12,000 runners & walkers ran the Omaha Corporate Cup 10k or 2 mile run/walk in downtown Omaha. The event raises funds for the American Lung Association.
The day before, I ran the Mud Factor 5k obstacle course (which I still need to post about), so I really didn’t know what my legs would do today. And, the last 10k I ran was the Athleta Iron Girl 10k in Seattle, over a year ago.
Yes, I still have the old-school Garmin 305–if it ain’t broke…
I was so excited because Coach had a day off and could finally spectate one of my races!
We joined our friends at CrossFit Omaha who were also running the 10k. You guys know I have been CrossFitting and running equally, so let’s see how this plays out. It worked for Hood to Coast.
The course is a flat out and back, so I planned to be conservative the first half. After the elites took off, we were ready to roll. How can you not get caught up in the excitement of a race start?
I’m not an experienced racer, so I had to focus on an efficient stride and not getting caught up in what others were doing around me. I was thankful I drank ProSculpt before the race for a little something more in the tank.
Mile 2: 7:29
Mile 3: 7:21
At the turnaround, I wanted to pick it up a bit. My breathing wasn’t labored , and I still felt really strong. I know 10k’s aren’t as painful as 5k’s, but I still didn’t trust myself to completely let go.
Mile 4: 7:25
Mile 5: 7:15
I don’t like listening to music during races because I want to take in the atmosphere and listen to my breathing and turnover. I figure if my breathing and strides sound even, I’m in a good (not dying) state!
With a little over a mile left on a flat course, it’s time to bring it home.
Mile 6: 6:59
Mile .2 6:06
I was sprinting down the chute trying to chick a couple guys in the process! Time: 45:20
I just cut 4 minutes off my previous 10k time. What?!
I had mentioned last post, that I haven’t been following a “plan” necessarily for running but combining short runs with CrossFit WOD’s. This isn’t going to work for everyone, nor would I try to run a full marathon with this approach. But, that’s why CrossFit Endurance was created.
Next weekend, I’m attempting the Omaha Half Marathon with very few long runs. We’ll see what happens. Race bonus: Uniformed Marines will greet us at the finish line with glass medallions. There’s some motivation for ya!
I’m so excited to be a part of this event! Time for hill training! If you’d like to register, you can use BLOGGER38 to save 10% of your registration fee.
Have you ever had a surprise PR?
Are you running the RW half marathon? I’d love to meet you!
Disclaimer: I was provided the Reebok shorts at no cost. All opinions are my own.