I have to start off with saying how proud I am of my husband.
Today, he ran the 10 miler at the Elgin Fox Trot. Prior to this race, his longest distance was a little over 6 miles. He has had very little time to run these past few weeks, but today he went out and ran 10 miles in 1:19:33. That’s a 7:58 mile pace. Pretty awesome for someone who has hardly had a chance to run lately.
I am so proud him. He did such a great job of maintaining a great pace for 10 whole miles. He has such a natural running ability that amazes me. Don’t get me wrong, he was definitely feeling it by the end, but he’s such a great runner.
Backing up a bit…
We woke up at about 5:45 am for the race and left the house at about 6:20 am. I ran the 5k, Danny ran the 10 miler, and my dad, brother, and sister-in-law did the two mile walk.
My mom watched the kids overnight yesterday which made for a much smoother morning.
This is my fourth year running the Elgin Fox Trot, and it’s a race that I enjoy. It’s also probably the biggest race that I run. I think this year there was about 4,000 participants.
It is well organized, with lots of port-a-potties and indoor bathrooms. The race starts on time and there is bagels, oranges, and bananas for after the race. There is an after party with a beer tent and a live band.
I also used the gear check for the first time ever and it was quick and easy.
The only thing I don’t like is that the course is very hilly, some of them very steep. Danny said he felt like the 10 mile course was pretty much all hill running. As someone with a lot of calf and quad pain, the hills are torture for me.
My legs were still sore from running seven miles on Thursday, but I made it up (and down) all the hills. My final time was 30:37 – my second fastest 5k. I was happy with my time, but I don’t think that my legs were happy with me. The weather was overcast and a little chilly, but perfect for running. I start off cold but always warm up very quickly.
Whenever I run a 5k, I always think the exact same thing – I’m tired, my legs are killing me, why in the hell did I sign up for a 15k and a half marathon. I must be crazy. Running is tough for me, and I think that I am going to have to slow my pace down considerably to be able to run longer distances, which is a little bit hard for me to deal with mentally since I am already a slower runner.
The 10 miler started first at 7:30 am.
The 5k started next at 7:40 am, and the 2 mile walk started at 7:50am.
This is the first time that I was ever able to see Danny cross the finish line. Usually we run the same distance races, so he always finishes before me, so it was cool being able to see him cross the finish line for a change.
He told me that all he wanted to do was beat the guy next to him in the yellow shorts.
And he did.
I think the race was hard on Danny, but he did so awesome, and I am so proud of him.
Afterwards, my dad and Danny had their free beers. (I gave my dad my beer ticket).
The Fox Trot theme this year was Superheroes. It was sponsored by Chase bank, and this year they had superhero cards that you could collect from local Chase banks to turn in for a free gift at the race.
We collected the cards and traded them in for pretty nice water bottles.
Overall, it was great race, and I am so proud of my husband!
Have a great weekend!
- Any races this weekend?
- Any plans for Memorial Day?