No garmin today - it was drained this morning, when I realized it was dead - I started to charge it, but there wasn't enough time. Oh well!
The race started with a jingle, jingle, as all the 10kers started. Up and out of the zoo, weaving in and around the Edgewood neighborhood, along city streets . . . which were slushy and slippery until we headed into the UW Arboretum. So, even though I thought I was running pretty fast, I am sure that the slush slowed me down - plus we were on the sidewalk for a while and there was no way to pass the people around you. By this time, I had shed my hat and gloves and was working on taking my jacket off. I had on the same thing as I wore for the Berbee Derby (below), except pants instead of capri's.
Looking back I should have worn the capri's - I would have been more comfy. Oh well! I know look up as you cross the finish line - not at your watch. It would have been a good picture - ;-(
Anyway - as we headed into the Arb we hit mile marker 3. Don't know my time - cause there were no clocks - I felt good and was trying to run a steady pace. I did have to walk a little to get my bib pinned on my shirt and take my jacket off - but that was it. I then sped back up to "catch" up with the people that were around me when I stopped to walk. So I think I did OK. The conditions in the Arb were great - I had been a little worried that the road would be slippery - but it was pretty clear and very easy to avoid the slush. Finally at mile marker 4 they were offering water. I usually carry water, but decided not to today, wish I would have. I like the idea of being able to drink when I want to, instead of waiting for the water stop.
As we headed out of the Arb we had passed mile 5 - so the end was near. Yea!
Rounded the corner and re-entered the zoo - almost done. Finished at 58:31 - slower than the Berbee Derby - but 9:25 pace - I am fine with it.
1. Charge battery on Garmin - it would have been nice to know my pace.
2. Bring my own water - even in winter - you need water and only getting one little cup of water at mile 4 just wasn't enough.
3. No matter what - Enjoy yourself