This past Sunday I trekked out to Fort Hunt Park in Alexandria, VA. It was in the 30s and still felt pretty cold. It was also the day of daylight savings, so I was extra tired from not getting as much sleep as I could. Regardless, with my Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon coming up this weekend, I needed to get out and run.
This race was put on by the DC Road Runners, and like usual, was very well organized. These races are “low-key”, so they are free for members of the club and only $5 for non-members. There is no shirt and no medal, but you do get a full race, complete with water stops and an official time. Not bad for the price!
The 10k was 5 laps around the path street of Fort Hunt Park. We hit the water stop on each round, so I didn’t have to worry about carrying anything with me. It was a bit icy in spots, so I needed to be careful of my step, but I didn’t fall (yay me!). I didn’t really warm up until lap 3-4, but then I was able to shed my jacket for the last lap.
I was hurting pretty bad during this race. Because of all the snow, ice, cold, and laziness, it had been a few weeks since I ran. And I definitely felt it (and still do – I am so sore, you would have thought I ran a marathon!). My legs felt like lead and it took a lot out of me to keep going. I did stick to my intervals (run 2/walk 1), though, which made me a bit proud, even if I was slow.
My final time was 1:13:38. I was second to last to finish. I guess that’s what I get for not getting out there more! Oh well.