This past weekend I ran in the 10 For Texas race. It was a 10 mile race, my first at that distance.
The evening before I stopped at Luke’s Locker to pick up my race packet on the way to get some dinner. I opted to fuel up at my favorite local healthy & green eatery, Ruggles Green. I had the veggie burger and sweet potato fries, it is a tested pre-race meal.
My anxiety was on full throttle that evening for some reason, I was on edge about every decision and a nervous wreck. Thanks to my sister for answering my endless texts (do you think it’s ok to order dessert, should I carry a water bottle, what outfit should I wear, etc.).
I was thankful that the race was so close to my house… I got to sleep in a bit longer than if it was an hour away… 4:15 am still came early! I got my pre-race breakfast of toast with almond butter and half a banana in me along with a cup of warm lemon water and yerba mate. I headed out at a little after 6, there was very little traffic and parking was a breeze. I sat in my car and cranked the latest Green Day album to get pumped up.
The temps were in low 60’s & low humidity… perfect running weather. The course was for the most part flat (the only incline was over a bridge that we ran over twice), it was an out and back course and largely shaded by rows of trees that line the roads in this area.
Since I lined up near the end at the start, I spent the first mile running through people. It was tight through the first mile and a half. Once I finally broke out of the group, I just ran. I had planned to start at a 10:05 pace and increase my the pace 5 seconds with each mile, that didn’t happen, I ran sub-10 minute miles the whole race, I didn’t feel like I was going too fast … it just felt good.
The water stops were plentiful and well manned. I thought I read that there would be water stops at every 2 miles, but they were much more frequent than that at about every mile. They had water and Gatorade… after the 2nd water stop I figured out that the cups were different (Gatorade was in a brand cup), I thought that was helpful… I hadn’t noticed it before at any other race.
I wasn’t expecting much as far as spectators and cheering. I was pleasantly surprised. There were some great cheer crews lining the medians of the road we ran on!
Post race festivities were… festive! They promised a “Texas sized” post race party, and I suppose they delivered (although, if the post race party at RWTC was Kansas sized, I’d have to say Kansas is bigger than Texas :-)). There was a lot of food – clementines, bananas… chicken strips… pickle pops … breakfast tacos … bagels… and beer. There were lots of sponsor booths and even a live band! After I changed into some recovery sandals and drank my recovery drink, I partook in some of the food, drink and entertainment. It was a beautiful day to be outside!
The Ten for Texas was a very well organized and supported race in a lovely suburban setting. The race is capped at 3,100, this year there were just under 1,800 running it. It one of three annual races produced by The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department.
I would definitely recommend this race if you are looking for a 10 mile run to do in the Houston area. While this was my first 10 mile race, it definitely won’t be my last.
- Start out slow (don’t crash and burn in the beginning) … run a reverse split race. My splits were all over the place (9:43/9:16/9:40/9:36/9:23/9:21/9:51/9:38/9:29/9:15), but I didn’t crash and burn at the beginning.
- Be confident… don’t let race anxiety overwhelm me. Achieved! While I had some anxiety issues the night before, I was pretty chill on race day, even when I was lined up way too far back at the start.
- Time goals … I have an A, B, and C goal. C goal – 1:43; B goal – 1:40, A goal – 1:38. Killed on this one! Finish time 1:35:20!
- Execute on fueling and hydration strategy used during training runs. Achieved. Fueled with 1/2 package Honey Stinger chews at 3 mi and 6 mi. Took in water every 2 miles.
- Have fun! Achieved.
My post-race recovery consisted of some foam rolling followed by some chow from California Pizza Kitchen (tortilla soup, Mediterranean tortilla rolls and buffalo cauliflower … yup, I ate around the globe), and chilling on the couch with the fur kids whilst having a Bridget Jones movie marathon.
Today I’m linking up with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My no-guilt life for Tuesdays on the Run; Nicole, Annmarie, Jen, and Michelle for Wild Workout Wednesday; and with Coco at Got2Run4Me.