Saturday night was the 3rd and FINAL race in a 3 part summer racing series.
The Blue Moon 10K
Let’s start by talking weather. What started out as an
average hot summer day made a weird turn when it started raining in the early afternoon. I pulled up my phone and sure enough 0% chance of precipitation. Definitely a forecast FAIL.
So when it finally did stop raining and the sun once again reappeared, it mad for some lovely hot humid southwest Missouri summer weather. AKA miserable humidity.
My goal for this race was to beat last months time. I had said under an hour would be awesome but as long as I was under 1:02:15 I would be happy. Sometimes when the weather gets bad you just have to adjust your expectations of how you will be able to perform.
Upon arriving we as always had to snap our traditional pre-race pictures.
With no on course race photographer I don’t have any “lovely” action shots to share with you this time. Oh darn ;).
We ran and ran our hearts out. Our pace the first 3 miles was much faster than we expected, but we felt great. We slowed down a bit for mile 4 while going up hill but picked the pace back up. I think it was somewhere around mile 5 that I started realizing we were likely to make our goal and and by mile 6 I was almost certain a 59:something time was in our future.
Final time 58:30 average pace 9:26 my new PR (personal record)
That, that I never imagined happening on a horribly humid night race.
I also learned a valuable lesson at this race, only wear black pants for summer races. Why? The INSANE amount of sweating you will do. Just trust me, or check out this picture.