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Surprisingly, this was my first 10K race even though I’ve done numerous 5Ks and half marathons since the fall of 2009 when I started running. Because I’ve never run a 10K before except in training, I didn’t know what my goal time would be. I decided to go with 61 minutes which would have me running about 10 minute miles. According to my DailyMile profile, I completed my last training 10K in 64 minutes.
Everyone doing the Hat Trick had about an hour (depending on 5K finishing time) to recover between the 5K and the 10K. After taking photos and talking with other FitFluential Ambassadors, I jumped into the corral. The Start was a little confusing because we crossed under the Start banner, but didn’t run over the chip sensors (I don’t know the official name is…) until a little bit later. This wouldn’t have been a big deal except that I had to stop and restart my watch, so I knew how I was doing during the run.
The beginning of the 10K was the same as the 5K. Because I didn’t have a specific time to beat, I decided to pull over to the side and take a couple photos. There were definitely more hills during this course than during the 5K. We also passed many historical buildings from the 1700’s. I tried to read the historical landmark signs as I passed by. Unfortunately, I didn’t stop for any photos of them.
|gorgeous race weather!|
|view of the Steel Stacks from the bridge|
The 10K finished just like the 5K did. This was good for me because I like knowing how the course will end and if the Finish is near. I ended up running my first 10K in 58:41! Even though it was my first official 10K race, I’m still calling it a PR!
By Saturday afternoon I was two for two in race bling and PRs!
After the races I grabbed lunch at the Steel Ice Center with Erin and Karen. This was a really cool sports bar! Not only did they have TVs for college game day (Can we talk about how gorgeous Ryan Lochte looked?!), but they also had a glass wall, so diners could see right into the attached hockey rink. It was a day of firsts for me because not only did I get to see a bit of my first hockey game, I also tried my first Philly cheesesteak. Unfortunately, I couldn’t bring myself to try it with the traditional cheese whiz…I’ll save that experience for if I actually make it to Philly.
After lunch, we went our separate ways, and I took off on an adventure around Lehigh University. Check back tomorrow to hear more about the Runner’s World Half and Festival!
Stay fit and fabulous,
Disclaimer: I was given free race registration through FitFluential and Runner’s World. I am not compensated for these posts. All thoughts and opinions are my own.