|Turkey tail tutu!|
The 10K course was two laps of the 5K course which would around and through LCU's campus. I'm not a fan of lap-based courses, but this one was tolerable. It was actually a pretty nice run. Quite a bit of the course was on trails, so my attention was squarely focused on not twisting my ankle or tripping. Most of the first lap I ran with a new running friend. She also was an out-of-towner Texas Tech alumna. Our conversation made that first 5K speed right by. In fact, I was holding a pace much faster than I usually, or expected to, maintain. I kept that pace, even speeding up, the whole second half. I was passing people right and left (most of those runners were 5K-ers, but I'm sure some were running the 10K) which boosted my confidence to keep pushing my pace. I sped over the trails, around the sharp turns, and straight through the finish line to find I demolished my former 10K personal record of 1:01:10. I finished in 57:23! And I felt strong.
|My gold medal and first-place turkey!|
The food options were great: muffins, donuts, bananas, oranges, Gatorade, water bottles, etc. The awards were festive and fun. The volunteers and course directors were enthusiastic, energetic, and wonderful motivators as they cheered on all the runners. This was an enjoyable race! My only suggestions would be to plan a 10K course that is either out-and-back or really just doesn't involve multiple laps, and to have a set time for awards. I was racing to get back to my hotel so I could shower before checkout. Everything else was fantastic. I was impressed by the quality of a smaller race like this, both in event planning and in swag. Well done LCU Rec Life.
|June makes this medal picture even better|