Don’t get me wrong, I love the race atmosphere. But, I always ask myself, “Why do I do this?” on the mornings of.
I woke up at 5:45 a.m. drank some water and got ready before I fed Jada. I wanted to make myself as “light” as possible if you know what I mean! At 7 a.m., I ate a granola bar and met my friend Katie to head to the race.
As Katie and I drove to the 2013 Omaha Corporate Cup 10k course, this weather was taunting us.
We both wished we were sipping coffee instead of getting soaked during our 6.2 miles. It reminded me of my first race ever, the 2010 Portland Marathon, where it rained the ENTIRE 26.2 miles.
Thankfully, the rain let up just as we parked, so the garbage bags were not needed.
Over 15,000 runners and walkers participate in this event to raise funds for the American Lung Association. There is also a 2 mile walk option and a 100 yard dash for kiddos!
Last year, the course was fast and flat with only 4 turns hence my 10k PR.
This year, the course moved to a different part of Omaha that included 17 turns and lots of rolling hills.
Through Elmwood park and the UNO campus.
Katie & I had planned to run for fun since neither of us had trained for a 10k. I had completed two 4 mile & one 3 mile runs prior to the race and lots of HIIT workouts. Not ideal, but I felt great throughout the race.
I ran into my friend Jeff from high school too. This was his first race ever…and longest distance run to date!
Yes, I wanted to pose with the fireman in the background. We finished in just under an hour, and I still felt like I had plenty in the tank…but was fine with being done too.
We also ran into our friend Stacey. Katie & Stacey played softball at Creighton University when I first started coaching.
Per our tradition, we had to take a silly photo too. Race appropriate, no?
By the way, I wore my new Reebok CrossFit Speed Nano shorts to run in. They are so popular, I had to wait for my size to be restocked!
I wear the heck out of them, so purchasing another pair made sense, and I was able to save 25% using my ReebokONE discount. If you don’t have a profile on ReebokONE (must be a fitness professional or teach classes), you can still save 10% by ordering through my profile.
So, in the end, I was happy I ran this race as I am all my races (except for my 2nd full marathon) and look forward to the next!
Do you like to run for fun or with a buddy during races?