that last couple weeks, so this seems like a good time for a few race reports!
Body Shop 10K
This was my first time running a 10K race and it went pretty well. I finished with a gun time of 57:27 and a pace of 9:15, which is not too bad for me. It took me close to a minute to reach the start line and run, so my actual time is slightly better. I think I could have done this one faster, I held back in the first 5K to save up energy, but toward the end of the race I wasn’t particularly tired and sped up quite a bit. I still don’t really have a handle on how to pace myself in these races, but I learn a little every time!
The weather was also great for this one, nice and cool and slightly overcast. The race itself was at Wheeler Park, which isn’t very hilly, no doubt that helped me out a fair amount. This is also where I ran my first race, a 5K back in February. I ran that race at a 9:39 pace, which I was happy with at the time. It makes a nice way of measuring my progress, on the same course I increased from 5K to 10K, while dropping my pace from 9:39 to 9:15! I’m not sure if that’s good for four months of work, but I’m happy with it!
Blaze Through the Zoo 5K
I signed up for this race thinking that the whole thing was going to be in the OKC Zoo, but it turns out only half of it was in the zoo. I had quite a few problems with bottlenecks early on in this race. I didn’t make it to the zoo as early as I would have liked, so I started toward the back of the pack and it took me well over a minute to reach the starting line. The problems continued after that, the pathways in the zoo are narrow and there were several times I had to completely stop and wait for traffic to thin out, hardly ideal. There was also a weird loop in the route that caused another bottleneck, as people exiting the loop were meeting people entering the loop.
After about 2.5K the route left the Zoo and entered the Remington parking lot, running in a parking lot is not very interesting! This part of the course was dull and extremely hilly, not a good combination for me. I’ve not really done hill training yet, so this was definitely challenging for me. It was also hot and windy, which was giving me problems. So now that my excuses are done, I finished in 29:55, which should be roughly a 9:37 pace. So this one wasn’t great, but I still had fun!
Red Mud Run
This was my first mud run and I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had an absolute blast! It rained all morning, it actually only stopped maybe 20 minutes before the race started, so everything was super muddy. This was also my first time duct taping my shoes, never really thought I would do that!
The race started with a dash through muddy water, trying to run through water is certainly an interesting, and cold, experience! Next up was walking across a small muddy bridge, which was easy, that led into a mud slide that was a lot of fun to go down. Next up was the first wall climb, it was a small wall and easy to get over. A steep muddy hill was next, you had to pull yourself up with a rope and try not to slip, this wasn’t too bad, just had to be careful.
After that point, most of the obstacles became wall climbs and cargo net climbs. None of them were very tall, but the last few were kind of challenging because my shoes were caked in mud and the walls were caked in mud, made it much more difficult to climb. There were also some muddy water puts that we had to dive through, those were a lot of fun!
I’m not sure how long the course was, it definitely didn’t feel like 5K, I would guess it was somewhere around two miles. I also don’t know how long it took me to finish, I lost my timer chip somewhere along the course. However, my friend I was running with finished in 29:55 and I was probably 30 seconds behind him.
I wasn’t concerned about time on this one though, just wanted to finish and have a good time, which I did! I stopped trying to run fast early on, wasn’t worth risking breaking my ankle over! Most of the obstacles also had lines to wait in, so there was really no point in worrying about time.
I’m going to be running the Warrior Dash on June 2nd, while I’m really excited for it, I’m also very nervous about this one! The obstacles look far more challenging than the Red Mud Run ones, and it’s also a full 5K course. I’ve looked over the course map and identified the obstacle that will certainly be my nemesis, it’s called the “Horizontal Hike”. It’s essentially a big arch that you have to walk up and over, I have a fear of heights and I’m feeling dizzy thinking about this one!
There’s also a few 5Ks and 10Ks coming up over the next month or two that I will be signing up for. I feel like I learn something new at every race, so I’m excited to keep them up!