Monday, September 6, 2010

U.S. 10K Classic

If you've been following for awhile, you know I had an unexpected health set-back in the spring, basically washing out the rest of my spring and summer running season. I wasn't looking to race this weekend, as I'm far from being in racing shape yet.

I was cruising active.com last week, day-dreaming about what races I'd like to run this fall, and stumbled across the ad for the U.S. 10K Classic. Shut the front door. It said....

Jogging strollers ALLOWED!

That's unheard of for a race this size (12,000+ runners). Even it if meant walking parts, I couldn't pass it up the opportunity to participate.

It was an early morning for us. The race was 45 minutes from our house and we had to be there before they closed the roads at 6:45.

5:15 am I made your standard runner's breakfast to eat in the car.



6:30 am Car parked and unpacked.

Miss E fueling up on string cheese before the race



Sheesh, this racing stuff is exhausting


Ok, these guys have me beat. That's some load to tote.


7:15 am The sun is up. Almost time to roll. Streeetch it out.


7:40 am Sky divers parachuted in during the National Anthem.



7:45 am On your marks, get set, GO!

A view from the back of the pack


Our gun time was 53 minutes and change. I was in the very back with the other baby joggers at the starting line, so my chip time should be a little better.

The first of many hills looming on the horizon.


The course was not for the faint of heart. The hills were only moderately steep, nothing ski jump crazy, but they were looong. The worst kind, especially when you're pushing 65lbs of toddler + stroller. Not gonna lie though, I still love the look on people's faces as we push past them on the hills. It's gives me the adrenaline to keep going.

I did walk the final 100 meters up two of the longest hills. Totally NMS, but I need to start back somewhere.

The top 1,000 finishers got medals, so Team Blondie was somewhere in the top 1,000. Probably like 999 :) Pretty sure we were close to the cut off.



Phew, time to refuel

The swag bags and post race refreshments were generous. For a race this size it was extremely well organized. Two thumbs ups for the U.S 10K Classic.



Now we wait for our pilot to fly in so we can do some grilling. Happy Labor Day to ya'll!


9 comments:

  1. Girl, you are amazing! That beats my 10K PR (granted I've only run one) by like 5 minutes!! And with a stroller!!?? Nice work!!

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  2. No kidding. I am pretty sure I couldn't run that far that fast... and you had a child to push along too! Way to go. :)

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  3. You are absolutely right I am always in shock in the moms that pass me in runs and they are pushing strollers. That is awesome!

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  4. There were a couple of super fast men pushing double strollers. The kids appeared to be around 2-4 years old. I was in awe of them.

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  5. I used to work on Cobb Pkwy and those are some SERIOUS hills! I'm in awe of anyone who runs that race.

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  6. Congrats on an awesome race!!! You rock, pushing that baby jogger past other runners on the hills. LOVE IT! :)

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  7. I've been waiting for them to post the chip times on the website.

    Apparently they didn't time when we crossed the start (I did noticed there was no mat there), only when we crossed the finish. So I won't know my exact time. Doh! I'm anal like that.

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  8. Congrats on an awesome race!!! You rock, pushing that baby jogger past other runners on the hills. LOVE IT! :)

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  9. There were a couple of super fast men pushing double strollers. The kids appeared to be around 2-4 years old. I was in awe of them.

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